Best Distro for Desktop End Users in Small Shops?
I support a couple small sites as IT tech support. Our desktop users do typical office work. We value product stability, minimal bugs, and consistency across releases. We are dropping Ubuntu because it changes too drastically for us across versions (and doesn't appear too concerned about buffering its existing user base from the impacts of these changes).
Any suggestions on what I should look at? Right now I'm investigating Cent OS, openSUSE, and Mint.
RE: Best Distro for Desktop End Users in Small Shops?
>>>> With CentOS there is more consistency between point releases and the releases tend to be supported for longer periods than many distros.
>>>> Centos will mirror Red Hat's release cycle (as much as they can), so you'll get security updates and patches for years to come, with no loss of stability.
Thanks, that's exactly the sort of info I'm looking for. Sounds like Cent OS is where I should spend some time investigating further.
Thanks for the suggestion about Mint Debian, but from reading this paragraph on their download page, I don't think they fit my requirements as an IT support person:
"Cons: Although it's using Romeo for unstable packages, LMDE continuously changes as it receives updates and new software. Compared to a frozen version of Linux Mint which changes very little once it's publicly released, it's not as stable. Things are likely to break more often but fixes can also come quicker. For this reason, LMDE requires a deeper knowledge and experience with Linux, dpkg and APT.
Debian is a less user-friendly/desktop-ready base than Ubuntu. Expect some rough edges."
Any other distros I should be looking at that have not been mentioned?