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WebSmacker says

I absolutely love Linux.. it’s like a fine wine, there are many types.. good ones, bad ones. Mac users also like linux, because after all they share a lot of DNA and a lot of the controls are already familiar.

Here are my favorite free ones:
  1. Mageia (robust OS, formerly Mandriva, formerly Mandrake)
  2. OpenSUSE (beautiful)
  3. Fedora (from RedHat)
  4. Ubuntu (lightweight)
There are a couple of essentials with each installation I do:
  • VirtualBox.. machines can be copied from machine to machine, so this is awesome to just copy my dev environment from my Windows machine, to my Mac or onto my Linux box.. and back again
  • Crossover Office.. not to be confused with Open Office, it’s used for installing and running Windows apps (even Photoshop) directly on the native Linux desktop.. Costs about $60 though
  • Chrome, Firefox, Opera (you won’t find Safari.. but you will find Konqueror, from which Safari was originally based ;)
  • ActiveState Komodo Edit.. great for coding php, css, js, html, etc.. its just awesome

The major difference between the operating systems is the way they install things.. I prefer the RPM style of Mageia and Fedora.. it’s a lot like Windows installations, you run a single file and tell it to install.. then it installs :)

Oh yeah, I forgot the Desktop managers.. you have Gnome (which is like Mac with a nice twist) and there is also KDE (which Windows users might prefer).. other desktop managers aren’t worth my time really, those are the 2 major ones and they completely control the way your desktop looks and acts.

Thanks for this Endat! I’m going to play with some of this over the weekend.

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OriginalEXE says

I used Windows since like ever, and have moved to linux 2 months ago, no regrets.

It’s hard at first, cause some stuff is not as intuitive as in Windows, or does not work as splendid, but there are many more pluses. Not to mention the much better performance of lamp over wamp.

P.S I picked kubuntu due to similar looks to Windows. Windows window management is still the best though.

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Aether-Themes says

I used Windows since like ever, and have moved to linux 2 months ago, no regrets.

It’s hard at first, cause some stuff is not as intuitive as in Windows, or does not work as splendid, but there are many more pluses. Not to mention the much better performance of lamp over wamp.

P.S I picked kubuntu due to similar looks to Windows. Windows window management is still the best though.

Scratch the last part, mac os window management is the best, especially if you are using a trackpad. Mission control is priceless

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OriginalEXE says


I used Windows since like ever, and have moved to linux 2 months ago, no regrets.

It’s hard at first, cause some stuff is not as intuitive as in Windows, or does not work as splendid, but there are many more pluses. Not to mention the much better performance of lamp over wamp.

P.S I picked kubuntu due to similar looks to Windows. Windows window management is still the best though.
Scratch the last part, mac os window management is the best, especially if you are using a trackpad. Mission control is priceless

Can’t argue there, haven’t used mac os yet, though I hope to try it in the near future.

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Sandi says

this week I started to work with OpenSUSE :) well… looks nice, performs good, but sometimes difficult to switch from Windows, especially then using matlab.

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Crusader12 Reviewer says

I’ve had dual boot one of mine as well and just never find myself using it at all. Linux has seemed like it has had a ton of consumer level potential for ages, but just never seems to get there. :(

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laranz says

Recently I installed Windows 8 and Elementary OS. Well pretty much both are awesome. I planned to switch elementary OS for full time. :) Let’s try, that’s what my mind saying ;)

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dtbaker Volunteer moderator says

Yep Linux here as a main os for as long as I can remember. Love it. Phpstorm for dev. Tried quite a few distros, stuck on mint at the moment (after Ubuntu went crap recently). Don’t play games or use photoshop so it suits nicely.

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Joost Volunteer moderator says

looks nice, performs good, but sometimes difficult to switch from Windows especially then using matlab.

Just FYI: there’s an excellent open-source alternative in the form of Octave :)

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