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Old 12-18-12, 10:03 AM   #1
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Speaking of Linux: Favorite Distribution or One You Would Recommend Linux Users Test

I have two computers running Linux, and one running OS X. One of my linux machines is Ubuntu but the other I mix up occasionally trying new distributions so what would you recommend?
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Old 12-18-12, 10:20 AM   #2
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I just want the kid to grow up and stop carrying the security blanket. It was tired when I was 5, 43 years ago.
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I gave up using Linux for desktop machines a while ago. On any server I run it, I load CentOS on it.
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I gave up using Linux for desktop machines a while ago. On any server I run it, I load CentOS on it.
May I ask why? The improvement in the linux desktop over the past few years has really been phenomenal. OSX is my primary desktop but Ubuntu is the secondary, the only machine running Windows in my house is my daughter's netbook. Even my wife has learned to use ubuntu.
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I run Ubuntu 12.10 on my laptop, and I recently started playing with Arch Linux (in a VirtualBox VM). It definitely doesn't hold your hand (you'll need to have a good plan before you even try to get it setup), but it's a good way to create a minimal system with exactly the set of packages you want.

Another (uber geek) option: Linux from Scratch -- build your own distribution, compiling everything from source. I successfully completed this a few years ago (my LFS ID = 11356) and let me tell you, it's an awesome learning experience.
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Purely from the end user POV (no development stuff for me), I've tried ubuntu 11.04, 11.10, and 12.04 LTS. I didn't like how the launchpad/dock was aligned to the left, so I've done some more exploring.

So far, I like Mint w/Cinnamon and Luninux. Luninux and PearOS may be of interest for you, since they are based on ubuntu, but look like OSX.
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I gave up using Linux for desktop machines a while ago. On any server I run it, I load CentOS on it.
I'm in the same boat. CentOS is a great server distro, and at home I use(d) Arch for a media center PC (that has been moved to windows 8 recently). Arch is great for a very custom system, and to learn more how different software works together.
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We run RHEL on the servers here (so CentOS that requires $$), and I have 3 desktops running Crunchbang and one running arch. Actually, that one will probably go to Debian once Wheezy goes gold with the EFI installer in the next few months.
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I like Gentoo, been running that for quite awhile on various dual-boot and single OS systems. I like the Portage feature, similar to the Apt-get system of Debian, which is what Unbutu is based on. Not the easiest or most user friendly to set up, but a good system nonetheless.
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A few years ago I tried a few different distros to play with. The one I liked best was Debian. It seemed much more stable than the others.
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A few years ago I tried a few different distros to play with. The one I liked best was Debian. It seemed much more stable than the others.
Holy crap! Who let the bugs in here?
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I do like OpenSUSE also among the corporatized distros. It gives you about 3263875628357 options right up front in the installer and (at least for me) saved me some work post-install. Also, a very consistent (if labyrinthine) admin GUI interface that is very tolerant if you are an edit-the-files-underneath sort of a guy (like me).
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I'm thinking Deepin is going to be the next flavor that I try.
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I can report that if you like streaming video in Firefox, Deepin Linux is not for you- too glitchy (even by Flash standards)
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Luninux 12.10. Comes with English(US) as default across the board, Opera preconfigured w/Adblock and Ghostery by default, Skype and Flash both preinstalled. Flash works, Skype isn't as graphic rich (or ad heavy) as in Windows, but haven't checked its functionality yet, as none of my contacts are online right now. This one looks promising...
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Old 12-22-12, 11:19 PM   #16
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I currently run Linux Mint Debian Edition and really like it. OpenSUSE was my first distro and I liked that too.
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I'm currently running Linux Mint 14 Cinnamon. I used to "distro-hop" but I've been running Mint as my main OS since version 8.

I'm also a fan of Crunchbang, Peppermint OS, and SliTaz; anything light and small to run on my netbook.

SliTaz is pretty amazing on older computers, the entire OS is only 35mb.

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KXStudio 12.04 as my main distribution with Kubuntu 12.04 under the hood and KDE 4.9.
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I recently used the live cd version of linux mint to recover some files from a Windows PC that coudn't boot due to some damaged files. It's really nice. It looks good, and it's easy to work with.

Live CD linux is good for trying new versions. Nothing changes on the PC, it's all on the CD or DVD. Of course, they are slow, since all the files are stored compressed on the CD and each file needs to be uncompressed and cached in memory the first time it is used.

It's come a long way since I installed Redhat 6 on a server back in the day. I had to add a video card, since the built-in video wasn't compatible, and edit the X windows config by hand.

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Anyone care to try and talk me out of using pinguy OS 12.10 Beta 2?
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Liking Crunchbang. Probably not as compact as Arch but not as bloated Ubuntu. Had a dual booted desktop with #! and Ubuntu - replaced Ubuntu after a couple weeks.
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I'm playing with Pinguy OS 12.10 Beta 2 now. As much as I really like it, I can't recommend it for the non-geek who just wants to surf the web. Largely because Flash is glitchy and dunno if this is a common/known issue, but audio continues to be routed to the speakers while headphones are plugged in.

I think I'll go back to Luninux and call it good- until elementary Luna goes stable.
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Found a ***** in the Luninux armor- I couldn't stream audio. I get audio when viewing video content (hulu, youtube, crackle) but nothing when logged into my Slacker account or trying to stream from iheartradio.

So now I'm on Mint Cinnamon 14- flash and audio streams just fine, but having difficulty installing Skype. I may have to swallow my pride and just use Ubuntu and turn as blind an eye as possible to the abhorrent dock
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Found a ***** in the Luninux armor- I couldn't stream audio. I get audio when viewing video content (hulu, youtube, crackle) but nothing when logged into my Slacker account or trying to stream from iheartradio.

So now I'm on Mint Cinnamon 14- flash and audio streams just fine, but having difficulty installing Skype. I may have to swallow my pride and just use Ubuntu and turn as blind an eye as possible to the abhorrent dock
Have you checked out the Mint forums for help running Skype? http://forums.linuxmint.com/

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Have you checked out the Mint forums for help running Skype? http://forums.linuxmint.com/
Actually, figured it out on my own. However, I'm really trying to narrow things down a bit, so I'm going through the various distros I have one more time to see which one is worthy of installing to the hard drive. Mint Cinnamon 14 is a strong candidate. Pear OS 6 is not. Currently on Deepin Linux 12.06, which is kinda nice (I like the Gnome 3 stuff- even though it can be "quirky"), gotta give Pinguy another shot, might download Voyager, but not sure I'll even bother with Zorin OS.
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