[linux-audio-user] Best distro for Audio??

John Check j4strngs at bitless.net
Sat Aug 7 18:10:22 EDT 2004


On Saturday 07 August 2004 03:56 pm, Fernando Pablo Lopez-Lezcano wrote:
> On Sat, 2004-08-07 at 06:33, robin fell wrote:
> > > Last Friday 06 August 2004 03:01, Russell Hanaghan was like:
> > > > I need to stretch my wings a little and try something outside of
> > > > Mandrake 10.0...
> > > >
> > > > Can I get some basic pros and cons of the different distro's you're
> > > > using? And especially from previous Mandrake users.
> >
> > I gave up with Mandrake at 8.0.  It was OK(ish), but I have a nasty
> > habit of breaking _anything_ based on RPM.
> >
> > Tried Planet, but based on RH meant endless RPM database woes for me :(
>
> Hmmm, not recently, right?
>
> There were some problems in RH8 (or was it 9?) where sometimes rpm would
> hang, but that was a while ago.
>
> > Ended up on Gentoo, but I can't really recommend it for general use by
> > others;
> >
> > cons
> > 1. easy to select configurations (via USE flags) that break your system
> > 2. easy to select (via USE flags) configurations that _nearly_ work :(
> > 3. takes ages to compile things from source,  with little real benefit
> > 4. fills your HD with source code (minor niggle really)
> >
> > pros
> > 1. i've not managed to break portage yet.  this is numero-uno for me
> > because i killed MDK and RH several times - requiring a reinstall [note:
> > yes i do know about rpm dB locks and dB repair tools, but they failed to
> > fix my dB]
>
> Yuck.... I guess I'm lucky. I've never gotten that far in breaking a
> system through rpm alone. Just curious, which is the last version of
> rh/fc you tried?
>
> > I'm currently considering a change of distro too - I spend too long on
> > admin issues, and not enough time hacking/recording.
>
> Probably true of any distro if you want to use the latest versions of
> audio packages (and who doesn't!). Let us know what you find...
> -- Fernando

One other Debian con, you have to run "unstable" if you want to be current.
Don't let the name fool you. I've only had it break once in the past year and 
that was no biggie (at least for me)
Debian "stable" OTOH is the rock of gibraltar, but it's like a Douglas DC-3;
There are no surprises left.


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