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    New to LINUX

    Hi All

    First i would like to introduce myself . My name is Robbie and i stay in South Africa.

    I am new to linux so expect to have a lot of questions and will prolly take a while to used to it.
    I chose Linux mint and my first question would be this the right choice or what version of linux would be the easiest to get used to.

    Not knowing linux for e.g got me stuck on my first attempt at install a torrent client. Which client would be good for me to use and where could i get all the basic info on how to install these appzzz. LOL dont even know anything atm but am looking forward to learning.

    THX in advance

    Robert McColl

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    Join Date
    May 2004
    arch linux
    Hello and welcome to the forums!

    Yes, Linux Mint is considered a very good choice for new Linux users. You can use the default package tool that comes with Mint for installing applications. The best torrent client for you would be the one that you like using best. I'd recommend trying several of them and choosing your favorite.

    Hope you'll have fun with it...

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    Penguin of trust elija's Avatar
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    Jul 2004
    Either at home or at work or down the pub
    It's been a while since I used Mint, but IIRC, it has a torrent client called Transmission installed by default, it is very simple but works well (IMNSHO) unless you have lots of torrents to manage.
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    Administrator jayd512's Avatar
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    Welcome aboard!

    I'm with elija on this. Transmission is a wonderful program, and very intuitive.
    It's also fairly light on resources, as well.

    Try a few out, though. Settle on the one that suits you best.

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    Just Joined! Sidekick's Avatar
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    Mar 2012
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    Welcome, Robbie!

    I started with Ubuntu, then Linux Mint, then Crunchbang, PCLinuxOS, Mepis (great, rock-stable), Debian, SalixOS, and now Xubuntu. Easiest and safest to use among the ones I have played with, I'd have to say Linux Mint 9 Xfce. Very stable, supported until next April (2013), sweet, simple interface that's very pretty and easy to use for a newbie.

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    Howdy and Welcome. To get you going in Mint. I recommend reading/using/downloading pdf

    The Linux Mint User Guide - Linux Mint Community
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    Linux Engineer MASONTX's Avatar
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    May 2010
    Mason Texas
    Welcome to the forum. Yes, Mint is a good first distro to try. You can go to and see other distro's as well.
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