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I still can't decide which distro to choose

Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by GardenData61371, Mar 15, 2019.

  1. GardenData61371

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    I thought it would be Arch that would end my distrohopping. But sadly it's not. Will I ever stop distrohopping?


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  2. CptCharis

    CptCharis Well-Known Member

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    Hello @GardenData61371
    What do you want to do with your Linux? Are you experience enough? Are you a sysadmin or an Linux enthusiastic ? Are you a writing code or just use word & excel?
    What is your machine ? Do you have a HDD or SSD ? How many RAM you have?
    Do you like running or pointing Distros? Do you have a good internet connection or not?
    Check distrowatch.org and you will see that there are so many distros for any taste.
    The best way to find yours is (unfortunately) to test them.
    Personally Speaking I'm running Linux Mint Mate in a laptop with very small capabilities (such as 4 GB RAM, i3 processor etc)
    On the same laptop I'm running some VM such as an Arch (no GUI) Archolinux (one of my favoure) , a Debian and an Ubuntu server.
    And no Arch is not the end of distrohopping , definitely not.
     
  3. VP9KS

    VP9KS Well-Known Member

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    Welcome aboard, mate. Before I recommend a distro, how about telling the group what hardware you are running. (i.e cpu, ram, video, 64 bit / 32 bit, etc.) This will make it a bit easier. We would not want to recommend a distro which would overwork your system, causing lockups or other problems. Distro hopping is much easier than it was years ago. Now you can use a thumb drive to burn a "Live Cd" image, and if you don't like it, burn another one over it until you find what you want. Are you currently running windows?

    Happy Trails,
    Paul
     
  4. GardenData61371

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    CPU: Intel i5-6500 3.2 GHz
    GPU: Nvidia GTX 1070 Ti 8 GB
    RAM: 16GB
    Monitor: AOC 24" 1920x1080
    Mouse: Logitech G502
    Mouse pad: Steelseries QcK+
    Gaming chair: Gamborg
    Keyboard: Corsair Strafe Cherry MX Red
    Headphone: HyperX Cloud II
    OS: Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
     
  5. VP9KS

    VP9KS Well-Known Member

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    Ok, that should run just about anything you throw at it. What have you tried so far? Do you use the command line interface sometimes, or mostly a gui? My personal preference is Slackware, although I have Lite, Mint Cinnamon, Puppy, and a slew of others on tap. (I try to keep the head small, don't like a lot of foam.:p:p
     
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  6. GardenData61371

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    I want to use GUI as much as I can.
     
  7. VP9KS

    VP9KS Well-Known Member

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    So, what distros have you tried so far?
     
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    Ubuntu, Mint, Elementary, Arch, Fedora, Deepin,
     
  9. VP9KS

    VP9KS Well-Known Member

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    That is a pretty good sample, mate. What are your feelings on them? Like / dislike? And why?
     
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  10. GardenData61371

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    I like the philosophy behind Arch. But the installation too daunting for me. Ubuntu is nice for it's community and stability, Mint also. I love Elementary's and Deepin's UI!
     
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    If you feel that the Arch installation was too daunting, you may not like Slackware either, especially updating from the command line. Most people steer someone just getting started in Linux toward Mint Cinnamon, and you say that you have tried it. What did you think of it? More importantly, what are you looking for in an operating system?
     
  12. GardenData61371

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    Well my primary need is gaming.
     
  13. VP9KS

    VP9KS Well-Known Member

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    I seem to remember a posting lately from one of the newer members about a distro aimed at gamers. Perhaps @wizardfromoz can remember just what it was. Wiz are you skulking about ?
     
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    sorry, gotta go! The dinner bell is ringing .
     
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    VP9KS Well-Known Member

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    While I was waiting for the wiz to appear in a puff of smoke, I looked back through the postings. Eureka, I found it!! The original poster was @Fishy, and the title of the posting was "Have heard Linux is the way to go", located in the "getting started" section. The distro He was talking about is Solus 3.9999. He also mentioned Solus Budgie, have you tried it?
     
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    Here's an easy way to install Arch Linux although you still will have to build and compile code to get things to work.

    https://sourceforge.net/projects/revenge-installer/

    https://www.ostechnix.com/installing-arch-linux-using-revenge-graphical-installer/

    https://hacknews.co/tools/20170129/revenge-installer-a-graphical-installer-for-arch-linux.html

    Arch Linux is a Linux Distro made for users who want to spend 24 hours a day, 7 days a week getting it to work.

    No way not for me I ain't got the patience. :mad::confused:

    I'm an install / update and use OOTB Linux user, the way Linux was designed to be used.
     
  17. Jeffrey Lapinski

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    If you like the Arch philosophy and if you like the Arch feel you may want to try Manjaro or Antegros. Both are Arch based but are easy to install and offer a range of desktop environments.
     
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  18. wizardfromoz

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    Wizards don't skulk. We manifest ourselves, regally.

    Solus is the correct answer, allegedly, for gamers.

    I tried installing it 12 months ago for one of our Members, and it wreaked havoc with my multi-multi-booting environment, took a devil of a time to remove all traces.

    But it certainly has the popularity, currently at No.7 on DistroWatch, so go figure.

    Solus, when I tried it, required a minimum of about 550Mb for an ESP (EFI System partition) before it would install, so if you have an existing setup which features smaller, you will have to enlarge it, which can be tricky for Newbies.

    Just an FYI - the OP (that's you, "Garden") has about 6 - 7 Threads around the Forum currently and over the last 6 months, it is getting a little tricky to manoeuvre between them to have complete information on hand.

    That being said, Garden, the information on what you have tried is useful, and suggestions can take that into account.

    Be aware that with your other computer, the old laptop here

    https://www.linux.org/threads/what-distro-will-fit-my-old-laptop.22549/

    ... which has a config of

    ... if you choose a different Linux for that one from a different "Family" (Debian, Arch, Gentoo, RPM, Slackware, Other) ... you are going to have two significantly different learning curves to follow, and will likely get confused.

    Just my $2.50 (worth a lot more than two cents)

    Wizard
     
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  19. VP9KS

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    Yet another reason to use drive caddies, mate!:p:p
     
  20. VP9KS

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    One question, Wiz. Is that $2.50 Australia, Bermuda, US, or Canada?:D Just trying to get a frame of reference for the value of Wizard wisdom.:p:p
     

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