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[trinity-users] the lure of unknown distros ~ versus too much stuff

From: William Morder via tde-users <ml-migration-agent@...>
Date: Mon, 28 Sep 2020 14:09:16 -0700
Since this conversation appears to have gone off the rails already -- at least 
three or four "leaps" in thought beyond the original question and header -- I 
am starting a new thread. 

Please feel free to cut out the excess verbiage. 

On Monday 28 September 2020 10:10:13 Thierry de Coulon via tde-users wrote:
> On Monday 28 September 2020 17.28:50 William Morder via tde-users wrote:
> > > I think the worst thing I did once (some years ago) was to install
> > > Kubuntu and trying to install TDE on top of it, quite a nightmare.
> >
> > Same here. I am still trying to weed out all the unwanted KDE 4/5 krap.
> >
> > > Uwe
> I think (K)Ubuntu expect their users to use what has been proposed (that's
> why there had to be a Kunbuntu in the first place). But that's probably
> great if you don't want to (or can't) really learn the system.
> With Debian/Devuan you have a steeper learning curve, but you are rewarded
> with freedom (at least when it commes to the DE).
> It took me time to get to use Debian (however I must say SuSE let me learn
> to use Linux because of their great manual at thze end of last century) but
> I never wished to go back.
> For more control there is Gentoo, but that's quite another world...
> Thierry

Yeah, I keep hearing about other distros to check out. When I was a couple 
decades younger, I used to try out new distros. And it's fun, and if I had 
more machines on which I could run experiments, while keeping at least one or 
two machines working soundly, then I would jump in without hesitation. 

I used to have a room full of Frankenstein computers, all of them built out of 
parts, used to perform different kinds of tasks, including at least one or 
two test machines. But now I must be content with just a BIG desktop 
Frankenstein, although I am trying to get a couple of reconditioned laptops 
for testing machines and for use as travel. 

I have the same basic problem with both books and music. To untrained eyes 
(such as landlords, property managers, etc.), this looks like useless 
clutter; but I swear, all this stuff is the absolute bare minimum needed for 
me to accomplish what I have set out to do. 

There is nothing to be gained in trying to explain to outsiders just *why* I 
believe that I need so much, because they won't ever get it no matter how 
well I explain it to them. 

For the present, I must try to limit myself to keeping things that will 
actually fit inside my living space; otherwise, there will be nowhere for me 
to rest my head at night.


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