Favourite OS?

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Favorite OS

Solaris
2
10%
*BSD
2
10%
Debian
4
19%
Redhat
2
10%
Gentoo
3
14%
SuSe
1
5%
Mandrake
2
10%
Slackware
1
5%
Other
4
19%
 
Total votes : 21

Re: Favourite OS?

Postby papa » Thu May 13, 2010 8:04 am

Other (Ubuntu)

(However, I think you should have removed the choices "Solaris" and "*BSD" and made the question "Favorite Linux distribution?" Debian, Red Hat, Gentoo, SUSE, Mandrake/Mandriva, and Slackware are all the same GNU/Linux operating system under the skin.)

Although I have long appreciated Un*x OS's and used and often enjoyed several free and commercial implementations, several years ago I became disenchanted with using a free distribution on my home PC because it seemed like I was putting all my recreation time and too much should-be-sleeping time into just getting the operating system set up the way I wanted and no time into doing anything actually useful or fun. (... OK, I confess, fiddling with the OS is at least a little fun for me. Hello, my name is papa and I'm a computerholic.)

However, Ubuntu has brought me back into the fold primarily because it is so much less work to install than any of the other distributions I've tried. It comes with a well-rounded suite of applications (OpenOffice is a great boon for Linux in general), has an attractive and intuitive GUI that handles basic operations (e.g. Network Manager works really nicely with my wireless LAN) without going over-the-top on special effects or visual clutter, performs well on old 2nd-hand hardware, and all PHENOMENAL! COSMIC! POWERS! of Un*x just a click and a terminal session away. (And, yes, those last two points are shared by most Un*x implementations.) Anyway, Ubuntu is easy to install, and the standard GUI has enough to get me through the days I don't feel like fiddling, but not too much that makes me feel like I'm in a 1970s "B" sci-fi movie.

(Yet another forum! :twisted: ...)
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