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Which linux version is best ?

Discussion in 'Desktop / X' started by suvro998, Feb 20, 2019.

  1. suvro998

    suvro998 New Member

    Feb 20, 2019
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    I'm a newbie and Windows user. However, I'm planning to switch to one of the Linux version that is most user friendly. Can you suggest me the best ?

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  2. arochester

    arochester Moderator
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    Apr 25, 2017
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    What have your searches suggested?
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  3. Tolkem

    Tolkem Member

    Jan 6, 2019
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    Hi @suvro998 For a new Linux user there are plenty of options as you may already know, however, I find Linux Lite to be a very friendly user distro and foolproof; it's been designed with Windows users in mind who are willing to make the switch to Linux just like you. Linux Lite's community is also a very friendly one, people there will help you as much as possible. Find out more here https://www.linuxliteos.com/forums/index.php Also, you might want to visit https://distrowatch.com/ take a look at distros reviews, user comments, download those that catch your attention and try them from a USB stick in live mode. You can use rufus for that purpose
    that youtube tutorial is easy to follow. It might worth watching this video https://itsfoss.com/best-linux-beginners/

    Hope this helps! :)
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  4. poorguy

    poorguy Well-Known Member

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  5. 1of7

    1of7 New Member

    Feb 21, 2019
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    You could take a look at distrowatch.com to get an overview of the many options. (see: https://distrowatch.com/, bottom of right panel, 'Page hit ranking')
    Also, wikipedia has a good graphic of the evolution of the various distros: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linux_distribution. This will give you and inkling of what to expect from a distro from what it was based on. For example, package management (see below).

    I am partial to Slackware but it's because it was the only viable one that had growth potential available to me when I first started out. At that time I was exploring minix on S-100 buses. To me, SW is the simplest of the distributions to install since the 'benevolent dictator' made it pretty much turnkey. However, saying that, moving beyond the basic install can be intimidating at first blush to new users. If you choose this distro, you WILL learn gnu/linux. There is strong camaraderie within the Slackware community (re: linuxquestions.org)
    All that being said, there are distros that ease the transition from the 'trust-me' proprietary OSes like windows. PCLinuxOS purports to do just this. If you are looking for a distro with a breadth of software, the Debian and debian-like distros (ubuntu) provide an enormous software base. Not that this software can't be ported to other distros with some effort and dependency magic. If you are looking for commercial level OSes, look at IBM/Redhat or the associated community based OS Fedora and Centos distros. Arch linux and its offshoot Manjaro are strong distros with good package management and an active user base.
    You may find that installing new software and package dependency management varies in each distro. From what I've seen, over the years this has been the biggest challenge to new users. If you want to trust your package management over to established programs consider APT (gnu/debian) or RPM (redhat, centos, pclinuxos). Slackware doesn't have a stock automated package dependency management. The benevolent dictator and his squires handle these dependencies by providing either pre-compiled binary packages or text listing dependencies. (see; slackpkg, sbopkg).
    There so much more to explore.
    As far as learning gnu/linux, it's a great time, you're entering a software candy shop.
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  6. rado84

    rado84 New Member

    Feb 25, 2019
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    I think for a beginner Mint 18.3 Cinnamon is the best - very similar to Windows when it comes to using it but better than Windows cuz its customization abilities are limitless. Not 19.1 cuz it's still glitchy.
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