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  • Debian

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  • Fedora

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  • Mint

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  • Mandriva / Mageia

    2 8.70%
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    Recommended Distro for New Linux Users (2013)


    Which distribution would you most recommend to those users that are new to Linux?

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    wow ,no ubuntu yet

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    Quote Originally Posted by peter__barnes View Post
    wow ,no ubuntu yet
    Not too long back, it was the number one recommendation, but I think Unity and some other changes took a toll on Ubuntu. No bother for me, though, as I was never a fan of it at any point in its history.
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    I am moving from Ubuntu to Linux Mint. I really like the Cinnamon environment, and want something new. But I did start with Ubuntu 11.1, or something like that. It was good, but lately my Linux computer is slowing down, due to low memory. I want a new computer, one for myself, and to have a fun project to do.

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    For people that are used to Windows, I can highly recommend Zorin. With that distro you are least disoriented. I tried at least another half a dozen distros and was always discombobulated.

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    For a new to linux user, Mint.
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    Phooey! Make 'em learn with a Gentoo stage 3 tar ball!
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    Quote Originally Posted by retired1af View Post
    Phooey! Make 'em learn with a Gentoo stage 3 tar ball!
    lol... over the years, I've seen a few that started there and some even starting out with 'linux from scratch', but my guess is that only a few completed either task - still, it should be a great way to learn for those that can stick with it until completion.
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    I've been using linux for almost 5 years now, and love it, but if I had to build linux from scratch or mess with setting up an advanced users linux, I would probably give up and go back to windows. The beginner distro's make it easy to attract and keep new users. Some may choose to go on to more advanced linux knowledge, while many like the easy way.
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    I think there are 2 major obstacles that will prevent Linux from a wide usage:

    1. There are far too many distros. Anybody who wants to start with Linux is completely disoriented. If these guys could agree on 3 or 4 distros and scrap all the rest, it would be a lot better. And bundling their development resources would allow for lot better developments.

    2. There are still too many functions that have to be executed thru the command line. I installed Zorin in VMware and in order to install the VMware tools, I needed those commands:

    sudo mount /dev/cdrom /media/cdrom
    cp /media/cdrom/VMware*.tar.gz /tmp
    sudo umount /media/cdrom
    cd /tmp
    tar xzvf VMware*.gz
    cd vmware-tools-distrib/
    sudo ./vmware-install.pl

    It took me one whole week to figure that out. I also run Windows 8 in VMware. There it took 2 clicks to install the tools. Anybody a bit less interested than me and with less computer background would have long given up on Linux.

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