new computer is ready

Background info is in this post.

The computer store called yesterday and the new computer is ready. I'll have to wait until Saturday to pick it up because I'm travelling for work.

The age-old burning question is which operating system to install on it. Debian or Ubuntu. It's going to be one of those two. It's a real coin toss. There are things I like and dislike about each.

Flippin' the coin.

5 responses to “new computer is ready

  1. decodedthought

    personally I am starting to lose interest in Ubuntu kinda becoming more of an eye candy distro :P.I have started to like Fedora as it is minimalistic and gives me the power to install the apps I want to :)So I would suggest Debian because it is more stable and is a minimalistic install :DAny info about the config ?

  2. Originally posted by decodedthought:

    Any info about the config ?

    Yeah, going to post that this weekend. I tried to configure a not expensive / not too cheap machine that will handle the things I like to do for several years. The store's web-based configurator lets you pick out each thing you want, then when you go in to pay for it, the salesperson helps you tweak it a little.Your thoughts on the operating systems are appreciated. Thanks.

  3. decodedthought

    Originally posted by slackwrdave:

    Yeah, going to do that this weekend. I tried to configure a not expensive / not too cheap machine that will handle the things I like to do for several years.

    fair enough :up:

  4. Originally posted by decodedthought:

    personally I am starting to lose interest in Ubuntu kinda becoming more of an eye candy distro .

    Agreed. I've been playing with aptosid, which is based on Debian Sid. It can run either Gnome (blech), or Xfce, which is what I'm writing this from. Nice minimal install, with plenty of Debian stuff to install. And frankly, I've been spoiled by apt for package management.I came to Kubuntu from SuSE after using it for years, and I abandoned it at version 10.x. YaST became a travesty of function. Novell destroyed SuSE. My experiments with PCLinuxOS weren't all that great. I installed the Full Monty version, and it was completely overwhelming. The simple act of moving the task bar — or panel, as it's called under kde 4.x — from the bottom of the screen to the top took editing an obscure file buried deep somewhere, and unlocking a bunch of settings. I have the process in my notes somewhere…I'm still running Kubuntu 10.04 on my primary machine, and run Kubuntu 8.04 on my others. KDE 4.x is a hideous mess of resource waste. All the widgets and other crap are mostly worthless. I still can't cope with gnome, though, so I struggle. Kubuntu 8.04 uses KDE 3.5.x which makes sense to me in terms of what I want my window manager to accomplish. I've heard tell that Gnome 3.x is going to be even more of a train wreck than KDE 4.x.So, I guess what I'm saying is that I'm not sure I'd go with Ubuntu as they are certainly more cavalier about change than Debian proper. For example, Mark Shuttleworth and Ubuntu are fully committed to abandoning X.org in favor of Unity, and that's too much change for my comfort level. I might run it on my sandbox, but no way on production boxes.

  5. Originally posted by 0x29a:

    I've been spoiled by apt for package management

    TOTALLY! I love it. I don't know why I waited so long.Apt, aptitude, Synaptic, Software Center, update manager: all so easy and polished that you can be asleep, drunk, or both, and still do a nice job! :up: 😆 :beer:

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