UPDATE 06/27/2020: Am reclaiming Media Library space by deleting old pics.

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Based on two Linux Distros on my A-1 Linux *JUNK* page? Well, don’t ‘Judge the Book by its Cover’ as a saying goes. Anyway, Brian Fagioli is calling 19.08 – Debian Buster-based Netrunner 19.08 ‘Indigo’ KDE-focused Linux distro is the perfect Windows replacement – so I thought to test it, and then spotted the Manjaro rolling version so downloaded it also.

Early into the testing, and I can already tell that I am going to have to reevaluate MX Linux on that page, and to also remove it from Karmi’s Top 10 Linux Distros page…MX Linux just gets overrated somehow, even by me in earlier tests. Both the Netrunner’s Debian-based 19.08 & Arch-based Rolling ‘Live’ USB hardware testing on ‘Ace’ the Laptop passed…passed easily and with ‘Flying Colors’! MX Linux froze on that hardware test – more like a ‘Hard Freeze’. OK, back to the tests…

Both pre and post-installation for Netrunner’s Arch-based Rolling version seems a little slow at times, and it has some ‘Buggy’ problems. Installed easily, and without internet connection. Here are some pic’s of that installation…

 

Regular install from there, so will skip those pics. Here’s Netrunner Rolling installed on ‘Rose’…

 

Here’s a shot of one of the ‘Buggy’ problems mentioned earlier…when moving an app icon from one location on the panel, to another location, you end up with two of the same – i.e. one in new location and one in old location. Rolling version did the same on ‘Live’ USB also…

 

Here’s a shot of Rolling ‘Live’ USB on ‘Ace’ the Laptop…

 

Here’s a shot of Netrunner 19.08 ‘Live’ USB on ‘Ace’ the Laptop…both versions did very well on this hardware test…

 

Netrunner Debian-based 19.08 is a gorgeous DE, and I really like the ‘RED’ arrow mouse pointer. Installation took about 12 minutes (about 4-5 minutes longer than Rolling version). Here are the pics…

 

Decent installer…

 

As with a *LOT* of the Linux Distros, this installer didn’t work on the first try…first try didn’t offer an “Install alongside” the Netrunner Rolling version that is on that HDD. It’s almost as if the developers want you to just erase and install…anyway, pic of first try – Manual partitioning selected, and it ended up failing…

 

After it failed, I went back and started the installer again, for a second try – and it somehow got it right this time (another ‘Buggy’ Linux experience)…

 

Installer had “Install alongside” as a choice on second try – ‘Buggy’ Linux…it lists Netrunner 19.08 instead of Netrunner Rolling at the *Top*, but gets Netrunner Rolling (2019.4) correct at the *Bottom* – who knows why, other than just terrible developing?! Ubuntu 18.04.3 *NEVER* has these types of installation problems…their developers have prepared it correctly for all and any type of installation (even “Manual partitioning” is easy and accurate). Debian and Arch are notoriously bad at installers…Arch uses a DOS type. OK, installer back up and running correctly in second attempt, and we get a chance to resize partition…

 

Name and password next…

 

Summary, a double-check, and now we are ready to hit the main “Install” button…

 

Installation of file systems…

 

All done!

 

Reboot, remove ‘Live’ USB, and it goes to bootloader GRUB and into newly installed Netrunner 19.08, on ‘Rose’ the main Linux test machine…

 

Here’s a Gparted shot of the HDD partitioning…bootloader showed Netrunner Rolling, but I had to go thru BIOS to actually get it booted. Bootloader GRUB worked fine for Netrunner 19.08, so I may go back into Gparted later and add a boot flag – probably not worth the time tho

 

Spectacle (a screenshot app) sucked ‘Live’ and post installation … added Gnome Screenshot after installing 19.08. Wi-Fi didn’t work after installing 19.08, but it worked on the ‘Live’ 19.08 USB hardware test on ‘Ace’ the Laptop…go figure. Wi-Fi worked on the Rolling version – both ‘Live’ USB and after installation…go figure. Sorry, Brian, but Netrunner isn’t close to being a “Windows Replacement” – it’s just another Toy Linux Distro play-pretending at being a real Operating System.

Rule of Thumb – if you can’t install Ubuntu on it, then you can’t install any Linux Distro on it.