Whats your favorite Linux Distro?

Coco767

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Hi. I wanted to ask the people on the forum what their favorite linux distro is.

Personally, i like Macpup and Ubuntu best.
 

Johnny b

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Currently: Xenialpup 7.5 64 bit booting from a DVD.

Past distros I liked and ran either from CD or DVD:
Tahrpup 6.0.6 64bit uefi
Skacko 5.5 and 5.7, ran the 7.0(listed as 6.999) for a short spell
Slax a long time ago but only when Windows was broken. ( :D ) That was interesting.

Ran Mint from a hard drive, but only off line and as a virtual OS.
If I was going to run a distro from a hard drive full time and with an Internet connection, it would be Mint.
 

Coco767

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If i would run a distro from a hard drive, id rather use ubuntu. In fact, i want to get a new hard drive for the thinkpad and install it on that.
 

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If i would run a distro from a hard drive, id rather use ubuntu. In fact, i want to get a new hard drive for the thinkpad and install it on that.
I've taken it out for a spin, but prefer the derivatives of it, like Mint and many of the Puppy versions.

I probably won't do a permanent Linux hard drive install on any of my computers.
No need.
Off line, it's only Windows for me and for the Internet I prefer the better security associated with Live CD/DVDs.
 

Coco767

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Actually, ill think ill full out boot ReactOS in a flash drive if i like it in the VM. The only thing annoying about it so far is the download is in a zip file....
 

Coco767

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I tried out ReactOS in the Vm.

First time the install got corrupted - that was my fault

Its in the VM. Adjusting specs allowed to the VM.
It needed 700 mb RAM and 70 mb video memory to run stable without hopelessly freezing after 10 minutes.

Happily finding out its able to run windows programs. probably because it installs winegecko something in its system files at install.

Later.... running fine... Bluescreen. Huh? Its based on windows without actually using Windows code, what do you expect.

After a reboot.... it corrupts ITSELF?

And that is what happened when i tried it. After that i don't like it, put a different OS to boot on flash drive.
 

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If I remember, your laptop doesn't have a lot of memory.
Running an OS in a virtual machine uses more memory than if you boot that OS from a Live DVD or usb flash drive.

Sounds like you are running out of memory.

You might have better luck booting ReactOS from a Live DVD or USB flash drive instead of booting up Windows and then running it as a virtual OS.
 

Coco767

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Actually ReactOS has a Task Manager built in and that actualy said it was running out of CPU, when there was no execution cap on it. And actual machine CPU usage was around a steady 50%, so i dont get why it didn't take advantage of more of my CPU.

RAM usage in the actual machine was about 1 GB out of 1.5, and the VM i let use 700 MB, so im confused.

It probably could have been running out of memory, i suppose though. Because the Task manager in it tried to show me page file usage instead of RAM usage.

The live file iso was happy running with 300 MB of RAM and 30 or 40 MB of video memory, which confuses me.

Im getting a RAM upgrade soon to be able to keep up better, anyways. So, i might not have to boot it from usb. I actually don't want to run it on a usb because its still a version away from beta stage, so technically its still in the alpha stage.
 

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Lets actually get talking about Linux distros, shall we?
I don't have much more to comment on.
For all my Internet usage, Xenialpup, Tahrpup and SlackO have done everything I need or want and done it well.

A Live DVD distro running completely in ram, is quicker than a hard drive install and less chance of malware damage to the code on a DVD than a hard drive.
Puppy runs quite well on older equipment
I doubt I'll ever go back to Windows for Internet access.
 

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