Narrowing it down…
Two posts in one day!
I am learning quite a bit in my continued research of which Linux distro will be right for me. So far I think I have knocked out a lot of the more… exotic Linux distros and have come up with a bit of a short list with a few pros and cons to go along with them.
The Short List
- Pros: Very stable, lots of support, lost of software, one of the oldest distros.
- Cons: The distro prioritizes stability over new technology which sometimes seems kind of dull, only F/OSS software.
- Why I am considering it: This distribution has widespread use and serves as sort of a gold standard and I know using this would be a very practical choice.
- Pros: Stable, very secure, a lot of support, constantly adding brand new technology.
- Cons: Using bleeding edge technology can sometimes be a bad thing (I hear KDE 4.0 didn’t go over so well for example), I don’t know a lot about it, not sure what the software situation is like for example.
- Why I am considering it: To be honest it intrigues me. It seems like a distro that can have a lot of customization done to it and it has a focus on security which I’m a bit of a nut about.
- Linux Mint
- Pros: Ubuntu as a starting point, tried to make the best desktop experience possible, simplified a lot of the UI and made great improvements in the usability.
- Cons: It’s a relatively new distro and doesn’t quite have the community behind it yet. I’m worried that updates for Mint specific problems might not come frequently enough.
- Why I am considering it: I am familiar with Ubuntu and this seems like an improved version of that.
- Pros: Mandriva One sounds like it includes everything I could possibly ask for.
- Cons: It seems to try and push a full computing experience on the user, which for most would be great but for this experiment maybe not so much.
- Why I am considering it: It seems like an easy out.
Hopefully I can make my decision shortly and read up some more about it before the start of the experiment!