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    Rolling Release Best Choice for XP Replacements

    If you are doing XP replacements, are you using a rolling release distro, a LTS, or are you planning to keep everyone updated manually?
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    Re: Rolling Release Best Choice for XP Replacements

    Quote Originally Posted by SurfaceUnits View Post
    If you are doing XP replacements, are you using a rolling release distro, a LTS, or are you planning to keep everyone updated manually?
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    Re: Rolling Release Best Choice for XP Replacements

    If it was for a Linux novice, I'd go with a LTS version. My favorite rolling-release distro is PCLinuxOS. I have their Xfce spin on another computer. Heavier than Xubuntu (my main default distro, the one I always "run home to") but PCLOS' combination of apt-get with RPM packaging is pretty cool. The all-or-nothing update approach was scary at first but I think it's a safe, reliable rolling-release OS. I even donated to that project even though I'm a Xubuntu user most of the time.

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    Re: Rolling Release Best Choice for XP Replacements

    I find it hard to imagine that most decade-long XP users want to suddenly roll on the bleeding edge of Ubuntu's development.
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    Re: Rolling Release Best Choice for XP Replacements

    PAE could be an issue for really old hardware I'm pretty sure if you are staying with a *buntu Linux you only have the option of Xubuntu 12.04 as that was the last release to support non PAE processors.

    And as of 12.10 non PAE processors are not supported at all

    I believe that you can get a non PAE install of Bodhi Linux however not sure what other distros will work but I haven't tried them all.

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    Re: Rolling Release Best Choice for XP Replacements

    The PAE problem is blown out of proportions. One boot option, problem solved.
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    Re: Rolling Release Best Choice for XP Replacements

    Quote Originally Posted by ian-weisser View Post
    I find it hard to imagine that most decade-long XP users want to suddenly roll on the bleeding edge of Ubuntu's development.
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    Re: Rolling Release Best Choice for XP Replacements

    Stay away from anything that says ''testing'', ''development'' etc.

    While smaller releases/lighter releases are killer and could teach you lot stay away from OB and such.

    If it is a really must, go with Lubuntu LTS or it is better to stick with Xubuntu LTS. You can give a shot at Fedora or Mint too. I personally liked Xubu and Fedora XFCE. PClinuxOS might be a good choice to go for if you've decent machine, but be warned, it does come with lot of per-installed packages and you might never even use them. It is better to chose something which will require you least uninstalling/installing after you install the OS. I suggest going through packages of those OS I mentioned coming with just to check if what you need is there and if not what it is that you need to get it. Also, if you're using graphic card and it requires 3rd party drivers, make sure it has Linux release as well.
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    Re: Rolling Release Best Choice for XP Replacements

    Quote Originally Posted by ian-weisser View Post
    I find it hard to imagine that most decade-long XP users want to suddenly roll on the bleeding edge of Ubuntu's development.
    Rolling release doesn't necessarily mean "bleeding edge"; it just means that you keep current with regular updates rather than big version upgrades. For example, SolydXK is a rolling release, but it's based on Debian testing (with additional vetting) so the packages are definitely not bleeding edge.

    Basically, think "service packs" rather than "new versions".

    That kind of a system could be pretty compelling for users who want to install once and keep it going indefinitely.

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    Re: Rolling Release Best Choice for XP Replacements

    Quote Originally Posted by lykwydchykyn View Post
    Rolling release doesn't necessarily mean "bleeding edge"; it just means that you keep current with regular updates rather than big version upgrades. For example, SolydXK is a rolling release, but it's based on Debian testing (with additional vetting) so the packages are definitely not bleeding edge.

    Basically, think "service packs" rather than "new versions".

    That kind of a system could be pretty compelling for users who want to install once and keep it going indefinitely.
    But there will be UI changes. Things will break and things will unbreak. For somebody used to XP, the pace of OS changes will be a shock. People coming from XP probably want to learn a system once and then not have it change for five years or longer.

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