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Distribution: Fedora14,Scientific 6.1?, Mandriva 2010 ;GO MAGEIA!!!Next up Gentoo
Here's my opinion
Mandriva ; if you get a decent release is easy, logical and is everything you wanted XP pro to be but fell short of. Menu organization is the best along with Draketools and (Configure Computer Suite) makes it the best Linux for Linux Distro for a beginner to a moderate user. If they are in business still you can get plenty of packages for it that load easy and fast. I don't use Mandriva now because the previous sentence is no longer true. If any OS was to challenge MS for a Linux for Linux distro it would be Mandriva .I had Mandriva 08 on for two years and I don't have much negative to say about it except I had to reinstall it because hot plugging stopped working and packages would no longer be complete at this time. I probably would not have the interest in Linux as I do without Mandriva 08, a great beginners O.S.
Fedora 13 : Not as easy for a beginner but the best alternative to Mandriva when I could not get One single media player to work on Mandriva 10. The things I learned on Mandriva 08 was enough to transition to Fedora. Right from the start Fedora needed a lot of updates for Yum to work right but is acceptable now. The GUI is not nearly as intentional as Mandriva but I does work a little better overall. Mandriva did have latency problems with graphics which at times was a big pain.Fedora is a distro for a moderate user that wants to learn but still desires automated features like a proprietary O.S .
Open Suse 13.3 or whatever. Seemed to work very well but I could not tolerate the GUI. The menus are just big files and I could not figure out how to install an upper taskbar on the desktop which I must have and is part of what makes Linux , Linux. All kinds of different things are in the folders that are an excuse for a menu. I understand KDE as compared to Gnome but Suse's Gnome GUI is bloated like hell. It' like going to a convenience store in a Winnebago. The aspect it adds for the trip is mostly a burden. The big footprint Suse leaves is not worth it to me but seemed like a well thought out concept that I personally did not believe had an advantage.
Ubuntu 7.10 : Ubuntu makes a great product that helps the Linux community overall as does RedHat. If you have a GUI question , chances are that it will be found on a Ubuntu forum. Ubuntu users tend to be users in that they are not interested in development as much in my opinion. This makes finding user type questions practical to solve because they have the most experience it this area. Ubuntu will update for a LONG time. I had 7.10 as a live disk and it was asking if I wanted to update it as of last month. I think Ubuntu goes too far in trying to be the Ultimate O.S as compared to Windows which gives a closed in feeling of overall dependency on it. Mandriva is just helpful in this comparison and Fedora is there for you to use with some interaction to aide the user. Ubuntu has more of a brand feel but you won't hear me say anything else that I find disagreeable. This is why I consider RedHat derivatives ,Mandrake/Mandriva and or forks as a (Linux for Linux) O.S. Mageia should be released in the spring and there is also PCLinuxOS.
Last edited by theKbStockpiler; 12-17-2010 at 03:56 PM.