[FoRK] XP Updates needed for a fresh install: Over 146 updates, over 410MB

Stephen D. Williams <sdw at lig.net> on Sun Aug 12 22:18:13 PDT 2007

I'm currently alternating between Ubuntu (Debian based) and Centos (a 
free version of Redhat, i.e. Fedora+).

I find with recent distributions that I have to install quite a few 
packages, for development mainly, to have a comfortable system.  SuSe et 
al used to have nice "install everything" choices.  Typically, you'll 
want to find and add a number of development and experimental package 
distribution sites to your local config file (especially for Ubuntu).  I 
try to stick with Nvidia based systems, so I have to install the 
commercial driver first also.


Sat N wrote:
> Timely discussion :)
> I lost my XP CD on my old desktop and after a frustrated day, I can
> now be convinced to install Linux. Other than reducing green house
> emissions from my PC, I am sure there are other benefits of installing
> Linux.
> Which distribution do you guys recommend? This is a fairly old
> desktop, only use for it is to check woot.com and use skype.
> On 8/12/07, Stephen D. Williams <sdw at lig.net> wrote:
>> On the third round of update / reboot cycles (how many will there be??),
>> an XP reinstall has so far required 146 updates and over 410+ MB of
>> downloads.  It seemed to be only semi-responsive for a long time; it was
>> tabulating all of those required and recommended updates.
>> Soon, maybe even now, the updates required will be larger than the
>> installation CD.  Sad that they don't have up to date distros like Linux.
>> Good luck for someone on dialup or who, for security reasons, doesn't
>> connect their machine to the Internet.
>> Good luck for someone without an effective firewall between the
>> unpatched machine and the Internet.
>> Now, back to my Linux laptop.
>> sdw
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