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Old 02-15-2016, 12:51 PM   #1
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Best distro to use for Linux beginner


I am looking for the best live cd distribution to boot on my laptop.
 
Old 02-15-2016, 01:00 PM   #2
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http://www.linuxmint.com/download_all.php
 
Old 02-15-2016, 01:02 PM   #3
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I started with Fedora and would probably recommend it as well to start of with if you are new with linux.
 
Old 02-15-2016, 01:05 PM   #4
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Hi...

Welcome to the forum

First, please read the information here. The more details we have the better we can help you.

An important consideration is your hardware. What is the brand and model (and model number) of your laptop?

Regards...
 
Old 02-15-2016, 05:18 PM   #5
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The usual suspects like Mint, Zorin, and PClinuxOS.

These distros will have codecs and the proprietary drivers out of the box to handle most things.

Later on, you can move to intermediate+ distros like arch, slackware, and crux.

I'm surprised the mod don't have a sticky thread on this topic yet. It's asked numerous of times.

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Old 02-16-2016, 08:59 AM   #6
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linuxteen,

There is already a "sticky" about beginner distros.

It is included in this:

http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...xp-4175502495/
 
Old 02-16-2016, 10:44 AM   #7
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I'll second the advice on using Mint or PCLinuxOS, since both have good, simple documentation and are aimed at the average user.
http://www.linuxmint.com/documentation.php
http://www.pclinuxos.com/
PCLInuxOS has its documentation in the installation medium.

Do not consider Fedora: the installer is confusing, the support period too short, and it tends to be experimental.

You might like to look at this post of mine, too
http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...0/#post5479718
 
Old 02-16-2016, 11:31 AM   #8
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Hi.

Only opinions on that exist but if you are gonna run live try the top 25, free:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_o...n_Timeline.svg
plus first link in my signature.

Best wishes and have fun!
 
Old 02-16-2016, 03:05 PM   #9
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linuxteen,

There is already a "sticky" about beginner distros.

It is included in this:

http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...xp-4175502495/
Thanks I was not aware of it.

But It should have a more descriptive title for a linux newbie. Some people who may not be tech savvy may not know what open source is which is in the sticky thread title.

Something like:

Linux Distros for Beginners to Linux

Liunux Distros For Folks Moving from Windows XP



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I'll second the advice on using Mint or PCLinuxOS, since both have good, simple documentation and are aimed at the average user.
http://www.linuxmint.com/documentation.php
http://www.pclinuxos.com/
PCLInuxOS has its documentation in the installation medium.

Do not consider Fedora: the installer is confusing, the support period too short, and it tends to be experimental.

You might like to look at this post of mine, too
http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...0/#post5479718
Yeah! They also publish a FREE magazine every month for PClinuxOS users.

http://pclosmag.com/index.html
 
Old 02-16-2016, 03:49 PM   #10
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I started with Ubuntu but now I'm on Mint 17 Xfce LTS release and everything is going great try it you'll like
 
Old 02-16-2016, 05:33 PM   #11
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I started with Ubuntu but now I'm on Mint 17 Xfce LTS release and everything is going great try it you'll like
I use Mint 17.3 with Cinnamon. Mint is great. But I am more of a BSD user.
 
Old 02-16-2016, 08:41 PM   #12
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if that isn't a loaded question I don't know what is.

It doesn't really matter. Any general non specific curtailed distro will do.

Either you're going to screw it up then learn from it or not screw it up and hopefully learn from it. It does not matter which Linux distro you install.

though I'd recommend Debian, Arch (if you can get pass the install processs), Void, Slackware (you learn how things are really done on GNU/Linux), Geentu (I think that's how you speel it)

something that does not have a lot of GUI interface to depend on. If you're looking for that then you might as well keep your Windows system. MO


distrowatch is a good source to find all flavors of Linux and other OS's.

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Old 02-16-2016, 08:55 PM   #13
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I had to hold myself in check because today is

NATIONAL DO A GROUCH A FAVOR DAY

and this post was like a fish hook for me
 
Old 02-16-2016, 09:02 PM   #14
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linuxteen,

There is already a "sticky" about beginner distros.

It is included in this:

http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...xp-4175502495/
that just takes all the fun out of asking ...
 
Old 02-16-2016, 09:03 PM   #15
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Thumbs up

I think top of "reviews" are best for s tho; there are of course unsupported\unmaintained and so on times infinities... if I add up all my time as a newb picking the right distro\DE\&c* for me, 10 (fun) years maybe? Assuming Debian doesn't fall out now I'm good!

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