I’ve been testing Fedora 32, CentOS Linux 8, ‘n openSUSE Tumbleweed (Leap 15.2 is due in 6 days). Looks like just testing 3 Distros, but when you include their SPINS, Flavors, Desktop Environments (DE), etc … then maybe 2nd tests+installs for some then you’re looking at a lot of tests ‘n installing, which is why I say Linux has over 2000+ Distros *AND* I just did a few days testing ‘n installing 8-10 Distros. All this whilst looking for the next #2 on Karmi’s Top 10 Linux Distros, which was mentioned in the recent Part V post.
I’m no expert or experienced researcher, so my notes get confusing later or scattered, and sometimes a ‘Do-over’ is required, or maybe I’m trying to decide between Fedora’s Cinnamon ‘n KDE Plasma SPINS ‘n CentOS for that Top #2 spot and need to double-check. Fact is, maybe I have done 30 installs over the past few days!?! Anyway, am set up to blast quick installs out so fast that it’s really no biggie now, especially when using a test SSD. Unfamiliarity with the Distro and the DE probably slows me down the most. If I lost some pics or want a pic of something, it takes less than 10 minutes to create a new ‘Live’ USB on 1 computer, reformat the old SSD or USB on another computer (after GParted asks for the ‘pesky’ password!!!), and get the 3rd computer prepped for the pending install > then shoot the ‘Live’ USB ‘n reformatted disk in > boot the ‘Live’ USB > switch mouse buttons in settings > open whatever screenshot app they have > add that to the panel/dock or whatever > make sure the Data USB is plugged in for the pic/s > click install and then take the pic/s needed. Heck, probably less than 5 minutes if I cancel the install at that point.
Here’s what I’ve been looking for from a Distro headed to my valuable #2 Top Spot:
Why doesn’t *EVERY* Linux Distro offer that simple option to its users?!? Check the “Require a password to use this account” box on the left (red-rectangle) if you want a ‘pesky‘ Password. BTW, Fedora doesn’t offer that option on their GNOME DE (?!?), but did on both Cinnamon ‘n KDE Plasma SPINS (not sure on the other SPINS). The root account got a password just prior to creating the user:
Fedora Cinnamon or KDE Plasma SPINS will be my main portable testing Distro…Cinnamon probably, but the KDE Plasma was fine also (had the Light colored windows for the above pics – Cinnamon had Dark colored windows w/ no apparent way to change it!?) I’ll decide which or both for that #2 spot before finishing this post. Cinnamon seems difficult to get software…had to use the terminal to get GParted. Need a re-check to see how KDE Plasma did it, before finishing this post, tho Fedora isn’t going to become my #1 Distro anytime soon…here’s why:
If Ubuntu LTS offered me the “Require a password to use this account” option, humble me wouldn’t be writing this post; however, when testing, reformatting, checking software, etc. I don’t want to be bothered by ‘pesky’ Passwords!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That said, and as the above charts show, Ubuntu LTS has no OS competition from any other Linux Distro. Chrome OS is even ranked higher than the other Linux Distros.
However, and a *NOTE* to Ubuntu ‘n Canonical: This *NO* option to your OS users for the ‘pesky’ Password is exactly how you could lose your place at the Top of Linux Distros. WIN10 is my main OS, so Linux is my second choice – mainly for portability, ease of use (e.g. no ‘pesky’ passwords), and testing Linux. Thusly, a Distro that allows me my portability, eliminates the ‘pesky’ Passwords and allows me to work easier ‘n faster has a great chance of becoming my #1 Linux Distro.
Did some more tests ‘n another install this morning with Fedora 32 KDE Plasma Desktop – close race with the Cinnamon SPINS version, but finding ‘n adding software was problematic in the Cinnamon DE. Here was the tiebreaker:
Discover Software Center makes adding software easy … Cinnamon SPINS DE didn’t offer one or else it was hidden someplace. Also, I didn’t like Cinnamon’s Dark Theme when taking pics, but couldn’t find an option to switch to a Light Theme. Here’s the KDE Plasma DE’s options:
“Breeze” is their default Light Theme…which is used for most of the pics in this post.
Fedora 32 was a little strange at installing, as I mentioned in the recent Fedora 32 – ‘Linus Torvalds’ Linux Distro Choice’; however, also mentioned was “you and this installer could figure this one out with some ‘TiNkErInG’.” There was a YouTube installation of Fedora 32 that I briefly watch – Fedora 32 Installation and First Look where the host also had problems (see starting at 3:07 into the video if interested); however, like with me, the ‘problem’ was actually our own mistake/s. (Am not a YouTube watcher, but on some rare occasions I try one…usually when repairing my jon-boat’s small motor.)
Let’s go over the new installation, and use the “Breeze” Theme to make pics easier to see.
The key there is to make sure that the Destination disk you want to use is checked, and that Automatic Configuration is also checked (unless you want to do it on your own). Then select Done in the upper left, and this popup pops up:
Select Reclaim space there > Next window is “RECLAIM DISK SPACE” > note “Preserve” in the Action column > then go towards bottom left & select “Delete all”:
New window will now show “Delete” under Action column > now go too far right bottom corner & select “Reclaim space”:
That takes you back to Summary & all red-warning notices are gone, so the “Begin Installation” button is highlight at bottom right:
I’ll be adding Fedora 32 KDE Plasma to a Samsung FIT Plus USB 3.1 Flash Drive 32GB USB after it arrives later today…that Samsung USB works as well with Linux as my SanDisks do, and I like the small size for a permanent installation.
Only problem I have noticed so far, is that Fedora 32 doesn’t recognize exFat partitions…which seems weird!? That’s ok tho, as the 62 GB USB is only used as a temp Data disk for moving data between computers when needed, so I just reformatted it to a NTFS file system. Great hardware recognition ability…passed ‘Ace’ the Laptop tests, portable to all computers, no Wi-Fi problems, no USB Docking Station problems & no ‘pesky’ Passwords. Terminal wants root password to use su commands, but none of the normal GParted, updates, app adding, etc. ‘pesky’ Passwords. OK…that should do it.
Rule of Thumb – if you can’t install Ubuntu on it, then you can’t install any Linux Distro on it. (2nd *NOTE* to Ubuntu ‘n Canonical: This *NO* option to your OS users for the ‘pesky’ Password is something you should address!!!)