Revisiting Mandrake Linux
Ok, seeing that I have a blazingly fast Mandrake 10 Linux box sitting here doing nothing, I decided to give it a second chance today as a way to make quicker builds of REBOL for Linux.
As you may recall from my previous blog, although Mandrake Linux is a very pretty OS, I was not happy with its selection of default applications. It is missing important apps like CVS and SSH for instance, and I'm not a typical Linux user who can spend hours to find and download the GNU sources for an app, configure the build, and compile it. (Although I completely understand the philosophy of this Linux concept of always recompiling everything, I think it has severely hampered the acceptance of Linux to the non-technical users of the world.)
So today I bit the bullet and decided that I was going to make this Mandrake fly or shoot it and roast it for dinner. After a quick search on the net I found the CVS sources and was truly amazed when it actually compiled and had all the libraries it needed to link and run. Wow. It worked.
With CVS running that allowed me to build various configurations of REBOL and give it a whirl. It worked perfectly. My opinion of Mandrake was improving. Since I now had various REBOLs running, it was time to configure the Mandrake desktop, add REBOL as a MIME-type to run from an icon, get KWrite setup, and generally make myself productive in the environment. I spent a few hours this evening getting more familiar with the beast and was very pleased with the results -- so pleased in fact that I have now moved the Mandrake box to my primary desk location, sitting next to my XP Windows and OS X boxes.
So, it seems I only have a few more problems to solve before this becomes a full time system for REBOL development and production.
I hope I can work these problem out without requiring a lot of time, because this box would sure make a nice Linux development system for REBOL.
PS: As Murphy would have it, as I go to make the final upload of this blog, the network hangs again. I check another box that's next to it, and the local network is working just fine. It's either Mandrake or the hardware.