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Hello Everyone! I've recently been messing around with some linux distros and I've determined for myself that I love the linux ecosystem much more than I ever did windows. I will be keeping a windows partition because I do play a lot of games on my pc and not a whole lot of them have support for linux (sadly). What I want to know are what are some distributions that you all think would be worth a try. I'm not a total newbie when it comes to linux, but I am still relatively new so be kind biggrin.gif One of the higher up things that I look for in a distribution is personalization. I very much enjoyed the KDE environment when I tried out Kubuntu, but I am open to all suggestions. I'll include a list of all the distributions I have tried and what I thought of them. If you feel I should try something again or have suggestions for certain distributions please feel free to inform me. Thanks, any and all help is appreciated!


Distributions:

Loved:
-I haven't particularly fallen in love with any of them yet

Liked:
-Kubuntu: Out of all the ones I have tried it has been my favorite, not sure why but I like it the most

-Ubuntu: Obviously, lol.

-Linux Mint: A friend highly recommends it, but I never was a big fan of the cinnamon environment

Left a bad taste in my mouth:

-Bodhi Linux: Confused me to no end, it seemed like everything I tried to do was backwards.
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I like Xubuntu
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How about the recent Elementary OS. I really like the simple design, the speed and the easiness to install.
    
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post #4 of 41
Quote:
Originally Posted by spikexp View Post

How about the recent Elementary OS. I really like the simple design, the speed and the easiness to install.

This ^

eOS is awesome and very stable + looks great and can customize it. It is based on Ubuntu which is pretty huge deal as when you need help you can just google that problem for Ubuntu and not eOS. Ubuntu is the most popular distro.

Give it a try if you want.

http://elementaryos.org/

http://www.elementaryupdate.com/

It's the only Linux distro that has kept me using Linux 24/7
post #5 of 41
You can get Mint with a few GUIs: KDE, XFCE, Mate. So I wouldn't let cinnamon discourage you.
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post #6 of 41
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Ubuntu is the most popular distro.
Most widely used is not the same thing as most popular. (eg it's also the most unpopular Linux distro).
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My suggestion, stop distro hopping just for desktop environments. Pick a distribution and install different environments to test them out. Every distribution you listed is or is based on Ubuntu, so it's kind of redundant reinstalling just to go from Ubuntu, to Kubuntu or to any other (letter-here) Ubuntu. Linux Mint is also Ubuntu based but with the cinnamon desktop which can be install in regular ol' Ubuntu. And Bohdi is as well based on Ubuntu but with the E17 desktop, again easily installable on regular Ubuntu.

You'd save yourself a ton of time simply installing the different desktop environments or window managers in one install and uninstalling when done. You'll get the same relative experience as each is essentially the same as the different distributions, with less of a headache and time saved.



Now if you want a different overall experience aside from the desktop environments, then you could install actual different functioning distributions. Debian based ( Debian, Ubuntu, etc ), RPM based ( RedHat, Fedora, CentOS, etc ), or even go source based and generally different distributions like Arch, Gentoo, Slackware, etc.

Again, most will be the same aside from package management and philosophy, but it is nice to learn the different package management tools to find out which one you like and can use. Although anything Ubuntu based will use the software manager which kind of makes apt*/yum/pacman/etc seem complicated or useless to the average user. Some distributions don't provide certain packages by default either due to their philosophy for open source, so you'll have to enable their respective "non-free" repository.
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I liked Ubuntu more than Mint when I tried out both of them. Kubuntu is probably a great fit for you if you really like KDE. Also don't be afraid to check out Mint KDE, OpenSUSE KDE, Manjaro KDE, etc. that offer out of the box KDE desktops.However, I don't like KDE. The great majority of applications run gtk which clashes with the KDE/qt.

Also a note about ElementaryOS. Yeah, it is beautiful and stable, but it has strict design principles that most applications don't adhere to. Use LibreOffice, or some other key application and you'll see it clashes with the desktop. If you don't care about this, then don't worry about it. It just bugs the hell out of me to see inconsistencies like that.

Also the issue I don't like about most distributions is that you have to upgrade them every once and a while if you expect to receive up to date software. Any version of Ubuntu is eventually abandoned, and while you still can run it on your computer, you will be running older software with the only option being to perform an upgrade which often breaks the system in some way or another.

That's why I love Arch Linux: you never need to upgrade, it is constantly updating. Manjaro, the more user friendly variant, does the same. If you are going to look at either, I'd suggest Manjaro. Also the Arch Linux wiki is one of the best there is.

So my verdict: If you are comfortable with Kubuntu, I doubt there is anything better out there. However, rolling release distributions like Manjaro will last longer.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by windowszp View Post

This ^

eOS is awesome and very stable + looks great and can customize it. It is based on Ubuntu which is pretty huge deal as when you need help you can just google that problem for Ubuntu and not eOS. Ubuntu is the most popular distro.

Give it a try if you want.

http://elementaryos.org/

http://www.elementaryupdate.com/

It's the only Linux distro that has kept me using Linux 24/7
I think this is an awesome os never tried it but from the youtube videos it looks sound. I have no beef with Linux I use Zorin I know, you ban bash me if you want. Also I use a Mac as well as windows 7 and 8. Why all the Os I don't know. The main ones I use is Mac and windows and Zorin from time to time. May I ask what your specs are because there are Mac Distros out there that simplify the process of installing. I don't recommend them but it is more complicated to install retail mac. I run 10.8.4 on my system and love the speed of it. Now I don't do heavy gaming but using utorrent and web cruising it is a beast.
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Let's see..... some of the ones I had been more impressed with in my early Linux adventures.

PCLinuxOS was and still is king for ease of use. Proprietary graphics drivers? Yep. All codecs install for media with flash and mp3 and ogg and whatever else? Yep again. Large user based support community? Yes again. Are most of them dicks? Unfortunately yes.

Salix is great for a Slackware-based distro. Slapt-get package management makes resolving dependencies a breeze. One iso can install 3 different types of systems. Base, minimal and full. The user base was small but very friendly and open.

Manjaro is great. All the fun of Arch without alot of the headaches that discourage most new users. And you will learn linux quickly with Arch. I learned more in 1 year with ArchLinux than I did with three years using various others.

My advice is get used to unetbootin or go get a 5 pack of DVD-rw's and get to testing. Set goals for yourself. Don't use something for half an hour and get discouraged and erase it for something else. Try to use a distro for a week and get used to it. You will bork your system. Probably several times. It happens. Make backups frequently. Clonezilla is your friend. Keep a notebook handly. You will run across great info and tips and tricks and all kinds of cool stuff. Write it down. You will forget stuff and having notes handy will sometimes save your bacon. Don't be afraid to ask questions. No one came from the womb knowing bash or shell scripting or anything. Some people will give you a hard time but most people in the Linux community will want you to succeed. Have fun.

Alright, my long post is over. If you ever need any help just ask. thumb.gif

(Edited for typos.)
Edited by z3r0_k00l75 - 8/22/13 at 9:17am
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