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Old 12. Nov 2013, 08:13 PM   #21 (permalink)
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With your specs, there won't be much of a difference. But on my netbook, it's definitely lighter than GNOME3, KDE4, and Unity. Maya is on long term support with updates until April 2017.
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Old 13. Nov 2013, 11:36 PM   #22 (permalink)
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oh i see yep i will definitely look into it
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Old 26. Nov 2013, 11:15 PM   #23 (permalink)
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Got rid of OpenIndiana. Tried Icaros Desktop, but couldn't get local FTP working. Next up was Sabayon, but the MATE version's clock widget stopped working after enormous update.

Tried 2 versions of OS X, but filled with issues even at installation. Managed to get one of them full up-to-date with sound and full screen, but still slow (quad core+4GB RAM+128MB VRAM on guest), buggy FTP support (can't connect to a folder+can't see a zipped Mac program+can't transfer large files without disconnecting), no resolution switching, and stuck spotlight (after indexing, worked fine before).

May have forgotten some other attempts, but finally ended with VectorLinux Light. Bit more geeky than I'm used to, but everything is working fine after setup/updates, except Shared Folders auto-mounting. The "Auto-mount" checkmark only creates empty folders. Editing /etc/fstab and rc.local doesn't work. Given up to manual mounting, which seems flawless.
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Old 18. Dec 2013, 08:00 AM   #24 (permalink)
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Switched from PC-BSD KDE to LXDE, because of bloat. Switched from VectorLinux LXDE to openSUSE GNOME, because I found it too conservative. Switched from Mageia GNOME to KDE to try something new.

Yes, I could've just chosen openSUSE KDE, but I was too rash. Besides, Mageia's version looks more interesting and different. Yes, I deliberately try to choose different desktop environments for each virtual machine, and different Linux families.
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Old 24. Dec 2013, 05:34 AM   #25 (permalink)
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Tried SparkyLinux Elightenment, but hated how it bossed me around. The Live Installer requires a swap partition to proceed, and the root and user can't have the same password! All unnecessary in a virtual machine (and some physical ones), so goodbye to that. Downloading Snowlinux E17 instead.

Fedora MATE-Compiz installed and worked fine. Just a little tweak needed for Guest Additions: "yum install gcc dkms kernel-devel".
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Removed Snowlinux, because it would always revert the resolution to 720x480 on startup. I prefer 1024x768 unless fullscreen. Enlightenment was also a disappointment with its lack of search.

Removed Fedora to even things out. Don't really miss its constant updates or extending the outdated in MATE. Too many GNOME derivatives already, Unity included.
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Old 09. Jan 2014, 02:43 AM   #27 (permalink)
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Got iATKOS ML2 working full screen with working FTP support. Installed combo pack and used softwareupdate command in terminal without issues. Sound fine after MultiBeast. Spotlight is still messed up, so I disabled it. Subpar performance, but still usable.

Trying out Scientific Linux LiveMiniCD next. Wonder how it'll be like working with enterprise Linux and IceWM.
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Old 09. Jan 2014, 05:20 AM   #28 (permalink)
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Very primitive interface (more so than Windows 95), drop-down menus don't even automatically load. The installer and login screen is surprisingly modern, similar to Fedora's. Can't seem to update without the terminal. Oh well, that makes it more unique.
After long update, hopefully guest additions will install fine after this command: yum install gcc dkms kernel-devel

Doesn't even have a file browser installed it appears. Had to use Firefox file:/// to look around, and need to manually mount guest additions CD. During install, OpenGL support module failed. Fixed with this command before installing again: export MAKE='/usr/bin/gmake -i'
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Old 15. Jan 2014, 06:07 AM   #29 (permalink)
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With Btrfs slow and buggy to the point of unusable now, I re-installed openSUSE in Ext4. Now it's much faster and smoother. Problem is VirtualBox shared folders won't auto-mount with that setting, and editing /etc/fstab makes it unbootable.

Fortunately, adding "sudo mount -t vboxsf VM_Shared /media/sf_VM_Shared" (manually made that folder with sudo) under "/etc/init.d/boot.local" worked. Therefore, I have 7/10 virtual machines automatically mounting shared folders, the few left are incompatible and need FTP access.

Don't think I will modify this line-up for quite some time (all are latest stable unless indicated otherwise):
1) Haiku Nightly
2) iATKOS ML2
3) Mageia KDE
4) Manjaro XFCE
5) openSUSE GNOME
6) PC-BSD LXDE
7) Scientific Linux IceWM
8) Ubuntu
9) Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard
10) Windows XP Professional

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Old 26. Apr 2014, 07:42 AM   #30 (permalink)
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Replaced iATKOS ML2 with elementary OS. Runs much more efficiently, and looks just as nice if not better. Don't have to worry about faulty FTP connections or any other barriers to file sharing anymore. Actually tried to get Snow Leopard working before that, but proved too unstable and unreliable.

Replaced Scientific Linux with OpenIndiana. A major update just broke everything. Want to try out something Solaris-based again... just for the heck of it.
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