Verily I say unto thee, that BearItAll spake thusly:
From the front page:
Top line, second link from the right - "downloads".
First heading - "One 2007 Spring", link - "Download Mandriva One".
Whole page of mirrors, I chose:
Various choices available between i586, x86_64, DVD, Gnome or KDE CD.
I've been a loyal Red Hatter for years, but if I had to switch, I'd
choose Mandriva. Many people swear by their Powerpacks, although as you
say, sometimes their service can be a bit patchy. Their current
"Mandriva One" offering is very, very slick indeed, although I still
have some reservations about their repo management, which I found quite
confusing (ref: trying to get the right kernel source to build VMWare
Then again, I've been itching to go the Debian route for a long time
too, for both technical and political reasons. The two things which have
held me back are inertia and my unfamiliarity with Deb package building,
which I would want to switch to from RPM maintenance.
What I might do is buy a Dell Ubuntu box (if and when they ever start
selling them in the UK), then pick up my dpkg skills on that first, then
move over to Debian main. I'd prefer a "real" Debian box to a
virtualised client - purely for logistical reasons (I'm rapidly running
out of drive space).
One thing you can absolutely guarantee about Debian, is that they'll
never make a pact with the Beast like Novell, Xandros or Linspire. That
fact alone is enough to make me want to switch to Debian - I'd like that
long-term security. With the Ubuntu's, Mandriva's, and Red Hat's of this
world, you can never be 100% sure, due to their financial dependence
(those who need money, can be corrupted with money).
| "People are not happy in stinking hellholes of abject poverty, what
| is true is that once you cross subsistence ... additional increases
| in wealth have virtually no effect on well-being ... This is worth
| knowing in case you have a choice between "X" and making more
| money, almost certainly "X" is what you should choose."
| - Barry Schwartz
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