[SOLVED] Which distro for day-to-day time-saving use
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Please help me in choosing a Linux distro for day-to-day use. My criteria is to save time. A distro for which I don't have to do much internet searches that "how to do this". Also don't want to do much searches like "how to correct this", "what does this error means".
I'm trying CentOS 6.4 but I'm finding it buggy; maybe it's called "stable" and "solid" for command line use, I'm finding it buggy for using it through GUI (desktop environment). Example, when I opened the Add / Remove Programs on fresh install, it gave me an error; searching on internet I found that some others are also getting the same error. There are other bugs too.
Search for most bug-free is returning Debian.
Search for best for beginners is returning Mint. But the articles I've seen recommending Mint for beginners aren't sharing good reasons for their opinion.
So which distro should I choose? Please share why do you think so.
No distro is going to be perfect if you don't understand how to fix issues. Even Debian, whose stable branch is EXTREMELY well tested and stable, once in a while has an issue. Also, Debian is, by default, NOT geared toward full gui usage. While you can use gui programs to do add/remove, it's geared towards learning the command line and using the apt utilities.
While it might not be what you want to hear, I say stay with Windows until you're willing to take the time to learn linux, as you're not going to be happy expecting a flawless install that never has an issue and you never have to fix anything without resorting to command line. Once you've decided you want to learn, then Mint is fine as a first step. Based on Ubuntu but gets rid of their malware, includes codecs so it can do things such as play mp3's and DVD's "out of the box", and puts a high focus on simplicity, while also trying to stay moderately current with the software offered. But it's not perfect.
Whether you need to search for how-tos will depend on what you need to do. The example I always give is configuring USB speakers. If you have them, they're part of day-to-day use, but if you haven't they're exotic. With CentOS, I activated them by going to System - Preferences - Sound in the menu; in Debian I had to delete two lines in /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base.conf and re-boot! The software in Debian is very stable, but the installer and configuration tools (or rather the lack of them) can be a problem: http://www.linuxquestions.org/review...p/product/2596
As you see, I use CentOS and Salix; principally because they're enterprise quality. Mint is the best of the Debian derivatives, and you might like PCLinuxOS.
Thank you everyone for your very useful replies and for your time.
It seems that I'll have similar experience on Debian as I'm having on CentOS: They both are great for using through command line but not friendly for a beginner trying to use through GUI. I'm choosing the Ubuntu based Mint.