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Another week gone by... (07/04/2007 08:46:56 AM)

Yeah, it's me again and it seems appropriate to post something about what has happened this week. First of all, I came across a distribution of linux called Sabayon Linux which well, is simply a linux distribution with EVERYTHING you could possibly want built in. Lets see what has worked so far.

  • Video Cards
    • As Sabayon Linux comes with all propietry drivers installed, all my ATI and NVidia cards were detected instantly, and all appropriate 3D Accelaration was enabled whether it be through NVidia, AIGLX or simply XGL. Ofcourse, this also allowed the built-in windows manager, Beryl, to function properly on ALL my computer systems.
  • MP3, DIVX, MPEG, AVI Support
    • That's right, all multimedia formats I use regularly have been included in this distribution. Even DVD Support made it in this version of Linux making it well... perfect as a desktop operating system if someone was to use it for a multimedia system atleast. Once more, even Midi works fine in Timidity and I can even add/remove different sound fonts to get the appropriate sound.
  • NTFS Read support
    • Yes, most distros read NTFS partitions, but Sabayon not only reads, but it writes. On top of that, but the NTFS drive works just as it would under Windows, that being thumbnails are loaded whilst browsing the drive. Certainly a great feature for any linux distro!
  • Bluetooth/Wireless/Infrared/Network
    • Everything was built in for my T40 atleast. That being my Cisco Aironet wireless card was detected and working instantly, my $10 USB Bluetooth dongle was detected and working automatically as I was able to install Java applications (via OBEX) and transfer files to a Motorola RAZR V3. Interesting anyway that this same adapter under Windows is either struggling during file transfer (no matter the PC I put it on with the RAZR V3) or just plainly not working at all. The adapter isn't dodgey either as it works more-often-than-not with Nokia 6230's. Infrared works fine, even without ifconfig irda0 down/up Wink
  • KDE is Default
    • Torvalds said it himself , KDE is the window manager for linux - not crappy Gnome, and anyone wishing to take this up with me can go to hell given the creator of linux specifically says AVOID GNOME Surprised I suppose, what would he know - it's not like he invented Linux Tongue out Anyway, KDE default is great. All my applications are there in the spots one would expect it to be. The Konqueror File Manager is great, infact it must be exceptionally great for vista to pinch the 'replace address bar with buttons for directories' theory. I use both WDM's on a regular basis, but KDE just has the 'right' feel, mind you it doesn't mean I don't get my hands dirty in a Terminal window or PuTTY on windows ;) Sabayon does however come with Gnome for those Torvalds-theory hating users, just as there is other WDM's available not quite as standard as KDE or Gnome.

So, what's to hate about this version of Linux? Well it's Debian based, without being Debian which ticks me off somewhat. Infact, it's Gentoo based which is almost like an independant system which is loosely based on Debian and well, that means anything I have done Debian or Red Hat specific just isn't the same under Sabayon. It makes it increasingly difficult to find packages for that otherwise I would just use either YUM or APT-GET for. It relies on compiling stuff straight from source using EMERGE and well, it takes forever to do anything with which kind of annoys me. Mind you, there haven't been packages I have had to install yet given it's all there... provided for me, and the positives outweigh this slight inconvienence.

The other thing is the fact that I am used to directory structures such as /etc/network/interfaces which is obviously different amongst many players, but what do you do Tongue out Honestly, I will probably end up installing just straight Debian as a permanent desktop system and setting up read/write access simply because Debian's package repository is in my opinion, one that is extensively tested and will pretty much work when tested. I suppose time will tell Undecided Oh and I'm in the market looking for a cap plan with great phone shortly, I'll let you know how I go - but a 6288 is looking good on a $29 cap plan Surprised

Anyway, Happy Easter, Passover, Gonnohrea, Birthday or whatever you are celebrating this weekend,

Ciao

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