Sonar GNU/Linux merges with Vinux

Jeffery Mewtamer mewtamer at
Fri Mar 17 02:39:23 UTC 2017

As someone who has never used Vinux and hasn't used Ubuntu since
around Lucid, the complaint about Vinux having fewer features might be
related to bundled software. As someone who's quite comfortable with
the command line and package management via Aptitude, I actually
prefer distros that install only a bare minimum of software and being
able to add what I need for my own use on top of a clean system and
lament whenever a distro does away with a CD version, but for less
experienced users, lots of preinstalled packages, even if most are
things they'll never use, is important.

Now, I have no idea what comes pre-installed on Vinux compared with
whichever flavor of Ubuntu is being suggested as an alternative to
Vinux, but if the Ubuntu flavor has more pre-installed stuff, that
could potentially mean that flavor of Ubuntu can meet a larger number
of use cases with a single one size fits most solution for enabling
accessibility while Vinux is accessible out of the box, but requires
more personal customization to satisfy the same number of use cases.

Also, unless Vinux uses the Ubuntu repositories directly, it being
based on Ubuntu is no guarantee it's repositories won't have vastly
different contents, and even if Vinux uses the Ubuntu repositories or
the Vinux repositories are a complete snapshot of the Ubuntu
repositories aside from Vinux-specific alterations, there's always the
possibility that Vinux-specific alterations will break something with
a package that is identical to it's Ubuntu version, and Vinux will
logically never be as thoroughly tested as whatever mainstream distro
it's based on.


Jeffery Wright
President Emeritus, Nu Nu Chapter, Phi Theta Kappa.
Former Secretary, Student Government Association, College of the Albemarle.

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