For quite some time now, al the computers here have GNU/Linux as an operating system. The only bit resembling MS Windows is Wine on a laptop in case we should need to run some Windows software. But up till now, we never had the need for it. There is plenty of choice in free GNU/Linux software, so we can always find a good alternative.
Talking about choice, there is an enormous variety in GNU/Linux distributions which might be a bit overwhelming for a GNU/Linux beginner. I’ve been playing around with several distro’s myself (still am to be honest), always looking for a distro that fits my needs and feels good. Always searching, until recently. Just when I started to feel more like a distro-hopper than a computer user, I realized that during my search I always came back to the same distro that’s already running on my laptop.
The distro’s I’ve been trying out over the years are:
Always looking for something that suits me better and runs faster on older computers. Flashy desktops have no priority for me. A fast and stable OS do. I’ve been using Crunchbang for quite some time during my hopping days, but unfortunately the developer stopped and there were to be no more updates. Luckily enough, some die-hard fans picked up were the original developer stopped and Crunchbang continued als Bunsenlabs as one fork while others continued as Crunchbang++, I haven’t tried the latter up till now, but I’ve tried out Bunsenlabs and it looks like this might be the distro I’m sticking with.
At the moment I have Bunsenlabs installed on my internal HDD and I’m running Manjaro on my external disk. But I think that Manjaro will be replaced by Bunsenlabs, or I might install it next to Manjaro. Not quite sure about that yet. But Bunsenlabs will be my main OS on internal and external HDD, that’s for sure. I do think Manjaro will be removed.
Why I prefer Bunsenlabs:
As I’ve said before, it’s running fast and stable. Even on my old HP Elitebook 8460P I’ve bought second hand. It’s an OS that can run on for years to come on your computer without the need for upgrading your hardware or buying a new computer. It revives old computers and will run smoothly on on a flash drive and/or external HDD. And it doesn’t take a lot of space to install.
It might not be the easiest GNU/Linux distribution available, specially for beginners, but if you take the time to browse through the FAQ and the forum on the Bunsenlabs website you’ll manage pretty fast. And you’ll have a (free!) operating system on your computer that’s stable, pretty fast and based on good old, stable Debian. You’ll get a clean desktop (ready to show off your own photo’s as a background) and a simple menu at the right click of the mouse.
Though that menu might be a bit of a hurdle at first to be honest. After installing new software, the menu in Bunsenlabs doesn’t update automatically as it does with a lot of other distro’s. You’ll have to do it by hand. But it’s fairly easy to get the hang of it.
I don’t think I’ll be spending much time at “distro-hopping” anymore, I’ve found a comfy place in the world of GNU/Linux distro’s and that’s where I’ll stay! 😉
(Or maybe try…)