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Which Linux distribution do you prefer? (2019 Edition)

Which Linux distribution do you prefer?  

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Dhillon    3

Raspbian.

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ian    7

Kubuntu

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darkz    12

CrunchBang++

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Vince800    252

I'm moving more towards openSUSE from Slackware. It's a huge change of pace as I've gone for Tumbleweed to have the latest packages. I probably won't move back to Slackware until such a time that KDE 5 is included officially. Unfortunately 14.2 is getting up there a bit now and it doesn't play nice with 4K due to being on KDE4. I know that alien releases KDE 5 packages and they do work well but I'd like some official inclusion before I use it on a day to day basis. 

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Mindovermaster    1,875
5 minutes ago, Vince800 said:

I'm moving more towards openSUSE from Slackware. It's a huge change of pace as I've gone for Tumbleweed to have the latest packages. I probably won't move back to Slackware until such a time that KDE 5 is included officially. Unfortunately 14.2 is getting up there a bit now and it doesn't play nice with 4K due to being on KDE4. I know that alien releases KDE 5 packages and they do work well but I'd like some official inclusion before I use it on a day to day basis. 

Slackware was kind of lacking in ways...

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Vince800    252
Posted (edited)

Slackware is what you make it I guess. I've been using it on and off for around 16 years and it's usually my go to distro, but lately I just want an OS which I can sort of leave running and not have to mess around with too much. Granted that once Slackware is set up, it very rare for me to have to change anything throughout the whole course of the release but switching to 4K really caused issues with the older software. As I said above, KDE 5 is available through alien but I don't know, I just want something which I can set up and look after its self to an extent. I work with computers all day so I don't really feel like it when I get home too. 

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ThaCrip    579
Posted (edited)

Linux Mint (v19.1 Xfce) ; it's been my primary OS since Jan 2019 on my main PC. although it's installed on some other computers I got to as it runs better on some underpowered laptops than Windows does, especially since Windows 10 is just a bit too taxing on them and Windows 7 support ends Jan 2020. so Linux was pretty much the only real option for me overall. even my old desktop from 2006 has Mint on it as Win10 won't work at all on that on that due to lack of 'nx bit' support on motherboard, so Linux is my only option on that basically.

 

so while I am no expert on Linux, Mint seems to be a pretty safe bet for most people for general use when it comes to a Linux OS you just install and pretty much use (although those on low ram should use the 'vm.swappiness=10' (you can find more online)). like probably the best for something that works well out-of-the-box and is not bloated etc.

 

p.s. I do have a couple issues with it though... 1)if 'vdpau' is enabled in video playback software it's not long before it freezes the system (I can disable the GPU acceleration to work around that issue). 2)within about 5-10 days of system uptime the system will lockup/freeze coming out of the lock screen. NOTE: but recently (less than 24 hours ago) I used the Linux Nvidia driver PPA to get newer drivers, I choose v418.xx instead of the one offered which is v390.xxx, for my Nvidia 1050 Ti 4GB GPU and I am going to be testing those over the upcoming days as I figure if things are stable for a full 14+ days, between the GPU freeze/lock screen issue, chances are the driver update fixed my two issues. if not, I can try a the other drivers in the menu like v410.xx or newest v430.xx I think.

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ThaCrip    579

Well a update to my post above...

 

basically the NVIDIA graphics drivers seem to have fixed the GPU acceleration problem of it freezing the computer but the coming out of lock screen bug remains after the 5-10 days or so of uptime.

 

like when coming out of the lock screen, after entering password and pressing enter on the keyboard, it seems to go to a black screen for a moment and normally where the desktop appears and you resume use like usual, instead it just remains black and the monitor powers off like there is no connection and that's that. I got to press reset button to get things working again.

 

p.s. but I do notice while the GPU accelerated video (vdpau) now seems to basically work, as you can see CPU usage is quite low, I noticed video playback is a bit jerky. like it's largely fine but during movement of the camera you can see the video stutters briefly (like playback is not perfectly smooth as expected (sound playback is okay)) and then is fine for a bit and does it again and keeps on doing this pattern as it does this consistently. I am using SMPlayer v19.5.0. but I noticed if I do Options > Preferences > General > Video and then change 'output driver' from 'vdpau' to 'default' it seems to cure the slight stutter issue I have but then CPU usage increases some even though it still appears to be using the GPU acceleration to some degree as CPU usage is not too high and fastforwarding video etc is still snappy vs if vdpau is completely disabled as I still have 'Performance > Decoding > Hardware Decoding' set to 'vdpau' as if I put that to 'none' then it's totally back on software rendering and CPU usage rises.

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QAnon    284
Posted (edited)

I recently installed KDE Neon and I love it.

 

Made by the KDE.org community, based on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS with the most recent vanilla KDE updates.

Stable core, but up-to-date KDE UI & KDE apps.

 

Otherwise, I used to use Kubuntu. I prefer the LTS releases for stability/security, which is why KDE Neon is the perfect pick.

Edited by Simmo3D

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QAnon    284

UPDATE: I went over to openSUSE Tumbleweed and I wont be looking back. KDE Neon was a short venture lol. 

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ThaCrip    579

A update to my post above as far as GPU accelerated x264 video that I mentioned above with the slightly jerky playback... well I found a fix in that instead of using 'vdpau' I just select 'cuda' for hardware decoding and CPU usage seems to float around 5% like I would expect and there is no jerky video playback any more as it works as expected. so at this point the GPU accelerated x264 video playback seems to work perfectly.

 

basically things are now in SMPlayer...

 

1)Options > Preferences > General > Video and then I put 'output driver' from 'vdpau' back to 'default'.

2)then... Performance > Decoding > Hardware Decoding set to 'cuda' instead of 'vdpau'.

 

so hopefully that freezing coming out of the lock screen will eventually be fixed in future releases. but there is something I read online that I plan on trying when the screen freeze happens again as if it works it might be good enough as a temporary work around.

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