I’ve been a GNU/Linux user for about 14 years and have wasted hours (OK, probably days) ricing and customising (you’ve all done the same I think). Laziness has set in, I don’t plan on switching distros anytime soon, I use MX which looks fine. Just wanted to know what you all think: Which distro has an attractive out-of-the-box DE/theme/colour scheme?

KDE out of the box with dark theme.

Dessalines
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Elementary os is the prettiest fresh install IMO.

@cvieira
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Elementary is like MacOS, but without a lot of the garbage MacOS forces on you. Hardcore Linux users usually don’t like it, but its great for newcomers.

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Yeah, its an OS you could set up for your grandparent and they wouldn’t need much instruction.

Ephera
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I get what you mean, but I don’t think, that’s a very high bar for entry. Your grandparents likely just need a way to start the browser and from there on out, the browser UI is the only UI they use.

@pasdechance
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Not my cup of tea but I thought about this after posting. Elementary would probably look very nice to someone new to Linux.

@k_o_t
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can we talk about how awful the default color schemes and wallpapers are on almost all distros?

after months of ricing i just gave up and made a hackintosh

@AltF4
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Hmm, I’d disagree on the wallpapers. Linux Mint has some pretty beautiful selections - every version has a different selection of nature, architecture, and abstract wallpapers, which I think are on par with the MacOS ones.

@otso
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debian has some cool backgrounds lately too

@pasdechance
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I see lots of similarity and uninspired use of the same themes and icons (lots of dark themes, nord, papirus). Like you, I do feel like the wallpapers are junk. There are too many of them most of the time, and they just plop a logo on them. Give me just one of each style: an abstract, a nature, etc. and leave out the logo.

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Just a note that ricing has a lot of anti-Japanese / east Asian connotations and its bust to not use it.

@k_o_t
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do you mean specifically the term ricing or rice as an object in general?

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ricing

@zeinok
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@motorto
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Well I wouldn’t agree some distros have pretty defaults , lubuntu being one of those in my opinion .

The wallpaper part , most of them are the logo of the distro and in this department I agree with you

What distro have you tried and hated ?

Ephera
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I think, Bunsenlabs looks good, if you’re into that sort of minimalistic dark theme: https://www.bunsenlabs.org/img/frontpage-gallery/hydrogen2.jpg

@pasdechance
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Oh yes. I’ve used that before. And that minimalistic look is what I always tried to get through customization, probably because the first time I saw Linux being used was Slackware 10.2 with a very simple dark theme and I thought it looked great. I think I am a sucker for openbox with tint2. Bunsenlabs is just a dark theme with papirus icons but I like that they throw in a splash of red.

@marmulak
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I like Fedora

@pasdechance
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Gnome 3?

@marmulak
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Yeah, it’s blue 😂

Gentoo or Arch, tty is the best

Maybe Zorin. But honestly, they’re all sort of ugly without customisation.

Linux Mint does if we count Mint-Y-Darker-Red as a default color scheme (it does come with it but isn’t selected by default).

EDIT: Also HMU if you want a compatible ProtonMail theme or Element (riot.im) theme I made to match it.

@otso
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honestly not quite out of the box but i really like openbsd’s fvwm. i always customize the colors and set a background but it’s cool enough out of the box. i like the retro Motif look

There are Arch-based distros designed to be just vanilla arch but with fancy out-of-the-box tiling WM configs like you’d see in /r/unixporn.

@Mek101
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I’d say linux mint and/or Manjaro

@motorto
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Hum , out of the box , I like lubuntu a lot. Nice theme , nice desktop environment !

@bluefish
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recently, i am using Mx linux too. ubuntu, previously. in my case, theme is all same because, i am using my own windows manager(based on tinywm) on various linux/unix distros.

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