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View Poll Results: What is your favorite linux distro?
CentOS 1 1.59%
Debian 1 1.59%
Fedora 4 6.35%
Mandriva 1 1.59%
MEPIS 1 1.59%
Mint 15 23.81%
openSUSE 3 4.76%
PCLinuxOS 3 4.76%
Puppy 3 4.76%
Ubuntu 31 49.21%
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Old 10. Sep 2013, 04:14 PM   #81 (permalink)
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I always use Ubuntu for my servers and i stick with Win7 for my desktop.
I really tried Linux, like mint, ubuntu and fedora for desktop functionality but i dislike it.
(tried it for 1 full year)
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Ubuntu 12.04LTs
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Old 14. Nov 2013, 12:34 AM   #83 (permalink)
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I have tried a number of distros since become an avid GNU/Linux user a few years back. At first I stuck with Ubuntu because of the user friendliness in installation and the easy transition from Microsoft Windows that the GNOME Desktop Environment provided.

I delved in Fedora a bit but quickly went back to Ubuntu because I was too accustomed to the APT installer system which I started to use much more than the software center upon learning the Bash shell.

But sadly along came Unity, and my love of Ubuntu came crashing down. My Acer Aspire One netbook couldn't handle the Unity interface anyway but the fact that It took me forever to find the file browser only to have no way of attaching it to the quick launcher was the last straw...

I found lubuntu with the Lightweight X-11 Desktop Environment (LXDE) but I became frustrated with the amount of effort I had to put into setting up the simplest functionality. And despite the lightweight desktop, it still took a long time for things to load.

So I decided to turn to the mother of Debian based distros: Debian itself. I played around with it and liked it. After trying KDE right of the bat I switched back to GNOME, and LXDE and GNOME again.

My Acer netbook is growing long in the tooth I'm afraid but I finally found a distro that is light enough to run GNOME just fine so that I have all its user-friendliness without much lag.

I only started using Trisquel a few days ago but I'm loving it. I just got a good install today (I like to mess around and try different desktops before settling down) and I've started customizing it to fit my liking.
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I only started using Trisquel a few days ago but I'm loving it. I just got a good install today (I like to mess around and try different desktops before settling down) and I've started customizing it to fit my liking.
Same path as me. I now have Trisquel installed on two desktops and will be adding it to my laptop too as soon as my ISP gets the cable fixed.

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Old 14. Nov 2013, 05:35 PM   #85 (permalink)
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Admittedly, that's neat. Especially the Windows Vista design. Still (when it comes to GFX) it's hard to beat elementary OS imo.
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That is a smart desktop. MC, is that your sense of humour to have a button with Windows icon on it?

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Must be time everyone updated their post so as we can have an updated view of the distros being used
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Must be time everyone updated their post so as we can have an updated view of the distros being used
I would agree with Dedoimedo's observations across multiple articles that the recent "developments" in Linux have mostly been a backward step. The seemingly blind adherence to release schedules has seen many distros turned out like Comodo firewall, e.g. unfinished and sometimes unusable. Added to that we've seen more distros launched into an already saturated market and divergent DE's that no one needs or wants. Ubuntu's decision to finally dump the Unity DE in favor of Gnome is a prime example. KDE Plasma 5 is still unstable and only at the "getting there" stage and things you could do with V4 or even 3 no longer exist, but hey it looks cool so what's the problem?

Some of my past favorites have become part of the above club including Trisquel, Neptune and Netrunner. Others on the other hand have shone brightly including MX15/16, Chalet OS and Q4 OS, the latter being a prime example of how something ditched for being outdated was resurrected to be better than its replacement.
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Ubuntu's decision to finally dump the Unity DE in favor of Gnome is a prime example.
They also dump the phone and the convergence shell.


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I took the view that, if convergence was the future and we could deliver it as free software, that would be widely appreciated both in the free software community and in the technology industry, where there is substantial frustration with the existing, closed, alternatives available to manufacturers. I was wrong on both counts...-- Mark Shuttleworth
A good trend to me as I've never liked the Unity interface than the GNOME.

In my view convergence is still the approach being taken by Microsoft wholeheartedly and Google as well to a certain extent by enabling Chrome OS to run Android apps.

It's never been an easy task for Canonical to invest in the mobile industry since its crowdfunding a production of Ubuntu Edge smartphones has failed to kick off and when the mobile market has been dominated by Android and iOS, with Microsoft being the third horse chasing after them.
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There has been an official Gnome version of Ubuntu available for some time so guess this will now be absorbed as the 'official official' version.

After trialing a ton of distros and dual booting with many, I have to say Q4 comes top for me because of its speed, simplicity and sheer versatility. The initial download is just over 500MB so easily fits on a CD. Thereafter you can install whatever else you want with the most popular being a single click event, or install Synaptic and use that for everything else.

I've put together a simple screencast showing Compiz/Emerald which is a simple install.

https://vimeo.com/212731591
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