Month: April 2016

Slackware 14.1

Slackware 14.1

Do you like pain? Is life not annoying enough for you? Well then Slackware is for you. The command line installer is simple enough but I did have it decide it couldn’t find the DVD one time. Also why is Lilo the default boot manager? I get that the ISO is out-of-date but this feels like I went back in time about 10 years. Once you get things up and running you need to update the system but before you do this, you have to manually pick a mirror. I made the mistake of going with a Slackware current mirror first and after updating slackpkg it decided it couldn’t find anything anymore. Take 2, I went with a Slackware 14.1 mirror and things went much smoother. Installing VirtualBox Guest Addtions, simple, mount the ISO and run the script. Want Chrome or a simple text editor like Leafpad? Well you’re going to need to download the source and SlackBuild (in Chrome’s case you’ll need to do some tweaking to the SlackBuild). Ok maybe it is not all that painful but it is a hassle and what does this hassle do for you? I’m not sure of the appeal of Slackware. To me it feels like it is just aimed at stubborn people who want to do things a specific way.

Lubuntu 16.04

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It’s like Xubuntu but lighter. I’m now 4 for 4 on *buntu 16.04 releases. I think I’ll keep the positive record and stay away from the Unity and Gnome spins. A few releases back I bailed on Lubuntu because it started having weird quircks but the last two releases are back on point. Now I just need to find some physical hardware and pick which of the 4 *buntus I tried I want to run on it.

KaOS 2016.04

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Wait wasn’t there a KaOS release a month ago? There was but this one seems to actually work. KDE isn’t crashing like before and I haven’t had the wallpaper reset yet. It looks like the VirtualBox Guest Addtions are still broke as I had to install them manually. If KDE is your thing and you only use 64-bit then KaOS is worth a look.

Xubuntu 16.04

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The last few Xubuntu releases have been great and this one is no different. So far I am 3 for 3 on Ubuntu releases. MATE, Kubuntu, and Xubuntu are all good choices. If you are using older hardware go with MATE or Xubuntu. If you got a powerful PC and want something shiny to put on it, go Kubuntu. Anyway, back to Xubuntu. I was able to quickly slim this down to next to nothing. Everything worked without digging through tweaks a fixes. There is actually not much to say because it was simple and worked without issue.

Kubuntu 16.04

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So close to being great. I used to really like Kubuntu then things got messy around Intrepid and I bailed. This is the most stable KDE5 I’ve used so far but it still had some random crashes and didn’t feel like shutting down a few times. There isn’t the usual pile of preinstall programs so getting this trimmed down was pretty easy. Overall it feels pretty solid and I think the problems have to deal with KDE5 more than anything else.

Debian XFCE 8.4.0 netinst

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It’s Debian meaning it takes some configuring and the packages are a bit behind but it is rock solid. Building it from the netinst keeps it light and lets you set it just the way you want. If you’re willing to put in a little time to get it working the way you want, it is great. I run my server on it because I want things to work without needing fixes and tweaks.