Elementary OS


#43

I only watched a walktrough video on Youtube, hadn’t tried the live usb. It’s like watching a movie trailer where I feel like I’ve seen the whole movie. New features aside, I guess I was expecting to be instantly wowed by a refresh of their default theme and icons. Looks the same to me. I’ll wait for the final release to try it. I found more stimulation using a certain Xfce+Gala distro.


#44

Yeah, reminds me of a comment I read at Reddit regarding how you can recognise consistency when the first release is almost exactly like the latest.


#45

I checked out elementary’s website as well while looking for a new distro but yeah - looked pretty much set up and I wanted to work a little :slight_smile:

But one thing I thought was fantastic was one of their apps called “Transporter” (https://medium.com/elementaryos/appcenter-spotlight-transporter-7c9db2472f37?source=collection_home---4------1----------------)
Sounds so convenient!


#46

theres just something about debian/ubuntu(other than antiX/MX) that hearing distros based on them wont interest me longer than a few minutes after installing… elementary os does looks nice, but i have seen videos 2 years ago that looked the same. after trying out i just felt like after using kde i really felt “constraint” of how little you can do with the distro as far as customizations. even installing elementary-tweaks(which ive read often breaks during updates) is not enough.


#47

A nicely dressed distribution and I know, many people love it but as exciting as a root canal (imo).


#48

Yeah I find it visually appealing and I install it. It lasts maybe half an hour before I get frustrated with the locked down approach and I install something else.

I had eOS installed on my Mums laptop but it was just a pain in the arse so I swapped it out for Solus and it has been nothing but solid for her.


#49

Solus is another that’s nice but uninspiring. I suppose if I preferred to use a laptop, both would make more sense to me.


#50

At least Solus is customisable. :slight_smile:

Don’t get me wrong, I love those eOS guys and wish them all the best, I just don’t like their approach for my own use.


#51

i liked solus too. but at that time i was using it, i was kinda new to linux so having limited apps in repo ticked me off since i dont know how to compile (i still dont know much now but its better than before :D)

I would return and test solus again once they release 4.0


#52

I checked out the new release. Very nice looking and well put together. It lasted on the craptop approximately half an hour.


#53

lol, not surprised.


#54

Like I say, its really nice but just too restrictive for my personal tastes.


#55

Yep, but would be great for a new Linux user @Dobbie03


#56

Yes agreed, that’s why I set my Mum up on it. But we had a few issues so I moved her to Solus, other than her deciphering what the icons are she has had no issues.


#57

Guess another good distro would be Linux Lite based on Ubuntu/XFCE, had it for a while years ago, never had issues with it.


#58

Good call another solid one is MX Linux.

The only problem is with Linux Lite, MX etc is that they are Debian based. Arch based all the way!!


#59

Yep, loved it also, would need loads of craptops as I m always on metal.

AS a matter of fact might get a secondhand one in a month or 2as well as buying another hard drive, I started a thread on this topic as well.


#60

Very nice! I’m lucky enough to have two spare craptops as I always do a full install also!


#61

Reminds me, I have a very old craptop with CrunchBang on it, sitting and unused. I should test MX on it just to play. I toyed with the idea of making it my music server since my ancient iMac died finally. However, I think I’d rather get a RPi or for that, just because of power consumption. I’m not sure what to run though, Subsonic changed their licensing and I’d prefer to support open source. I should make a new topic on that.


#62

For the sake of the mention of Subsonic - I am currently using that on a system as a music server also.I have toyed with the use of an RPi (I have 2) and was originally going to setup a mail server or a file-server. The latter is what I ended up prepping for by getting a dual drive bay by Unitek for my 2 - sata drives both 1.5TB.

The thing that held me back on the file-server, there is a timeout (or sleep mode) on the Unitek that I can’t seem to get around. I use the Unitek now with my laptop for local storage of tared up files and that’s OK since I don’t require the drives to be “on” all the time.

But I think your idea of the RPi for a music server is perfect. And even doable for this Unitek of mine since I don’t use Subsonic for any great length of time.

So in short, you may face something similar as I did if you opt for some sort of USB drive bay. The only way around that might be SSD drives (but admittedly, I know next to nothing of them).

Just wanted to present you with some of my findings so as you might not spend money you wont need to (as I did with a few devices).

Cheers
Chris