I'm a long-time Apple User since 1992, have always felt at home there, but I've am currently looking to switch to an alternative Operating System.
I've also been working with Unix machines since 2001, so I'm looking in one of the free Unices or a Linux. Since I last looked at the desktop in 2002 much has changed, it seems. So I'm lost once more in the war between desktop environments and software. To be honest: I don't care what it's name is, I want to get my job done. Here's what I set me as requirement for an operating system/software to be considered:
- Has to be atleast four years old
- Has to supply security updates for current release for atleast a year
- Production quality stability for the whole desktop environment (!)
- No commercial stuff that tends to supply me with privacy invading App Store or Cloud space
So far I'm running a MacBook from 2007, 4 Gig memory, 250 Gig disk and I need:
- IMAPs for Mail since 1995
- Keeping current with Updates/Upgrades with no more than 5 Minutes spent in entering commands
A desktop filemanger would be nice, but is a bonus.
What can you suggest as operating system? The one with the longest support cycles and best chance to survive the next 10 years will win a new user, even sending patches when needed!