Sunday, November 30, 2008

#!CrunchBang Linux: Flash! Bang! Wallop! What A Distro!

and i would agree:
everything Red Devil's Post says is 100% accurate. Ive been waiting to see a Distro that used OpenBox and Ubuntu/Debian Repositories. I'm not disappointed with CrunchBang. Fast as hell, low resource use, and 100% Ubuntu 8.10 compatible. SCORE!

I even removed my MEPIS Partition to install it... because MEPIS repositories and Debian Lenny repositories are always unresolved :( I need a distro that can stay current and MEPIS just wasn't doing it for me.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Sabayon and Gentoo

I have experimented with a Gentoo Based linux distribution and that was Sabayon Linux 3.5 POD.
I have had heard that Gentoo is very stable but takes a long time to install, update, or upgrade. The idea of Gentoo is having a very stable machine and making every package custom tailored to your machines. For instance, you want to install Firefox.. you have to download the package and then it have to compile it. Compiling takes a long time because it being built from source and being made specifically for your system.

Well, took me over 2 hr using there Spritz Package Manager to update my system. But, before that I have had Spritz crash twice and had to bird-dog the internet to find a way to UPGRADE Spritz before continuing, that took about 4 hrs of head aches. 170+ packages to download, compile, and building for my machine. Also, Sabayon Linux have like 3 different package management... what the heck. Emerge (command prompt) , Equo (command prompt), and Spritz (GUI) why?

You shouldn't need 20 mins to install and 15 mins to download Open Office on a 768Kbps DSL line. I shouldn't have to pick between 3 package managers. After the updates, upgrades, and installations of my favorite programs, the performance was hardly visible by me. Yes, slightly faster but not enof for me to make it my main Linux.

Well, If I want Stability, I stick with Slackware-based Distros. Like Zenwalk, Puppy, or GoblinX.
If I want Bleeding Edge, I'll go with Fedora or SUSE. But for the best of both worlds I'll stick with Linux Mint 5 XFCE CE. Gentoo in the last few years has lost a lot of its Developers and I can see why they fight. Stability over Easiness or Snappiness over Stability. So, at this point Sabayon is partitioned off my hard drive.

On another note for you Debian/Ubuntu users, SimplyMEPIS shouldn't be overlooked. KDE 3.5 is growing on me.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Computer Pics

Just some screen shots of my current Linux Desktops, DosBox 0.72, and VirtualBox Machines.

My Current Box:

From Tower Pics
From Tower Pics

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Current Computer Stats

Currently Running:

Motherboard: ECS GeForce6100SM-M2
Processor: AMD Sempron 3000+ (overclocked from 1601Mhz to 2403Mhz)
RAM: Super Talent 1x1GB DDR2 800Mhz
HDD: Maxtor 6B200P0 (IDE/189.9 GB)
- /dev/sda1: 128.19 GB ext3 HOME/Backup
- /dev/sda2: 10.00 GB ext3 SimplyMepis 7.0 (KDE 3.9/Debian Based)
- /dev/sda4: 21.63 GB XFS Zenwalk 5.2 (Enligthenment + XFCE/Slackware Based)
+Extended (30.11 GB)
- /dev/sda5: 14.55 GB ext3 Linux Mint 5 XFCE CE (using with Open Box/Ubuntu Based)
- /dev/sda6: 1 GB Swap
- /dev/sda7: 14.55 GB ext3 Sabayon Linux 3.5 POD (XFCE/Gentoo Based)
CD/DVD Drives:
- /dev/scd0: NEC DVD_RW ND-3550A (CD RW / DVD -/+RW DL IDE)
- /dev/scd1: ASUS DRW-2014L1T (CD RW+Lightscribe/ DVD -/+RW DL SATA)
Video: On-Board Nvidia 6100 nForce 405 (Shared 64MB RAM)
LAN: On-Board Nvidia MCP61 Ethernet
Sound: On-Board Nvidia MCP61 High Def Audio (RealTek ALC662)
Keyboard: Logitech Wireless S510
Mouse: Microsoft Wireless Intellimouse Explorer 2.0
PSU: 400 WATT PowMax
Case: Generic with Side Window (5x 3.5 drive bays 4x 5.25 drive bays)

Using Sun VirtualBox's Virtual Machines in Linux Mint
-OpenSUSE Gnome+Xfce 11.0
-Fedora Gnome 10 Preview
-Mandriva 2009.0 Gnome+Xfce One
-Windows XP + SP3