View Poll Results: If you were to suggest a first distro to someone who has never used Linux, which would it be?
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Suse because it's loaded with the hand-holding control centers and admin tools, and it has all that eye-candy that new users expect.
Currently I would say SuSE cos it has great hardware detection and everything is easy to configure. However I have shown SuSE to some people and they still didn't get the complete hang of doing things and they are now perfectly happy with Xandros.
However if someone wants to learn programming and just generally mess around with linux, then SuSE is pretty much the best bet at the moment for such people.Life is complex, it has a real part and an imaginary part.
My vote was for SuSE as well.Dell Precision T7400 Workstation
Dual 3.33Ghz Xeon "Harpertown" Core
16GB PC5300 DDR2 ECC CL5
BFG GeForce GTX 285 OC 2GB
HP w2408 24" Monitor
Dual Boot:openSUSE 11.2/Win 7 Ultimate
I would have to say Mepis.
Not just to be different either.
In Mepis the installation is easier. Just click on the install to harddrive icon.
And Mepis can be used as a Livecd.
You don't have to install it. The newb can check it out without installing.How to know if you are a geek.
when you respond to "get a life!" with "what's the URL?"
New users read The FAQ
I would never flat-out recommend any Linux distribution to a newbie without knowing her situation, needs, and experience with computers.
I'd probably point her to one of these distribution chooser quizzes:
or to DistroWatch's top ten list:
Refer to the links posted by aysiu. This question is asked with great frequency and always boils down to one thing: personal preference. Try out a few, use what you like.
::UPDATE:: Due to a good point set forth by Dapper Dan, I'm reopening this thread and will redirect all future "which distro" threads to this one.
I voted Mandriva. Actually I think SuSe is very good, but later versions of Mandriva are also good, and do the job.I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso
I voted Xandros. It's the closest to Windows that I've seen and some folks need that.
If the budget is tight (meaning you can't afford $50-120 for the OS, understandably), I'd recommend something like SuSE 9.3, Mepis or CentOS.