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From:am0
Date:February 27th, 2008 01:49 am (UTC)

Re: Ubuntu

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Ubuntu is Debian with the addition of software that doesn't meet the Debian organization's strict guidelines for software being open source and licensed according to particular licenses.

Try Wubi. It's a Ubuntu distribution for Windows systems. It may still be in alpha or early beta but they have an active team of developers. I wonder if Wubi would work with ReactOS ... .
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From:grioghair
Date:March 7th, 2008 02:15 am (UTC)

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Thank you very much for mentioning ReactOS. I had never heard of it before. Any thoughts of when it might come out of alpha?

I'm still dabbling with Linux and trying to find the best distro. You always get the same answer: "It depends what you want to do with it." What distro would you use - above all others? Actually, what Unix system would you use above all others? Debian?
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From:am0
Date:March 7th, 2008 05:52 am (UTC)

Re: Ubuntu

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I heard ReactOS might go from alpha to beta as early as April. If you have a spare system that has its display memory separate from the computer memory, you can play with a pretty workable system now. And they may have figured out a way around the memory problem by now, too. By the end of the year it should be a viable contender for the XP market.

Another system you might want to play around with, one that was in production before the company folded, is BeOS. I ran it for a while and it is a very powerful and elegant system with a small footprint (in other words, it doesn't use much memory) and there are programs available for it. It is strictly a toy, though, despite its power, because its third party vendor support has pretty much vanished.

The problems with Debian are their self-imposed restriction to only run programs with "free" licenses and their long release cycle. That is why Ubuntu -- Debian plus non-open-source software -- has become popular enough to foster spin-offs like Kubuntu, with the KDE desktop replacing Gnome. Most of the Linux people I know now are using Ubuntu ... or very quietly switching to OS X.

Regardless of your primary system, you should also have a Linux-based system on CD-ROM or flash drive, depending on what your hardware will boot to, for recovery and troubleshooting. Knoppix is the standard although I've also heard good things about Damn Small Linux in this regard.

If forced to go to a single Linux system I would choose Ubuntu. If forced to use only one system of any flavor, I'd have to go with OS X. But I like having multiple systems at my fingertips.