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2013-04-27 19:26 »

Seeing Windows 8.1 has not brought Aero Glass back and the "Metro"-junk is still there, I'm seriously pondering of a total switch.

What do you guys think, if I was to move away from Windows, should I go BSD or Linux?

Which BSD or Linux version would you recommend?

It seems that FreeBSD is easier and OpenBSD is more secure. I dislike Ubuntu due to its ugly shit brown theme and that it is a spyware by default.

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2013-04-27 20:30 »

On the other hand, I could just kill the entire Explorer and install a shell on top of it. Perhaps easier. *lol*

http://www.enlightenment.org/p.php?p=about/e17&l=en
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2013-06-29 06:46 »

Non Hic wrote:Seeing Windows 8.1 has not brought Aero Glass back and the "Metro"-junk is still there, I'm seriously pondering of a total switch.

What do you guys think, if I was to move away from Windows, should I go BSD or Linux?

Which BSD or Linux version would you recommend?

It seems that FreeBSD is easier and OpenBSD is more secure. I dislike Ubuntu due to its ugly shit brown theme and that it is a spyware by default.

I don't know anything about BSD, but I've been flirting with two flavors of Linux -- Zorin OS (http://zorin-os.com/) and Netrunner (http://www.netrunner-os.com/netrunner-12-12-1/). The former, because it deliberately adopts a Windows look-and-feel; and the latter, because I find it visually stunning.

I never considered mainstream Ubuntu (with Unity) because I find the UI just as infantile and unpleasant as the Metro/Modern UI in Windows 8.

One of the stumbling blocks to adopting Linux for me has been the lack of professional-grade office software. (LibreOffice and Abiword just don't cut it; support for international diacritical marks, for instance, is poor.) However, I recently discovered Softmaker Office (http://www.softmaker.com/english/) which may just be what I need to justify the switch long-term. I still have to test the compatibility of their Linux version with complex MS Word documents.

Whether I make the switch, of course, will depend largely on whether MSFT backtracks out of the dead end that is Metro.

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2013-07-02 20:45 »

I used Backtrack in the past but after reading so many reviews Im going to start using slackware. Reviewers have suggested this is the best of them all.

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2013-07-02 23:05 »

Back then around year 2000, many said that Slackware is the most secure of them all. Although, I'm leaning towards freeBSD right now. Have not yet decided yet. I'll wait for Windows 8.1 to see if I can customize the fuck out of it and remove ALL spyware and annoyances from it, if I don't succeed, then it'll be BSD or Slackware.

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2013-11-20 03:21 »

I don't recommend Ubuntu itself, but certainly one of the Ubuntu-based distros. They tend to be simpler to set up and maintain, especially if you're not that familiar with Linux and even if you are. I personally used Kubuntu up until they started using KDE 4.x. Even with KDE 4.x it's still a very good distro:

http://www.kubuntu.org/

For now though, I use Linux Mint 13 (because it is a Long Term Support release) with the Mate Desktop:

http://www.linuxmint.com/release.php?id=18

XFCE and LXDE are pretty good no-frills Desktop Environments too. I personally prefer XFCE. In the link above it's one of the choices and there's also Xubuntu:

http://xubuntu.org/


I've played with SliTaz years ago, it was pretty good and very light-weight:

http://www.slitaz.org/

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2013-11-20 03:34 »

As I mentioned above, I really did like KDE 3, it still "lives" under the name Trinity Desktop Environment:

http://www.trinitydesktop.org/

They're trying to support QT4 applications in it, I don't know how far along they are. I did install from one of their Live CDs a couple of years ago -- had to fix some minor stuff with localization. Was very usable all-in-all.

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2016-04-03 18:01 »

I moved this topic from "The lounge" into "Operating systems". I guess this is a better place for it.

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2016-04-03 18:05 »

Still can't decide, BSD or Linux. FUCK, IT'S HARD! I'm thinking, if I want to learn *nix, might as well learn the "real" Unix and go with FreeBSD but on the other hand, I'm afraid there won't be as much community help and/or software options available for BSD compared to Linux.

I find Slackware highly interesting though as it is the most "Unix like" Linux distribution. :think:

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2016-04-03 18:17 »

Well, my server provider doesn't support Slackware so that one is out. They got Arch Linux, CentOS and hm, openSUSE... :think:

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