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hi I'm a new user , I have Dell Vostro 3400, intel i3 11 gen, 12GB ram, I'm a student, and want performance from a destro, pls suggest an excellent stable performance-friendly destro
 


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Hi! & Welcome to Linux.org!

Since you are new to Linux I recommend Linux Mint 20.3. It's been very stable for me.

The beauty of Linux is that you can download as many .iso files of the distro's you want. Have a look at Distrowatch and try them in a Virtual Machine like Virtual Box.
 

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Welcome to the forums
the best distribution for you, is the one you like the look and feel of, the one that does what you want ,and the one that works best on your machine,
If you would like some suggestions [I dont recomend as at the end of the day it is your choice] Tell us what you will be using your Linux distribution for.
I will say now that I will not be recommending any Pen-testing [hacking] distributions as to use these you need to be competent in using Linux and fully conversant with the terminal, it's codes and functions before you start to install them
 
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As @Brickwizard mentioned, the best distro for you is the distro that matches your needs out of the box. There are many beginner-friendly distros. And there are some not-so-beginner-friendly distros.

My recommendation for new users, as always, is to find a distro, and stick with it for a while. Get used to it's interface, get used to the command line, get used to the package management. Only once you're more comfortable should you start distro-hopping to see what other options are available.

Do you have any specific criteria in mind for your first distro?
 
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As others have said, only YOU know what you need.

That being said, I just did a search, "Distribution category: Beginners" on DistroWatch, and the top 3 are Linux Mint, Ubuntu, and Zorin.

Linux Mint is about to release their 21-beta...so I would wait for that one when it goes stable.
Ubuntu has about 10 or so different "flavors". You'll have to research those.
Zorin has Gnome and Xfce. Of those two I would choose Xfce.
 

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As @Brickwizard mentioned, the best distro for you is the distro that matches your needs out of the box. There are many beginner-friendly distros. And there are some not-so-beginner-friendly distros.

My recommendation for new users, as always, is to find a distro, and stick with it for a while. Get used to it's interface, get used to the command line, get used to the package management. Only once you're more comfortable should you start distro-hopping to see what other options are available.

Do you have any specific criteria in mind for your first distro?
sir thanks for your kind reply, I want performance from my distro, stable and a little bit user-friendly, pls give me suggestions.
 
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Welcome to the forums
the best distribution for you, is the one you like the look and feel of, the one that does what you want ,and the one that works best on your machine,
If you would like some suggestions [I dont recomend as at the end of the day it is your choice] Tell us what you will be using your Linux distribution for.
I will say now that I will not be recommending any Pen-testing [hacking] distributions as to use these you need to be competent in using Linux and fully conversant with the terminal, it's codes and functions before you start to install them
firstly thanks for your kind reply sir, I am a student I want a stable distro which also gives a good performance, as you say I am the only one who knows what distro is good for me, but sir I don't know what distro do what work, so if you have any suggestion I am very thankful to you.
 

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Well here's another way to look at it: if you are a student, like learning, and have a lot of free time, I'd recommend trying arch. Arch is not beginner friendly, and also forces you to use the command line.

However, if you just want a practical machine for doing papers, I'd stick with Ubuntu or mint, they are designed specifically for people who know little about computers, and they both have the full Libre office suite right after installation.

System76 and others have linux machines right out of the box if you want to spend some money.
 

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so if you have any suggestion I am very thankful to you.
This is not a problem, it's what we do.
Some of the more popular distributions for beginners are,

Linux Mint [cinnamon desktop is popular but can be resource Hungary,]

Any of the Ubuntu collection, [Kubuntu and Lubuntu are less bulky and so a little faster than the main build]

MX Linux [ MX-21.AHS is an excellent distribution for newer kit, but it is geared towards the business user]

Debian stable [ the base system for many of the popular distributions, A good OS with the XFCE desktop favoured, but make sure you download the version with non-free driver & codec package]

you can find out more information on each from distrowatch.com

There you go , a few to try, run them live from a pen-drive to see if you like the look and feel, it won't be at full speed but will give you a chance to see what you get before committing yourself
 
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Well here's another way to look at it: if you are a student, like learning, and have a lot of free time, I'd recommend trying arch. Arch is not beginner friendly, and also forces you to use the command line.

However, if you just want a practical machine for doing papers, I'd stick with Ubuntu or mint, they are designed specifically for people who know little about computers, and they both have the full Libre office suite right after installation.

System76 and others have linux machines right out of the box if you want to spend some money.
sir which is fast os zorin or ubuntu?
 
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This is not a problem, it's what we do.
Some of the more popular distributions for beginners are,

Linux Mint [cinnamon desktop is popular but can be resource Hungary,]

Any of the Ubuntu collection, [Kubuntu and Lubuntu are less bulky and so a little faster than the main build]

MX Linux [ MX-21.AHS is an excellent distribution for newer kit, but it is geared towards the business user]

Debian stable [ the base system for many of the popular distributions, A good OS with the XFCE desktop favoured, but make sure you download the version with non-free driver & codec package]

you can find out more information on each from distrowatch.com

There you go , a few to try, run them live from a pen-drive to see if you like the look and feel, it won't be at full speed but will give you a chance to see what you get before committing yourself
i read your blog about installation , sir can we install os without pen drive , currently I don't have a pendrive or CD , but I have a network connection.
 

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sir thanks for your kind reply, I want performance from my distro, stable and a little bit user-friendly, pls give me suggestions.
In that case, I would recommend Linux Mint Debian Edition, aka (LMDE5). It's based on the very stable and reliable Debian Stable, and gives a newcomer a nice interface with the Cinnamon desktop. Those familiar with Windows would quickly be comfortable with Cinnamon.

Debian Stable is known for rock-solid stability, out of the box. The other side of the coin is that the software isn't the very newest versions. But 99% of the time, it doesn't affect the user experience.

I use LMDE5 on all of my user systems at home, and have zero performance or stability issues.

Something many newcomers hear is that this or that distro is better for this or that thing. As a rule, that's pretty well not true, especially if you stick to the main distros, e.g. Mint, Ubuntu, MX Linux, Fedora. Really, under the hood Linux is Linux, with a little tweak here and there to make different distros different. So don't get hung up on whether a distro happens to ship with a specific app out of the box. Most likely that same app is available in the package managers for all the other distros as well.
 

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they are designed specifically for people who know little about computers ...
Let me fix that for you ... "they are designed to be easy to use, with minimal setup required." Ouch man, that hurt.
 

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can we install os without pen drive
yes, but it may restrict your choice
 

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thanks sir , can i download your given version without pendrive , I currently don't have a pen drive
I don't know of any modern distros that can install without DVD or pendrive. Pendrive is the primary installation method.
 

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sir which is fast os zorin or ubuntu?
in terms of installation, ubuntu is very fast, i have no experience with zorin, some people here recommend against zorin because they're not great on privacy.

In all my years of computing experience, whether or not you have an SSD [vs. HDD...] has the biggest impact on speed out of any other factor. You're of course going to also want a little bit more RAM than necessary, practically everyone who uses desktops and laptops desires a little bit of multitasking.
I don't know of any modern distros that can install without DVD or pendrive. Pendrive is the primary installation method.
And this quote is true, a lot of laptops now adays don't even have DVD drives so i'd stick with USB/pendrive with Belena Etcher as an image writing tool. There is network installation, but that's a pretty specialist way to go.
 
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