[kwlug-disc] What's the best desktop distribution?

Raul Suarez rarsa at yahoo.com
Mon Feb 1 18:20:07 EST 2010

Now the serious answer:

I use Mint. Ubuntu derivative.
- I can find help very easy as there is a ton of help for Ubuntu
- Nicely packaged
- A few weeks behind on the release schedule so it usually skips the new version pains.
- It is debian derived of course, It is easy to do things.
- Their menu is awesome.
- The other mint tools are quite simple to use.
- Looks elegant. (I know, you can get that with any distro, it is just that out of the box is nice to look at)

I tried: This is what I thought
Fedora : This is for tinkerers. Very nice, but close to bleeding edge
OpenSuSE: Simple things are difficult to do.
Puppy: I love it to carry around, great for novice and experts, not so much for people in the middle.

I tried many more but there was always something (usually hardware support) that made me switch.

Raul Suarez

Technology consultant
Software, Hardware and Practices
An eclectic collection of random thoughts

--- On Mon, 2/1/10, Insurance Squared Inc. <gcooke at insurancesquared.com> wrote:

> From: Insurance Squared Inc. <gcooke at insurancesquared.com>
> Subject: [kwlug-disc] What's the best desktop distribution?
> To: "KWLUG discussion" <kwlug-disc at kwlug.org>
> Received: Monday, February 1, 2010, 1:57 PM
> It's 2010.  You're starting
> fresh, with no preconceptions, and picking a distro for your
> home or office desktop.
> What distro would you pick? 
> I'm using Mandriva, but I do so because my ISP Mandrake on
> my webserver back 10+ years ago and I've stuck with it ever
> since.  But I keep hearing about all these other
> distros.
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