[conspire] NTFS Resizing

Nick Jennings nkj at namodn.com
Mon Feb 24 11:09:28 PST 2003

I've heard allot about Knoppix, and even recommend it to people who are
interested in Linux but probably aren't ready to wipe out their system
just to check it out. The installation script makes it easy if they
ever decide to. 

I also hear it's Debian based (I am a long time Debian user myself), and
I might want to seriously consider this for my home machine. Here at work
though I spent allot of time deliberating over what I distro I should use.

The reason I chose Mandrake is because for me it's the best of both spectrums
of the Linux world (the spectrum ranging from free and less support 
commercial;y: Debian, Slackware etc. to requiring money to use: Lindows,
Xandros, and to some extent Lycoris). 

With Mandrake I know Wine and WineX will work good, Codeweavers etc. Commercial
packages are usually packaged for Mandrake right behind Redhat. RPMs, though 
I don't like them as much as DEBs, are what most companies package their
products for, and at work I just don't want the hassle of getting things 
working on a Debian system.

I have the option of paying for commercial products, without having to pay
for the Distro itself (like I would have to with Lindows or Xandros, and
Lycoris if I want to install software packages for it via. Click-N-Run). 

I am very happy with Mandrake too, it "just works" and I don't have to
fiddle with much in the way of system settings, GUI interfaces for the 
stuff I do have to fiddle with are really nice, especially when I have
the responsibility of "showing off" Linux to my Windows using peers. 

Debian just isn't as impressive to the untrained eye. :)

- Nick

On Mon, Feb 24, 2003 at 11:00:59AM -0800, Rick Moen wrote:
> Quoting Nick Jennings (nkj at namodn.com):
> > Speaking of Mandrake, is anyone running it right now? I've installed it at 
> > work to replace my FreeBSD 4.7 system because I need Wine to work properly
> > and would like to use browser plugins etc. without bothering with linux
> > emulation (which worked fine, but the mozilla versions were a bit dated,
> > and the performance was slugish compared to the native mozilla build).
> I haven't installed Mandrake in a while (will attempt to get the 9.1 RC1
> ISOs soon), but your mentioning WINE setup reminds me about a different 
> option you might consider:  Knoppix.
> If you've heard about Knoppix at all, you probably know it as a very
> full-featured desktop distribution packaged as a "demo" CD.  I.e.,
> people can get full use out of it (on i386 PCs) without disturbing their
> hard drive contents.
> What you might not know about is the included optional script to install
> Knoppix to one's hard drive.  I've tried that out, the last two
> weekends, and it works great.  (The XFS installation option appears
> buggy, but ext2/ext3 and ReiserFS works fine.)  As always with Knoppix,
> hardware recognition is top-notch, and WINE is among the many things
> that install already set up and working.
> http://www.knoppix.org/
> http://linuxmafia.com/~rick/linux-info/debian-knoppix
> http://linuxmafia.com/~rick/linux-info/debian-knoppix-faq
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