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Old 01-04-2020, 12:36 AM   #1
missangeltabassum
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What is the best Linux distro ?


What is the best Linux distro especially for a new user ?
Everything is difficult to decide at first. Kindly suggest anyone..
 
Old 01-04-2020, 01:47 AM   #2
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Linux Mint and Zorin are often described as beginner-friendly. You may want to use distrowatch.com to make your decision.

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Old 01-04-2020, 01:55 AM   #3
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What is the best Linux distro especially for a new user ?
Everything is difficult to decide at first. Kindly suggest anyone..
There is no one distribution that is best! the variations fit various needs.
However for ease of starting PcLinuxOs and Antix are good starters,
Many will suggest others equally as good.
I wish you many happy hours exploring Linux in all its forms.
It is a jump from "Winblows" but well worth the effort.
Trevor
 
Old 01-04-2020, 01:59 AM   #4
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Well, for the new user, it is NOT Debian. My best guess for the new Linux user is probably Ubuntu.

{{Disclaimer: I used Ubuntu for about a week, around 2005. It drove me crazy, and I decided on Debian, and while I did some distro-hopping for about six months, I have been with Linux since the middle of 1995, and Debian/Linux exclusively since 2005. At that time [2005], in my opinion, Debian was the second hardest distro to install [[Slackware was the first]].

I had a stroke in 2011, and I am brain-damaged as a result, but I still use Linux because of REASONS}}
 
Old 01-04-2020, 05:28 AM   #5
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MX Linux - https://mxlinux.org/

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Old 01-04-2020, 07:23 AM   #6
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Read this and decide for yourself.

PS: expecting an unbiased opinion out of fatmac is like expecting a duck with one leg to swim in a straight line...
 
Old 01-04-2020, 07:47 AM   #7
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You ask a question like that and yet you post no information on what hardware you have to work with, you post no information on what you will use the computer for and expect others to make that decision for you. Do an online search yourself for best Linux distro for new users since most members here are not telepathic.
 
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Old 01-04-2020, 08:52 AM   #8
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PS: expecting an unbiased opinion out of fatmac is like expecting a duck with one leg to swim in a straight line...
I'm totally unbiased - I use AntiX myself....

.....& don't forget, I'll also offer up Tiny Core & SliTaz, if appropriate.

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Old 01-04-2020, 10:07 AM   #9
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What is the best Linux distro especially for a new user ?
Everything is difficult to decide at first. Kindly suggest anyone..
The best distro (and DE, don't forget the DE) is the one you can get your friend, who is an experienced Linux user, to help you with. Second best is one that comes with a big fat book that will guide you through the installation process and usage of the major applications. Third best is any distro recommended here.
 
Old 01-04-2020, 11:02 AM   #10
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What is the best Linux distro especially for a new user ?
Essentially the one that works best on YOUR hardware and YOUR needs.
No one can decide that for you.
 
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Old 01-04-2020, 11:44 AM   #11
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One big difference between Linux and Windows is that you get to choose your graphical environment. I always recommend using the default one for the distro, since that is likely to be the best maintained: most developers used it and most users downloaded it. The four most familiar and reliable GUIs are

KDE. Full of eye candy, but also very powerful and configurable. Not suitable for a small or slow computer. Get it from PCLinuxOS or Kubuntu.

Gnome. Make your computer screen look like a phone! Suitable for people who use a limited number of programs, one at a time, and are prepared to take what's offered without configuration. Not suitable for a small or slow computer. Get it from Ubuntu.

Mate. Middle of the road. Get it from Mint or PCLinuxos.

Xfce. Very plain, but powerful. The most suitable if your computer is a bit old and tired. Get it from Xubuntu or PCLinuxOS.
 
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Old 01-04-2020, 12:58 PM   #12
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What is the best Linux distro especially for a new user ?
Everything is difficult to decide at first. Kindly suggest anyone..
Are you aware that you posted this in the Linux - Hardware (wrong) forum?
 
Old 01-04-2020, 01:02 PM   #13
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@DavidMcCann
You missed the fifth option: simple window manager. There are quite a few distros (notably AntiX) which default to one of these and they are ideal for old hardware although they don't always support desktop icons.
 
Old 01-04-2020, 02:35 PM   #14
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Moved: This thread is more suitable in Linux - Distributions and has been moved accordingly to help your thread/question get the exposure it deserves.
 
Old 01-04-2020, 09:16 PM   #15
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OP, if you ask 10 Linux users, "What's the best distro for [insert purpose}?," you will get 20 answers.

Given how you framed your question, I'd be inclined to recommend Ubuntu MATE or Mageia, but Mint would also be an excellent choice. (See, that's three answers right there.)

I started with Slackware, and I'm glad I did. Slackware does not offer automatic disk partitioning, but expects you to use fdisk or cfdisk. Since cfdisk works much like DOS fdisk, I was right at home. Once you get past the partitioning, the Slackware install is extremely straightforward.
 
  


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