Tho Ubuntu and Puppy have been my Top 2 Linux picks for 4-5 years now, I run tests on other Linux flavors and products. Recently saw where Debian was a favorite of many, and possibly on par with Ubuntu. Have been testing Debian gnome for past week, and decided this morning to download 5 more desktop environments (DE) – Cinnamon, MATE, KDE, Xfce and LXDE. As a long-term Linux Newbie, humble me is not absolutely positive what “flavors” actually are, or why the need for so many DE’s.

Now, Ubuntu seems to list their DE’s as flavors – don’t ask!? This is another example of why humble me has been stuck in the Linux Newbie slot since 1996.

I’ll convert the ISO’s to ‘Live’ disks, and do some testing over the next week or so. Use old DVD+RW disks – over and over again – in my tests. Erase them when the testing is over. Use a Hot-Swap SATA External Hard Drive Docking Station (eSata) and a SATA Trayless Hot Swap Mobile Rack, which saves time switching disks around – especially on my main test machine.

01/08/2019 – OK .. finished! Flavors of a distribution’s  desktop environment (DE) are going to lean in an individual’s personal preferences; however, IMHO, each distro seems to offer one of the DE’s as their top choice, e.g. Debian offered gnome as a first download, Ubuntu did gnome first also, but Mint offered cinnamon first. Yes, I planned on the tests for Debian Flavors and/or Desktop Environments (DE), but ended up also doing it on Ubuntu and even Mint. More on Mint in another post, but was really impressed with the cinnamon Mint (worked on both test computers this time, but Mint 13 & 17.3 didn’t work well back when I tested them some years ago).

Seems the whole Linux movement has made a huge jump in just a few years, which is one reason I decided to start this blog – for my own education even if no one else ever reads it, but Linux may start to see a rise in “newbies” showing up.