@jv2112: thanks for your input about Manjaro
@TForsman: thank you too for pointing out about Foresight Linux. Oh, and welcome to LQ (as I see it's your first post
I'll have a busy weekend installing all those distros
. Thanks guys. Really appreciate your posts.
I have tested Manjaro and Foresight Linux in VirtualBox
My conclusion so far:
1. Manjaro LXDE edition
- rolling distro (based on arch) that means never install it again. The only concern is if developers will push some packages that damage the system.
- user graphical interface for pacman. Using it to update the system and install XFCE.
- good localization.
- for anyone reading this post: iso is a live cd that has an icon that will install the system the same as is/was in ubuntu. installer is text mode. this is not a problem as I will install the system but a beginner on its own maybe will need some help or read some docs. anyway installation is easy, stright forwarding.
- clean and fast
2. Foresight Linux XFCE edition
- rolling distro based on rPath
- booting the cd presented me with a graphical install that reminded me of old Red Hat
- easy stright forwarding installation. for a first time begginer maybe he/she need to read some docs before attempting this.
- after install I was amazed to see that even the "dmesg" output from the begining is localized.
- old version of packets after install.
- conary is the install tool but used only from shell. after installation of 119 pachets everything was ok.
- clean and fast
Conclusion after experimenting with those 2 distro:
If I am to choose one that will be Manjaro because of the graphical update tool. My father as I explained is a beginner: if he will want to update the distro it will be very hard for him from a command line that he doesn't understand.
I still need to run Pinguy OS and Mint. Pinguy OS website was down yesterday and coudn't take the iso images. Mint I'm leaving it last.