I haven’t posted anything new for a couple of days. Where was I? I was trying to achieve too many things in a short period of time. One of ’em was to find a good Linux Distro which performs well, looks good and isn’t going to be abandoned simply because whoever made it doesn’t want to continue.
There were choices…
Perhaps, too many of them — I know, what is an article about Linux Distros doing on a site like AndroidOnLinux? Well, an article on this topic is necessary and they aren’t lacking, many people have the same theory.
The Linux World
Many changes have occurred. Ubuntu dumped Gnome and made their own DE (Desktop Environment) — Unity. That was one big move. Unity was buggy and slow, but it has changed. Unity is almost complete. Most people thought it was a stupid move but it was actually a wise one.
Because Gnome just tried suicide. Gnome 3 is better used on a tablet then a desktop. I did give it a chance, my experience was unpleasant — but not bad. I won’t say there aren’t any problems, in fact, I encountered a lot of them. I found this really interesting article about the Gnome Dev Team, Do read it.
There are other Desktop Environments — KDE, Xfce, MATE, Cinnamon, etc. KDE is nice, buggy but nice. It is unstable too, it can be good today and it can be shit tomorrow. Xfce is starting to behave and I, myself, use Xubuntu 12.04, which is excellent, no problems so far. MATE is good. I haven’t tried Cinnamon but from what I heard, it’s one good DE.
Now, my point is… there is just too much of Linux. There are too many pieces of it. The end result is — you get hundreds of distros and a club full of DEs.
I’ll give you a pretty good example — Fuduntu. I almost cried when I heard that the Project was ending. It was a really good distro. Financial Trouble. The project closed. If the number of distros were reduced to 6 or 7… Linux would be really mighty. If only, you could keep things together, it would have worked out. Think of it, reduce the number of distros and increase the number of developers for a single distro, you have a really good distro.
Now think of some minor distro, made by a small group of teenagers sitting in their basement doing some wicked shit. After you’re done installing it and all, you get an update. After the Update, you realize they have removed MP3 support just because some guy among them didn’t like it. Things keep changing… a lot.
It’s like, one day, your girlfriend sprouts a beard and the next, she gets a moustache.
So… Which One?
That is the question, I’ve just listed out a few here —
- Ubuntu – Clean, neat and straight-forward. There are many Ubuntu-based distros like Xubuntu, Kubuntu and Lubuntu.
- Linux Mint – Cinnamon-flavoured Mint is my choice but in every form, Mint rocks!
So, what I say is…. The Rest Must Die.