Eric, Freebies - I ended up with Linux for some specific reasons. YMMV.
On Sat, 2004-03-20 at 17:42, Eric F Crist wrote: > Could some of you please send me an email telling me what OS you utilize on > your laptop, and why? I'm not looking for anyone bashing any other OS, just > why you use what you do. I am working on a Linux development project, have very limited funds, and spend many weekends out of town. I was given an elderly Toshiba (430CDT) that was a casualty of the class-action suit a few years ago, about their handling of CPU and/or BIOS problems. I wanted a setup that would parallel the code development environment of my RH-7.3/X11 Linux setup. I expanded the RAM to 49 MBy but was still unable to run any installer I could find for a RedHat setup. ('Slinky' bit me viciously.) I was able to run the Slackware-9.1 Linux console installer without problems, and by being very careful I even fitted a few frills into the system's 1.2 GBy HDD. It generally works (sllooowwwlly), though I sometimes crash my X session when some app ties up the resources (i.e., there seems to be a minimum hardware base for stability and I'm not _quite_ there). Otherwise it meets my requirements perfectly. I'm typing this now by SSH login to my home system over a [miserable] dial-up account, and at home I put it on my LAN and it works fine. X11 takes a long time to start, but is responsive once it's going. I use WindowMaker because KDE and GNOME are pretty much out of the question with so little RAM: they swap all the time and KDE takes _many_ seconds to even find a keystroke. WM is fine. I didn't try other lightweight window managers ('fvwm', 'fluxbox', ...), but any of them would probably have worked out. I installed from a boot floppy and CDs of the packages. I expect to install future Linux systems from Slackware after about 6 years of RedHat (though my early setups were Slackware). Naturally I'm heavily influenced by my anecdotal experience. I don't have sound working, and the only power management is screen blanking, c/o XFree86. I am sure I could have installed a good freeBSD configuration; I recently installed FBSD by ftp in a junker desktop that didn't even have a CD drive. As soon as the Linux project works I plan to port it to FBSD due to its fine reputation as a server environment, but the client asked for Linux and I have more development experience (and a good working setup) in Linux. Bottom line: I got what I needed, but my limited hardware and specific use had a lot to do with the path I took. Regards. - John Mills [EMAIL PROTECTED] _______________________________________________ [EMAIL PROTECTED] mailing list http://lists.freebsd.org/mailman/listinfo/freebsd-questions To unsubscribe, send any mail to "[EMAIL PROTECTED]"