[Digikam-users] Found: Best distro

sleepless sleeplessregulus at hetnet.nl
Tue Sep 20 13:44:58 BST 2011

I wondered already a few days, what happened to Paul?

Not that I have to complain much about Ubuntu, but curious as I am, I 
will give it a try. Thanks for the share.


Op 20-09-11 14:25, Paul Verizzo schreef:
> As loyal readers here might recall, I've been playing with - no, 
> working with - various Linux distros in order to run digiKam in its 
> native OS.  (Is that loyalty, or what?  Many dozens of hours!)  I've 
> come to some finalizations, which I will summarize here:
> Oh, native OS for me is Windows XP Pro, Service Pack 3, running on an 
> AMD 3800+ with 3GB (soon to be 5GB) RAM.  I have my hard drive broken 
> into two partitions, C which is the Windows, Virtual Box, and dual 
> boot Wubi OS's and supporting files, and D which is all of my data.  
> Why, I hear you ask?  A long ago experience of having data wiped in an 
> aborted Checkdisk run.  I've gotten used to this and it's very safe 
> from machine or human error.
> The problem for me, using two partitions, with Ubuntu/Wubi/Mint Linux: 
> As designed, the installer is prevented from having, or using, or 
> becoming a root user.  That means no access to the drive the Linux OS 
> is installed on, "C" or hda1 to those who insist.  That has been my 
> default database location, although my photos are on easily accessed 
> D.  For Windows users on Wubi, it appears you just can't get access to 
> your C drive without going through the annoyance of Secret 
> Instructions and Terminal.  Maybe someday when I need another 
> challenge in my life, I'll correct that.
> For Virtual Box, The Winner Is: PC Linux OS.  I tried a lot of 
> distros, maybe a dozen.  Some would not install, several I aborted 
> because I wasn't confident that it wasn't going to partition my C 
> drive, several insisted on pretending that the live CD was installed 
> after VB installation and hence, not the subsequent OS.  BZZZZZT!
> Standard KDE PCLOS went in w/o a problem (although like many other 
> distros, my screen resolution required constant sliding downward to 
> see the Forward type buttons during the installation), reboots w/o a 
> problem, and with the Guest Additions installed, sees my C and D 
> partitions without a problem.  I have found the overall look and feel 
> welcoming to this Windows user.  Not too simplistic, not too complex, 
> just right.  Nice large screens and icons. Visually robust.
> So, I've been hanging around the PCLOS community, and I guess "ease of 
> use" on a desktop is the priority of development. No server edition. 
> Also, a "When its ready" philosophy, which leads to great stability. I 
> also like the rolling distribution, just update via Synaptic now and 
> then. The independent on line magazine is stunning in its usefulness 
> and teaching.
> I like it well enough that I might re-re-partition my primary drive 
> for Linux again, or run PCLOS (What an awkward name!  Of course it's 
> an OS!) on a different hard drive.
> If you've not tried this distro and don't feel you must continue down 
> the loyalty path of whatever you are using, give it a whirl.
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