Favorite Linux Desktop Distro



  • I was wondering what people are using for Linux desktop distros. I'm a huge fan of Crunchbang and Mint, but I'm always finding a reason to install a different distro to try out.



  • I have used Mint and like it, however due to business needs moved back to Windows.



  • @Minion-Queen said:

    I have used Mint and like it, however due to business needs moved back to Windows.

    We deployed Mint in our environment to a couple places that had older systems and all the users need to do is access the web and do edit documents. This has worked out great because we haven't had any crashes, viruses, and the computers are running faster than ever.



  • I use Fedora on my primary laptop, mostly because I'm so used to CentOS/RedHat-based distros on servers and Fedora hasn't given me too many problems over the years. For the last few weeks I've been running it with KDE rather than Gnome 3 (the default) and overall I think I like it better. My other laptop has FreeBSD 10 with XFCE, although I'm planning to try PC-BSD 10 on it soon (it previously had PC-BSD 9.)

    I recently installed Ubuntu on my desktop (despite telling myself a long time ago I would never do that again) due my friends roping me into playing Rust on Steam and Steam giving me all kinds of weird problems on Fedora 20 (video driver issues causing the game to freeze, and some shortcuts in the game not working properly.) Ubuntu 12.04 with Steam has been working quite flawlessly, so I'm reluctantly running it on there. I actually don't mind Unity, it's Canonical as a company that I'm not as fond of.

    I haven't tried Mint/Cinnamon although may give it a try the next time I find myself reinstalling one of the laptops.



  • @jasonh said:

    I use Fedora on my primary laptop, mostly because I'm so used to CentOS/RedHat-based distros on servers and Fedora hasn't given me too many problems over the years. For the last few weeks I've been running it with KDE rather than Gnome 3 (the default) and overall I think I like it better. My other laptop has FreeBSD 10 with XFCE, although I'm planning to try PC-BSD 10 on it soon (it previously had PC-BSD 9.)

    I recently installed Ubuntu on my desktop (despite telling myself a long time ago I would never do that again) due my friends roping me into playing Rust on Steam and Steam giving me all kinds of weird problems on Fedora 20 (driver issues, and some shortcuts in the game not working properly.) Ubuntu 12.04 with Steam has been working quite flawlessly, so I'm reluctantly running it on there. I actually don't mind Unity, it's Canonical as a company that I'm not as fond of.

    I haven't tried Mint/Cinnamon although will may give it a try the next time I find myself reinstalling one of the laptops.

    I don't mind Unity either, but in my experience with Ubuntu I always run into some sort of video problems. Otherwise Ubuntu Unity has treated me well. I installed on my mother's computer after getting sick of fixing because of malware, she's has never had any issues with it.



  • My sister in law uses Unity, actually. She is okay with it.



  • Mint with Cinnamon is my favorite desktop experience. Really slick. But OpenSuse is my favorite base for a desktop.



  • I'd have to say Ubuntu, I've found it has the best "Built in" compatibilities and since it's the "Band wagon" linux OS, I've never had an issue finding support online.


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