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Poll Results: Which Linux Desktop do you use?

This is a multiple choice poll
  • 12% of voters (103)
    Gnome 2 / Mate
  • 10% of voters (85)
    Gnome-Shell
  • 13% of voters (117)
    Unity
  • 18% of voters (158)
    Cinnamon
  • 17% of voters (148)
    KDE
  • 15% of voters (134)
    XFCE
  • 4% of voters (39)
    LXDE
  • 1% of voters (15)
    Enlightenment / E17
  • 6% of voters (55)
    OpenBox / FluxBox
  • 3% of voters (30)
    Awesome / DWM
  • 9% of voters (81)
    Other
845 Total Votes  
post #4921 of 7733
I really like the Cinnamon.
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post #4922 of 7733
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Originally Posted by mushroomboy View Post

Heh, needless to say I think he intends to hit an audience that isn't us. While I don't condone or condemn what he does, I just move along as I am not interested. Though it does bring up an interesting topic, what would you have to find in a Linux distribution that is worth paying for? I guess RH has some obvious answers, anything else?

That really is open for anyone, I think it is an interesting idea to lay out what we would pay for and even possibly how much. =)

It's not the paying aspect that bothers me about the aforementioned distro, it's the deceitful nature of said distro.

But in answer to your question, it would have to fall into one of three categories:
  • It would have to provide something that I couldn't do myself (and without wanting to blow my own trumpet, there isn't a great deal that I couldn't do),
  • It would have to provide excellent support options (this is more a consideration for enterprise installs),
  • I have been known to donate to free projects before (wikipedia, some FOSS software, etc), but in those cases I've used their services, relied upon them and basically been so happy with them that I've wanted to return some appreciation.

Back in the late 90s / early 00s, I did also support some distros by buying their installation media. This was usually mutually beneficial; I was on dial up, so it saved me the hassle of downloading at work; it saved them bandwidth and they (hopefully) made a small profit from the sale of the physical installation media. However these days I tend to torrent the ISOs and then leave them seeding to spread the bandwidth.
post #4923 of 7733
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Originally Posted by Plan9 View Post

Quote:
Originally Posted by mushroomboy View Post

Heh, needless to say I think he intends to hit an audience that isn't us. While I don't condone or condemn what he does, I just move along as I am not interested. Though it does bring up an interesting topic, what would you have to find in a Linux distribution that is worth paying for? I guess RH has some obvious answers, anything else?

That really is open for anyone, I think it is an interesting idea to lay out what we would pay for and even possibly how much. =)

It's not the paying aspect that bothers me about the aforementioned distro, it's the deceitful nature of said distro.

But in answer to your question, it would have to fall into one of three categories:
  • It would have to provide something that I couldn't do myself (and without wanting to blow my own trumpet, there isn't a great deal that I couldn't do),
  • It would have to provide excellent support options (this is more a consideration for enterprise installs),
  • I have been known to donate to free projects before (wikipedia, some FOSS software, etc), but in those cases I've used their services, relied upon them and basically been so happy with them that I've wanted to return some appreciation.

Back in the late 90s / early 00s, I did also support some distros by buying their installation media. This was usually mutually beneficial; I was on dial up, so it saved me the hassle of downloading at work; it saved them bandwidth and they (hopefully) made a small profit from the sale of the physical installation media. However these days I tend to torrent the ISOs and then leave them seeding to spread the bandwidth.

I never leave them seeding. Mostly because I have little money I just report bugs and take the time to fill out surveys and what not
post #4924 of 7733
rtorrent tells me I've seeded nearly 10TB of different distros thumb.gif

I have plenty of speed to share tongue.gif
post #4925 of 7733
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rtorrent tells me I've seeded nearly 10TB of different distros thumb.gif

I have plenty of speed to share tongue.gif

since my raspi is going to be an HTPC/Sever, I plan to set up a samba thing on it and serve most of my files from there. When that happens, I'll likely keep (the legal torrents) seeding, but on my desktop I can't stand open windows that I'm not using. ATM I'm a total torrent leech.
post #4926 of 7733
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Originally Posted by mushroomboy View Post

Heh, needless to say I think he intends to hit an audience that isn't us. While I don't condone or condemn what he does, I just move along as I am not interested. Though it does bring up an interesting topic, what would you have to find in a Linux distribution that is worth paying for? I guess RH has some obvious answers, anything else?

That really is open for anyone, I think it is an interesting idea to lay out what we would pay for and even possibly how much. =)

I would pay for someone to make an "easy" Gentoo or Slackware or even Arch that facilitated KISS while being understandable or less time consuming. Something that had more descriptive information in a "human" readable format; basically explain how something works without using terms or other pieces of software that we will have to look up.

Or I'd pay for a easier "tell us what you want and we'll build it" distro. I guess something like a tailor made suit (tired so can't think of an example that is better than that without resorting to talking about food). redface.gif
     
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Here is my go at OpenSuse linux. I'm trying to move out of the (easy) Debian based Os's. So far I'm really happy with the KDE based RedHat linux distro. Was a 'curve' at first but seems to be more robust. And IS way faster with the new kernel (7 times faster on sorting arrays).

*edit* Whoops forget to mention that it is "7 times faster" than ubuntu 12.10 x64 running the 6.10 kernel. (If you want actual numbers on my test data please ask.)
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I would pay for someone to make an "easy" Gentoo or Slackware or even Arch that facilitated KISS while being understandable or less time consuming. Something that had more descriptive information in a "human" readable format; basically explain how something works without using terms or other pieces of software that we will have to look up.

Or I'd pay for a easier "tell us what you want and we'll build it" distro. I guess something like a tailor made suit (tired so can't think of an example that is better than that without resorting to talking about food). redface.gif

Chakra: http://www.chakra-project.org/
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@rookie

I know what you mean. It seems every easy distro ships with like a hundred services and so much crap software no one ever uses. You can't find one with just x, sound, wifi, a WM, a GUI text editor, a web browser, a terminal, a file manager and if you must a GUI package manager front end. Just the basic $h!t every desktop user has and independent so it can be easily removed. Instead of having bluetooth, IM clients, multiple video players, cd rippers, dvd burners, disk managers, etc. etc. and a lot tied to some DE meta-package making it hard to rip out. I think theres a market thats really not being tapped here.
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@rookie

I know what you mean. It seems every easy distro ships with like a hundred services and so much crap software no one ever uses. You can't find one with just x, sound, wifi, a WM, a GUI text editor, a web browser, a terminal, a file manager and if you must a GUI package manager front end. Just the basic $h!t every desktop user has and independent so it can be easily removed. Instead of having bluetooth, IM clients, multiple video players, cd rippers, dvd burners, disk managers, etc. etc. and a lot tied to some DE meta-package making it hard to rip out. I think theres a market thats really not being tapped here.

Well...OpenSUSE tries to do what I'm suggesting but they're implementation is confusing and for some reason I keep ending up with dead images that won't boot using their "appliance" builder. There was also another website that tried it but again...it was obtuse and even out of date IIRC. Sadly, I think that despite all the effort Thomas put in SLAX and how it is very close to what I want...it pretty much seems right now that you have to build/package just about any program yourself to get it onto SLAX. I don't mind the services...I just mind not being informed about what they are...where they are...what they're useful for and so on. I think if people are properly informed then they can make better choices for themselves.

And as much as I thought Chakra was neat...the anything not KDE needs to be quarantined view was almost as jarring as Fedora's not FOSS then get lost feeling. I can see using a VM/emulator of sort like WINE through PlayonLinux for Windows programs...but Chakra's thing with GTK stuff was kind of annoying. The only plus was I'm pretty sure it was some kind of RAMdisk or something so the programs were pretty fast.
     
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