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This is what all my students see on the screen when I'm teaching.
Linux Mint 13 "Maya" I gave up on Windows.
Just switched from Ubuntu 13.04 to the Beta 2 of Elementary. Wow. Gorgeous OS, super light, super fast. Still some stability issues with the beta which will hopefully be ironed out by the RC and full release, otherwise, loving it.
Alright...I have a question for the Linux Experts.
Which distro reliably runs from CD on an old 350-500Mhz 128Mb RAM PC?
I tried DamnSmallLinux but hated it. ...any suggestions would be welcome.
Also, I don't know if this qualifies or not, but I am exploring the world of LIVE CDs which I am under the impression is using a Linux platform. no?
No reason a live CD has to be Linux. That said, most are, yes.
I was on Kubuntu for a loooong time. On Fedora now with Gnome and feeling kinda meh about it. I'm seriously thinking of installing the KDE version instead. I only use Windows at work and only because I have to.
I maintain a network of eight Scientific Linux (RHEL Clone) machines for distributed symbolic computation. The only machines in my house that still run windows licenses are the media/game box in the livingroom for obvious reasons and my wife's machine because she's addicted to adobe and AutoDesk products.
MOL - If I remember correctly, Slackware - while requiring a bit more to manage - is good for that sort of box. I also recall good things about the modularity of Arch linux - though that could be some fever dream. For that kind of hardware though, you might consider looking into freeBSD or openBSD. I've gotten openBSD installed and running on smaller boxes than that, though I think that was back in the 3.x days. Those guys are pretty good about such things though, which makes me think you could do it.
Arch can be a good choice, but you need to know what you are doing. You're basically building a system from the kernel up, so you can make it as heavy or light as you want it.
I didn't know that Slack was still really a thing... It was all the rage back in the 90s
BSD could also be a good choice, but I am much less familiar with it.
Slackware is the oldest distro still maintained and still ranks 18th on distrowatch.com.
Yeah, slack was really big when I was first getting into Linux. Haven't heard much about it in quite a while, though.
It's been a while since I knew anyone who ran it. Most of the people I know use either Ubuntu/Mint or Fedora/RHEL. I've been using CentOS or Scientific Linux for about five years now pretty constantly - first because CentOS was what my office ran on, then when I came to grad school RHEL is what Mathematica is certified to work with. My laptop stayed windows for a long time though, until I found out that the the linuxwacom project had been incorporated (my laptop is also a tablet), at which point I made the jump with it as well.
Same--just about everyone I know is on Ubuntu or a variant or RedHat or a variant (including CentOS), with the occasional Arch thrown in there.
I actually think a lot of the consolidation is a good thing--Linux is vastly more usable now than it used to be. I have less problems setting up a new Ubuntu machine than I do a new Windows machine. And that did NOT used to be the case, not by a long shot.
I don't disagree, it's just a hassle (for me) that the trend seems to be towards Ubuntu for the desktop side of things. Fedora is still pretty popular, but the top three distros these days are all deb-based. This is mostly annoying when trying to google problems because it means I have to translate from ubuntu dependencies to Fedora to RHEL. If I had two weeks to just tear things down and get them back up and running, I'd probably just consider doing the whole migration to Ubuntu, but I don't have any particular need atm so it's not going to get done.
I agree about the consolidation and usability. The first distro I personally ever installed was a SuSELinux 9.0 (back before it was openSUSE). which worked okay, but I went back to Windows because at the time I was simply more familiar. I think that Ubuntu has done a good job of making the Linux user experience desirable and the work that their parent company is doing with mobile technologies is pushing them forward still. I think the Ubuntu Edge idea is awesome, and would like to back it, but have not pulled the trigger yet.
That's fair. RHEL and CentOS do seem to have a firm grip on the server side of things though, so the RedHat paradigm isn't going anywhere. But yeah, if you just google some random Linux issue, 75% of the time the answer is Ubuntu-specific.
Haven't played with Linux in over 6 years, I assumed it just gets more user friendly over the time, but I am still on Windows 7, guess old habit are hard to get rid off...
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