what is your current fav distro for linux and fav desktop ?

Discussion in 'all things UNIX' started by zfactor, Mar 31, 2013.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. zfactor

    zfactor Registered Member

    Joined:
    Mar 10, 2005
    Posts:
    6,012
    Location:
    on my zx10-r
    i know there are a milliion and one distros out there with a multitude of desktops either pre installed or that you can add on. ive been away from the linux side for a while and for the last few weeks was using mint / cinn.

    but im looking to try out another 3-4 this week to see if i can find a current fav to replace windows on a few machines.

    what are your current fav distro / desktop combos and why?? ill be testing out a few each week till i find the right one but id like to start with one that is widely used and has good support / developer support so once i set these up i can have my wife learn linux so i dont want slackware for the time being since she has no prior linux experience.

    also if you would like to add some screenshots to see the desktops to your suggestion that is fine also.

    thank you for the help!!
     
  2. wat0114

    wat0114 Registered Member

    Joined:
    Aug 5, 2012
    Posts:
    1,985
    Location:
    Canada
    Although I'm always on again, off again with Linux, it's been the XFCE flavours Mint that I've liked, mainly because it offers the features I need mostly right out of the box, plus it is light, stable and easy to use.
     
  3. moontan

    moontan Registered Member

    Joined:
    Sep 11, 2010
    Posts:
    3,931
    Location:
    Québec
    i find the most trouble free experience is with Ubuntu or Linux Mint.

    i tried a whole bunch of distros recently but i always come back to Mint.

    if you are on a machine about 5 years old i'd recommend XFCE.
    on a machine 3 years or newer i go with Cinnamon or KDE.
    though i like the eye candy factor of KDE i'm not so crazy about the bloat.

    Cinnamon uses about the same amount of RAM and CPU as XFCE but XFCE is lighter and faster.
    KDE uses about the same resources as Windows 8 or even a little more:
    about 800 megs of RAM and 4-5 % CPU.
    Win 8 uses about the same amount of RAM but uses about 2% CPU on my i3 intel.

    Cinnamon is a lot better these days than last time i tried it.
    this is what i'm using atm.
     
  4. zorro zorrito

    zorro zorrito Registered Member

    Joined:
    Feb 19, 2006
    Posts:
    149
    My fav distro is: manjaro and xfce.
     
    Last edited: Mar 31, 2013
  5. Wild Hunter

    Wild Hunter Former Poster

    Joined:
    Oct 13, 2012
    Posts:
    1,375
    Xubuntu and Ubuntu.
     
  6. Tyrizian

    Tyrizian Registered Member

    Joined:
    Apr 26, 2012
    Posts:
    2,806
    Ubuntu, Elementary OS and Fedora

    The Pantheon Shell and Cinnamon
     
  7. TheQuest

    TheQuest Registered Member

    Joined:
    Jun 9, 2003
    Posts:
    2,301
    Location:
    Kent. UK by the sea
    PCLinuxOS

    Take Care
    TheQuest :cool:
     
  8. cet

    cet Registered Member

    Joined:
    Sep 3, 2006
    Posts:
    867
    Location:
    Turkey/İzmir
    Xubuntu and Ubuntu for me.
     
  9. Nebulus

    Nebulus Registered Member

    Joined:
    Jan 20, 2007
    Posts:
    1,582
    Location:
    European Union
    Right now I'm using Slackware with KDE.
     
  10. zfactor

    zfactor Registered Member

    Joined:
    Mar 10, 2005
    Posts:
    6,012
    Location:
    on my zx10-r
    slackware i like but for the wife and kids to learn it might be to much right now...

    all my pc's are within 2 years old otherwise there might be one that is a bit older. all are dual core or quad with min 4gb ram some 8 some 16. i like mint, ubuntu, fedora, and a few others that i have been playing with but im torn between them and i dont want to start them on one and switch them out any time soon. maybe 6+ months down the line if i dont do a rolling release i think would be okay but i think they need some time with it.

    another factor i forgot is i HAVE to be able to use wine and use it stably for some programs that have to be used like photoshop among others. i know it can be done and i know i can use wine across the board pretty much but where is it most stable like with kde, cinna, gnome, mate etc?? some say it works best in mate hands down but i dont have enough time with each to know for sure.

    who has the best developer support? it looks like it might be ubuntu overall but im not sure. i def want to use a distro that will be supported for a while so i dont have to get people used to one and then switch them out.

    so overall, most stable? best for wine? most windows like (if that can be asked of linux does not have to be just like windows but usability wise i would like it to be similar)? and a distro for a long term use does not have to be permanent but i would not like to switch every couple months on their systems.
     
  11. Trespasser

    Trespasser Registered Member

    Joined:
    Mar 1, 2005
    Posts:
    1,194
    Location:
    Virginia - Appalachian Mtns
    I take Ubuntu (12.04.2 in my case), strip out the Unity stuff and slap in the Cinnamon DE. Throw in cairo-dock and I'm a happy dude. With Cinnamon I have to run Chrome instead of Firefox (my preferred browser) because of a conflict with an add-on named Hide Caption Title Bar (the minimize and maximize buttons don't function properly...works fine if I use Gnome Fallback with compiz).

    Cinnarch is a good distro, too, but I've stopped using it.

    But there's nothing like Ubuntu. ;).

    Later...
     
  12. Kyle1420

    Kyle1420 Registered Member

    Joined:
    May 27, 2008
    Posts:
    479
    Keep switching between distro X and distro Y.... I always end up coming back to the debian based distro, ubuntu. Specifically Xubuntu!
     
  13. chrisretusn

    chrisretusn Registered Member

    Joined:
    Jun 16, 2004
    Posts:
    1,322
    Location:
    Philippines
    Slackware with KDE.

    My signature shows others.
     
    Last edited: Apr 1, 2013
  14. zapjb

    zapjb Registered Member

    Joined:
    Nov 15, 2005
    Posts:
    3,522
    Location:
    USA - Back in a real State in time for a real Pres
    Lately it's been Linux Mint Cinnamon DE ubunto based. But yesterday wiped that & installed Linux Mint Debian Edition Cinnamon DE. Supposedly the Debian Edition is rolling so if I stick with it I won't have to reinstall for at least 2 years. I really can't surmise yet my LMDE experience yet. But LMUE worked flawlessly ootb.
     
  15. pandlouk

    pandlouk Registered Member

    Joined:
    Jul 15, 2007
    Posts:
    2,566
    Hi zfactor,

    I was in a similar search 5-6 months ago for my sister's work pc.
    After trying the most popular current distros, I settled to Ubuntu 12.4 (with unity). I only had to give her a simple demonstration and after a few times of using it she got very familiar with it.
    The only thing that I modified, was to uninstall the libreoffice that came with it and to install the official version 4.x (and to update it when newer versions get released).

    Now, she actually prefers using ubuntu than windows 7 (her laptop) and OSX mountain lion (her home imac) and asked me to install it on her laptop too.

    Wine works fine on ubuntu unity, but maybe is better to add also vmplayer in the mix (in case wine cannot run well an application)

    Panagiotis
     
  16. mack_guy911

    mack_guy911 Registered Member

    Joined:
    Mar 21, 2007
    Posts:
    2,677
    my recommendation is look for stable long term support distro and desktop environment which suits you (xfce kde,cinnamon,unity,mate, gnome...etc)

    since you are new to linux i recommend you try ubuntu LTS or linux mint Maya 13 or even xubuntu/Linux mint xfce

    Fuduntu works great its setup need some learning but overall one of best linux easy light on resources

    please also see these give you idea about them

    http://www.dedoimedo.com/computers/fuduntu-2013-1.html

    http://www.dedoimedo.com/computers/xubuntu-quetzal.html

    http://www.dedoimedo.com/computers/ubuntu-pangolin.html

    http://www.dedoimedo.com/computers/linux-mint-maya.html

    Edit: i right now use Scientific Linux(default) and ubuntu(2nd Default) as my main desktop along with window vista
     
    Last edited: Apr 1, 2013
  17. wilbertnl

    wilbertnl Registered Member

    Joined:
    Dec 29, 2004
    Posts:
    1,850
    Location:
    Tulsa, Oklahoma
  18. Sadeghi85

    Sadeghi85 Registered Member

    Joined:
    Dec 20, 2009
    Posts:
    747
    Latest Mint XFCE + VMware Player for windows stuff.
     
  19. Baserk

    Baserk Registered Member

    Joined:
    Apr 14, 2008
    Posts:
    1,317
    Location:
    AmstelodamUM
    Mint Cinnamon for the wife (or perhaps just Ubuntu stripped of Unity and Cinnamon added but that's what Mint already does and it adds some very nice extras like a better filemanager).
    Whether you choose Ubuntu long term support 12.04/Mint 13 or 6-months release cycle Ubuntu 12.10/Mint14 is up to you.
    I'd make separate home partitions for easy updating anyway.
    Desktop choice is very personal, f.i. I dislike KDE with a vengeance (childish or perhaps silly but it's fugly imo), Unity is considered meh and Gnome3, well, nevermind that abomination.
    That leaves Cinnamon, XFCE, Gnome2 or it's Mint replacement Mate. Cinnamon requires a tad of GPU/3-d acceleration but offers a Windows-like start button gui making the switch to Linux perhaps more seamless.
    Either go for the above for yourself or use semi-rolling-release Fuduntu 2013.2 with Gnome2.
    See links posted above for test reviews.
     
    Last edited: Apr 1, 2013
  20. bonedriven

    bonedriven Registered Member

    Joined:
    Jan 14, 2007
    Posts:
    565
    OpenSUSE 12.3 KDE

    I like Ubuntu too, but I recently I heard too much about spyware and how ubuntu does not contribute to the linux community etc. I wonder if it's true though.
     
  21. Kerodo

    Kerodo Registered Member

    Joined:
    Oct 5, 2004
    Posts:
    7,786
    Linux Mint 13 Cinnamon x64 here. Next would probably be Mint with Xfce. And if not any Mint edition, then probably Ubuntu.
     
  22. 031

    031 Registered Member

    Joined:
    Sep 5, 2007
    Posts:
    185
    Location:
    Bangladesh
    Kubuntu and KDE :)
    Love the looks and smoothness of KDE.
     
  23. moontan

    moontan Registered Member

    Joined:
    Sep 11, 2010
    Posts:
    3,931
    Location:
    Québec
    tried Mint Cinnamon for a few days and i went back to XFCE.

    the display manager on XFCE seems crisper and faster than most others DM; KDE, Cinnamon, Win 7 & Win 8.

    and it's just hard to ignore the overall speed boost you feel when using XFCE.
    and with a few extra themes and icons sets it can look just as beautiful as other OSes, save perhaps KDE.
     
  24. VectorFool

    VectorFool Registered Member

    Joined:
    Oct 21, 2012
    Posts:
    280
    Location:
    India
    I like using Porteus x86(xfce)
    its a nice little Slax distro that can be used on its entirety from an USB Pen drive and loads itself on RAM for Responsiveness
     
  25. WSFuser

    WSFuser Registered Member

    Joined:
    Oct 7, 2004
    Posts:
    10,632
    Arch Linux + awesome (window manager)

    Good luck if you decide to try it! :D
     
Loading...
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.