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67 • Distro essentials – please. (by gregzeng on 2013-04-18 04:03:41 GMT from Australia)
Many interesting comments this week so far.
They ignore the existence of E17 desktop environment, as best showcased in Bodhi (a ‘buntu’, but very fast and very bare, so Bodhi metapackages are needed).
E17 still needs noob-friendliness, since it demands much anti-GUI RTFM.
So, my opinions is a need for:
1) Auto-sense; 2) USB-flashdrive install; 3) Friendly GUI setups, with multi-boot/ multi-drive menus; 4) Popular multi-distro apps & add-ons.
1) Installer must autosense hardware and previous installation environments before trying to install any distro itself. The Buntu installer seems to do this better than others (but the KDE-version of this puts my server in the wrong time-region).
This ‘impossible’ task explains the existence of sunset distros (older, simpler hardware). These noob-dinosoar distros deny the existence of: ext4, USB3, flashdrives, SSDs, multiple displays, wireless peripherals, ntfs partitions, …
2) Distro must be installable from a USB-flash drive.
– faster, more compact, more hardware-stable than the traditional CD or DVD.
Unetbootin is the preferred installer onto a USB flash-drive in both the Windows & Linux operating systems, but so many Distrowatch-listed brands fail this essential requirement (some of them ‘secretly’).
3) Friendly GUI setups, with multi-boot/ multi-drive menus, with easy partition setup, common naming, sizing, & recognition.
So many distros fail this test. They have the M$-arrogance that the whole (first) drive seen by the installer will be totally devoted to the new operating system, using strange terms that are generally unknown to users of other operating systems.
ATM I’m stuck with Zorin since it handles my multi-booting, multi-drive system almost perfectly. Hundreds of other Linux distros have failed to handle my multi-boot, multi-drive system. I’ll explain the method later on my personal website (gregzeng.com).
4) Allow popular apps and add-ons, or supersets of these addons.
Most Linux distros allow this to happen, usually (but not always) including Firefox, Chrome (or Chromium), a notepad-clone, and a simple file manager. Personally I use Opera browser.
In taskbar handlers there is much disagreement, since these have always been available in mature systems as add-ons to most desktop or tablet (including smartphones) environments. Personally I prefer Docky, but Zorin forces (anti-GUI) AWN onto me.
To deny the existence of these independent taskbars, Apple, Canonical, Microsoft, etc have super-operating systems – trying to destroy these these third party apps & add-ons, by creating as many incompatibilities as passible. Mozilla & Google might be seen as trying to topple the chief ‘god’ from the throne as well.