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Old 09-19-2013
Linux Desktop OS

Right, I know this topic has more or less been done to death, however, I'm bringing it up again.
I'm planning on moving to Linux as a full time desktop OS for my home system.
I don't want to run a security distro, or anything that runs as root and just use my Windows OS in a VM when I need to use Word.

I have been looking at Ubuntu, Mint, Sabayon Linux, pretty keen on the last two so far.

Just wondering what experience you guys have of any of the above.
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Old 09-19-2013
I Gave up on Ubuntu as a desktop when Unity got in my face (caveat: my opinion not trying to start a flame war, if you like it I'm happy for you), tried Sabayon aaages ago and quite liked it, very responsive and suited to a home desktop machine. I haven't tried Mint instead I moved back to Fedora for the domestic desktop, I use RHEL all the time in work so it made sense for me to shift to Fedora on the desktop box.
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Old 09-19-2013
Thanks for the feedback mate.
Is Fedora easy enough to get stuck into? Not too different from Ubuntu/Debian environments?
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Old 09-19-2013
They're not the same as Debian/Ubuntu, or they'd be Debian/Ubuntu... If you want Debian/Ubuntu, use Debian/Ubuntu...
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Old 09-19-2013
Gee whizz, thanks for that unique bit of insight, Debian and Ubuntu are different OS'? Well I never.
I didn't ask if they were the same did I? The question was, if Fedora was not too different from Debian/Ubuntu.
Please take the time to read what's being asked before flaming.
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Old 09-19-2013
I am not flaming, and did answer your question, though I could have given more context. I apologize for seeming brusque.

Ubuntu particularly is festooned with GUI configuration widgets that other Linux distributions don't have in common. It also tends to have its own "unique" ways of doing things in general, Ubuntu-specific guides are often needed for common configuration and installation tasks.

As an example, you configure Wordpress for Ubuntu in a completely different way. Ubuntu installs slightly-modified PHP files in an odd place, and separates the config files out into /etc/ for you. They even added a special commandline utility to create new Wordpress instances... I can see the utility, but they installed in a nonstandard place, didn't use Wordpress' own features when they could have, and hacked in their own methods instead... If you were following a generic guide you'd be lost.

Ubuntu does have its fans, but it still can be a problem to transition from Ubuntu to anything else and back.

Last edited by Corona688; 09-19-2013 at 03:52 PM..
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Old 09-19-2013
Word 2010 running under Linux (openSUSE using Wine)


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