Several weeks ago, I wrote on this blog about the Linux distros that people should try. I wasn’t far off on my assessment when I read this article by Digital Trends. As you can see, I stuck with the tried-and-true distros that are popular, as well as distros which represented the major Linux branches, and distros which people generally consider as very solid. As you can see, you can’t go wrong with Debian, Fedora, Centos, and Ubuntu. You throw in Mint, one the most popular distros nowadays, and you have a very good list.
DistroWatch.com has a list of Linux distros and ranks them based on popularity. Currently, Mint is the distro of choice for many Linux users followed by Ubuntu and Debian. There are hundreds of distros available and you can’t possibly use or play around with all of them. Most of these distros are just offshoots of the more popular distros. If I were to narrow it down to just a few distros, I would go with these magnificent seven.
- Mint – since it’s popular desktop. It’s based on Ubuntu.
- Ubuntu – it’s my current favorite Linux server.
- Debian – since Ubuntu and numerous others are based on Debian.
- Fedora – it’s based on Redhat.
- Centos – it’s basically Redhat without the support.
- FreeBSD – Unix-like OS based BSD.
- Slackware – it’s been around for a very long time.
Installing the Google Chrome browser on the latest release of Ubuntu or Linux Mint has never been easy. Just head over to Google Chrome website and download the latest Chrome browser package. Google does a great job of detecting what OS you’re running. Google Chrome is available on Debian, Ubuntu, Fedora and openSUSE.
Once you clicked on the Download Chrome button, you’ll have to choose whether you want to run 32 bit or 64 bit version of the Google Chrome browser. If you have 64 bit OS, you can take advantage of the added processing power by running the 64 bit version of Google Chrome.
GDebi Package Installer
Once downloaded, just head over to your Downloads folder. There should be a deb package. Mine was named “google-chrome-stable_current_amd64.deb.” Just right click and use GDebi Package Installer program to install Google Chrome. Click on the “Install Package” to begin the installation.
Menu > Internet > Google Chrome
If you have Google Chrome previously, you will see a couple of different buttons other than Install Package. You will see a “Reinstall Package” and “Remove Package” buttons. After the installation, the Google Chrome icon should be in the Menu system, most likely under the “Internet” sub-menu system.
If you’ve visited Distrowatch.com lately, you probably noticed Ubuntu has slipped down to number 2 in terms of number of page hits on Distrowatch’s website. Linux Mint now holds the distinction of being number 1.
It wasn’t long ago, that Ubuntu held that prestigious position for months, perhaps years. What happened exactly to Ubuntu? Was it Unity, the new desktop environment that was introduced a couple of releases ago?
I think, a large part of the slide is indeed Unity, but it’s not solely the reason for the loss of its popularity. There are other issues. Ubuntu was already losing steam before Unity was first introduced.
You got to hand it to Linux Mint developers. They have done a great job of making Mint a solid distro that simply works out of the box with no fuss.
In the meantime, I went back to the two year old release, Ubuntu 10.04 LTS, or Long Term Support. It’s still supported until 2015. It runs the stable Gnome 2.3.
Have your say. Linux Mint 9 is asking for input as to which background it will use as default. I voted for ‘Talento Design’, but I actually like ‘AirMint.’ This is AirMint. Vote here.
I just downloaded the latest Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx Release Candidate. I am itching to get my hands on the upcoming release. I just couldn’t wait any longer. April 29 can’t get here any faster. I might as well check it out instead of waiting for 4 days. I am thinking about creating a second partition. I’m currently using Linux Mint 8 Helena. I don’t want to give it up. So, I will evaluate Ubuntu 10.04 to see what’s new.
Ubuntu is now claiming 12 million users. Awesome! I use to be an Ubuntu user, but not at the moment. I parted ways with Ubuntu because I found a better alternative. I now use Linux Mint because of one reason, everything works out of the gate. No playing around with configuration, no adding of proprietary software, no more searching forums to make things work. Everything just works from the gitgo.
But, I have to say kudos to Ubuntu for the job well done. 12 million user base is a great accomplishment. But, I think Ubuntu can do better. If Ubuntu offers a distro where everything works out of the gate, and I mean everything, then the masses can latch on to it and never go back to their Windows ways. This is to me what’s missing with Ubuntu.
To Linux purists, proprietary software is a no-no, but to the average Joe, a system that simply works is the ideal.