Linux Mint is Still Number One
First a little bit of history about me and Linux.
When I First Started With Linux
It was in the Early 90’s around 1991 or 1992 as I recall. I tried to play around with a Piece of software called Minnix, But I could never make it work a couple of years later a Linux OS called Suse a (Commercial) version, and a free Linux OS called Mandrake came out. I used the commercial Versions of Suse from Version 5.2 or 5.3 until version 10.1. During that Time I also Used Mandrake which later became Mandriva. About that time I started using Ubuntu which had just came out. I used it until they came out with Unity. That was when I started using Mint Linux and have been using it ever since.
For the past 2 weeks I have been downloading and installing Linux Distro’s to my SSD Disks. 22 of them to be exact. I have learned much and have observed a few things about many of the Linux Distro’s. The Greatest Majority of them, are based on Debian / Ubuntu, and most of them configure and react the same. Most use Apt and the Ubuntu Repo’s. Most of the desktops have many of the same features even though different, Cinnamon, Gnome, XFCE, LXDE, Mate, Etc. The difference of many of them, are the color and style of the Icons and the Titles. Some of the different ones were KDE Plasma, Arch Linux, Budgie, and Unity. What follows is a list of the Distro’s that I downloaded, installed, and my opinion about each one.. The first 5 are Favorites of mine.
1. Mint 18.1 Cinnamon: The top one in my Opinion. It just works right out of the box. Easy to configure and do most anything that I need or want. Stable with no hiccups. I have not found another Distro that I like better. It has never failed me.
2. LXLE: A Light weight Distro with to many games and other stuff that is not needed. It is one of my favorites. Based on Lubuntu and not as fast, but is more stable.
3. Gecko: A Suse Spin off. Has the Cinnamon Desktop Much better than Suse for configuring.
4. MX-16: Fast and for the most part very stable. Still being developed.
5. Debian: Most of the other Distro’s are derivatives of Debian / Ubuntu. Most stable OS there is. It is behind the times and has not kept up.
Lubunto: Fast, Light, and still needs work. Unstable Apps Abiword had the jitters.
Mint KDE: I do not like KDE and it is also bloated and slow.
Watt OS: Light weight similar to Pepermint.
UA Linux: Ubuntu spin off with several desktops you can choose at boot up time.
Ultimate Edition: Bloated and Slow Has pretty Wall Paper.
Deepin: comes from China. Installed Grub in the wrong Disk. Different.
Linux Lite: Another Light weight.
Peppermint: Like the name It is colorful and looks like candy colored Icons. Would drive me crazy looking at it.
Zenwalk: A slack derivative. I am Not interested.
Rebellin: Could not find UEFI.
PCLinux OS: Spin off from Mandrake / Mandriva By Tex Star. Uses RPM Pkg Mgr
Solus: uses Budgie DT.
Fedora 25: Stable Good Distro, But uses RPM instead of APT.
SuSe Leap 42.2: A Big Disappointment, Bloated not easy to configure Printer.
Suse Tumbleweed 42.2: Same as Leap.
Edited by mhbell, 04 March 2017 - 10:11 PM.