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  • PC Linux OS

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  • Xandros

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  • Mandriva Discovery

    1 8.33%
  • Novell Linux Desktop

    1 8.33%
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What do you think is the best 'nix OS for day to day desktop computing? EG, Net surfing, videos, photos, etc... With FreeBSD it can be a pain to configure ...
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    Best Desktop 'Nix


    What do you think is the best 'nix OS for day to day desktop computing? EG, Net surfing, videos, photos, etc...

    With FreeBSD it can be a pain to configure X and networking, but it makes a marvelous desktop because of its speed, and well, I just kind of like it. The installer keeps changing from releae to release though, what a pain.

    RedHat is easier to configure than any other OS I've used, which is a plus, and it supports just about any conceivable bit of hardware imaginable, the downside is that its somewhat slower than BSD and takes up a large amount of room.

    Fedora can be installed by an idiot, and its free.

    Debian is too big for most people

    Novell Linux doesn't cost much ($50.00) and its from Novell. What more could you ask for.

    I've heard some good things about PC Linux OS, it comes on a live CD so you don't have to install it to find out if you like it, so that's a plus

    Never tried Mandriva (I hate calling it that) or Xandros but I hear they're pretty good.



    Sorry for leaving out some of the mainstream distros.

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    The best one is the one you like, use and works well. The poll is pointless.
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    Its all up to the individual.

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    Novell Linux doesn't cost much ($50.00) and its from Novell. What more could you ask for.
    Er, something that isn't from Novell?

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    anything graphical to set up, has openoffice, an email client, music player and a webbrowser is good enough for me.
    anything from suse/mandrake/xandros/dsl etc
    think its more a matter of preference than a factual 'this is better than that' to be honest.
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    I voted mandriva for a simle and easy to setup desktop distro, but I can't comment distro/*nix I haven't tryed, so it's not sure it's the best

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    Slackware,

    However I am bais since that is the only one I have used

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    Re: Best Desktop 'Nix

    Just a few comments:
    Quote Originally Posted by Darkbackwardz
    With FreeBSD it can be a pain to configure X and networking, but it makes a marvelous desktop because of its speed, and well, I just kind of like it. The installer keeps changing from releae to release though, what a pain.
    Networking is FreeBSD's strongpoint. I'd argue it's actually quite easy to configure networking on FreeBSD, especially with all of the NICs that are supported. Plus if you're using DHCP, this shouldn't be a problem.

    The FreeBSD installer hasn't changed much at all in the past few releases - it's always had a curses-based menu interface and all of the steps have been pretty much the same: partitioning, slicing, selecting the components of the base system, selecting the installation medium, configuring the system, installing 3rd party applications. The only thing that's changed really is that you no longer can configure X in the installation, which may be a bit inconvenient in some situations.

    PC-BSD might be a better FreeBSD-based desktop solution, however.

    Quote Originally Posted by Darkbackwardz
    Debian is too big for most people
    The Debian Sarge "netinst" CD is quite small, and after installing the base Debian system, you shouldn't have any more used space than any other GNU/Linux distribution.

    Anyways, as others have suggested, it's simply a matter of personal preference. I prefer a BSD operating system as a desktop system in most cases, though Debian's apt-get and large, supportive community is quite appealing for a desktop, IMO.

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    Didn't vote. I mainly use Fedora, easy to setup and use, but I also have Slackware installed, harder to setup and use. I think that whatever distro someone is using at present is probably going to get their vote.
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    If you are an somewhat experienced *NIX user ArchLinux is a nice distro for desktop purposes as well. Has all the latest major window managers and desktop environments as well as speed. It requires knowledge about managing text config files. It has an excellent package manager called pacman and a good packagebuild tool. The repositories seems to have almost anything you want and there is an excellent facility for user contributed packages.

    Their forums on the other hand are quiet and a lot of users went away from there. So the community feeling is not that good, but that can change

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