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Best Linux distribution

by filipe_kiko / February 20, 2012 6:01 AM PST

I am wanting to replace my windows for Linux and was wondering: what is the best and easily configurable Linux distribuition for today?

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 21, 2012 12:59 AM PST

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Best Linux OS is..
by ilyav / February 21, 2012 1:40 AM PST

for a netbook/laptop.... Ubuntu
for a desktop........... openSUSE
for a server workhorse.. FreeBSD
for a firewall/gateway.. PFsense

for a videogame loader.. windoze

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first things first
by drudgetoiler / June 20, 2012 6:27 PM PDT
In reply to: Best Linux OS is..

there is no such thing as "best linux os."
linux is just a kernel with some software packages.
the "best linux install" will always be custom built and compiled with optimal settings from the ground up.

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(NT) I'd like to see a car made like that!
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 21, 2012 2:17 AM PDT
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by R_Head / February 24, 2012 12:54 AM PST

Best for Desktop and Laptop is Mandriva, PCLOS or Mageia.

For servers you could use Mandriva with Webmin to create a home Server.
Mandriva also has a dedicated Enterprise Server.

Mandriva is pretty much all GUI and hardly no command line interface.

The Mandriva Control Center (aka MCC) is the closest that you are going to find to MS Control Panel

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Mandriva is dying/dead..
by ilyav / February 26, 2012 12:19 PM PST
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One would be foolish to adopt a Linux that has lost its financial support and is in its dying throes. It might work but there will be no support for problems going forward.

But, I agree that Mandriva is a nice distro.

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Windows replacement (best thing I ever did)
by 28M / June 21, 2012 7:39 PM PDT

I have been using Ubuntu for many years and it has never let me down; no blue screen of death, it has never crashed, it is very easy to use and as I do not play games it suits me fine, and it does not need activation. Nor does it send all my personal data back to microsoft. All our bank accounts are checked and operated through Ubuntu and I would not consider changing from Linux.
I am very grateful to all the people who have produced it over the years.
Hope this helps your decision making.

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