[ILUG] braun's choice?
bigbro at skynet.ie
Wed Jun 29 12:25:48 IST 2005
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kevin lyda wrote:
| On Wed, Jun 29, 2005 at 01:54:55AM -0700, Rick Moen wrote:
|>Just as a reminder, though, the question posed was "What's the best...?"
| yes, ok, that wasn't the wisest choice of words. but still, no matter
| how distro questions are asked these threads always seem to careen out
| of control.
True... but that's how those with a lower 'dreyfus level' of
understanding of a 'thing' ask, "Which variant of these things should I
use?" The vagueness is, of course, in the word best...
It is quite comedy to watch the Linux "experts" expound at length on
what the 'best' distro for them is... In the audio world, we are (only
just finally) reaching the level whereby a question of this nature will
be answered with a 'it depends' answer. A good example is the
all-too-common "Which is the best mic for recording vocals?" or "Which
are the best monitor speakers?" In these cases, often the first
questions are 'what are you trying to achieve?' and 'What's your budget?'
In the linux case, perhaps something like 'what are you trying to
achieve?' is still valid, though the budget is clearly not entirely
relevant (except in business case where support might be an issue, perhaps?)
I think perhaps the lesson to be learned (and it's a difficult lesson,
I agree) is to try and be helpful and explore the actual requirements of
the person putting the question. In the most philosophical way possible,
ponder as to whether the person is actually asking the question they are
asking... it's oft times that people know what information they seek,
but are unable to find the questions to sek it...
Ob-Linux-bit: Hauling back On-T, I get around the distro wars by simply
running loads of Linux boxen with different distros. I have Redhat,
Fedora, RHEL, gentoo, Ubuntu, Debian and Solaris (not a Linux but I wuv
it's little quirks soo ;-) ) covered at the moment... Oh yeah - and Mac
OSX^W^W BSD (also not a linux).
They all talk to each other nicely over ny networks and are often even
polite enough to talk to my handful of Windows boxen for filesharing,
printing and VNC type activities. I've yet to find one OS / distro that
does everything the way I want it to and runs all my software... but
between my plethora of machines I can usually find a good combination
for whatever task is at hand :-)
Now... if only I could find an OS that corrects my typos for me... D'ya
reckon there's a gentoo CFLAG or
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