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I am new, but have played with Linux on and off again over the years. Looking for a good distro that must have:
-I prefer smaller community distros, the smaller the better
-Relatively easy to use for beginner or intermediate users
I plan to learn programming and do web browsing and video watching. I also need one to fit on a virtual machine, my host is 8GB RAM.
Try to look at Slackware. Many people will tell you it is not exactly for beginners. But you can learn a lot with Slackware. It is lightweight on your resources, very fast and comes with lots of software in-built. You get a lot of development software, compilers and libraries.
No Linux is really good for beginners? Let me reparse that. It doesn't really matter, this something for beginners Linux distro? They all have a learning curve, just like Windows does when one has never used a computer. If you've used Windows, then you're just adding to your knowledge base of how to operate an Operating System (OS). Like the prior person said, Slackware is an excellent Linux distro to start out on!!! If you can master Slackware, which is not that hard actually. Then you can pretty much handle any other Linux OS out there.
My vote is for Salix, very much like Slackware, as it is based on Slackware but certainly easier to learn and use.
-Not Ubuntu-based ??? I don't use ubuntu myself for various reasons, but I do use and enjoy Lubuntu.
To each his own. And welcome to the forum
Last edited by offgridguy; 04-05-2016 at 11:20 AM.
I like Salix (as you can see) but I also like PCLinuxOS. Not for myself, as I don't like KDE, but it's very user-friendly and specifically aimed at the home user. I do think a distro should have some idea of why it exists, like Salix being (as they say) for lazy Slackers. You can, of course, program on anything. I don't have any idea of what Windows whatever looks like, but KDE is pretty adaptable: if that can't do it, nothing can.