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The nominees are:

Ubuntu (in general)
Linux From Scratch (LFS)
Slackware
Debian
Red Hat
Mandriva
VectorLinux
Fedora
DamnSmallLinux
Yoper
Amigo
MEPIS
Suse/Novell
Puppy
Zenwalk
Grafpup
DNALinux
ROCK
Linspire/Freespire
OTHER -please post

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Old 04-02-2008, 10:35 AM   #1
stefan_rogin2000
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Question #Looking for a linux distribution for a noob?


I guess that's a very wide angle approach but still... making a average between all the ups and downs witch is the best ?

the question should be answered as objectively as possible regarding:

- performance (-graphic/ -processes/ -connectivity)
- appearance (-smooth and clear display)
- user friendly (-how easy was it to use for the first time, witch is the best for Linux noobs)

I'm looking for a distribution that is easy to use without lacking performance and compatibility.

Thank you in advance

this could be good to guide new users from your own personal approach (like me )
I've just started and seen some of the ups and downs and I see no reason why not to vote


I enlisted the most active distributions in the forums

I don't have the experience you all have... and it would be good for my judgment if you could all enlist the ones you like and explaining why and how dose it compare to others..
This I think will make this Thread more helpful for me and other new users (noobs)

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Old 04-02-2008, 10:44 AM   #2
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Sorry, that's a really daft question, it's just not possible to answer. since when did best mandate anything about ease of use of how clean the screen is? if you want a look over peoples favourites, then check distrowatch.org or read a few of the 100+ page long "megathread" at teh top of the distributions forum.
 
Old 04-02-2008, 10:47 AM   #3
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OR--look at the recent "Member's choice" awards here at LQ.

I won't vote in this, but please note some glaring omissions:
PCLinuxOS
Arch

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Old 04-02-2008, 10:47 AM   #4
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It's a dead even tie between a hundred or so.

Maybe you could still change the poll to something useful like ... "What's the most idiotic poll question that could ever be asked?"
 
Old 04-02-2008, 10:50 AM   #5
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yes,
it is hard to choose, but I made the pool work for multiple choice- so all can choose more if one isn't good at all, I was thinking even 3 answers if he thinks that there are different answers for the 3 main categories -performance -appeal -user friendliness

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Old 04-02-2008, 10:59 AM   #6
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Once you've experienced any Linux for the 1st time, it is hard to judge what other newbies are going to find intuitive. And just because it's easy for a newbie doesn't mean it's the best, it merely means it's the most dumbed down version that makes all the choices for you so you can be up and running quicker. That is good for some, while flexibility is good for others. But still we have to make a choice .... I choose Red Hat cause I like it. I doubt it is the best ever, but for what I need it works and that is what counts to me.
 
Old 04-02-2008, 11:01 AM   #7
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In my opinion asking what is best linux distro ever is the same as asking same body with is the best car or if he or she married with wife or husband is the best. His or hers of course . I started using linux let say 20 year ago and at that I try slackware Red hat and after I while I go for suse Now I am retired and I go distro shopping again. And still I had to say good
old suse . It easy to use easy to keep it up to date. But of course I am also used to it
Every distro has his own pro and contra
But what the best for you with one meet you,re needs best


all the best
 
Old 04-02-2008, 11:11 AM   #8
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Quote:
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yes,
it is hard to choose, but I made the pool work for multiple choice- so all can choose more if one isn't good at all, I was thinking even 3 answers if he thinks that there are different answers for the 3 main categories -performance -appeal -user friendliness
no, it's not that it's hard to choose, it's that it's not a valid thing to choose in the first place.

And if there's one thing we don't need at LQ.org it's yet another unofficial popularity contest.
 
Old 04-02-2008, 11:14 AM   #9
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Talking

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Every distro has his own pro and contra
But what the best for you with one meet you,re needs best

all the best
OK ...I understand you can say your car is best, saying personally, but others are more good-looking, others drive faster... what's fair you can't compare 2 wifes.. that just gets to personal.. but you can say that: yes that car is better after you drive it... of course I'm asking this to those who drove more cars. there may be a perfect car for performance, speed and it is derivable and easy to use, and a good looker (no one can say that a Porsche Carerra GT is the bad car)

I'm not a native English speaker and I'm sorry for my grammar and low pace writing and odd expressions
 
Old 04-02-2008, 11:18 AM   #10
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Unhappy it isn't a popularity contest

Quote:
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no, it's not that it's hard to choose, it's that it's not a valid thing to choose in the first place.

And if there's one thing we don't need at LQ.org it's yet another unofficial popularity contest.
I just wanted to make a debate to see what's the easiest to use without lacking in performance and in compatibility system.. I see it's harder than I thought..
 
Old 04-02-2008, 11:24 AM   #11
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well please don't feel put off, but it's a very common thing for a new user to try to start a debate... and it's always the very same debate.
 
Old 04-02-2008, 11:30 AM   #12
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Hi,

Simple enough question you asked, with a simple answer: The one _you_ like best.

Personal preference plays a big part in this. I like as much control over my box as possible, which would make LFS (did not vote) 'the best ever' and ubuntu one of the lesser distro's? Not so if you look at the Members Choice Awards. Ubuntu is 'best', LFS isn't even in the list [Desktop Distro] or, looking at the Server Distro's: Debian best and LFS last.
 
Old 04-02-2008, 11:49 AM   #13
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so Chris , what do you think is the most compatible ... and still have performance.. I want to be able to have 3d graphics for editors and mostly a system reliable , of course I've been using Windows (95, 98, 2000, XP) until now but I've seen it is unsafe, unreliable, but still it has the most developers. I'm looking for the things you find in XP but more safe reliable not hard to install and full of buggs, and has the most up to date drivers
 
Old 04-02-2008, 11:55 AM   #14
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Well, I am not generally interested in compatibility, I am interested in reliability and performance and professional levels of support available. So my "best" would be very very different to yours I'm sure, as my needs are very very different. I would certainly never compare anything within my professional work with XP, I might as well compare with a potato or racing car for all the relevance that would have.
 
Old 04-02-2008, 11:57 AM   #15
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This should answer your question.
 
  


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