mintCast 184 – Point Linux

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  • Debian finds itself caught up in the “init war”, technical panel to decide direction for next release – The leader of the Debian GNU/Linux project, Lucas Nussbaum, has announced that the question of which init system will be the default in the next release, Jessie, will be decided by the project’s technical committee. (
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Main Topic: A look at Point Linux

  • Point Linux (Point Linux) is a GNU/Linux distribution that aims to combine the power of Debian GNU/Linux with the productivity of MATE, the Gnome 2 desktop environment fork. Point Linux provides an easy to set up and use distribution for users, looking for a fast, stable and predictable desktop.



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2 Replies to “mintCast 184 – Point Linux”

  1. RootDr

    Regarding Mate (Gnome2) desktop used by Point Linux, I would suggest you take a look at
    Stella Linux. Stella is Centos based (not a fork) and uses the Gnome2 desktop. Since Stella is based on Centos it is super stable and just works out of the box. Don’t let the fact that Stella is a one man project keep you from reveiwing this outstanding distro.Link is


  2. anthonyvenable110

    I was listening to this one today and I really enjoyed the conversation about Debian. While I don’t understand the intricacies of “init systems” i do agree that Debian should play the conservative role and allow the more daring distros to test the waters first. This is important since there are so many distros that are based on either Debian itself or a derivative of it.

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