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I've used Ubuntu (12.04) for a couple of months now and, well, I'm no longer going to, it just isn't for me.

Fedora is out of question as well, both 16 and 17 have been disappointingly unstable for me, I'm currently using F17 on my netbook and I'd rather not have it on my desktop too.

I've already got the LMDE ISO on me, that got me interested since it's Debian based and MATE and Cinnamon actually seem very sane desktops, but I thought I'd ask for any last-minute opinions before I pull the trigger since I'm pretty out of touch with the current development of distros with the exceptions of the ones I've recently used (so Ubuntu, Debian and Fedora). Going to be using it mostly for development. I'm not looking to do a lot of tweaking around (no Arch or Gentoo), but I don't mind if it doesn't come with any proprietary stuff. I'd also like something that is supported for a while, at very least two years (rolling release is good too). Lastly, I _will not_ use Gnome 3 (I will take anything over that garbage, even the weird ones that only three people use and get configured by changing the source).

Anyway, have at it.
post #2 of 22
Linux Mint

I've used it in the past while trying to decide if I actually wanted to run Linux. Obviously, my first choice was Ubuntu when I started, but shortly after ran through all sorts of distro's. Finally settling on Mint.

It's stable, supported, has several options for download, Mate, Cinnomon, KDE, and XFCE.

I'm not currently using it, and haven't been for the last year as my wife and I share a laptop and she is scared to death of Linux for some reason. lol

Mint 14 RC has been released, but is having some issues on 32 bit. But Mint 13 is stable.
post #3 of 22
Scientific Linux is currently on my Linux box right now and is my distro of choice unless I find something better.

I would like to one day fully commit to a Linux distro but there always seems to be some key component or program that stops me from doing so, very annoying. I am aware of wine, but it does not always work and sometimes forces you to use and older version of a program. Google (Trimble) sketchup is very important to me, also who doesn't like playing a game now and again?

As you may or may not be aware, Scientific Linux and Cent OS are the "stable" linux distros as they are clones of Red Hat Enterpri$e linux.

I generally like the overall look and feel of SL in it's stock form. It works right out of the box and works well. It inspires confidence for use as a secondary backup computer.

I did try Mint briefly about 6 months ago, I am not sure why I moved on, perhaps it was too heavily themed, I think there was something else funny it was doing but I don't recall at this point.

I prefer a distro that I don't feel compelled to change the user interface, not that there is anything wrong with that. I just think you should find an OS that suits your needs the best to begin with, then you don't have to screw around as much customizing.
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I just think you should find an OS that suits your needs the best to begin with, then you don't have to screw around as much customizing.

That's my main beef with Linux. I like to game, even on my laptop now and then, and it's such a hassle to do in Linux. I love it for being so light, even the bloated distro's are far, far lighter than Windows, and it runs so light. But that rare occasion when I'm in a hotel room and have the urge to game, I have to either spend two hours doctoring a game to work properly, or resort to Facebook games. lol

As I said, I don't run it at all now, because the wife refuses to learn to use it. (Not that it's really hard, she's just stubborn.) I was running Mint until her lappy died and we decided to share this one rather than buy another.
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Mint 14 RC has been released, but is having some issues on 32 bit. But Mint 13 is stable.
I'll most likely go LMDE if I try Mint, I'm going to stay away from direct Ubuntu descendants for now, some of the changes Canonical makes to the software in their repos really annoy me.
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As you may or may not be aware, Scientific Linux and Cent OS are the "stable" linux distros as they are clones of Red Hat Enterpri$e linux.
Didn't know about Scientific, though I did know about CentOS - mind you I've never really given it a shot as a desktop distro since it seems to be geared towards enterprise. I'll definitely check them out.
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I'm an Arch fan (I know I'm on Ubuntu now, don't laugh!). Arch Linux might be too extreme for your taste, though, it takes a while to install, and afterwards you still have a lot of stuff to do. ArchBang might be a decent middle-step, but I haven't used it.
I also want to ask you to give Xfce som respect, it's a bit lighter on resources than both Cinnamon and MATE, and at least I think it's "sane". smile.gif
post #7 of 22
I've been using LMDE with Mate for a few weeks now and pretty happy with it. I'm working on trying to build a custom DE (selecting my own Window Manager, File Manager, Dock, etc.) and still trying to find all the parts and pieces I want and figuring which element of a DE controls what etc. Outside of that everything has world pretty well for me.
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post #8 of 22
I would just try pure Debian

Netinstall if you want minimal,

Live disk otherwise. The only thing that may need setup is drivers for wireless.
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I'm an Arch fan (I know I'm on Ubuntu now, don't laugh!). Arch Linux might be too extreme for your taste, though, it takes a while to install, and afterwards you still have a lot of stuff to do. ArchBang might be a decent middle-step, but I haven't used it.
I'm not a big fan of Arch package management, I've installed and used it on several old computers and it's fine (great, actually) as long as I never update... full system upgrades often broke the system and only updating the things I needed often left some dependencies out of date so things would mysteriously stop working. Plus I'm not that into hunting .pacnew files. I know it's a great distro if properly set up and maintained, but I don't think I'm willing to put in quite that much effort.
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I also want to ask you to give Xfce som respect, it's a bit lighter on resources than both Cinnamon and MATE, and at least I think it's "sane".
I think it's one of the few remaining sane ones in the Linux world too, but it's just not quite as polished as I'd like, I pointed out some of the things I didn't like about it in my previous DE rant and there are a few nitpicks too. Plus most distros still seem to want to stick to 4.8, I'd like to move on to 4.10 already. Anyway, I've got a Xeon and plenty of RAM so "heaviness" is now one of the least concerns of mine.
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I would just try pure Debian

Netinstall if you want minimal,

Live disk otherwise. The only thing that may need setup is drivers for wireless.
Anything wrong with DVD install? My internet sucks so what I usually do is download the largest install media I can at my grampa's or uni to get as much software as possible (Netinstall is out of question). I don't think I had any major problems when I last installed squeeze.

Anyway, my wireless should be good, it's an Atheros chip with an open source driver - thanks for the heads up though.
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Lastly, I _will not_ use Gnome 3 (I will take anything over that garbage,

I would say gnome 3 is far from garbage.
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