Thursday, December 1, 2016

OpenSim and Linux

By Avatar JayR Cela

    The other day I was talking about Linux and OpenSim, as I had mentioned most everything happens on the Windows platform first, if you are like me I don't really care for Windows very much, however there are some things that I need and are only available on that platform.

    So let's get back to Mint Linux, if you are new to Linux, you can not go wrong with Mint, it comes in 5 different versions, 4 of them are standard Ubuntu forks, and 1 the LMDE is pure Debian, not recommended for newbee's.

     Depending on your computer's hardware you have to make a choice between the XFCE, Mate, KDE or the Cinnamon desktop User Interface. XFCE is the lowest resource hungry followed closely by MATE, both of them are similar enough to Windows 7 you should have no problem getting up and running without much fuss. KDE is a trip, steep learning curve but very powerful and it is resource hungry, it has a large footprint and can tend to slow things down a bit, until you learn it's eccentricities and turn off all of the flashy graphics stuff no one needs, the newest version not so much as the last one, but still if you are new to Linux I would avoid it. Cinnamon is another resource hog and a lot of people compare it to Windows7, personally i don't see the connection, it is definitely unique, and extremely easy to accumulate  yourself with and use, but you will need a fairly powerful box in order to get the fullest advantages.

    So to sum things up, if you are new to Linux I am going to definitely recommend XFCE for pure speed, and MATE for the best familiarity ease of use and the closest to a Windows7 experience I have found so far.

     If you are looking for an all in one multi media package I have to recommend UbuntuStudio, it is ready to go right out of the box with just about everything you will need for most anything related to creativity, it is based on XFCE and lighting fast with most everything you can throw at it, be sure to stick with the LTS ( Long Term Support ) version ( currently 16.04.x )

JayR Cela :_)

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