Rev for Linux (was Re: iPadding around?)
palcibiades-first at yahoo.co.uk
Tue Feb 2 13:21:29 CST 2010
There's a nice Slackware based educational distribution from Zenwalk. Very
worth a look. The Slack base makes it stable and fast. It is Xfce based
rather than Gnome.
The other one to consider is Skolelinux, aka Debian-EDU. This is Debian
Stable based. People don't realize that the main benefit of Debian is that
its a rolling distro, and so super easy to keep up to date. The way it
works is, the distribution starts out in Experimental, then moves on a two
year or so cycle through Unstable, Testing to Stable. At which point it
really is Stable.
You can find links and reviews on Distrowatch.
What you are getting from Ubuntu is a 6 month release cycle of a collection
of bits out of Debian Experimental. This largely negates the benefits of
being an apt distribution in terms of upgrade ease, and it also negates the
potential benefits for stability of being Debian based. As the cries of
grief and rage, which are heard regularly every six months from the
upgraders, go to show!
You want six month release cycles (but why would you?) go to Mandriva. You
will sacrifice stability, but you do get something, ease of use combined
with being bang up to date. You want boring practical useful and stable,
and never having to think about upgrades again, go to Debian Stable.
I wouldn't put Ubuntu on any machine I was going to have to support.
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