[clug-talk] Distro choice, besides *buntu?
dcrosby at userful.com
Mon Jul 20 09:59:05 PDT 2009
Chris Lusena wrote:
> In general from RPM based distribution you need to install the -dev version of the package to compile against the library. I use SUSE and love, recomend it to newbies, yast is great it is a one stop shop to do your system admin with out have to remember which file you have to edit where, which is hard for those of us who do not admin much.
> I have compiled KDE vs SUSE 11.1 so that seams like a fairly good test.
I've compiled Gnome against Fedora 11, and besides issues within Gnome
itself (that's a different rant), it was pretty painless. I'll be bold
and say that modern non-1337 distros (i.e. .deb and .rpm based) are
adequate for building non-repo software. That, and spending 2 hours
trying to f*** with settings just to play a DVD seems kind of 1998.
I'd suggest Fedora for Shawn (yeah, I'm biased). I've found it the right
balance of power and flexibility, with the least amount of futzing. Of
course, once CentOS 6 hits I'm going to stick with that until the next
major release (Cent 5 has a few cobwebs that keep me from using it
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