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  • Fedora

    9 8.57%
  • Debian

    5 4.76%
  • Ubuntu ( Any variety )

    45 42.86%
  • Mandriva

    6 5.71%
  • OpenSUSE

    8 7.62%
  • Slackware

    2 1.90%
  • Mint

    15 14.29%
  • Mepis

    3 2.86%
  • PCLinuxOS

    3 2.86%
  • Other ( Please specify )

    9 8.57%
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    Favorite Desktop Distro for New Users - 2009


    This poll/thread is meant to help those users that are new to Linux and having difficulty deciding which distribution(s) they should start with.

    Please use it to post information about your favorite beginner oriented distro. Do not post comments saying that any particular distro is the best, because the best truly is very subjective.

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    Ubuntu.
    I prefer KDE over Gnome. Its Kubuntu to be precise.
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    Gotta go w/ openSUSE

    Don't have a legitimate reason to rank it above Ubuntu for newbs... driver support and documentation are near equal... just comes down to personal taste I guess.

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    Gotta go with Ubuntu as it has worked on all my hardware.
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    Mint - 5 as it is an LTS.

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    Second choice would be Ubuntu
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    I guess it sort of depends what the new user wants out of it. I know the common consensus usually goes to *buntu or its derivatives, but I think Fedora still gives a good mix of 'ease of use' and 'you gotta learn some things'.
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    PCLinuxOS is not the most stable on the list, but it is the distro I recommend to all new users.
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    im actually saying knoppix, because its so easy just to "get up and go" with it, i mean if it got me started it can get anyone started.

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    Xenon OS FTW

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    Quote Originally Posted by Surak View Post
    im actually saying knoppix, because its so easy just to "get up and go" with it, i mean if it got me started it can get anyone started.
    Amen.....I think Knoppix is the greatest thing since sliced bread was invented. Knoppix just works, for the most part and you don't need to install it to the hard drive to get a good grasp of what Linux is all about, but it does have it's downside like all distro's.
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