I've been worried that some of my posts may lead some to believe I am bashing or giving Linux a bad name on purpose. I assure you this is not the case. I am newbie looking for the right distro of me. The best way I know to do it is field test the distros that are appealing to me.
It has been surprising me that so many youtubers give Zorin OS a thumbs up for beginners. (Both Spatry and tostoday think it's great for those coming over from Windows)
My experience with using Zorin from day to day has been "mixed" As long as you don't try to customize it your pretty good (of course) But what I have found is the longer it's on my hardware the more it degrades. I'm not saying the core of it is going bad, but what they put on top of it does. Yesterday before shutting down, I noticed it was loosing some of it's snappiness.
I've been running Zorin OS 6 64 bit on this external hard drive for about a week or better now. It's been running pretty good aside from the issues that I've had with the swap partition. Those who have been reading my posts know what I'm talking about. Also I feel that the partition issue I brought on myself by trying to manually create a duel boot system.
With that said the guys in the IRC chats were great and they helped me get the main swap working again. As far as I can tell the system has been running good, though I wonder about something with the swap. dolphin_oracle and I have been discussing here: Lots of Trouble with System Freezes
I haven't experienced any freeze ups since I posted that thread.
Today I booted up Zorin and found the background changed on me. I had a lighting wallpaper, and now it looks like this.
I've felt a little pressured by some members to give up on Zorin and switch to either Mint or Linux Lite. I've noticed that people's experience with Mint range anywhere from great to awful. In my experience Mint was the worse distro I ever tried. The very first Distro of Mint I tried died on me after updating it. I never seen anyting die as quick as I had Mint die on me. Believe me, because I once did something really stupid and it even it didn't do to me what Mint did to me that day.
Here is the story.
Going back to 2001 I decided to build my own computer. I bought some parts and constructed it like I was taught in Electronics Class. But I didn't have a job and therefor I cut corners where I could. I already had in my possession Windows 3.1, Windows 98 upgrade, and Windows ME upgrade. I pkunziped my Windows 3.1 system to the hard drive. Used a Windows 98 boot disk and used it to run the Windows 98 upgrade CD. Then I booted into Windows 98 to do the next upgrade. Most of you know that system like this is destined to crash and burn. But it took it a month to do so. Mint died in just one day! When I say died I mean the whole desktop became unusable for me.
I wasn't ready to give up on Mint, so I downloaded Mint Cinnamon 16 and tried it. It lasted for at least 3 days before it died too.
I've done hardware tests, including taking my computer to a professional to have it checked out. Everything seems to be fine with my hardware. And I'm doing MD5 checksums before I burn to DVDs.
Since I've had the worse experience with both Mint Cinnamon 14 and 16, I'm probably not going go on another Mint adventure.
With that being said. Here is what I think about Linux Lite.
Last night I ran the live dvd. It didn't feel as snappy as Zorin OS does, and it doesn't seem to come with as many programs as this Zorin does. Of course it's Lite, but I was expecting it to be a little more snappy since it's a lite distro.
Last night I also decided to try out Pinguy OS. I ran the live DVD and when I tried to log into my yahoo email, the @ button was replaced with " I'm not sure what that is about.