Roy Schestowitz wrote:
> High Plains Thumper on Saturday
>> I have particularly have been enjoying the stability
>> Debian brings. Recently with a little effort, now I have
>> video viewing capability up and on-line in Firefox.
> I am beginning to think that pulling an Oracle-type ripoff
> would be an interesting thing to do here. This would
> involve taking the wonderful work of the SuSE (not
> Opensuse) developers, stripping off all the Novell
> trademarks and redistributing that at every stage of the
> Opensuse release cycle. As long as there is no commercial
> equivalent, Novell benefits very little, if at all. The
> work of SuSE (as we used to know it) is preserved while
> Novell survives and it can be further maintained and
> extended when Microsoft squeezes the trigger on Novell (to
> use Allchin's chilling words from 1999).
This is chilling indeed. However on the bright side of
things, there are other distros to entertain.
Back to Debian, given its stability and flexibility, it makes
an excellent learning laboratory for the IT professional or
engineer to get his/her hands wet. Since it is a little
harder to install and configure than other distros like Debian
derivative Ubuntu, these lessons adds to one's experience,
improving the individual.
There are also many software programming tools that come with
Linux, languages and such. One can take that older PC
hardware sitting unused in the corner and turn it into a
useful, active learning laboratory. Learn about firewalls,
setting up a NFS or SMB Linux client, even do specialised
electrical, structural or mechanical engineering analysis with
software readily available free.
One does not have to start out with Debian, there are others
that provide the same learning experience or a good starting
place. It is just that I find the challenges rewarding, with
the freedom it gives, letting me discover further Linux