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Old 01-11-2018, 08:34 AM   #1
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Anyone use CentOS as desktop distribution?


Anyone here uses CentOS distribution for personal desktop? Is it alright? Many people said that its not good as personal desktop but I think it can handle everyday task so why is it not good? Please share your insight. Thanks!
 
Old 01-11-2018, 09:15 AM   #2
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Anyone here uses CentOS distribution for personal desktop? Is it alright? Many people said that its not good as personal desktop but I think it can handle everyday task so why is it not good? Please share your insight. Thanks!
Yes, as I said here, I use it as a desktop distro for the stability it offers.

Just remember though that you need to add other software repositories, if you want things like VLC media player, etc. If you read it's website, it says something similar to "an enterprise class system". As in: You won't get the very latest versions of different things. You can install the latest version of the Linux kernel for one example on it though, see this if you want to do that.

While at least some here will tell you that it's better as a server system (which I don't necessarily disagree with), it can also be used as a desktop system - and at least some businesses would use it as both a server and desktop system.

You should also remember that there is not a GUI way of doing everything (or close to it), like there is in other distro's.

Hope this gives you at least some insight.
 
Old 01-11-2018, 09:16 AM   #3
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depending on what you do, it is good, very good, very stable, just works, and this for long time
but you need at least nux and epel repos enabled to be happy IMHO

if you remember MLED, MicroLinux, the once on Slackware based desktop and server dist, this is now based on CentOS / RHEL

https://www.linuxquestions.org/quest...ed-4175615206/
 
Old 01-11-2018, 11:31 AM   #4
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CentOS is my main system, used every day. Obviously it's a small distro, like Slackware, but there are plenty of repositories that fill the gaps without having to compile things:
http://wiki.centos.org/AdditionalResources/Repositories
The advice on setting priorities is vital, so than nothing in the base gets overwritten.

Another tip is to always install the Gnome version. If you want a different desktop, add it and switch. The configuration tools are written for the Gnome version: they rely on Gnome's yelp to display help, and a few are not even usable without Gnome.
 
Old 01-11-2018, 06:41 PM   #5
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Yes, as I said here, I use it as a desktop distro for the stability it offers.

Just remember though that you need to add other software repositories, if you want things like VLC media player, etc. If you read it's website, it says something similar to "an enterprise class system". As in: You won't get the very latest versions of different things. You can install the latest version of the Linux kernel for one example on it though, see this if you want to do that.

While at least some here will tell you that it's better as a server system (which I don't necessarily disagree with), it can also be used as a desktop system - and at least some businesses would use it as both a server and desktop system.

You should also remember that there is not a GUI way of doing everything (or close to it), like there is in other distro's.

Hope this gives you at least some insight.
That's what I have in mind. CentOS rocks as desktop too because I dont even use my DE, I only use it when watching downloaded videos,thunderbird, firefox and teamviewer thats all I need in DE and the rest is terminal based I think I will get back to CentOS now. Btw you running CentOS 7?
 
Old 01-12-2018, 12:14 AM   #6
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That's what I have in mind. CentOS rocks as desktop too because I dont even use my DE, I only use it when watching downloaded videos,thunderbird, firefox and teamviewer thats all I need in DE and the rest is terminal based I think I will get back to CentOS now. Btw you running CentOS 7?
Glad I was thinking right for you.

Yes, I am running CentOS 7, to be more precise, CentOS 7.3 - I'm still to upgrade to 7.4 - hope to do that within the next week or so.

(I'm posting from Windows 7 at the moment, because I'm not at home right now and it's someone else's machine I'm using)
 
Old 01-12-2018, 02:06 AM   #7
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Glad I was thinking right for you.

Yes, I am running CentOS 7, to be more precise, CentOS 7.3 - I'm still to upgrade to 7.4 - hope to do that within the next week or so.

(I'm posting from Windows 7 at the moment, because I'm not at home right now and it's someone else's machine I'm using)
Nice to hear that. Thanks man you encouraged me to return home.
 
Old 01-16-2018, 12:02 AM   #8
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Anyone here uses CentOS distribution for personal desktop? Is it alright?
I am using it right now as my main desktop with KDE Plasma 4. I like the long release cycles and the ability to use older desktop versions, KDE 4 instead of 5. I used Fedora exclusively before.

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Many people said that its not good as personal desktop but I think it can handle everyday task so why is it not good?
Many people unfortunately think of RHEL/Centos as a "server" OS. However many businesses use it on the desktop and expensive commercial graphics software (Autodesk Maya) runs on RHEL/Centos.

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You won't get the very latest versions of different things.
This can be a good thing. The latest version of KDE is often bug-filled. Older versions are more stable.

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Old 01-17-2018, 12:21 AM   #9
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I am using it right now as my main desktop with KDE Plasma 4. I like the long release cycles and the ability to use older desktop versions, KDE 4 instead of 5. I used Fedora exclusively before.



Many people unfortunately think of RHEL/Centos as a "server" OS. However many businesses use it on the desktop and expensive commercial graphics software (Autodesk Maya) runs on RHEL/Centos.



This can be a good thing. The latest version of KDE is often bug-filled. Older versions are more stable.

This is a great help. Yes you're right buddy. I'm loving the stableness of this distro.
 
Old 05-16-2018, 01:57 PM   #10
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I'm using CentOS 7 (7.5.1804) now as my daily driver on all my systems: two desktops and four laptops. It runs like a charm. I have EPEL, nux and SCL enabled. I use if for Python/Django development and it is just great.
 
Old 05-16-2018, 02:21 PM   #11
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I'm trying it out. So far so good.

It's a little bit fiddly, because not everything is in an official repository like I'm used to with Debian systems. The CentOS wiki is also pretty good; it would have saved me time to read a little of it before I wasted time web searching hopeless forum answers (elsewhere).

I also figured out how to recompile freetype, because I'm a snob. I did that before figuring out that I also wanted to add Nux's repo, which has that RPM already. Oops!
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Old 05-16-2018, 02:32 PM   #12
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I use CentOS 7.4 on a desktop because my (headless) production web server is CentOS, so I don't need to learn a different way of doing things. Works fine for me, tho I'm still learning some of the GUI bits.
 
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CentOS 7 Desktop

I use CentOS 7 (gnome) everyday in a company environment that is primarily Microsoft. CentOS 7 integrates easily with AD using realmd & sssd, I can also easily access windows resources via xrdp
 
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