Joined: Feb. 2007
||Posted: Mar. 13 2007,15:25
|Quote (dougz @ Mar. 13 2007,08:35)|
|lucky13, you are eloquent in your arguments. It is refreshing to be able to discuss technical & preference issues without getting personal.|
Thanks. I didn't start posting here to fight, make enemies, or stake out turf. I just want to help others. I also have a few opinions. In stating opinions where I disagree with others, I try very hard not to be disagreeable. One of the great things about Linux is there's enough diversity where we can all find happy ground.
|I think that we will probably have to agree to disagree on the usability vs. efficiency tradeoff. DSL has been justifiably successful as a highly efficient distro, while requiring a bit more effort on the part of the user, as compared to Puppy, etc. Fair enough. Lots of happy users. No argument from me.|
YMMV. Like I wrote previously, I've had less trouble getting DSL up and running on more hardware than I've had with Puppy and Vector. The latter two have been a pain in the @$$ on this particular computer; DSL, Mepis, and OpenBSD have all been a breeze on it.
|So, it comes down to a question of mission. What is the mission of DSL-N? Should it be a larger DSL, with a 2.6 kernel and a few, larger packages? Alternatively, should it be a bit more user/newbie friendly, at the cost of increased size?|
You seem to be firmly in first camp and I am in the second.
I'm only in one camp because I think it's a niche that deserves to be filled, and not at the expense of trying to keep up with the other distros you've named. I don't oppose the other camp, I just don't think DSL needs to break ranks and go in the same direction everyone else is. Look at the rankings of downloads and page views on various sites, including distrowatch. DSL is ahead of Slackware, Knoppix, Gentoo, Zenwalk, Mint, and Puppy in page hits over the last six months on distrowatch. And way ahead of the last two -- nearly twice the hits per day.
|FWIW, I think that we geeks really enjoy stuffing DSL into tiny boxes and maximizing the efficiency of aging hardware. However, if you read the DWW comments (particularly Mint vs. Ubuntu), you see strong emphasis on ease-of-use. Same with esr's paper.|
I disagree with your presumption that DSL isn't easy to use. One of the things I like most about DSL is I can run it on any x86-compatible computer via live CD, USB, or installed to hard drive. Sure, I can do the same with Puppy but it loads to RAM by default. That's a big problem on computers with limited RAM. And while I'm the first to admit I haven't played with it very much (because of some hardware issues, not to mention some disdain for some of its peculiarities), Puppy's just not as versatile as DSL.
|If I had a vote in the mission of DSL-N, I'd prefer a very small base/core Fluxbox/2.6 kernel distro with easy expandability via the Ubuntu repositories. (Ubuntu, because they appear to be the best maintained & documented.)|
So you'd target the traditional hard drive install over frugal and get away from one of the areas that makes DSL stand out. Do you mean "bleeding edge" by "best maintained"?
If you really do mean "best maintained," why not use pkgsrc instead of Ubuntu repositories? That would accomplish a few things that not too many other distros are doing. First, you'd have a minimal live CD that can be used or installed in a variety of ways like DSL. Second, it would make a great base Debian hard drive system that's easily or even auto-configured for most common hardware. Third, it would be extended via a system that's a lot more predictable (in terms of directory tree) than Debian; that automatically handles dependencies (and better than Debian, imo, based on my experience with it using OpenBSD); and that allows users to use binaries (Debian binary kit) or source.
I don't know of another Debian-based distro using pkgsrc, only a couple Slack-based ones (e.g., Voltalinux). I really don't know how practical it would be with a stripped-down system -- in the DSL tradition -- since BSDs are unit-based systems (the core system of kernel and utilities is built together rather than ad hoc/piecemeal like Linux).
|I'd also like to see DSL-N expansion scripts. ala Automatix, but more focused so that those who want to add features (bloat ;-) to their DSL-Ns could easily do so. Those who want small & efficient get it. Those who want features/bloat/eye candy could selectively add it without having to become geeks. (Automatix is a scattergun, but focused scripts could add multiple packages selectively. Debian package management because of dependencies.)|
Guess I'm just a lazier geek than you... ;-)
I'm not opposed to bloat -- using MepisLite/KDE now. I won't fight with you over sloth -- using MepisLite/KDE now because I'm too lazy to reboot to DSL. And I only needed to use KOffice for about two hours a couple weeks ago...
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