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As much as I enjoy plugging at arch, my schedule lately has filled up too much for me to maintain it properly. I've mostly been using the win7 partition on my sig rig because of it.

So, I'm open to suggestions for a nice KDE distro. I've never used anything other than Ubuntu and Arch [with some failed Gentoo excursions].
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Originally Posted by Bluescreen_Of_Death;14567294 
As much as I enjoy plugging at arch, my schedule lately has filled up too much for me to maintain it properly. I've mostly been using the win7 partition on my sig rig because of it.

So, I'm open to suggestions for a nice KDE distro. I've never used anything other than Ubuntu and Arch [with some failed Gentoo excursions].

well... best kde implementations for ya will be either opensuse (package manager is garbage) or fedora smile.gif

opensuse even with how i dislike a lot of the software decisions made by the devs, it still has the best implementation i have seen of kde

im sure there are other good alternatives, i know kubuntu will get a plug...

and you can always go with a debian net install and compile the latest kde yourself biggrin.gif
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well... best kde implementations for ya will be either opensuse (package manager is garbage) or fedora smile.gif

opensuse even with how i dislike a lot of the software decisions made by the devs, it still has the best implementation i have seen of kde

im sure there are other good alternatives, i know kubuntu will get a plug...

and you can always go with a debian net install and compile the latest kde yourself biggrin.gif

I'll be downloading a few liveCD's when I get home [at work at the moment]. I'm open to all suggestions, but I'll give preferential treatment to a solution that doesn't require too much initial setup. What with working full time and being a fulltime student, I'd rather have something I can just drop in and run with [within reason].
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If you can't maintain Arch, get it stable and then don't update; it'll still probably be newer software than most distros' repos.
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Originally Posted by Jimi;14567630 
If you can't maintain Arch, get it stable and then don't update; it'll still probably be newer software than most distros' repos.

software versions =/= security patches smile.gif

i dont suggest rolling with a no-update policy...

honestly, trying out opensuse sounds good for ya bluescreen cause it might be just what ya want, im not a fan of kde but i really liked it in opensuse, it just felt like it fit... other kde distro i used and had a generally good experience with was fedora kde but its kinda meh, felt really blank to me for some reason :/

as far as system backends go, id much prefer fedora over opensuse though smile.gif
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Try Chakra. Its loosely based on Arch, but optimized for KDE. It isn't as bleeding edge as Arch, but you still get to use pacman, and trust me, you'll get sick of every other distro's pathetic excuse for a package manager, I know I did.
    
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software versions =/= security patches smile.gif

i dont suggest rolling with a no-update policy...
If he's using Arch he probably doesn't value the level of security of which you're speaking. Using Arch up-to-date also risks running into huge 0day security flaws. It's not the world's safest distro; it doesn't try to be. But lets be honest, the OP is seasoned enough he could probably use a Windows computer for daily usage without any AV/etc... and still come through squeaky clean and Windows is the system everyone is targeting. Unless his computer is mistaken for a server that's serving something popular on the internet, I don't think he needs to worry too much.
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You should try openSUSE, or Slackware 64. Both are great.
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Originally Posted by Jimi;14567630 
If you can't maintain Arch, get it stable and then don't update; it'll still probably be newer software than most distros' repos.
I'm not worried about new so much as functional. Last update broke sound so hard I had to ditch pulse.
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Originally Posted by EntTheGod;14567799 
honestly, trying out opensuse sounds good for ya bluescreen cause it might be just what ya want, im not a fan of kde but i really liked it in opensuse, it just felt like it fit... other kde distro i used and had a generally good experience with was fedora kde but its kinda meh, felt really blank to me for some reason :/

as far as system backends go, id much prefer fedora over opensuse though smile.gif
I'll give them both a shot. No reason not to =]
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Originally Posted by nathris;14569000 
Try Chakra. Its loosely based on Arch, but optimized for KDE. It isn't as bleeding edge as Arch, but you still get to use pacman, and trust me, you'll get sick of every other distro's pathetic excuse for a package manager, I know I did.
I do admit, I like how simple pacman is. I've not done much more than install the occasional AUR package, but I do like it.
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Originally Posted by Jimi;14569924 
If he's using Arch he probably doesn't value the level of security of which you're speaking. Using Arch up-to-date also risks running into huge 0day security flaws. It's not the world's safest distro; it doesn't try to be. But lets be honest, the OP is seasoned enough he could probably use a Windows computer for daily usage without any AV/etc... and still come through squeaky clean and Windows is the system everyone is targeting. Unless his computer is mistaken for a server that's serving something popular on the internet, I don't think he needs to worry too much.
Rather than mess with Linux, I HAVE been using Windows daily just because, as broken as it is under the surface, atleast sound and such works without tinkering.
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Originally Posted by blue_k;14571058 
You should try openSUSE, or Slackware 64. Both are great.

If what I've heard about slackware is true, I'll be avoiding it. I don't want to manually resolve dependencies.
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