Espionage724 wrote: ↑
Mon Sep 19, 2016 9:05 pm
- Budgie (I like it)
- Performance (it's fast; start/shutdown times are the most significant thing I noticed, but even regular use is pretty snappy)
- Package Manager (it's also fast)
- Media playback out-the-box (no reliance on some large unofficial repo like Fedora and openSUSE)
- Rolling (I like not having stale packages)
- Not based on another distro (it's nice not seeing another Arch-with-a-GUI #3 or Ubuntu-clone-with-even-more-messy-packages #15 :p)
- People involved with the project take time to respond to issues (not too many canned responses or RTFMs, from what I've seen so far anyway)
- And most importantly... it works
I would like to thank Espionage724 for this nice summary, which almost completely sums up my WDYTS (shortened topic title) story.
I would only add two more things
(well as I quote you there is just one left, because you indeed mentioned that apart from the boot time especially also the shutdown time is brilliant
(and shocking when coming from years of openSUSE usage)!) not mentioned in all the 11 very worthwhile and enjoyable reading pages i this thread.
There was one subtle thing that drew me to Solus on top of the things mentioned above: pisi
I guess at home I am meanwhile a linux (end)user for 10 if not 15 yeats now, I never use MS Windows for anything apart from at my work where I have to, but never at home.
I used RedHat (before Fedora) as very first distro but mainly numerous versions of SuSE, later openSUSE) but that was interrupted also by using another linux-from-scratch in those days, from Turkey, called Pardus Linux. I really did enjoy that distro, and it was actually the one to introduce the .pisi package format.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pardus_(o ... management
Some years later it fell apart, for people like me, living far away from Turley it all seemed a bit political driven and in the end little was left of an enthusiastic community. Thereafter went back to (again) openSUSE, actually up till now.
Have always used KDE as DE, and also I have never used Debian based distro's (don't ask why, just a sense / personal taste, no huge rationale
behind) but just for the last year, although rockstable I was increasingly feeling fed up with both KDE and openSUSE, just too massive, too big. Possibly also having evolved for so many years, not that efficiently coded anymore?
Had a nice testdrive with Manjaro but like some others (my own fault or not, do not know) although a rolling release too easily broken for me unfortunately, nice look and feel though.
And then Solus came into view (and yes there was probably also some influence from watching the Distrowatch site from time to time).
Package format is really not the decisive thing to opt for one or another distro, but the flashback to good old pisi packaging days in Pardus Linux helped and has its charm for me, and from the start of using Solus, my feeling did not disappoint me.
Keep up the good work guys.
I also like that the devs sometimes really disagree with wishes or proposals (but then povide arguments to explain why), they know to follow their compass and stay on course, excellent.
The single choice I thusfar regret is the default scanning application that is provided.
I hope xsane frontend gets included soon, the default scanning app in Solus is fairly sober compared to what I am used to from xsane...but you can conclude that would not draw me away from Solus
Just for fun some old blogposts in Dutch (wow that was way back in 2009) about my Pardus Linux experiences those days:
http://parduslinuxgebruiker.blogspot.nl ... ardus.html
and yes these releases were actually called "Pardus 2007, Pardus 2008, 2008.1, 2008.2 and Pardus 2009"
http://parduslinuxgebruiker.blogspot.nl ... oggen.html
Thus... considerng that...I guess I can meanwhile definitely call myself a chronic linux end-user (know some basic CLI and programming stuff, but most of all have a lot of experience with just working with linux software (that included e.g. playing with GPS application/OSM editing, IDJC and Icecast webradio producing, playing around with maps editing in GIMP, looking for and finding numerous handy tools e.g. to merge PDF pages, video-editing with kdenlive etcetc last but not least edited my own PhD thesis fully in Linux in a format that indeed could be printed