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Old 28. Sep 2020, 09:07 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Quark Linux is a good addition to the Q4OS stable line-up.

For various reasons some folks dislike the Debian base of Q4 so adding an Ubuntu based alternative will appeal to a wider audience.

Iím not sure how much Quark deviates from the standard Kubuntu LTS but not much judging from the install process. Even so thereís a lot to like here once you see past the Kubuntu branding.

https://sourceforge.net/projects/quark-os/
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Old 28. Sep 2020, 11:05 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Quark Linux is a good addition to the Q4OS stable line-up.

For various reasons some folks dislike the Debian base of Q4 so adding an Ubuntu based alternative will appeal to a wider audience.

Iím not sure how much Quark deviates from the standard Kubuntu LTS but not much judging from the install process. Even so thereís a lot to like here once you see past the Kubuntu branding.

https://sourceforge.net/projects/quark-os/
I've found Q4 to be a very capable distro so that's interesting
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Old 28. Sep 2020, 03:02 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I've found Q4 to be a very capable distro so that's interesting
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You're welcome.

A lot of things are changing in the Linux world currently and not all of them for the good. There’s a general trend not to give time to projects for free plus the virus inspired economic situation is also having a big impact.

I’m a fan of KDE and Gentoo based systems the latter suffering dis proportionally since systems based on Arch and Debian etc are far more numerous. It looks very much like Sabayon and Calculate will at some point disappear and another Russian distro ROSA (originally a Mandriva fork) also seems to be heading down the pan. These are well established and first class distros and it seems a shame they should die through lack of help when new distros nobody wants are being churned out almost every week.

One Russian corporate class distro, ALT Linux, remains steady at the moment and if you’ve time to play it’s worth a look. Their various site links are a bit confusing. If you end up with an ISO of 4.3G it will default to Russian although there is an English option. The best to try however are classed as ‘Starterkits’ which is also a bit misleading since they will boot into a complete system live session.
https://en.altlinux.org/Starterkits

A few others most won’t have heard of which are unique in their own way and IMO better than some in the so called ‘top ten’ are:

blackPanther (Got to be the easiest for installing additional software)
https://www.blackpantheros.eu/
Redcore (does require knowledge of Gentoo system management)
https://redcorelinux.org/
TTOS (Best distro for NVIDIA owners)
https://www.ttoslinux.org/
BigLinux (There is an English language option)
https://www.biglinux.com.br/
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AverageLinuxUser has apparently adopted KDE Neon as his main driver now.

Think the one advantage Q4OS Quark has over it, is the fact that you can get the ol' Trinity (KDE3) version installed in parallel.

AFAICT, KDE Neon is more bare-bones and has most recent Plasma.
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AverageLinuxUser has apparently adopted KDE Neon as his main driver now.
KDE Neon is nowhere near what it's promoted as being. The stack of duplicated so called 'reviews' on their DistroWatch page is a disgrace to the Linux community and the main reason why that site has even less credibility than I do.
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You have to take some and leave some.
At least Distrowatch gives us an idea of what's going on in the Linux world.

Curious as i am... just had to take Quark out for a spin.
At first, i thought i had downloaded a Kubuntu .iso
Everything was Kubuntu 20.04 during the installation process!
Then phew, Q4OS finally showed its intentional Win$ style Quark at reboot.
Breeze Dark to the rescue!!

Anyhow, Quark boots and shuts down faster than KDE Neon.

Firefox installed by default is good move.
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At first, i thought i had downloaded a Kubuntu .iso
Everything was Kubuntu 20.04 during the installation process!
I'm assuming they will fix the branding issue as this part of their project develops.
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I'm sure they will.

LibreOffice icons fail to show (or barely visible) in dark themes.
https://snipboard.io/pcZXkn.jpg

Otherwise, the system grows on you (minus Win$ like theme).

The Cortana like search box with recent items etc. is kinda spiffy!

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LibreOffice icons fail to show (or barely visible) in dark themes.
Themes are always fun and often frustrating since you rarely find one where all the components are exactly what you like. Kvantum is OK and I do like Oxygen for both style and window borders. It's icons that bug me since stuff I like for the folders usually gives something I don't like in the panel. What I tend to do is use the folders and change the panel icons individually to something else.
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Quark is still much a beta - Debonaire theme isn't too bad (compromise between dark and light.

So far, after setting up Dropbox with files synced and OS file search having completed its inventory, must say that Q4OS is quietest of all KDE versions tested so far.
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