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On Wed, 14 May 2003, Robert G. Scofield wrote:

> On Wednesday 14 May 2003 12:28 am, Mark K. Kim wrote:
> > S But much better in terms of
> > quality of what I ended up with in the end compared with RedHat or
> > Mandrake, though.
>
> How?  Can you given an example?

Things seems to work more smoothly.  RedHat was just so clunky (though
things seems to have changed now), and it was missing so many useful
packages.  I went Mandrake because it's RedHat-compatible and it had
better system and worked smoother.  But with each release, Mandrake seems
to goof on something.  Like on my last Mandrake install (8.1), the X
server would not draw things on the screen sometimes so I had to keep
pressing ^L or move the window so it had to redraw the visual.  It was
just too cruel, and I'm embarassed to even mention I lived with that
system for years.  And it's not like I had some off-brand videocard (it
was Voodoo 3 3500TV) so Mandrake shouldn't have let that bug into the
distribution.  Well, I guess it could have been conflicting with the TV
driver modules I compiled in separately.  Even then, it didn't explain why
I was getting only 35fps with glxgears when I was using a Voodoo3.  Oh,
did I mention I had to compile the xawtv program separately because it
wasn't included with Mandrake?  Yeah, and then the window wasn't aligning
properly so I had to modify the source manually.  I did crazy stuff like
that with some other programs I wanted, too.

Anyway, all I know is things are just working on Debian.  Though I'm
forced to run some optimizations manually, I don't mind it since I know
how to set those up or figure it out (or ask it :)

So I compiled mplayer manually the other day because it apparently isn't
available on stable.  I told configure to enable anything I wanted but it
croked during compile because of missing libraries.  So as it croke, I
would install the appropriate library.  So now I got an mplayer that has
all the features I wanted enabled and it's working so perfectly now (well,
more perfect than I've ever been able to compile it).  I wouldn't have
been able to do that on RedHat or Mandrake as I would have to go library
hunting for each croke which isn't something I like doing.

-Mark

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Mark K. Kim
http://www.cbreak.org/
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