Debian Xfce is my distrohopper stopper

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  1. mattdocs12345

    mattdocs12345 Registered Member

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    I started with Linux in August last year, after Snowden files came out. Ever since I kept distrohopping. First Ubuntu, then Linux Mint, then a bunch of others I don't even remember. On average I was on a new distro every month.
    Finally after installing Debian Xfce, I am glad to say that I kept it now for almost half a year. It seems to me to be the best distro in few aspects that are most important to me:
    1) System Stability - not a single crash/freeze in 6 months.
    2) Stability of the software is better than anything else out there.
    3) Speed - instant with zero delay, faster than newest Macbook Pro in the Apple store.
    4) Theme customization - very easy.
    5) DE customization - lots of options and also very easy.
    6) Super fast boot time.
    7) No update issues whatsoever and no bugs of any kinds in new updates.

    I have uninstalled LO and I now exclusively use office online. I also converted Xfce into Windows 98 with nice conservative gray theme.

    Few issues that don't bother me that much:
    - Netflix and Amazon prime not working (I use my iphone or Windows netbook for that).
    - Iceweasel is stuck in older version and banks keep popping out stupid warnings (NSA Chrome for that).
    - Skype not updated for Linux (I use Vsee on iPhone and might try Jittsi).
    - LO just doesn't do the job for me (office online works very well for my needs).
     
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    trying Kubuntu right now, will give Debian a shot
     
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    This man loves his Debian alright.

    Yeah, I'm liking it too though. Like I said in another thread I used to use Fedora mainly, but Tails got me interested in Debian.
     
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    Yeah I love Debian.

    Debian XFCE is like Kubuntu on Steroids. Make sure to download firmware and put it on your USB. It will ask you during installation if you want to install non-free firmware which you do need to support most wifi cards. After that you install flash via these instructions and you are golden.
     
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    Congratulations! It's nice to settle down!
    I've tried at least a dozen distros as well and I have several in multiboot (mainly for showing interested people a few of the most popular distros) but I only use two regularly. Parabola for surfing, mailing and writing. OpenSUSE is for the same plus multimedia, streaming and language learning.

    I am very happy with OpenSUSE. There were a few error messages during installation but they were all solved by installing the updates. Since then, (almost) everything is working fine. I've had no big issues so far. I managed to completely move away from Windows and MS Office.

    My thoughts:
    1. Stable, fast and quiet (it must be much more economical than Windows judging from the noise of the fan)
    2. It has everything and more pre-installed (yeah, could be on the cons list as well).
    3. My WinTV stick works out of the box with Kaffeine. Printing works out of the box (plug and print) as well.
    4. I managed to get protected streaming (Silverlight) working with Linux. It's working very well.
    5. I also tried to install several Windows programs with the help of Wine and it's working surprisingly well!
    6. LibreOffice has everything that Office2013/365 has to offer. It is nice to see that firms are starting to support LibreOffice with plugins and extensions.
    7. OpenSUSE supports the latest Nvidia display drivers. With Windows I can only use old ones (my laptop is old).
    8. A little bit of reading and playing around with alsamixer and I'm getting bit perfect audio through my USB-DAC.

    I experienced some minor issues with Wine and sometimes I had to review the updates in YaST because of some unresolved dependencies. Updating with YaST always helped, so no trouble at all. A few times I had to kill the firefox process via terminal because the process didn't shut down properly (something I know from Windows).
     
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    OpenSUSE was my last stop before Debian. It is indeed a very good distro. I loved that way everything worked out of the box where as Debian requires a little bit more work. OpenSUSE is still one of my favorites. I had Netflix and Amazon Prime working on it.
    What I disliked was that their team released Distro that required updating to become stable. Granted after I did that everything was well but I still prefer Debian philosophy of stability first and foremost. Another thing that I liked about Debian was the XFCE desktop and its speed and low resource usage.
     
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    you have a way toboot the live USB for a UEFI machine?
     
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    I can live boot Linux Mint and Ubuntu. I never tried live boot for Debian and openSUSE failed live boot each time.
     
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    same here , debian show me a limited bootloader-command style, no idea of whar o input to make it boot.
     
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