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Old 05-16-2017, 12:56 PM   #1
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Debian, Mepis, or what to replace Ubuntu.


I've had it with Ubuntu, and want to switch to another distro but thought it better to ask here than pick something basically at random.

I saw the 2 programs above that seemed to be OK in their reviews and was wondering what you guys thought.

As a side note here, I put in another question on Slackware forum because regardless of what I pick for a primary program here I intend to load that alongside Slackware on the same hard drive. I don't have enough terminal knowledge to set up Slackware at this point though. Very little terminal experience in fact.

Please explain your choice of the 2 above programs are something else I should look at. All except Ubuntu, that is not an option I wish to use anymore.
 
Old 05-16-2017, 01:43 PM   #2
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Nothing wrong with trying out MX/Mepis Linux. The forum is a friendly and knowledgeable bunch. Long time user base also.

I run MX Linux on a couple of Desktops along side of my AntiX installs. But I am biased being a mod on their forum and part time team member.

Up to you though.
 
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Old 05-17-2017, 11:04 AM   #3
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The question is, why do you want to quit Ubuntu? That will obviously determine the choice of a replacement.

A reviewer once said that Debian is more a tool-kit for building a distro than one that's ready to use, and I've always felt that. There always seemed to be so much to set-up and a lot of configuration needs really obscure commands. MX, the successor to Mepis, is a little nicer — I preferred the installer — but when I last tried them both needed a lot of work to persuade them to use my usb speakers, for example.

The conspicuous difference is that Debian defaults to Gnome, MX to Xfce. If your reason for leaving Ubuntu is Unity, then you probably would prefer Xfce to Gnome.

If you are interested in Slackware, you ought to consider Salix. That is 100% compatible with Slack, but adds (1) some user-friendly configuration tools and (2) a repository of about 600 extra programs, to save the time Slackers spend using Slackbuilds, etc, for all the stuff Slack lacks.

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Old 05-17-2017, 01:11 PM   #4
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Personally, I've not found anything which a Debian derivative gives me which I cannot get in Debian.
 
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Old 05-17-2017, 01:55 PM   #5
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Suggest you give AntiX a try, great distro based on systemd free Debian. - http://antix.mepis.org/index.php?title=Main_Page
 
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Old 05-19-2017, 07:57 AM   #6
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If you've absolutely decided to try Slackware I'd suggest to stay at your currently setup Ubuntu until your Slackware is completely setup. After that you can switch to Slackware and try something new again.
 
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Old 05-19-2017, 08:53 AM   #7
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I try a lot of different distros, and I've never found one that didn't have sufficient deficiencies to cause me to stop looking.
And that includes Slack.

Perhaps you might read this - a different take on the issue.
 
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Old 05-19-2017, 10:48 AM   #8
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I try a lot of different distros, and I've never found one that didn't have sufficient deficiencies to cause me to stop looking.
If you enjoy the hunt, then why not? But for most people, it's easier to take the best match and make it fit their needs. Too often on this site we see people who run into a problem and, instead of looking for a solution, change distros; then they run into another problem, etc, etc.
 
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Old 05-19-2017, 11:18 AM   #9
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Ah yes, the old "I'm leaving Ubuntu!" story. Many of us, including myself, have "been there; done that."

Have you tried Linux Mint? It is the easiest distro for users transitioning from Ubuntu, in my experience. Debian is also an excellent choice.
 
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Old 05-19-2017, 03:09 PM   #10
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Since Ubuntu is a Debian fork, as is Mepis, you probably don't want either of those. Then you probably want opensuse or fedora, since that's about all that's left other than Debian and its forks, because you already have slax.

Comparing Debian to Ubuntu is like comparing General Motors to Chevrolet!

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Old 05-19-2017, 05:19 PM   #11
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Since Ubuntu is a Debian fork, as is Mepis, you probably don't want either of those. Then you probably want opensuse or fedora, since that's about all that's left other than Debian and its forks, because you already have slax.

Comparing Debian to Ubuntu is like comparing General Motors to Chevrolet!
Although I can see how you may have overlooked Gentoo, Puppy, Mageia etc., how could you forget Arch's derivative Manjaro?

Definitely worth a go by the OP.
 
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