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Old 12-21-2019, 09:21 AM   #1
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the other disto along slackware, recomendations? wine to play , tex to tex


I know, I know, why I am asking? simple I can't make choice myself. Got laptop with rhel 8 - but inevitably I will end with Slackware (sigh). I am just Slackware-doomed. But for short time before that day will come I want to have some fun - just install and play, working wine is absolutely necessary beyond that as usual. And some tex to tex also. I had look at MX, Manjaro, Ubuntu, Mint - but can't make decision. My needs? simple in sense how to use, stable - evident, no mass updates every week, save me no! Distribution when one is tired all of hard work at computer - and is starting to hate computers. And please spare me jumping. I dont to test twenty distributions to find this one. I am asking if someone here is running such distro for leisure time. Salix is something I am thinking of - but salix itself is just too old. Salix on -current would be great - but there is no such thing - as I know of course. Laptop is Lenovo ThinkPad 450 I think (i3 processor, intel graphic card, broadcom wireless, I got it yesterday - great surprise - but rhel 8 is headache).
 
Old 12-21-2019, 10:02 AM   #2
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I know what you mean about RHEL 8. I tested that on a laptop (it was actually CentOS 8) and found the desktop very heavy on system resources. MX Linux is a good distro; I've tried it out.
I run Slackware on most of my units. However, on one older Thinkpad that has sound card issues I'm running Debian 10.2 with KDE-plasma and it is responsive. I use the Debian 10.2 non-free ISO which includes firmware.

https://cdimage.debian.org/cdimage/u.../amd64/iso-cd/
 
Old 12-21-2019, 12:18 PM   #3
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I have been using linux mint debian edition 3. However it comes with cinamon as default and I installed mate DE.
 
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Old 12-21-2019, 12:37 PM   #4
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Debian works very well. Specifically "Buster" which is stable and I used the Mate` desktop. I have since migrated to a non-systemd distro and am using Void linux. Void is fast, uses runit as an init system and has a decent number of packages. Not nearly the package choices Debian has though. I have found both to be equally as speedy with the Mate` desktop. My only issue with Void is the fact it is a VERY small team of maintainers so I am always worried it will someday cease to exist but that is probably an unfounded fear.
 
Old 12-21-2019, 01:02 PM   #5
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I know, I know, why I am asking? simple I can't make choice myself. Got laptop with rhel 8 - but inevitably I will end with Slackware (sigh). I am just Slackware-doomed. But for short time before that day will come I want to have some fun - just install and play, working wine is absolutely necessary beyond that as usual. And some tex to tex also. I had look at MX, Manjaro, Ubuntu, Mint - but can't make decision.
OpenSUSE Leap, Mageia, MX Linux.

All nice, all professional, but each one impenetrable. And if you do manage to penetrate, you'll find each one a byzantine maze of scripts and patches. To "make life easier" for you.

You'll go back to Slackware anyway, so at least there's a way out.

(Ubuntu? Seriously? Come on now.)
 
Old 12-21-2019, 01:41 PM   #6
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Got laptop with rhel 8
My condolences.
 
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Old 12-21-2019, 02:03 PM   #7
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My condolences.
Yes. It is really bad.
 
Old 12-21-2019, 03:32 PM   #8
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But for short time before that day will come I want to have some fun - just install and play, working wine is absolutely necessary beyond that as usual. And some tex to tex also.
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I have been using linux mint debian edition 3. However it comes with cinamon as default and I installed mate DE.
I have recently played with LMDE 3, Debian 9 & 10, and Linux Mint 19.3 (beta). I prefer the Cinnamon DE that is default on LMDE and LM, and is also available during the install of Debian.

If you can get past the LONG installation times, and the distro deciding for you what you need on your PC, LMDE and LM are very nicely done and Cinnamon looks nice on both. Debian however if you choose the Cinnamon DE, needs a lot of help.

Of course most everything work on all of them, ex: wine, because they are all Debian/Ubuntu based and their armys of devs.
 
Old 12-21-2019, 07:48 PM   #9
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slack along with FreeBSD...
 
Old 12-21-2019, 08:13 PM   #10
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slack along with FreeBSD...
FreeBSD for fun?
 
Old 12-21-2019, 08:18 PM   #11
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OP, you stated you considered Salix but thought it was a bit old and wished there was a Salix -current. There is and its called Slackel.
http://www.slackel.gr/forum/about.htm
https://distrowatch.com/table.php?distribution=slackel

Developer is active here:
https://forum.salixos.org/
and here:
http://www.slackel.gr/forum/
 
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Old 12-21-2019, 09:33 PM   #12
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Forgot to mention Q4OS. Trinity is a nice desktop.
 
Old 12-21-2019, 10:03 PM   #13
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I always have at least one Slackware box which I consider my primary computer because I started with Slackware and always come back to it, but I have become quite fond of Mageia. I've been using it on one computer or the other since v. 3.

I just did an online version upgrade of Mageia from v. 6 to v. 7 on my Zareason laptop, and it was as smooth as butter.
 
Old 12-21-2019, 10:08 PM   #14
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I always have at least one Slackware box which I consider my primary computer because I started with Slackware and always come back to it, but I have become quite fond of Mageia.
Slackware is my primary OS as well. This afternoon I installed MX over my Debian installation. It's running well.
I was a long-time BSD user, but, I've come home to Slackware.
 
Old 12-22-2019, 05:29 AM   #15
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Slackware is the easiest to fix, there's no comparison. Use Sbopkg and Slackpkg+ to keep things updated. Otherwise you might as well use a Mac.
 
  


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