tekwyzrd wrote:I've used a number of linux distributions and while it's true things sometimes break the only ones I used that were killed by recommended updates were ubuntu and kubuntu. I installed, updated, reboot, and... it wouldn't start.
I wouldn't dispute that at all as I had struggles with it previously too and that was why I'd come here and tried Sabayon.
My first try was PCLOS and though I had no trouble getting it to work the one drawback to that distro is they appear to have little motivation in getting a 64Bit version happening and for distributed computing that is definitely a plus.
Right now though I'm running Maverick Meerkat, and everything I need installed without a hitch, plus I've managed to tweak a lot of eye candy stuff to a better degree than I could here on my own.
I think for me the biggest obstacle with Sabayon is the whole sulfur, equo, portage, emerge thing that can really mess things up when you make a wrong move, and I'm good at wrong moves.
I got accustomed to using Synaptic with PCLOS so that gives me a bit of a feeling of familiarity in Ubuntu.
With the exception of fitzcarraldo I don't feel people are all that interested in helping newbies out here and tend to exhibit a certain level of condescension whether it's intentional or not.
As a result I think this is a distro for people who have already conquered Linux basics elsewhere.
I did put some effort into reading the Wiki and a number of tutorials but I find that often times even the way that they are written assumes at least an intermediate level of ability with Linux.
For complete beginners there need to be more actual examples of how to do some basic things like properly unmask a package for example.
fitzcarraldo tends to always offer code examples and that is the kind of thing I learn from. One can hardly expect one person to educate a whole forum of newcomers though as people have lives beyond the PC screen.
In my opinion the reason Windows still rules as an operating system is because most people simply want something that runs and don't have the desire to learn how to compile packages and such simply to operate a peripheral, or piece of software they wish to use.
I much appreciate the efforts of fitzcarraldo and those like him, it's just too bad there aren't a few million more to go around.