Hey all! I don't know about you guys but I am loving the new website! It freaking rocks! Anyways, I have been delving into the world of linux for the last few months and I have the most asked question ever, in the history of linux. Which distro!? Personally I love gnome, I currently have ubuntu gnome installed. Does anyone know what wendell uses? I think I saw on Tek Linux (LinuxTekTips is what is should be called) that he uses open suse with GNOME. Is there anything ubuntu is lacking that opensuse has? Or fedora? TLDR: Using ubuntu, am i missing anything by not using another distro?
I am an OpenSuse user and really like. I run it from a ras pi to a Desktop gaming/ workstation, Yast is a really nice tool for admining the machine "think control panel on steroids". But it may not be your cup of tea so feel free to experiment with different distros.
My advice is you do some research, go to distrowatch and learn about other distros. But if are a Mint Linux user now, what is Mint missing that makes you look else where?
Distros are not like comparing Windows to Mac OS. The cores of distros are similar but it is the implementation that is different and some are similar different flavors; i.e. Debian linux distros are Mint Linux, Ubuntu, Debian, etc
Mint is a great os. I ran it for 4-5 months and then started hopping and found opensuse to have an unparalleled package manager. Granted I didn't care for Apt to begin with, and YUM is sooo slow on Fedora (ran it for a while as well).
One thing that you would usually miss with Ubuntu and other noob-friendly distros (like Mint, OpenSuse, Fedora, etc.) is customizability and education. Of course it is quite OK, if you are just a gaming enthusiast dipping his/her toes in opensource, but, if your goal is to become a professional in computer-related sector, it might be not enough.
Distributions like Gentoo, Arch, CentOS, Debian, Slackware and some not-linux (like FreeBSD and OpenBSD) offer you a more challenging experience. When you start with something like this and you work up to this, your experience is completely different when compared to a casual Ubuntu user. And your understanding of what is possible is also vastly different.
Let's but it this way: when your Ubuntu goes tits-up, you will want a Gentoo user fixing it.
Appreciate your advice Kai, but I'd just like to 'trial' Linux Mint 17.1 to 'dip my toes' in (as a Windows user) in the 'uncharted waters' of Linux. If this venture works out, then I may trial other Linux variants.
I'll be trialing Linux Mint on separate laptop as a test-bed, mainly to sate my curiosity about this operating-system. I guess at the end of the day, I'll still usng Windows for tasks.
You can always run Ubuntu Server (or whatever) and work your way up with packages if you want something that works out of the box but requires some legwork to get everything how you want it (desktop enviroments, programs, ext).
OpenSuse and ubuntu are both great distro's. I think you'll find that OpenSuse is a tad less noob friendly though. Ubuntu is definitely the pick of the two if you are still starting out. What i would recommend though is trying out arch and if you feel comfortable for it, go all out on a gentoo install :p