Linked by Howard Fosdick on Thu 28th Mar 2013 21:49 UTC
Linux Like many OSNews readers, I use Ubuntu. I also use several less popular distros. What is it like to use these lesser-known distros compared to the dominant systems? How does running, say, VectorLinux or Puppy or PC-BSD, differ from using Ubuntu or Fedora? This article offers a few ideas. Obviously, it broadly generalizes about distros for the purpose of discussion.
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I agree with the author
by sforstall1983 on Fri 29th Mar 2013 02:16 UTC
sforstall1983
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2012-09-28

I have found that some of the smaller ones have better support. OS4 which I have mentioned on this site, http://www.os4online.com and PCLinuxOS, http://www.pclinuxos.com are two great examples of this, Roberto and Mike with OS4 are always very helpful and get me answers QUICK whenever I have problems. They recently ventured into the Enterprise sector with OS4 Enterprise and it was a great way to support the distribution. At first I thought, $100.00 USD was a little steep but when I bought it, installed it and the capabilities are well worth the money. It has become my main distro and now that they went with a more traditional desktop layout, its become a really great distribution.

PCLinuxOS is my favorite KDE based distribution. Texstar and team are always on top of it when it comes to service and support. Its fast, very professional looking. A couple of the apps crash and dont work well unlike with OS4, but for a good XFCE professional distribution, OS4 is the distro of choice. KDE which seems like the red headed stepchild on most other Linux distributions with PCLinuxOS, its the distro of choice.

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RE: I agree with the author
by benali72 on Fri 29th Mar 2013 04:56 in reply to "I agree with the author"
benali72 Member since:
2008-05-03

I had the same experience with PC-BSD. When I had an installation issue due to having two kinds of disk controllers on my machine, Kris Moore himself stepped in to help out. You just don't get that kind of personal attention with the big distros.

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RE[2]: I agree with the author
by toast88 on Sun 31st Mar 2013 09:10 in reply to "RE: I agree with the author"
toast88 Member since:
2009-09-23

You just don't get that kind of personal attention with the big distros.


Did you actually really try that? From my experience, there is no problem which people in the various Debian IRC channels and mailing list couldn't solve. Just ask.

Adrian

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RE: I agree with the author
by toast88 on Sun 31st Mar 2013 09:09 in reply to "I agree with the author"
toast88 Member since:
2009-09-23

At first I thought, $100.00 USD was a little steep but when I bought it, installed it and the capabilities are well worth the money.


You'd better donated these $100 to the Debian project where the *actual* work on the distribution is done.

Such mini distributions do some theming amd custom configuration, that's it. They can't do any real engineering, they simply don't have the man power.

We have over 1000 official developers in Debian (Debian Developers) and even more Debian Maintainers. We are the ones who are doing the actual job. Without Debian, Ubuntu, Knoppix and anything Debian-based wouldn't even exist in the first place.

And I don't even understand the advantage of these mini distributions. If want a certain theme or configuration, I can just configure my Debian that way. Supporting more than 10 official architectures plus some more in the ports section makes Debian the most universal distribution ever and many people profit from it. Yet so few people don't contribute back to Debian ;) .

Adrian

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twitterfire Member since:
2008-09-11

Yet so few people don't contribute back to Debian ;) .
Adrian


Because people only care about graphical crap and design and are fooled by marketing strategies and bling.

Technical prowess alone doesn't matter. Just look at Apple products.

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