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Old 27. Jun 2011, 05:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
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This is my summary from what I've discovered so far from Linux.

Overall, many distros seem to be going the same way as browsers and antivirus programs in that a lemming like need to keep getting better achieves mostly “bigger” and less stable instead.

I still can't understand what Ubuntu is doing with Unity but I appreciate that users coming into Linux for the first time could well find it more appealing than the old style the rest of us are used to. Time alone then will see Unity evolve into a bigger user base.

KDE is “nice” but is resource hungry and packed full of bugs as the never ending stream of forum posts bear witness to. In all honesty, the only two I found to be solid and reliable were Mandriva 2010 and Pardus 2010. Kubuntu also seems to have confused it's long time critics by releasing something that works, is stable and looks good. Pity the bugs in the KDE network manager wouldn't let me connect with it. Even so, unless someone has a burning hatred of Microsoft they might as well use Windows 7 and be done with it.

For me, the really true Windoze alternative still lies with Gnome. It's just such a pity they did a Comodo with V3 and chucked it out half finished for the rest of us to sort out. No doubt this hasn't been lost on the Fedora devs who chose to release 15 with this included I admit to smiling (a lot) when I read one of many posts in their forum on this subject entitled “SOS! Save me from Gnome 3”

So, from my Mr. Average perspective where does this lead to? Well, undoubtedly the most complete and stable experience lies with Mint although I'm not so sure “Katya” is much of a step forward. Having read quite a bit of stuff about the new release I'm convinced “Julia” is still the better option and could even turn out to be the “distro of all time” for what it did and didn't do for those who installed it.

Another option for those who don't necessarily want the kitchen as well as the sink is PCLinuxOS. It's obscene that a free OS can look this good out of the box without needing Emerald or other tweaks to liven it up.

Last but not least for those who have everything already and appreciate great looks and reliability comes the wonder child called Bodhi. Even without the programs you can set this up almost as quickly as configuring Thunderbird. I believe this to be the ideal system for folks wanting something that will work every time and require minimal input. Their software wiki install page for programs has more than enough choices for average folks, requiring me to only venture into Synaptic on a couple of occasions. Bodhi is now a permanent fixture on my old machine which refused to work with Windows long ago. It uses next to zero resources except for things like streaming video but then this is pretty common across all systems.

I really did get knee deep in dead CD's during my quest for the Holy Penguin but the journey and experiences were well worth it. For me, Gnome 3 will be the future and I'm looking forward to trying this properly when it becomes more stable. Otherwise, my general quest is now concluded with Mint 10/Windows7 on one machine and Bodhi on the other. I can't see myself being tempted to anything more KDE but then an open mind is always a more active one
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Old 27. Jun 2011, 09:03 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I still can't understand what Ubuntu is doing with Unity but I appreciate that users coming into Linux for the first time could well find it more appealing than the old style the rest of us are used to. Time alone then will see Unity evolve into a bigger user base.
You are right on the mark. I am still using Ubuntu 10.10 because Unity has no appeal to me. I found it harder to work with than the classic. Those trying to produce distros with all the flash and bling may attract people away from Windoze but it ends up disappointing novices and veterans.
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So, from my Mr. Average perspective where does this lead to? Well, undoubtedly the most complete and stable experience lies with Mint although I'm not so sure “Katya” is much of a step forward. Having read quite a bit of stuff about the new release I'm convinced “Julia” is still the better option and could even turn out to be the “distro of all time” for what it did and didn't do for those who installed it.
Again I whole heartedly agree. If I had installed Mint Julia first instead of Ubuntu 10.10 I probably would have stuck with Mint. IMO Mint Julia really is a rock solid distro.
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