From ratpoison to Unity, I must have tried just about every Linux desktop environment available. The best Linux desktop, in my view: my main computer continues to run KDE's Plasma. No other alternative can match its design philosophy, configurability, or its innovations on the classical desktop.
Nor am I alone in my preferences. At a time when the Linux desktop offers six main alternatives (Cinnamon, GNOME, KDE Plasma, LXDE, Mate, Unity and Xfce), KDE Plasma consistently tops reader polls with an average of 35-40 percent. In such a diverse market, these figures indicate a broad appeal that other Linux desktop alternatives can't match.
I believe that one of the main reasons for this appeal is the KDE design philosophy. GNOME and Unity may offer a more aesthetic-looking default, but only at the cost of simplifying both the desktop and the utilities in the name of reducing clutter.
GNU Compiler Collection developers are beginning to come to a consensus that GCC 5.0 will be released in 2015.
While GCC 4.10 is the current release under development since the GCC 4.9 debut this spring, GCC 4.10 will likely be relabeled as GCC 5.0. There's a fresh thread on the GCC mailing list that talks about GCC version bikeshedding.
I have been in the IT industry for a little over a year now. I work for a small company doing helpdesk and other various projects working with Vmware, Windows, and Cisco. I have certified in CompTIA Network+, CCNA RS, and CCNA Security. I would love to take a break from networking and learn Linux as I feel its going to be a valuable skill set to have in my career. I'm not exactly sure where to start, and would appreciate some input from you guys.
I was thinking about going after the CompTIA linux+ which would also certify me in LPIC-1 and SUSE CLA. I have very little expose to Linux and I am looking for some good communities to be a part of, as well as books or other resources. I would love to hear about how you guys got started with Linux, the best ways to learn Linux, and anything else you would be willing to share to help me get started.
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