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Old 01-06-2017, 11:17 PM   #1
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Distro Easy to Install?


Does anybody have any suggestions for a new distro I can try? I was using Ubuntu a couple of years ago. Now I'm trying to get back into Linux. I found Ubuntu 16.04 LTS to be impossible to install. Early in the installation process it asks for a name and password. But it just rejects any name and password I give it. And the installation process stalls right there. I'm using the 64-bit version, and I burned the ISO image onto a DVD-R.
 
Old 01-07-2017, 01:27 AM   #2
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Redcoat,

Welcome to LQ.

You should have no problems installing Linux Mint 18.1 MATE which is based on 16.04 LTS.

Download from:
https://www.linuxmint.com/download.php
 
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Old 01-07-2017, 02:00 AM   #3
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Hi. I just installed that (also known as Serena) and it went amazingly well
(especially since into an oldXPnetbook VirtualBox! [took hours vs. OSboxes])

That's quite unusual that Ubuntu "rejected any [&all] name and password"!
(I couldn't come up with any good web-search keywords for this)

If you'd be willing to post a bit more info:
PC/ram? dual-boot? usb? Checked md5sum theDVD? (probably ok)
DistroWatch.com ... ('small' one to test that 'reject'?) Best wishes... Enjoy!

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Old 01-07-2017, 02:31 AM   #4
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Hello and welcome to the forum

Perhaps to help fine tune any suggestions, what is the brand and model (and model number) of your computer and what are some of the hardware specs, such as the CPU, amount of system memory and video chip/card?

Regards...
 
Old 01-07-2017, 05:34 AM   #5
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Redcoat, where did you get the Ubuntu ISO from, and did you check its veracity?

Also, when the installer "rejects any name and password I give it", what error message or reason does it give?
 
Old 01-07-2017, 05:35 AM   #6
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Redcoat,

Welcome to LQ.

You should have no problems installing Linux Mint 18.1 MATE which is based on 16.04 LTS.

Download from:
https://www.linuxmint.com/download.php
Download sounds like a bad burn. I suggest https://linuxmint.com/verify.php after downloading.
Short answer is md5sum /path/to/mint.iso and just google the result. If you get "noise" back from Google about LMxx iso
you should be good. Burn at Max -1
LiveCD = No user, no pass to "try Linux".
 
Old 01-07-2017, 06:16 AM   #7
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There is no user name or password on the Ubuntu installer so I would suggest that you download again and do an md5 checksum and make sure you burn correctly 'as an image' to the DVD. Linux Mint (other than the Debian edition) uses the Ubuntu Ubiquity installer so I can't see how that would simplify things. Posting some hardware info as suggested would help, particlularly how old it is, whether it is UEFI and whether you currently have a computer with no OS on it or whether there is another OS and if so, what. .
 
Old 01-07-2017, 06:29 AM   #8
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Take a look at AntiX.
http://antix.mepis.com/index.php?title=Main_Page
 
Old 01-07-2017, 07:47 AM   #9
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I dislike recent Ubuntu versions and prefer Linux Mint (which is based on Ubuntu) and Mint-DE (based upon Debian). That said, I have never had an install fail on good iron for ANY of them.

Be careful where you download an ISO from, if possible using the maintainers source or a direct mirror. Also check the md5sum as mentioned elsewhere, to verify that it is the matching ISO and that it was not changed in the transfer. With these precautions you should be able to get a good install with any of them.
 
Old 01-07-2017, 09:16 AM   #10
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Redcoat,

Habitual makes a very good point about verifying the .iso image after downloading it:
https://linuxmint.com/verify.php
 
Old 01-07-2017, 09:41 AM   #11
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Q4OS and/or SalixOS are pretty easy to install. Both are pretty solid and offer LTS.
 
Old 01-07-2017, 05:45 PM   #12
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Arch Linux isn't the rest are pretty much the same means to install from all of the ones I've ever installed.
 
Old 01-07-2017, 06:26 PM   #13
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The Mageia install is quite straightforward.
 
Old 01-08-2017, 09:24 AM   #14
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Fedora was pretty easy to install. Although I found usability a bit lacking, but I loved the installer. Ubuntu Mate, or Linux Mint, or ElementaryOS, or Solus should be easy to install. I'm more of a debian user, but linux tends to be easier to install when you have linux already.
 
Old 01-08-2017, 02:47 PM   #15
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the absolute easiest has been Debian 8

the next easiest has been OpenSUSE
 
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