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Old 30. Aug 2012, 12:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
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If we forget about the dual system (Windows/Linux) users and concentrate on just the Linux desktop element, I think there are three main user groups. Group 1, the biggest, contains the mass market followers who are likely to install either Ubuntu or Mint and nothing else. The next group, or curiosity seekers, are likely to try out a range of distros but still end up with one of the mainstream Gnome or KDE offerings. The last group are the individualists who search out something different, often just because it is. Not all of these last very long of course because many are the concept of a sole developer who for various reasons find they are unable to continue the project.

Prompted by Jojo and wdhpr's comments about the MATE desktop, I embarked on my own search but to be honest, nothing really impressed that much, until I came across DescentOS.

http://descentos.org/

This has moved on quite nicely since the alpha stage and is now a fully developed release. I also like the ethos behind what the developer is trying to achieve, both for himself and the user group he hopes to attract. If you happen to be one of those confused or unhappy with Gnome and unsure about KDE, then do give DescentOS a look. IMO this distro is destined to move smartly upward rather than in the direction its name suggests.

One review here:

http://www.chrisjpowell.com/os-sunda...ith-descentos/
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Honestly I was one of those that was disappointed with the whole Gnome 3 and Unity mess. Even now, I will not use or try anything with those desktops. I found solace with first PCLinuxOS KDE and then Mint13 KDE and finally settled with Mint 13 Mate. I'm currently indulging myself with Mint 13 XFCE and have found it a joy to use. But I'm always in the mood to try new things especially distro's that are on the the cutting edge of Linux engineering. Bodhi was one of those distro's and I continue to carry it around with me on my thumb drive.

I will be sure to put DescentOS on my short list.
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Shame but the installer crashes just before the bootloader operation. I saw this commented on in their blog (USB install) but the same happened to me with a DVD install. I noticed there was no option to include the Windows partition files as there is with Mint, so maybe this has something to do with it.
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What coincidence, Some how DescentOS had dropped to my long list
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