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Old 11-15-2013, 05:41 PM   #1
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Most stable desktop environment on Debian


I've recently shifted to Linux, for use on laptop. Now after loosing my data a few times due to hibernation problem and system freezes, I want to shift from Mint 15 Cinnamon. I see that people recommend Debian for stability in desktop usage.

Please tell which desktop environment will be most stable on Debian?
( Core i3 Ivy Bridge 2.5Ghz, 6GB RAM )
I don't like GNOME and its derivatives because of GNOME's foot logo.

You can also recommend some customization for stability like "install this DE but change the file-manager". I've read some people recommending window managers over desktop environemnts; should I use a window manager instead? If yes, then which? After bug-freeness, my next criteria is time saving, so something which is ready to use. I've read some articles and Enlightment 17 seems more ready to use but I don't know about its stability.
 
Old 11-15-2013, 05:49 PM   #2
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IMHO, the fact whether you like a project's logo or not should probably be the least of your worries - besides it's linux, you can always customise it not to see the logo.

Yes, Debian is a good and stable distro. My favourite one is Slackware

When it comes to complete desktop environments there's also KDE and Xfce. When it comes to lighter options, ie. window managers many people like fluxbox or if you really want to speed up your workflow, one of the tiling window managers, for example i3wm.
 
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Old 11-15-2013, 06:21 PM   #3
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I use Fluxbox. It gives me all the functionality I need, plus some functions that you don't find everywhere, such as tabbed application windows.
 
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Old 11-15-2013, 06:40 PM   #4
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Now after loosing my data a few times due to hibernation problem and system freezes, I want to shift from Mint 15 Cinnamon. I see that people recommend Debian for stability in desktop usage.
Debian has a reputation for being stable, and rightfully so. However the problems you are experiencing won't necessarily go away by installing Debian. It totally depends on their individual causes. Maybe your freezes are caused by missing or bad drivers for your hardware. This *may* be something that could be addressed by using a more recent kernel. (I think Mint 15 uses kernel 3.8) If you install Debian you won't get the most recent kernel (stable is at 3.2), you will just get a Distro with very well-tested software packages. Which may not help in your case.

What I am trying to say: Before blindly installing another distro to fix something, first make sure that you understand what needs to be fixed, and how. Track down the problem by investigating log files etc...
 
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Old 11-15-2013, 06:43 PM   #5
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I've read some people recommending window managers over desktop environemnts; should I use a window manager instead? If yes, then which? After bug-freeness, my next criteria is time saving, so something which is ready to use. I've read some articles and Enlightment 17 seems more ready to use but I don't know about its stability.
Oh and while I also prefer using a window manager (I use fluxbox, too) I don't think this is going to give you more stability. If you want ready-to-use stay with the common desktops - Gnome or KDE for most features; XFCE or LXDE for a more lightweight desktop.
 
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Old 11-15-2013, 06:55 PM   #6
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Most stable desktop environment on Debian

I agree with joe 2000. Freezing can be hardware related as well. Running a few passes of memtest 86+ and running hard drive diagnostics wouldn't hurt.
 
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Old 11-15-2013, 07:15 PM   #7
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I have been using Debian for several years. The Debian stable release is very solid. It is the most stable operating system I have seen in my 45 years of experience with operating systems from various manufacturers. The one flaw with Debian stable is that it is not a rolling release. Every two or three years you have to upgrade to the next version of Debian stable. This upgrade usually goes smoothly but some people sometimes experience problems because they have configured Debian in an unusual manner or added non-Debian software to their system. I configure Debian so much to my taste that when I upgrade it takes a long time for me to configure Debian my way.

You can use Debian testing as a rolling release and get around the upgrade issue. In my experience Debian testing is more stable that many distributions stable release. But Debian testing does occasionally have problems.

"Please tell which desktop environment will be most stable on Debian?"

Historically all of the desktops have gone through periods where they were too ambitious in adding functions to a new release and released very buggy software. You won't see these problems in Debian stable because Debian stays with the old version of the desktop until the desktop developers get their act together again. So pick your Debian desktop based on whatever criteria you want but you don't have to consider stability in your choice. For what it is worth, I use KDE.

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Old 11-16-2013, 11:41 PM   #8
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Debian is stable, KDE is not. I use KDE, I like KDE, always problems with updates, maybe try LXDE etc..

see http://www.techradar.com/news/softwa...anagers-909223
 
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Old 03-01-2014, 10:23 AM   #9
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Standby and Hibernation as far as I have read into them are NOT recommended for home users and most certainly not for business. In windows for example when I used to use hibernation heavily I would get a system crash(bsod) 1/5 times. My experience in linux is very limited compared to my experience in windows. Standby and hibernation are very similar in function on both platforms. For your safest bet, use a proper power cycle between system uses.
 
  


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