Main Line Commodore User Group

Linux Roundtable


In any distribution, the fundamentals stay the same: What differs from distribution to distribution is usually:

Live Distributions

Choosing a Linux distribution is a personal thing. It greatly depends on what you want to do with it.

The Popular Distros

Rolling updates vs. Monolithic updates

Which distro do you prefer & why

Personally I prefer Debian. I've always liked the apt system for software installs and ran Ubuntu for a while. Debian is a rolling release distro so I'm alwaus up to date and don't have to suffer major upgrade shock. Also currently running (X)Ubuntu and Arch. In the past: Gentoo, Slackware, Redhat, Fedora.


Desktop environments in Linux span a diverse spectrum of styles and options. There are flame wars being waged daily over which is best. The point here is to remember the beauty of open source; you have the power to choose your environment.

Which desktop do you prefer & why

XFCE. Simple, lean, familiar.

which distro / desktop presents the most Windows or Mac like user experience



Which typical default / included major, everyday applications are included

Wine, Virtual Box, etc

Pros and Cons

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    Last modified: Fri Feb 8 21:39:37 2013