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Old 04-04-2011, 05:03 PM   #1
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What is the best Linux ditrib to begins use it?


What is the best Linux ditrib to begins use it?

Well, I am beging to use Linux and I want know your recommedation about what distrib is the adecuate to do my fist step in this field of the free software and Opend source word?

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Old 04-04-2011, 05:05 PM   #2
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Welcome to LQ

Take a look at ubuntu

Kind regards
 
Old 04-04-2011, 06:20 PM   #3
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http://linuxmint.com/
 
Old 04-04-2011, 06:35 PM   #4
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There are a number of good choices, but ubuntu's advantage is its supportive community. Their forums are a great place for you to ask questions and receive technical assistance during your migration.
 
Old 04-04-2011, 07:43 PM   #5
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My first distro was Ubuntu and I had a lot of help from http://ubuntuforums.org
 
Old 04-04-2011, 08:43 PM   #6
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Start with any of the to 30 or so at distrowatch.com.

Start by using live cd's too.

Your hardware may be the single biggest reason to make a different choice. Second my be language support and applications.


Most distro's offer a way to update and a way to add in software. They also have some performance or target user. I think one may be inclined to look at pclinuxos maybe. http://www.pclinuxos.com/?page_id=2 but read all the reasons any distro exists.
 
Old 04-04-2011, 10:06 PM   #7
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I started with Slackware and I'm glad I did. (I did have to install it three times that first day before I was happy with myself.)

I second Jefro's suggestion about the Live CD's. Make yourself Live CD's for several major distros and try them out.

Then pick the distro that you feel most comfortable with and stick with it for a while until you feel competent at it. That will give you a baseline of knowledge in case you consider changing distros.

About dot com has a good primer. It's slanted towards new Linux users but it also contains substantial intermediate and advanced information for home users.

http://linux.about.com/

Here's their discussion of the differences among some of the major distros.

http://linux.about.com/cs/linux101/a/distros.htm
 
Old 04-04-2011, 10:16 PM   #8
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My first distro was PCLinux, and it's still my favorite (I'm a newbie like you). It was VERY easy to install, thanks to it's GUI. It comes with plenty of apps, and it uses the synaptic package manager, which makes updating and installing new packages easier. It has a ton of cool features for all levels of expertise, and the KDE desktop is the most user friendly, IMHO. It is a little resourse hungry, though, so don't try installing it on a 500MHZ PII with 256MB of RAM.
 
Old 04-04-2011, 11:03 PM   #9
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If you have a look at DistroWatch you will see that Ubuntu is number 1, Mint (it doesn't say what version) is number 2, with Fedora, Debian, and OpenSuse taking 3, 4, and 5 (the last 3 swap about a fair bit with Debian averaging 4th).

Asking a question like this will get you many different answers and that is because it boils down to personal choice. I liked Ubuntu, Mint is OK, I love Debian, can't stand Fedora, and I know very little about OpenSuse so my answer would naturally go towards Debian and its derivatives (Ubuntu and Mint). As has been suggested download a variety, burn them as LiveCDs and give each a try for a day or so. You will see what you like.

I will say that while I liked Ubuntu you will find many ex Ubuntu users in LQ and many of us have moved to Debian. We all have our own reasons for our move to Debian. Mine was because I didn't like the direction Ubuntu was taking (I am not a fan of Unity) and the forum has issues that make it difficult to be a part of.
 
Old 04-04-2011, 11:21 PM   #10
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Fedora,Ubuntu,Debian or others,you can try these and choose which you like.
 
Old 04-05-2011, 01:20 PM   #11
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You want something easy to install, with a good number of users (all the more to help you), and which comes with most of the things you need on the installation disk.

Try Mint or Ubuntu, which are very similar, or PCLinuxOS.

Fedora, Debian, and Suse need some configuration before you can get extra software, and they will not play music and videos without it.

Slackware is very difficult for a beginner.
 
Old 04-05-2011, 01:42 PM   #12
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I am in love with CentOS (RHEL Clone).
 
Old 04-05-2011, 02:54 PM   #13
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Quote:
Originally Posted by DavidMcCann View Post
Slackware is very difficult for a beginner.
Think you missed a word out there, David:
Slackware is not very difficult for a beginner.
 
Old 04-05-2011, 03:24 PM   #14
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Originally Posted by Novartum View Post
There are a number of good choices, but ubuntu's advantage is its supportive community. Their forums are a great place for you to ask questions and receive technical assistance during your migration.
mh, I thougth you mean Slackware http://www.linuxquestions.org/questions/slackware-14/

Markus
 
Old 04-05-2011, 05:41 PM   #15
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Pinguy

HI
PINGUY IS EASY TO USE STRAIGHT OUT OF THE BOX, IT HAS A FEEL OF MAC,UBUNTU AND LINUXMINT AND A VERY HELPFUL FORUM JUST LIKE THIS ONE.
 
  


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