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Old 12-30-2018, 01:36 PM   #1
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Question Changing from Windows to Linux for first time

I for first time though about changing to Linux from Windows. I read some information about different distributions, and it is genuinely hard for me to pick which one I am gonna use. I just want to know some ideas which one to pick. I have at least some experience with programming and don't think that I am "scared" of consoles, so I want have control over my OS and have it as I want it. Also I think that for beginner as me, it could be helpful to have a big community to help me develop my skills.

Yeah, so I heard about Ubuntu, which had great community, but some people say it is to "ubuntish" and don't give you control over everything. Than I heard about Linux Mint which is great for bad PC and laptops but I don't think it will be worth it on my PC. And after some time I decided to choose between something like Gentoo or Arch.

So basically I want a distribution that: 1) gives you control 2) have big community 3) badass look. jk

Some other things you could help me with (if you want): Is Manjaro better than Arch? Can I install all windows applications as Office? What is system requirements? Should I switch from Windows to Linux? Where can I find tutorials, forums, and other help?

And yes I don't know anything... yet, so sorry if I am wrong about somethings. Thanks for help.
Old 12-30-2018, 01:41 PM   #2
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A few questions there, so I'll just answer one of them;

You can try Wine to run *some* Windows apps, but you'll be better off finding Linux apps instead. As Wine isn't particularly reliable. You can use LibreOffice instead of Microsoft Office, and it can even read most Microsoft Office formats too.
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Your best bet is to go ahead and install one, I suggest Linux Mint for starters. Once you have it installed you can install virtualbox with the click of a mouse, or vmware fusion software in Linux Mint which will allow you to install every other Linux distribution as virtual systems and try them all out at the same time, while only having one actually installed. This will allow you to try all the different desktop environments also to get a feel of what's available and what appeals to you.

From within the virtual software suite, you can fire up any one of the others and open it full screen and use/play with it as if it was actually installed. If your computer has great hardware resources, you can fire up two or three at the same time and simply click on a tab to go from one to the other all while still using Linux Mint as the host system, makes it easy to compare all the different flavors of Linux at the same time.

Most of the popular distributions are based on/built on Debian, Debian has the most pre-compiled open source software easily installed with a click of the mouse. There are others that are not based on Debian which are highly tooted but are not necessarily newbie friendly, they take more time and knowledge to get accustomed too. For a newbie, your best bet is to start with a Debian derivative like Ubuntu or Mint, or Debian itself, and play with the others in a virtual environment.

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Old 12-30-2018, 02:16 PM   #4
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Agreed, running native applications is always best. Also LibreOffice has better support for legacy file formats than MSO does, so there is a motivation to get others to run it along side any legacy productivity software they might still have.

About the distros, there are several variants of Linux Mint to try, but it is important to realize that the distinguishing factors between distros are just which defaults are chosen. For the most part, you can add, remove, or reconfigure programs until one distro looks and acts just like another. So what that means for you as you learn you way around is that you should take notes on what you like and don't like and then after a while remove the parts you dislike and add in any parts you like but are missing.
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Changing from Windows to Linux for first time

If you're considering Gentoo or Arch, then you should try Slackware.
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Old 12-30-2018, 10:16 PM   #6
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For someone new to Linux, I would not recommend Gentoo or Arch. Both are much easier to install and set up if you already have some Linux experience. However, if you do pick one of them, I promise you will learn a lot. Fast.

I started with Slackware and have long been glad I did. Slackware gives you a full-featured environment that you can use out of the box, but, if you want to add additional software or configure stuff up, it is a darn fine teacher. (Slackware has a quite undeserved reputation for being difficult, I think because it does not offer to partition your hard drive automatically at time of install.)

If you use the LQ Search up there in the menu bar to look for topics such as "recommend a distro," you will find many LQ threads that you may find helpful. You may wish to take a look at this:

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Old 12-31-2018, 01:31 AM   #7
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I would add: if you will start with Mint you will end with Mint. Mint is trying, probably is, user-friendly and easy, you can start with it, but then after some time any other distro you will find difficult.


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