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have you tried reactos?
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Honestly, no matter what Distro I try, I end up back at OpenSUSE (with KDE). Every time, is simply feels the most polished, with the possible exception of Ubuntu, but I can't stand Unity and if you don't get Unity then you're back to square one for polish.

For a general catch all no-frills never-die Distro, I'd say Debian as well, but you said you didn't want to.
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I second OpenSuse, KDE or GNOME. Both work great.

OpenSuse is almost always my goto Linux OS for Laptops, it just works.


If you want easy, go with ubuntu. You can install GNOME OR KDE on Ubunut just fine if you don't like unity. Buy Ubuntu does one thing better than the rest. Support.


I like OpenSuse as it seems to just work better than the rest when it comes to client usage.


CentOS is the best to go for a Server.

OpenSuse and Ubuntu IMO are the way to go for a Desktop/Client Setup.


OpenSuse tends to be underrated on OCN. Been using it off and on for over a decade.
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Not sure why people seem to think you have to use unity for ubuntu. I run it just fine with i3 and it runs great. All the packages i need in easy to use ppas. No fuss no muss. Thinking that the de that ships with it is the only way is very much windows thinking.

Truth be told I'd rather a debian stable but to much effort for the packages I need. My laziness wins every time.
 
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Not sure why people seem to think you have to use unity for ubuntu. I run it just fine with i3 and it runs great. All the packages i need in easy to use ppas. No fuss no muss. Thinking that the de that ships with it is the only way is very much windows thinking.

Truth be told I'd rather a debian stable but to much effort for the packages I need. My laziness wins every time.

Most who ask this question does not want to install the DE themselves. Now we could all start recommending something like Arch and I3 tongue.gif Curious what OP picked though, doesn't look like OP has looked at the thread since.
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Not sure why people seem to think you have to use unity for ubuntu. I run it just fine with i3 and it runs great. All the packages i need in easy to use ppas. No fuss no muss. Thinking that the de that ships with it is the only way is very much windows thinking.

Truth be told I'd rather a debian stable but to much effort for the packages I need. My laziness wins every time.

It isn't that Unity is the only option, it's that if you want it to be polished, and not feel like it's tacked on, the devs of the distro need to pay it some attention.

Ubuntu pays most of it's attention to Unity and Gnome. OpenSUSE pays more attention to KDE. If I want KDE, it will look and feel better on OpenSUSE than it will on Ubuntu, and vice versa for Unity.
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Not sure why people seem to think you have to use unity for ubuntu. I run it just fine with i3 and it runs great. All the packages i need in easy to use ppas. No fuss no muss. Thinking that the de that ships with it is the only way is very much windows thinking.

Truth be told I'd rather a debian stable but to much effort for the packages I need. My laziness wins every time.

Most who ask this question does not want to install the DE themselves. Now we could all start recommending something like Arch and I3 tongue.gif Curious what OP picked though, doesn't look like OP has looked at the thread since.

That too.

Linux being the ultimate configuration power house is cool and all, but the OS should be ready to use from moment one, not after 10 hours of tweaks. As a result, the more polished the better, and not every distro can focus on every single DE, so some are better than others depending on the DE you want to use. If you're just going to pick what you want from the ground up, why even bother with Ubuntu at all.
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I will actually have to amend my responce based on some things that came to my attention recently.

Attempt to try a distro that lacks systemD.

I will stand corrected that out of all distros that allowed that grotesque vampire into their homes, cent and debian are the only two I trust still. However that being said,

The remaining distros seem to break into two camps.

Slackware and its children, notably Zenwalk which grasps a concept of a package manager with dependency resolution. By enlarge though manual package dependency resolution is... a sharp stick in the eye, but it can be that I have to take that so I can still see instead of being subjected to systemD. Also Slackware is often one of the most stable brick poop house that ever existed and while everything is out of date, it is spitpolished enough you can see your reflection in it.

Gentoo and its children, most of which will let you choose a path to Install without systemD's tentacles everywhere. Their main drawback is rolling release which I strongly oppose to.

There is also Void Linux, which I will be testing for the next couple weeks. I read some stuff about it and the idea is pretty great (offers builds against musl, with fully integrated LibreSSL, and developed by an old old netbsd salt that is orders of magnitude smarter than me and believes in clean systems). This is a newer distro, but it seems to have a lot already. I do not like its rolling release model... but I suppose I will give it a shot.

P.S. Incase everyone is wondering, this post was made after running Debian again for few days and dealing with systemd... I still will support debian and probably use it for a year or two... but it gave me the impression of the beginning of the end...

The rest of the distros not using systemD are ... well I wouldn't want to deal with them just because they seem waay to raw to me (bad repos, complex set up process, small communities etc.).

Anyways, I still will stand corrected by myself, that Debian and Cent are still worth your time, but my unshakable trust in them has been... shaken.
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I'm not sure that we ought to be telling people to avoid distros that use systemd it's been adopted by just about every distro any knowledge earned there will be transferable. If he learns sysv he'll need to learn systemd if he hops and he'll hop.
 
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I still don't understand the hate for systemd besides change and the "no need for change".
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4GB x2 OCZ Agility 3 Sasmsung 840 EVO Western Digital Caviar Blue 
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Seagate 500gb Asus DRW-24B1ST Asus BC-12B1ST cool master hyper 212 evo 
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Windows 10 Pro x64 Arch  Asus 23" VH238 Asus 23" VH238H 
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Corsair CX600M Fractal Design Define R5  
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i3 6100 Asus Z170M-Plus something 16gb DDR4 Western Digital 500GB 
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Samsung 2TB Western Digital Red 3TB HGST Deskter 4TB Unraid 6.x 
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Ubuntu Server - VM Corsair CX430  Cooler Master HAF 912 
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AMD 8320 Asus m5a99fx pro EVGA 660ti  Gskill 8GB F3-1600C9-8GXM x2 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
4GB x2 OCZ Agility 3 Sasmsung 840 EVO Western Digital Caviar Blue 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOptical DriveCooling
Seagate 500gb Asus DRW-24B1ST Asus BC-12B1ST cool master hyper 212 evo 
OSOSMonitorMonitor
Windows 10 Pro x64 Arch  Asus 23" VH238 Asus 23" VH238H 
PowerCase
Corsair CX600M Fractal Design Define R5  
CPUMotherboardRAMHard Drive
i3 6100 Asus Z170M-Plus something 16gb DDR4 Western Digital 500GB 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOS
Samsung 2TB Western Digital Red 3TB HGST Deskter 4TB Unraid 6.x 
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Ubuntu Server - VM Corsair CX430  Cooler Master HAF 912 
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