What is your best favorite KDE distro? Mageia, Pardus, Kubuntu, Mandriva, PC Linux OS, Mint KDE.... which? :) I will use your choice :) thanks too.
First of all, I am very pleased that person looks at me as at specialist and asks for advice in system choice. Obviously, that is the point of this blog – to choose OS for your computer. Look at the top of the page to confirm.
Then, I should admit that’s a very good question actually.
- Let’s start from the point that I have tried only LXDE version of PC Linux OS, not KDE one. My impression is that PCLOS is not for beginners. If you are comfortable with tweaking the system yourself, then why not give it a go?
- I have never tried Mint KDE. From Ubuntu-based Mint’s I have tried Mint GNOME. I don’t like Mint menu, the point other users adore. It is overcomplicated for me. Other than that, it is still Ubuntu in different wrapper. I don’t see the point of Mint KDE at all. If you want Ubuntu with KDE, go directly to Kubuntu.
- Mandriva? I had issues with Mandriva 2010.2 KDE. They were about boot time and MP3 support. I think both issues can be easily resolved once system is installed. I saw that happened in Mageia which I have installed now. Also, Mandriva is going to release new version in less than a month. If you can wait to try newer version, then do.
- Mageia. This may be a good choice. I saw significant improvement in this part of Linux world since Mageia team forked from Mandriva. Not that everything is nice and shiny here, but still very good choice from my perspective. I use Mageia quite often. This is now default system on my laptop. So, when my wife fires it up for any reason, she gets into Mageia. Earlier Kubuntu was the default. She feels herself quite comfortable in Mageia and Kubuntu, although she has quite limited number of tasks to do on that laptop.
- Pardus. Good choice too. For you being Turkish, it is even better to “support local”. There are couple of warnings I would give you though. First is about package manager. Pardus uses its own package format, and I am not sure you can find all the software you need there. Pardus team promises a lot, but I can’t guarantee. Of course, “compile from source” way is always available. Second, community support is limited. There are definitely less Pardus users than say Mandriva/Mageia or (K)ubuntu.
- Kubuntu. It’s good for beginners. It is easy. It has good support from either Ubuntu or Kubuntu forums (kubuntuforums.net is very user-friendly community). I had some issues with 11.04 version which made me change the system. If not those issues, I would stick to Kubuntu still.
If you don’t mind, I would add come more options to your list.
- First, CTK Arch. I was very much impressed with this system (spin of Arch actually). It is "Fast and Furious". The downside here - it is not for beginners. You need to be mid-level Linux user, I think, to get all the benefits of this system. That is true for any Arch-based system actually.
- Then, Fedora KDE. Not bad at all. There was a minor issue which stopped me from choosing Fedora over the Mageia, but you may find it different.
And finally, here come 2 kings.
- Debian KDE. I have installation of Debian GNOME and have never tried KDE version. But you may wish to have a look. Obviously, KDE is not default option for Debian, but I am more than sure that KDE version will work very well. Honestly, I am very inclined to look into this option myself. Young “nephew” of Debian KDE is Aptosid. It’s pretty good too, if you’re not scared with “testing” environment.
- Slackware. KDE is default here. The downside of Slack though that it is not for newbies. It requires quite a lot of manual configuration work. If you are not scared with getting your hands dirty, than try. I have not tried Slackware yet, because it does not have Live CD and because I am still little bit scared.
Choice is basically depends on your experience with Linux and wish to dig it further to get things set specifically as you require. With Kubuntu on one polus and Slackware on another, choice is yours.
Most of these options are available as Live CD, so you can try them before you install. The only exception is Slackware, as I mentioned above.
You can use approach I used for buying SLR camera: try all the options you consider. When you feel something to be part of you, this is correct choice. Only your heart and mind can give you good advice here.
If you can’t download and burn disks yourself, you can use service at Buy Linux CDs site to order. If you don’t see the distribution you’d like to try in the list, use a contact form to ask about availability.
Interested in KDE features you may be unaware of? Then look at books about KDE.
And what is YOUR favourite KDE distro?
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