|In the spirit of the comic posted to TS the other day...
||[Mar. 2nd, 2011|11:37 am]
Tier 12 Support
In the comments for the update comic that was posted the other day I was reminded that it has been a while since I've tried a Linux distro and I thought maybe it's time to try again. So I was hoping all the avid Linux users here could share their preferred distros.|
Here's what I'm looking for:
All that aside, can anyone tell me (or provide a link to a good article that tells me) the pros and cons of Gnome vs KDE? In my own distro research I've read that KDE is only now reaching the speed that Gnome has had for a while, but based on screenshots the newest KDE looks nicer. Thoughts?
- Ease of use - I've been a Windows/Dos user since the days of BBSing on my 1200baud modem. While I'm happy to learn something new, I really don't want to have to manually hack config files any more than absolutely necessary.
- Robust, good looking UI - One of the big advancements in recent years on both Windows and Mac has been in the UI. While it's not really necessary, I have to admit I like a pretty UI with all the nice transparencies etc. I'd like to find a version of Linux that matches or beats this level of polish.
- Fast on hardware that isn't bleeding edge - I know this is usually where Linux shines, but still thought it was important to mention.
- Good package installer - Another benefit of Linux is all the great free software you can get for it. It's therefore pretty important to be able to install these wonderful gems as painlessly as possible, so I'd like a distro that has good package support.
- Everything you'll need, out of the box - While I know a good package installer will ensure you can get what you need easily, what's better is to have the best of the free tools in the original install. Certainly not a deal breaker, but a nice to have.
- Integrated WINE and NTFS would be nice - As a Windows user, I'd certainly like to be able to access my current software and data if at all possible.
- Good VM support - If I make the switch, I'll be wanting to run VMs from time to time, so it would be good if they can run fast.
Finally, if you have any suggestions for must have apps for any Linux install, I'd certainly appreciate them.