What's The Difference Between Linux-Ubuntu-Mint-Xfce Vs. Ubuntu-Xfce?
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The 3 oldest Linux distributions that are still supported are Slackware, Debian and Red Hat.
Most other distro's are derived from one of the 3.
The easiest way to determine the basis of a distro is the type of package management it uses.
Debian uses APT and .deb pkg's. Red Hat uses DNF and .rpm pkg's. Slackware has it's own package management system.
Debian is rock solid, stable and does not use Unity.
Ubuntu was built from Debian but comes with a different desktop environment. (unity)
Linux Mint is based on Ubuntu and XFCE is a desktop environment. Of all of the DE's XFCE is very light and fast.
Ubuntu is put together every six months mostly by taking software from the Debian Unstable repository. Every two years they bring out a long-term-support version. That's just as bleeding-edge, but supported for 5 years instead of 9 months.
When the LTS Ubuntu has had its obvious bugs fixed, it's used as the basis for a new Mint. The six-monthly Mints (e.g. 17.3) are made from the two-yearly issues by careful updates, giving less radical change than you get with Ubuntu.
The Xfce version of Mint is official, just like the Mate one. Xubuntu, however, is a community project. Canonical keep a friendly eye on it and host it on their servers, but it's put together by its users.
The "middle man" here is providing added value. The software in Debian Unstable is sometimes what the name implies, but the Canonical staff give it an extra check before adding it to Ubuntu. Then the inevitable bug fixes after it's released get incorporated into Mint. And both Ununtu and Mint have extra useful items added: there's less need to use obscure "dpkg --configure" commands, for example. You could install Debian Unstable and then add Xfce and configure your computer to use it, but the result would need more expertise to keep it reliable or to customise it.
Distribution: Windows 7, 10, Linux Mint 17.3, Rosa Fresh; Debian- Mint 18- Salix- Slackel if they worked
Originally Posted by Ztcoracat
I like Slackware because it has it's own package management system and it's rock solid.
It doesn't have systemd, it runs great and it's a great teacher.
Yea, but the package management can't be as good as apt-get. I'm interested in it because it's one the the oldest ones or original ones left?
I tried Debian but I misread on mint sites that the commands where the same. I couldn't get it to work so I gave up. I'm looking for a distro that's the best at not getting dependency's screwed up or corrupted.
I know this is a bad thing to say on a linux forum, but I wish half or 3/4 of the people wold work to make a distro better, not make their own that comes out twice a day. Way to many. New ones are out 2-3 times a day on distrowatch. People argue, but I think it hurts linux way more then even advocates say so.