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  • Debian

    9 7.09%
  • Fedora

    15 11.81%
  • Mandriva

    4 3.15%
  • Mepis

    5 3.94%
  • Mint

    4 3.15%
  • openSUSE

    24 18.90%
  • PCLInuxOS

    3 2.36%
  • Slackware

    2 1.57%
  • Ubuntu (any variety)

    55 43.31%
  • Other (please list below)

    6 4.72%
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    Favorite Desktop Distro for New Users


    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, but don't post comments saying that any particular distro is the best, because the best truly is very subjective.

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    Well, I had very good luck with both Ubuntu and Xandros when I started using Linux regularly on an old Compaq 5000. Nowadays I would recommend Knoppix as it is a live distro that doesn't commit the new user to it but allows him/her to experiment.
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    Ubuntu. i prefer K Desktop Environment so its KUbuntu.

    SLAX. a LiveCD, doesn't has install option, works pretty fine in almost all machines and has all audio/video codecs.
    It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.
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    Well, I voted for Ubuntu, but I'm not sure if it's the best system for all new users, since everyithing usualy works out of the box and you don't need to learn much more in order to use it. I sarted out with Fedora and I belive it is a better experience for those who want to learn, since it has a few bugs to get comfy with

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    Gentoo. Just kidding, Ubuntu has my vote.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tech_man
    Gentoo. Just kidding, Ubuntu has my vote.


    I voted openSUSE, but I'd really recommend SLED - Suse Linux Enterprise Desktop.
    I praise Webmin and PuTTy!
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    I voted ubuntu because its so incredibly easy for anyone to use.
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    voted openSUSE...

    I voted openSUSE, but most all the distros listed are pretty much new user friendly except for Slackware and some new users even find it easy.
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    Debian all the way! I've used Ubuntu but eventually came back to Debian. Debian's Testing branch is just as stable, if not more, and will always be up-to-date since changes are always being added to it. When I upgraded from Ubuntu 6.04 to 6.10 a few months ago (when 6.10 came out) it somehow screwed with the partitions on my drive, this is really unacceptable. I've also used Mandriva, Mepis and Ark Linux, but Mepis is just a LiveCD and appearantly I can't deal with RPM (Mandriva and Ark).
    "Today you are freer than ever to do what you want, provided you can pay for it!" --Bad Religion

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    As a newbie I started out with Fedora Core 6, and I think it's excellent. It has all the tools I've needed, and support is brilliant. The other Week tried Debian Etch, which, to my suprise, worked flawlesly on my laptop, detecting my hardware perfectly, and working great.
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    AMD Anthlon 64 X2, 2 GB RAM, Asus M2N-MX, nVidia GeForce 9600GT 512Mb, 250Gb + 160Gb HDDs

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