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Re: Favorite Linux Distros?

Posted 10 July 2012 - 02:06 PM

My favorite is probably Ubuntu. I'm not a huge fan of Unity, or even GNOME, but there's a reason Ubuntu is so widely used: it's very easy to install and use, and it's backed by Canonical. My favorite desktop environment is KDE because it's attractive and useful, although I actually prefer the simplicity and uniform feel that Unity/GNOME offers - it has a Mac-like aesthetic appeal to it. I'm currently running Ubuntu 11.10 on my laptop with the default Unity environment. I was dual-booting Win7 and Ubuntu 12.04 with KDE, but I was freaked out by a trojan that Windows Defender ostensibly quarantined, so I'm all Linux now. Hope I can play Guild Wars 2 through Wine...

At one point I wanted to try Arch Linux just because it seemed like the most elite and esoteric Linux distro, and it basically looked badass. I couldn't install a desktop environment with it because the version I burned to my DVD was completely bug-infested. I liked the feel of the terminal and pacman, though. The one thing I hate about Arch - assuming the bugs are not normal - is that it's really difficult to connect to WiFi. Not everyone is a network haxor; some people just want a good and simple distro.
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Re: Favorite Linux Distros?

Posted 10 July 2012 - 03:14 PM

Favorite: Arch
Current: Arch, Ubuntu, Fedora

Though, Arch is the only distro I have ever given dedicated hardware to. All the other installs are running in VMs.
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Posted 10 July 2012 - 07:56 PM

Current Distro: Fedora [xfce]
Favorite Distro: Fedora [xfce]
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Re: Favorite Linux Distros?

Posted 10 July 2012 - 08:03 PM

Mint with MATE here.
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Posted 10 July 2012 - 08:23 PM

My favorite is somewhere between Ubuntu and Backrack. Ubuntu has a very simple interface, and downloading and installing software is flawless and easy. Backtrack already has all of the network security tools on it, and is very sophisticated. Both are great :)
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Re: Favorite Linux Distros?

Posted 11 July 2012 - 05:30 PM

Favorite: OpenBSD

Oh, Linux...

Mint.

Quite honestly I see no need to bother with complex systems for a desktop or leisure system. Mint works fine for multimedia and casual tasks.

Now if we're talking work and getting things done, that's a different story. Servers are almost always a BSD distro for me, and dev boxes are either Arch or Slackware.

It comes down to this: At home I don't want to be bothered with the inner workings and details, I just want to do the basics. At work I don't want everything defined for me, I want complete control and the ability to do anything, I want stability.
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Re: Favorite Linux Distros?

Posted 18 July 2012 - 07:44 PM

@Lemur - lots of people including Linus Torvalds have the same mindset: that a distro should be easy to use.

I don't think it's worth it to spend hours trying to get a system to work when it will offer few if any advantages over the average Ubuntu install.

Recently I've been trying out different distributions, and I think I might go back to Mint. It's looking great these days, and I really like how it offers plenty of nice desktop environments.

openSUSE looks cool, but the installer put me off because it made me look at a license agreement. I want to go back to Mint because it's based on Ubuntu and it's not directly backed by any commercial entity.
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Re: Favorite Linux Distros?

Posted 19 July 2012 - 11:09 AM

Currently I use PCLinuxOS as my primary operating system, using either KDE (XFCE for some of my older machines). Currently evaluating Mageia. I also have one computer that runs Arch Linux, basic system no GUI, as a dns/dhcp server for my intranet.

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Re: Favorite Linux Distros?

Posted 21 August 2012 - 11:05 AM

Updated favorites: Mint 13 (Cinnamon), Arch, Xubuntu
Currently using Linux Mint 13.
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Re: Favorite Linux Distros?

Posted 21 August 2012 - 11:21 AM

All of the distros look about the same to me - it's only when you turn on the windowing that they differ in any noticeable way.
If you stay out of beginner mode, the only real differences are in details like whether they use SysV or Upstart or whatever to manage startup, and that really doesn't cause a lot of issues most days.
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Posted 21 August 2012 - 11:38 AM

My favorite Linux Distro is Linux Mint and is also the currently one I'm using. Also, because of my lame graphics card flash player lags big time if I use anything else than XFCE or LXDE as a desktop environment... But I got used to it pretty fast and it's probably a small price to pay for the awesomeness coming and to come.
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Re: Favorite Linux Distros?

Posted 29 August 2012 - 06:37 AM

View PostCrockeo, on 11 February 2012 - 07:41 PM, said:

How about you?

What is your:
--Current distro

--Favorite distro


-- Current distro: Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pengulin
-- Favorite distro: Ubuntu.

I installed it on my main laptop, a Dell Latitude E4300, and everything just works. So, Bye Windwos, Hello Linux!
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Re: Favorite Linux Distros?

Posted 29 August 2012 - 08:07 AM

View PostWinkyCode, on 29 August 2012 - 08:37 AM, said:

View PostCrockeo, on 11 February 2012 - 07:41 PM, said:

How about you?

What is your:
--Current distro

--Favorite distro


-- Current distro: Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pengulin
-- Favorite distro: Ubuntu.

I installed it on my main laptop, a Dell Latitude E4300, and everything just works. So, Bye Windwos, Hello Linux!


Linux people do what they do because they hate Windows. We do what we do because we love Unix. - Theo De Raadt, founder of OpenBSD
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Re: Favorite Linux Distros?

Posted 29 August 2012 - 08:13 AM

"Unix is user-friendly. However, it isn't idiot friendly."

What about people that use both Linux, Unix, & Windows? What are we in it for?

It's like a digital three way ;)
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Re: Favorite Linux Distros?

Posted 29 August 2012 - 08:15 AM

View PostLemur, on 29 August 2012 - 04:07 PM, said:

View PostWinkyCode, on 29 August 2012 - 08:37 AM, said:

View PostCrockeo, on 11 February 2012 - 07:41 PM, said:

How about you?

What is your:
--Current distro

--Favorite distro


-- Current distro: Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pengulin
-- Favorite distro: Ubuntu.

I installed it on my main laptop, a Dell Latitude E4300, and everything just works. So, Bye Windwos, Hello Linux!


Linux people do what they do because they hate Windows. We do what we do because we love Unix. - Theo De Raadt, founder of OpenBSD


I do not hate Windows. I think it is a good operating system, specially the Windows 7. That I do not like is the license system. I do not mind paying, let's be clear on that. Apple have a better system according to me when it is comming to buying the OS, I.E. no long licens key that you need to feed the system nor any popup, often legitime from Microsoft, saying that this license is no longer valid and please buy a new one from Microsoft.

I use Linux because of the freedom of doing what I want without anyone poking me for money.

I am also very happy to have grown up in an age of computer where you can find an OS and a office suite for next to nothing (a CD-R and some Internet connection).
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