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Old 07-06-2010, 10:44 AM   #1
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Question First Time in Linux World, Can you give the best Flavor of Linux that suit for me.

Hi Im from PH. This is my first time to navigate your website. Hoping that i can learn more here. I dont have any experience using LINUX system. Since I am new member here, can you give suggestion what kind of flavor for LINUX should i take?
Old 07-06-2010, 11:17 AM   #2
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Welcome to the forums! It is difficult to recommend a flavor or "distro" without knowing more about your needs/wants. Is this for a server or a desktop workstation? Do you want a cutting edge distro with the latest applications, or one with older software and a focus on stability? Do you have a preference for Gnome, KDE, etc.? What type of hardware?

A good general guide to the major distros is at the following link; give it a read and see if there's one that sounds good for your needs:

For an absolute Linux beginner looking for a fun and easy introduction to Linux on the desktop, I recommend the current Ubuntu release, 10.04 Lucid Lynx. Ubuntu is very well-documented on the Web and its user forum ( ) is welcoming and friendly to beginners.
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Old 07-07-2010, 11:09 PM   #4
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As per snowpine; see also
Old 07-07-2010, 11:15 PM   #5
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Just download one that looks nifty and try it out. Chances are that you'll stick with it for a time, and then you'll slowly learn what things you wish were different. At that point you'll be ready to go out and search for a distro which better addresses your own specific needs.
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Try these two quizzes and see what they recommend:
Old 07-09-2010, 02:05 PM   #7
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no one can tell you exactly what distro would be best for you. such things are a matter of personal preference. if you are used to the windows operating system you may feel more comfotable starting off with one that runs kde, such as fedora or kubuntu, but other desktop environments are just as easy. the best i can say would be download some live cds and try them out. some ones that i would recomend for beginners are linux mint, fedora, mandriva, or some varient of ubuntu (ubuntu, kubuntu, xubuntu).
Old 07-09-2010, 02:21 PM   #8
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Fedora default desktop environment is Gnome, but it does offer KDE desktop and both are good. My suggestion would be to check out, no special order:

Mint Linux

Just to name a few. Most are livecds so you can burn the ISO to disc and boot to try them without installing first.
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I tried just slightly different choices two times, and polishlinux gave me:
The first time:
1. FreeBSD
2. PLD
3. (I can't remember.)
4. Debian
5. (I can't remember.)

The second time:
1. FreeBSD
2. Debian
3. PLD
4. Gentoo
5. Fedora
It's telling me to go for FreeBSD.
Old 07-09-2010, 06:32 PM   #10
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If you are a Mac user converting to Linux, you may want to try Ubuntu 10.04+. If you are a Windows user, you might want to try either Mint or Kubuntu.

And if you want to remove any of these distros and reinstall WinBloze, you're on your own.
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I am going to suggest Linux Mint. It is based on Ubuntu but has some things included by default that you, as a new user, may be annoyed by Ubuntu not having such as MP3 support.
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Most distros give you the opportunity to burn live CDs. You can boot to the CDs and look the distros over. (If you boot to CDs, note that your computer will be much slower than it would be if you were booting from the hard drive.)

I started with Slackware, quite by accident, and I'm glad I did; it's still my favorite. Slackware works, but it doesn't hold your hand; it expects you to think, to read, and to be willing to learn. (Slackware does not offer a Live CD, but you can get a Slackware-based live distro here.

I have also used Debian and I really liked it.

If you want easy, I would recommend Ubuntu or CentOS out of the ones I've messed with. I haven't tried Mint, but I know folks who describe it as "Ubuntu done right."

Linux is not more difficult than Windows; it's just different.
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I recommend Mint.

The only trouble is that it doesn't have multiple desktops by default, which I think is totally st00pid because virtual desktops is by far one of the best things the Linux desktop has that Windows doesn't! But at least it's not that hard to enable, just add the desktop switcher applet to the panel.

And it you installed the GNOME version but want to try KDE, it's easy to install in Mint and they have a relatively recent version, unlike some other distros.
Old 07-10-2010, 04:05 PM   #14
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The way I did it a year ago was I started with Ubuntu on a backup laptop. The reason I chose Ubuntu to start with was they have the biggest community on the internet, ie, you can Google your problems or questions or ask in a forum like this and get an answer. Ubuntu lasted about 6 months and I got the distro hop fever. Since it was a backup laptop I bounced around, running some for a couple of weeks and some immediately reloading Ubuntu. I tried PCLinuxOS a couple of weeks and liked it, but it was around the time that 10.4 beta came out so I loaded the beta. Later I hopped around more, loaded the Ubuntu 10.4 LTS and used it for a week and made the realization that I really liked PCLinuxOS so I went back to it and I really love it, and they have a really good community. My backup laptop is my choice laptop now, and on my Vista laptop I am dual booting Vista and Mint, which was one of my 'hops'. Unfortunately I have to keep Windows for work (security camera monitoring software or the couple of tasks that I'm more comfortable with doing in Windows (watching HD shows on my TV, the Linux video drivers don't work as well for my laptops and Photoshop, which I'm spending major time learning Gimp and now I rarely use Photoshop).

I've searched the question you've asked for myself and just got confused. Pick a distro you can get support from communities or even better maybe friends have loaded, and after you get comfortable you might get the distro hop fever. Most likely what ever you pick will be a winner.

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Old 07-10-2010, 06:01 PM   #15
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New to Linux You might want to try Linux Mint 9-The best Distro for new users,also try PCLinuxOS and Mandriva also good Distros for new users. as someone posted try a few and use the one you like best. Good Luck


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