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Linux Newbie - since 1996

LINUX IS LIKE A BOX OF CHOCOLATES – you never know what you’re gonna get!

Distros w/ *NO* “Authenticate” popup or other ‘Pesky Passwords’

NOTE: I don’t become root to escape the terminal’s password, i.e. one is already at the keyboard if they’re using the terminal, so there is no need to put the mouse down ‘n move to a keyboard. I become root because I hate the “Authenticate” popup that requires one to put down the mouse ‘n move to a keyboard in order to type the password ‘n then Authenticate it. GParted requires it, Synaptic Package Manager requires it, adding apps sometimes requires it, some updates require it, etc. Being root stops the “Authenticate” popup.

***** Tier One *****

1a. Porteus 5.0-rc3 CINNAMON

1b. SparkyLinux 6.3 & 7 Cinnamon

1c. Fedora 36 Cinnamon SPIN

1d. Nobara Linux 36

1e. Ultramarine Linux

1f. EuroLinux Desktop 9.0

2a. AlmaLinux 8.6: ‘NVIDIA driver & KDE Plasma DE‘

2b. FossaPup64 9.5 (AKA Puppy Linux 9.5)

3a. CentOS Stream 8 KDE Plasma

3b. ‘Vanilla‘ Arch Linux Cinnamon – 10/6/2022: reasons are covered in this POST.


***** Tier Two *****

4. Slackware Linux 15.0 RC3 KDE Plasma – 1/15/2022: Just moved up from #10, will probably stay in Tier Two, but will probably move up when Slackware 15.0 Stable release comes out.

5. EasyOS 2.7 – ‘a Distro everyone should try as a Fulltime Linux Root User!’


***** Tier Three *****

6. Manjaro 21.2.1 KDE Plasma – 1/7/2022: New to the Top 10, and an impressive performance by an Arch-based KDE Plasma Linux Distro.

7. PCLinuxOS 2022 – KDE Plasma: ‘Radically Simple‘ & ‘So cool ice cubes are jealous‘: Added 7/25/2022.


9. Regata OS 21 KDE Plasma – 7/18/2022: Office Suite issues, but ‘Ready for those who love to play‘ w/ features like Regata OS Game Access + GameMode and FSR – *Attn* Gamers!

10.  Kaisen Linux System Rescue1/8/2022: new addition – Great Secondary OS, for Windows 11 users, wid ‘Portability’ & ‘Rescue’ ability.


***** 1/8/2022 *****

Reevaluations going on right now ‘n this is a Holding Area:

Springdale Linux 7.5 – (1/23/2022) still evaluating this Distro.

4MLinux 36.0an all-round interesting looking Linux Distro!