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7.9from 59 review(s)
Installed workstation, AlmaLinux 9.3, gnome desktop, installed EPEL as described here: www.linuxcapable.com/how-to-install-epel-on-almalinux/ . I also enabled Flatpak orcacore.com/quick-setup-for-flatpak-on-almalinux-9-and-rhel-9/ . With that, I installed every bit of software I wanted. I only needed FlatPak for Spotify. Gnome had some nice improvements that with the pdf doc viewer. I have an older desktop with a Gen 4, i3 processor, 16G RAM, SSDs and it's plenty fast. My laptop is running Fedora 39. Happy with both. Just like to have different life cycles in case something goes horribly wrong.
AlmaLinux 9.3 (Shamrock Pampas Cat)
Why only 9? I tried to installing the KDE Plasma live image and it would't boot after the upgrade to 9.3. I suspect something related to KDE Plasma display, graphics, wayland. I forgot to check if Xorg worked.
lite and simple to use: An open source, community owned and managed, free enterprise Linux distribution. Focusing on long-term stability and providing a powerful production level platform. It can serve as an alternative to RHEL's downstream Linux operating system after CentOS stops maintenance (changed to rolling updates) and inherits the open source and free features of the original CentOS.
I have tried asking questions on AlmaLinux and RockyLinux, and AlmaLinux's response is quite effective, making RockyLinux easy to overlook; I originally had a liking for RockyLinux, but later found out that the official mioors couldn't list all CN images, and no one gave feedback
Desktop Environment: Gnome
Hardware: HP Z230 workstation, 16GiB RAM and assorted SSDs
I have been using AlmaLinux 9.2 as a desktop operating system for about a month.
During this time it has impressed as a very stable operating system.
Peformance is snappy and seems a little quicker with an ext4 root file system, rather than the default xfs.
AlmaLinux 9.2 was installed without any issues using a boot iso and a network install.
Note: AlmaLinux seems to have a similar issue to recent versions of Fedora, where the installation media won't boot in UEFI mode on some older motherboards.
A good selection of desktop applications can be obtained from:
* AlmaLinux repositories;
* EPEL and RPMFusion third party repos; and
As AlmaLinux is 1:1 binary compatible with RHEL, documentation is not an issue.
The caliber of the companies backing Alma Linux is reassuring, as is CERN and Fermilab's choice of AlmaLinux as their standard linux distribution.
I also like that AlmaLinux is community-driven and that the AlmaLinux OS Foundation is a non-profit organisation.
AlmaLinux does everything I need a desktop operating system to do and does them well.
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