[Digikam-users] Found: Best distro

sleepless sleeplessregulus at hetnet.nl
Tue Sep 20 14:18:32 BST 2011

Hi Willem,
The man is just giving some opinion in his own particular way. Notthing 
wrong with that. See how much attention he attracts. I love it!

Digikam is the best, sorry adobe.

Op 20-09-11 14:57, Willem Ferguson schreef:
> Hi Paul,
> There is probably no 'best OS'. People use different OSs for different 
> reasons. Individuals coming from a Windows environment wish to have a 
> similar OS in Linux. They expect LibreOffice to work just as MS Word 
> (Is that not an arrogant assumption? Similar applications in different 
> OSs often have different approaches towards achieving the same thing 
> with your data or documents). Linux is strong because it gives 
> different things to individuals with different needs. For GUI-bound 
> individuals, Ubuntu and derivatives (e.g. Kubuntu, Mint) have found 
> common acceptance. For more technically minded persons, the above may 
> not appear optimal and they would choose another Linux variant. The 
> Linux community graphically showcases the degree of flexibility in 
> using computers that the 'large' OSs like Windows and OS/X cannot even 
> get near to. If PCLOS is best for your purpose, great. Keep your mind 
> open to the broader open source community. Do not become involved in 
> turf wars about what is the 'best' OS. We are all working together to 
> make Linux and reliable open source software available for as many 
> users as possible.
> Kind regards,
> willem ferguson
> On 20/09/2011 14:25, Paul Verizzo wrote:
>> 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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