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Old 14. Dec 2013, 02:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have started looking into Linux, and so far I have tried SuperX Linux. Although, the experience with it was good, but I will be moving on to other distros. Based on what I read on some Linux review sites, I downloaded Xubuntu 13.10, and Linux Mint 16 Cinnamon, and these are lined up for installation.

However, when I look at these, or other popular distros, they seem to be all based on Ubuntu. I believe the experience with them all is going to be the same more or less.

I want to know of other good Linux distros, which are not based on Ubuntu. I think Debian, or openSUSE are good choices? Which others are there?

Distros should be stable, software installation should be easy and not too difficult.
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Old 14. Dec 2013, 03:21 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Distros should be stable, software installation should be easy and not too difficult.
That's ruled out 99% of them then.

Seriously, forget what something might be "based on" and just look at them for what they are individually. Voyager for example is based on Xubuntu which in turn is based on Ubuntu but each has its own appeal.

The real problem is there is just too much choice. You can easily get carried away with distro hopping.
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I want to know of other good Linux distros, which are not based on Ubuntu. I think Debian, or openSUSE are good choices? Which others are there?

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My list still goes like this:

SuperX - best overall KDE experience. Netrunner too is a contender although it didn't like my NVIDIA box (was fine with ATi though).
Trust the Germans and look at ZevenOS Neptune for a Debian based KDE alternative.
Mint Cinnamon of course if it works for you.
Xubuntu for a plain but great system you can build on.
Voyager for Xubuntu plus everything else you've ever wanted including Conky heaven. Pity they didn't also include flash but it's only a click away in the repo.
Trisquel for as solid as you can get LTS system.
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Old 14. Dec 2013, 04:05 PM   #4 (permalink)
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All Ubuntu based, except one

I will look at Trisquel later, because you people got me interested . I will read for other non-Ubuntu based distros. Just want to try out and see.

Yes, too many distros out there, which makes it difficult. Still, when there are choices, why hold back .
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I want to know of other good Linux distros, which are not based on Ubuntu.
Stable, lightning-fast performance sent me to Centos. I'd still be happily computing with that awesome distro except that Google stopped all Chrome support. Crunchbang--based on Debian--is my current favorite.
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Currently I have Mageia, Manjaro, and VectorLinux as non-Ubuntu distros. Others include Fedora, openSUSE, and PCLinuxOS.
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Are the Distros like Browser engines, they all use one or two common foundations then spin off that?
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Old 14. Dec 2013, 06:59 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Thanks for that suggestion, tnylnxgy .

I took just a bit of look at the review sites, and there are many good distros out there, which are not Ubuntu based, and get good reviews.

I would like to check out Debian, Fedora, CentOS, PCLinuxOS ... but later, when I have spent a bit more of time with Linux, as I think these distros will require some experience.

SolydK, Mageia, Manjaro.. these also look interesting. There are others too.

Too many. Since I am just starting, for now, I have decided I will try openSUSE from the non-Ubuntu lot. Then, I will look on others after that, see how it goes.

Many of the distros nowadays are being based on Ubuntu, and it's like everywhere. So, you cannot avoid it.

I am quite interested in Bodhi Linux, and want to try it out and see for myself what's it all about. I have been interested in it, since it was released. I like the idea of a minimal OS, and building on it on your own. So, even if it's based on Ubuntu, I will try it, because it seems interesting. It's also ranked high in DistroWatch, although it doesn't find it's place in reviews, or haven't been spoken of highly.

Taking the minimal approach, Elementary OS seems to be making waves.. again based on Ubuntu, but keeping a minimal approach. Has anyone tried this one? That might get in my list, along with Trisquel.

Oh boy, I will be a distro hopper .
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Are the Distros like Browser engines, they all use one or two common foundations then spin off that?
You can say that. Since Linux started, because of it being open source, anyone could take the source, modify it, and create their own version. That's how different distros started to come up. Some of them faded out, and some of them stayed, are now considered the grand-dads, like Debian, Gentoo, ArchLinux, etc. Taking these as solid bases, more Linux distros started coming up, Ubuntu being the most popular. Now, many distros are taking Ubuntu as base and building on it.
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I recently created a Windows 8 and Linux partition on my Win 7 computer. I want to multi-boot all 3 eventually, but since Win 8 costs $100 I'm going to start with a Distro. Now to decide which one...which seems to be the common delima.

On that note, does anyone know if you can download the distro to another hard drive and install from there or does it have to be a flash drive or CD?
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