[Techtalk] "I need to use Windows because ..."

Kathryn Andersen kat_lists at katspace.com
Mon Aug 12 20:55:47 EST 2002

On Sun, Aug 11, 2002 at 02:06:44PM -0400, caitlynmaire at earthlink.net wrote:
> Red Hat  7.3 or 8.0 (beta)  Put simply:  things work.  OK, the menus
> aren't handled as nicely across various WMs like they are in Mandrake,
> but that's trivial.  Mandrake always ships with broken bits.  Red Hat
> hasn't since 7.0.

Alas, I beg to differ.  I actually changed from RedHat to Debian when I
started using 7.2 and my system would lock up at random intervals, no
keyboard response, no mouse response -- the only thing that I could do
was hit the power button!  No way to diagnose the problem; changing the
configuration in various ways didn't seem to help; I couldn't find any
particular action of mine which triggered the hang.  After this happened
a few too many times, I got Debian.  It wasn't a hardware problem: the
same machine had worked perfectly fine with earlier versions of RedHat.
So from my point of view, RedHat has gotten more buggy, not less.  A
serious bug like that is simply Not Acceptable in a Linux system, as far
as I'm concerned...

But I expect that anyone who installs RedHat and doesn't have problems
in the first little while, probably is going to continue to be
problem-free.  You might have hit on the combination of hardware and
software that the RedHat engineers are using.  8-P

Kathryn Andersen
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