Getting started with Linux

Lyrae

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Hello everyone,

While looking for some information about Linux distro I have discovered this forum.
After a long time not using Linux, I have just decided to get at it again, I remember the first time I used it I was 13 years old, back in the time where you could order a free Ubuntu CD Live from their website (free shipping). Since that time I have felt in love with its simplicity and its GUI, I didn’t know how to use it though but still managed to learn somethings on my free time. I stopped using it, but when I was in high-school we did use it to learn how to set up networks, the things I had learnt before were very useful. Anyway, after choosing to study economics in college I somehow let-down my passion of informatics.
But this month, I have decided to get back at it and really learn how to use Linux properly (also I am learning Python for quite a while now), however I am a bit stuck on which distro to choose and also which one is more suitable for my needs* and as well as my computer (Asus UX480F).

I have installed Kali (Kali rolling 2019.4) this week, I had so many problems installing it (dual boot w/ Windows 10), it couldn’t detect my SSD nor my unallocated partition, after figuring out how to install it, it froze on the login screen, now I am having issues with the touchpad working 2/5 times, etc. It’s a bit difficult I have to admit it, but still even though... Why would I give up on such an awesome OS?

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* I am actually learning Python for economics and data analysis and I want to get into Cyber Security as well.
 


captain-sensible

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if you look at some posts ; often its goes like this : I have a terabyte disc here and a HD there and another 10 SSD here i am confused.

My suggestion is keep it minimal, keep it simple. Work out if what you really , really want (could be a song) is for functionality or for means of learning with functionality. I'm not going to suggest a distro (although i might throw in rumours of slackware15 being released for xmas) and the mods here have a neat site to try before you "buy into" https://distrotest.net/ I'm playing with codeigniter4 on apache, have the software i want , have room left left and yet my HD is only 60 gig. In terms of security you can pick a likely linux candidate and then install say metasploit. you don't have to go for kali linux.
 

TechnoJunky

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I always suggest 1 of 2 distros for beginners. Either Ubuntu or Mint. Mint is based on Ubuntu and for the most part just works right out of the box. As a newbie, that's what you need, simplicity. Get it installed and working without pulling your hair out trying to figure out how to get this or that working. While Kali is popular, it's not for everyday users. Both Ubuntu and Mint are. After you learn your way around, then try the tougher distros.
 

Vrai

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I always suggest 1 of 2 distros for beginners. Either Ubuntu or Mint. Mint is based on Ubuntu and for the most part just works right out of the box. As a newbie, that's what you need, simplicity. Get it installed and working without pulling your hair out trying to figure out how to get this or that working. While Kali is popular, it's not for everyday users. Both Ubuntu and Mint are. After you learn your way around, then try the tougher distros.
I agree with @TechnoJunky . If you are just getting back into Linux after a prolonged absence I would recommend something Like Linux Mint or Ubuntu. I've tried all the major distros, and while they are all good, some require more knowledge than others. Kali would NOT be my first choice!
Keep it simple, ease back in, and enjoy :) Linux distros have come a long way in the past 10 or 12 years.
 

Lyrae

New Member
if you look at some posts ; often its goes like this : I have a terabyte disc here and a HD there and another 10 SSD here i am confused.

My suggestion is keep it minimal, keep it simple. Work out if what you really , really want (could be a song) is for functionality or for means of learning with functionality. I'm not going to suggest a distro (although i might throw in rumours of slackware15 being released for xmas) and the mods here have a neat site to try before you "buy into" https://distrotest.net/ I'm playing with codeigniter4 on apache, have the software i want , have room left left and yet my HD is only 60 gig. In terms of security you can pick a likely linux candidate and then install say metasploit. you don't have to go for kali linux.
You’re right, I am gonna work my way through it and start with a basic and easy-to-use distribution. Thank you for the website http://distrotest.net didn’t know about it untill now, it will avoid me downloading and installing many times just to test.


I always suggest 1 of 2 distros for beginners. Either Ubuntu or Mint. Mint is based on Ubuntu and for the most part just works right out of the box. As a newbie, that's what you need, simplicity. Get it installed and working without pulling your hair out trying to figure out how to get this or that working. While Kali is popular, it's not for everyday users. Both Ubuntu and Mint are. After you learn your way around, then try the tougher distros.


I agree with @TechnoJunky . If you are just getting back into Linux after a prolonged absence I would recommend something Like Linux Mint or Ubuntu. I've tried all the major distros, and while they are all good, some require more knowledge than others. Kali would NOT be my first choice!
Keep it simple, ease back in, and enjoy :) Linux distros have come a long way in the past 10 or 12 years.

I tested Linux Mint on http://distrotest.net it seems great and simple to use. I was wondering if elementaryOS is a good one compared to Linux Mint or Ubuntu (and for learning pentesting, python and bash)
 

TechnoJunky

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Elementary looks cool, and is based on Ubuntu, but I haven't messed with it much. Although they don't require payment, it looks like they ask for it at every turn. Not saying this is a bad thing, but to me, if you're trying something out, you don't want to be hassled with 'will you pay for this' all the time. I could be wrong, but that's the way it looks to me. I still say start with Mint or Ubuntu, get the hang of it, then try other distros.
 


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