Distribution differences

I would like to see a meeting/presentation where the various 'big' distributions are compared to one another. There is definately a lot of 'try gentoo!' or '...but you can do all that with Debian...' trolling going on in IRC and on the message boards, and it would be nice to have different speakers / presenters talk about the specific differences between their prefered distro and the others.

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Re:Distribution differences

Thanks Josh! Thanks Tom! Thanks Michael!

I really enjoyed seeing and having a conversation on these topics.

I use Red Hat and Fedora (and Windows) at work

Red Hat and Knoppix and DamnSmall Linux (and Windows) at home

I'm going to make the leap and at least install Debian on one of my machines at both Work and Home, and compare them for myself.

Of course there's always FreeBSD! ;>

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I am really going to try to be there for this one! I (being the n00b that I am) am having difficulty understanding the directory layout differences, or perhaps it's just how each distro uses the file system differently. I.e. - I know SuSE now uses an /srv directory as the root to 'network services' like apache2, for example, which is non-standard (at least to the defaults for apache2). I also know that the config files (httpd.conf, etc.) appear to be located in the /etc/appache2 directory as opposed to other places I've noted in other distros.

The reason this would have significant value to me is that I can't really find a reference guide as to where SuSE puts things. This makes it extremely difficult to pull generic information from the 'net about an app or config setting, when I don't know how to translate it into the correct locations for SuSE. (if you go out and goole 'mysql HOWTO' for example, the amount of info is relatively vast.. but the directory references for the file locations appears to generally be focused on where Red Hat / Fedora would place these files...)

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So we've got Linux from Scratch, Debian, and Fedora...there's still openings for more!!! Anyone jump in on this and whip a couple slides together and join in on the presenter list for next Wednesday???

DB

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[quote="db"]I think I have 5 or so slides on Fedora Core2. We are still on for the June 2nd meeting, right? [/quote] Yep - so far it's just you, me, and Josh. [quote="db"] I'll post the presentation on the net, so I can access it from whatever machine we have hooked up. I'll also try and put a copy on a floppy, or my Zaurus just in case. Cheers, Dave[/quote] Sounds good - I'll try to remember to bring my floppy drive :)

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I think I have 5 or so slides on Fedora Core2. We are still on for the June 2nd meeting, right? I'll post the presentation on the net, so I can access it from whatever machine we have hooked up. I'll also try and put a copy on a floppy, or my Zaurus just in case.

Cheers,

Dave

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I will try and pull together something on the Fedora distro, most likely if they release Core 2, I'll concentrate on new features of that release and basic pros/cons. (Since we recently had a presentation on this distro I'll only use 5 minutes or so.) If we can get this nailed down to a set of folks who'll be presenting and a schedule, maybe we could post it here and perhaps request that all the presentations be network accessable...that way we could just setup Michael's machine and use it to present our minimal amount of slides...then no machine switching will be required...unless you wish to demo and install (which I do not recommend for time-sake). I'd rather see some quick presentations and open discussion. So we have [b]drgfunk[/b] (Josh) doing Linux From Scratch, [b]schultmc[/b] (Michael) doing Debian, [b]db[/b] (Dave) doing Fedora, and possibly Knoppix/Mepix by Tom Conrad. That's 20 minutes to 30 minutes so far. Any other big ones anyone would like covered? (Fedora kind of covers Red Hat...at least the free part, we might consider Mandrake... Slackware... Suse... Gentoo...) If we covered those 4 more we'd easily have 40 min - 1 hour... We should concentrate on major advantages/disadvantages and unique features of each distro. Enough rambling...That is basically where we are at at this point for June 2nd's meeting.

Why I use Debian

I can give a short talk about why I use Debian. We're thinking about having this Distribution Discussion at the June 2, 2004 meeting. Anyone else available to give a short talk on why they use the distribution they do?

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I would be willing to put together a 5 - 10 minute presentation on the bennifits of using Linux From Scratch (http://www.linuxfromscratch.org). I would love to see other review/presentations on other distributions and find out why users prefer one over the other. This could spark some very interesting converstion.

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I have posted such a presentation online at: http://mcbrown.freewebpage.org/edslug/ Peruse that but that would be interesting to have 4 or 5 or 6 folks do 5-10 minutes each about the vices/virtues of their fav. distro. Dave db@cinlug.org