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Old 10-15-2011, 12:46 PM   #1
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Question what is the best linux os for a newbie?


My son is deep into Linux for business use and he uses some engineering based Linux OS. I want a quick and easy to use Linux i can dual boot with win 7 and XP. I want as little script commands as possible. Thanks
 
Old 10-15-2011, 12:55 PM   #2
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Welcome to LQ!!!

You can go with Linux Mint it is quite easy to use.

Here is the link to download it: http://www.linuxmint.com/download.php

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Old 10-15-2011, 12:56 PM   #3
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Hi and welcome to LQ.

You could probably try distros like Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Fedora, PC LinuxOS.

Try a few of them. Please note that you can 'try' them first without installing using Live CD/DVDs.
 
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Old 10-15-2011, 12:57 PM   #4
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Linux Mint, or Ubuntu.

Ubuntu can be installed with Wubi, it installs it inside windows.
 
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Old 10-15-2011, 01:10 PM   #5
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Thanks all appreciate the quick reply.
 
Old 10-15-2011, 01:11 PM   #6
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I use Fedora 15 in a dual boot configuration and it works great for me.
 
Old 10-15-2011, 01:27 PM   #7
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Thanks all appreciate the quick reply.
The reason I suggested you try a few distos is that although they belong to the same 'class', still they differ in many areas. New linux users often change distros (it's called 'distro-hopping') before they settle with one they feel most comfortable with. It's usually a matter of personal preferences (and/or hardware compatibility)

Good luck.
 
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Old 10-15-2011, 03:33 PM   #8
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Pick one from the list at distrowatch.com maybe.

I'd start by installing a free virtual machine before you attempt a dual boot.
 
Old 10-16-2011, 05:00 AM   #9
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I recomend Linux Mint as well. One other thing you may want to consider is desktop environments. This is probably my favorite feature of Linux; it's choice on Desktop environments. There are many, while Windows restricts you to the one it comes with (with the exception of third party hacks). This is so great because this means you get to choose how you want to use your computer, not a company deciding for you how they think you should use it.
 
Old 10-16-2011, 06:10 AM   #10
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ubuntu is good.
 
Old 10-16-2011, 08:37 AM   #11
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My son is deep into Linux for business use and he uses some engineering based Linux OS. I want a quick and easy to use Linux i can dual boot with win 7 and XP. I want as little script commands as possible. Thanks
see http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...2/#post4496805
and my blog.
Multiboot XP / Linux? no problem. With grub4dos. But later please.
 
Old 10-16-2011, 11:07 AM   #12
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Hi,

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My son is deep into Linux for business use and he uses some engineering based Linux OS. I want a quick and easy to use Linux i can dual boot with win 7 and XP. I want as little script commands as possible. Thanks
Get Your ISO, LiveCD & Pocket OS section of SlackwareŽ-Links, look at The LiveCD List which is a Good List to choose from to test drive Gnu/Linux.

EDIT: Salix would be another good Gnu/Linux. You can get a LiveCD version or Install DVD.

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Old 10-16-2011, 02:19 PM   #13
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I want as little script commands as possible.
Since that would be throwing away one the the chief tools of Linux, what is your intention for moving to Linux? What is your present usage pattern for Windows, and how do you expect that to change in Linux?
If you do a lot of stuff that is highly repetitive, then scripted solutions are probably a lot more 'easy to use' than clicking the same pattern of GUI elements over and over.
--- rod.

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Old 10-17-2011, 10:48 AM   #14
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Hi and welcome to LQ.

You could probably try distros like Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Fedora, PC LinuxOS.

Try a few of them. Please note that you can 'try' them first without installing using Live CD/DVDs.
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Try with live CD first
 
  


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