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Old 10-20-2008, 11:17 PM   #1
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Choosing inbetween Ubuntu distros


Hi everybody

I'm not a complete Linux newbie, having used Mandrake some four years ago (abandoned after a while due to sheer frustration) and having just finished configuring an EeePC with Xandros Linux. My experience is, however, very limited.

I've now decided to remove once and for all Windows from my main computer. Since I'm in no way a Linux expert, I'm looking for the distribution that's easiest to use but that doesn't feel like Fisher Price My First Linux.

I've already chosen Ubuntu as base, but I don't know if I should go for straight Ubuntu, Kubuntu or Xubuntu.

From what I've read aroung I have the following ideas:
Ubuntu seems pretty easy but uses Gnome, with which I have no experience whatsoever

Kubuntu seems easier and has KDE, which I have a bit of experience in as it's what I had when I was trying out Mandrake. However, it also seems to have a soft no-sharp-corners interface, which is bad.

Xubuntu seems lighter and more efficient. I have a thing about efficiency, so I kinda like this, but I have no experience with Xfce. I'm also not sure about whether it'd be compatible with applications that are meant to run under KDE or Gnome.

I'd appreciate any advice that could help me choose.
Thanks
 
Old 10-20-2008, 11:26 PM   #2
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Oh come on. Go the full hog and use Debian.
 
Old 10-20-2008, 11:33 PM   #3
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Nope, sorry - don't want to repeat bad experiences of the past. I'll start easy, then upgrade if I feel like I need something more serious.
 
Old 10-20-2008, 11:54 PM   #4
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Nope, sorry - don't want to repeat bad experiences of the past. I'll start easy, then upgrade if I feel like I need something more serious.
Well, essentially Linux is Linux. Any user interface can be put on any of them, which is mostly what it takes to turn Debian into Ubuntu, or Kubuntu, or Xubuntu. Sure, they have other stuff, but that's all just window dressing. IOW, if you decide you don't like Ubuntu, but you do like the aptitude package manager, then just change Ubuntu into what you like. But Debian will run any program the others will and vice-versa.
 
Old 10-21-2008, 12:02 AM   #5
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I've already chosen Ubuntu as base, but I don't know if I should go for straight Ubuntu, Kubuntu or Xubuntu.
Simply download the live/install CDs for each and take them for a spin.
 
Old 10-21-2008, 12:04 AM   #6
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You'd be a pretty good candidate to try the liveCDs for a while to see which you prefer.
 
Old 10-21-2008, 12:06 AM   #7
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Kubuntu seems easier and has KDE, which I have a bit of experience in as it's what I had when I was trying out Mandrake. However, it also seems to have a soft no-sharp-corners interface, which is bad.
What do you mean by a "no-sharp-corners" interface?

Functionality-wise, obviously the same packages are available for Kubuntu as Ubuntu, but Ubuntu seems to like a bit more cutting-edge stuff (it uses PulseAudio as the sound system by default I believe, and AppArmor). Kubuntu, however, has reasonable support for KDE4 these days, which is a very aesthetic option. Personally, I hate Gnome, so I'm sticking with Kubuntu in the future, but you never know till you've tried it .
 
Old 10-21-2008, 12:39 AM   #8
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I'm not a big ubuntu fan, but last time I checked you can switch from one version to another by installing a meta-package... like if you had ubuntu and wanted xubuntu, you'd just do an "apt-get install xubuntu-desktop".
 
Old 10-21-2008, 03:41 AM   #9
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I'm not a big ubuntu fan, but last time I checked you can switch from one version to another by installing a meta-package... like if you had ubuntu and wanted xubuntu, you'd just do an "apt-get install xubuntu-desktop".
Me, too answer:

Indeed you can, and my normal way of dealing with a *buntu is to install the one I've for which I've got the disk and add on the other UIs (some third party DVDs come with more than one UI). And I'm not the biggest *buntu fan either and I don't like the 'my first computer' interface that you can get with the rounded corners on windows, but you shouldn't base the UI choice on just that; with most of the GUIs its just a tweak away to get lovely square corner perfection!
 
Old 10-21-2008, 04:25 AM   #10
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As some of you said. GNU/Linux is tha same no matter what distro you use. They all user the same kernel that is the Linux kernel and they all are under the GPL license witch is great. My choice would be:

Get debian (the APT package manager is irreplaceable) and customize it for your needs. You might just install a CLI version of debian and install the X server, dekstop managers etc... I will take a while and it might be pain in the ass but you will learn new things about Linux.
 
  


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