[conspire] ...and Linux (was: eats Sat.)

David Fox dfox94085 at gmail.com
Fri Oct 24 21:14:43 PDT 2008

On Fri, Oct 24, 2008 at 8:32 PM, Rick Moen <rick at linuxmafia.com> wrote:
> Some folks might have noticed that I got the CABAL distributions
> CD/DVD collection back pretty much up to date, one or two meetings
> ago, including (i386 and x86_64):

Yep. I should also be bringing a few new things too, including a
release candidate of PCLinuxOS, a pcbsd update (7.0.1), a Bluewhite 64
latest, and a few other goodies. I did manage to download the RC of
the upcoming Ubuntu (actually Kubuntu) that's slated to be available
soon for real. x86_64 for some things, i386 for others.

The latest PCLinuxOS is kinda nice. Haven't tested an install of 8.10
other than in a virtualbox. I also run Ourea (Sidux x86_64) in a vbox
sometimes as a backup or alternate choice.

> This is in addition to the cumulative stuff from before, e.g., I _do_
> have Fedora 9, I'm pretty sure.

I downloaded it sometime back, I may have it in my collection (that is
pretty slim, but growing) but as I get disks for Bruce Coston, I may
have it, or he may.

> As an experiment, I'm going to put in a word for LinuxMint:  This is
> a _very_ desktop-oriented one-CD variant form of *buntu -- being
> available in GNOME, GNOME Lite, KDE, Xfce, and Fluxbox versions -- that

I hear good and promising things about Mint. On the other hand, I was
diagnosing a driver issue in Kubuntu earlier today - seems that the
**** thing had autoupdated the nvidia driver out of the way, so I
didn't (or didn't *think* I had) the original tarball/run script from
nvidia (originally, I had installed the nvidia drivers on ubuntu the
way one usually does in Debian, but I ran into some real glitches). So
at any rate, I decided to fire up a CD of the latest PC LInux OS. I
noticed that I was able to get to the network (I have a high speed
direct-connect link here) without having to do any configuration -
even though I don't do any wireless here or dhcp. Usually, if ever,
distros are not wont to come up with internet working from a boot. The
last distro that managed that (on my raw bandwidth DSL line) was an
oldish version of knoppix, and subsequent knoppices (?) weren't able
to do that.

So I'd also give a thumbs up for PC Linux OS. Bruce seems to like it too.

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