>>Linux is lots of things- quick /easy install and maintenance is not
>>one of them.
> I dunno about that. It takes me about 20 minutes to install Mastodon
> onto a reasonably modern PC, and maintenance is simply a matter of
> using <C><A><D> to shut the machine down instead of powering it off.
> The longest it took me was about 4 hours onto a 486, because that
> 486 was running the (horrible) OnTrack disk manager, which after
> getting infected with a dos virus was in such a state so it wouldn't
> boot. (And Linux supports OnTrack, so I had to recompile the kernel
> after booting off the install floppy, and recompiling a kernel takes
> a while on a 486.)
Caldera has a nice install as well, create your partitions, tell it whichQuote:> The worst Linux installs I've ever seen have been with Redhat Linux,
> and the worst of those wasn't more than a hour -- a whopping 10
> minutes longer than the worst Slackware or SuSE installs I've had.
install option you want, and go grab lunch, everything is nicely installed
when you get back.
Windows, and it doesn't really matter which variation (3.x, 9x, NT),Quote:> david parsons \bi/ NT is usually 30 minutes, except for on one Quantum
> \/ Bigfoot where I spent about 14 hours trying to get
> the thing to install and not fall over when I then
> put Linux on the other partition.
installs work well, as long as everything is Windows friendly, however
if it unusual in some way, then the installer tends to leave you wanting.
Linux, and it doesn't matter which distribution, will usually try to give
you some options. The only exception are the so called soft devices.
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