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1 • Faitfull follower (by maceto on 2005-01-03 14:03:24 GMT) |
I have been here since opening day more or less, and first poster again. why is that?
2 • Thanks! (by Michael_Valentine on 2005-01-03 14:06:58 GMT)
Happy New Year, and Thank You for the hard work of maintaining this great source of information for all of us. This is usually one of the first sites I visit in the morning. Very good joice for the December Donation IMHO. Keep up the good work, and here is to a great 2005!
3 • Good Choice !!! (by Marc on 2005-01-03 14:31:07 GMT)
Ladislav as always, you made a good decision for the december
Whish you and all DW readers a good Linux/Bsd (and maybe more
other free OS) year.
4 • nice DWN (by FlS on 2005-01-03 14:51:11 GMT)
Happy newyear, and thanks for providing us with this great information ladislav!
5 • r00ts of distrowatch (by crawancon at 2005-01-03 14:55:40 GMT)
interesting reading the history here, i feel like i've been a part of it since, well, near the beginning... maybe i was one of the 7000 people that hit the free site on the first day! I used to travel to isonews and linuxiso.org for my project needs. I was glad to have found your site then, and i do not hesitate (even get annoyingly assertive) in recommending DW to anyone i think would make use of it. I am so glad this turned out to be an actual full time position for someone. I mean the right idea, right time, right format just everything made too much sense. Im also glad ladislav turned out to be one of those "community gave to me, so i give to community" types, reminiscent of "craigslist" morals.
lookin forward to 2005 and beyong ladislav.. keep em comin'.
6 • Happy new year! (by just john at 2005-01-03 15:01:32 GMT)
I just checked over at dyne.org, and an announcement for dyne:bolic 1.4 is up ( http://dynebolic.dyne.org/index.php?show=available ) tho the mirrors don't seem to have the .iso quite yet.
7 • w00t w00t (by sn0n at 2005-01-03 15:05:06 GMT)
another fine issue.. and great to read the history.. thnx for the write up.
8 • Great site! (by zetor at 2005-01-03 15:46:39 GMT)
Happy New 2005!
Keep up the good work!
9 • bravo (by ray carter at 2005-01-03 16:21:26 GMT)
Great issue - the historical recap was very interesting. Wonderful choice for the December donation. I appreciate your hard work - distrowatch is the first thing I check every morning (after breakfast and a quick read of the local paper). It's an invaluable service.
10 • No subject (by shooter on 2005-01-03 16:23:02 GMT)
Great work! Tanks!
11 • Happy New Year from Tux Reports (by Layne Heiny at 2005-01-03 17:13:47 GMT)
It's been a long time since we've exchanged an hello but contrary to popular belief I'm not dead :)
Your site was a gem from the first day. Hope 2005 is even better for you.
12 • Happy New Year from FedoraNEWS.ORG (by Thomas Chung at 2005-01-03 17:42:08 GMT)
Happy New Year everyone!
Let's make another great year for Linux Community.
13 • thanks (by Barney R. at 2005-01-03 17:45:39 GMT)
Thanks for the hard work you do. I spend an embarassing amount of time on DW. I have been playing with Linux since 5.2 for Dummies. A friend and I have, between us, 30 some odd distros, most of which I read about on DW and purchased a lot of them from LinuxCD.org. I have another test box that I play with those on. I am also trying to cut the Windows cord and it's a little hard to do, but I think it can be done. I use this box for internet and email. Still have the Windows for Pictures but will have to upgrade this box to switch all that.
Keep up the good work, and the best in the new year.
14 • Happy New Year (by SyntaxError at 2005-01-03 18:05:49 GMT)
15 • thanks for bringing Kile to my attention (by gnobuddy at 2005-01-03 18:22:13 GMT)
Ladislav, just wanted to say a brief "Thanks!" for all the work you do. I'm glad it's paying the bills for you.
One of the reasons I visit Distrowatch frequently is that I often learn about the existence of new distros or software here. Most recently, I was glad to hear about Kile. To me, there is little doubt that LaTeX is still the best document preparation system in existence for any material containing equations, and I use it for all my classroom handouts. Sadly, the steep learning curve seems to keep away most folks except graduate students and research scientists. It is great to hear that Kile aims to bring more user-friendliness to LaTeX.
Since I run Gentoo, a quick "emerge -v kile" was all I needed to try it out. It looks very promising indeed!
16 • Happy New Year! (by DaveW on 2005-01-03 19:06:45 GMT)
Ladislav, it's great to see that you're going into the new year with as much enthusiasm and curiosity as ever. I think DistroWatch has been a significant factor in expanding the audience for free/open source software and the ideas behind it.
DistroWatch is outstanding in two respects: the amazing detail, quality, and timeliness of the information, plus an amazingly functional format for getting at the needed info so easily that we forget what a deep set of data we're sorting through. If I were teaching a class on web design, DistroWatch would be a prime example of how to present complex, multilevel data transparently.
Thanks for all the good work. I'll be looking forward to my Monday morning DW fix throughout '05. Happy New Year.
17 • @crawancon (by maceto on 2005-01-03 20:03:13 GMT)
hehe isonews what linux you looking for there free as in beer?
18 • Thanks, Congratulations, and Happy New Year (by William Roddy at 2005-01-03 20:46:34 GMT)
Thank you for all you bring us each week.
Congratulations on your success. You've earned it. I hope you continue to grow and prosper.
Thank you for your concern about not only open source, but needs of others.
Happy New Year. You will continue to be the first Web page I visit every day.
19 • Happy New Year (by Dave Thacker at 2005-01-03 22:08:19 GMT)
Happy New Year Ladislav. Thanks for an excellent site. Great decision on the December donation, those people need the help.
20 • Re: Reflection.. (by Vampire Janus at 2005-01-04 00:09:11 GMT)
Happy New Year!
Ladislav, how come you didn't link it to the first web page that you created that compares distribution? Anyway, I no longer know where to look for it and wish to take a peek on it right now...
21 • First Visit (by Lou Harris at 2005-01-04 00:20:41 GMT)
I know nothing about Linux and have never worked with it. Ran across your site in PC magazine. I want to learn about Linux and switch to it if I can. Enjoyed reading your history and your site. As a 76 year old geezer; not sure I'll have enough time but hopefully will enjoy trying. Keep up the good work and am receptive to any advice or pointers about how to proceed.
22 • Tsunami Relief (by Zor on 2005-01-04 01:25:30 GMT)
I know this is off-topic, but I hope you'll forgive me for using this space for a good cause.
Although this site is about Linux/BSD/Open Source, I must admit, the gift for the Tsunami Relief Operation was the best! I am a supporter of Open Source and in particular the Linux and BSD operating systems/distributions, but I too think that the disaster that hit upon Asia is far worse than anything I could ever imagine and from my dry spot here in Europe I feel the right thing to do is to support those poor people who have lost so much and so many (family/friends/...).
I hope more people visiting this site will donate -- be it a few bucks or more, anything will help. I am convinced the joy of giving and sharing will not end at using Open Source Software, but will extend to helping the ones who need our help more than ever.
And to make it on-topic again:
Think "open source": it's all about sharing!
HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!
23 • Congratulations and Happy New Year! (by Carlos Alberto P P B Santos at 2005-01-04 02:33:13 GMT)
Firstly, I'd like to wish you a very happy new year!
My history with Linux is very close to DistroWatch, as it was the second site I've reached to search for Linux information (the first was linux.org). Through so many interesting information, and the so blessed DW Weekly News, I get up to date in my linux information.
And following your site for some time, I've found a person w/convictions similar to mine, (recent ones are boycott to LinuxToday.com and the donation to Tsunami Effort).
As Vampire Janus wandered, I would also like to see how was that first page you've put online. Is there a mirror, screenshot or something where we can see how was it?
And one last question: Have you bought the iMac G5? Tried Linux on it?
24 • RE: first DistroWatch page, iMac G5 (by ladislav at 2005-01-04 03:23:55 GMT)
I think I still have the original site design on one of the crashed hard disk - maybe I'll make an effort to recover it. Otherwise you can get an idea about what the site looked like from here:
The archives are not quite complete - the graphics are missing and the tables are screwed up a bit, but it's better than nothing. Until recently somebody in Russia kept a mirror of the original site, but it seems to be gone now.
As for the iMac G5 - no, I didn't buy it in the end. The whole issue turned out to be such a bizarre experience that I gave up. Why? I was unable to buy it here in Taiwan. Although it was available for immediate purchase in Hong Kong, Japan and, indeed, every other country where Apple has presence, Apple Taiwan was still only offering G4s until about mid-December when G5s finally arrived. The retailers were frustrated, because Apple Taiwan kept promising deliveries, which it promptly followed by one broken promise after another. One retailer told that even when G5s finally arrive, they might be sold sold out already, so they won't make it to the stores until a second batch arrives. As you can imagine, I lost patience. I also didn't feel like making a trip to Hong Kong just to get an iMac!
This situation was even more incredible, because apparently these iMacs are manufactured in Taiwan, then shipped to the US, from where they are distributed to other locations world-wide, including Taiwan. And while I was investigating why every other country in the world has had them for months, I heard so many bad things about Apple Taiwan, that I simply gave up. Until they get their act together (or until I move to another country), I am not going to own an Apple computer.
So I bought an AMD64 box instead. It has an AMD64 3500+ processor with 2GB or RAM and 240GB of hard disk space so I think it is going to last for a while :-). I am actually very happy with the purchase - I am running a 64-bit Debian on it, but I've also installed 64-bit editions of Fedora 3, Gentoo and Mandrakelinux 10.1 (doing a series of reviews for LWN at the moment).
OK, let me get back to work :-)
25 • Happy New Year and Beatrix Distribution (by kumarmu at 2005-01-05 06:17:42 GMT)
Thank you very much for your wonderful site. I visit it very day several times. All of Linux iso needs are served by it.
Happy New Year.
Why is not BeatrIX included in the list. The site is
26 • Re: Beatrix Distribution (by Ariszló at 2005-01-05 07:15:26 GMT)
It is: you may select it in the "Select Distribution" list. It's just not among the top 100.
27 • Re: Beatrix Distribution (cont.) (by Ariszló at 2005-01-05 11:29:58 GMT)
Change the data span from 6 months to 3 months or 1 month and you'll find BeatriX at #53 or #37, respectively.
28 • Thanks and keep it coming (by Phil Taylor at 2005-01-06 04:48:02 GMT)
Ladislav I love Distrowatch.
Keep it coming. I check almost every day. You have one of the best web pages out there. Keep on keeping on. I have tried most every disto out there and because of you I am able to keep track of what is going on in the FOSS world. Great job! I'm glad someone like you is working to keep us informed. Happy New Year!
29 • "premium services" (by Soloact at 2005-01-06 10:01:47 GMT)
Premium services and Lifetime Memberships were offered for a small fee, and anyone who had previously donated would be granted membership. Well, that program went away, but in those days, the small fee to be a member was well spent, as it helped keep Distrowatch going. The Premium Services are now available to all, and are better now than what was offered. I'm proud to be a former Premium Member (known as TimeSavers), and was and still am a daily visitor to Distrowatch. Funny thing, my ISP hasn't jumped on my case for downloading distro after distro, and I'm still stuck on dialup in this rural area! The fact of those .iso links being available now, was supposed to be a Premium Service. Ladislav is right, the fee was too low, but it helped at the time, I suppose. I'm so grateful that he keeps Distrowatch going pretty much by himself. What a chore that some of us couldn't even imagine doing!
Ladislav, I give you a standing ovation, a salute, and my gratitude for your guiding me in the ways of Linux.
May you be blessed with even larger successes!
30 • premium services (by nameles on 2005-01-06 21:15:57 GMT)
If I remember correctly, one of the features of the premium service was to side by side comparisons of two or more disctributions. Now that the premium services are available to all, I don't see this feature. Am I missing something?
31 • Ubuntu in major distro section, thats cool! (by Rob on 2005-01-07 02:47:45 GMT)
Thanks for the update Ladislav.
32 • RE: premium services (by ladislav at 2005-01-07 03:18:02 GMT)
...one of the features of the premium service was to side by side comparisons of two or more disctributions. Now that the premium services are available to all, I don't see this feature. Am I missing something?
No. But if you'd like to help with implementing it, please email me.
33 • System requirements (by geert at 2005-01-08 13:00:04 GMT)
It would be nice to see some system requirements overview with each distribution.
Linux has the reputation of working on old hardware, but most distributions have more requirements than Richmond.
People starting off with Linux are in for a surprise: no support for old sound cards, excruciatingly slow browsing whit low processor speed, etc.
btw thanks for your excellent site.
34 • December donation (by Anon on 2005-01-08 22:19:37 GMT)
I agree with your decision to give the donation to tsunami relief efforts, but don't agree with the recipient. Your money probably went to help keep Carol Bellamy in five star hotels. So many other more efficient and worthwhile charities exist.
35 • where download linux? (by huyichen at 2005-01-09 08:10:26 GMT)
Who know where to download happymac,stampede etc.(discontinued linux)?
36 • ProMEPIS (by William Roddy at 2005-01-09 08:52:01 GMT)
As MEPIS stand poised to do the unthinkable -- move to number one at DistroWatch, something I've never seen a small distribution do -- I want to say one thing:
ProMEPIS-2005-b04 is better than ANY distribution I've ever tried. And I mean better than Windows, Mac, or any other GNU/Linux flavor.
Warren, you said you were going to do it, and by golly, I think you have!
Congratulations. And thank you!
37 • No subject (by Anonymous on 2005-01-09 09:33:51 GMT)
To the guy worried about Beatrx. Stop whining. You had your turn and you screwed it up. All you had going for you was Ubuntu multiverse sources. Your lucky to be on the list at all. Mandrake has what, maybe 1250 more than you do this month? 83? What up with that? Get a distro of your own with more than 3 progms in it and come back when you don't need to chew out people who want multmedia or something else. So you got a cat. What's that got to do with Linux? 83 and falling. As far as I'm concerned with your rude, attitude on your site you can fall right off the map, dude.
38 • Re: No subject (by Ariszló at 2005-01-09 12:08:59 GMT)
Oh, no! The angry Mandrake fan again who does more harm to Mandrake than anyone who flames it!
Just a question: why do you think that Kumarmu who wanted to know (and not whined) why BeatriX was not listed is the developer of BeatriX?
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