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Just kidding. The answer is subjective so it depends on your needs, your experience and who you ask. I've found Mint to be good for a a newb like myself and even more so like my wife who just wants to use the computer with a gui for web browsing and such
Distribution: Debian Wheezy/Jessie/Sid, Linux Mint DE
Originally Posted by Ryanms3030
It is not such a bad idea. Mint is much better than Ubuntu which comes with the most annoying and confusing GUI which is on a par with Windows(yuk!)8. I prefer Debian Mint, but that is because of my background.
There is only one correct answer to this question: The one you figured out to like the most after trying them.
If you have to ask this question I assume that you are not really familiar with Linux, so these are the ones I would suggest to try:
- Mageia (or possibly Rosa)
Probably the best answer if you want it to do the popular things "out of the"-dvd. Still if you use the LTS version you will get dire warnings on first update because you download a version with a defunct repo still on the 'sources list', that might put some off.
If you correct/ignor that it is still fairly good at supplying an easy to use distro with much more to offer than windoZe has.
1. What sort of GUI do you like? Try some and see, then look for a distro which uses the preferred one by default (so it gets the most care and attention) or at least has a good reputation for it.
2. How up-to-date do you need to be? You see I have two enterprise-class distros: I don't want to be up-to-date but I do want reliability. At the other extreme you have the bleeding-edge distros for people who want the latest stuff and want it now; with these, the only guarantee is that when it breaks, you get to keep the pieces. Most distros, and users, will be in the middle.
- GUI with lost of eye-candy: KDE — use with PCLinuxOS for average or Salix for ultra-stable.
- Traditional GUI: Mate with Mint (average); Xfce with Bridge (bleeding-edge) or Salix (ultra-stable).
- GUI that looks like a smart-phone: Gnome with Pinguy (average).
These are my current "best of breed" choices, but I've recommended 32 general-purpose distros in all.
Last edited by DavidMcCann; 03-11-2014 at 11:58 AM.
Although other opinions have been given I do think that the answer to this very general question is a no-brainer... Mint!
@OP: If you want a recommendation that takes into account your needs more specifically, provide more details on usage. Otherwise go with Mint. Very good out-of-the-box experience, very newbie friendly interface, not too different from the XP interface. My wife uses it for years by now without any issues. Even my mother loves it...