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I have been reading a thread concerning distros and have learned quite a bit on what may or may not work for me. I just gave my aspire one win 7 the Dban. I have crunchbang on my eee pc. It is great, but I am looking for the most user friendly, hook up my printer(s) Canon 280 and a brother 5420. without a cloud (I made a cloud printer out of canon mx259, it was generic wireless but I did a work around voila! cloud), turn on,go shopping and download images that can be enlarged to fit the page easily, for my aspire. There are so many distros that I am beginning to lose sight of what I need instead of - wow! that looks great! Any recommendations on parameters given above? Won't hold you to them. Just looking for a direction to what I actually need- not what I think will work and ultimately end up dancing to Distro Inferno. Originally, I stated Sourceforge has great info- then I browsed this site more thoroughly- has absolutely every link I need! when I figure out the right distro- so if anyone has any suggestions, I will greatly appreciate them and whiz over to LinkLand and do the research.
Fantastic replies from both!! Thank you very much for the direction. I did try the Distro chooser- I still had questions- so I came here for sage advice- which I received. Not having to change distros for years, pure opera to my ears!
Thank you a thousand times over! I am off to research- I learned the hard way- use link before mouth!
Distribution: OpenSUSE 13.2 64bit-Gnome on ASUS U52F
Fedora is great for people who like to change the OS frequently. For what I understand you are looking to stay with the Operating System for a while so look away from Fedora. Linux Mint will be a better choice, if your computer meet all the requirements. you can go with Debian too, Mint and Debian are related and both have great community support.
I believe that the first choice one needs to make when choosing a distribution to use is whether you want to go with a "rolling release" distribution, or not.
I have Gentoo and Arch Linux partitions that are many years old. On the other hand, I also have a Slackware partition that has been upgraded through many releases (in my opinion the only drawback to Slackware,) but it is, in my opinion, the first choice to be made.
Thank you for your advice. With a red face, I am still shaky on exactly what a rolling release actually is. I have read conflicting reviews regarding Slackware. It took 7 Linux experts (here) to get me to crunchbang on my eee pc 900. I still experience difficulties with navigation, for some odd reason, I simply can not absorb the base context. I have been around since Pong (still miss it). For some God forsaken reason, I have difficulty grasping Linux- I bought a crhomebook and immediately did a work around to turn my standard wireless printer into a fully functioning cloud device-without a host. I like my chromebook, but there are limitations that do not meet my needs. Now that I have given you my entire life story- I have been looking at Fuduntu-which brings me back to rolling releases. If slackware is the choice of so many, perhaps I should reconsider.
I greatly appreciate your input, even though I check Distrowatch.com The sheer amount of choices is staggering. There is no advice like the advice of those who have actually paved the road.
Thanks a million times over- Health and happiness to you and yours,
Many thanks for taking the time to read and answer my post- Your suggestion seems the wisest- try on the shoe before you buy it- but I am incapable of understanding linux as a whole, so for me, changing distros would be the green mile. I applaud your ease with such endeavors- ok, I am a little envious too- But I need the first shoe to fit if possible.
Many thanks for your suggestion, to the adept it would be very logical. Unfortunately, I live up to my moniker.
First off, I thank you for taking the time to read and respond to my post- I have looked into the first two of your recommendations, but have missed Foresight along the way- the bleeding edge is the absolute best analogy I have ever heard.
To wit, I am going to research; Mint, Slackware and Foresight.
The first two of your suggested distros seemed to require a bit more navigation than I am comfortable with. Perhaps I misunderstood the data- I will do the work to ensure that I am viewing the big picture instead of a microcosm.
All of you have certainly pointed me in the right direction, and for everything else there is Mastercard.
DavidMcCann, I cannot adequately express my thanks for your advice, time and kindness-
Health, happiness and the winning Lotto number to you and yours,