Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 19th Sep 2010 21:18 UTC, submitted by gireesh
Mandriva, Mandrake, Lycoris It's been a troubling couple of weeks for Mandriva, but I decided not to report on it since I found it hard to unravel the events leading up to all this. Now, though, the story has come to its (logical) conclusion: now that most of Mandriva's employees have been laid off, they came together and forked Mandriva. Enter Mageia.
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RE[3]: Linux distro #37264828737
by lemur2 on Mon 20th Sep 2010 07:09 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Linux distro #37264828737"
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"The best choice for a Linux desktop at this time is probably

I don't think Linux is ready for the desktop. I think it needs to bake a few more years before being pushed on the public. It's fine for servers and cell phones but on the desktop it still has too many rough edges.

Immaterial if you are trying to claim that Linux isn't ready for the desktop ... since about 7% of desktop users disagree with you.

So, for those who have not fallen for propoganda attempts at disparaging Linux, and who are aware of what contemproray Linux on the desktop can do and its realised quality, functionality, stability, performance, security and tremendous value-for-money, what is the best distribution?

That very much depends on what role you have in mind. People who are familiar with Linux already, and who have a definitive role in mind ... they do not need any such recommendation about which is the best Linux distribution for their purpose. They will already know.

So the question of "what is the best distribution?" for Linux on the desktop is typically asked by people who are new to Linux.

The assumption then would be that these people are after an easy-to-install Linux desktop that covers "typical" desktop usage patterns and which would be relatively easy to pick up for a person used to using Windows.

My suggestion, based on that assumption, would be for such people to try MEPIS or Kubuntu 10.04. If such a user were to install either of those, they would have a great experience, typically with no problems, and enjoy great software that did everything they wanted of it admirably well.

Mandriva would have been a reasonable suggestion also, but it appears to be running into some difficulty lately, as evidenced by this very thread topic, and so it is probably not such a good suggestion any longer.

Edited 2010-09-20 07:13 UTC

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