[scribus] Best Linux distro for Scribus

Gregory Pittman gregp_ky at yahoo.com
Sat Nov 28 14:58:24 CET 2009

On 11/28/2009 04:09 AM, Tornóci László wrote:
> On 11/28/2009 07:37 AM, John Jason Jordan wrote:
> ...
>> Two days ago I installed Fedora 12. Just now I lost the window manager
>> and panels again. Sure enough, it uses Gnome 2.28.0.
>>> From past experience it is unrepairable unless I reinstall. And then it
>> will just happen again.
> I think you need to use a major distribution that you like and _know 
> well_. Of course you don't need to reinstall any linux distro just to 
> change your desktop. E.g. in Fedora, if you want KDE, create a text 
> file /etc/sysconfig/desktop containing a single line: DESKTOP=KDE, 
> make sure you have kde packages (run the commmand "yum install 
> kdebase") and you are set. Your desktop settings are in .kde/ of your 
> home directory. If you save that, you won't lose your settings.
> No distribution saves you from the trouble of having to learn the 
> details if you want stability and bleeding edge software at the same 
> time. It is easy to compile scribus on Fedora, that's what I do.
I think that, depending on your point-of-view and interest, here are the 

- whether reasonably up-to-date Scribus binaries are readily available 
for the distro
- whether the ingredients for compiling on your own are readily available
- whether the distro is reasonably KDE/Qt friendly, even if you plan to 
use Gnome
- whether other DTP-related apps (for fonts, color management, vector 
drawing...) are also readily available

This is not a very restrictive collection of considerations, so you are 
still left with several good choices. At some point you will have to 
throw your own dart, and hope for the best.


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