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Old 03-31-2009, 07:08 PM   #1
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Arch vs Debian vs ??? (for a desktop computer)


I'm looking to move away from my current Ubuntu install. It's been creating huge memory usages and hasn't been as stable as I want. I use both Arch and Debian but not as my main desktop OS. I use them both on CLI computers and Debian with a windows managers on a laptop. They both offer XFCE4 and LXDE which are the current desktop environments I've been looking into.

What is your experience with Arch and Debian on desktop systems?

I don't mind using a different distro other than Arch or Debian as long as it has a good sized binary repo or 3rd party repos(but they have to be up to date, not break the system etc). I also don't want a lot of bloat, although most likely I'll be installing the base system and then adding a desktop environment.

The same with desktop environments, but they have to support dual head with different backgrounds(Gnome peeves me with this), and be customizable with stuff like panel transparency(one thing I'm picky about), and be light weight. Having an GUI for changing the color of GTK (or whatever theme engine) would be nice too but I'm not too picky.

Thanks in advance.
 
Old 03-31-2009, 07:15 PM   #2
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I use Debian daily as my main desktop machine at home. I stick with "stable" since my wife doesn't like it when I break things... =) Works well, the kids can get around it too. It's stable, never crashes, and I've even been fiddling with Compiz running with KDE and it's worked flawlessly. I use Debian Multimedia for MythTV and a few other things. But mostly it's the stock Debian repos.

I also like doing base installs and only installing what I want. As you know, Debian is great at this type of install.
 
Old 03-31-2009, 07:46 PM   #3
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I use Debian daily as my main desktop machine at home. I stick with "stable" since my wife doesn't like it when I break things... =) Works well, the kids can get around it too. It's stable, never crashes, and I've even been fiddling with Compiz running with KDE and it's worked flawlessly. I use Debian Multimedia for MythTV and a few other things. But mostly it's the stock Debian repos.

I also like doing base installs and only installing what I want. As you know, Debian is great at this type of install.
I used Lenny on my laptop when it was in the testing stage, and it never hiccuped. Although, I never left my laptop on for over a day. I think that testing is a good compromise but I don't have too much experience with it on desktops.

Yeah, I've only ever used Compiz with Gnome but it does what it does wonderfully. If you enjoy the flashier stuff it's great. Are you using KDE 3.5 or 4.X with it? I know when I tried out 4.0, it didn't really work compiz then. Compiz not working could have been the distro I was using though.

Yup, you can get what you want and nothing you don't. And with Debian it does some of the simple configuring for you. It makes it easier to start from scratch and build a complete working system rather easily and quickly.
 
Old 04-01-2009, 10:32 AM   #4
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I'm using KDE 3.5 since that's what is in Lenny. If it was just me, I'd probably run Sid because I like to fiddle. Debian is so boring because nothing ever breaks. But with the wife, it's got to be stable.

Since it runs the MythTV backend for recording TV shows, the box is always on (though I could set it up to sleep/wake for scheduled shows). I think the box had an uptime of more than a year until I rebooted it for the Lenny kernel upgrade.
 
Old 04-01-2009, 10:46 AM   #5
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Arch is a bit of a unique "niche" distro. I have used it as my default for long periods (months), but I sometimes run into annoyances that cause me to try something else. The installation is very easy and fast, and the package manager is easy to learn and use.

The downsides:
You have to install and configure just about everything manually.
It is a rolling release and always has the latest version of things---thus it may not always be 100% stable.

Benefits:
Simple and streamlined
It is a rolling release and always has the latest version of things.
 
Old 04-01-2009, 11:00 AM   #6
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I think Arch is not suitable for me, since it needs broadband connection to install packages.

At first I download anything I need from internet cafe and copy them to Arch by either flashdrive or cd, but now I am tired. However, I still keep my Arch and hope someday I got broadband internet.

And Debian works great for me. By the way, i used Sabayon most.

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