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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • I can't comment about ubuntu per se but having used both rpm based and deb/apt based distros (Red Hat and Debian) I can't square the idea of rpm being convenient. Even on my Red Hat training course it caused problems, deb/apt is a superior solution, it just works.

    I'm told that Mandriva (aka Mandrake) is a good distribution, but then again I'm told that [k]ubuntu is also a good distribution, I've not really used either so I can't really comment. Both ubuntu and Knoppix live disks booted perfectly on my ant

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    • Oh, I missed where my point was obscured? My point wasn't comparing RPM vs apt/synaptic and the archives -- I do prefer apt, even commandline -- it was whether the initial install CD (and supported archives) include the useful but non-free add-ins like Java or not, that folks reasonably expect a broser to just come with, but have license issues. The FireFox Plug-In FAQ and the UbuntuGuide.com "Unofficial Add Ons" CD aren't necessary with a commercial non-free Linux; manual installs of Java RTE are requir
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      Bill
      # I had a sig when sigs were cool
      use Sig;
      • The Ubuntu community have found a few ways to make the un-convenient installation of the non-free extras almost convenient, and the Forums have the links to solve other HW problems
        • T23 screen resolution [ubuntuforums.org] and 3d support.
        • Ubuntu Backports and Extras [ubuntuforums.org] repository: Ubuntu doesn't keep taking fixes (except egregious security fixes) after release, so you don't get upgrades to packages. To get the update releases ... e.g., Firefox 1.0.4 that has the security patches, and realplayer, you need to add apt sources for hoary-backports and hoary-extras via Backports.UbuntuForums.ORG [ubuntuforums.org] and (but download from the mirrors [planetmirror.com]).
        • Ubuntu Guide [ubuntuguide.org] has a list of how to do manual installs of all the non-free (not-quite-libre-enough) extras, and a downloadable ISO you can install them from.
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        Bill
        # I had a sig when sigs were cool
        use Sig;