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Re: [gNewSense-users] Choosing a distribution

From: Kevin Dean
Subject: Re: [gNewSense-users] Choosing a distribution
Date: Wed, 11 Apr 2007 16:18:55 -0400

gNewSense is based on Ubuntu. The graphical installer for gNewSense is
arguably more "friendly" than even the Debian Etch GUI installer.

As for being a "real" "nix system that can translate into usable,
professional skills, you'll certainly find that. gNS, and Ubuntu, are
based on Debian which is a reliable, professional base.

In fact, if you've got experience with just about any Debian based
distro, you'll notice only a few differences at all, but the fact that
your system will be under your control, with access to the sources for
EVERYTHING you run, standing on the backs of a community dedicated to
Freedom is very good. :)

I've run GNU/Linux on my systems for the past several years, using it
exclusively for the past 1.5 years (at home and at work). I am, by
profession, a Linux System Administrator with a small marketing
company that does full scale hosting, design and programming of
websites for small businesses.

If you value Freedom, gNewSense is soemthing to look towards. While it
does have a GUI installer, it's also a "young" project, and a lot of
things still need attention. For someone looking to learn GNU/Linux as
well as try some more "advanced" things, it might be the the entire
project is for you. If you're looking for more advanced stuff, helping
develop a server install CD might teach you al lot fairly quickly.

Really how much you learn is up to you, but that's the same with any
distro. If you value Freedom, however, gNewSense is a great project to
get into.


On 4/11/07, cesar gil perez <address@hidden> wrote:
Hi everybody,

I have been using GNU/Linux as my only operating system for about a
year, testing various flavours in order to learn and decide which one
suits me more.
A few weeks ago I installed gNewSense in one of my  PC's partitions
and I am becoming more and more convinced that the real path is that
of GNU/FSF. The problem is that I have become quite used to distros as
Debian or Slackware in order to learn the basics of the UNIX-like
systems (I am studying on my own for the moment and planning to start
at the University next year) and I am not sure if installing and
working with one of the "only-free" distros, like gNewSense or the
others recommended by the FSF, is the best choice to learn the basics
and become an expert in *NIX systems. I mainly say this because those
distros have a quite simple graphical installer in order to facilitate
the installation to the end user and what really teach me most is just
the opposite, installing and tweaking in console-expert mode.

Well, any oppinions from experienced administrators and/or programmers
would be welcome.

Happy hacking   ;-)

PD: sorry for possible grammar mistakes. English in not my mother tongue.

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