[*Nix]What's your favorite distro?

Discussion in 'Computer Software and Operating Systems' started by Amadren, Jun 1, 2015.

  1. Amadren


    Dec 21, 2014
    Paris, France
    The title is self explanatory, just what's your *Nix distro? (Linux, BSD, ...)

    My favorite is probably Elementary OS Freya but I also really like Debian Jessie KDE :D
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  2. nxwing

    nxwing GBAtemp Addict

    Jul 22, 2013
    The Capital
    WOOT WOOT! ELEMENTARY OS FREYA FTW!!!!! Evolution OS also looks promising :yay:
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  3. dekuleon

    dekuleon GBAtemp Advanced Fan

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    GNU/Linux Debian and GNU/Linux Mint.

    Debian is so robust and stable, a strong community.
    And Mint is soo full of things and beautifull, without that heavy desktop environment from Ubuntu that I hate!
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  4. Amadren


    Dec 21, 2014
    Paris, France
    Oh I should give it a try...
    Linux Mint is Ubuntu without all of his shit :D
  5. Kwartel

    Kwartel The fairest in all the land

    Apr 11, 2009
    Arch. It's an OS I understand pretty well on a fundamental level, it doesn't have bloat of Ubuntu, the outdatedness of all debian based stuff and if it's not in the repo's, it will be in the aur. Amazing stuff.
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  6. mid-kid

    mid-kid GBAtemp spamBOT

    Aug 2, 2012
    I honestly don't know.
    I'm such a person that keeps hopping.
    Arch is nice. I've used it for two years. Systemd stuff kills me, though.
    Gentoo is nice, but muh compile times on muh shitty computer.
    Funtoo is nice, but they fucked up their repo (cant merge libreoffice-bin since it hasn't been kept up to date with gentoo's libreoffice-l10n)
    Void is nice, but the community is small and the repo is fucked up.
    Manjaro is nice, but if I use something like arch I don't want muh bloat packages (even the netinstall is riddled).
    Debian is nice, but I despise their package manager.
    FreeBSD is nice, but muh wifi driver support.

    Right now I'm on void on my laptop and funtoo on my desktop. I may switch to arch with openrc on my laptop on a sunny day.
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  7. FAST6191

    FAST6191 Techromancer

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    Nov 21, 2005
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    This thread again?

    Anyway depends what I am doing.

    Server. I do tend to lean towards Debian for this, unless it is something dedicated like FreeNAS,

    General desktop use for me. Linux Mint for the most part but anything that supports XFCE I am probably good with, though mainly on top of debian. More generally it is like OSes in general -- if you have firefox, putty, gimp, lyx, libreoffice, scribus, inkscape, a programming notepad and a hex editor and something I can do some electrical and mechanical CAD in then I do not care as I will probably be consulting your documentation (or using the cheat sheet http://xkcd.com/627/ ) to figure out how to do something on the back end anyway.
    Usually mint or debian for clients that have linux on their machines (an increasing amount of them).

    Security penetration. Obviously it has to be Kali but actually I have not needed such things lately so I am way behind.

    Rescue CDs. Usually whatever comes with UBCD and/or Hiren's Boot CD.

    Security for online banking and such like. If I absolutely have to then I will do something with SELinux support but for the most part a normal desktop one I lock down hard to do one job and one job only does for most purposes like this.

    Lightweight for virtual machine. If puppy linux, something with XFCE or one of the above is not light enough then I do have a thing for openbox based distros.

    Media player. Whatever XBMC/Kodi version works well for the installer I have this week.

    More generally. I appreciate that some people enjoy arch and arch like things but life is too short for doing it as more than a learning exercise. I try to maintain a familiarity with everything on http://distrowatch.com/dwres.php?resource=major plus puppy linux.
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  8. NicEXE

    NicEXE GBAtemp Fan

    Dec 6, 2009
    In order of preference:
    1. OSX (this is where I find my most productive self, also this is the best OS imho to learn working with keyboard shortcuts)
    2. Fedora (newer packages yet stable enough)
    3. CentOS (excellent as a server)
    4. Ubuntu Server (excellent as a server)
    Honorable mentions (in no particular order):
    1. Bodhi (enlightenment is pretty, the default bodhi theme is a bit weird though)
    2. Arch (if only I wasn't braking it that frequently... I am mostly the one to blame though)
    3. Debian Stable (very stable but super-old packages)
  9. Duo8

    Duo8 I don't like video games

    Jul 16, 2013
    I just use Ubuntu GNOME.
    I still have tons of issues to fix.
  10. JoostinOnline

    JoostinOnline Certified Crash Test Dummy

    Apr 2, 2011
    United States
    The Twilight Zone
    PCLinuxOS. So cool, ice cubes are jealous.
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  11. Lilith Valentine

    Lilith Valentine GBATemp's Wolf-husky™ Melodramatic fool

    Sep 13, 2009
    How did I miss this thread?
    My favourites would have to be Chakra OS, Linux Mint, Mageia, openSUSE, Manjaro, elementary, Bodhi, PCLinuxOS, and Sabayon.
    All provide something unique that draw me towards them.
    Fedora and LMDE used to be my go-to distros, but recent years have not been so favourable towards the old Fedora and recently LMDE switched to Debian stable and I hate Debian stable.
    Nowadays Chakra OS has been my go-to distro and I have been using it as my main for over 2 months now.
    Last edited by Lilith Valentine, Jun 24, 2015
  12. SlappyTheDummy

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    Jan 22, 2015
  13. TecXero

    TecXero Technovert

    Apr 13, 2014
    United States
    Generally Mint. With the MATE interface, it's not a resource hog (for something with a GUI), simple, and great for general use.
  14. king_leo

    king_leo Real Hero

    Sep 12, 2009
    De RigueurMortis
    Gentoo, none greater.
  15. Tom Bombadildo

    Tom Bombadildo Tom BombaDadlo

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    I forgot
    I still prefer Linux Mint, quite a nice OS at the end of the day, and is generally in the middle in terms of requirements and performance on lower-end hardware so you can install it on most anything.
  16. MasterLaser

    MasterLaser Vaporeon!

    Mar 13, 2010
    New Zealand
    Arch Linux.

    Its fully an easymode distro to manage post install as there are scripts for everything.
  17. Melon__Bread

    Melon__Bread ~It's A Magik~

    Dec 9, 2013
    United States
    Arch Linux
  18. loco365

    loco365 GBAtemp Guru

    Sep 1, 2010
    On the school computers, Linux Mint is dualbooted with Windows 8, and I really like it. On my laptops, I have one that has a partition of Ubuntu 13.04, and the other one has an external USB 3.0 hard drive that has Ubuntu 15 configured for it. I don't use it all the time, but once I get a desktop I'll probably partition it with Windows and Ubuntu, just to make it easier than having to run it from external.
  19. kprovost7314

    kprovost7314 GBAtemp's Official Bara Master

    Dec 24, 2014
    United States
    In that bara manga ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
    Kali Linux. The wireless tools are extremely helpful.
  20. jacobas92

    jacobas92 Member

    Jul 12, 2012
    United States
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