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Which Linux?

Discussion in 'off topic' started by PaulMB, Sep 29, 2019.

  1. PaulMB

    PaulMB pfm Member

    Win 98 was a peach! But you must have been a command-line pioneer, if you switched after 98. One thing I miss a bit about Linux over the past 10 years is that you no longer tick what software you want installed. Which you still did for a while even after Linux installations became very easy with GUI. But now it does it for you very efficiently.
  2. saturn9

    saturn9 guitar mangler

    I think Bunsenlabs https://distrowatch.com/table.php?distribution=bunsenlabs does something similar, not a tick box but a very light Debian/Openbox based installation which then offers a script to install the bits you want. Bunsenlabs is a community continuation of the much missed CrunchBang Linux which I used for years. Very lightweight and fun to use.
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  3. Caledon1297

    Caledon1297 pfm Member

    Tbh, no - full disclosure, I used Win98 waaaaaay past its sell by date, largely due to the hardware I had at the time; had I known about Linux back then, and assuming they existed, a lightweight distro might have been just the ticket! My switch to Linus is far more recent. :)
  4. scotty38

    scotty38 pfm Member

    As did I, used CrunchBang for quite some time...
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  5. scotty38

    scotty38 pfm Member

    I like what you did there :)
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  6. Caledon1297

    Caledon1297 pfm Member

    ^ I only just noticed myself! :oops: :)
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  7. saturn9

    saturn9 guitar mangler

    I think @Jim Audiomisc did as well. Happy days, think Philip just found it too much work in the end.
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  8. Jim Audiomisc

    Jim Audiomisc pfm Member

    Yes I used CrunchBang in the past and thought it pretty good.
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  9. PaulMB

    PaulMB pfm Member

    Been reading about Bunsen/Crunchbang and it looks fun and useful if you need a really light system. But it also looks like you need to tinker a bit.
  10. scotty38

    scotty38 pfm Member

    Agreed they definitely are like that although I "think" Bunsen may be easier with some automation but I tried it only briefly when Crunchbang packed in. Not ideal as a first go....
  11. Durmbo

    Durmbo not French

    I've used Mandrake, Red Hat, Ubuntu, Debian, regular Mint, LMDE, and MX. LMDE 2 was my all time favourite. Like LMDE MX has Debian as its base and goes like a cut cat. Currently I'm settled on regular Mint 19.x for its LTS. I feel too old and slow and am busy with other things now to bother with frequent upgrades requiring installation.

    I've had no problems with current Mint except for the loss of sound after an update, which was easily resolved. I've always preferred the Gnome 2/Mate desktop, with Xfce second.
  12. Robert

    Robert Tapehead

    Tinkering certainly helps. Bunsen is fine out of the box but is a great platform on which to learn and customise.
    It's based on Debian stable branch and due a new release within a month. The current release (Helium) is getting a bit crusty in terms of kernel and the software repos.

    For someone new to Linux I'd go with Kubuntu (Ubuntu base + KDE Plasma desktop). Easy install, stable, plenty of software in the repos and the interface isn't a shock for someone coming from windows.

    For the best of the best I'd go with OpenSUSE Tumbleweed with Plasma desktop.
    That's been my choice for the past 9 months. It's rolling so always bang up to date but also highly tested so very stable.
    Not a beginner Linux disto IMO but worth a try once knowledge starts to build after a few months.

    I have a Linux based channel which just happens to focus of OpenSUSE, BunsenLabs and Plasma :)

  13. saturn9

    saturn9 guitar mangler

    Yes, but much of the tinkering is straightforward, editing the odd xml file etc so actually pretty useful if you are looking for something of a learning experience as Robert has said. Openbox doesn't provide any desktop icons so it is a step away from a Windows type environment, the default way of opening programs is either via right-click or keyboard shortcuts (e.g. Ctrl-F to open Firefox etc (I may have misremembered which key it is)).
  14. PaulMB

    PaulMB pfm Member

    Yes, I used Suse several years ago and it was at the same level of user-friendliness and ease of installation as Red Hat and Mandrake. Then Debian-based distros like Ubunto, Kubuntu, Mepis got much more idiot-proof and easy, while from that point of view Suse stood still. I'm sure it is every bit as good as, say, Kubuntu, perhaps better, but it is definitely more "technical" that some others. I installed and configured it in maybe 2006, so I could do it again, but the Debian family seems to be much easier.
  15. Marky-Mark

    Marky-Mark pfm Member

    Well, three days with new ram and not a single crash.

    I ran memtest on the two 4g chips separately and they both passed. However, the chips were mismatched in speed (1333/1600). I've run mismatched before without issues ... luck ran out.
  16. PaulMB

    PaulMB pfm Member

    Stimulated by this thread, I've been installing various Linux distros: Kubuntu, Ubuntu, Neon Linux, Manjaro. The computer I'm using has no DVD, so I'm doing it with a USB drive. It was a bit tricky at first, compared to the DVD install, but I think I've got the hang of it.
    But Manjaro just won't install. It gives a mass of error signals about the kernel, then stops dead. I've followed instructions, and tried with 2 different USB drives on 3 different conputers, but no good. It seems Manjaro is picky about what programme is used to burn the iso onto the USB stick. The ones suggested by Manjaro I can't install on my own Kubuntu desktop. Seems odd, since it is such a popular distro.
    Since several here have said they use Manjaro, I was just curious about their experience with USB drives.
  17. scotty38

    scotty38 pfm Member

    I always used ImgBurn if you haven't tried that one.

    Edit with hindsight not sure if I used that for USBs....
  18. Caledon1297

    Caledon1297 pfm Member

    I haven't used DVD for a few years, finding USB 3 flash drives more reliable and much faster.
  19. Radfordman

    Radfordman pfm Member

    Perhaps try a different USB installer, there are quite a few, Rufus, USB Universal Installer, etc. etc.
  20. PaulMB

    PaulMB pfm Member

    It should be. For me it has been with Kubuntu, fast and reliable, as you say. But not with Manjaro. Do you burn the iso to the USB stick with a Linux programme? If so, which?

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