Roy Schestowitz wrote:
> Screenshots say so much more than just words. I appreciate the effort.
> After 3 years with (almost exclusively) SUSE at work, I seriously
> considered a move to Kubuntu, Adept, however, is often criticised for
> being a usability distater
The previous version of Adept that I saw was a bit shaky, and I wouldn't
have wanted to use it much, though the potential was visible. From what I
see so far on this version, however, it's looking very, very good, and I
might be just as likely to use it as to use Synaptic that I've been used
to, if it proves equally reliable.
> (YaST2 is not Synaptic or Smart either). Above
> all, what I seek to see improved in SUSE is a package management (and
> installer?) which is as admirably-simple as that which Ubuntu boasts. In
> that respect, Ubuntu is easier than Mac OS and Windows.
Synaptic and apt based package management was why I left SuSE and went to a
Debian-based distribution, Mepis, which I've been using for the past couple
of years. The issue I had with Mepis, however, is that Warren Woodford has
tried to run directly off the Debian package servers, with a Mepis pool of
amendments on top; and that didn't prove totally reliable in my experience.
So now Ubuntu has come to the fore, it seems to me that their approach of
maintaining downstream mirrors from Debian, including security patches and
back-ports, keeps what Mepis did well and resolves the issues Mepis
occasionally had with updates. I also see that Mepis itself is now
switching over to rely on the Ubuntu package pools, so I imagine that Mepis
users will get the same benefits in the end anyway.
Usually I give away and recommend K|X|Ubuntu, however, so I think I
should "eat my own dogfood", and also might as well use Ubuntu directly as
use a derivative of it unless the derivative is adding some value for me.
Mepis might add non-free stuff and configuration stuff, I suppose, but
there's always EasyUbuntu and anyway I prefer to configure this stuff
myself through unofficial Apt repositories, which I now know enough to do.