Posted by: Anonymous
on January 19, 2008 05:20 PM
There are two distros that I default to when installing them on my customer's/donor's machines. They are Mepis and Mint. That isn't to say I don't use others...It's simply a statement of reliability and the lack of support calls in the future. New users have old habits. They love to pile software on top of software and complain when the system craters from overload. Windows users experience this with .dll conflicts all the time. While I discourage this practice in new Linux Users,I know many will not accept wise counsel. Mepis and Mint are the two distro's that consistantly outlast others with massive amounts of software pile-on via mixed repositories (testing/unstable/experimental). I personally have two partitions I use daily. Guess which two distros are on them. My Mepis install is "corrupted" with these mixed repositories and can be considered by some to be "broken" due to the mess I've made simply by screwing with libc6 dependencies. I have been running this "broken" system for 5 months...it runs as quickly and with the stability of any newly-installed distro I've tried.
The distro wars may ultimately be the downfall of GNU/Linux on the desktop. I know for a fact that Redmond is counting upon it.