It is with great sadness that I have to announce the demise of the once great CentOS Linux!
I have used Centos for around 10 years now starting with Centos 6, however, it is starting to show cracks. Centos has always been rock solid but this comes at the price of losing some of the cutting edge features of distros like Fedora, Ubuntu, Mandriva, and others. Also support for graphics is not that great, in fact it is pretty lousy, and when you are working with a lot of web tools, you really need good solid graphics. The likes of Fedora, Ubuntu and Mandriva to name a few, whilst having the latest bells and whistles, also carry a bit of bloat with the various desktop configurations & Centos has always had a few little niggles like having to get the late Git 2.2 + package instead of the stock 1.8 and numerous others. So I decided to compromise and took a look at Linux Lite latest release. I was impressed!
Its a lightweight distro based on Ubuntu and uses XFCE by default as the desktop desktop and is designed to work on low powered computers from around 1.5Ghz. So if you put it on your modern monster you should be fine!
It comes in a 1.1GB iso which you can put on DVD or USB and boot in to a live environment, from which you can install it permanently if you decide you like it. Out of the box it has most of the tools which come with a Centos or Debian Gnome install, despite using XFCE as the desktop. Installation process is a breeze and just takes 10 minutes or so, using the graphic installer. The screen takes you through the typical Linux setup procedure which is pared down a bit as most of the setups are done by the installer, although there is a manual override option on some. It is an easy process to install it and should be fine for anyone progressing from a Windows system or anyone new to Linux.
When the installation finishes there are some other setup finishing procedures which can be run if desired, to fine tune it a little.
It has many useful tools out of the box and more can easily be added using Synaptic package manager or apt-get in the terminal.
So I put it on my modest i3 4GB Ram machine and it does seem to run a lot better than Centos, with no annoying graphics problems or others. It also seems to be easier to add new software and set it up, using the better updated Ubuntu PPA repos.
So, whether you are a seasoned pro, a Windows migrant or a Linux newbie, you will probably like Linux Lite, especially as it is free! You can get it from the Linux Lite website.
Don’t forget to see my info page on what you are facing from surveillance criminals using advanced technology, pretty much worldwide now, in what is quite clearly a highly organised Global Criminal Surveillance Network, of which your government is almost certainly part of. Please donate if possible to find out what I know about the largest and most seriously criminal network in world history based on my 25 + year direct involvement with these crooks. Please help the furthering of a ECHR submission about the UK’s involvement over the last 30 years and it’s implementation of a horrific eugenics/extermination program on UK citizens.