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Old 14. Oct 2012, 01:14 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Its been an interesting year of all things Linux. I feel like I have come full circle when I started out to find a a suitable replacement for Mint Julia. During my journey I found distro's that had great promise but lacked proper support and funding. I found profound disappointment with Unity and Gnome3. KDE showed great promise and continues to be a good alternative if Cinnamon and Mate looses support. Bodhi turned out to be amazingly good but now seems to have sputtered out .
Kororaa and Mageia came on the scene full of spice and promise and maybe ones to watch in the future. Revisited PClinuxOS and Simply Mepis which continue to be solid but a little bland. Got to know Fedora and CentOS but they never appealed to me but thats not to say their bad. At one time I had 3 Linux distro's installed so I could properly compare them.

I finally settled with Mint13 Mate which brings me full circle. IMHO Mint13 Mate should be named Distro of the year, although Mate had a rough start it got its act together nicely. All of my favorite software runs without a hitch and with the help of Wine most of my must-have Windows software and games perform well. I still have WinXP installed because certain applications just don't have Linux equivalents but that list get smaller all the time, which is a good thing

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Old 14. Oct 2012, 07:14 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Looks like we have both travelled the same road, but as in my other post, I have finally settled on a distro that will enable me to switch environments and keep everything working. Into a vanilla install of Korora 17 KDE, I first added all the Gnome components and then Cinnamon. Having then set up the Cinnamon desktop to my liking, I added the Xfce components after updating everything. All three sessions operate without a hitch, I can switch effortlessly between them, and nothing breaks or refuses to run when doing so. I appreciate this just gives more or less a different "look" and nothing else accept some variation in speed, but unless something truly exceptional comes along, I no longer feel the need to keep searching for it.
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Old 15. Oct 2012, 02:23 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I havn't travelled a long way with Linux, am a new user, but still Mint Cinnamon 13 was to my liking and I'll stay with it
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I've decided to purchase a laptop, nothing fancy but something with Win7 installed. I could carve out a 100 GB partition and dual boot Linux. For that I want a rock solid distro which will probably end up being Mint. I might even get adventurous and stick a SSD in it and use that for my Linux system. Linux on Steroids
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If you get a laptop like my toshiba qosmio (a bit pricy) it has 2 hdd slots so you could install linux to one and windows to the other

currently I just use 1 hdd for files and leave the other hdd for OS work

I know a few other laptops have 2 hdd slots so if the qosmio doesn't work for you, you got other options
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Thanks for the tip
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Old 16. Oct 2012, 11:48 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I ended up getting a middle of the road Lenovo. AMD dual core with 4GBs of Ram, made sure I had room for my SSD
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Here is a article about Cinnamon and Mate it also touches on Windows 8 and Ubuntu's Unity. I have to admit I agree with the author more times than not and with that said the article lays out a vision that seems to be a likely outcome.

http://www.dedoimedo.com/computers/c...te-future.html
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I agree with this too although I think Solus 2 could upset this thinking when it get released next year.
The main issue with all these desktops is you can never get the experience you need in total from a series of live sessions. This then would be my advice:
  • Install the KDE version of Korora. (Forget Fedora and the extra hour you'll need to get the stuff you thought was already there). Korora + 2 clicks for Flash is all most folks will need.
  • Set up KDE as you want it, then install Gnome using the package manager - simple!
  • Install Cinnamon and set that up as you want it.
  • Install Xfce and do the same.

Now you have several different desktop environments that you can switch to at will. IMO it is only by having this ability within the one system that you can fully assess which one you like working with best.
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Old 23. Oct 2012, 10:15 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Hey thanks MC
You have been talking about Korora for awhile now. Not only does it have your approval, there are a number of positive reviews on the internet. What I think I am going to do, is first install Korora on my desktop's spare 20 GB partition and beat the heck out of it. IE: wdhprs wrecking ball and see how it fares. I like the idea of multiple desktops but what is most important to me is stability.

For now I'm still setting up my new laptop which is running Win7. I really like it so far but not enough to use it full time. I still intend on slapping a SSD into it and using that for my Linux box.
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