Having become disenchanted with SuSE recently, I've been trying out a few
debian-based distributions: Debian (with the new netinstaller), Ubuntu,
Knoppix and Mepis. All of them fell short on one or more points.
Ubuntu and plain Debian did attempt to recognize the other installed linux
distributions, put entries in Grub, but all the entries but the one for
Debian were wrong. Ubuntu, while nice, didn't include KDE, of course, and
had some other niggles. Plain Debian didn't want to run X11 at the full
1600x1200 resultion of my laptop.
Mepis would only boot a 2.4 kernel, didn't want to play with my Lucent
wavelan wifi card (which every other distribution recognized). The much
praised graphical configuration tools turned out to be a disaster because
it didn't want to show my mouse cursor until I had installed the nvidia
drivers and the tab order of those dialogs is completely screwed.
All in all, I still haven't succeeded in tweaking even one of the Debian
based distributions to enable me to do what I want: work in C++ on KOffice
and Java for Tryllian, handle my mailbox and watch the occasional dvd.
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