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Fedora 10 in Asus Mini Nova Lite PX24 (1)

I recently bought a small Asus Mini Nova Lite PX24 and of course, installed GNU/Linux on it. I chose Fedora 10 because at that time, it was the only distro I tested with the required driver for the Wireless interface:
Atheros Communications Inc. AR242x 802.11abg Wireless PCI Express Adapter

Other distros I have tried in the Asus PX24 are:
* Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy Heron [Doesn’t work]
* OpenSUSE-11.1-GNOME [Doesn’t work]
* Debian 5.0 Lenny [Doesn’t work]
* Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty Jackalope Alpha-5 [Works]

I was a Kubuntu fan until release 8.10, which completely destroyed the usability and stability of the distribution when shipping a non-stable version of KDE4. Switched then back to Gnome in Ubuntu 8.10, far more stable than the KDE counterpart. So now that I know that next stable version of Ubuntu also makes the Wireless networking work out-of-the-box, I thought of changing the PX24 back to Ubuntu.

But I won’t… I want to try yum, RH’s system-config-whatever scripts, SELinux… all those things that are not available in Ubuntu.


Debian 5.0 “lenny” is now stable

Some of you may be used to the every 6-months release of a new stable version of Ubuntu GNU/Linux [1]. That’s quite a hard strategy to follow, as it seems that the important thing is to have the release out, even if not as perfect as desired. I see this approach as coming from the world of proprietary software companies, where the important thing is to reach the release date no matter what, so that the commercial department doesn’t need to re-print the leaflets or re-design the web page to change the release date of the product. This can lead into very very wrong decisions and situations: for example, shipping KDE4 in Kubuntu 8.10 even if the release of KDE4 shipped was lacking of lots of things (and then we have to read things like these [2] to justify the decision!!).

Debian GNU/Linux [3] uses a complete different approach. There are always 3 main version of Debian available at any time: stable, testing and unstable [4]. The stable version contains what the developers consider is a real stable version. The testing version contains usually latest releases of the upstream packages, and this version will be the one converting itself into stable in the next step. The unstable release contains all the testing-pending packages submitted by the Debian developers. In this approach, you always know that stability is assured in every stable release of Debian.

Lenny, from Toy Story

Lenny, from Toy Story

This is the main reason why a new stable version of Debian, like the Debian 5.0 codenamed lenny [5] is always a special event: it happens only when it must happen, and never before.