Do you run Linux? Which version do you recommend?
July 6, 2008 4:03pm CST
There are so many 'flavours' of Linux out there. Many, like Ubuntu and Knoppix are free; others will set you back a little (but not as much as Windows or Mac OS). Which one do you recommend, and why? Is it just a matter of 'you get what you pay for' or are the 'paid' versions charging for something which can be found free elsewhere?
• United States
6 Jul 08
Mepis is the best hands down in my opinion. It's the most user friendly, and the most stable one that I've used. It is also very pleasing to the eye which is rare in Linux. I'm actually fascinated by how ugly Ubuntu is. I mean, what moron decided that poop brown was the best default color they could use? Manriva is alright as well. I tried Fedora and OpenSuse as well and wasn't thrilled by either of them. OpenSuse was buggy and kept giving me corrupted ISOs. Fedora had the same problem and I was shocked that the mods on their forum were rather rude. They deleted my post within five minutes when I mentioned having difficulty with the ISO images. OpenSuse despite my issues did have a very friendly forum. The Mepis forum though is the best and they are always extremely helpful there and quick to respond. With Linux I think it's very important that you have a friendly forum since it's never easy getting started.
• Cambridge, England
6 Jul 08
I agree with you about Ubuntu's strange default colour scheme (though it is configurable)! I tried Ubuntu for a couple of evenings (but running from a CD, which isn't really a fair test) and quite liked it but it's been about 5 years since I last looked at Linux, so I was bound to be pleasantly surprised! I haven't come across Mepis but I will have a look at it. Thank you.
6 Jul 08
i've used redhat, mandrake, susex and ubuntu. Ubuntu i liked the most till now, because it was the most easy one to install... but that could also be because i tried the other 3 some years ago, it may be changed. redhat was also prety neat to work with. I'm not realy demanding on the graffical part. It's more important that it's intuitive enough, and ubuntu isn't bad at that.
• Dayton, Ohio
6 Jul 08
In my quest to move to Linux I tried several flavors. I started with Fedora, but could never get good discs for it (wasted so many cd's). I had had a live cd from Mepis years before and had really liked it, so I got the Mepis live cd. I booted it up and didn't like the look, too cartoony, this was before I realized that Linux is totally configurable and it does not matter one wit how it looks on first boot. So, I downloaded Ubuntu and tried out it's livecd. The Livecd sucked, but I decided to install it anyway. This was about 3 years ago and I have been with Ubuntu ever since. Great operating system, good, solid and stable on the whole. The Ubuntu community, there is no comparison.