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View Poll Results: What is best Linux for newbies?
Ubuntu 100 60.24%
openSUSE 23 13.86%
Fedora 11 6.63%
Debian 9 5.42%
Mandriva 23 13.86%
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Old 06-30-2008, 08:04 AM   #1
caa1980
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The best Linux for newbies.


What is the best Linux for newbies and experanced users a like?
Ubuntu
OpenSUSE
Fedora
Debian
Mandriva
 
Old 06-30-2008, 10:06 AM   #2
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Any one of those would definitely fit the bill. Then again, there are newbies who go straight to Slackware, Gentoo or LFS. So it's all horses for courses, really.
 
Old 06-30-2008, 02:45 PM   #3
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I would say "the very easy to install" Slackware to learn Linux.

And PCLinuxOS if you want minimum problems.

Rgds
 
Old 06-30-2008, 03:43 PM   #4
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What about slackware; why is not in the poll options?
 
Old 06-30-2008, 05:28 PM   #5
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The option I wanted to choose was not in the poll..

The Search Function.

IGF
 
Old 06-30-2008, 07:22 PM   #6
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RE: What is best for Linux Newbies?

I've installed openSUSE for others, even complete PC novices, even one 80+ year old relative who had to be shown the keyboard as he had never used a keyboard of any sort before. He is happily using it for digital camera work, burning CD's and DVD's, word processing and spreadsheets, skype, surfing the web, email, Yahoo IM to his daughter, managing updates and many other jobs, most of which he discovered himself. The only recurring problem was loss of sound which after a while turned out to be a bad on-board sound chip, he ordered a new sound card, I fitted it and he did the mixer settings and we've not had a problem since. Another relative 68+ with just a few months experience of W2K on an old donated P166, uses openSUSE mainly for digital photo work, photo CD's of weddings and birthday parties as well as audio CD's.
If any distro is well setup and the user is willing to learn, the battle is won. I've given up on helping out Windows users, it was always a great waster of my time.
 
Old 06-30-2008, 09:28 PM   #7
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This is all sooooo dependent on the person... if you are willing to get your hands dirty and maybe struggle and google, then try red hat 5.0 like i did (joking).
the best way to learn is by doing. find one that sounds good to you and do it.

debian is fun, i find. ubuntu, of course, is debian based with polish and money backing.
slackware takes time and care but can be fun if interested.
gentoo is like slackware with the additional fun of seeing the programs compile in front of you.

just do it, because it's all sooooooo much more fun than windows.

SERIOUSLY, debian just works. ubuntu same(ish). slackware is awesome when you have some time (which i unfortunately do not). i went from redhat 5.0 to mandrake (now mandriva). then went to debian and have not looked back from the debian based distros.
ahhh, gentoo. my drunken friend. gentoo, i hope, will recover from it's pub crawl through self-destruction and is now back on course. yes, yes, my friend: i will come see you again some time.
 
Old 06-30-2008, 11:46 PM   #8
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What is the best Linux for newbies and experanced users a like?
For new users it's the version they got working first, for experienced users it's the version they are using now.
 
Old 07-01-2008, 03:24 AM   #9
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OpenSUSE and Mandriva.
 
Old 07-01-2008, 07:10 AM   #10
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Any would do. In fact there is nothing much to choose from when you install mandriva/redhat clones or suse. Some hardware may not work but again some hardware still does not work on vista as well.

As for slackware, I really doubt that it can be called a distribution in the real sense. There are zero management tools provided
 
Old 07-01-2008, 07:26 AM   #11
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Unhappy Why?

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Originally Posted by caa1980 View Post
What is the best Linux for newbies and experanced users a like?
Ubuntu
OpenSUSE
Fedora
Debian
Mandriva
I think the details of the real question are missing : Why do you want to know?
 
Old 07-01-2008, 07:31 AM   #12
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Ubuntu or Try Linux "live" CDs / DVDs

Generally speaking, Ubuntu Linux is an excellent "overall" Linux distro.

It has a very simple installation and provides support for a lot of computer hardware.

You can learn more about Ubuntu Linux - free - at:

http://www.ubuntulinuxbookblog.com

If you need to do Linux administration, then there are lots of Linux distros you can use - because the GNU Linux commands are virtually identical in all Linux distros.

You can get Linux commands training - free - at:

http://www.linuxcommandsbookblog.com

And there are over 50 free Linux training articles at:

http://www.iLearnLinux.com

See you there!

Clyde Boom, http://www.iLearnLinux.com
The Easy Linux Training Guy
 
Old 07-01-2008, 07:42 AM   #13
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As for slackware, I really doubt that it can be called a distribution in the real sense. There are zero management tools provided
This myth is what got me interested in Slack in the first place. The more you get to read and use Slack, the more you realise how much it is really just a myth.
Having said that I would not really recommend Slackware to newbies. As a present to myself I installed OpenSUSE on my last birthday, and I must say I was impressed how easier it was, and it just worked out of the box. I uninstalled it with a broken heart. So my advise is to kick start with SUSE and move to Slackware when you think you can take a bit more of a challenge.
Another point is that OpenSUSE seems to be everyone's second best distro. So there must be something good about it. My vote goes to the smiling gecko.

Last edited by ChrisAbela; 07-01-2008 at 07:44 AM.
 
Old 07-01-2008, 08:02 AM   #14
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My vote would be for PCLinuxOS

As many user of PC's running (WINDOWS) really don't understand much of that system either.

If you think I am wrong .. Ask a user of Windows to explain to you dialog box , right click and directories and sub-directories.

You will most likely get a LOOK resembling DEER CAUGHT IN THE HEAD LIGHTS!
 
Old 07-01-2008, 11:27 AM   #15
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I suggest getting a book about Linux.
That's how I learned. I bought a book including a distro.
The book described how to install and how to edit settings and how to use the commandline.
I guess that's the best way to start with linux.
That is if you really want to know how linux works inside out and want to be able to use the commandline properly.

However, if you are just looking for stability and reliability and using it as a simple desktop I suggest one of the above except Debian. I personally think Debian is less user friendly and more trouble.
 
  


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