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    Sticky: That IS old... in Linux years at least!

    I did not get my Linux start until 1995, and I waited until I could purchase a book... Patrick Volkerding co-authored a book around that time along with Johnson and Reichard, if I remember correctly....
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    apt-get is limited only by the number of...

    apt-get is limited only by the number of parameters the command line interpreter can handle. Of course, if you have THAT MANY packages to install, a dist-upgrade or passing the packages directly to...
  3. Oh sorry, I did not go back quite that far in my...

    Oh sorry, I did not go back quite that far in my Debian usage; Potato was the first release I ever tried, and Woody was probably about the point where I started to really "get it". I did not use...
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    Explaining Debian packaging mechanics at a high level

    That's much more clear; now I believe I understand your question. You're asking then, if multiple software packages are listed for installation, why does apt-get download all of them before...
  5. We will just have to wait and see, but here's what I'd love to see next!

    ... but I'd like to see the next release named either Rocky, after the toy which was even stronger than Buzz Lightyear, Rex, after the T-Rex toy, or Zurg, the arch enemy of Buzz Lightyear. There are...
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    I'm sorry my friend, it really is not very clear...

    I'm sorry my friend, it really is not very clear at all what you are asking, but I'll try to restate your question, and if I guess your intention correctly, please confirm, and if not, try to restate...
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    There is no need to use even a fraction of that software; use what you need!

    The Debian project is a huge, international project, catering to numerous different needs and interests, and numerous hardware architectures. There is no possible way that people will use ALL of the...
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    Never stopped me before!

    I have used the netinst, the Debian Live, but I'm pretty sure I've just grabbed the first CD of an installation, and that has been fine. Somewhere, they need all of those images to contain the...
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    Sticky: Ah, MandrakeMove! That's an interesting one. I...

    Ah, MandrakeMove! That's an interesting one. I played with that one a bit, too, but by then I had already been using Linux software for seven or eight years. Around the time of MandrakeMove, a...
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    Sticky: Slackware, circa 1995

    I had to leave many of my original CDs behind when I lost my home about a year ago, and memories fade a little bit, but not a lot. I ran my first Linux distro in November 1995 and I bought a book...
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    I believe in choices and alternatives in freely available software

    I believe in choices and alternatives in freely available software, and I believe those choices should apply to which distributions we use, and how we contribute - and even if we choose to contribute...
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    Sticky: When I first tried Corel Linux, I had hardware...

    When I first tried Corel Linux, I had hardware compatibility issues with it on the hardware I was using at the time. About a year and a half later, though, I tried some more "Linux friendly"...
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    Every published test that I have ever seen shows...

    Every published test that I have ever seen shows Linux systems beating out FreeBSD systems in at least 70% of the tests. There are a few where FreeBSD does well, but there are a few others where...
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    Debian Live is cool to play with and they now...

    Debian Live is cool to play with and they now have Live spins with several different desktop setups.

    I am a big fan of sidux; it is what I am using now. I have five systems at home; oldest is a...
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    I have seen Ubuntu make some improvement in boot...

    I have seen Ubuntu make some improvement in boot times over the past two releases. My systems now boot in under thirty seconds, but since I do not have hot hardware, it's not quite down to the sub...
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    I am grabbing a copy now and I will try it in a...

    I am grabbing a copy now and I will try it in a Virtualbox setting first before I decide to install it. I am trying the Xubuntu variation first, and will, more than likely, try Kubuntu as well.
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    Thanks Kano!

    Thanks for posting that link to the Debian Live images. I believe someone else mentioned it not long ago on another forum, but now I have that link to keep handy, so I appreciate it!
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    Sticky: First: Slackware, 1995. First with Broadband...

    First: Slackware, 1995.
    First with Broadband network: Caldera OpenLinux eDesktop 2.4, 1999.
    Favorite once I started using Linux daily: Mandrake 8.0, until I found Debian in late 2001.
    Favorite...
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    I am looking forward to the comparisons and...

    I am looking forward to the comparisons and appreciate whatever you are able to put together. It was some of the earlier comparisons that brought me here in the first place, so keep 'em up!
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    I got it working on a sidux system, which is a...

    I got it working on a sidux system, which is a Debian Sid derivative.
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