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Re: What *nix do you recommend for a laptop?

by The Mighty Buzzard (Initiate)
on Feb 28, 2008 at 19:01 UTC ( #670983=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to What *nix do you recommend for a laptop?

If you're a massochist: gentoo, If you're never going to compile anything yourself: ubuntu, If you're scared of choices and shell prompts: OSX, Otherwise: slackware


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Re^2: What *nix do you recommend for a laptop?
by revdiablo (Prior) on Feb 29, 2008 at 00:31 UTC

    I don't mean to pick apart your post, because as a 10,000 ft overview it's not too bad. But what about Ubuntu precludes compiling things?

      It's not that you cannot compile stuff under Ubuntu -- it's that you compile everything under Gentoo.

        Compare:

        If you're never going to compile anything yourself: ubuntu

        To:

        It's not that you cannot compile stuff under Ubuntu

        I think you're expressing a vastly different sentiment than the post I was replying to.

        Ubuntu, without a doubt; installs in less than 1 hour, works right out the box.
        Lots of specific apps.
        A tremendous community to support you.

        I gave up on Gentoo ... I had to get that box running. However, Gentoo has probably more power, good if you have the time to tinker - sorry, optimize :-). You can try Ubuntu with the live CD, does not install anything on your disk.

        Have fun !!!

        Life is tough, it's tougher when you are dumb...

        jfl

Re^2: What *nix do you recommend for a laptop?
by DrHyde (Prior) on Mar 03, 2008 at 11:15 UTC
    You were doing really well until "If you're scared of choices and shell prompts: OSX". It's not a case of being scared of choice and the shell, it's a case of having better things to do than spend hours getting everything working and then more hours fixing it when it randomly breaks, which has been the case every time I tried Linux on a laptop. Although really, any OS not written by excitable children would probably work just as well. When Apple piss me off sufficiently, maybe I'll try FreeBSD on a laptop.

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