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Screw You Ubuntu - I'm Going Home

Ignoring a short play date with Red Hat around '95, my first Linux love was Slackware.

Slackware was fast and awesome but it somewhat lacked in the package discovery department. I installed most things from source and after learning about all the bad things that can happen when you install new versions of software on top of the old, I setup a package manager, but Slackware still lacked a central package repository.

All Your Source Are Belong To Us

The central source repository led me to switch to Gentoo. Being able to just install things without having to find the source code online first was great, but again I grew tired. The long compile times eventually wore me out and this time the switch was made to Ubuntu.

Out of The Box Experience

Ubuntu was nice in a everything-just-works sort of way, but now, some 6 years later, it doesn't do what I want and I don't know how to fix it with all the magic going on. I need to get back to my beloved manual tweaking.

The Arch of Truth

Arch Linux is my new pal. I've installed a bare core system that boots to the terminal (retro style), I've installed X and am about to configure it to my hearts content. If this doesn't work out then; LFS, here I come!

by Mikael Lofjärd
Comments
by Oscar on
They all seems to get bloated getting hybris and wanting to compete for the desktop-segment. Have to say though that ubuntu-server don't have to many annoying quirks. But I'm just goofing around. Remember the weekend in my little house, modifying chassis and installing Slack watching Matrix?
by Mikael Lofjärd on
@Oscar: I remember it fondly. Ubuntu server is quite nice and I have enjoyed having it on my server machines, but it somehow feels wrong to use it as a desktop OS. =)
by Oscar on
@Mikael: I remember fondling? Or was that some other time? Completely agree, it does everything for you and don't use the right way all the time. And it starts to feel like a factory installed machine where you start out by removing all the unwanted bloatware.

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