A Conservative Approach
Posted 16 January 2018 - 09:10 AM
I am running 4 different Linux distros - Mint, Arch, MX-17 and Debian Sid - on the rails on 4 different machines so I have plenty of variety. Stabillity too, as the rolling releases are excellent this way.
I have had trouble with them in VirtualBox - what with all the kernel updates and VBox updates something will break sooner or later (usually the Guest Additions.) Yesterday my Debian Testing VBox install lost its full screen capability and I didn't want to spend hours debugging it. Rebuilding the Guest Additions didn't work. I think there was something wrong with the virtualbox-guest-X11 package but not sure. In this case the usual VBox answer is big hammer - nuke and repave.
So in my lone remaining VBox setup I have gone back to good old Ubuntu 17.10 - Guest Additions work out of the box, there are updates but not too many to the kernel, and Ubuntu is now using GNOME 3 again (which suits me fine.) Its a copout I guess. But so far it works.
Posted 16 January 2018 - 11:03 AM
Posted 17 January 2018 - 09:51 AM
The only RPM based distro I really miss is Mageia. I have liked it ever since Bruno introduced me to its Mandriva parent way back in 2008. Mageia does a really nice implementation of KDE 5 Plasma as well. The Mageia Control Center is still top notch.
Sadly they don't seem to update Mageia all that often. Of course that might be a good thing if you are using it in VBox. Siduction I believe has a nice KDE desktop but it's probably a bit hinky to use as a Virtual Machine.
Edited by raymac46, 17 January 2018 - 09:53 AM.
Posted 17 January 2018 - 04:08 PM
Finally I downloaded a Live DVD with the Plasma desktop. This worked fine as a live distro and I was able to get the installation and update from it. I'll see how stable this VBox install will be.
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