What's your favorite distro, and why?

Grant Shipley gshipley at gmail.com
Thu Dec 5 08:11:28 MST 2013


For those truly interested in popularity, most pundits use
http://distrowatch.com/ to track what is popular in the linux space.

The numbers line up with what I am seeing in the real world for desktop
usage.


On Thu, Dec 5, 2013 at 8:08 AM, Michael Torrie <torriem at gmail.com> wrote:

> On 12/04/2013 11:59 PM, Dan Egli wrote:
> > Never heard of Mint before. What's good/bad about that one? :)
> >
> > That's the whole reason I started this thread, so I could learn about the
> > less common distributions, and what makes them good or bad. :)
>
> Mint isn't less common.  It's probably one of the fastest growing
> distros in terms of popularity.  Though in some respects it's not that
> interesting, since it is directly based on Ubuntu, with a few minty
> features added (which you can read about on their web site).  Personally
> I don't use much of the minty add-ons.  I used mint on my laptop solely
> because it was the first distro to support the Mate Desktop environment.
>  And Mint is probably best known now for the Cinnamon Desktop, a modern,
> GTK3-based traditional interface.  Used to be based on Gnome 3 core
> libraries, but I think they are going their own way now.
>
> Mint seems to be gaining in popularity because 1) it doesn't have Unity,
> and 2) it gives other desktop environments like LXDE, XFCE, and Mate
> more first-class attention (KDE used to be supported, but that's now
> forked off into its own distro, SolidXK.
>
> Another distro that's been getting a lot of attention lately (but I
> frankly don't understand why) is Elementary OS.  Seems to be debian or
> ubuntu based, with a pretty theme that's vaguely Mac-esque, and a hyped
> but simplistic app called "Geary."
>
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