Gye Greene's Thoughts

Gye Greene's Thoughts (w/ apologies to The Smithereens and their similarly-titled album!)

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Linux distros to try

Kind of a memo to myself (much of this from the article on ''Which Distro for You, depending on your uses'', in LXF#118/May)...

For my Pentium 2, 233MHz machine, try Sugar (list of included apps ) for The Girl,

Foresight for Kids, and Qimo, are also supposed to be good -- but have higher system requirements (for Qimo, the FAQ says: ''a minimum of 256MB of memory to run from the CD, or 192MB to install. At least 6 GB of hard drive space is recommended, and a 400MHz or faster CPU''; Foresight needs something pretty modern, IIRC).

There's also an Ubuntu Christian Edition that supposedly has good web content filtering.

For my general desktop PC useage, try Linux Mint. Based on Ubuntu, but with better package management (i.e. D/L-ing new software).

For a multimedia center, LinuxMCE, as cleaner and less complex to set up , than Mythbuntu (although Mythbuntu is easier than MythTV). However, the article's author wasn't sure whether LinuxMCE was still fully active.

For music production, try 64 Studio -- with Ubuntu Studio as a runner-up.

They didn't list one for video editing. Maybe 64 Studio has video editing tools, as well (worth a look).



At September 30, 2009 9:35 AM, Blogger Thom said...

Thank you for your comment on LinuxMCE. I can assure you that the LinuxMCE community is fully active. We have had to buckle down with the few programmers we have left, to release the 0810 build, which is nearing beta.


At October 01, 2009 12:21 PM, Blogger Gye Greene said...


Good to know! When we (finally?) get a home entertainment centre set up, I'll give it a try. :)


At October 01, 2009 10:58 PM, Blogger Thom said...

The best thing to keep in mind, is that this system is a smart home platform. It does much more than a media center, and thus has much larger setup requirements and time investment, but what you get back in return is the ability to unify virtually all of your house functions under one control.

At October 02, 2009 12:31 AM, Blogger Gye Greene said...


Ah! Did not know that (I was just going off the brief description in Linux Format).




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