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Old 23. Mar 2009, 08:49 AM   #21 (permalink)
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Thanks for those articles, they were a pleasant read. I know, hardware support can vary between different distros, luckily most of my hardware worked quite well in Puppy Linux. Also, most people seems to be recommending large distros which is fine because they are in fact great but I would like to see some evaluations on small distros like the one I'm using or DSL. Even though they don't have some of those excellent large-sized softwares like OpenOffice (which contains a module similar to Powerpoint that Puppy lacks), it's still amazing that they can squeeze almost everything an average user needs in less than 20% of the sizes of those large distros. Although you can install OpenOffice in Puppy as it will be saved in the adjustable 512MB file in your hard disk. See this link: http://www.puppylinux.org/wiki/appli...ice/openoffice Although that page seems to be a bit out-dated, it still shows how to install OpenOffice in Puppy.
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I just want to say that I'm really surprise that a new version, 4.2, of Puppy Linux was released a few days ago which made me really want to scream in dismay as I've just wasted 4Hrs downloading the last latest version 4.1.2 a few weeks ago. Not to mention I've wasted one of my CD-R. Nevertheless, the new version seems very promising and quite good. Their size seems to get larger and larger, just hope the don't get TOO large for me to download.

Info on the new version can be found on: http://www.puppylinux.org/downloads/...2-deep-thought
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Old 31. Mar 2009, 11:36 AM   #23 (permalink)
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Hi All , it is good to see the interest in Linux here on this forum . After al it was Ian`s old news letter that got me interested in Linux , and of course Braids articles . I have tried a number of distros and like Linux Mint best as it proved to be easiast to dual boot with xp , that was my experience apart from one little hiccup ... where they didnt explain well enough for me one step in the installation tutorial but after that it worked well .
And yes Linux is a new learning curve ,then again we tend to forget so was windows for many of us .
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Old 31. Mar 2009, 04:12 PM   #24 (permalink)
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BK there are always updates with Linux. Puppy is great, in fact I use it to rescue stuff on my disks or other people computers when their OS isn't working. So keep a copy handy for those emrgences. I have now a love hate relatioship with Linux. It took me ages to find a stable Linux for my old machine and it was Mandriva 2009.1 that was brilliant, but the old machine's motherboard went and I have a 64bit comp. I have gone through 4 diistro's in the last 4 weeks and as yet none seem stable, I seem to spend my time trying to fix the problems instead of computing. So when you get a good Distro working its great, but it really is tear your hair out time if it ain't working. And, when you are on the forum every five minutes you no its time to quit. My next step is MEPIS 64bit I will see how that goes. Two things I request, one is that Wine works correctly with Photoshop (as you can have several problems and I have most of them (must be my magnetic charm))and the other is I DON'T have gnome. So I always opt for the KDE.

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It took me ages to find a stable Linux for my old machine and it was Mandriva 2009.
I've heard a lot of good things from other people about Mandriva but there's one thing I find a bit confusing. What's the difference between Mandriva One 2009, Mandriva Powerpack 2009 and Mandriva Powerpack Subscription?
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I just want to say that I'm really surprise that a new version, 4.2, of Puppy Linux was released a few days ago which made me really want to scream in dismay as I've just wasted 4Hrs downloading the last latest version 4.1.2 a few weeks ago. Not to mention I've wasted one of my CD-R. Nevertheless, the new version seems very promising and quite good. Their size seems to get larger and larger, just hope the don't get TOO large for me to download.
I can understand your reaction when you saw the new version of Puppy Linux . I had seen the update a few days ago, and I had immediately thought of you regarding this. This is quite a problem with such Live CDs, or CDs like Ultimate Boot CD, or UBCD4Win. You have to download the whole ISO again, when there is any new version. A good solution would be to use re-writable CDs.

I think the CD size will keep increasing, as they attempt to accommodate more and more programs. But still, they should keep the size small, so as to still call it a Puppy, otherwise they should start calling it as Doggy Linux .
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I've heard a lot of good things from other people about Mandriva but there's one thing I find a bit confusing. What's the difference between Mandriva One 2009, Mandriva Powerpack 2009 and Mandriva Powerpack Subscription?
I thought I had written this before, but looking it had disappeared. Ah well.
Sorry I don't know what Powerpack is, I suggest you have a look and ask on their forum or someone might state here. I have always found Mandriva a helpful lot.

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Well nevermind then, I'll go look in their forums later. So I can assume you're using Mandriva One right, the free version?
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Well nevermind then, I'll go look in their forums later. So I can assume you're using Mandriva One right, the free version?
At present Mandriva is not 64bit. And yes I was using the free Mandriva 2009.0 at first, but later updated for a while. But now trying to assess my next Linux for 64bit. Due to bandwidth I have to choose a time to download when I shan't be penalised

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I know how bandwidth problems can sometimes be a pain in the bud, so sometimes, ordering LiveCDs may seem to be a preferred option. I'm planning to try Fedora soon seeing how many people praise it, there's also something about NASA, Supercomputers and even robots are using Fedora.
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