CentOS 6.4 that is my final answer!Posted: August 21, 2013
I can’t believe we’re already at the tail end of August! This past Summer has been eye opening for many reasons. I will elaborate in future posts. First up, CentOS. I have been mulling over this question for quite some time. A couple years back I set up some friends with Linux Mint 10. Over the years it has been a fine distro but only recently we’ve had to start considering alternatives. At first I was hoping to stick with Linux Mint it is a really solid distro and I really liked the Mint community. What I had to really focus on was this. People who use computers casually do not like change. They also don’t understand why operating systems need to change. We’ve seen the fallout from Window 8, even when Windows 7 first came on the scene a few years back, the change was very minimal but for basic computer users it was a huge change. I guess what I’m getting at is, after much consideration, I will be suggesting CentOS for new users from here on out. The most compelling reasons are 1. Current release is supported until 2020. 2. The desktop is the venerable gnome 2.3 Those are the two largest reasons. The beauty of linux is that you can make the distro as exciting as you want but with CentOS you start with a very basic desktop with only the apps you need to get going. You are not paralyzed by the vast application options on a default install. The only criticism I’ve heard about using CentOS is that you are using an older linux kernel but I have to tell you, I have not heard a good arguement of why this is a problem. The other reason why I am choosing CentOS is that this is still an enterprise OS and what this means is that you don’t necessarily get the latest and greatest. In terms of the constantly changing world of Firefox updates/upgrade things tend to break, in CentOS, you don’t get the upgrade until it has been thoroughly tested. Currently I am running 6.4 with Firefox at version 17. This distro is rock solid and I urge you to heavily consider making this your new distro.