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

Khalid Baheyeldin kb at 2bits.com
Mon Feb 1 22:24:02 EST 2010

While "which distro is the best" feels initially like a flame bait thing, it
doesn't have to be that. Even a discussion on religion can be informative,
intellectual and entertaining if conducted with certain rules (e.g. with
civility, comparative religion type of thing).

The key here is to qualify "best" with "what the user needs/what the
use-case is" and "why distro X is better" for such needs/use case.

Ubuntu/Kubuntu was targeted to provide an easy to use and easy to keep up to
date desktop from the get go. Their community bans the otherwise customary
"don't waste my time, RTFM". They provide stable long term support versions
for those who want to use their desktop as a means for doing other worth,
and not Linux as an end goal itself.

The RPM vs. DEB format is partially what you are familiar with, but I am one
who made the crossover, and found that DEB is worth the learning curve (from
a command line point of view, if you use the GUI, no learning curve at all).

Fedora is bleeding edge, moves fast, and hence may be unsuitable for someone
who wants to get on with their day doing work, rather than tinkering and
exploring ...

Only then would it cease to be a flame fest ...

Oh, and vim is better than Emacs ... Perl looks like line noise too ...
Khalid M. Baheyeldin
2bits.com, Inc.
Drupal optimization, development, customization and consulting.
Simplicity is prerequisite for reliability. --  Edsger W.Dijkstra
Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. --   Leonardo da Vinci
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