[Digikam-users] Best LInux distro for my needs?
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Fri Sep 3 15:47:52 CEST 2010
Þann fim 2.sep 2010 13:16, skrifaði Paul Verizzo:
> You may recall that I'm going to probably use an old
> computer dedicated to digiKam on Linux - that's how much I
> love this thing! - in order to gain stability and faster
> updates. I don't recall the specifics, but it's an older,
> slower machine. It runs Windows 2000 OK, but the USB is 1.0,
> so that gives you some clue as to hardware level. It will
> have to do for now.
> So, what's the best distro for me? First, minimal overhead
> on the computer. I'm thinking one of the KDE based laptop or
> netbook distros. Does that make sense?
I'm running several distros on a 6yrs old Intel Pentium
laptop 1600 Mhz with 1 Gb RAM, don't know if your specs are
Ubuntu 10.10 runs fine, I don't use Digikam on that one. On
other machines I run Digikam flawlessly in Ubuntu/GNOME.
LinuxMint-9 runs Digikam 1.3 quite well, of course some
operations lag a bit, depends on filesize. A bit more RAM
would probably speed up things.
Upgrades are easy, most things come from the Ubuntu repos
Some people say that Mint is an Ubuntu with cosmetic
changes, but those are also dealing with organisation and
Let's say that Mint may be a bit more 'understandable' by
recent converts from Windows (even though it's green).
You'd inherit with both those distros the before-mentioned
translation problems from KDE-vs-*buntu love/hate
relationship - unless you take the step and learn how to
deal with .po's and .mo's and make your own translations
(which you then contribute to launchpad and KDE-upstream) ;-)
OpenSuse 11.2 KDE is a bit 'enterprise' oriented, quite
large 'footprint' but still decent responsiveness, has very
good internationalization support and well organized
configuration tools. Some people hate their yast2 admin
tool, but at least you can also run it in a sort of
graphical mode from shell if there are problems with display
drivers (and yes, my ATI has had problems).
Digikam 1.3 works much like in LinuxMint, if I wanted the
latest cutting-edge version, one has to activate the
'Factory', 'Factory:Desktop' and 'Extras' repositories.
I did have a partition with VectorLinux 6 KDE, which is a
sort of Slackware but with a package-manager which pulls all
dependencies for the source packages which are compiled on
that particular machine. So maybe there you'd get the most
specialized setup, with least pain. Not sure if there was
any 'automatic upgrades' feature.
Had to sacrifice this partition for a bigger data partition.
Have tried others on this machine; PCLinuxOS was nice except
for their horrible I18n support (charsets and stuff),
Mandriva is fine but had problems with adopting KDE
translations. Plain Debian I'd use on a server, same for
Had Win2k installed originally, it may have been possible to
run XP on it, but probably not Vista.
You really should give your Digikam installation some
resources (Why not VirtualBox?), the experience is not the
same on a low spec machine.
Don't know whether these take much resources.
Hope these points can be of help.
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