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Old 11-13-2011, 09:19 PM   #1
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Distro choice


Ok I am currently running Fedora 14, Obviously its at an end for support so I must change, However I do not like gnome 3 so I will not be moving to Fedora 16, Please don't tell me Gnome 3.xx is good and i just need to learn and get used to it. I tried it for several weeks on my netbook... forcing myself to spend at least an hour on it a day, its just not gonna happen I like gnome 2.xx over any desktop environment I have used, So my question is what is a good distro to switch to? After doing a little research I know i could go with Ubuntu 10.04 which would be supported for quite sometime. The other choice I have seen is CentoOS, yes i know its really a server but I know it can also be used as a desktop I have used it somewhat here and there, so i have a general familiarity, and I like using RPM's, I know most people prefer apt-get over it but I like RPM's better in my opinion the only disadvantage to RPM's is they arent as popular. Again another advantage i like about it is its long life cycle something i have really disliked about Fedora, I thus far have only been updating it every other release. Are there other choices?
 
Old 11-13-2011, 10:04 PM   #2
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Have you considered Debian? It's got quite a long life cycle and is still with Gnome 2 as the default.
 
Old 11-13-2011, 11:16 PM   #3
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Well, You could try mint with MATE, which is a fork of gnome2, though I'd recommend getting use to a new window manager or DE, since I'm not sure about the longevity of MATE or it's adoption, Gnome3 is the future of most gnome-defaulted distributions, even mint plans to use gnome-shell (with modifications) in the future from what I can tell.
That said, XFCE may be a good alternative, I personally prefer KDE.
If you plan to continue to use gnome, I would suggest making peace with Gnome3, because it's unlikely two will be a viable option for too much longer.
 
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Old 11-14-2011, 12:10 AM   #4
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I agree with Jenni, G2 will eventually go EOL, so maybe you need to start using a different environment, such as Xfce, LXDE, or some window manager only, while using G2. I'm a big G2 user also but now trying different environments.

You can use Fedora 16 with a different desktop or try Mageia, for now it offer G2, but again, for how long!

Just a thought.
 
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Old 11-14-2011, 09:42 AM   #5
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CentOS/Scientific Linux is a fine choice if you're looking for long-term support of Gnome 2. Obviously you need to be comfortable with older, well-tested software; obviously not a good choice if you want a rolling release of the latest software.
 
Old 11-14-2011, 11:24 AM   #6
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I know I will eventually have to dump Gnome 2 however, I would like to keep it until I can find a viable option.
 
Old 11-14-2011, 06:17 PM   #7
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1. MATE, the Gnome 2 fork, is still beta, but will be available in the next Gnome Mint.

2. If you want to keep Gnome 2 and are not ready to trust MATE, the choice is between CentOS and Fuduntu. The former (as a free version of Red Hat) will be supported to the end of the decade, while the latter will keep Gnome 2 going with security and bug fixes from Red Hat.

3. If you like Gnome 2, then (like Linus) you might like Xfce. The best versions are Mint (rolling release), Salix (super-stable), and SalineOS (in between).
 
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I gather that a lot of folks are looking at XFCE as an alternative to Gnome 3. I have it running on my Wubi install and find it quite acceptable, though I want to find a way to edit the right-click menu to my tastes.

I'll go out on a limb and suggest taking a look at Fluxbox. You could run it on any distro.

I know it doesn't look like much out of the box--indeed, it is decidedly plain--but, with a little bit of effort, it can be turned into a beautiful thing. There is frankly nothing that a "desktop environment" offers me that I can't make happen in Flux.

Granted, the learning curve for configuring it is a little steep, as it requires editing text files and RTFM, and there are some things "desktop environments" do that I am decidedly not interested in so I don't care that Fluxbox doesn't do them, such as desktop icons, but there are add-ons that make some of those things possible, such as graphical menu editing, desktop icons, and the like.

You can see some of my Fluxbox configurations, along with some other stuff, here and others at the Fluxbox site.
 
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Old 11-14-2011, 11:10 PM   #9
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Enlightenment is another you could consider, very minimal so you have to do some work but very functional once you know where you are at with it.

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You can see some of my Fluxbox configurations, along with some other stuff, here and others at the Fluxbox site.
The links don't work for me Frank.

EDIT: Fluxbox is working now, your porn site still isn't though

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Old 11-15-2011, 12:57 AM   #10
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Not sure Why but I hadn't even considered fluxbox might have to see if i have Fedora 16 around here and put it on my netbook with fluxbox n see how I like it.
 
Old 11-15-2011, 07:36 AM   #11
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EDIT: Fluxbox is working now, your porn site still isn't though
Unixporn is not a porn site, it's screenshots of *nix desktops, you may want to try unixpuppies.info - it's a work-safe URL to the same page, since a lot of content filters see "porn" and immediately block it.
 
Old 11-16-2011, 06:35 AM   #12
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just keep fedora .. use preupgrade option to upgrade to fedora 16 and as for gnome u dont have to worry you can try couple of things here

move to failback option in gnome 3 which is comparatively better
or even better
just use kde or lxde

i have lxde desktop which is quiet smooth with fedora 16

moreover fedora 16 is better supported

regards
 
Old 11-16-2011, 01:20 PM   #13
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Unixporn is not a porn site, it's screenshots of *nix desktops, you may want to try unixpuppies.info - it's a work-safe URL to the same page, since a lot of content filters see "porn" and immediately block it.
Jenni read through the sarcasm. I know it's not a porn site Frank is classier than that and there is no internet filter here either, it just wasn't opening.
 
Old 11-17-2011, 07:49 PM   #14
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A vote for Debian

I was using UBUNTU but I had to switch too, I settled on Debian since it's what UBUNTU is based on and they Still use the old Gnome.

Honestly I've never been happier with Linux since I switched. Debian is rock solid and doesn't break itself even with total updates/upgrades. I loved the UBUNTU too but it broke too easy.

I like to think of Debian as an old truck that just runs great.
UBUNTU is like someone took the same truck but built a parade float on it.
 
Old 11-17-2011, 09:21 PM   #15
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Enlightenment is another you could consider, very minimal so you have to do some work but very functional once you know where you are at with it.

The links don't work for me Frank.

EDIT: Fluxbox is working now, your porn site still isn't though
Actually, it's not a porn site. It's pictures of Linux desktops. The proprietor has an unfortunately sense of humor.
 
  


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