Linked by Howard Fosdick on Mon 22nd Oct 2012 04:51 UTC
Linux Here's a topic guaranteed to start controversy. Which Linux distribution is best? It all depends on your criteria for judging. Even then the topic is highly subjective. Here are a few nominees for "best distro" in specific categories.
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Ubunti
by woegjiub on Mon 22nd Oct 2012 10:49 UTC
woegjiub
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2008-11-25

Without a doubt, mine is Ubuntu.
Why? Unity.
It is the only desktop with unity, and unity is what I want.
The author claims repeatedly that unity is awful, with no reason as to why. IMO, it is the best thing out there for those of us who want to use the keyboard more, and the mouse less.
The HUD beats tabbing through a menu, or using the stupid mouse, and the dash allows me to quickly call up files from my highly organised heirachy with less than 6 keytaps.
I never did like using panels, docks or menus, and the konsole also does autocompletion for software names.
This seems to be the logical extension.

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RE: Ubunti
by adinas on Mon 22nd Oct 2012 11:19 in reply to "Ubunti"
adinas Member since:
2005-08-17

I have Ubuntu/Unity installed along with Windows 8 on my laptop and so far I only boot into Windows when I need to develop (ASP.NET). Otherwise, I am surprisingly satisfied with it. They definitely need to keep refining and adding more customization but, especially after what MS did to Windows, it is not so bad.

Edited 2012-10-22 11:20 UTC

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RE: Ubunti
by drcouzelis on Mon 22nd Oct 2012 11:47 in reply to "Ubunti"
drcouzelis Member since:
2010-01-11

The author claims repeatedly that unity is awful, with no reason as to why.

I was thinking the same thing. The article states:

While Canonical veers off on their Unity tangent -- telling the user community what they should want -- Mint quietly satisfies them by continuing with desktop-friendly UI's.

I don't use Unity, but in my opinion it is very much a desktop friendly user interface. It certainly wasn't designed for tablets, phones, or servers...

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RE: Ubunti
by Soulbender on Mon 22nd Oct 2012 12:04 in reply to "Ubunti"
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

The author claims repeatedly that unity is awful, with no reason as to why.


It just means he doesn't like it and the way it has changed Ubuntu.
I think it's awesome and I say that as someone who's been using Linux (and BSD) since 1996.

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RE: Ubunti
by sicofante on Tue 23rd Oct 2012 01:03 in reply to "Ubunti"
sicofante Member since:
2009-07-08

I also find Unity great. As a matter of fact, I don't think there's an easier DE for newbies. At the same time, it's one of the fastests for powerusers (look ma, no mouse!).

It definitely needs polish, but I'd say it's been getting it at every new release. By the next LTS will probably be a very solid one. I'm only waiting for the end of the (very stupidly justified) forced hidden menu to declare it the best available DE.

I must say I haven't tried Gnome Shell but for a few hours. It looks very elegant (it's visually MUCH better than anything else, IMO), but hide and seek is not my favorite UI paradigm... GS has a SERIOUS problem of discoverability. I know it can be heavily customized with extensions, but the approach isn't solidly backed by Gnome developers (breakage and discoverability of extensions is a weak point). I'm surprised no distro is offering Gnome Shell customized yet (Mint doesn't count; Cinnamon is not just a collection of extensions.)

I expect Unity to allow for a less "colorful" launcher, an option to show menus permanently (it's been coming for two releases already) and much more customizability in general. I understand all of this is planned to happen at some point, so I'm strongly behind Unity.

The fact that a company is behind Ubuntu brings some peace of mind too, since I must install it to customers, not just friends. (The Red Hat desktop is a second class citizen at Red Hat. The company is clearly server oriented. That's why I don't even think about it.)

So Ubuntu is the best distro out there for me.

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