[ILUG] Re: Reccomend a distro for the offline user.
ilug_gmc at fiachra.ucd.ie
Wed Apr 20 10:07:29 IST 2005
In gmane.user-groups.linux.ilug.general, you wrote:
> A friend of mine wants to try linux, and is looking to me.
> But he has no internet connection, so it must be stable (ish) from the start.
It's probably not an ideal way to pick a distro but if it will never be
online, you might have to think in terms of what he might needs but certain
distros cannot distribute. For example:
- libcss (dvd decryption)
- MP3 encoding/decoding support
- win32 codecs
If you pick a Free distro such as Debian, Fedora or Ubuntu, these will
definitely not be on the cd. I'm unsure whether a commercial distro such
as lindows, xandros or suse might provide some/all of these. Otherwise
will have to go online somewhere to get them. I guess you could make a
cdrom of Christian Marillat's unofficial archive in order to add these
packages to debian/ubuntu.
Basically what I'm saying is you need a distro which is as self-contained
on cdrom as possible and that if he requires patented/proprietary stuff
that may be an issue.
> He wants to edit videos from his digital camcorder and do regular desktop
I don't know too much about what video codec encoder/decoders are
distributed but you might have some difficulties there too.
A friend is using ubuntu offline. I set it up for her and added much of
the above stuff. I recently made the mistake of upgrading from the Hoary
cd. This broke all gstreamer mp3 stuff :-( and I had to bring it online to
upgrade the proprietary stuff. Be careful with offline upgrades like this.
Hope this helps,
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