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    As for me, I use Ubuntu with lxde on my laptop and working to get it going on my gtab 2. I like lxde cause of the Windows like interface and lightness of it all.
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    I recently switched back to OpenSUSE after some time away using Windows XP, and 8.

    After deciding that Win 8 is a bloated joke on my laptop, I decided to return to the land of Linux. I gave Ubuntu and Mint a try but didn't like Unity or Cinnamon.

    I've always preferred KDE for my DE and nobody does KDE better than OpenSUSE (my opinion of course).

    I'm happy as a clam and my laptop hasn't run this good in quite some time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SRR500 View Post
    I recently switched back to OpenSUSE after some time away using Windows XP, and 8.

    After deciding that Win 8 is a bloated joke on my laptop, I decided to return to the land of Linux. I gave Ubuntu and Mint a try but didn't like Unity or Cinnamon.

    I've always preferred KDE for my DE and nobody does KDE better than OpenSUSE (my opinion of course).

    I'm happy as a clam and my laptop hasn't run this good in quite some time.

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    Mint also has a KDE version. Its what I run and its actually pretty nice.

    Have to agree though, cinnamon still has some pretty bad bugs in it. The start menu has a delay that keeps it from popping up for about 3 seconds after you open it. And putting the panels into any other setting than the default one, makes it constantly crash, without any solution.

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    I'm still running a Slackware 14.0.0 current branch x86_64 on my laptop; a Slackware 14.0.0 stable x86 on my PC..

    so, obviously, my reply is: Slackware!


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    I am running Mint 15 Cinnamon right now and see no delay... took some song to install it on a new laptop alongside Win 8, but it's working well now.

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    I primarily use Gentoo. I've been considering trying out Funtoo, but haven't gotten around to it yet. I've also been wanting to try out CrunchBang.

    I used to primarily use Slackware. Loved it. I added Xfce and was good to go. I miss it and will probably spin it up in a VM and play around with it again soon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dngrsone View Post
    I am running Mint 15 Cinnamon right now and see no delay... took some song to install it on a new laptop alongside Win 8, but it's working well now.

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    I'm running Mint 15, but I chose the MATE desktop, rather than the Cinnamon desktop. I'm dual booting Mint 15 and Win 8.

    I've also used Ubuntu and openSUSE in the past.
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    I've been using computers since the days when data was stored on paper punch cards, and I've been using Linux since 1998, so I've seen and helped a great many newbies.

    I've seen a lot of interesting posts here to date, but I'm concerned that the OP and anyone else looking for guidance is not ready for some of the Linux versions mentioneded. IMHO a newbie to Linux, i.e. a recent refugee from Windoze, will have an awful experience if he/she starts out on some of the versions mentioned. They're better suited for experienced Linux users. Slackware is a perfect example.

    Mint would be my first choice for any newcomer to Linux. I say that because Mint is based on Ubuntu and can access Ubuntu's huge library of resources, and it's very user friendly. (There is a Debian version of Mint, but not my first choice for a newbie - yet, it seems to be getting better.)

    Ubuntu is another very popular choice for newbies. I have nothing against the distro, but I don't happen to like it... not sure why, but I can't stand it.

    openSUSE is my personal favorite. Not too tough for a newbie, though the learning curve can be a little steeper than Mint. It's big advantage is the YAST utility that's exclusive to openSUSE. it's a very successful effort to do everything Control Panel was meant to do for Windoze and more.

    The biggest asset openSUSE offers a newbie is their forum (forms.opensuse.org). All the major distros offer community support forums, but the openSUSE one is uniquely well run and has some truly exceptional members who are very helpful in answering questions from the most basic issues to the most obscure.

    One strong suggestion: If you decide to try Linux, or any other OS, for the first time, expect to be frustrated at first. It's normal, and it will pass. Don't give up too quickly.
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    [QUOTE=Dave Dewey;3120793]I've been using computers since the days when data was stored on paper punch cards, and I've been using Linux since 1998, so I've seen and helped a great many newbies.

    I've seen a lot of interesting posts here to date, but I'm concerned that the OP and anyone else looking for guidance is not ready for some of the Linux versions mentioneded. IMHO a newbie to Linux, i.e. a recent refugee from Windoze, will have an awful experience if he/she starts out on some of the versions mentioned. They're better suited for experienced Linux users. Slackware is a perfect example.

    Mint would be my first choice for any newcomer to Linux. I say that because Mint is based on Ubuntu and can access Ubuntu's huge library of resources, and it's very user friendly. (There is a Debian version of Mint, but not my first choice for a newbie - yet, it seems to be getting better.)

    Ubuntu is another very popular choice for newbies. I have nothing against the distro, but I don't happen to like it... not sure why, but I can't stand it.

    openSUSE is my personal favorite. Not too tough for a newbie, though the learning curve can be a little steeper than Mint. It's big advantage is the YAST utility that's exclusive to openSUSE. it's a very successful effort to do everything Control Panel was meant to do for Windoze and more.

    The biggest asset openSUSE offers a newbie is their forum (forms.opensuse.org). All the major distros offer community support forums, but the openSUSE one is uniquely well run and has some truly exceptional members who are very helpful in answering questions from the most basic issues to the most obscure.

    One strong suggestion: If you decide to try Linux, or any other OS, for the first time, expect to be frustrated at first. It's normal, and it will pass. Don't give up too quickly.[/QUOT
    Which desktop do you like on openSUSE?








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    My main distro is Ubuntu with Gnome. I have tried two years ago Fedora and Mandriva - just for my curiosity. But Ubuntu has still my main OS.
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    I just wrote a nice, long post which got rejected because AndroidForums said the token expired. Grrr... So, I'm going to try this again.

    I think the biggest hurdle in actuality for the potential new user of GNU/Linux is that GNU/Linux has become as much about what in the horse, cat, or dog show world is called "pedigree" as it is about the idea of being open-source. It isn't that this is a weakness, per se, but it just adds an extra layer of confusion to an already complex subject.

    In the beginning, you had Richard Stallman and his GNU Project folks, and on the other hand you had Linus Torvalds, who wrote the Linux kernel (Linux being a play on his own name of Linus, and only intended as a temporary name, but it stuck). These folks, and many others who came along after, contributed to creating what one can think of as the "GNU/Linux environment/platform/etc." and it is, to put it crudely, from this that any copy of this operating system you might choose to use comes from.

    I would ask that the new, potential user of GNU/Linux understand something: at its heart, this operating system is "by geeks, for geeks" and that ultimately it was never designed to be a "user friendly" operating system, at least not in the modern, conventional sense. So, to the extent that you can get GNU/Linux without per se having it be from some organization like LinuxMint or Canonical or Fedora Project, you wouldn't want to do this unless you are a hard-core, experienced coder. Trust me.

    Distributions like Debian, or openSuSE, or Slackware, or LinuxMint, exist for two basic categories of reason. The first is that they wanted to take GNU/Linux and have some control over how it is assembled, either because they wanted certain software packages or certain versions of software packages included, or they wanted to make a more stable product, or they wanted it to be more optimized for some particular use, or what-have-you.

    As these groups set to work to, in a sense, make GNU/Linux in their own image, they created what we today call "distributions" or "distros". When you D/L Debian, or openSuSE, or Fedora, or LinuxMint, or a hundred others, you are downloading a "distribution" of GNU/Linux.

    "Back in the day" the distributions all just took the raw materials of GNU/Linux and rolled their own copy. However, what has happened over time is that process evolved. Certain groups who did this work became more established, respected, accumulated numerous supporters and users, etc. Ultimately, these distros won out over others. And what's happened since that time is that most distributions are actually based off of these parent distributions, or distributions which are based off of them. This is where my initial comment about "the pedigree of GNU/Linux" at the top of this post comes from.

    I choose to use LinuxMint. LinuxMint is actually based on Ubuntu, with changes made to it which suit their own ends (like not using Unity, providing MATE and Cinnamon, etc.) but still benefitting from the many things Canonical did right with Ubuntu. And then, Ubuntu is itself based on Debian, which is good and solid and known for being very stable, if somewhat not-so-polished and not-so-up-to-date.

    Fedora, for example, is based on RedHat.

    openSuSE is (or at least was) based on RedHat as well.

    CrunchBang, which is designed specifically to be a VERY minimalistic distro, is Debian-based.

    And so it goes...

    I apologize to anyone here who, reading this post, is still left feeling a bit perplexed, confused, or overwhelmed. All I can tell you is that at least you now have enough information to start asking useful GNU/Linux-related questions, the answers to which will hopefully help lead you to one (or more) distros to play with, which in turn will help you pick something to use that best suits your needs and/or tastes.
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    Well, thats a pretty broad question IMHO. I suppose for me the answer is, "depends on what Im doing with it". I started many years ago with Ubuntu. As I got better I wanted to prove what a digital bad *** I am, so I started trying new things like Gentoo, Arch, etc. I did that for a while, and now I own a few websites, and servers to host them. I would say that now that I do it full time, I want something easy, so Im back to Ubuntu Server or Centos.

    I think its normal to go full circle. Everyone who really gets into Linux tends to "prove their worth" and then once thats done, its back to apt-get.

    I do prefer Debian based distros in general.
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    I run Kubuntu. I really like KDE4 interface which is very flexible. It let me split 4 windows on one screen which is useful. It resemble Windows interface more for me, while Ubuntu resemble Mac interface which is restricted which I don't like.
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    I'm a huge fan of Linux so for the past four years I'd gander, and all I use is Ubuntu. I have used Xubuntu, Lubuntu and a few others when I had to install a linux distro on one of my old PCs and I couldn't use Ubuntu because it was too heavy. My current PC has Ubuntu as well as Windows 8. I update every-time an update comes out.
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    Ubuntu with KFCE, it has a pretty nice software selection plus it is Debian-based so allows easy installation of packages and updates. Also all the usual software for development runs perfect (Netbeans, all browsers, SVN/Git etc. etc.). Only minus is that there's no Unity player and under virtualbox with windows unity player doesn't work too... would be nice to have it for games/apps on linux
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    Ubuntu. See no reason to change it.
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    I use Ubuntu 13.10 64bit because I do some app coding and Ubuntu is great for app development.
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    Mint 16 on a second drive because i don't know what the f*ck I'm doing....
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    Got a free laptop for christmas for a friend who crashed it. Dual booting Ubuntu with Fedora 20. Love Ubuntu, giving Fedora a try. I recently took a trip to Red Hat Linux here in downtown Raleigh and am curious to try Linux.
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    Ubuntu, its just the most user friendly for me of all the other distros.
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    <-------See my tux tattoo? Yeah, I'm kind of a hardcore linux user. I've been a linux user for about 7yrs. full time, but first started using it around 2003. I mainly use Ubuntu Gnome, but check out other distros using virtualbox from time to time. I still have windows to play pinball occasionally, but that's about the only reason I would consider booting it up. I can't imagine using anything other than linux for day to day stuff.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cammykool View Post
    Mint 16 on a second drive because i don't know what the f*ck I'm doing....
    That's funny, because I don't know what I'm doing in windows any more. I forgot a lot of what I used to know.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ed Briggs View Post
    That's funny, because I don't know what I'm doing in windows any more. I forgot a lot of what I used to know.
    well if you need windows help i can get you that ended up killing off that linux drive in favorof a win7 dual boot
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    Quote Originally Posted by cammykool View Post
    well if you need windows help i can get you that ended up killing off that linux drive in favor of a win7 dual boot
    Thanks but no thanks. Linux does everything I need. If I wanted windows info, I can always find it on the net.
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    Update: I'm running Mint 16 Cinnamon now.
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