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Old 10-06-2009, 03:35 PM   #1
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Picking a Desktop System


Hi I am looking for opinions on the best Linux Desktop system. So far I have tried CentOS, Ubuntu, and slackware. What is the best Desktop system you would recomend?
 
Old 10-06-2009, 03:48 PM   #2
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Hard to tell, there's no such thing as a "best" Desktop system. Virtually any mainstream distribution is good for the desktop, some just have certain advantages over others. What are you looking for exactly in a desktop system? Are you looking for ease of maintenance and a comfy package management? Ubuntu is for you. Do you want rock-solid stability and security? Slackware or Debian is the way to go. Do you want superior customizability? Gentoo is your choice.

My advice is: Try as much as you can (and your time will allow), pick one, learn it well and make it to your own personal "best" system. Good luck!

-A
 
Old 10-06-2009, 03:50 PM   #3
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What is the best Desktop system you would recomend?
There is only one way to find that out .
Download a couple of Live CDs and try it out.
No one can tell what is the best for you
 
Old 10-06-2009, 03:51 PM   #4
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What's the "best car", lawnmower, house, boat, bicycle ... .. .
It's a personal choice.
It depends on your needs, preferences and habits, but not in the case of linux, $

Keep testing until you find something you can happily live with. (Maybe divorce in a year or two, it's only an OS).

This needs to go to General.
 
Old 10-06-2009, 04:06 PM   #5
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That is why I was asking for an Opinion of what people use. I have been using linux as a web server etc now that I am trying to use it as a desktop it is totaly diffent and taking some getting used to. I installed slackware last night. The install was differnt I must say. Spoild by Ubuntu and Centos Installs. I seem to like the KDE Desktop better to. But yes I want something stable. The dist I want to learn is one that teaches me more about Linux. For example. If I learn Ubuntu then it Ubuntu I learn about with slackware you are learning more on linux. But yes I want a stable system.

But thanks for all the replies. I think I might just learn Slackware. Atleast it has a since of humor and telling me jokes about a car wreck etc when I log in. I got a kick out of that.
 
Old 10-06-2009, 04:11 PM   #6
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That is why I was asking for an Opinion of what people use. I have been using linux as a web server etc now that I am trying to use it as a desktop it is totaly diffent and taking some getting used to. I installed slackware last night. The install was differnt I must say. Spoild by Ubuntu and Centos Installs. I seem to like the KDE Desktop better to. But yes I want something stable. The dist I want to learn is one that teaches me more about Linux. For example. If I learn Ubuntu then it Ubuntu I learn about with slackware you are learning more on linux. But yes I want a stable system.

But thanks for all the replies. I think I might just learn Slackware. Atleast it has a since of humor and telling me jokes about a car wreck etc when I log in. I got a kick out of that.
Stable system, one that teaches you linux.. Yep. Slackware is great Have fun!

-A
 
Old 10-06-2009, 04:12 PM   #7
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I suppose I will have fun =)
 
Old 10-06-2009, 04:29 PM   #8
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Hi jmc1987,

at the moment I'm sitting in front of my new installed Gentoo. I am running it as a desktop-system with KDE and Open-Office. I've started with Gentoo about four weeks ago, after 15 years with Slackware. Both distributions are very good for a desktop-system. Gentoo is more difficult to install than Slackware but also Gentoo is an excellently documented distribution.

Markus

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Old 10-06-2009, 04:33 PM   #9
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Slackware is a good development platform right. I was actually going to try and build my own linux dist just for experience. So I can Learn more of the heart of linux.
 
Old 10-06-2009, 04:39 PM   #10
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While reading this thread I was wondering, Is there a Live CD for slackware?
 
Old 10-06-2009, 04:43 PM   #11
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While reading this thread I was wondering, Is there a Live CD for slackware?
no, there is none.
There is slax, a small distribution which can boot from CD or USB, but is not meant to be installed. slax is based on Slackware.
Also there is a live-CD of Bluewhite64, which is a 64bit Slackware-based distribution.

Markus
 
Old 10-06-2009, 04:48 PM   #12
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closest thing to livecd for slackware is slax-6.1.2, goblinX, wolvix and moolux
moolux is slax on steroids!

and, moolux, goblinX, and wolvix have hd installers and usb installers too
 
Old 10-06-2009, 04:54 PM   #13
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What about this: http://www.icewalkers.com/Linux/Soft...e-Live-CD.html
the website: http://www.slackware-live.org/ ( Down )
 
  


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