[sword-devel] Ubuntu

André Braselmann sword at braisel.com
Tue Apr 25 22:10:00 MST 2006

On Fri, Apr 21, 2006 at 04:56:26PM -0400, David J. Ring, Jr. wrote:
> Anyone have a recommendation for a linux distro that runs quickly on old 
> machines?

hmmm. I'm using FreeBSD since years for my desktop with the minimal
fluxbox windowmanager. FreeBSD is a complete Unix system, not "just" a
kernel (don't flame me). Has an excellent software repository with about
14.000 programs you can really easily compile from source, and runs
smooth on old hardware. And if you need it: You can also use the Linux
binary compatibility ABIa, e.g. for Skype 

There is a new 'distro' out there: http://www.pcbsd.org 
Installed it last weekend and it's really nice and easy. give it a try. 

The only real heavy disadvantage of FreeBSD : It has no native flashplayer :-)

Neverthless a word of caution: When you plan to use a Unix/Linux system
you have to investigate time & energy. It's not point'n click.

But in the end you'll have a system perfectly fitting you needs. And you
don't have to wait for patchdays. And your friends won't ask you for
help with their winmachines:-) So you have more time.

GreetZ from EastFrisia

  K.André Braselmann
Wer grundlegende Freiheiten aufgibt, um vorübergehend ein wenig 
Sicherheit zu gewinnen, verdient weder Freiheit noch Sicherheit.
-- Benjamin Franklin

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