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jayeshshetty 07-13-2020 01:42 AM

Conversation: Can we stop using the term "Beginner Distro"?
Before I would like to express my opinion in detail, I would like to give out the following information about what kind of Computer user I am, and how I operate my computer.

Long story short, I began with Windows XP in the early 2000's back when I was teenager, I used it mostly as a part gaming platform with inferior hardware back in the day standards, and a platform hosting education software.

Today, I use Windows 10, most of the time experimenting with Digital Audio Workstations, browsing the web and occasionally multimedia and videogames. I'm not really happy or comfortable with modern Windows, as it took a drastic change for the worse not in the thought that I'm being spied by big a big corporation, but how the user interface and overall feel of the desktop is obnoxious.

Knowing Windows 7, one of my most favorite releases of Widnows ended life support in the beginning of 2020, I can safely say that I am on the look for a solid "Windows alternative", but not in the way Linux people imagine of one (ZorinOS Won't do the trick). For me it's easy to define it by mentioning the phrase traditional desktop experience.

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pan64 07-13-2020 01:51 AM

I would say you can try a lot of different distros without installation, by using live CD (or usb stick). That will give you some insight.
There is no beginner distro, but there are distros which can be easier than others (for a beginner).
From the other hand windows is not linux and linux is not windows, do not expect the same look and feel or behavior.

shruggy 07-13-2020 02:47 AM


Originally Posted by pan64 (Post 6144801)
by using live CD (or usb stick)


Turbocapitalist 07-13-2020 03:27 AM


Originally Posted by jayeshshetty (Post 6144797)
... most of the time experimenting with Digital Audio Workstations, browsing the web and occasionally multimedia and videogames. ...

If you are doing serious audio then the kernel will be more important than the actual distro. While at the UI and applicatino level all distros are similar if not identical, you will need a real-time kernel.

As mentioned above, you should be looking first at Live distros to do your first round of cuts. Then when you've found one or two that look promising, try installing them to the hard drive and look for real-time kernel support (or look for real-time support and only then try installing to the hard drive).

One place to start might be Ubuntu Studio:

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rtmistler 07-13-2020 03:18 PM

Welcome to LQ,

I think pan64 answered the question, which is that some people use a term, and others do not. That is about calling anything a beginner distro.

Were you looking for some feedback about Linux with respect to audio workstations? Or information about Linux and making presentations for teaching?

I'm not sure a distribution is key there, but instead applications which run under Linux which you find will do things in a way you prefer.

Or at the end of it all where you say "it's easy to define it by mentioning the phrase traditional desktop experience"?

For that last possibility, there are plenty of distributions, in addition to ZorinOS. Try some out via Live boot, or virtual machine. There's a sticky thread at the top of this forum which discusses picking a distribution, sure it says Newbies, but it doesn't mean there isn't helpful information there for someone who knows computers and also what they want. They key point in all of that is that we're not trying to "tell" you what to use, we can all pipe in with a word, but ultimately it's your call what you wish to use. My pipe-in words would be Mint, Debian, or Peppermint, but that's what I like.

jefro 07-13-2020 03:37 PM

I don't really get the conversation part.

You will have to look at the exact programs that you want or need. Right now you can easily keep windows 10 and install a free virtual machine. That way you can run an almost unlimited of virtual machines. It really is an easy way to test out a distro before you commit to a dual boot or replacement. VM's also help you run some hardware under windows and let linux use it in some cases. Special audio devices may not be fully supported in linux.

It is also possible to make modifications to modern distro's by various window managers and themes.

Hermani 07-14-2020 03:38 PM

Please watch this Chris Titus Tech video:

I can really recommend going for Ubuntu or any flavour of that. I currently use Kubuntu, that is Ubuntu with the KDE desktop environment. It is a "traditional" desktop environment as we know it from XP and "7".

One of the main benefits of using Ubuntu or Kubuntu is that there is a wealth of support available online. Just search for <<ubuntu myproblem>> and you'll find support.

As mentioned before, you can install Ubuntu Studio, however the distribution is just switching from XFCE to KDE desktop environment but their installer is still going for XFCE. You can also install Kubuntu and then use the Ubuntu Studio installer to put all the Ubuntu Studio goodness in your installation.

Whatever you do, please remember that it will take some time to adjust working with Linux. However when you feel comfortable I am sure you won't be going back to Windows unless you really, really, really need to and then spend as little time as possible over there.

rokytnji 07-14-2020 04:29 PM

I grin at beginner friendly distros . Like Zorin.

The beginner friendly part ends when you don't fork out the moola for the paid version.

Kinda like planned . What i call fake advertisement .

If wanting a easy peasy distro coming from Windows. You could do worse than install

Out of a lot of Ubuntu spin offs. I ran it and it is pretty polished. Pretty brainless to run also.

I especially liked how they set this up

Ubuntu fix threads worked for drm hard to enable hardware like my bluetooth soundmine skull candy speaker.

YesItsMe 07-15-2020 03:27 AM

In my opinion, all distributions are beginner distributions, depending on the general curiosity (and/or tech-savvyness) of the particular beginner.

JeremyBoden 07-16-2020 01:02 PM

There aren't any beginner distros - although there are many beginner friendly distros.

YesItsMe 07-16-2020 01:03 PM

Like Gentoo... ;)

TB0ne 07-16-2020 01:24 PM

Surprising no one, the OP came back to insert spam links into their original post. Reported.

rtmistler 07-16-2020 01:40 PM


Originally Posted by TB0ne (Post 6146176)
Surprising no one, the OP came back to insert spam links into their original post. Reported.

Sadly, quite right.

Links removed, poster blocked, and thread closed. Perhaps the answers offered by others have some benefit to some future readers.

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