Linked by David Adams on Fri 26th Sep 2008 20:22 UTC, submitted by Caffeine Deprived
Linux This article takes a look at five great but not very well-known desktop-focussed Linux distros, including SimplyMEPIS and Mint. It focuses on distros that are easy-to-use.
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RE: Five?
by Quag7 on Fri 26th Sep 2008 21:28 UTC in reply to "Five?"
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I'm always curious to learn how many Linux users at any given time are unhappy with their distribution and are looking around for another. I've been on the same Linux distribution for 6 and a half years now, and I've never seriously considered switching, though I run about a half dozen others in emulation just to see what they're up to.

But I know there are others who switch frequently, and I wonder how the percentages break down.

Also, people have been saying that about Debian - that it's for experienced users - basically since I first ever heard of Linux. But I've not found this to be true. Not in 2001 when I first tried it, and not now. What is it about Debian that people think is hard for new users?

Debian practically cooks you a meal and gives you an icy cold Coke while it works. I don't get why it ever had this reputation. Slackware would be an example of a distribution which is maybe not ideal for new users (not a slag on Slackware, it's just that it's very DIY, which most users aren't), but Debian? Why does that persist? I honestly want to know.

If I had to pick one distribution to face space dragons with, it would probably be Debian.

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