[SATLUG] Recent Distro

Kernel Architect kernel.architect at gmail.com
Thu Sep 26 10:12:29 CDT 2013

Hi Boz,

I would recommend Linux Mint. They have kept the Gnome 2 look and feel
mostly. They are the closest to a Gnome 2 experience (and very darn close
if you ask me) as their user base felt the same way. They did not like the
Gnome 3 interface. I am in the same boat, so I use Mint as well.


On Thu, Sep 26, 2013 at 12:19 AM, Nathan Templeton <pb280c at hotmail.com>wrote:

> On 09/25/2013 10:45 PM, Glenn Boswell wrote:
>> In an effort to maybe get back into Linux on a laptop I just tried Fedora
>> 19 KDE and Gnome and really dissappointed in the interface. Both were live
>> 64 bit. In a class I teach that has Windows 7 and Fedora 13 (both in
>> virtual settings) the students seem to like the Gnome GUI. The main
>> emphasis in the class is command line but we use the GUI to show similarity
>> between the two then use command line to build scripts and basic command
>> line skills, nothing real heavy. DOing this I realized I haven't had a
>> Linux Laptop since 2009 when I moved to OSX which has all the command line
>> ability of Linux in a more friendly GUI environment (sounds like I'm
>> getting old and lazy doesn't it). I have some student that I'd like to show
>> a real Linux environment and picked Fedora 19, which may be not the best
>> but has the RedHat linage for when they take the Unix 1 class where we use
>> Ubuntu server and Centos Server. I kinda do not want to do the Ubuntu
>> desktop with the fancy
>>   Unity interface as they will never see the heart of Linux (I may be way
>> out of touch on this). Any recommendations as a distro to load on a Laptop
>> ( i5 with 8G) that would be a good one to win over some converts, yet still
>> be command line similar to RedHat. Damn I have been away from Linux a long
>> time.....
>> Thank
>> Boz
>>   Freedom is not Free, let us not Forget!
>> "We make a living by what we Get.
>> We make a LIFE by what we GIVE."Sir Winston Churchill
> That is a bit of a pickle Boz, for me I am more of a Debian guy. But when
> I was part of the LUG in Anchorage, there was a guy there that was a huge
> Fedora/RedHat guy. He gave me an iso of http://distrowatch.com/table.**
> php?distribution=pclinuxos<http://distrowatch.com/table.php?distribution=pclinuxos>.
> It really was not bad at the time. I and tried this iso out in a vm. It has
> come along way. It might bridge the gap that you are looking for.
> While you have the backbone of Fedora here, you have more options for WM's
> you can go OpenBox, Flux if you really want them to learn, or XFCE if they
> need a bit more when it comes to a gui interface. From what I remember,
> during the install you can pick your WM of choice. And it is pretty strait
> forward from there.
> HrH,
> Nathan
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