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About Alphadonius

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  1. Very annoyed with DistroWatch Weekly Comments again

    I noticed too. Being a Trek fan (especially of TNG), I heartily approve. As for the sig, out of curiousity, so you now no longer like/advocate openSUSE the most, or just decided to be more neutral as to not attract the flamers? Not related I know, but it's interesting that you're now suggesting the very three distros I'm deciding among to foist upon my girlfriend. (I'm leaning towards Mandriva, if you're curious; it will probably be a bit of time before we actually get to it at this rate.)
  2. What is WebKit win32

    It's already out, and does not depend on Cygwin anymore. I haven't tried it myself, so I don't know how well it works at this point, but for those brave souls who want to try it out, look at the KDE 4.1 for Windows release announcement and get the kdewin installer. BTW, keep up the work on the MFC WebKit browser too. The more the merrier.
  3. Linux For an OS X User

    Thanks for the warning! I'll make sure to get the latest version of the kernel as soon as whatever distro it is is installed; kernel-linus 2.6.25 is in the contrib repository of Mandriva, and both openSUSE and Lenny have 2.6.25 for their default kernel now, so that shouldn't be a problem whichever distro I choose, as long as having 2.6.24 on the initial install doesn't render it unbootable (which is really only an issue on Mandriva; for Debian, net-install FTW ). If that's all it is, then I agree with your conclusion.
  4. Linux For an OS X User

    Just so long as it likes a C2D MacBook. :censored2: Naturally, with regards to installing KDE. I might as well look into it anyway, but out of curiosity, what does Parsix add to Debian (or, rather, Kanotix) besides better Farsi-language support? Their website seems kinda sparse on details.
  5. Linux For an OS X User

    As I said in a previous post, the point is to get her familiar with Linux, not with a bastardized Linux/OS X hybrid (as she has a real Mac anyway for OS X). So vanilla KDE 3.5 and/or GNOME it will be. Thanks anyway though. (I'm also not a fan of Ubuntu except to give to a newbie to computers; my girlfriend is very adept in computers, just has only had experience with MacOS, both Classic and X, so far. If we go for a Debian-based distro, it will be Debian itself, probably Lenny.)
  6. Linux For an OS X User

    Even on my own computer, I use KDE 3.5 with openSUSE 11.0; no way I'm inflicting KDE4 on her until 4.2 at the earliest. And this is from somebody who prefers KDE to GNOME in general. Which is another problem with Fedora: it doesn't even have KDE 3.5 in its latest versions. Thankfully, openSUSE didn't go that route.
  7. Linux For an OS X User

    I've already done that, and we agreed that looks-wise, openSUSE is better. It's different looking at somebody else using an OS compared to actually using it on a day-to-day basis though, as indeed I've found with OS X also. I suppose it may come down to flipping a coin, and picking one of the two then switching to the other if the first doesn't work out for whatever reason (or if she just gets curious). Indeed, and I figure that if she wants an OS X-like interface, she can always just boot up into OS X itself. As she probably will most of the time TBH, but at least this will let her play around with Linux.

    Debian indeed came first, and is one of the oldest Linux distributions still around today, being founded a scant few months after Slackware, the oldest Linux distro still being developed today. If you're curious, there is a chart of the lineage and ages of every major Linux distro you can look at.
  9. Linux For an OS X User

    I'm a Gentoo user myself, though I don't think I'll inflict that on her just yet. Those are two very sensible suggestions you give, but kinda makes a dilemma. On one hand, openSUSE is hands-down (by default at least) the best-looking distribution there is. On the other hand, I've worked with both (openSUSE 11.0 and Mandriva 2008 Spring), and honestly I think that Mandriva is easier to work with than openSUSE. I was also thinking Debian (to give the most "pure" taste of Linux that I can to her, while still being relatively easy to use) or Arch (lightest on resources, but hardest for a newbie; least likely)
  10. Linux For an OS X User

    Though OS X also rocks, I want to give my girlfriend a taste of Linux. Any opinions as to what the best distro would be for somebody who was basically raised on a Mac (back from the 68k days, no less), and would work decently on a genuine C2D MacBook?