On Tue, 04 Nov 2003 11:58:14 -0800 andi payn <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
> "Supra-Debians" > --------------- > There are a number of Debian-based distros that will install a complete > system ready to go as a workstation, server, etc., but that can be > administered from there just like any other Debian system. > > For example (this is a while back, so it may be out of date), I used > Libranet in teaching linux, because it installs a complete KDE > workstation out-of-the-box, but whenever you want (or need) to play with > something, it's just like a stock Debian box. > > But don't use Xandros--although it's Debian-based, it's heavily modified > in peculiar ways. And there's Knoppix. David, you said you don't have a lot of time. You can tinker with Knoppix a bit without installing anything or you can do a quick HD install to check things out more; it takes maybe 30 minutes, as I recall, but less than an hour, at any rate. Also, there's a live cd for Slackware, but I don't think you can do a HD install with it. > Gentoo > ------ > > And, while it's nice to be able to build everything from source, it's > sometimes nice to not have to. With RPM-based distros, you can build the > SRPM when you want to, or install the binary RPM when you just want to > check something out. (How fast can your box build the kernel, XFree86, > KDE, Mozilla, ghostscript, etc.?) As far as Gentoo goes, I've got to agree with Andi on this one. I haven't done a test to get the numbers, but it seems like it even takes longer for programs to compile on Gentoo than on FreeBSD, or maybe it's just the knowledge that I have no other alternative that makes it seem longer. Also, if I had to install something "in a pinch", I wouldn't grab the Gentoo CD. _______________________________________________ [EMAIL PROTECTED] mailing list http://lists.freebsd.org/mailman/listinfo/freebsd-questions To unsubscribe, send any mail to "[EMAIL PROTECTED]"