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Old 07-09-2009, 09:37 AM   #1
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Question Slick distro to recommend to friends?


Hello

I've tried a number of distros (Ubuntu, gOS, Slax, PCBSD, etc.) but still haven't found one that looks as slick as eg. MacOS and that I could recommend to the poor souls who got their XP/Vista hosed by a virus. The fonts always look shitty, the look 'n feel isn't great (Ubuntu's brown...), etc.

Ideally, it should be available as live CD so that they can get started without touching their hard-disk, and only install it later if they wish.

Is there a Linux/BSD distro out there that is really nice to use and look at?

Thank you.
 
Old 07-09-2009, 09:44 AM   #2
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What's up dog!
Well, tricking out tinycore 2.1 is kinda easy, just editing config files

Here's my latest, greatest, with Opera, flash10, cranking OSS stereo, xmms,
MTPaint(I had Gimp2 at first, easy to add), GTK2+, XFE file manager and it comes to about 70mb with all that
and OSS cranks the Metallica on aol radio or xmms!
( http://multidistro.com/tinycore-shots/tc-scrnshots.html )

Best things about tinycore is it's nomadic frugal, goes anywhere, usb, cd, hd
no installer, you just plant it there

I am working on my new iso/usb now with
browserpuppy49
tinycore2.1 dragons
pmagic live
clamav livecd/usb
plop bootmanager
it all goes on usb, cd, etc easy

anyway, if you want tinycore 70mb cd/usb download I'll upload it for ya
any apps you don't want, you just delete from tce folder.
any apps you want just add from apps browser.

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Old 07-09-2009, 09:46 AM   #3
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There are **many** distros that meet your criteria----more to the point, any distro can be customized to look as slick as you want.

Have you looked at Mint?
 
Old 07-10-2009, 04:38 AM   #4
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Thanks for the tips on Mint. It does look like nice. I was also recommended Mepis and MoonOS.

Part of the problem, is that, unlike MacOS, Linux apps aren't based on a single, coherent UI architecture.

BTW, why do Linux distros always have fuzzy fonts compared to Windows? Is this due to this "anti-aliasing" feature I hear about?

Thank you.
 
Old 07-10-2009, 05:02 AM   #5
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Part of the problem, is that, unlike MacOS, Linux apps aren't based on a single, coherent UI architecture.
Mac isn't either, it is just really good at faking it.
 
Old 07-10-2009, 05:04 AM   #6
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Have a look at opensuse. I find it looks pretty tight (but better with gnome IMHO)
 
Old 07-10-2009, 06:08 AM   #7
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BTW, why do Linux distros always have fuzzy fonts compared to Windows? Is this due to this "anti-aliasing" feature I hear about?
I don't notice fonts being any 'fuzzier', but sub-pixel rendering might have something. Also, Windows forces fonts to whole pixels, whereas OS X (and maybe Linux) renders to the exact shape of the character... even if that means making it 'fuzzy'.

Good read on this subject
 
Old 07-10-2009, 06:27 AM   #8
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Mac isn't either, it is just really good at faking it.
I'm at a loss as to understand what you mean here. Can you support this in any way or is ot just a kneejerk anti-Apple comment?

I ask because I think the OS X interface is excellently designed, far better than anything Linux has to offer... and I am exclusively a Linux user.
 
Old 07-10-2009, 03:55 PM   #9
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I don't notice fonts being any 'fuzzier', but sub-pixel rendering might have something. Also, Windows forces fonts to whole pixels, whereas OS X (and maybe Linux) renders to the exact shape of the character... even if that means making it 'fuzzy'.
Here's what I mean:

http://www.linuxmint.com/img/screens...a/small/16.png

On Windows, the letters are sharp. They don't have this fuzz around letters that I've seen in all the Linux distros I've tried. Is it because of the way X works maybe?
 
Old 07-12-2009, 08:45 PM   #10
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I'm at a loss as to understand what you mean here. Can you support this in any way or is ot just a kneejerk anti-Apple comment?

I ask because I think the OS X interface is excellently designed, far better than anything Linux has to offer... and I am exclusively a Linux user.
I assume he meant that Mac has one toolkit, unlike Linux with GTK, QT, FLTK, etc. They don't, they are just really good at making them all appear the same.
 
Old 07-12-2009, 09:15 PM   #11
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Speaking for Ubuntu, I have to say that your fonts will look much sharper once a proprietary graphics driver has been installed. It has been a while since I last used ATI but with nvidia cards, it does make quite a difference. Fat and fuzzy before, after lean and sharp.
 
Old 07-12-2009, 09:21 PM   #12
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I'm using Ultimate Edition 2.2, which is Ubuntu-9.04
it "auto-installed" my Nvidia drivers after install.

Everything looked much better afterwards.
 
  


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