Experiment 1.3: Update…Where have we been?

Where have we been?!?!  What’s up with the experiment!?!?  Well, let me tell you…Texstar has seemingly won over my wife with this distribution of Linux. As stated previously by her, she expected a glowing review of the distro and currently, she can’t get enough of PCLinuxOS. So, since this is such a great distro and it has interrupted the experiment a bit…mrs.devnet made me promise two things as far as the experiment goes… 1) Leave PCLinuxOS on the computer for about 10 days so I can use Limewire (massively fast speeds) 2) Since we’re spending so long on this one…I don’t want to do 3 more…so cut one distro from the list.

No problems there. I am going to cut Knoppix from the list since it is not primarily a ‘desktop’ distro. So, we’ll have Ubuntu current and Fedora Core 4 (test or full) remaining. After all is said and done, we’ll have a head to head rehash of the top two distributions…we’ll look really detailed into those for the final head to head review…and we’ll declare an overall winner.

On the distant horizon, we’ll be taking a look at Linspire 5.0, Xandros 3.0 Deluxe, and Lycoris.

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  • James Holgren

    Why not add SuSE?

  • devnet

    I’ll add SuSe in with Xandros, Linspire, and Lycoris when we look to it in the future.

    As for right now, I’m trying to stick with the ‘for free’ distros…that is, distros that you don’t have to pay 40 bucks to get the actual version for and that don’t have a ‘trail period’ for the community edition.

  • helios

    I tried suse for about a month and yast just about drove me nuts. I guess its just a matter of preference but yast seemed to make you work to get what you needed. You know my feelings on PCLOS. This work by Texstar blows the sox off of proprietary/costs-money Linux…but hey, whadda I know? ;-)

    btw, I have mepis on my 2nd hd because it is a debian distro and thats where my roots are. I have found that crossover office is a bit unstable in pclinux so when I NEED to pander to M$, I have an excellent place to go.

    helios

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  • Jimmy

    SuSE can be downloaded free: ftp://ftp.suse.com/pub/suse/i386/9.2/iso/

  • http://thisone devnet

    Jimmy,

    This I know and have done. However, for the review, I’m going with distros for this one that you can get FULL VERSIONS for $0…not a tryout version, not a crippled version, not a ‘community’ version (although I had to use Mandrake Community…it still applies because Mandrake is still free for the full on version). I’ll put SuSe in with Xandros and Lycoris and Linspire where it belongs.