Which desktop Linux is best of all?

There are 14 comments on the InfoWorld Daily story from Mar 26, 2008, titled Which desktop Linux is best of all?. In it, InfoWorld Daily reports that:

“So, what do you recommend? Stick with the tried and true Ubuntu? Or take the road less traveled and go with something more radical, such as Slackware or a BSD variant? I'm open to suggestions ...”

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“Black souls wear white shirts”

Since: Sep 07

Alexandria, VA

#1 Mar 26, 2008
PCLinuxOS
Kernal Klink

Kansas City, MO

#2 Mar 29, 2008
I run four different distro's on 7 computers. Ubuntu is installed on 4 the of them, the others are PClinuxOS Gnome edition, Dreamlinux and Fedora Core. I also run FreeNAS, which is FreeBSD based, on one of them and have a pc dedicated as a firewall box running IPCop.

I love Ubuntu, it is easy to install, use and real stable. I have tried most of the top distro's out there and i have to say i liked most of them and they all have their uses. No need to stick with just one, you can always boot multiple OS's.
Package Manager

Provo, UT

#3 Aug 31, 2008
I run FIVE different Linux distros on ONE computer.:-)

Ubuntu is good, but once it is installed, you have to go and find a kazillion progrmas and install them. You have to enable third party repositories if you want to watch videos or listen to music.

Mandriva Powerpack lets you select all of these programs at time of install. After Mandriva is installed, video works, music works, and you have all the programs you need. Of course, you do have to enable some repositories to get the libdvdcss2 (encrypted DVD playback) to work, but you have to do that in Ubuntu also.

Once they are installed, they are very comparable. Mandriva does have a very nice hardware setup program called HardDrake. I haven't found anything like this in Ubuntu.

In the end, Linux is Linux. it's the same kernel, the same windows managers, the same office suite, the same web browser, etc, etc. What really makes or breaks a distro for me is the package manager, and the amount of software available through the package manager. Since Ubuntu is top dog right now, you can't go wrong there. If all the distros would just get along on the package manager level, you know, use the same repositories, then Linux would take off like nobodies business.
Baskaran

Chennai, India

#4 Sep 5, 2008
Ubuntu is the best one for desktop. I used PCLinux, Ubuntu and Fedora,but i prefer Ubuntu for desktops and Fedora for Servers.

“Black souls wear white shirts”

Since: Sep 07

Alexandria, VA

#5 Sep 5, 2008
I just tried the new Mandriva (RC1) 2009 KDE 4.1 and it looks like it is going to be a great release. KDE4 is really maturing.
Skeptic

Worcester, MA

#6 Nov 19, 2008
I'm dating myself, but I ran Red Hat for about 1 year, then, ran Mandrake for quite a while, never figured out how to run my DVD player....that broke the deal, so, I'm back on windows. I just couldn't get the right advice I guess. I've got a copy of Ubuntu, and it felt like Knoppix, I started with Slackware, which I liked, but I got to the point where it all was too much trouble.
nathan nelson

Mission Viejo, CA

#7 Dec 18, 2008
overall i believe that most of the linux variations are all that different, to me it doesnt matter whats on the inside(i dont know code) but its the desktop that counts. i think that ubuntu and kubuntu are the best but right now i am using a OS from www.thinkgos.com called gos3 gadgets, they basicly took ubuntu, added a toolbar like the one in macs, turned it green and installed google apps. i think its great, though it is too much like macs for my tast. here is a link directly to the download http://www.thinkgos.com/dgadgets.php
sudo root

Lexington, KY

#8 Dec 19, 2008
I'm partial to Ubuntu although I've used RedHat, SUSE, Debian, & Gentoo. I prefer Gnome to KDE, but like XFCE on my gaming partition. I've also played around with OpenBSD & OpenSolaris although purists will be quick to point out those aren't Linux distros ;-)

Since: Dec 08

New Almaden, CA

#9 May 30, 2009
nathan nelson wrote:
overall i believe that most of the linux variations are all that different, to me it doesnt matter whats on the inside(i dont know code) but its the desktop that counts. i think that ubuntu and kubuntu are the best but right now i am using a OS from www.thinkgos.com called gos3 gadgets, they basicly took ubuntu, added a toolbar like the one in macs, turned it green and installed google apps. i think its great, though it is too much like macs for my tast. here is a link directly to the download http://www.thinkgos.com/dgadgets.php
interesting, i'm checking this one out.2
Rafael

Fort Myers, FL

#10 Aug 14, 2009
One that deserves a try is Dreamlinux it is kind of like GOS3 without the integration of google apps.
labatts

Canton, MI

#11 Sep 22, 2009
Baskaran wrote:
Ubuntu is the best one for desktop. I used PCLinux, Ubuntu and Fedora,but i prefer Ubuntu for desktops and Fedora for Servers.
I have seen several people say things like this, and it always puzzles me. I am not criticizing, I am just confused... If the different versions of Linux are all the same (and they do seem to be, with cosmetic exceptions between kde, gnome, etc), then why do you have more than one installed? You can essentially customize the desktop to look like ANY of the variations.

Someone else also mentioned that they use xfce (i think) for the gaming partition... What is the rational for this. does it handle wine better? Anyway, fun silly topic.
Or Maybe

Wyoming, PA

#12 Mar 9, 2010
Skeptic wrote:
I'm dating myself, but I ran Red Hat for about 1 year, then, ran Mandrake for quite a while, never figured out how to run my DVD player....that broke the deal, so, I'm back on windows. I just couldn't get the right advice I guess. I've got a copy of Ubuntu, and it felt like Knoppix, I started with Slackware, which I liked, but I got to the point where it all was too much trouble.
You should try Linux Mint. Its Ubuntu done right. I also like Slackware but it's lack of a proper dependency resolving package manager is quite a turnoff for me. But if you like rolling your sleeves, Arch Linux gives you the power of Slackware with a good package management system called Pacman. Good luck to you.
splattwo23

Huntington Park, CA

#13 Mar 14, 2010
congradulations folks i have never been able to get into LINUX after many tries over the years. i tried Lycoris but could not get the moderm drives to get on the web....so i had to let it go some year back...i tried a Ubuntu disk last year and could not get it to install. i was able to get Knoppix to instal and that was it. several years ago i was a registered user at Linux Newbie but left after not progressing.
JMR

Baltimore, MD

#14 Mar 19, 2010
Ubuntu......no doubt

Even w/ all the tweaks / additional software & packages needed to make 100% functional & complete Windows-replacement desktop...still the best

Tons and tons of completely free software, easily installed over the build-in Synaptic Package Manager

Besides, it only takes 1 complete installation & configuration...after that you can use an app like Remastersys to create a new fully-customized installation image

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