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Choosing a Linux Distro

#1 Post by chiguy1256 » Thu Jan 11, 2018 8:22 pm

I have been trying out different Linux distros by using Oracle VirtualBox. I am doing so to hopefully increase my Linux knowledge and consider installing Linux on a pc either as a dual boot system with Windows or possibly replace Windows all together. So far, out of all of the Debian based distros out there, I really like the MX Linux implementation of the xfce destop. I like the distro as a whole as well. However, I am still kind of torn between it and TrueOS (FreeBSD), which is not Linux. However, there are also some things I like about Manjaro Linux. Manjaro has a large community, but your community is pretty large as well. Out of the three OS, I am leaning more towards MX Linux.

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Re: Choosing a Linux Distro

#2 Post by Adrian » Thu Jan 11, 2018 8:28 pm

Manjaro has a large community, but your community is pretty large as well.
There are pluses and minuses, I would say that for a smaller community the advantage is that you can have an influence.

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Re: Choosing a Linux Distro

#3 Post by chiguy1256 » Thu Jan 11, 2018 10:43 pm

Good point Adrian. Thank you.

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Re: Choosing a Linux Distro

#4 Post by cyrilus31 » Fri Jan 12, 2018 4:46 am

What about package management in this distribution? Is it as easy as in MX?

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Re: Choosing a Linux Distro

#5 Post by chiguy1256 » Sun Jan 14, 2018 4:46 pm

Wow! That is a pretty strong statement. What all don't you like about it? Just curious. I appreciate your opinion.

I am a inexperienced Linux user. The statement I made about different distros was mainly a first impression.

Thanks.

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Re: Choosing a Linux Distro

#6 Post by Jerry3904 » Sun Jan 14, 2018 4:59 pm

Actually, that user knows very well that the Forum has a rule against trashing other operating systems, and I am about to delete his post for that reason.
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Re: Choosing a Linux Distro

#7 Post by chiguy1256 » Sun Jan 14, 2018 5:12 pm

Thank you Jerry3904. There are so many Linux distros out there and a lot of them are good, so that makes it difficult for me to choose one.

I wish I would have known about VirtualBox earlier. It definitely makes things easier and safer to try out different operating systems.

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#8 Post by richb » Sun Jan 14, 2018 5:51 pm

chiguy1256 wrote:Thank you Jerry3904. There are so many Linux distros out there and a lot of them are good, so that makes it difficult for me to choose one.

I wish I would have known about VirtualBox earlier. It definitely makes things easier and safer to try out different operating systems.
And LiveUSB's which most distros support.
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Re: Choosing a Linux Distro

#9 Post by rasat » Sun Jan 14, 2018 5:59 pm

My first disto was SUSE in 1998 and I choose Arch Linux in 2002. Arch taught me the inner side of Linux, learning to maintain an edge-cutting distro (rolling-release). Excellent Linux learning disto. Once you knew the things, you want a more "stable" distro. Tried Manjaro which is good but still a rolling-release distro. Also I tried Debian 6 but the packages were too old....."too stable". :) . Netrunner with configurable (stable or testing) Debian 8, gave a new direction how Debian can become interesting. Unfortunately the development got delayed with Debian 9 and this brought me to MX Linux. What MX attracted me was not just Debian 9 but 9.3.... "edge-cutting stable". And MX own packages and tools are great. This is first time, I am not "worried" when upgrading packages what MX does every day. Thanks to the MX developers.

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Re: Choosing a Linux Distro

#10 Post by azrielle » Sun Jan 14, 2018 6:46 pm

Re: 9.3, e.g. ".3".
I got the distinct impression from several Debian based distros that came out right after 9 was released (Sparky 4.6, Voyager 9, ParrotOS 3.9, SolydX) that Debian 9.0 and even 9.1 were buggy as hell. So, somewhat like Ubuntu 16.04.0, Debian needed 3 point releases to BECOME reasonably stable and bug-free. Rather than "cutting-edge"!
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