Ubuntu & Linspire
daniel at rimspace.net
Fri Feb 9 01:26:07 UTC 2007
Joe Hart <j.hart at orange.nl> writes:
> Jonathan Jesse wrote:
>> Wow, lots of broad statements there.... I always thought the beauty
>> of Ubuntu was that all the command line stuff, the "hardcore", is
>> still there and one can use it if he/she wants to or if one is closer
>> to a "newbie" then he/she can use the graphical options to
>> change/update/configure their system.
> Well, yes and no. Take a look at this:
> They explain (sort of) how to do it right after they say it will void
> any contract you have for support. All "hardcore" users know that
> compiling your own kernel is the best way to tune your system to your
> own hardware.
All "hardcore" users are damned fools, apparently. This is, not least,
because there is no statistically significant measurable difference
between a generic kernel and one that you "tune ... to your own
> Why do I need floppy support, parallel port, serial port, bluetooth,
> pcmcia, etc. if my computer doesn't have, or use them?
Do you /really/ miss the 77MB of disk space they consume?
Do you actually know that is the one and only resource they consume?
> Why is there a 'restricted modules' in the first place?
Licensing reasons. "Hardcore" users, of course, don't care for that law
and disregard it. Companies lack that luxury.
Good security practice? Is it that hard for a "hardcore" user to run
'sudo passwd root' -- I mean, seriously.
These are the "hardcore!" They know how to use the command line, and it
isn't like Ubuntu prevents you setting a root password -- or even blinks
if you do.
> Wacom devices in xorg.conf?
I guess "hardcore" users don't own Wacom tablets, but they do own USB
I infer this because you whine about Wacom tablets being configured to
work "out of the box" but we don't hear complaints that xorg.conf
contains definitions for USB mice...
> There are many 'strange' ways of doing things in *buntu.
> Don't get me wrong. Kubuntu is a fine distribution. It's just not
> what I have decided is best for me. I have learned a lot in the last
> year, and I have learned that with *ubuntu I don't have as much
> control as I would like.
>From your complaints, and from your definition of a "hardcore" user I
suspect you would find Gentoo the most satisfactory distribution.
It aims to provide all the twiddling you want, even if they also have
the drawback of wanting to provide a system that works when you plug it
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