Exploring Linux Distros: September 2019

I recall in 2009, I had only a desktop for all my computing wants – a desktop purchased in 2003 and submit SP3 update, struggled to run Windows XP, plagued with virus issues, slowness, and sometimes crashing. Every 2 months, I had to re-set up Windows XP! I still persisted with XP, considering Linux was for the geeks and never my cup of tea.

Finally, in 2010 I gathered courage to check out Ubuntu 10.04 LTS and I used to be amazed by the speed and stability it rendered to my previous computer. After that there was no looking again! I installed Ubuntu 11.04 “Natty” thereafter which performed amazingly effectively on it. Now all of the 4 methods that I’ve, run on Linux solely!

Essentially what attracted me to Linux is its capability to run on low specs. Linux desktop was engaging in 2009 and 2010 (specially Ubuntu) but never close to a Windows 7 or a Mac OS X. However, 2011-12 are, I feel, landmark years for Linux. One of the best-looking Linux desktops came out of Ubuntu and Fedora/OpenSUSE stable throughout this section and almost all Linux distros now look as good as any Windows or a Mac!

This week I experimented to find out if these acclaimed Linux distros still retain their capacity to perform on average to low hardware. The concept came up while looking for a distro to replace my Ubuntu 11.04 (whose help end in Oct’12) in my desktop and netbook. I believed, why not do my experiments and outcomes. I lined 14 of the highest 20 distros (from Distrowatch ranking) in this take a look at.

Distros like Puppy is minimalistic and hence, not coated. CentOS I’ll cool it some day, however left out for now. All Linux distros boot up and perform flawlessly on the other two techniques I’ve with Ivy bridge processors. They aren’t notably useful resource crunched and so, I’m not utilizing them for this experiment. The methods used are definitely not very low specs however can be termed as “restricted” resources.

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Both have dual boot with Windows XP and Ubuntu 11.04 32 bit. My idea is to find out one of the best-performing distro based on stay boot after which choose one to put in. Needs to be an entire distro (and never a minimalistic one) with all important applications to run and installable.

Should be very smooth to make use of, similar to Ubuntu 10.04 & 11.04 carried out, permitting me to multi-job without creating undue pressure on resources. I did these experiments over every week, making an attempt out 14 completely different newest distros. Apart from OpenSUSE, I created dwell USB utilizing UNetbootin after which live-boot it. OpenSUSE stay USB’s were created utilizing SUSE Image writer. Definitely, the perfect option would have been to put in each of them on exhausting disk and then take a look at the performance. Many-a-times Linux distros don’t carry out that properly on reside boot however are significantly higher when put in.

But, given the limitations of time and sources, I took a live boot as an indication of the particular feel and performance after which select the very best options. So, disclaimer of observations based on stay boot hooked up! Disclaimer: All the outcomes are based on experiments I did without making an attempt any extra fix to resolve the problems I faced.