Which ROLLING DISTRIBUTION based on Debian is right for me?

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Re: Which ROLLING DISTRIBUTION based on Debian is right for

Postby Kendall » Sat Jun 18, 2011 2:17 pm

vrkalak wrote:Debian CUT . . . Constantly Usable Testing

Yes. That. Thank you sir.

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Re: Which ROLLING DISTRIBUTION based on Debian is right for

Postby DrHu » Sat Jun 18, 2011 2:18 pm

Uewd wrote:Which ROLLING DISTRIBUTION based on Debian is right for me?
I want to compare ROLLING DISTRIBUTIONS based on Debian between:
1. Less manual maintenance required.

..Which ROLLING DISTRIBUTION based on Debian is right for me?
Who can say
--the best answer is as it is always, you have to try it for yourself, then decide
    All I could tell you is that some rolling distributions may have rabid updating in place, so they will tend to break more often
    --that means less stable, and more user maintenance needed

As to speed, that's all relative, and less important than the other 3 considerations you mention..

Any rolling distribution, since none should require any maintenance at all, provided there are no glitches
--just remember as with all human endeavors: glitches can always happen (I think it is even a law, Murphy being the one)

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Re: Which ROLLING DISTRIBUTION based on Debian is right for

Postby colyn » Sat Jun 18, 2011 2:42 pm

craig10x wrote:But i prefer mInt myself...i think Mint is far more polished looking then PcLinuxOs is...they need to work on that :wink:


I agree with exploder in regards to PCLinuxOS.

As for looks...you can make it what you want by simply doing your own customization.

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Re: Which ROLLING DISTRIBUTION based on Debian is right for

Postby exploder » Sat Jun 18, 2011 2:49 pm

Wow colyn! Looks nicely customized to me! :) I do agree, you can make the OS look any way you want and the new defaults look pretty nice to start with too.

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Re: Which ROLLING DISTRIBUTION based on Debian is right for

Postby colyn » Sat Jun 18, 2011 5:23 pm

exploder wrote:Wow colyn! Looks nicely customized to me! :) I do agree, you can make the OS look any way you want and the new defaults look pretty nice to start with too.


Thanks exploder

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Re: Which ROLLING DISTRIBUTION based on Debian is right for

Postby exploder » Sat Jun 18, 2011 6:09 pm

Just put PCLinuxOS on a computer for my 6 year old son to use. My son has been a lot of help since my foot surgery and I wanted to do something nice for him. My son likes playing the games on pbskids.org and he has no trouble understanding how to use KDE, so I loaded the KDE test 2 iso and the machine is running perfectly. My son was using a $10.00 computer I picked up on e-bay but it was just too darn slow, he should be pretty happy when he gets home!

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Re: Which ROLLING DISTRIBUTION based on Debian is right for

Postby craig10x » Sat Jun 18, 2011 11:13 pm

exploder...do you have a link to that pclinuxos kde test iso you are using? I found the gnome version but wanted to look at the kde one also....
thanks :)

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Re: Which ROLLING DISTRIBUTION based on Debian is right for

Postby craig10x » Sat Jun 18, 2011 11:15 pm

By the way guys...i wonder if what Clem is working on (snapshots of debian testing) is similar to the idea behind debian cut?
Also...when is debian cut going to be implemented...or do they not have any definite time line on it yet?

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Re: Which ROLLING DISTRIBUTION based on Debian is right for

Postby linuxuser159 » Sun Jun 19, 2011 1:38 am

is there a 64-bit version of PCLinuxOS?

it looks like there isn't

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Re: Which ROLLING DISTRIBUTION based on Debian is right for

Postby AlbertP » Sun Jun 19, 2011 8:49 am

You can run a 32-bit version on 64-bit computers without any problem. And if you want to use more than 4GB memory, you can install the PAE kernel (don't know how to do that on PCLOS but I think it's in the repository).
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Re: Which ROLLING DISTRIBUTION based on Debian is right for

Postby wayne128 » Sun Jun 19, 2011 9:00 am

linuxuser159 wrote:is there a 64-bit version of PCLinuxOS?

it looks like there isn't



No

if you want 64-bit you need to compile kernel yourself

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Re: Which ROLLING DISTRIBUTION based on Debian is right for

Postby AlbertP » Sun Jun 19, 2011 9:02 am

Please just use 32-bit instead of trying to compile it manually. 32-bit will just run fine on a 64-bit computer.
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Re: Which ROLLING DISTRIBUTION based on Debian is right for

Postby wayne128 » Sun Jun 19, 2011 9:04 am

AlbertP wrote:You can run a 32-bit version on 64-bit computers without any problem. And if you want to use more than 4GB memory, you can install the PAE kernel (don't know how to do that on PCLOS but I think it's in the repository).



When I installed 32-bit, the installer automatically loaded -pae kernel for my 4G Ram computer, no need to install via synaptic. However I saw the -pae in the repos long time ago when I installed pclos

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Re: Which ROLLING DISTRIBUTION based on Debian is right for

Postby colyn » Sun Jun 19, 2011 10:09 am

craig10x wrote:exploder...do you have a link to that pclinuxos kde test iso you are using? I found the gnome version but wanted to look at the kde one also....
thanks :)


Scroll to the bottom and you will see it..

http://ftp.heanet.ie/pub/pclinuxos/live-cd/

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Re: Which ROLLING DISTRIBUTION based on Debian is right for

Postby mmesantos1 » Sun Jun 19, 2011 10:14 am

When running the KDE Mini 2010 PCLinuxOS it did not load PAE Kernel on install. I had to install from synaptic. Once installed reboot the PC then you can uninstall BFS Kernel. There is also a BFS-PAE kernel you can install if you prefer. :D
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Re: Which ROLLING DISTRIBUTION based on Debian is right for

Postby craig10x » Sun Jun 19, 2011 10:59 am

Thanks for the link Colyn :) I'll check it out :wink:

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Re: Which ROLLING DISTRIBUTION based on Debian is right for

Postby linuxuser159 » Sun Jun 19, 2011 12:20 pm

AlbertP wrote:Please just use 32-bit instead of trying to compile it manually. 32-bit will just run fine on a 64-bit computer.


sure. but 64-bit compiled software improves speed and performance, especially for demanding applications. i don't know how much linux apps progressed in this direction. 64-bit is the current trend in computing for windows.

one interesting distro i am going to try is pinguy os. it is not a rolling release but they claim to have a linux mint-like experience out of the box

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Re: Which ROLLING DISTRIBUTION based on Debian is right for

Postby craig10x » Sun Jun 19, 2011 10:15 pm

Zorin 5 is like pinguy also...not a rolling release but like LinuxMint, ready out of the box (the only codec they don't include is libdvdcss for encrypted dvd but you can get the "deb file" from the medibuntu website for that in like two minutes...It is very attractive and nicely packaged...

Next to Mint, It is my other favorite (non-rolling) distro.... :D

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Re: Which ROLLING DISTRIBUTION based on Debian is right for

Postby colyn » Sun Jun 19, 2011 10:58 pm

craig10x wrote: (the only codec they don't include is libdvdcss for encrypted dvd but you can get the "deb file" from the medibuntu website for that in like two minutes...


In PCLinuxOS both libdvdcss2 and win32-codecs are in the repo so you don't have to enable additional repo's to get the little extras.

I like the idea of a single repo as opposed to multiple repo's..

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Re: Which ROLLING DISTRIBUTION based on Debian is right for

Postby linuxuser159 » Mon Jun 20, 2011 7:11 am

craig10x wrote:Zorin 5 is like pinguy also...not a rolling release but like LinuxMint, ready out of the box (the only codec they don't include is libdvdcss for encrypted dvd but you can get the "deb file" from the medibuntu website for that in like two minutes...It is very attractive and nicely packaged...

Next to Mint, It is my other favorite (non-rolling) distro.... :D


zorin looks nice too. it uses kde. pinguy uses gnome.


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