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Old 04-15-2011, 06:11 PM   #31
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There's one of those old tired reasons for something being 'better'.

'Its easier to [insert your one pet thing here] therefore its better'

What happens if someone who is an expert sets up the nvidia driver? What happens if he isn't using nvidia? I've encountered scads of things that were 'easier' than a similar alternative. For example DOS batchfile language vs bash. Will you then tell me that bash is inferior because it is harder to learn?

Bodi stated that it is his opinion. In the end, it is ALL opinion. Basing an opinion solely on whether a small aspect of something is 'easier' is a poor reason, in my opinion.

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Old 04-16-2011, 12:52 AM   #32
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Originally Posted by knightfree View Post
I'm new to linux, so i want to know which linux distribution is the best one.
It depends on what you want. Slackware is best for me. If you want something that you just install in 5 minutes without caring how things work then ubuntu or linux mint are quite nice.
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It depends on your usage your requirements.
Old 04-16-2011, 04:29 AM   #34
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Picking up on the valid points made by others, if you want a distro to start with and have no other specific requirements then you'll not go far wrong with either Mint or Ubuntu in that order. Maybe trying other distros and finding the best one for you will come later...
Old 04-16-2011, 08:08 AM   #35
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Originally Posted by rich_c View Post
you'll not go far wrong with either Mint or Ubuntu in that order.
Not really current data, but I sure managed to go far wrong with Mint. Around the time I selected Mepis, I tested a bunch of Linux distributions on a bunch of then only slightly obsolete computers.

Various distributions failed on various machines, generally because of incompatibility with display hardware. Like most newbies I did not have the expertise to tweak badly documented boot parameters etc. to get far enough into a liveCD to even try installing different drivers.

Mepis 7 covered the widest range of hardware, partially because it booted without manual overrides in more cases and partially because of better documentation of boot parameters.

Mint was the worst. I'm not sure I recall exactly, but as best I recall, between failure to display at all, unusable low display resolution, and random crashes shortly after boot, it was unusable on every system I tried. I'm sure I remember correctly it was unusable on most systems.

I also posted some requests for help with Mint in a few different forums. Probably I posted badly, because I didn't know what I was talking about. No one answered, not even to say what was wrong with my questions. Newbies ask poorly formed questions about Ubuntu installs all the time here at LQ and usually get constructive replies.

The quality of online support is another big factor in the choice of beginner distribution. If you expect to ask stupid questions about installing your chosen Linux distribution, your best chance of getting constructive replies is asking Ubuntu questions here at LQ.

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Old 04-16-2011, 03:38 PM   #36
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Originally Posted by Mr. Alex View Post
I don't think so. It's so much easier to install nVidia drivers in Mint/Ubuntu than Debian. It's just one example...
What is so difficult with a simple
apt-get install nvidia-glx
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What kind of the question is this? The best linux distribution is of course The Best Linux.
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