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Nicest looking distro





welshsteve
Not sure if anybody has done a thread like this already, but which distro do you think is the nicest looking? I have tried a few "flavours" of linux now, although I'm still a beginner in administration of it and everything.

Here is the list of distros I have tried (I've tried a few versions of each of these).

Ubuntu
Kubuntu
Mandriva
DSL (Damn Small Linux)
PCLinuxOS

I know a lot of people say Ubuntu is the best distro for the beginner, and I have to agree that its very easy to use.

Although my favourite looking one is Mandriva. Very colourful and clean interface.
sheedatali
It depends on what exactly you are looking for, there are number of choices avaiable based on what do you want to use it for. If you are just interested in Eye Candy then these two are the best ones and work right out of box with all the ying, yang and dibidido.

Dream Linux http://www.dreamlinux.com.br/
ELive http://www.elivecd.org/

However I would like to point out that both of these distributions are geared towards looking good, and therefore might not be very stable and not be very good for usability perspective.

If you want something that Looks decent and is easy to use and is stable too, then you might want to look at following.

Xandros http://www.xandros.com/
Linux Xp http://www.linux-xp.com/

There is nothing wrong with standard Ubuntu, it is decent looking and very stable. Once you get experienced with Linux, you should be able to customize any distribution to your choice of themes or colors you want. I would recommend visiting sites like kde-look.org and gnome-look.org . Hope this helps.
LostOverThere
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There is nothing wrong with standard Ubuntu, it is decent looking

I think its unbelievably ugly.

Linux Mint looks quite pretty, as does Mandriva and OpenSuSE. All three have a clean, decently consistent and colourful default look. That's just my two cents anyway.
welshsteve
Thanks guys. I'll try those others and see what I think.
jackill
Try newest Fedora Smile It's now with Compiz.
welshsteve
OK, I'll look that up Smile
fadirocks
Mandriva is pretty even at startup which has been like that since Mandrake times even like year 2002
Ubuntu is kinda ugly and Kubuntu is prettier but then I need to check on rest as I'm so outdated with linux
Indyan
Linux Mint is probably the most elegant looking distro around. Its based on Ubuntu.
Check out the screenshots here : http://www.linuxmint.com/screenshots.php
wicke
Ubuntu with Gnome's new themes. Looks like Windows XP when it was new. Not too much different glowings, effects but the good look and soft, rounded borders. Of course, it's easy to mix some Compiz into it to make it live.

Anyone saw the new-human theme in Ubuntu coming with next release? It's quite different compared those old boring themes.

And what makes Ubuntu ugly? It can be the panel. With some kind of texture it could be fixed. I tried WinXP menubar texture but it seems to be quite dark. It can be the black text making that effect but I'm too lazy to change anything. The good hint still is, make your installation look nice for you.
welshsteve
Thanks guys, I've tried a few of these now. I tried Dream Linux yesterday, and I like it. Very similar to the MAC OSX.

Good old virtualbox is allowing to try all of these Smile
swizzy
Linux Mint, Kubuntu, OpenSuse, and PCLinuxOS, all of them KDE based, and all of them superb looking...
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