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Old 02-17-2004, 12:55 AM   #1
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Which distro am I missing?

I am looking for a desktop linux to make the final switch from windows. I am not especially new to linux nor do I fear the CLI. I would like an os that is keyed towards general Home/Office use. Any software development tools would be a plus.

I have tried fedora 1, redhat 9, mandrake 9.2, suse 9

I plan on trying college linux and debian as well.

I want to try all the main players before I pick one to stick with. My question is... am I missing any good linux desktop distros?

On another note, I really like Gnome. Far more than KDE. The only distro that seems to default to Gnome is Redhat/Fedora. The rest seem to add it as a side note. Are there any other major Gnome desktop linuxes out there?

Old 02-17-2004, 04:03 AM   #2
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None of them "default to" KDE or Gnome, you simply select which desktop manager you want at the time of install. If you like Gnome, select Gnome, you dont even have to install KDE.

BTW, you missed slackware, which is popular with many.
Old 02-17-2004, 04:05 AM   #3
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Yup U MISSED SLACKWARE, the best distro i have ever used.
Old 02-17-2004, 04:13 AM   #4
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Xandros has got some good reviews as a desktop
Old 02-18-2004, 05:37 PM   #5
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Try MEPIS. I tried the ones you specified and at last I made the switch from windows to MEPIS. It has debian backbone, so you can count on it. And I also love it's installation feature. You need to boot from the CD, it will auto detect everything on your PC (or try to) then you just log in as root/root and click the install icon on the desktop which will guide you through. Just one little glitch, if you can, try using QTParted during installaion, instead of the "auto" partitioning. With some computers, the autopartitioning doesn't work good enough.


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