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Old 27. Jan 2013, 10:03 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Now over a year old, Descent OS has just released an updated version with MATE 1.4. Having tried several live sessions without a hitch, and experiencing ongoing issues with Netrunner cloud storage and system errors after an update, I went ahead and dual booted Descent with Windows 7.

IMO this is a very neat and tight distro. My favorite GTK thtems all work which is a bonus and resource use is great with RAM at less than half what Netrunner was using and even this was below that of most KDE distros.

Everything worked straight out of the box and IMO this is worth a look.

Dare I say I much prefer this to the MATE implementation in Mint.

http://www.descentos.org/blog/?p=80

As yet another one man band, whether Descent is also destined to fall into oblivion though remains to be seen.
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Old 27. Jan 2013, 09:03 PM   #2 (permalink)
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We aim to modernize the GNOME 2 desktop as much as possible, and we hope you will enjoy this mix of old and new!
Long live Mate!
One of the selling points is that Linux can breath new life into old computers and as far as my box goes Mate does it best.
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Long live Mate!
One of the selling points is that Linux can breath new life into old computers and as far as my box goes Mate does it best.
Have to agree with this. Cinnamon might be "the future" but it still needs work. Be interesting to see how the Solus desktop develops too.

Dedoimedo says he will look at Descent so be prepared for a much more informed opinion than mine.
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Was able to make a comparison yesterday when I was badgered by yet another neighbor to do a W7/Linux dual boot. The box he brought had almost identical specs to mine so the comparison is pretty accurate. Of course he wanted Ubuntu and I have to say the only advantage I could see (unless you love Unity ) was that Ubuntu was quicker to install. After that you got a slower system (even @ x64 compared to x32 Descent) and something that used twice the RAM, looked a lot less sharp and took a lot longer to customize.
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I've tried to like Unity but after 2 weeks I still couldn't stand it (sorry Ubuntu). I have instead been trying out Mint 14, Mate and XFCE and though Mate works well the XFCE version fly's.
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I've tried to like Unity but after 2 weeks I still couldn't stand it (sorry Ubuntu). I have instead been trying out Mint 14, Mate and XFCE and though Mate works well the XFCE version fly's.
IMO since Dreamlinux sadly departed the best Xfce implementations I've seen are Xubuntu and Voyager. The Voyager site is no longer being blocked by Norton DNS which is good to see but support is decidedly lacking. Maybe the improvements in the latest Xubuntu make it worth sticking with a mainstream brand.
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DescentOS 4.0 is now upon us.

http://www.descentos.org/blog/?p=110

IMO this is one of the really good distros to emerge recently.

Some good comments here too about Gnome in general.

"Descent OS 4.0, or: why canít the GNOME team admit they have screwed up?"

Including:

"As Debian continues to fragment I think itís time for everybody to take a breath and contemplate what an absolute freaking disaster Gnome 3 has become".

http://b.rontosaur.us/2013/04/28/des...ve-screwed-up/
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"As Debian continues to fragment I think it’s time for everybody to take a breath and contemplate what an absolute freaking disaster Gnome 3 has become".

http://b.rontosaur.us/2013/04/28/des...ve-screwed-up/
I know it seems I'm jumping on the band wagon but I completely agree with article. I can also go one step further by blaming this whole mess on Microsoft. Although I can't point to anything specific but it appears Unity copied from Win8 and Gnome3 copied from unity. The whole rush to jump on the Tablet market has caused complete and utter chaos. I suppose if I was to walk into enough walls the resulting brain damage may change my whole attitude and I may actually begin to like the Metro/Unity/Gnome3 abomination. (yes I lump them all together) IMO I think it would have been much smarter to produce Operating Systems tailored for Smart Phone, Tablets and Desktop Workstations. Insanity is trying to make one OS to fit all.
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No time currently for an extended play but unfortunately a quick live session with Descent 4 suggests to stick with the Ubuntu based legacy version 3. V3 looks better to start with and there is no working spell check in Open Office V4. I messed with Myspell, Hunspell and various language modules/settings but still nothing. Presumably you could uninstall OO and replace it with LibreOffice which would pull in all the necessary kit but this is not the point.
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Now they state that the legacy version 3 is to be discontinued. Judging by what I saw with V4 I think this is a bad move. I can understand the demands of keeping two lines of code operational but too many "latest" Linux distros are turning out to be worse than the last. This policy has certainly killed my own interest in Descent.
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