Re: Linux distribution which looks like Windows
Can't have it.
Originally Posted by Cal2
Not unless you build it yourself -- which you *can* do via Debian or OpenSuse (make your own spin), and Fedora, I think. (Which, so I've read, isn't hard to do. It's all automated.) The problem is the window compositing. At present, the only DE that looks like Windows 7 out-of-the-box is NetRunnerOS - Dryland, which uses KWIN. Forget anything based on LXDE, XFCE, Gnome, Unity, Cinnamon, yadda, yadda, yadda. KDE is what you want if you want the glassy effects of Windows 7 -- OR -- a modified DE (like XFCE) that uses COMPIZ instead of XFWM4 (or KWIN for that mater). It's all about the glassy effects. Only KWIN and Compiz/Emerald do it.
The problem is that KDE isn't quick to load on a USB -- not unless you heavily customize it so that you're only loading the drivers pertinent to your system (see Debian); but then that means it won't work on as many different PCs as possible. You can try COMPIZ, but that comes with its own unpredictable drawbacks when mixed with a variety of hardware.
You want incompatible goals.
If you want the eye-candy of Windows7, then you're going to have a slower load time via USB (and potential conflicts with older AMD hardware).
If you want a DE that's fast, and works on just about every system, then you're better off with a DE like LXDE (no compositing), and no pretty Windows7-like eye-candy. Give up on the eye-candy, and you can more or less have what you want with something like ZORIN OS.
Last edited by VTPoet; November 1st, 2013 at 03:16 PM.
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