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One of my top two distros
« on: September 18, 2014, 07:23:22 AM »
 

elija

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I'm a long term Linux user who has never settled on one distro for very long. I have poor attention span I guess! Although Linux in some flavour has been my only OS at home for over a decade my journey has been so smooth that I haven't really become an expert in it, except in areas where I have needed to learn my way around. Despite this I do moderate on a couple of other Linux forums.

For the past few months, I have been installing Fedora with Xfce which I love, using it for a while and then replacing it with Linux Lite which I also love and so on. Currently back on Linux Lite.

I love Fedora as it is so bleeding edge (it has just got the 3.16 kernel for example) and is pretty quick. I love Linux Lite because it is based on an LTS version so should be supported for a while and is blindingly fast which is all the more remarkable as it includes full fat software like Libre Office. Yes I am aware they are conflicting things. Welcome to my mind!

I had what I thought was a good suggestion to improve the software installer (check boxes instead of radio buttons for multiple selections) but found it had already been done after an update; so it seems the distro is in a constant state of incremental improvement which is a good sign especially after the recent news about Bodhi. I have been heard saying that Linux Lite is what Xubuntu should be, but isn't quite.

My main desktop:

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richard@andromeda-ascendant:~$ inxi -Fxz
System:    Host: andromeda-ascendant Kernel: 3.13.0-35-generic x86_64 (64 bit, gcc: 4.8.2)
           Desktop: Xfce 4.11.6 (Gtk 2.24.23) Distro: Ubuntu 14.04 trusty
Machine:   System: Hewlett-Packard product: p6675uk version: xxx0204GRxxxxxxxx0
           Mobo: MSI model: 2A9C version: 1.0 Bios: American Megatrends version: 6.12 date: 07/12/2010
CPU:       Dual core Intel Core i5 CPU 650 (-HT-MCP-) cache: 4096 KB flags: (lm nx sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 vmx) bmips: 12769.7
           Clock Speeds: 1: 1200.00 MHz 2: 1200.00 MHz 3: 1200.00 MHz 4: 1200.00 MHz
Graphics:  Card: NVIDIA GF119 [GeForce GT 610] bus-ID: 01:00.0
           X.Org: 1.15.1 drivers: nvidia (unloaded: fbdev,vesa,nouveau) Resolution: 1920x1080@60.0hz
           GLX Renderer: GeForce GT 610/PCIe/SSE2 GLX Version: 4.4.0 NVIDIA 331.38 Direct Rendering: Yes
Audio:     Card-1: Intel 5 Series/3400 Series High Definition Audio driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 00:1b.0
           Card-2: NVIDIA GF119 HDMI Audio Controller driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 01:00.1
           Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture ver: k3.13.0-35-generic
Network:   Card: Realtek RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet Controller
           driver: r8169 ver: 2.3LK-NAPI port: d800 bus-ID: 02:00.0
           IF: p128p1 state: up speed: 1000 Mbps duplex: full mac: <filter>
Drives:    HDD Total Size: 2160.5GB (23.5% used) 1: id: /dev/sda model: SAMSUNG_HD161HJ size: 160.0GB temp: 37C
           2: id: /dev/sdb model: ST31000528AS size: 1000.2GB temp: 35C 3: USB id: /dev/sdc model: M3_Portable size: 1000.2GB temp: 0C
Partition: ID: / size: 50G used: 7.1G (16%) fs: ext4 ID: /home size: 917G used: 82G (10%) fs: ext4
           ID: swap-1 size: 21.48GB used: 0.00GB (0%) fs: swap
RAID:      No RAID devices detected - /proc/mdstat and md_mod kernel raid module present
Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 37.0C mobo: N/A gpu: 0.0:54C
           Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A
Info:      Processes: 214 Uptime: 4:07 Memory: 1639.0/15974.2MB Runlevel: 2 Gcc sys: 4.8.2
           Client: Shell (bash 4.3.11) inxi: 1.9.17
 


Re: One of my top two distros
« Reply #1 on: September 18, 2014, 08:54:16 AM »
 

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Welcome to Linux Lite.  The finely tuned race car of linux distros.  :)

No other OS that I've tried has run as smoothly (both speed and problem-free) as my previous XP installation on my old Dell Inspiron 5100 laptop - Pentium 4 2.4GHz, 512MB RAM, 30GB HDD, 16MB ATI Mobility Radeon 7500 graphics.

I had reduced the XP Installation Disk to one third (3xxMB) of it's size using nLite.  I then performed  tweaks (for speed and stability) to the system and finally tweaked individual programs.

Linux Lite runs just as well (maybe a fraction slower in some areas) straight out of the box.  The Live CD also worked on a couple of work PC's that had problems with other distros in the past.  And everything is still running smoothly after 6 months and an upgrade to LL 2.0.

And as you say, it is constantly being improved including new sections to the Help Manual.

When I finally upgrade my PC I will be installing Linux Lite as my main OS.  The work the Linux Lite team have done "under the hood" to make it run so smoothly on older hardware is amazing.  And the more modern hardware will enable me to run Steam and XBMC, things I cannot do at present.
 

Re: One of my top two distros
« Reply #2 on: September 18, 2014, 03:20:15 PM »
 

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Howdy elijah. :)

First you get me to cruise on SolydX. Now this.
Small World.

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Re: One of my top two distros
« Reply #3 on: September 18, 2014, 04:35:18 PM »
 

elija

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@AL13N: Thanks for the welcome. LL2.0 really flies on my 8 Core Toshiba Satellite, even on my I5 desktop it is running nearly as fast a crunchbang did and that is using a very old 160GB disk for my system. The next upgrade planned is to replace that with an SSD.

@rokytnji: Back atcha man! I'm not stalking you round the Internet; I promise  :o
 

Re: One of my top two distros
« Reply #4 on: September 18, 2014, 04:36:41 PM »
 

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Welcome elija :) Thank you for your feedback.
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Re: One of my top two distros
« Reply #5 on: September 18, 2014, 07:44:36 PM »
 

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Hello elija,

Welcome to the forum and LL.
 

Re: One of my top two distros
« Reply #6 on: September 25, 2014, 09:55:41 PM »
 

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Hello!

Welcome to Linux Lite. It seems to have become a new favorite for many.

These days, when I'm converting an old XP machine to Linux, LL is all I use because it seems to just plain 'work better' than the other easy-to-use Linux OSs out there...

73 DE N4RPS
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