Coran Fixx wrote:
Anyone have thoughts on Mint vs Manjaro vs Lite? Those are just some of the reviews I've been reading. I want to decide on a distro, back up my main rig and cut the win7 strings.
I use Mint on some old Dell laptops at work. They have Broadcom wireless cards in them, and it's easier to install Mint then get the drivers working in Fedora or Scientific Linux.
I haven't use Manjaro or Lite. This is actually the first I've heard of those.
Deciding on a distro kind of depends on what you want. Mint is a good desktop distro. It has all the codecs, and what not, people like, and you can get most Ubuntu specific software to install on it since most of the changes are cosmetic. 6 month release cycles get to be a pain unless you stick with the LTS.
OpenSUSE has a great desktop experience as well, but it's not as well known as the other top distros. Yast is awful, but it does have longer release cycles.
Fedora is solid. It's Red Hat's beta play ground, but the release engineering quality is impeccable. It sticks very closely to the principles of being a FOSS distro, so don't expect niceties like it offering to install the Nvidia drivers for you. However, since it is a Red Hat project, it's well supported by third parties.
RHEL/CentOS/Scientific Linux are super stable. The userland software can be a little stale, but it's rock solid.
If I could just figure out how to get Netflix to work, it'd be the perfect laptop...
People have gotten it working, but you'll need Wine to do it.