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[SLUG] Defining "Mainsteam"
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- Subject: [SLUG] Defining "Mainsteam"
- From: Malcolm Johnston <drmjj@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Fri, 3 Apr 2009 12:17:22 +0000
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Regarding Martin Visser's comments in the final "Sound Problem" posting. I
don't want to incite a Holdens versus Faclcons type debate here, but how
would one briefly characterize "mainstream Linux" these days?
I've been using generic Unix systems (including Bell Unix, Whitesmith's Idris,
AIX, Solaris and Linux) since the mid-1980s. Slackware Linux is rather in
the old, tool-box type mould, I guess, and although it can be a bit fiddly to
set up and can produce problems like the one I just had, I can't honestly say
I find it all that strange or alien. I've had a couple of bouts with Red Hat
(the last one was the somewhat quirky RH8) and found that unsatisfactory
because (apart from problems with the implementation) I found I was out of
sync with many of its defaults.
All this may be just me. I haven't had a decent look at distros like Ubuntu,
and this is why I ask my question. What, in a nutshell, is their appeal?
One one level it's all Unix, of course, but, given that, what are the