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20091226 newest Knoppix
got sound , no wireless
. Suffers critical defect , distro fails to cycle through extra resolutions after [ctrl][alt][+] keypress which worked for over half a decade .

20091129  • 2009-11-20: Dev. Rel. VENENUX GNU/Linux 0.8 RC2 dvd
O 3; didn't localise when I typed lang=us , but it expected a different keyboard , as the = was not an = . No sound , did debian decide my machine doesn't use free enough sound hardware ? No wireless , did debian decide my machine doesn't use free enough wireless hardware ?
Partition install didn't succeed at booting , weird junk in grub directory , didn't list self in menu.lst . Impossible to localize as [ctrl][alt][backspace] doesn't restart the graphics system . Suffers critical defect , distro fails to cycle through extra resolutions after [ctrl][alt][+] keypress which worked for over half a decade . I think I'd like to see linux distributions actually get better over time , unlike the trend after the Malware Tsunami of 2007 . This doesn't just come from David Fox dying . While a slight improvement , google sites disappoints when one likes large print . And they slightly botched the move . Suddenly the fan in my laptop does occasionally work now , this part of linux evidences slow improvements .

20091118 VectorLinux 6.0 "KDE-Classic" edition
On 3 ; Overwrote MBR. despite my instructions not to ! After restoring grub. . pointing at
the partition got a grub menu . That's another gross error when the installer says it's using
LILO. . Gui. never came up ! Yet another gross failure masquerading as a linux
distribution . Not good on G .

20091115 simply MEPIS 8.0.12 _32 and _64
Optical on 3 . Has KDE 3 and not an imitation of jwm masquerading as KDE . No sound , native resolution . My wireless = the same as the ee pc , which comes with linux , so the failure here = AWFUL !  Suffers critical defect , distro fails to cycle through extra resolutions after [ctrl][alt][+] keypress which worked for over half a decade .
20100116 On G , it failed to get the 1440x900 resolution right but cycled through several wrong resolutions , got flash .

20091006 simply MEPIS 8.0.10 _32 and _64
Optical on 3 . Has KDE 3 and not an imitation of jwm masquerading as KDE . Got sound , native resolution . My wireless = the same as the ee pc , which comes with linux , so failing here = AWFUL !  Suffers critical defect , distro fails to cycle through extra resolutions after [ctrl][alt][+] keypress which worked for over half a decade . 20100116 On G , it failed to get the 1440x900 resolution right but cycled through several wrong resolutions , got flash .

20090818 Anubis MEPIS. from june
minstall worked on 3 and it played foamy fine . Thus it got native resolution , sound , wireless and flash right out of the box . The kde. 3.x works fine . Repositories list my 2 favorite games . Lost sound after installing some packages . Suffers critical defect , distro fails to cycle through extra resolutions after [ctrl][alt][+] keypress which worked for over half a decade .

20090818 Kademar 4.8 and 4.9
4.8 looked great as live on 3 . HD install = kernel panick for both , so I dumped Mint on the partition .  kdemar = the password , not kademar . 4.9 managed to go on the usb. stick fine . Suffers critical defect , distro fails to cycle through extra resolutions after [ctrl][alt][+] keypress which worked for over half a decade .

20090817 Mint , KDE version
Lacks KDE 3.x . Got Wireless , sound , flash . Shockingly good considering the window environment gives no major features over jwm and consumes much more ram. etc. . Trivial administration tasks under kde3.x = horrible on the HD. install ; I rebooted into a simply MEPIS partition and got my work done 20090818 . Suffers critical defect , distro fails to cycle through extra resolutions after [ctrl][alt][+] keypress which worked for over half a decade .

20090722 ULTILEX 4.0.0
On 3 the SLAX works well with sound , KDE 3.x , flash playing under konqueror over my wireless web access .  Some of the other OSes like puppy do work .  Native screen resolution detected correctly . Suffers critical defect , distro fails to cycle through extra resolutions after [ctrl][alt][+] keypress which worked for over half a decade .

20090707 a MEPIS
After finally grafting in the xorg.conf from the latest Elive test release , this works very well on 3 .  Didn't test kworldclock as my background wallpaper as internet just came back .  Louder volume and sound stays intelligible after hours of use , unlike many a distro .  Suffers critical defect , distro fails to cycle through extra resolutions after [ctrl][alt][+] keypress which worked for over half a decade .

20090707 AV Linux
The openbox wm looks good on 3 .  No sond or wireless .  Suffers critical defect , distro fails to cycle through extra resolutions after [ctrl][alt][+] keypress which worked for over half a decade .

20090707 Antix MEPIS m82 public test
Got wireless , flash and sound .  But no KDE3. O.k.   Suffers critical defect , distro fails to cycle through extra resolutions after [ctrl][alt][+] keypress which worked for over half a decade .

20090707 latest Elive test
Annoying to graft in KDE3. with internet flaking .  Annoying wireless .  Same good stuff iff you like Enlightenment micro text UI. .  Sound not improved , vs new - ish MEPIS .  Suffers critical defect , distro fails to cycle through extra resolutions after [ctrl][alt][+] keypress which worked for over half a decade .

20090707 ANUBIS _64 bit
MEPIS based , has KDE3. Did wireless , sound and clearly played back Foamy's swear words from ill will press .  Missing Konqueror .  Krusader lacks file size view feature of Konqueror .  Typing :
su -
minstall
, should let me succeed at installing to hard drive .  Nice wireless tool UI. .  Tended not to let one install software from repository while running from cd. , possibly from flaky internet here .  Suffers critical defect , distro fails to cycle through extra resolutions after [ctrl][alt][+] keypress which worked for over half a decade .

20090608 GRML 2009.05
on x , jwm worked .  Install to hd. went badly .   [ctrl] + doesn't always work but OS. does cycle through extra resolutions after [ctrl][alt][+] keypress . 

20090528 latest MINT
Got sound , wireless , native resolution of screen .  Desktop very smooth but poorly conceived .  Didn't succeed at x restart in different desktop environment on LIVE cd .  Repositories added flash fine .  Kuickshow went in fine too .  If it can KDE. , and I don't mean that dead common stupid recent fork away from KDE. this distro should work well .    Suffers critical defect , distro fails to cycle through extra resolutions after [ctrl][alt][+] keypress which worked for over half a decade .

20090504 PCLinuxOS 2009
On 3 it does get wireless and more software in the repositories makes this viable , unlike before .  Never worked out on x .  Did flash vid fine and I'm writing from it now .  Good KDE. oob. and native resolution .  I dislike the freeciv in the base repositories .  Kuickshow still displays noise instead of pictures even after replacing extra parts of the graphics system from the basic repositories .  Suffers critical defect , distro fails to cycle through extra resolutions after [ctrl][alt][+] keypress which worked for over half a decade .

20090430 simply MEPIS 8.0.06 64 bit
On 3 , Got sound , KDE. , only native resolution .  No wireless .  Test terminated , no - I don't care if some extra tweaking might change the wireless situation .   Suffers critical defect , distro fails to cycle through extra resolutions after [ctrl][alt][+] keypress which worked for over half a decade .

20090428 simply MEPIS 8.0.06 32 bit
On 3 , Got sound , KDE. , only native resolution .  No wireless .  Test terminated , no - I don't care if some extra tweaking might change the wireless situation .   Suffers critical defect , distro fails to cycle through extra resolutions after [ctrl][alt][+] keypress which worked for over half a decade .

20090423 Sidux1.09 kde full
Got sound and nice resolution on G .  Sound but no wireless on 3 .  No , I won't waste time on your ethernet fantasies when hundreds of other distributions would like a review too .   Suffers critical defect , distro fails to cycle through extra resolutions after [ctrl][alt][+] keypress which worked for over half a decade .

20090423 Calculate x64
Botched screen on 3 after I told it the resolution .  No wireless on 3 . Suffers critical defect , distro fails to cycle through extra resolutions after [ctrl][alt][+] keypress which worked for over half a decade .

20090423 ELive 1.7.24 8-27/09
Just added KDE 3 to hd install , doesn't seem as good as my upgraded install but does flash etc. fine . After KDE. install , wireless gets much easier after adding Epanel to KDE.'s panel .  20090429 Maybe my new main distro as it currently sees the partitions of other distro.'s ok. .   2009.06.18 Suspend to disk MORE than doubles battery life , indicating that it doesn't just shut down one core .  Suffers critical defect , distro fails to cycle through extra resolutions after [ctrl][alt][+] keypress which worked for over half a decade .

20090423 antiXmepis 20090211
No wireless and no further review .   Suffers critical defect , distro fails to cycle through extra resolutions after [ctrl][alt][+] keypress which worked for over half a decade .

20090423 Frugalware 1.6 final 686
Would not install on 3 .  

20090415 Chakra 686 - 090218alpha2
Needs KDE . Got wireless , sound , flash . Looks good iff you can get real KDE .  20090423 hd install hung at desktop .  Suffers critical defect , distro fails to cycle through extra resolutions after [ctrl][alt][+] keypress which worked for over half a decade .

20090415 Kubuntu w actual KDE 3.x
Has KDE , much better UI. than last version of distro .  Got native resolution on 3 .  Internet failed on wireless despite Knetworkmanager seeing the available networks .  Ether net also failed .  Couldn't test sound or flash .  Suffers critical defect , distro fails to cycle through extra resolutions after [ctrl][alt][+] keypress which worked for over half a decade .

20090411 Calculate
Didn't get KDE on Live running distro despite evidence in synaptic that it can get KDE3 . Very bad U.I. . They should have stuck to jwm. so they would waste less ram etc. . Got internet over ethernet cable .

20090411 Mint 6 KDE.
Didn't get KDE on Live running distro despite evidence in synaptic that it can get KDE3 .  Very bad U.I. .  They should have stuck to jwm. so they would waste less ram etc. .  Got internet over ethernet cable .  Sound worked .  Didn't initially boot on 3 but it booted on David's laptop .  Wiping giant smudges off disk and spinning it very fast in another laptop did clean it enough to boot on 3 .

20090411 SLAX 'now'
ksr--wKDE 3.x works fine .  Sound worked .  Only got native resolution of laptop 3 .  Wireless didn't work .  Suffers critical defect , distro fails to cycle through extra resolutions after [ctrl][alt][+] keypress which worked for over half a decade .

20090405 Elive got upgraded
Tended to freeze when I opened 90 browser tabs , unlike Sabayon 4 .  Everything seems to work fine . 20090411 still tends to lose sound quality if pandora.com goes through some power saving state .  Suffers critical defect , distro fails to cycle through extra resolutions after [ctrl][alt][+] keypress which worked for over half a decade .

 20090330 Untangle 602
Shares stuff out fine but doesn't come with squid caching for my virtual rack .  Refused to recieve DSL. from nic vs onboard ethernet but a re-install fixed that .  Very good at letting box 2 route .
20090330 Puppy , latest
Burn didn't verify but worked fine on 3 . -wireless but potentially fixable . An impressive little monster .

20090324 PCLinuxOS and MEPIS 8 , latest
Both = good .  I'm using 2 rc back as the MEPIS on 3 and I suspect a different RC was better on x .  Current plan = use MEPIS as prime distro on x as it saw everything including a driver specifically for the new ip4200 printer .  MEPIS also did pppoe with great ease .  The switch will wait until we get settings for the 'network' worked out .  I like the new PCLinuxOS but after I download a couple applications on MEPIS PCLinuxOS still suffers from lack of working devices .  Both suffer a critical defect , distro fails to cycle through extra resolutions after [ctrl][alt][+] keypress which worked for over half a decade ..

20090222 Sidux
This one got sound on g .  I didn't test it on x .  It might make a wired connection and then one might manage to fix the wireless .  Suffers critical defect , distro fails to cycle through extra resolutions after [ctrl][alt][+] keypress which worked for over half a decade ..



20090217 Granular 1.0 86
No on x .  No wireless on 3 .  Even got sound on g .  Suffers critical defect , distro fails to cycle through extra resolutions after [ctrl][alt][+] keypress which worked for over half a decade .  
20090217 Alt 4.1.1.3
Did boot 3 .  Sound , resolution and the russian language , changeable , all worked fine on g .  Rather good after I localised it to the US. .     Suffers critical defect , distro fails to cycle through extra resolutions after [ctrl][alt][+] keypress which worked for over half a decade .  
20090217 OPen SUSE 11.1
Kde problem on 3 .  Poor sound on g .  no modem on x .   Tends to botch screen resolution .  Suffers critical defect , distro fails to cycle through extra resolutions after [ctrl][alt][+] keypress which worked for over half a decade .  
20090217 simply MEPIS 7.9.95 rc3 _64
No x , that box uses a 32 bit cpu .  Bad resolutions on g .  Got kde , sound , and wireless on 3 .  Looks like my next main distro , especially if I steal the ability to scroll horizontilly from elive .  Suffers critical defect , distro fails to cycle through extra resolutions after [ctrl][alt][+] keypress which worked for over half a decade .  
20090217 Pure OS
I refused further testing on g after it stuck me with some bad resolution .  Kde , sound  and screen size worked on 3 but not wireless .  On box x the modem even worked .  Suffers critical defect , distro fails to cycle through extra resolutions after [ctrl][alt][+] keypress which worked for over half a decade .  

20090217 PCLinuxOS XII PPT TR6
Didn't boot box x .  Got sound and kde working on g .  Very pretty on new LCD at 1440x900 .  Flash and wireless tested good on 3 .   Suffers critical defect , distro fails to cycle through extra resolutions after [ctrl][alt][+] keypress which worked for over half a decade .
20090217 BlueWhite64 12-2 : = an installer , not tested further .
20090217 Sabayon 4 and 64 bit
Got sound and modem working on box x .   Sound and kde work on 3 .  Found screen resolution correctly on 3 .  Found sound but not correct video resolution on G , using my new 1440x990 LCD monitor .  My old CRT died .    Suffers critical defect , distro fails to cycle through extra resolutions after [ctrl][alt][+] keypress which worked for over half a decade .
2009/02/03 my last SCIENTIFIC
Finally got it to boot on 3 .  Uses Gnome and not any form of KDE 3.x .  Fedora based , I think .     Suffers critical defect , distro fails to cycle through extra resolutions after [ctrl][alt][+] keypress which worked for over half a decade .
2009/02/02 simplyMEPIS 7.9...rc2
On 3 , wireless appeared to work from cd but not from the installed version .  I think it fixable .  Boots fast but no wireless = no good .  Or , potentially worse , it grabbed my neighbors net called " default " and I may wind up involuntarily  " stealing " wireless as distro seems unable to change contact .  64 bit version may work better on 3 .     No success getting it to boot on x yet but it seems able to dial out with an extra kppp step , some file edits and permission changes .  Suffers critical defect , distro fails to cycle through extra resolutions after [ctrl][alt][+] keypress which worked for over half a decade .
2009/01/01 simply MEPIS 7.9...rc1
On x , the modem took much extra work but finally I can modem out using a newer distro .   As this involves permissions , assume kppp = broken on all debian distributions .  I wouldn't have fixed it without some good hints from the distro or upstream .  Found the ip4200 printer itself but only at 600x600 dots of resolution , color print tested too dark by default .  So nice overall , I expect it will use my scanner fine and become top distro after setup to squid cache the dialup to the network meaning I will have 1 MEPIS to do everything on that box again .  I added Qcad to the install on g , my new x3 cpu on a gigabyte board w amd 780 + sb700 chips .  We seem to have a few incompatible versions of GRUB. floating around now or maybe all my install problems on g come from poor BIOS. .
2008/12/29 simply MEPIS 8rc1 aka 7.9...
neither 64 bit nor 32 did wireless , unlike prior versions , hope this gets fixed before release , possibly taking some clues from ELIVE .  Upgrading  broke flash but didn't break wireless .  A cou[ple things remain slightly broken as some file won't unlock for synaptic .  Flash looks unfixable .  Suffers critical defect , distro fails to cycle through extra resolutions after [ctrl][alt][+] keypress which worked for over half a decade .
2008/12/18 Mandriva no more
Installing another instance of Mandriva 2008 messed over the 2009ed one with the same symptoms , never worked well moving data among my many installs .  I'm back to my 64 bit version of simlply mepis as it doesn't even want me to press [ctrl]d for some tiny filesystem hiccup like ELIVE which I'm using now as I'm at yahoo and ELIVE does suspend properly unlike Mandriva .
2008.12.15 Mandriva 2009 , from spring 2008
As of the 16th an update to audio app. jackit came out and I'm not doing it .  Boring , one noscript firefox browser crash after 40 hours of abuse .  Very annoying to do an upgrade that big .  This = my new top distro on 3 as I like this " everything works " kind of boring but I'll need to do something special w my main desktop , x .  And x has older software so i should rebuild and rig squid cache again .  Suspect the 2008 succumed to ham handed attempts to  upgrade via a dvd that won't boot box 3 as that was the default os on partition 9 , my extra mandriva install was on 14 .  While 9 won't boot , I rescued data and had just exported my bookmarks .  Dre purred himself to sleep above the sleeping bag and external blanket this morning vs the way he got under my comforter briefly , while cold , last night .   Suffers critical defect , distro fails to cycle through extra resolutions after [ctrl][alt][+] keypress which worked for over half a decade .
2008.12.11 Mandriva 1 spring 2008 with
upgrades below 2009 mostly done in a 271 update burst: gives me a good time now that I figured out how to add packages from their custom screen that PARTLY resembles synaptic .  I suppose this came out at a bad time for me or had some bugs .  New prime distro on 3 .  Took a day to get my bookmarks over , questionable permissions .  I will try 2009 with task-kde3 later .  Wireless oob. handles volume knob on 3 correctly .  Will try on X with dialup .  Sound , Flash and wireless worked .   Critical problem as [ctrl][alt][+] failed to cycle through screen resolutions , thus no easy magnifying effect ; and my eyes won't grow any younger , and web layouts seem to get worse over time often disabling [ctrl][+] , using tiny pictures etc. .  Similar to gross failure of dhclient feature of the text U.I. on many a distro .
I'm using ELIVE + KDE and OOo etc. The old disc burning app. made a coaster of my +r disc and K3b refused to verify , common problem on 3 . It's good stuff except that it seems upset on examining my trashed Pardus partition , so I must [ctrl] d out of that to finish booting .  The [ctrl][alt][+] defect seems less critical lately as most sites displaying ordinary artwork back it with text such that [ctrl][+] makes pictures bigger on my iceweasel / firefox with noscript browser/s .  20090222 Elive needed a manual fsck to work again , then the browser lost the ability to display characters in a language .  Now it won't boot and I'm looking up how to grab my old bookmarks so I can stuff them and my xorg.conf , to scroll horizontilly , into this WEPIS rc3 .
20081126 Fedora 10 KDE live , both 686 and 64
Tested on 3 .  Does not have KDE .  Didn't succeed at relocating panel of hideous desktop environment , possibly inspired by KDE .  Adding programs much harder than using synaptic on some deb based distro. .  After I installed Firefox , Flash did not just go in .  Can't get kuickshow or Xgalaga . Sound and wireless worked .   Critical problem as [ctrl][alt][+] failed to cycle through screen resolutions , thus no easy magnifying effect ; and my eyes won't grow any younger , and web layouts seem to get worse over time often disabling [ctrl][+] , using tiny pictures etc. .  Similar to gross failure of dhclient feature of the text U.I. on many a distro .
 20081124 MEPIS , beta5 32
 Finally installed 32 bit version , Looks fine initially , added kspread and need to add more but "broadband" at CABAL didn't work . This will get more work later .  Suffers critical defect , distro fails to cycle through extra resolutions after [ctrl][alt][+] keypress which worked for over half a decade . Similar to gross failure of dhclient feature of the text U.I. on many a distro . 20081126 Did updates to both MEPIS installs on 3 .  They still work .  Sound seems to work fine after some extra work with the KDE control center .  My FreeCiv game works well .
20081124 MEPIS , beta4 64
Still on my box , gave some people enough trouble that beta5 appeared quickly . Left to right scrolling of trackpad does not work at all and my left mouse button works so badly now that that's a problem . Playing the freeciv I downloaded here stranded a battleship inland upriver , after it's original city got disbanded .   Suffers critical defect , distro fails to cycle through extra resolutions after [ctrl][alt][+] keypress which worked for over half a decade .
20081124 ELIVE , latest live
Booted and I installed it to partition 11 of laptop 3 . It didn't let me install to partition , it just dumped GRUB onto MBR and made a bunch of entries for the other OS installs that don't work . Will get KDE on it to test it as a good Debian installer when I leave my dialup den . Tiny text makes doing anything with it's weird U.I. most difficult , possibly even worse than the awful new garbage calling itself "KDE 4" .  Played flash with sound  even after KDE install .  Nice deb distro after KDE 3.5.9 install , I'm writing from it now .   20090914 , prime distro on 3 again , may do an install to a big partition to fix [ctrl]d problem on boot .  Suffers critical defect , distro fails to cycle through extra resolutions after [ctrl][alt][+] keypress which worked for over half a decade .
20081113 MEPIS beta 5
worked fine live on 3.  Suffers critical defect , distro fails to cycle through extra resolutions after [ctrl][alt][+] keypress which worked for over half a decade .
20081113 ELIVE , latest live
 didn't boot 3.
 20081011 Ultima 8.4 x86 + 64
Spectacularly innovative use of my laptops volume knob ; I see a big graphic of the new sound level that my changes would cause , 0 effect on actual volume . Has kde , got wireless , flash delivered Foamy's fine swear words . Did not let me put grub on partition so I endure annoying extras to get boot . Won't assign kuickshow to view pictures over kphoto no matter what . Under kwrite , spelling was not possible using default account , a permissions error [ this distro = Frisbee !] This huge distro didn't come with FreeCiv .  Suffers critical defect , distro fails to cycle through extra resolutions after [ctrl][alt][+] keypress which worked for over half a decade .
20081011 TooRox 8/2008
selected English . - kuickshow - freeciv - wireless - sound . Truly hideous wm vaguely resembles KDE but does not adjust to resemble KDE . I see more distro getting my wireless correctly and hope everyone gets that plus uses vid systems derived from this distro soon . Got 1280x800 native resolution of lcd on 3 AND some other resolutions too ; thus Lacking the , Critical Defect when a distro fails to cycle through extra resolutions after [ctrl][alt][+] keypress because it worked for over half a decade .
20081011 ELPICX 2008.09.25 dvd
Ubuntu : - KDE  - wire3less  - sound , An expert on this sort of "distro" might somehow manage to fix most of its defects but both Gnome and Buntu EARNED very bad reputations here . Has a "suspend" button , untested . Suffers critical defect , distro fails to cycle through extra resolutions after [ctrl][alt][+] keypress which worked for over half a decade .
Fedora : Has a merely bad KDE , sound , no wireless on 3 . Crashed while I attempted to adjust panel and fix horrid U.I. choices .  Suffers critical defect , distro fails to cycle through extra resolutions after [ctrl][alt][+] keypress which worked for over half a decade .
2 crappy distro jammed onto 1 dvd makes a useful coaster when someone wants a bad distro . Honestly , this disc lets me occupy only 1 of my over 300 spaces for discs with trash for weirdos and I applaud the effort , I would never keep those distro around if they took more than 1 slot total . Both distro include a button to "suspend" that I didn't test . Both Suffers critical defect , distro fails to cycle through extra resolutions after [ctrl][alt][+] keypress which worked for over half a decade .
20081011 MAGIC dvd 2.1.rc2
installer does no English .
Easys 4.2
didn't work on 3 .
STUX 2.0
didn't work on 3          
.20081011 Vector Linux VLS 9.1 SOHO
installed on 3 with KDE , sound , kworldclock , no wireless , no Openoffice , correct resolution , bad FreeCiv . Very nice Slack based distro , hope you can make do with those packages .  Suffers critical defect , distro fails to cycle through extra resolutions after [ctrl][alt][+] keypress which worked for over half a decade .
20081011 Simply MEPIS 7.9.80 beta 32 10/08
Got KDE , flash , sound , wireless , native resolution and lots of potential packages . Added kuickshow and distro refused to change default application for ANY photo format away from kphoto , let alone all . Thus continuing another crippling disappointment that's afflicted me for over a year across most distro . Probably my new primary distro , as I can do without suspend . Suffers critical defect , distro fails to cycle through extra resolutions after [ctrl][alt][+] keypress which worked for over half a decade .
20081011 Puppy 10-07-08
Barry says its his last but others will follow . Got sound , flash , ethernet , native resolution , the ability to boot the Ultima partition , hd install and usb install . Modifies everybody's partitions with ease . Boots in a minute and stops in 9 seconds . My favorite usb tool now . Suffers critical defect , distro fails to cycle through extra resolutions after [ctrl][alt][+] keypress which worked for over half a decade .
20081004 Tactical Pussie Update
Dre behaves fine as we keep getting the cats closer to each other for longer . Tonight 8lb. krisi bullied 11lb.+ and polite Dre around the house until he broke for the master bedroom . Krisi lives there but Dre has done initial exploring of that room . Krisi follows Dre but Dre turns around after jumping on the king sized bed . Dre defends his high ground so I grab him off that bed after a short exchange of air swatting , no fool Dre , Dre will defend himself when her Chihuahua suicide syndrome afflicts him . Now she's in that bedroom , which has a bath , and he's sleeping on my foot , possibly an acceptable displacement of aggression to me for letting her harass him so much . I wish dad would go slower about this introduction business . We may wait until after the insurance Co. tows our beloved 89 2wd Subaru gl wagon away before adding a car as they wanna test a stickshift fit thats's on a ship now . I wonder about some of those kei car vans from Japan or keitora. They seem most innovative and underpowered , and if theres 1 thing i want in a miniminivan its underpowered .

20080928 hissing Pussie update
Krisi's eye won't get all better as she suffers from  feline herpes. So, we finally introduced them to each other. Hisses from Krisi as before and Dre behaves fine , 11+lbs vs 8 lbs. We gave our feline greyhound, Krisi, some time in our living room when bucking bronco kitty , Dre , went outside . My headaches got worse again from Wednesday when someone plastered me for having stopped on freeway due to stopped traffic . My neck and back keep slowly getting better .
20080928 upgrade updates 4
Fedora , MEPIS , Pardus
2 errors while upgrading MEPIS but everything seems to still work. Post upgrade Pardus handles the volume knob correctly, unlike MEPIS on 3. Pardus played DVDs with barely enough volume. Fedora still seems to do everything fine and upgraded the Firefox. Pardus works so well now that I do everything  on it except playing freeciv and using kuickshow. Privacy feature of ninja.com didn't seem to work here. A current scratch install Will differ from my current rig if the kernel got upgraded. Didn't test [ctrl][alt][+] outside Pardus, all fail on 3 still.
20080928 Pardus 2008.1 hyena live
found wireless fine. Crappy game selection. Volume knob on 3 works . KDE configures fine. Detected the last 2 printers that ever graced this laptop despite my not plugging in a printer . Kmines emitted no sound o.o.b. , usually easy to fix sound . Fiddled with files on hd o.k. . Kwrite worked . Fast and smooth as befits a slack descendant , main drawbacks remains default Turkish Lang. and lack of suspend on 3 . Fewer packages than a .deb distro as it uses pisi . Played the wisdom of foamy at ill will press loud and clear . Critical problem as [ctrl][alt][+] failed to cycle through screen resolutions , thus no easy magnifying effect ; and my eyes won't grow any younger , and web layouts seem to get worse over time often disabling [ctrl][+] , using tiny pictures etc.
20080928 Sidux_64 live
Good KDE. No wireless , sound usually fixes easy. Should work better with a real install adding the proprietary drivers etc. Critical problem as [ctrl][alt][+] failed to cycle through screen resolutions , thus no easy magnifying effect ; and my eyes won't grow any younger , and web layouts seem to get worse over time often disabling [ctrl][+] , using tiny pictures etc.
20080928 GOS base 8041
I don't like the UI it doesn't resemble KDE 3.x . Missed wireless. Critical problem as [ctrl][alt][+] failed to cycle through screen resolutions , thus no easy magnifying effect ; and my eyes won't grow any younger , and web layouts seem to get worse over time often disabling [ctrl][+] , using tiny pictures etc.
20080928 OpenGEU
No wireless o.o.b. . Sports a very good implementation of the enlightenment U.I. , maybe even better than kde4 but much worse than kde3 . Critical problem as [ctrl][alt][+] failed to cycle through screen resolutions , thus no easy magnifying effect ; and my eyes won't grow any younger , and web layouts seem to get worse over time often disabling [ctrl][+] , using tiny pictures etc. 20080906 Fighting pussie update
Dre resists the instantly dissolving pill that tastes horrible using big claws backed by powerful muscles. We wrap him in the towel and don't suffer perforations anymore. Squirting the antibiotic in goes well but we rarely get the cat to swallow the pill. Do you recognize the insanity? We can remove the bulb from our dropper and drop the pill into the big end of the glass. Replace rubber bulb and draw some dissolving liquid into the dropper. Wait until pill dissolves enough and we get to ambush the cat with 2 easy squirts vs a dangerous wrestling contest where Dre knows he will die unless he wins. 20080907, squirted the disintegrated remains of Dre's last pill into his mouth, no biggie. We do wonder if tasting 3 of his 5 pills vs ingesting them will let Dre finally get healthy.
20080831 simply MEPIS 7.9.70 beta
I'm writing from it now, using autodetected wireless. Installer + Live. Came with only crappy games but lbreakout2 went on the HD install easy. Used max resolution on 3 correctly. Flash, including sound, worked. Missing critical [ctrl][alt]+ zoom function, very important for viewing the enormous number of flaky websites that challenge my, not getting any younger, eyes.[This worked on most distro for > 1/2 decade!]
20080831 Debian Live
Got Max res., sound and KDE . Missed wireless. Missing critical [ctrl][alt]+ zoom function, very important for viewing the enormous number of flaky websites that challenge my, not getting any younger, eyes.[This worked on most distro for > 1/2 decade!]
20080827: Late Pussie update:
We expect 'krisy' ie "Chrysanthimum" from the shelter early Fri.
20080827: Elive 1.8.2 unstable, does wireless live
Mandriva did it too but comes later here, as it loaded slower. It's a good .deb that uses Enlightenment but I've successfully crammed KDE on it before. Used max resolution on 3 correctly. Flash, including sound, worked. Missing critical [ctrl][alt]+ zoom function, very important for viewing the enormous number of flaky websites that challenge my, not getting any younger, eyes.[This worked on most distro for > 1/2 decade!]
20080827: Mandriva
So slow loading that it's not worth the wait despite getting wireless working right on my laptop, the first live distro to do this on my T2330 equiped a205 Toshiba. KDE looks and sounds nice. Missing critical [ctrl][alt]+ zoom function, very important for viewing the enormous number of flaky websites that challenge my, not getting any younger, eyes.[This worked on most distro for > 1/2 decade!]
20080827: Console 1.0
On 3: no wireless, botched my 1200x800 resolution. Missing critical [ctrl][alt]+ zoom function, very important for viewing the enormous number of flaky websites that challenge my, not getting any younger, eyes.[This worked on most distro for > 1/2 decade!]
20080827: eAROS 109b
No sound, kde, wireless on 3. Got my 1200x800 resolution. Missing critical [ctrl][alt]+ zoom function, very important for viewing the enormous number of flaky websites that challenge my, not getting any younger, eyes.[This worked on most distro for > 1/2 decade!]
20080827: Mint 5 beta045 KDE i386
Didn't sound or wireless. Got my 1200x800 resolution. Missing critical [ctrl][alt]+ zoom function, very important for viewing the enormous number of flaky websites that challenge my, not getting any younger, eyes.[This worked on most distro for > 1/2 decade!]
20080827: OpenSUSE 11
Sound but no wireless. KDE got my 1200x800 resolution. Missing critical [ctrl][alt]+ zoom function, very important for viewing the enormous number of flaky websites that challenge my, not getting any younger, eyes.[This worked on most distro for > 1/2 decade!]
20080827 PCLinuxOS, Gnome edition
Shockingly good, missing KDE and wireless on 3. From Apr. Linux Mag. Got my 1200x800 resolution. Missing critical [ctrl][alt]+ zoom function, very important for viewing the enormous number of flaky websites that challenge my, not getting any younger, eyes.[This worked on most distro for > 1/2 decade!]
20080827 SLITAZ 7-27/08
Missed wireless, KDE. Missed my 1200x800 resolution. Missing critical [ctrl][alt]+ zoom function, very important for viewing the enormous number of flaky websites that challenge my, not getting any younger, eyes.[This worked on most distro for > 1/2 decade!]
20080827 SystemRescue CD 103
Missed sound, wireless, KDE. Got my 1200x800 resolution. Missing critical [ctrl][alt]+ zoom function, very important for viewing the enormous number of flaky websites that challenge my, not getting any younger, eyes.[This worked on most distro for > 1/2 decade!]
20080827 cozyBIT wireless mesh CD
Missed wireless, no further point. Got my 1200x800 resolution. Missing critical [ctrl][alt]+ zoom function, very important for viewing the enormous number of flaky websites that challenge my, not getting any younger, eyes.[This worked on most distro for > 1/2 decade!]  
08-16/2008 Smelly Pussie Update:
Mom misses Pepper so we went to the Humane Society, as it's the right time of year for our schedule's. My parent's both like this gray 11mo. old mom who's in heat again. I'm ok with her too as she's very affectionate. They start the paperwork and I spend some time with Dre in the lobby. My parents notice I'm crying as he seems to like me lots and he's over 10 years plus suffers from a severely kinked tail.  Dre would have died in a less funded shelter, like most of the country, months ago. Dre was not really taking care of his fur. He smells. His record notes that He bullied a younger female cat, which caused his relocation to the shelter. We expect to pick up Chrysanthimum on Tues. We're asking for trouble, will I wind up bathing an aggressive tom again?

08-09-2008 Re-install GRUB to partition after an fsck and Daniel got it booting. Balky getting on the wireless here but 1st distro to do that and reboot. Needs more packages. 08-10 actually has a peer2peer program built in. Using this as my prime distro, I've come to really miss kuickshow for pictures. Found many other installs on HD. Will occasionally wanna boot another distro as volume playing dvd= too soft. The Fedora gives slightly better internet too.
08-04/2008: PARDUS "2008" and rc2 : 1st reboot after [ as part of ] install = fine. 2nd reboot = NEVER! I've even altered the lines from it's menu.lst when transplanted to other partitions. Nothing seems able to make this distro multi-boot. Credit for not installing to mbr when user selects partition, unlike many a distro of the recent past. [ctrl][alt]+ never worked here either, a critical failure when viewing bad sites, now increasingly common, where normal text blowup fails.
08-03/2008 PARDUS2008rc2; on 3 got wireless OOB, My Turkish lover came back to me. Only 1280x800 resolution, [ctrl][alt]+does not work, +sound[ playing a sample in the adjustments screen would help], +KDE3.x, firefox3.0, flash, dvd, found no kbattleship but added lbreakout2. I found freeciv on the list of games. This distro may take some special work but may give the best results yet.
Appeared to successfully detect the last 5 printers that were ever connected to the laptop, despite my never having connected a printer under this distro. [ I did tell it to use sda5 as storage when I installed it to sda9 but didn't define a seperate user area. ]  The next step in printer detection would require detecting printers that one attaches at a future date; and after that, detecting such printers before the manufacturer even designs them.
8-2/2008: GPARTED, In case someone feels I'm too paranoid about not doing install reviews anymore, I just restored the size back after saving the only partition where the linx boots wireless corectrly to another HD. I used my 2nd most recent GPARTED as 346 didn't boot my laptop with video, restoring the partition to it's old size after this caused the used fraction to increase by the increase in partition size. So saving my 8g of used stuff to the other drive cause the extra 20g of size to show as used, I lost 20g! Expect me to commit battery against you, should you dare to imply Linux posesses enough reliability as a desktop now.
07-24/08
I went through my live disks and none setup my laptop's wireless correctly. O.O.B. Abbreviations on my disks: s=sound, r=found 1280x800 resolution correctly, r-=[ctrl][alt]+ didn't work, w=wireless worked-none so far- 3=my toshiba a205 laptop w t2330 cpu. [found some seriously contrary stats on how dialup = really rare, method of checking number of site visits will bias the numbers vs slower connections and even more so when one relies on self reporting.] I still lack the guts to trust some partition saver to let me save my good partitions and go test installs again.
07-15/08
Wow am I behind. My latest upgrade of FC8 broke lots o stuff. Daniel G. spent over 3 hours and grafted in a bunch of junk from FC9. Everything seems to work fine again on the only distro install that gets my wireless working right, but it requires a 'make clean install' step after a/an su. Tried some new live discs but they didn't wireless Out Of Box. After the 2005 dialup announcement most Linuxes suck. [ dial up now under half of US households. ] I'm still rebooting to do my backups on a different distro because I still NEED to keep some legacy w98 apps. [ 2007 saw dialup percentage fall to 47% and total malware history > repeated itself that year, a Malware Tsunami. ]
Dying Pussie update. 04-27/08
I stopped updating this to spend more time with my last dying cat. New new laptop, a toshiba with a t2330. Saw an interesting website since last time, someone asked about whether they should buy a laptop based around  tl-58 or t2330. The advice overwhelming claimed the t2330  would vastly outperform the tl-58. My actual experience  = the opposite! If these = real customers they need blame  only themselves for bad markets in computer hardware.

latest discs: [ usually tested on my toshiba laptop with a t2330 inside. ]
SABAYON 3.5RC2 x86_64 not even a splash screen but lots  of free grease on the bottom of it I know I didn't  put there.
SABAYON 3.5 LOOP2 did get a splash screen but lacks the obvious grease spots of RC2_64 for obvious scrape  marks on edge of disk. Did someone grab and sabotage these at some installfest?
KNOPPIX 531 Live gave ethernet [many distro don't figure  it out]. Looks great overall. My XGalaga Hyperspace game went super but neither version of FreeCiv worked. [ctrl][alt]+ failed totally so if some site does its critical print as tiny graphics you must fumble with kmagnify or other horrid kludge!
KUBUNTU i386DESKTOP 8.04 BETA KDE4 adjustments of panel  totally failed, critical deficiency.  [ctrl][alt]+ failed totally so if some site does its critical print  as tiny graphics you must fumble with kmagnify or other  horrid kludge!
SIDUX PRE KDE LITE X86_64 20080317 3L= +eth. missing many apps. [ctrl][alt]+ failed totally so if some site  does its critical print as tiny graphics you must fumble  with kmagnify or other horrid kludge!
UBUNTU 8.04 BETA DESKTOP i386 3L= +eth. Total lack of  
KDE for some bloated, under actual instrumentation, window manager.  [ctrl][alt]+ failed totally so if some site does its critical print as tiny graphics you must fumble with kmagnify or other horrid kludge!
KUBUNTU DESKTOP 8.04 BETAi386 ok KDE  [ctrl][alt]+ failed totally so if some site does its critical print as tiny graphics you must fumble with kmagnify or other horrid kludge!
KUBUNTU 8.04BETA AMD64 DESKTOP on my Intel 2330 cpu laptop=  +eth. ok KDE.  [ctrl][alt]+ failed totally so if some site does its critical print as tiny graphics you must fumble with  kmagnify or other horrid kludge!
UBUNTU 8.04BETA DESKTOP AMD64 on 3L, -KDE,  
[ctrl][alt]+ failed totally so if some site does its critical print as tiny graphics you must fumble with kmagnify or other horrid kludge!

Other topics come after :New Laptop [ er, older new laptop entry. ] [ forced to do a quickie return in Feb., bad power circuits. Disappointed they gave me my money back vs a delay and a fixed laptop. ]

Going through some disks 2008.01.21:
ANTIX MEPIS 7.01, = small MEPIS w a flux= clumsy light wm not KDE. I prefer KDE. Found wireless but not eth or sound initial screen was 1024x768 vs 1280x800 native. Flash worked. Got wireless, res looks good w CA+ too. -sound -eth,

DREAM LINUX , a deb but not KDE. Found sound but not eth or wireless on L2. Mac-like xfce, gave [ctrl][alt]+, possibly even full 1280x800. Appended itself to bottom of  some of the menu.lst files in the other distributions partitions. Surprisingly good.
MINT Linux 4 Debian Alpha, maybe fixable after an install and KDE transplant.
MINI PCLinuxOS, a better Mandrake than Mandriva. Got sound and [CA]+ only. Mini PCLinuxOS didn't get resolution right  despite claims from its display resolution applications!
GRANULAR, based on PCLinusOS flunked res. Not as bad as expected. Not near the PCLinuxOS standard.
OPEN SUSE 10.3 an rpm. Got sound eventually but lost it. Poor vid res. Annoying GRUB graphics. Too Bleeding edge. -res X-org.conf may fix -sound -CA+ -eth -wireless , suppossedly a good distro when dealing with really new laptops. It's install on 3 worked better.
SIDUX with kernel 26.23. Use apt-get from root shell to grab more applications from sid. Sound took effort. Ethernet worked  and Daniel got 14.4kbps driver working with its winmodem but few U.S. providers allow dialup under 50kbps. [[ Dialup USA finally dropped under 50% of households in 2005; update,  its at 47% in 2007]. And if the state of dialup in these distributions seems o.k. to you , you have not really considered the implications. [ If paysoftware inc. has a 10% net and sales suddenly double, what happens to profit.] Why's dialup so high a % here? Price Gouging as the telecoms just bribe congresstraitors to make  their business model work. [[ Hint re: those dialup stats.  in 2005 your rejecting 50% of possible customers unless you  do support dialup.]] ]] Daniel suppossedly got wireless too. Got native resolution of lcd. -CA+.
SIMPLY MEPIS 7.0, a deb with KDE. My old fave returns to Debian as its base vs Ubuntu due to important problems getting ignored. I'm thrilled as the buntu family wiped out its partitions literally hundreds of times on my boxes, they = banned here now! Problems similar to mine keep disappearing  off the buntu forums and others have written about how they no longer submit bug reports to buntu due to poor treatment.  Unless buntu fixes their policies, expect to get kicked when you're down with any problem beyond the trivial. Wireless works but not eth. Don't have sound working yet. Largest screen = 1024x768. Until I stole the xorg.conf from Anti-X, now its missing the extra malfunctioning mode from Anti-X but has all the others. Worked on sound but no good. Got wireless. MEPIS uses ndiswrapper.

KANOTIX 2007.rc7 'thorhammer' [ctrl][alt]+ worked but not 1280x800 res. Sound after Alsaconf. Dark Penguins theme looks good. Ethernet communicated out but not wireless.
GRANULAR res was 800x600 unfixable, got sound . PCLinuxOS based!

Linux Distributions: Read the latest top ten article at
http://www.distrowatch.com/
= [ hopelessly out of date now ] best small blurb yet. Also check the linuxmafia.com pages about philosophy & Linux distributions. Linux gets used in everything from Supercomputer Networks to things smaller than a cell phone.

Why this page exists?
Honestly, dial up sunk under 50% of households in 2005 but   Linux developers started acting that way half a decade early
[2007 update, dialup now at 47% of households! ] . Testing software sucks & many distro reviews happen in a vm or give
it a drive & tray. Other users also support w98 legacy software & will benefit from going mostly Linux like we did.
I review using a multi boot grub menu to support real users under real conditions. Having really used partitions beyond
hda37 , I hate this back to hda15 = max idea. Flopping back to sda vs hda occasionally seems dysfunctional too.
If you really wanna know more about me, I'm Jane_ikari on
http://rationalwiki.com .
2007.04.24 - Going through my disks:
[ no i wont review all 99+ distro on distrowatch.com]

Latest
2007.09.24 Main desktop still PCLinuxOS like last year,  MEPIS betas based on Debian elsewhere;
rest = L aptop by default.  

Fixed MEPIS beta3_32 on L it even did internal wireless. but I have to reboot as root for vid.
2007.09.24 Formally banning all future installs of buntu family of distributions, we can't afford the post-install partition wipe-outs probably caused by [ which buntu grabbed from Debian Experimental after author gave up after 5 years of not fixing the fact that this file benchmark speedup tends to wipe out partitions post-install :]"some hd just don't get along with Ubuntu".
2007.09.21 got MEPIS beta3 working very fine 2007.10.11.
, 4 looks awful and 5 looks promising. 2007.11.22 MEPIS beta6 looks okay.
2007.08.30 MEPIS 6.96 b1 firmly entrenched and almost updated to b3  sabayon=long gone. Entire buntu family banned from my drives now due  to several suspicious partition wipes. Suspect=code they sucked from debian experimental - its worse than Etch.
2007.06.21, got Presidency of EBLUG, too ill following neighbors return to enjoy my pay from him, Latest Stable Sidux acts haunted when using touch pad under iceweasel on Laptop. Correctly gives 1280x800 only, thus missing all [ctrl][alt][+] resolutions ? I'd really like 640x400. I found 640x480 etc. buried under the control center in Linux
Mint Bianca ?2.2, I'm writing from it now, still a bug and getting back to 1280x800 gets hard without scrolling.
ZEN linuxes , I tried them once & they flunked but might have improved.
YOPER 3 didn't work on L.
YOPER totally unstable, was my top distro long ago.
XANDROS , fond memories but often the free stuff beats it.
xuBUNTU, my preferred buntu as apt-get install kubuntu-desktop usually works & xfce has a text command tool i like on its panel. The buntu's used to get hda2 after install of all others, making multi boot 0 steps away but no more.
VMware , I have a couple old disks of it but never got much
from it despite my need to support w98 in a vm.
WHAX , I keep it around as a tool but never got good install
from it.
WINDOWS 98se, for my legacies, Intellicad, Paint Shop Pro 5.0, Word Perfect 8, some games. Discovered formatted empty on
2007.05.04 after putting 9 disks on my boxes. Oops! Gonna vm around this with k, qemu.
VLOS has a pretty gentoo GNOME in one version but SABAYON dwarfs it now.
VIDEO , looks promising but my version didn't find my mouse.
Vector SOHO 5.8 20070704, new prime distro on L, fast, pretty, gives correct+640x480 resolutions after fiddling, does not get throught to MetroFi-free on own, I use 5min. of puppy 212 to initially prime internet access. Opera gets no packets from MetroFi-Free.
20070707 got seamonkey to kill the app after hang telling me the script for my googlepage was slow 23+++ times, this process started about a day ago
and I've done many things during this time.Wiped out by , Ubuntu family picky about hd syndrome = primary culprit.
VECTOR promising fast slack based distro that convinced me I want
KDE. Easy install does modem.
SOHO = KDE version of Vector, free version/s often buggy , old and ignored my FAT32. Slower than Pardus 2007.1 which stole its thunder as an easy kde slack install. SOHO 5.8 rc's 1,2,3 didn't boot on most of my boxes. Enjoy the new June 2007 version on x as not handling vfat right doesn't matter - lame excuses show up under /media and /mnt about it.
FAT32 & AUTOMOUNTING , its easier to subtract junk from fstab etc. than to add it, Vector & MCNLive & some others take note!
UNTANGLE:Aug.2007:great idea: Does no multi-booting! both discs failed on X.
UNDERGROUND 022= a nearly painless arch Linux that insisted on a primary partition & reiser4fs. RR4 killed everything past that hda3 inclusive causing a 9 distro rebuild over 3 partial days back when a buntu would instantly make it all multi boot. Kicked RR4 off system permanently. 029 Underground didn't work as well as 022.
ARCH = a binary distro like gentoo thus better because its binary. Currently needs more tweaking than Gentoo.
ULTIMA = F last time I tried it on bx motherboard.
UBUNTU tends to hate some hd, causing wipeouts on my L. Avoid!!
TUQUITO 2.0r5 L very good, KDE .deb got resolutions right , 2nd panel  = there extra work localizing unless yo hablo Espagnol argentinio. Seem to have fixed worst of permissions problems and I find brushing up on my Argentinian Spanish pleasant enough, maybe the new top distro on L ! 20070802 You probably want better English localization.
TRIXBOX 2.0, L saw installer. Phone, etc., not a conventional distro.
TOPOLOGILINUX , gotta try it both ways, normal & under windows, sometime. Mint's installer found a way to boot this partition install on x, should work elsewhere too, net problem/s(slack).
SUSE: Aug. 2007 update: Last version didn't boot L!
SUSE = a once good family, now bloated slow patent criminals.
SLAX , a run from cd distro based on slackware. I tend to use a floppy imitating USB install of puppy instead. Often runs faster from cd than Knoppix. Got 6.0rc3 on 07.05.16, I think.
STUX , mostly as SLAX.
SME, I should keep one of these around as a server tool but don't.
Simply MEPIS 6.5 lost to PCLinuxOS 2007 before June for not scanning with kooka correctly o.o.b.
SKOLELINUX 20070805 about, L, mucho work getting [ctrl][alt][+]
SKOLELINUX _64, 2007.08.04 working good on x after new repositories, -sound
SIDUX _64 2007-02 didn't upgrade successfully and install suffers diagonal screen striping crash syndrome with [ctrl][alt][del] lockout at random times!
SIDUX from kaNOTix , initial dev release looked good on my 64x2 when that box was hooked up, not using the dev now. Got w98 working under vm player & still takes data from cd. Gotta fix those drivers to let software installs work in there. 2007.06.28 SIDUX on L, supposedly not a dev release but needed wrestling for dhcp internet access. Hope next reboot has flash etc. working better. This is actually working well if changing xorg[x11] to fix haunted synaptics behavior works out etc. Maybe I will succeed at getting good experience from 1 distro on all 3 current boxes. KRandRtray stinks vs [ctrl][alt][+] working properly !
SCIENTIFIC 200706 switched to KDE for me but Didn't figure out my L resolution, used 1024x768 instead, too much fiddling .
SAM 2007, light PClinuxOS, lacks KDE, working on x and b, no x11 on L.
SABAYON 3.4F, these just keep getting worse - didn't boot L!
SABAYON, more recently - packager stinks too bad!
SABAYON amazes me on my 64x2 box w 2g ram & 6100sm-m board. Too good at getting wireless etc. on Laptop. Most recent sabayon was trouble. 64 bit version lacks software unless you compile. I tend to use it over knoppix as a rescue cd. The mini does my wireless
easiest.
SABAYON 3.26 on L, dumped the /etc/X11/xorg.conf from knoppix511 here and got 640x400 working auto via a 515resolution file in /etc/init.d/.
So I have movies and everthing working here as my prime distro after changing a gentoo emerge setting that makes the conf file issues easier. Occasional haunted trackpad syndrome but does what I ask , still 2007.07.25 will try 3.4 soon.
RAYS actually worked OK, knowing Chinese not required, a good rpm overall.
RO FREESBIE , couldn't get past passwd issues.
RUBIX didn't work out long ago.REACT OS , not a Linux but supposedly works great in vm.
QUANTIAN = now defunct. May replace with Scientific. on its dvd RW.
PUPPY 217 Still prefer 212, didn't even get 1280x800 from cd.
PUPPY 216 Colors too muted, prefer 212.
PUPPY 215, community bloated and ugly vs 212 on L, other boxes don't
boot from usb. Great for Solitare when taking Dad to Hospital.
PUPPY 212, my usb drive distro despite running as root.
PPC distributions for when you get better hardware.
PCLinuxOS , was my top distro at version .92. .93 was a dog 2007 = no [ctrl][alt]+ but finally got modem working. default boot on b.
PCBSD 1.3? Ports took too long to keep trying to MAKE 915resolution deliver 1280x800, had extra vid modes, [ctrl][alt][+].
PAI PIX August 2007: kdesu didn't work for same password as su root!
PAI PIX was a good Portuguese DVD-RW but defunct till late Aug. 2007
PARDUS latest as of 2007.07.25 didn't wow me and become new prime anywhere.
PARDUS 20070611 gets used for b/u sometimes , it also doesn't handle the vfat fat32 partition "correctly" by default , my main user doesn't like trivial changes to the Kdesktop either.
PARDUS 2007.1 tested scanner, both printers after root shell & http://localhost:631/admin , Fast like slack & installs like MEPIS, if it stayed working I'd use it as prime. Re-installed, will not inflict on users yet. Can't add anything from repositories without conflicts. User hates how it handles vfat.
OVERCLOCKIX got flash playing but no sound on my laptop.
NIMBLEX, stable 2007.10.01 worked but I didn't find any installer. Fast boot, tiny kde, missing stuff. I like.
NIMBLEX , booted laptop not b or a , hated it. Neat idea.
MUTAGENIX can't handle 17" monitor properly from 64x2 box. MUSIX never worked well for me. 200706 Musix may work better for people who remember how to change keyboards, I remembered shhift 0 = '=' and got it installed but ice window manager, I think its ice, is only good at wm-ing.
MUNJOY same.
MINT=banned w other buntu's! [ many suspicious partition wipes
that don't recur anymore ]
NINT XFCE commu. 20070707 Trying , didn't play dvd before initial upgrade thats taking many hours [ i shoulda excluded mo stuff ] , ok overall but ice = a better light because you can quickly move panels from top/bottom to sides. May try to get xfce modified to my preferences at some installfest , given availability of experts. Suspect ext3 incompatibility syndrome remains in this buntu derivative as it did fsck the recent vector SOHO install's partition. Grabs data from other distro fine. Saw warning about kernel upgrade for some intel chipset so im not abandoning my upgrade when that fails this time. Setting mplayer to x11 got dvd playing !
MINT 2.2 KDE wow, it sets up good enough faster than MEPIS! Finds other installs better than them sometimes, topologolinux, need to add data partitions, typical media enabled buntu derivative. Boots slow and gives good web. 20070602 prime on L despite a boot problem as overwork on flaky MetroFi-Free wasted my Knoppix 5.x .s
2007.06.29 Mint Bianca KDE got problem fsck can't solve again, am trying sidux now.
MINT2 booted my laptop.
MEPIS beta5 looks promising, 3 works great incl. 2007.10.11 built in wireless for the first time ever on L aptop.
MEPIS 2007.09.02 beta3 I used synaptic to upgrade so I have got k3b and movies working again by switching to debian testing repositories.
MEPIS, 2007.08.25 beta1, based on etch, Replaces the Sabayon and I don't need to keep Konqueror in background to use firefox. [ctrl][alt][+] works, including 640x400 after 915resolution tweaking.
MEPIS "6.5.0.32" on L 20070731 can't get [ctrl][alt][+] working from
live cd; and I WON"T install it as all of my instances of partitions getting wiped out involved a member of the buntu family! Maybe that's
why MEPIS will switch back to a Debian base. Ubuntu refused to work for years on any box unless you changed the 99% common default PNP
os setting - so its the same old egotism as far as I can tell [ the  hd problems started over a year ago ] .
MEPIS 6.5 Unlike most distro. On L 6.5 got my 1280x800 screen right but doesn't toggle other resolutions. On b kooka doesn't scan.
MCNLive adds a great text entry tool like xfce's to the KDE panel but flunked on my bx motherboard.
MANDRIVA , its versions tend not to work on my boxes. A worse
MANDRAKE then PClinuxOS or MCNlive.
MANDRIVA FREE 2007 from LXF DVD 87, L saw installer.
LLGP, never tried this game cd seriously.
LG3D, okay on x, crappy on L, silly idea.
KRUMIN LIGHT 7.0 , Didn't USA for me on L..GRML = text only.
KNOPPIX 511 from magazine DVD, won't kdesu or otherwise let root do stuff under X unless login was console for root. Ditching it for Sabayon  despite getting 640x400 working with 915resolution.
KDE 4 ; horrid U.I., don't try this - it's even worse than SUSE!
GPARTED = 0346 , I use it often to partition. May try the ext3cow file
system despite its bugs if its ever offered on Gparted.
GRANULAR 20070709 didn't boot L at all.
GOBO , looks good, I haven't figured out its packaging.
GOBLINX , untried
GENTOO 2007.0, just downloaded 05.17.
FREESBIE worked great way back then. Hard to install multi.
Other BSDs = same problem.
FREESPIRE , didn't work out on several tries.
FRUGAL , started installer on x and L, can eth0.
FEDORA 7 won't attempt a multiboot install as taking its warnings
literally it will always want you to redo your whole disk - handed to
me as a special recommendation by some nut - unless this is a
"distribution release" vs a "development release" .
FEDORA 4 worked well , I hated it.
FEDORA sometimes works well , I dislike it, may need permission
fiddling. My current , ~6, didn't L.
FEATHER , no ui on L.
ELIVE usually not worth its eye candy.
EASYS 3.0 didn't boot L.
DEBIAN installer usually not worth its bother vs MEPIS especially.
DSL 3.3 worth it this time? No net on a. Bad on L.
CENT OS 5.0's needs too much fiddling. doesn't let me have KDE when I add it. system>admin>login screen does nothing 20070605.
CAE LINUX , -L, -x ie; didn't work on either my laptop or my 64x2
BLAG 6001 & 5000, my favorite RHEL derivatives for USA. 20070605 Greetings from then Gnome of BLAG6001 at 1024 on my 1280 L aptop. This Gnome = good ! but wrong res=crappy esp w no extra resolutions, am now downloading 915, KDE etc. Certainly complements MINT 2.2 KDE. Need extra resolutions, expect my L aptop to have 1280x800, 640x 400 and maybe no more. As 640 is less than700, a 1440x screen would merit more than 1 extra resolution. Lack of [ctrl][alt][+] is a bug !!! Then Firefox started paging backwards for no apparent reason - Removed BLAG
from L before download of KDE etc. finished .
BERRY .79 from FEDORA , I love playing miss driller from live cd.
prior attempts installing berry got japanese, this got blinking red
light.
BINTOO 2007.1, shockingly good gentoo derivative with some SLAX, Great
if you know exactly which of 99 boot services you want, tends not to
boot otherwise.
AUSTRUMI uni140, didn't USA for me on L.ANTIX MEPIS 6.5 rc5_32 June 7 2007, live only kde not default.ANONYMOS , a live of OPEN for anonymous surfing.
ARTISTX 0.4 -L, 64x2 got to text but no Xorg.
ALIXE 09-ice, my bx worked. I liked it.
ACCELERATED boots fast but doesn't see hda1 for starters.
"Absolute 12.0 486": 2007.09.21: didn't boot L.
ABSOLUTE 1202 L install gave [ctrl][alt][+], -kde, 1280x800 native,
net - a showstopper whengoing root didn't fix.
ABSOLUTE 1103, L saw the installer, gave flux or ice wm on slack
without modem on b. An expert at getting net on slackware linux might
succeed. I liked it but not practical when you want quick installs..
 64studio386 11-20/06, f on my socket A 1.6g v2dp box w 512m, 133pro
chipset. Didn't work on x.

:Revisions of this may replace the rest of my page:

so HARDWARE = L, compaq c301nr laptop w celerom 430 at 1.7g,. a = my
socket a box w v2dp motherboard. b = my bx chipset abit slot 1 be6r2
w a p3 at 600MHz (dial up where my others use free metro-fi ). these
usually have 512m of ram. All boxes with built in video use that as
summer mode, winter mode rarely used for reliability but = nvidia 5200
graphics cards w 128m ram . I own some tertiary backup bx boxes. Yes I
am triple redundant via my new box x plus my three bx boxes as backup
for the old phone line. 64bit = new direction & more distro to
test. Will do some vm stuff too, kqemu looks good.
I seem to like kde .deb distros that live boot and install.
Latest additions :20070417

Pardus 2007.1 , Great except no local printing until I used
 http://localhost:631/admin from kdesu konqueror via konsole. Hope
everything survives reboot & someday this distro learns how to
finish shutting down. May replace simply MEPIS 6.5 but = loses
the ability to startx often.. did not try full install on L.

newest SABAYON worked well on my 64x2 cpu , booted laptop. Also good
on my bx -modem but not my a. Gotta get a vm working to handle my w98
legacies as primary user wont abandon those apps & I love those old
games. did not try full install on L BUT it saw my wireless gear, best
security uses no wireless. Doesn't even have openoffice.org in mini
64 version, use to host vm.

simplyMEPIS 6.5 works well enough on b , a , & x = my new amd 64x2
3800+ , 2g of ram w nvidia 6100sm-m board w graphics sound etc. 1
problem w board = even if you install graphics board into its 16x
slot you will only get 8x. I find built in graphics fine anyway.
Mepis 6.5 does not shut self down reliably on my desktops. did not try
full install on L yet. It's my top distro again. Primary senior citizen
 user is swearing at it now, 20070508.

KNOPPIX 5.1, probably 5.11 works great on my laptop, even kqemu. - but
that one finally died and re-installs of whatever disk I didn't give
 away
don't work as well. But I can get 640x400 etc. working.

YOPER 2.95 didn't work on b, didn't try elsewhere.

2007.03.28 Rebuilt simply MEPIS DVD install on my v2dp socket a board
a few times before I wiped all partitions physically earlier than the
last one but added at a later time, this caused wipe outs in the past
too. Do most work on laptop w knoppix 5 dvd installed.

2007.02.04 NimbleX 2007 +L worked well , got vertical scroll from
orange line on right edge of my c301nr 's touch pad -bx didn't get
to kde with my 128 meg. nvidia video card.

2007.01.30 new Sabayon DVD = worse than last one , put MEPIS on sda3
over Sabayon but its behaving poorly overall a redo with an upgrade
before adding pysol etc. may help, hope I finally got my 915resolution
problem fixed....

2007.01.13 A buddy dumped KNOPPIX DVD over the MEPIS , wiping out my
porn collection , strangely I actually miss the terminally cute Fawn
and rabbit picture that would have slaughtered any diabetic viewing it
- its TOO sweet more than anything else. The KNOPPIX = working GREAT
!

 2007.01.06 Dream didn't get past text on any of my boxes .
LG3d booted but SLOW , didn't find any, desperately needed, installer.

2006.12.28 Elive 0.6 revolution = too slow on cd & i can't find any
installer , booted on bx & L aptop . Pity too as it let me select
1280x800 up front . didn't find any modem tool so about 1 of 3
households = out of luck as that fraction only got below .5, 50%, in
2005 .

Puppy Linux 212 still impresses me , my redo with no installs where i
ignore missing dependencies works fine . Got flash9 working here too
but adding stuff just = not working out . tried 213 & 109 on usb,
hated them ! Downloaded 215 or new 1g lash drive, may try it someday.

Firefox runs pale force NBC fine after switching in flash9 . Amazingly
, I just watched 2 videos from yahoo under MEPIS . Maybe yahoo finally
fixed their vid or maybe my work finally paid off . [ Most of their
stuff still FAILS ! ]

2006.14.12 Underground029a replaces FC6 replaces Sabayon on my
Presario c301nr Laptop next to MEPIS . [ that didn't last long ]

Not seeing the ext3 MEPIS partition from the reiserfs either .
Wonderful small distro from arch from crux [ MEPIS = from kUbintu
from Debian too , notice a pattern ? ] but maybe it can steal Gentoo
Portage apps , I like kworld clock .I ditched XP from the Laptop for a
reason but . does not have kworld in repositories , i WILL dump it
for this reason .

 DISGUSTING

Thats the state of reliability for most Linux distro today . Currently
if I don't say yes you should assume trouble if your hardware
resembles mine .

MEPIS scored great on my new laptop & many other distro do too -
thus my disgust as my
 perfectly capable hardware gets near orphan treatment . don't expect
much in updates as Metro-fi & Google both = flakes .


2006,11,18 : Absolute & GnewSense both didn't give me vid in the bx
box . I refuse to do the junk I'd need to get FAT - 32 working on some
slack derivative & will try mint , an ubuntu derivative that
comes with flash > 7 to play the huge amount of content that
non-experimental Linux software won't .
I do an actual install vs using a vm because the vm = too likely to
work , please make sure your distro will get found easily by the
buntu derivative I put on hda2 after loading your distro onto hda34 or
higher & my chance of getting to your distro goes up . [in 2007 most
fail, I think the buntu ' s changed. ]
2006.11.03 : triumph of simply MEPIS 601 DVD over PCLinuxOS for not
printing. Switched boxes & the new primary os = MEPIS 601 despite a
pointer type mismatch 07 around irq 10 & 11 - only crashes on multi
tasking . I won't necessarily cover modem issues as free broadband
based Ethernet works so well . [ on rebuild that MEPIS's lack of gimp
print got different driver selected & killed my loved canon ip3000.
Chip less ink cartridges make great printers.

MY DISTRO WINNER distro family . kUbuntu was a tweaker distro totally
unsuited to less experienced users but along with simply MEPIS 6.0
that = THE distro family to use right now . What changed ? I tried
using 45 partitions & separating /home & /tmp on their own shared
 partitions . 90% of desktop distro 's fail to get permissions right so
only root can run KDE 2006.08.09 . HD installs should never run as
root & separating /home & /tmp works better , much better when
 doing my many distro evaluations . If you know you will never want
to do /home & /tmp separate from " / " the rest of this page retains
some value . I have not evaluated how well my winner family works
with modem & printer on current production box because they're on
traveling box now . ( but i should do more work making sure about
account configuration when /home gets separated . i will do it after
 fixing the w98 partition i need to support intellicad , wp8 , and
photon paint plus the recent enough ie version to see certain
 websites made by STUPID people . )

 WARNING::: non-sculpted text ahead !

 This page = done on an editor after grabbing the old text from
the web page . Then , after edits , [ctrl] ac & [ctrl] av dump the
new version into googlepages & if googlepages makes it ugly - it
stays ugly .

LINUXWORLD : its less than it was in almost every way & thats all I
need to say .

HEATWAVE HARDWARE special , because some boxes didn't survive .
 Google " tom's hardware DIY gaming rig dual core 775 " to see a
buying opportunity like the old celeron 300a slot one CPU with 440 bx
board provided me , I'm typing on that board now . Normally I would
recommend socket 939 because AMD usually delivers more goodness per
 dollar . After Tom started writing about it , the 805 CPU prices rose
to where a special at Fry's in Sunnyvale with it & a board went for
less than the current market price for a separate CPU . I'd recommend
the Asrock 775 Twins over the ECS RC410L/800M board but previously
ignored Intel's product improvements so I lack further advice . The
939 boards may still get the better CPU's as one would expect for
 (939-775) more pins to the motherboard but the new AMD socket/s make
this less likely . If you lost both CPU & M/B , don't let the
presence of your old ram change your decision unless you have lots of
good stuff . I remain shocked at the price of socket A CPU's ,
someones gotta = hoarding or something .
NOW OBSOLETE , mostly just check compatibility on that hot deal
including ram matching. Avoid SIS, LEXMARK.

20070607, intels dual core 6400 seems a swet spot for performance
without overclocking but usually AMD gives better value and I expect
the extra data integer width to eventually pay off for amd64.

July update : [ Production box reduced to 8 Linux , to meet the limits
of the GAG boot loader , but I'm still using GRUB . ]

 PCLinuxOS
PCLinuxOS.92 = best .rpm distro tested yet , I use synaptic for
updates & extras . First .rpm distro to beat out the .deb's in years
. Has flock for blogs etc. awesome execution , my current family dial
up OS winner , difficult multi boot because it uses lilo , I forget
the command to make it a partition boot but kUBUNTU 's installer grub
's it fine . Tends not to show additions to a directory until reboot
unless you dump some extra file from the desktop there too but no bugs
beyond that . 2006.09.21 need to try the big .93 of pclinuxOS .

 simply MEPIS
The latest STABLE version of simply MEPIS , 3.4.3 on 3-21/06 lost to
PCLinuxOS.92 as my current winner as the family Linux dial up distro
again . Hoping MEPIS recovers its old form with v 6.0 as it used to
always win out . Selecting the keramic white color scheme gives me
yellow selections , unless some STUPID applications creates needless
cognitive dissonance by using grossly inferior choices . [ Given that
yellow highlighters outsell all others in bookstores etc. , all other
choices for highlighting hurt your users . ] Move Panel, menu bar, to
upper left as the Macintosh did it correctly until they blew it with
 OS X . KDE on KDE behavior beats the alternatives . [ MEPIS 343 or 6.x
may work well if you don't synaptic the extras I did ] Fixed printing
by using ip4000 driver on my canon ip3000 pixus/pixma making MEPIS 343
viable except 4 the ever reappearing bookmarks toolbar - in Firefox
THUS still not viable . ] ; 2006.09.21 need to try 601 .

 kaNOTix
STABLE kaNOTix & not knoppix because it gives good install vs ruining
from optical disk . Awesome at getting weirdo laptops to work , switch
language pull tab vs default German at their website via
http://distrowatch.com/ . Easter Edition didn't run KDE properly from
cd AFTER number of partitions on drive exceeded 30 . This FULLY FREE
distro has ugly browser fonts like all other fully free distributions
. Added accelerated to hd's for fun as another near knoppix & love its
fast optical boot but not the default Japanese .

 Vector SOHO
Is getting a little old at 5.1
STABLE version of Vector SOHO , slack based so works on some 486 boxes
. Fast , gslapt works just like synaptic after kdesu from shell , has
barely enough applications to do the job well , newbies handle clutter
of double listed applications better than weirdo menu depth despite
suggestions from the gnome human interface guidelines . I look to the
 slack based distro's for the future & put some on the next box
already .

 K & X ubuntu
, but I don't run it , solely used to tie it all up initially as one
grub menu . Caused my WHAX to stop booting . These guys indulge the
weirdest ideas . Their graphical installer from live cd can't display
the continue button when it detects more than 22 partitions 2006.08 .

 VLOS
VLOS 121 as an easy Gentoo , best of the gnome desktops , don't hurt
yourself that way with either gnome or gentoo . Its a masochistic
hobby for me trying these as sometimes 1.1 , 121 & 131 won't install
on one or more of my boxes . New Gentoo Live CD's may make this easier
.
 UNDERGROUND
An easy way to get an arch distro on a primary partition , Arch = a
binary & thus better distro than typical Gentoo . RR4 wiped out
everything on my drive after Underground's reiser4fs once , costing
me a nine distro rebuild , you've been warned about these pioneer
distro & should expect to get arrows in yer back if you commit to them
.
 Fedora4
Went on easy but I hate it & most .rpm distro's , preferring Debian
due to the social policies , check linuxmafia.com . 2006.09.21 need to
try remix DVD of 5.

Woot , my first run on sentence for this site = over & now
shattered into many fragments .

[ expect occasional revisions ] [ I need to get dial up working on w98
but forgot how except by browser activation. ] Actual mileage may
vary.

HALL OF SHAME :
 These discs in my collection didn't modem as of 2006.06.26+ :
elive, LLGP, lg3d, Ultima , AnonymOS , PC-BSD, Video ,Pai Pix DVD as
of June 21, 2006 , Berry [old] , PCLinuxOS.93 mini-me . My latest
Yoper , blacksand , didn't do a / only install on my bx box.

 August 2006 additions all go to the 1.6g v2dp box :
soon to get replaced.

Video Linux [ looks useful with wine & all , if I install more
applications like openoffice.org ] , accelerated [ was happy on hda10
but disliked my FAT32 file system . ] , w98se [ finally boots as of
31st ] , Simply MEPIS 6.0 looks good with careful install but I don't
expect it to break the PCLinuxOS stranglehold the way PCLinuxOS
displaced MEPIS , freespire [ difficult to do stuff around CNR & it
may not = free . ] , STUX looks good after modifications until it
stopped booting , SLAX looks good but defaults to root like STUX . I'm
behind testing as I've yet to fix the fstabs to give all distro's the
same /home & /tmp , nor did I get a final grub working yet as I have
44 partitions on this next box's 180g hd , 700+m DDR . I'd like to
try different file systems on different partitions of the same install
but some distributions freak when they see extra file systems , like
the latest KUBUNTU installer freezes . After installing older Kubuntu
 on hda2 - lotsa distro have trouble after hda16 . Now I need to fix a
file system problem with hda3 & hda14 as /home & /tmp using ext2
and ext3 as some distro get confused dealing with a second type of
file system . I recommend using the Gparted disk for all partitioning
as working around the quirks of over 33 distro will get overwhelming .

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