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 ====== Distro Dinosaur ====== ====== Distro Dinosaur ======
-Having [[blog:​distro_doom|successfully installed Ubuntu MATE]] at the start of the year, to replace a defunct Manjaro installation that had done good service for many months before succumbing to the problems of being a rolling distro, I can now report what a fortnight of using it feels like.+{{:​blog:​matelogo.png?​direct&​180 |}}Having [[blog:​distro_doom|successfully installed Ubuntu MATE]] at the start of the year, to replace a defunct Manjaro installation that had done good service for many months before succumbing to the problems of being a rolling distro, I can now report what a fortnight of using it feels like.
  
-First thing to report: it works! It works fine, in fact. All the applications I need (which often weren'​t in other distro repositories whenever I tried them a few years back) were swiftly and painlessly installed and work just as you'd expect them to. Despite MATE being a GTK (and hence Gnome-ish) desktop environment,​ key bits of KDE-based functionality work flawlessly -in particular, Clementine is happily playing its way through my music collection.+First thing to say, emphatically: it works! It works fine, in fact. All the applications I need (which often weren'​t in other distro repositories whenever I tried them a few years back) were swiftly and painlessly installed and work just as you'd expect them to. Despite MATE being a GTK (and hence Gnome-ish) desktop environment,​ key bits of KDE-based functionality work flawlessly -in particular, Clementine is happily playing its way through my music collection.
  
 It also manages to work whilst wobbling nicely. Which is to say, I am afraid I am a fan of desktop bling and thus require my windows to wobble (and my virtual desktops to switch by appearing as faces on a rotating cube). Happily, [[http://​www.compiz.org/​|Compiz]] integrates with MATE well, so all my required desktop effects are in place and mostly work without drama (the occasional tearing of a wobbling window as it's dragged can be a little annoying, but it's rare enough that I don't mind). It also manages to work whilst wobbling nicely. Which is to say, I am afraid I am a fan of desktop bling and thus require my windows to wobble (and my virtual desktops to switch by appearing as faces on a rotating cube). Happily, [[http://​www.compiz.org/​|Compiz]] integrates with MATE well, so all my required desktop effects are in place and mostly work without drama (the occasional tearing of a wobbling window as it's dragged can be a little annoying, but it's rare enough that I don't mind).
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   * [[https://​mate-desktop.org/​|MATE]] is also a no-no. See above: I studied history at Uni and I love my Ancient Romans and Greeks, but MATE is just too "​2000s"​ to pass muster today.   * [[https://​mate-desktop.org/​|MATE]] is also a no-no. See above: I studied history at Uni and I love my Ancient Romans and Greeks, but MATE is just too "​2000s"​ to pass muster today.
    
-On the same "ye ancient desktops don't do it for me" principle, I can also rule out things like [[https://​www.xfce.org/​|XFCE]] and [[https://​lxde.org/​|LXDE]]. I'm also not young and adventurous enough to be enticed by the prospect of [[https://​en.wikipedia.org/​wiki/​Budgie_(desktop_environment)|Budgie]] -which, in any case, I find very Gnome-like with its attendant problems!+On the same "ye ancient desktops don't do it for me" principle, I can also rule out things like [[https://​www.xfce.org/​|XFCE]] and [[https://​lxde.org/​|LXDE]]. I'm also not young and adventurous enough to be enticed by the prospect of [[https://​en.wikipedia.org/​wiki/​Budgie_(desktop_environment)|Budgie]] -which, in any case, I find very Gnome-like ​and thus comes lumbered ​with all Gnome'​s ​attendant problems!
  
 Which leaves? [[https://​en.wikipedia.org/​wiki/​Cinnamon_(software)|Cinnamon]] and [[https://​www.kde.org/​|KDE]],​ I think. Which leaves? [[https://​en.wikipedia.org/​wiki/​Cinnamon_(software)|Cinnamon]] and [[https://​www.kde.org/​|KDE]],​ I think.
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 That leaves me a choice of: Kubuntu (forget it: it's Ubuntu with KDE slapped on top); KDE Neon (forget it; it's Ubuntu!); Fedora KDE Spin (see above: forget it, because it's Fedora with KDE slapped on top, badly, and the long-term future of anything Red Hat and KDE is suspect)... and OpenSuse. That leaves me a choice of: Kubuntu (forget it: it's Ubuntu with KDE slapped on top); KDE Neon (forget it; it's Ubuntu!); Fedora KDE Spin (see above: forget it, because it's Fedora with KDE slapped on top, badly, and the long-term future of anything Red Hat and KDE is suspect)... and OpenSuse.
  
-It's a [[https://​en.wikipedia.org/​wiki/​Hobson%27s_choice|Hobson'​s choice]], in other words. If you want a mainstream, KDE-first, distro these days, you can choose OpenSuse or... nothing much!+It's a [[https://​en.wikipedia.org/​wiki/​Hobson%27s_choice|Hobson'​s choice]], in other words. If you want a mainstream, KDE-first, distro these days, you can choose ​[[https://​www.opensuse.org/​|OpenSuse]] or... nothing much!
  
 +Accordingly,​ yesterday evening, I wiped my Ubuntu MATE installation and put OpenSuse 15 on instead (note: OpenSuse has a '​Tumbleweed'​ offering, which is a rolling distro... and is therefore another no-no these days for me!) It is a pleasure to be back in the arms of KDE, with wobbling windows, desktop cubes, good looks and a sense of the modern!
  
 +I've put together [[wiki:​linux:​installopensuse15|a little article]] about how I did my post-installation tweaking, should anyone be interested (or should I need to do it again in the future... which given my propensity to switch OSes isn't beyond the realms of probability!)
  
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