Distros that did not make the cutMarch 6, 2008
I’ve been downloading and previewing several distros. A lot of them have done surprisingly well. Others have done not so well.
I think Linux has really arrived at a place where the average computer user can handle it. And a lot of people will like Linux.
Distros that have not made the cut:
1. Open SuSe 11.0 – Went black after the splash screen and never returned
2. Sabayon 3.4 – Same as #1
3. Mandriva 2008 – Same as #1 and #2. These were all disappointing but made those that made the cut look a lot better
4. Damn Small Linux – This one did load but did not find my Ethernet connection
Distros that made it:
1. PCLinuxOS 2007 – It’s taken everything I’ve thrown at it in Live CD mode. It’s real close to getting installed. I’ll put Minime 2008 behind this as it does work off a flash drive but has a few niggling issues like not using the 8G of space I’ve given to it to expand out like I’d like.
2. Mepis 7.0 – This has been my distro of choice for a long time, but one slip up and it will be replaced by #1. It really does work well, but PCLOS seems to work better with more features. It’s a tough choice.
3. Ubuntu 7.10 – Killer graphics make this one very appealing, and it is a very mature distro very much ready for the desktop. For business users, it could be a Vista killer. Unlike its predecessor, this one is distinctive and out front in many ways. I can respect people who choose this one over my choices, which was not the case a year ago.
4. Puppy Linux 3.01 – This has been another one of my pet favorites the past year, but is falling from favor now that I no longer rely on a modem. It can not connect with my Ethernet and is unreliable as far as wireless. I found the look and feel of 2.15 to be better than 3.01 but that may be just me. I’m ready to look at some other lighter distros for older machines.
5. Linux Mint 4.0 – I need to give this one some more play time. It did work well for me, but I chose Mepis mostly because of the familiar interface. Now that I’ve been playing around with other distros, I can make a fairer comparison here.