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which distro for I7 7700 and ATX 1050 TI
Avehicle7887 commented on 12 January 2019 at 12:33 am UTC

Another vote for Mint here, I started out with it when I switched to Linux and has served me well for 4 years without too much hassle. I chose that over Ubuntu because I felt it has better out of the box options for Linux newcomers.

Nvidia drivers are quite easy and trouble free to install on Mint/Ubuntu and never had any problems with them myself.

RickM commented on 13 January 2019 at 3:21 pm UTC

well I tried Ubuntu - and I hate Gnome with a passion

So I found out how to change to KDE - much much better except when I turned on my computer this morning Kontact was there uninvited, wallet was turned on, and trash.tar.gz icon was on my desktop

I managed to clean up everything but the trash.tar.gz icon - sure wish I could do that - anyone know how?

45 gig is now used up on my drive - is that excessive?
I am considering downloading Kubuntu and overwriting everything

lucinos commented on 13 January 2019 at 7:17 pm UTC

for KDE I would recommend an Arch-based distro. Probably KDE with nvidia is not a nice combination, I do not know.

Ehvis commented on 13 January 2019 at 8:24 pm UTC

RickMwell I tried Ubuntu - and I hate Gnome with a passion

You're not the only one. Somewhere along the way they butchered everything with a constant need to remove options. And now it's down to a one-size-not-fitting-me.

cynicfm commented on 14 January 2019 at 12:11 am UTC

i recommend using non systemd distribution fork of debian called devuan
i tried many distros last year, like many, like fedora mint ubuntu years ago, trisquel, safeos, manjaro, antergos, debian.
but i have laptop but systemd is such a bloatware.

devuan is the linux that i used for 8 months (i only started using linux in january last year) for instance mint is okay but i get bored very quickly with it and battery lyfe is not that great too. on mint i can watch movies for maybe 2 hours maximum, devuan gives me approx. 250 minutes of watching movies.
for instance i have KDE desktop environment on devuan, it consumes 250mb ram memory.

The question is if you gonna use opensource or proprietary gpu drivers.
devuan has synaptic package manager and lots of stuff to download. it used sysvinit as init system.
no matter what anybody would say i stay here with devuan so this is what i recommend.

another recommendation is gentoo linux if you are into linux administrating.

id say these two distros are best, but devuan is seriously great. name may be not great, but distro is great.

https://devuan.org/

edit: Id also recommend Artix linux which is based on Arch with openRC or runit as init system, however i been having massive issues with resolving connection and i even managed to get rid of networkmanager and connect to wi-fi via dhcpcd and wpa_supplicant, but nothing helped... that was too irritating and i came back to devuan cuz for some reason playonlinux wasnt performing well on artix had issues...
for instance playonlinux on devuan is ok.

you have to ask yourself a question if you wanna have rolling release or stable. devuan is stable artix is rolling release.

dvd commented on 14 January 2019 at 9:57 am UTC

cynicfmi recommend using non systemd distribution fork of debian called devuan
i tried many distros last year, like many, like fedora mint ubuntu years ago, trisquel, safeos, manjaro, antergos, debian.
but i have laptop but systemd is such a bloatware.

devuan is the linux that i used for 8 months (i only started using linux in january last year) for instance mint is okay but i get bored very quickly with it and battery lyfe is not that great too. on mint i can watch movies for maybe 2 hours maximum, devuan gives me approx. 250 minutes of watching movies.
for instance i have KDE desktop environment on devuan, it consumes 250mb ram memory.

The question is if you gonna use opensource or proprietary gpu drivers.
devuan has synaptic package manager and lots of stuff to download. it used sysvinit as init system.
no matter what anybody would say i stay here with devuan so this is what i recommend.

another recommendation is gentoo linux if you are into linux administrating.

id say these two distros are best, but devuan is seriously great. name may be not great, but distro is great.

https://devuan.org/

edit: Id also recommend Artix linux which is based on Arch with openRC or runit as init system, however i been having massive issues with resolving connection and i even managed to get rid of networkmanager and connect to wi-fi via dhcpcd and wpa_supplicant, but nothing helped... that was too irritating and i came back to devuan cuz for some reason playonlinux wasnt performing well on artix had issues...
for instance playonlinux on devuan is ok.

you have to ask yourself a question if you wanna have rolling release or stable. devuan is stable artix is rolling release.

The init system should be irrelevant for the use case the OP asked for. For video card support for gaming, the easiest way is just to go with SteamOS or Ubuntu. The latter is probably better, since it was meant to be a general use OS.

cynicfm commented on 15 January 2019 at 12:18 am UTC

what the hell is OP??? can you at least please use normal english words when you speak to me??

and init system matters because you dont wanna bloatware on your computer. and systemd is big bloatware and huge bug
systemd is hard to maintain. other init systems are simple to maitain.

dvd commented on 15 January 2019 at 5:48 am UTC

cynicfmwhat the hell is OP??? can you at least please use normal english words when you speak to me??

and init system matters because you dont wanna bloatware on your computer. and systemd is big bloatware and huge bug
systemd is hard to maintain. other init systems are simple to maitain.

OP - original poster
I'm not in love with init systems but it seems that it is good enough for debian and armbian. There is a lot more bloatware on a typical linux desktop anyway, like all the gnome and kde libraries that load every time just because they are in the chain of dependency for some program you are trying to use. This is why i gave up running any kind of *boxes too: they don't provide anything extra and your typical application will anyway install lots of gnome/kde stuff.

cynicfm commented on 15 January 2019 at 11:47 am UTC

yeah this gnome stuff is pain in the arse...

oh to me 'OP' always have been and always will be overpowered not some original poster, i don't really like when people use words like 'OP' that in fact isn't proper english but some lazy internet slang
i am not sure what init system has to do with some bloatware anyways, but i think that fixing things is easier on openrc for example than it is on systemd if something breaks, although i am not that sure of it...
i dont know what would happen with my system if for example i decided to delete network manager and pulseaudio as well as some other gnome stuff.
by saying *boxes do you mean desktop environments like fluxboxes or openboxes??

i had artix installed not long time ago that has runit or openrc and for example it was really hard to maitain the system by myself cuz for example lets say i installed battle for wesnoth but i couldnt open it because i missed some lib or for example i downloaded torrent client and same happened what happened to wesnoth. and then when i downloaded certain lib it messed with other libs and for example system crashed, unfortunately i dont know how to fix things in tty1 prompt ;//... or when i downloaded nvidia drivers and ran xconfig i had error later during boot as well...

not sure what to propose, but i mentioned init systems because in my experience i know it's better to have clean not bloated system for gaming, although the performance of games that i experienced when i was on mint was okay, then i believe it's really better for user to have as much control of their desktop as possible, im not sure if its possible to have lots of control over systemd distribution. i know its only init systemd related, but doesnt systemd come with bundle of software like networkmanagers, pulseaudio, gnome, all this bollocks and im forced to use gnome stuff that slows the computer up, what if i get rid of gnome stuff on systemd distro and use something else, is it even possible.

another thing is that i heard red hat is making all this stuff so linux will be better system for servers, not necessarily for gaming.

Guppy commented on 16 January 2019 at 9:11 am UTC

I would recommend going with Linux Mint either choose cinnamon or mate, it's a matter of taste there is no wrong choice - except if you don't chose cinnamon ;)

if you want long term support ( ie not having to update the base OS every 6-12 months ) I recommend looking at LMDE2 ( Linux Mint Debian Edition 2 ) it's functionally identical to regular Mint, except it's based on debian so older more stable packages. Great for getting work done - less so for cutting edge drivers, games and apps ;)

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