Re: desktop Linux for a debian user?
Ignatz Sol wrote:
I'm fairly new at Linux, but I really enjoy using Debian. I'm looking
to install a desktop Linux at home in a dual-boot mode. As the Debian
desktop still has a ways to go, can ya'll recommend a distro for me?
It needs to be slick to please my wife, but I love the Debian spirit.
A friend recommended Suse, which looks great, but I'm put off by the
idea of paying for it. (Not that it's out of the question.)
distros mostly default in installation, package management, default
themes etc. So if you are happy with debian just configure it the way
you (and your wife) like it and that's it. There's really no much
difference in desktop suitability between distros, as long as you are
happy with system administration.
when you read about how good a distro is for desktop it mostly means
how good is distro for _novice_ user after _fresh_ install. Which does
not apply to you (you already said you like debian) so you can safely
ignore all the desktop advices.
Pretty much all the distros can be downloaded for free (sometime the
paid for version has more, usually non-free, stuff) so don't hesitate to
try few of them and see how you like them (just remember, installation
is done only once (or at least not very often), maintenance is done all
the time (=a lot more often))