[ubuntu-uk] Distro hopping / Laptop running hot
nperry at gmail.com
Sun Jan 9 13:22:59 UTC 2011
Arch seems to be a good one, there always seems to be arch users on the
On Jan 9, 2011 1:09 PM, "Paul Morgan-Roach" <roachy at roachy.net> wrote:
> On Sat, Jan 8, 2011 at 9:22 PM, Steve Fisher <xirconuk at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Mandriva - I am a refugee from Mandriva, looking bad over on the forums,
>> hardly any one there! Worked well, hardware recognised (and I know what I
>> am doing!)
>> Fedora - didn't like it, could fry an egg on my trackpad!
> IMHO Fedora is a great distro, but requires some tweaking to optimise it
> well (unloading unneccessary modules and stopping unused services helps).
> Also find that because it is so "bleeding edge" caution is required with
> updates.....I've had some issues with bugfixes that subsequently expose
> bugs. It's solid though and a good opportunity to see some new features in
> projects :) The Fedora forum guys are all really helpful as well
>> PCLinuxOS - Forum full of rabid fan boys, it didn't work well at all.
> Agreed - couldn't stand it last time I used it!
>> Linux Mint Debian - very, very impressed! Probably going to stick with
>> this on the laptop. Rolling distro, attractive and the forums are
>> and helpful. Cpufreq didn't run out of the box and the Debian methods of
>> doing things are not as straight forward as Ubuntu, but it just feels
>> Still got a huge learning curve, moving from a RPM based distro to a DEB
>> based. But very impressed.
> Never really played with Mint - this is interesting feedback - might give
> a go!
> So I now have 4 machines on 4 different distros!!
>> Have I missed any distro worth investigating?
> Depends what you're looking for. I've spent a lot of time distro hopping
> over the years. The ones that really stand out are Crunchbang - which is
> *seriously* light and very usable. I've got that running blindingly fast
> my wifes EeePC 701. Openbox requires a little bit of command line work
> setting up menus for new apps etc, but it has a nice minimalist feel - and
> it's FAST!! (http://crunchbanglinux.org/) The community in the Crunchbang
> camp are really helpful too.
> Debian is naturally a great distro to have a go with. It's about as stable
> as anything out there and it's quick. Again, great community and great
> documentation out there.
> If you want an "everything but the kitchen sink" distro, have a look at
> Sabayon. It's Gentoo based but has some nice features like using Anaconda
> as an installer. And there are loads of packages available. The default
> install is huge though. It's well put together and polished and again,
> friendly community. It is a bit heavy though!
> If you want to have a look at security tools, you could have a look at
> Backtrack -it's a pen-testing distro which is good for learning a little
> about some of the security tools out there. SamuraiWTF is good for testing
> web application security.
> If you have a little patience, and want to "roll your own" you could also
> have a look at Arch Linux. This is a great distro if you want to build
> the ground up, installing only the stuff you want/need. You'll probably
> need to set aside a weekend to get something usable for day-to-day use,
> it's pretty rewarding :)
> Does this help at all?
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