[colug-432] CentOS

Angelo McComis angelo at mccomis.com
Sat Dec 17 18:26:16 EST 2011

There is no doubt the folks at Canonical are working on grabbing share of
the desktop. In fact, I couldn't find the word "Linux" in their marketing
materials anywhere. I'm not a fan.

Ubuntu caused me some grief about a year or two ago.  One day, it decided
to auto upgrad, including the video drivers. After the reboot, I couldn't
see my screen. It was lights out. The same auto update also updated the
kernel. And I had a Broadcom (b43 I think was the driver) wireless card
that required me to build the driver. I was someplace where I had only
wireless available to me. I was stuck without connectivity until I could
connect to download the rest of the kernel sources/headers necessary to
build the driver.  Pain in the arse.

I will throw my vote in for openSuSE. Although Fedora is a decent choice
too for clicky pointy stuff.

On Dec 17, 2011, at 6:01 PM, Matt Simmons <standalone.sysadmin at gmail.com>

I've found that EPEL (http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/EPEL) can help make
CentOS usable on the desktop without resorting to packages of ill repute.

It all boils down to what software you want/need. There's no question that
something like Ubuntu (or Mint, which I prefer) gives a smoother desktop
experience, but sometimes it's nice to have the same tools that you use on
production servers packaged for your desktop identically. I just use Mint
and spun up CentOS in VMs whenever I needed to play with a production lab,


On Sat, Dec 17, 2011 at 5:19 PM, Steve VanSlyck <s.vanslyck at spamcop.net>wrote:

> I thought I would ask if anyone has any opinions about CentOS desktop. It
> used to be pretty spare and utilitarian and I want something friendlier
> I dropped it because I want primarily to use it as a desktop OS, meaning I
> want a pretty UI for "clicky pointy" uses as my friend from Owl River likes
> to say, and since I was first exposed to Red Hat distribusions instead of
> Fedora, I "know" that CentOS is "better" than Ubuntu even though Ubunto is
> aimed at clicky pointy ppl like me.
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