Do you run a Linux OS on at least one of your home computers? What distro do you use, and would you recommend it to new users?
Answer by MacManDerek · Sep 30, 2011 at 08:11 PM
Right now I have Ubuntu 10.10 on my MacBook Pro and Dell XPS. I only have it to play with though. The last time Linux was my primary operating system was years ago. I had one of those Aspire One Netbooks that ran Linux Linpus. Linpus is terrible. It crashed in the strangest way I've ever heard of. The connections manager icon disappeared, I couldn't get on the internet, period. I wound up loading Ubuntu on it and I loved it. I still have the netbook, it needs the power input replaced. I highly recommend Ubuntu to anyone who wants the features of the OS X desktop but doesn't want to pay for a Mac. You need to be a somewhat computer literate every now and then, but it's never so complicated you can't google the problem and get an answer. Ubuntu Forums should be the first bookmark anyone new to Ubuntu should create. It comes in handy.
Answer by Compucore · Sep 30, 2011 at 10:34 PM
I am running one computer with linux on it strictly. And one laptop that I switch from windows to linux when need be and back again. Ubuntu has been good for me for over 6 years on that one. Never had a major problembut a steep learning curve to make sure that I understood it. Other than that after the learning curve it was easy breezy stuff. I suggest it to those who want to learn it. The interface is nice and all that. I'm using the GNome one on both computers over here. They have KDE and XFCE as the two alternatives to he gnome one so it is easy pickings depending on the type of interface you want to use on the computer itself.
Answer by Hugo · Oct 01, 2011 at 01:41 AM
I'm dual booting with Windows 7, Ubuntu 10.10 and Linux Mint 11. I mainly use Ubuntu now as my Windows is pretty much busted - I end up getting a bsod when I use it. Linux Mint 11 is great but I find the theme is a bit hard on my eyes and haven't really found another theme that I like on there so it's not that I don't like Linux Mint 11, I love it, I just don't like the themes. Ubuntu is what I've been running on and off for a couple of years but have decided to stick with recently, I find that it is a joy to use and is highly customisable.
Answer by HHBones · Oct 01, 2011 at 10:26 PM
Usually Fedora, but I'm rolling Ubuntu for the graphics drivers compatibility. (Screw you too, ATI.)
I'd recommend either one to new users, but they shouldn't try the stuff I do on it. Compiling custom kernels isn't exactly something for newbies to do.
Answer by AlanStryder · Oct 02, 2011 at 12:12 AM
I've been running LMDE-Xfce edition since the Mint Xfce edition switched from a Ubuntu base to LMDE earlier this year. I've been extremely happy with it. This is actually the longest I've stuck with one particular distro.
And yes, i believe I would recommend it to new users. LMDE got off to a bit of a shaky start, but it is at this point (IMO) the most stable rolling distro available now.
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