And the best distro of 2018 is ...

Discussion in 'all things UNIX' started by Mrkvonic, Dec 31, 2018.

  1. summerheat

    summerheat Registered Member

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    It's not. You enter "u" and press Enter. ;)
     
  2. Daveski17

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    I could probably handle that lol.
     
  3. summerheat

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    :thumb:

    I should mention that Manjaro offers two nice package managers: Octopi and Pamac. Needless to say that you can use them, too. I just prefer to update the system on the console just in case, e.g., KDE updates to a new version. Doing this on the console minimizes the risk that something breaks.

    Oh - and that "u" is a self-defined alias which I added to .bashrc. I've defined aliases for often used commands in every distro I've used. For example, for Debian and Ubuntu I added:

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    alias u="sudo apt update; sudo apt full-upgrade"
    Aliases make life considerably easier on every distro. :)
     
  4. Daveski17

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    I'm impressed.
     
  5. Mrkvonic

    Mrkvonic Linux Systems Expert

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    I am opposed to aliases, btw.

    Because I always like to know exactly what I'm running, and it also helps you triple check your commands.

    Lessons from the past when a wrong command can bring down important stuff.

    Mrk
     
  6. vasa1

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    I too love aliases. I keep mine in ~/.bash_aliases except for functions (in ~/.bashrc). But I don't use single letters and I have sudo apt update && sudo apt full-upgrade instead of sudo apt update; sudo apt full-upgrade.
     
  7. zapjb

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    @Mrkvonic In your review you say MX Linux isn't quite ready to be your production system. So what is your production system?
     
  8. Mrkvonic

    Mrkvonic Linux Systems Expert

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    Linux wise, Ubuntu 14.04 and Kubuntu 18.04. And then Windows 7/8.
    Mrk
     
  9. Gringo95

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    I’ve never really understood the speed thing as most modern PC’s and laptops will run anything Linux with ease unless you’ve bought at the cheapest end possible in which case everything will drag. This being the case though or for museum status hardware, distros such as antiX, BunsenLabs or Porteus would be my recommendations and each being with a very different desktop environment and corresponding learning curve.

    There are other alternatives that cost a lot less than a new machine. Recently I upgraded an ancient Samsung RV415 with 4G of extra RAM in addition to the original 1G card and replaced the 320 HDD with a 120 SSD. Took me 5 minutes and the difference is remarkable.

    In terms of reliability nothing is infallible although laws of probability suggest rolling releases will be less so and that is usually the case. For general home use I would also recommend something without kitchen sink software included and systemd free (antiX again).

    Another good minimal brew your own but easy to manage distro is Q4OS.

    Logically less bloat requires less updates equals the potential for greater stability but as I said, nothing is infallible.
     
  10. Daveski17

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    Yes, I think this is possibly true although compatibility can be an issue. I wiped Vista off my old Belnea laptop and replaced it with Ubuntu 14.04. The Belnea only had 1Gb of RAM and had always struggled with Vista. It ran 'Trusty' with comparative ease. There were driver problems though.
     
  11. Daveski17

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    I was going to wait until April before upgrading from Trusty, especially after reading this: https://www.dedoimedo.com/computers/ubuntu-xerus.html

    Apart from the occasional glitch Xenial has been running fine for me. I suppose it could only have improved though lol. Trusty had its occasional gremlins.
     
  12. summerheat

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    I can see no reason why I shouldn't use aliases for constantly recurring commands like the ones mentioned earlier. Or why I shouldn't replace commands like

    sudo apt install firefox

    or

    sudo dnf install firefox

    or

    sudo pacman -Syu firefox

    simply with

    i firefox

    Or

    systemctl status

    with

    scs

    Or

    firejail --list

    with

    fl

    Needless to say that this doesn't make sense for more complicated cases where commands are used with case-specific options.
     
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  13. summerheat

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    Ah - yes. Combining two commands with && means that the second isn't executed if the first one fails, with ; the second command is still executed. When I used the semicolon years ago on Ubuntu I had a specific reason - but I can't remember which one :oops: (it seems my dementia is getting worse). Using && is certainly the better alternative.
     
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