The promised land: Vidalinux (1 Viewer)

Martin

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Dec 31, 2000
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Disclaimer: This distro sucks right now, do NOT install it!! :D

Having said that, Vidalinux is a new distro, with a pending first release (it's still beta). The great thing about it is that it's built on Gentoo. :party: That means you get all the great featues of Gentoo under the hood, along with a simple install procedure and a fairly easy to use desktop. The best of both worlds so to speak. But for now it's *very* buggy and has a lot of problems. Given a lot of effort, it could just become one of the most appealing distros out there though, so worth keeping an eye on.

http://desktop.vidalinux.com/
 

gray

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Apr 22, 2003
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a distro is a distribution of Linux, since it comes in a whole bunch of different flavours. Anyway good for you Martin, I'll have to get used to the whole linux thing before I try other stuff... bah, no time these days :(
 

mikhail

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Jan 24, 2003
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++ [ originally posted by Paolo_Montero ] ++
right so its an alternative to microsoft.. thats all I needed to know!
It's an alternative to Windows. A bit trickier to install, and not much for games AFAIK, but it's reliable, secure and free.

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Apart from the fact that it's freely distributed, Linux's functionality, adaptability and robustness, has made it the main alternative for proprietary Unix and Microsoft operating systems. IBM, Hewlett-Packard and other giants of the computing world have embraced Linux and support its ongoing development. More than a decade after its initial release, Linux is being adopted worldwide as a server platform primarily. Its use as a home and office desktop operating system is also on the rise. The operating system can also be incorporated directly into microchips in a process called "embedding" and is increasingly being used this way in appliances and devices.

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Martin

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Dec 31, 2000
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Maybe that wasn't exactly clear but this thread wasn't really meant to have mass appeal :rolleyes: I only write this for those who might be interested, like Graham, Matt, John..
 

mikhail

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Jan 24, 2003
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No, but it's to their benefit. Consider the Russian people finding out for the first time that Lada wasn't the only make on the market.
 

Tom

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Oct 30, 2001
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Perhaps I should just leave this place for the elitists :dontcare:

cheers anyway John, at least now i have a clue about what you lot rave on about all the time ;)
 
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Martin

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Dec 31, 2000
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++ [ originally posted by mikhail ] ++
No, but it's to their benefit. Consider the Russian people finding out for the first time that Lada wasn't the only make on the market.
A very worthy comparison, sir. :)

Graham, stfu :groan::p
 

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