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Which Linux distro do you roll with?

Discussion in 'Computers' started by linuxrich, Jan 31, 2012.

  1. andruoid

    andruoid Android Expert

    I'm considering Debian as well, I used it in the past without issues. Trisquel is up next for me as I like the way they follow the GNU guidelines the closest of any distro I know.

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  2. Xourii

    Xourii Lurker

    I'm using Ubuntu 11.10, after I had one of those "fresh start" days and wiped Win7 completely.

    I can't stand Unity or GNOME 3. I like GNOME 2, it's just easier IMO.
  3. saptech

    saptech Android Expert

    I've always used Gnome 2 with all distros, even though I've tried other environments. Now that G2 may be going away, I've installed KDE4 (for the family) along with Openbox window manager. I also may have Fluxbox installed if I get bored of Openbox.

    LXDE is a very nice environment also but needs some of the kinks ironed out before it's ready for mainstream, imo. I assume its heading that way once more development is put into it.

    I currently have SalixOS with XFCE4 and Mageia with G2 & KDE, along with Openbox. On my AAO 7" netbook, I have Mandriva 2010.2 installed with G2 and it runs perfectly.
  4. andruoid

    andruoid Android Expert

    I could be wrong but I'd think most Linux servers would have no GUI at all. Windows copied this idea in the form of Server Core as they realized the many benefits with this solution.

    LXDE is very close to a windows look so its great for those new to Linux or those who want a lightweight window manager.
  5. argedion

    argedion The TechnoFrog

    I believe your correct. Most servers run SSH so you can manage the server from another box such as a laptop. those are also headless servers. The cost efficiency of these servers far out weighs competitors. You can manage the system fairly easily as long as you know the commands you need to run.

    I want to eventually have my home server run headless but I already have the head so might as well us it.

    For those that don't know a headless server is a server with out a monitor keyboard or mouse attached.
  6. andruoid

    andruoid Android Expert

    I suggest you try Mint's Debian version here; http://blog.linuxmint.com/?p=1818
  7. dots

    dots Android Expert

    Arch Linux user here.

    Using xfce4 as my DE, Would use Awesome WM if i had a bigger resolution.
  8. saptech

    saptech Android Expert

    Linux Mint Debian Edition
    Debian Sid

    Just to name some. Keep in mind rolling releases may have alot of breakage also.
  9. Isthmus

    Isthmus Android Expert

    Mint 11 for me. Mint has been my primary distro since Mint8, though I've flirted with others (Ubuntu, PCLOS, Mandriva & OpenSuse). As with most I've test driven more distros than I can remember, but I always find myself coming back to Mint for my day to day. I stopped updating after LM11 and will probably hold off until LM13 and a stable version of Cinnamon are released.
  10. ninadchaudhari

    ninadchaudhari What's up !

    BackTrack 5 rc1 !
  11. baillou2

    baillou2 Well-Known Member

    I would highly recommend archbang. It basically IS arch but will a GUI preinstalled so you don't have to go through the hassle of that part. Of course you can uninstall the default and install whatever you want.
    The important thing is that it's a rolling release since it's Arch, and Arch has huge community, not to mention the best documentation on wiki's of any distro.

    But you gotta be careful if you're looking for stable. Arch gives you ALL the updates whether or not they've been sufficiently tested.

    At the moment I'm having problems with X11 after a recent update. Now it won't start. I'll fix it eventually. Meanwhile Ubuntu is stable as ever.
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  12. rahulwadhwani

    rahulwadhwani Member

    I have two computers at home. Both have Ubuntu right now.

    I am thinking of installing Fedora 16 on one of my PC
  13. johnlgalt

    johnlgalt Antidisestablishmentarian

    I need to get back into it, but I'm stuck with Windows primarily b/c I am a gamer. Some games port well, others, well, don't port at all lol.

    When I get back into it I'm definitely going Gentoo, plus perhaps trying this Trisquel.

    I've been a fan of XFCE since FC 3, I think, and really prefer it over the big duo. I need to look at LXDE, though, never have played with it.
  14. iT0mm0

    iT0mm0 Android Enthusiast

  15. paxchristos

    paxchristos Android Enthusiast

    Arch(Bang) with Ubuntu 10.04 for compiling...
  16. DudicalDuuude

    DudicalDuuude Lurker

    I use Ubuntu 11.10. I like it, but I don't appreciate that the ATI drivers don't play too well with it... I'm thinking of trying mint or perhaps kubuntu. I'm a recent MS convert so I haven't made up my mind yet.
  17. linuxrich

    linuxrich Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    From what I've seen of recent Ubuntu and Mint, I'd personally say Mint would be the one I'd go for. Don't know what the deal is with ATI support. As Mint is an Ubuntu derivative, you might want to consider trying a distro which is not Ubuntu based.
  18. alphaweirdo

    alphaweirdo Lurker

    I have been on and off with Linux but lately I have been using Ubuntu 11 (dual boot on desktop) and Backtrack (usb boot). I decided to learn the Command line just for fun and for administration purposes.
  19. HannibalX

    HannibalX Newbie

    I use RHEL, Fedora and a few proprietary flavors (ESX) daily for work. Out of the box I like Fedora for a desktop OS, I don't have to tinker with it much to do what I want.
  20. zuben el genub

    zuben el genub Extreme Android User

    Ubuntu 11.04. I like it for daily use, but trying to install something from another ppa is the pits. Often the answers from the vendor aren't right. I don't know enough about the commands to get it right without a fight. It's funny, once I see the command, the whole thing makes sense - but try to remember it - forget it.
  21. HannibalX

    HannibalX Newbie

    Haha, I know how you feel, zuben. I'm a CLI guy but I have a hard time remember commands, especially because many are different across platforms and versions. Manpages are your friend! :)
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  22. Eugene

    Eugene Android Expert

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    Tried slackware years ago on a 386, all installed from floppies, compiled a kernel, got networking, x and everything working, but supporting windows paid the $. Years later around 2004 or 2005 got into an enterprise it shop where they have Windows and Solaris and AIX and Slack is the most unix like so I felt it would be good to learn more so went back. I tried others but never liked having to learn their packaging systems, I wanted to compile from source so I could know how things worked.
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  23. Hexadecimus

    Hexadecimus Member

    Gentoo compiled from scratch for my exact hardware (just to say I did it, why else? lol) Kubuntu/Win7 on the main desktop. I used Slackwhere back in the day with Shrike on the family's computer.
  24. wolfen69

    wolfen69 Member

    Been running Ubuntu for almost 7 years. I've tried most distros out there, but always use Ubuntu as my main OS. The only reason I still have windows on another partition, is for my phone so I can flash it back to stock if I need to. Other than that, I never use windows.
  25. iowabowtech

    iowabowtech root@android:/ #

    I roll with Mint although I've been running Windows more and more lately. Interested to see what Win8 brings to the table. It'll either drive me back to Linux or make me forget it, one of the two.

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