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Let's have a fun little thread. Post in this thread and tell the person above you what distribution they should run. They have to run it in a virtual machine for a day or two and can then come back and share experiences or opinions.

I feel like it's easy to get caught in a rut of one or two distributions and I think it would be fun to do this. Also, I would recommend staying away from gentoo or something that will take too long to install.

Pic mostly unrelated.


I'd recommend trying out korora linux. It's sort of like fedora with less autism. More drivers by default and pre-riced quite well.


Alright. I'll give it a look! And for you, I'll recommend trying out the new AntiX beta. It's probably the perfect distro for old hardware, and the new beta includes a program for streaming internet radio from the terminal, and one to stream youtube audio through the terminal. It uses less than 100 Meg of RAM on boot.


Alright, well, my experience with Korora has been… mixed. When I first went to download the distribution, I noticed there were a multitude of versions. I decided to try out the KDE one since it has been a little since I last tested Plasma 5. This turned out to be a poor choice, not becuase of Plasma, but for a couple of reasons. First, Korora was a little sluggish in my testing, despite allocating 4 GiB of RAM and 4 cores to it. Now, I've gotten much better responsiveness from KDE on way less in the past.

After installing the system, I noticed that VirtualBox guest additions were not installed by default. This isn't a big deal, though a little odd for a distro painting itself as being more user-friendly. I figured I would handle whatever updates were available and then install guest additions. To my surprise, there were almost 1100 updates that needed to be installed. Holy shit. As it turns out, my root partition (9 gig, I figured it would be enough for testing) was not big enough for all of them. After scratching and trying again with an 11 gig root partition with the same results, I became very frustrated. Even on my daily driver that I have been running since January, the root partition has only used 11.2 GB. There was also an abundance of redundant software in Korora, including three different package manager frontends and three different web browsers.

At this point I almost gave up, but I decided to give it one last go. I downloaded the MATE version of Korora instead and installed it on the same 11 gig partition. This one was MUCH better. Still no Virtualbox guest additions, but also much less redundant software, and the still rediculous over 800 updates installed smoothly, as well as said additions. It has been running pretty smoothly since. I still do not think it is the most responsive distribution (Fedora and Fedora base have always seemed a bit heavy to me), but it does do what it says on the tin: makes Fedora prettier and slightly less autistic. Personally, I prefer having .deb compatibility, so I think I'll have to pass on it.

As a conclusion, things were rocky, but ended up alright. In general, I think they need to update their installation media more. Maybe they update the direct downloads and not the torrents, but it was still not a very fun beginning. I would also recommend they drop some of their official flavors. If KDE is going to get the same love as MATE, then they should drop it, or let it get picked up as a community edition in the same way that Manjaro handles things. If I had to rate it, I would give it a 6/10. MATE did the job well enough once I tried it, but the abysmal KDE flavor plus the old installation media really left a bad taste in my mouth.

PS on AntiX: Remember, it's a beta, so it may be less stable. Also, when you use the live session, select the option for "virtualbox video." this doesn't add virtualbox additions to the live session, but it will make sure they are there once you install.


I only ever used the MATE edition, so I didn't deal with that kde autism

Downloading AntiX right now, looks promising




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It's been over a month where's my review. Hell, beta 2 is already out so you're probably behind.
>Also, I would recommend staying away from gentoo or something that will take too long to install.
Literally in the OP


l0l fam.
When I installed it, it only took 12 hours. It's not that bad.
Install LFS instead then.


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Alright, sorry for the late review.

So, antiX is pretty nice in general.

I'm not huge on icewm in general, but the layout that the devs have given it is really nice. It's somewhat reminiscent of xfce, at least to me. The menu is nice, but an integrated search bar would work wonders.

The conky configuration is really nice, totally up my alley.

The installation process was…okay. I'm not used to the way the installer was laid out, but I was able to get it done in around 10 minutes. There was a freeze after the "create users" section that lasted maybe 2 minutes, but aside from that, performance was good enough.

The whole OS uses almost none of my ram, and the only cpu usage that's notable is from conky. I added the sid repos to my install and they all work fine.

Not huge on the default colourscheme, but was surprised to find was seemed like 10-20 different theme variants, which was a bonus.

To end off, antiX doesn't have the bells and whistles I'm used to, but it does have its charms, like minimal hardware strain and a great conky setup. I wouldn't personally use it as my day-to-day OS because of my pampering with OSes like Ubuntu and Manjaro, but I would recommend it to someone looking for an easy to use and lightweight OS.


thanks. yeah, it's definitely a niche thing, but I think that's what appeals to me about it. It doesn't try to be a generalist distribution. It does one thing really well: runs on older hardware. I think that's one of the places where GNU/Linux really thrives: specialization.


Everyone should just try out gentoo. In my experience it's the only linux distro still worth using. And it's still filled with linux (kernel) related issues and bugs. Right now I'm looking at every alternate OS (smartos/openindiana, freebsd/openbsd/trueos, haiku… even fuckCIA and redox) but none of them are actually usable (for example, they have no good virt solution, they're very slow, they don't support modern hardware, or they're too experimental). All in all, OSs nowadays are dogshit, they were significantly better years ago. Now only gentoo remains.


Gentoo is probably the most unstable, unusable and generally shitty distro I have ever used. I'm glad I at least tried it out, but I'm even more overjoyed that I removed it after a week.


Maybe in 2005, but it hasn't been the case since 2009. Exactly the opposite, in fact. I've never seen a single piece of software break on gentoo, ever. It also has the second largest repos, second only to arch. The customization is killer, the compile times are beyond overstated except for a few packages (clang, llvm, qt come to mind, but firefox, chrome, openoffice and even palemoon have binaries so they're no issue).
Even in debian everything's constantly broken. In gentoo, either it compiles and works perfectly (99.5% of the time), or it doesn't compile and the previous version still works perfectly.


i used it 2 months ago you complete turdmongler.


>I have never even heard of gentoo therefore it must be shit!
really made me think…….


>never heard of it

I just said I previously used it. Actually, you can see a pic of my gentoo desktop in the /t/ desktop thread for proof, kek.




That only works if it was bait. He actually had a good point and your reading comprehension is poor.

Also, I'm ready to test another if someone has something that doesn't take several days to install.


Parrot OS


I assume you mean parrot security OS? I'll take a look at it I suppose, though I am by no means a penetration tester, so I am not sure how well I will be able to review it.

For you, I'll recommend taking a look at Bunsen Labs. It's supposed to be a successor to Crunchbang. I wonder how they are doing.


Oh, yeah, Bunsenlabs, I've actually been meaning to try that out. Never really dug into openbox before. I'll make a VM.


So I downloaded the home non pen-testing version of Parrot OS. My general impressions are just a sort of resounding meh. I feel like as a normal use distribution, it doesn't really do anything that makes it stand out. There are a million distributions based on Debian stable and I feel like it doesn't really stand out.

I didn't have too many issues. The graphical installer in the live session would not work for me. However, choosing the graphical install from the boot menu worked just fine with a pretty standard Debian installer. One thing I did notice was that Parrot OS did use relatively few system resources, which was nice. However, I did not like the default theming. At a first glance it looks nice, but the colors often clash and the fonts have very poor contrast, with a lot of dark grey on black.

It's very difficult to write this review because I feel like there's not a lot to say, good or ill. I think my biggest problem is just that it does nothing to stand out, at least in its home version. There are other distributions that do MATE better, and other distributions that build off of Debian better. It does not really excel in any area. That being said, it doesn't really falter either. Overall, I would rate it about 6/10, though for different reasons than Korora. While Korora had a horrendous KDE version and a pretty good MATE version, Parrot OS is consistent, just… well, kind of boring. If you use it an like it, I don't think you're crazy. However, I wouldn't really recommend installing this one or taking the effort to move over.


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Bunsenlabs is pretty cool.

The conky config is nice enough, it's not overdone and all over like a lot of the ones I generally see. The OS uses a generally grey colour, which obviously can be changed, but I'm not huge on it. Bunsenlabs is supposed to be to debian what crunchbang was; preconfigured to work as one would require, including in terms of visuals, which I think they took too conservative an approach on by default.

in terms of functionality, Bunsenlabs manages to do pretty well. It's not unstable, and the openbox config is very usable. My only real issue was the default window sizing, which again, is easily changed.

I was sort of surprised the devs hadn't moved on from jessie to stretch as a base. Neofetch wasn't in the jessie repos, so this kind of bothered me, but again, not anything I can't change.

The lightdm layout is really nice, I have to say. It kind of reminds me of the ubuntu theme, so I really like it.

All in all, Bunsenlabs works, and it looks/functions well enough without much issue. The only "issues" are generally easy to remedy and it's certainly a reliable OS. I'm personally not big on openbox, so I wouldn't use this in my day-to-day life, but I'd still call Bunsenlabs an 8/10.

Sorry for the cut-off screenshot, kek.


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I'm testing out Refracta, a distribution based on Devuan. Only had it up and running for about 30 minutes, but there doesn't seem to be any issues. The two things I have noticed so far is that the repos are pretty bare, and that Hexchat suffers from a segmentation fault when connecting to a server, but this happens on most Live discs right now, so I think it's a bad version of Hexchat being packaged.

Ships with XFCE, is working on my AMD video card (R9 3xx series), Pale Moon installed with no problems, Neofatch compiled with no issues.

Seems like a complete and functional operating system so far. Might be a solution for those wanting to get away from systemd. Until applications start writing dependencies on systemd.


oh, hey, this looks cool. does it use nonfree drivers? my only issue with devuan is that my wifi card isn't compatible.


Just build the driver yourself, shouldn't be too hard


It has a wifi configuration tool and non-free drivers available. I use a wired connection so I can't attest to how well it operates.


that sounds interesting. I've never had any issues with systemd, but i know a lot of people do, so it's nice to see something that's relatively user-friendly that's not systemd-based.

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