Debian 4.0 secures packages
The distro has landed
The Debian Project has finally released its long-awaited Linux update, featuring changes in security and systems management.
Debian 4.0 delivers support for encrypted partitions out-of-the box and a package management system called Secure APT that verifies packages downloaded from mirror sites.
There's also support for Linux Standard Base (LSB) 3.1, from the Linux Foundation for improved interoperability of applications across different Linux distributions. Among other changes are updates to a shopping list of software packages, the latest editions of open source bread-and-butter software including PostgresSQL, MySQL, Apache, Samba, and Perl and Python, and support for eleven processor architectures.
Debian 4.0 had been expected in December 2006 but was pushed back pending "final" completion.®
Media support in linux is good
I work with media all the day
I listen and even watch almost all the time i use my computer
I use VLC for playing all media types except real media I use Real player enterprise
When i use Ubuntu I found the great VLC
and the real player gold (more similar to Real player enterprise)
VLC doesn't need any codecs to play any thing
Even I see that the gamer will still in windows as most gaming companies work for money and only money
At last it is better for business men to use a friendly Linux at their laptops
87yo Dad is the point
Actually I think you miss the point - his 87yo dad would not have been able to install Vista (or XP) *either*... the only reason people say Windows is easy to install is that they usually never need to install it!
87yo Dad is not the point
Richard: Unfortunately, you just made part of my point for me. Had you told me that your 87yo dad had ditch Vista (a pox on MS) and installed Linux and all the application HIMSELF, I might have bowed to you and tried again. Instead, you're telling me you installed it for him... and I'm pretty sure that you know your way around Linux (based on the way you talk about it).
I like Linux. What it does well, it does AMAZINGLY well... but what it does porrly, it does so in an appalling way.
I stand by what I said in my previous comment... I enjoy Linux as a bulletproof Web/Mail/SQL etc server, I use FireFox and Thunderbird, my media player is MPC and I find that most of my software needs can be supplied by OO or FSF software... but I still find Linux infuriatingly small-minded when it comes to end-user-oriented multimedia applications.