[News] Review of the Latest Ark Linux and Why Linux is Succeeding

[News] Review of the Latest Ark Linux and Why Linux is Succeeding

Post by Sir Michae » Sat, 22 Sep 2007 19:58:16



From the review:


Next I tested peripheral support to see how well it would handle some of the
extras items I found listed in the control center. One of those was a
digital camera. While I only had a Kodak C330 easy share to test with, it
didn't matter. Ark never saw it. Nor did it see the joystick I tried
either, even though both of these were listed as items in the control center
that Ark supported.

I found USB support to be shaky at best. I plugged in a pen drive to copy
over a few files and ended up fighting Ark to get it to handle the drive
properly. At one point during my testing it even zeroed out a few test
files on the drive and in another instance it completely wiped the contents
of the drive. Not very reassuring in my opinion.

I did a little surfing around to see if I was the only one having this issue
and was surprised to find that I'm not. Several others who tried Ark
encountered the same issues.

Digging further I found that Ark saw both of my cd and dvd drives. The
downside to that is Ark thought they were hard drives and couldn't mount
them. As a side effect to that, the system couldn't play any audio cd's or
dvd's.

To further grind the knife in I found that wireless didn't work right at
all, and most of the USB devices, including wireless mice (wired mice seemed
to be the only USB item that *DID* work), had issues on the system. Some of
them pretty severe and show stopping.

Also, Ark failed to properly detect several other pieces of hardware on my
system as well, including my video and network cards, both of which are
mainstream cards that are well supported.

As for the network card, while I found that it had added the network card, I
could do nothing on the network.


**** But aside from the hardware issues, on a software level, Ark is a very
good system. ****



What a joke. Nothing works but the spinmeister concludes that "Ark is a very
good system."

It's like the old joke - "Other than that Mrs. Lincoln, how did you enjoy
the play?"








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[News] Review of the Latest Ark Linux and Why Linux is Succeeding

Post by Roy Schest » Sun, 23 Sep 2007 02:01:19

Review: Ark Linux H2O 2007.1

,----[ Quote ]
| Overall Ark is a pretty decent OS for the new user. It's got some rather
| bothersome show stopping bugs that need to be worked out before I can
| recommend it to new users, but like any little lump of coal, at some point in
| time it's going to turn into a little gem. So there is a lot of hope there
| for the future. Depending on how well Ark matures over the coming months and
| years, especially in how it handles hardware, I can't really see where this
| particular distribution couldn't easily find its way onto my short list of
| recommended distributions for the new user. It's certainly got the
| potential.
`----

http://www.yqcomputer.com/

Why Linux Is Already A Success

,----[ Quote ]
| The thinking seems to go something like this. Linux has to succeed broadly on
| the desktop as an alternative to Windows because:
|
| * It a good way to support development of the OS and its attendant
| applications. People are more likely to invest in an existing success
| story than one that struggling.
| * Linux is a technologically better system and it deserves to win.
| * Someone has to stand up to bully-boy Microsoft.
`----

http://www.yqcomputer.com/


Related:

Ark Linux 2007.1 Released!

,----[ Quote ]
| The release of Ark Linux 2007.1 also marks the beginning of the development
| cycle for Ark Linux 2007.2 - over the next few days, we will upgrade our
| development tree "dockyard-devel" to snapshots of the upcoming KDE 4.0
| desktop. Ark Linux 2007.2 is expected to be released shortly after KDE 4.0 -
| a pre-release for developers and people who are curious about KDE 4.0 will be
| made available as soon as the migration is complete.
`----

http://www.yqcomputer.com/


Ark Linux H2O - 2007.1

,----[ Quote ]
| If you like KDE, is very unlikely that you will be disappointed with this
| distribution; if you prefer Gnome, maybe this is not the right distribution
| for you.
`----

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[News] Review of the Latest Ark Linux and Why Linux is Succeeding

Post by Kier » Sun, 23 Sep 2007 03:09:10


Big deal. You found a negative review of a Linux distro. Want us to post
all the positive ones out there. Her, I'll start you off:

http://www.yqcomputer.com/

http://www.yqcomputer.com/

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Kier
 
 
 

[News] Review of the Latest Ark Linux and Why Linux is Succeeding

Post by Sir Michae » Sun, 23 Sep 2007 03:35:40


That's not the point. The real problem is that the hundreds of 3rd rate
distros like this one end up smearing the overall reputation of linux.
Imagine someone was going to try linux for the first time and saw this as
one of the "newest" distros available. They install this and basically NONE
of the hardware works. It's not like they can Google for help either because
networking doesn't work either. After this major disaster (where data was
destroyed and files were deleted) do you think the person is going to try
another linux distro? They've been punished enough and they will not have
the "Thank you sir - may I have another?" attitude.

So maybe nothing can be done do stop people from releasing 3rd rate distros
like this that damage linux. But I find it hillarious that people here will
actually argue that it's a "good thing(tm)" when *** like this gets
released.




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[News] Review of the Latest Ark Linux and Why Linux is Succeeding

Post by Kier » Sun, 23 Sep 2007 04:19:54


Like you care about the reputation of Linux. Nor are there 'hundreds' of
third-rate distros.


First, anyone foolish enough to install a new OS they aren't familiar with
without backing up their data deserves to lose it. Second, what hardware
was it that Ark failed on? There are so many hardware combos out there.
Third, no one is being punished for anything.


Again, what do you care for the good name of Linux, when you spend all
your time here attacking it and its advocates and calling it 'lienux'?
Particularly when posting here with Outlook Express, under a false nym.

Certainly, there are distros that need to be improved. I'm surprised Ark
was so bad in this instance - when I last tried it, it was excellent, and
worked well on an old laptop that several other distros refused to touch.

--
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[News] Review of the Latest Ark Linux and Why Linux is Succeeding

Post by chris » Sun, 23 Sep 2007 22:23:53


No, they do not, dipshit. As a rule, only the adventurous person selects
one of the "minor" distros. Most people choose one of the big ones.
Beyond that, most people have the sense to try a liveCD, and/or install on
a spare HD, before "committing" to a distro.

If I were you (a stupid, worthless, Bill Gates-loving twit), I'd be more
concerned with how Visduh is smearing the reputation of Windwoes. What a
POS. How did M$ manage to create a new OS that was so inferior to their
previous one? Hideously bloated. Incompatible. Annoying. Buggy.
Insecure. Not worth the DVD it's burned on.
 
 
 

[News] Review of the Latest Ark Linux and Why Linux is Succeeding

Post by serg » Sun, 23 Sep 2007 23:48:26


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That's because some people prefer the freedom that risks crap
over having *** forced upon them.

-serge