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Old 30. Oct 2018, 01:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I often see references to the ‘Linux community’ and have a little laugh. Of course there are some great distros but the word ‘community’ infers a kind of togetherness that is sometimes hard to find. Team members fall out with each other, break their toys and stomp off into the wilderness to create their own fork of something folks probably didn’t want in the first place. Then there’s a deluge of ego inspired vanity distros that do little or nothing for any Linux community. Some even switch off the comments on their SourceForge pages to prevent exposure to negative feedback which says it all.

Still, over the last 12 months I’ve had hands-on experience across a wide range of distros the result of which might be useful to someone.

Any of the editors here will tell you that compiling a ‘best of’ list is a difficult and often thankless task. Some candidates are obvious but personal preferences will always muddy the waters for the rest. Here though is mine based on one particular desktop environment bearing in mind that some of these have multiple options.

The DE’s are not listed in any order of personal preference.

Xfce – MX-17, Zorin Lite and Modicia O.S.

MX-17 is worth the install for the tools it contains alone.
Modica is an interesting product from a bunch of Italian IT professionals. Bear in mind it uses a unique installer. This works well enough but you might end up with GRUB somewhere unexpected so being able to make a test install first time round would be an advantage.

https://mxlinux.org/
https://zorinos.com/download/lite/
https://www.modiciaos.cloud/

Cinnamon – Makulu Lindoz

Makulu offers a choice of desktop profiles at install and depending on your location and internet speed, these can take some time to download and complete.

https://www.makululinux.com/wp/lindoz/

Deepin – Manjaro (Community edition)

https://manjaro.org/category/community-editions/deepin/

Trinity – Q4OS

https://q4os.org/

KDE – ROSA FRESH R10 (KDE4), Manjaro and Bluestar.

Yes folks, KDE4 still lives with support in a couple of places and ROSA does it best although your initial system update will be quite slow.

I’ve included Bluestar simply because it’s pretty unique in both concept and application. Like Makulu, Bluestar also offers a choice of system profiles at install and this inevitably leads to a long drawn our procedure depending on your location and internet speed. I chose the plain ‘Desktop’ profile and the whole process took over an hour to complete and install even with a fast connection. If I had chosen the ‘Desktop Pro’ or ‘Developer’ options this would no doubt have been longer.

http://en.rosalinux.com/2017/12/08/rosa-r10-is-out/
https://manjaro.org/
https://sourceforge.net/projects/bluestarlinux/
https://www.linuxinsider.com/story/85250.html

MATE – Ubuntu

https://ubuntu-mate.org/

Openbox – BunsenLabs

https://www.bunsenlabs.org/

I’ve purposely left out a range of other DE’s that no one needs including Pantheon, Lumina, Nomad, Enlightenment, Budgie, blah, blah, blah – and yes even GNOME. I’ve never understood why GNOME 2 was dumped in favor of the V3 garbage users are now presented with. You could make a similar argument about KDE4/Plasma5 but at least the latter has evolved into something useful.
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If i were to pick from your recommendations with their forums (which i always consider to be most helpful and aesthetically pleasant too):

Q4OS (Trinity and KDE);
MATE - Ubuntu;
MXLinux.

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Ubuntu Gnome 18.10 did well for me but i'm not so keen on their forum.
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If i were to pick from your recommendations with their forums (which i always consider to be most helpful and aesthetically pleasant too):

Q4OS (Trinity and KDE);
MATE - Ubuntu;
MXLinux.

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Ubuntu Gnome 18.10 did well for me but i'm not so keen on their forum.
I would agree with this. A lot of Linux forum members and the admins running them have still to realize that snarky comments about 'searching' or 'learning to use the terminal' achieve nothing except to drive people to other distros or back to Windows.
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A lot of Linux forum members and the admins running them have still to realize that snarky comments about 'searching' or 'learning to use the terminal' achieve nothing except to drive people to other distros or back to Windows.
I found a couple of Linux distro forums that were really friendly and helpful but sadly I preferred other distros, some of which definitely discouraged newbies by expecting them all to want to become Linux gurus ("Read, read, read" and "How to Compile" - in the Newbie section). I have no desire in that direction, I just want a distro that I can use to be as productive as I am in Windows. I use a Linux distro despite the official distro forum, not because of it.

So posts about 'best of' distros are of great interest. Very tempted by MX.
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So posts about 'best of' distros are of great interest. Very tempted by MX.
I guess a lot of it comes down to desktop choice albeit many of the top group provide both official and community supported alternatives. In the old days you picked 'something' or KDE if you had the machine power to run it. Now, despite my Luddite opinions about Plasma 5 v KDE4, the latest KDE is nothing like the resource hog it once was. Anyone doubting this should try a live session of Porteus but I wouldn't recommend to use this as an installed working distro unless your hair is already falling out and time is no object. Blindingly fast it is though.
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MC you should be running "Distro of the Week" section on the website. Your knowledge about various distro's is second to none. According to me it's high time people switched to Linux!

Currently am enjoying using custom ROM's on Android based on Linux.
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MC you should be running "Distro of the Week" section on the website. Your knowledge about various distro's is second to none. According to me it's high time people switched to Linux!
This is true but the benefits to the site would be minimal at best and not justify the effort needed plus with my vision issues I can no longer spend very long at a time staring into a monitor screen.

The level of interest in Linux articles is directly proportional to the system usage, i.e. not very great as demonstrated by the traffic to already established sites such as dedoimedo and linuxinsider.

I would love for the PC population to switch to a free operating system that is better, faster and a hundred times safer than Windows but I also appreciate that the Microsoft marketing power and natural sheeple behavior will never allow this happen.
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