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i've tried tons of distros and always find myself coming back to Ubuntu. i just find Ubuntu to be incredibly well supported and easy to use. programs like Ubuntu Tweak are a real time saver.

if you like Debian you could always try Mint Debian edition.
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I hated LMDE, found it really buggy - not something I expected of Linux Mint, even if it is using an unstable branch. A shame because I loved the idea, but it didn't turn out how I thought it would. Plus it was still quite heavyweight, so didn't want it on my netbook. Considering it didn't work out of the box in my VM, I don't see the point over standard Debian.
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I was an Ubuntu fan few years ago. Now I really like Fedora 15 with Gnome 3.

It does have some few bugs, but I am starting to like it. Only If there was a way to get the Dock on the bottom like Mac OS X then it would be Perfect free alternative to OS X.

Elementary Linux is also very good as it is based on Ubuntu LTS & also looks really tempting. Do give it a try.
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How does Gnome 3 run on that rig? No offense, but my netbook has more power than that, and I was scared off of running Gnome 3 and went Xfce for my DE
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Oh Sorry.

I tried it on my Msi X340. After bootup it takes only 200MB in Idle & 250~350 when using Firefox & Transmission.

Will be trying it soon on my Download System in a Few days as I still have to receive my Maxtor 160GB IDE hdd.

I will let you know soon.
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Yeah. I saw the whole list of packages and updates. It's filled. I think I might get ArchLinux. It sounds cool too. The logo's nice too. I just like it better than the Canonical (insert prefix)buntu circle and dots.
Arch is excellent. I used it for years on my laptop in college. It's a rolling release and pacman is fairly powerful.

I personally used openbox with it, but gnome looks pretty good too I think.
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lol arch isnt stable... and if you dont want something thats annoying with tinkering to keep it working i dont suggest it

people like arch because its "bleeding edge" and has all the customization youd want with way too many packages (which causes a few problems)... it also makes you feel involved with your system and you learn a little bit more although most of it is fairly specific to arch

i also dont see why people say debian uses OLD packages... 6 months behind about, and thats not too bad really, if you want to run the testing repo your only a little behind and get tons of really sweet packages while still being more stable than most distros

though, i dont suggest debian for newer users to make it a solid usable system takes more knowledge than something like ubuntu, however debian is very easy for a more advanced user to use

id like to consider myself a pretty knowledgeable user, and the way i see it.... debian gives me enough control mixed with enough ease of use to make a good system for me arch would be too much effort without stability so it would require constant tweaking

that being said, imo new users should stick to something like Mint until they are at least comfy, THEN they can start screwing around with more involved set ups though fedora would also make a great starting point
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Out of curiosity why do you use Arch? It seems you don't really like it.

Not a flame post just wondering.
I do [use it] but I don't like it. I just got the system up and customized, didn't want to do all that again so I left it. I like playing with new distro's but I like having a system most. Mainly I'll "test" for a very long time because I get too lazy too make a new system. I can use any linux distro and fix most of my problems, so it's not a real bother to me.

Eventually I'll go back to Debian, I always do.
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I get it. Sometimes I think I should go to a more popular distro for more the wider variety of packages, especially when I cannot get a pkgbuild working for something I know has nice easy premade rpm or deb packages.
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most of us are linux elitists...

but i really dont see the point in being elitist to a harder to use and less productive version of linux arch is like a toy, play with it sure, but if you want a tool its just not as good...

a debian net install is minimal enough you cant complain about bloat, apt is a good enough package manager with easy syntax that you cant complain its slow or it sucks, the distro itself is supported enough you cant complain that there is no help, and its overall just easier to set up and use even if you go the highly customized route... not to mention the stability vs something like arch, and you DO have the choice to hop over to the testing branch which is still really stable

just because you didnt build your system from the CLI up and you arent running bleeding edge packages doesnt make you a noob just FYI people, you dont need to run arch or slackware or gentoo just to feel pro...
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