Post Last Edited by roses2at at 2014-9-18 09:52 |
Reply 24# deathrattle
My "first.choice" would be knoppix.
To be honest, I can't really remember what the issue was that I had with Knoppix, other than that it was something to do with it not installing properly. And if you're not allowed to join the forum and there are only skeletons and cobwebs manning the Support desk, there's not much else one can do to get any further with it.
I always found that Ubuntu Ringtail or Saucy was a fairly good "vanillla" choice, enabling you to get things done from the GUI, not mollycoddling you totally by hiding all the juicy bits which are usually only available via Terminal in other distros, willing and able to be tweaked, easy for beginners but fairly powerful without having to resort to peering at huge volumes of small white unintelligible text in a little black screen, and generally being quite user-friendly.
Incidentally, I think it was an older version of Open Suse that eventually enabled me to use my SCSI card. All later versions with an updated kernel had had the specific driver/module for this card removed, for reasons I'll never understand. I thought the whole point of Linux was that it was "all things to all men" and allowed the use and correct functioning of as many different types of legacy hardware as possible. Eventually I solved the whole problem by buying an Adaptec card for 5 Euros from the local equivalent of eBay and since this company is still active (but the crappiest customer support in the history of the universe I might add), all the drivers and kernel modules are of course included in almost every version of every distro.
When I was installing all those different distros and trying to make my card work, instead of the driver I actually needed, I just got a load of other modules & packages that were just IMO "bloatware" and that I knew I would never be using in a million years. I was always amazed (still am, even on the B-Pi) when I do aand it installs all this stuff that I have never heard of, have no idea what it means or does but is obviously important to someone in this world (the person who decides what is included in the upgrades??) although AFAIC it is just filling up my SSD/SD card unnecessarily.
For example, the very first distro I tried on my B-Pi was Raspbian. However, during the update it kept getting stuck and hanging while D/L-ing a huge quantity of MBs for wolfram-engine (server down or too many people simultaneously using it perhaps?). I thought this package was something to do with the mysterious inner workings of the kernel and was thus vitally important. However, after further research I realised it was just part of a pre-installed programming language called Mathematica for teaching in schools using the B-Pi - absolutely no earthly use to me!!
So I then had to learn how to stop this package from updating (it's
and the reverse command is Copy the Code
- sudo apt-mark hold package_name
if anyone's interested) and then later how to remove the package completely Copy the Code
- sudo apt-mark unhold package_name
There is a purge switch too for that last command in there somewhere but I can't recall at the moment how to invoke it. Copy the Code
- sudo apt-get remove package_name