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xfool 10-13-2013 03:56 AM

Easy turn on and go distro?

I have been reading a thread concerning distros and have learned quite a bit on what may or may not work for me. I just gave my aspire one win 7 the Dban. I have crunchbang on my eee pc. It is great, but I am looking for the most user friendly, hook up my printer(s) Canon 280 and a brother 5420. without a cloud (I made a cloud printer out of canon mx259, it was generic wireless but I did a work around voila! cloud), turn on,go shopping and download images that can be enlarged to fit the page easily, for my aspire. There are so many distros that I am beginning to lose sight of what I need instead of - wow! that looks great! Any recommendations on parameters given above? Won't hold you to them. Just looking for a direction to what I actually need- not what I think will work and ultimately end up dancing to Distro Inferno. Originally, I stated Sourceforge has great info- then I browsed this site more thoroughly- has absolutely every link I need! when I figure out the right distro- so if anyone has any suggestions, I will greatly appreciate them and whiz over to LinkLand and do the research.

Many thanks in advance for your suggestions!


acid_kewpie 10-13-2013 04:36 AM

Mint is offensively simple and easy to get going with. Give it a whirl.

Captain Pinkeye 10-13-2013 04:47 AM

Yep, Linux Mint. I'd say the LTS version (Mint 13) so you won't have to reinstall too often (like, in the next few years).

xfool 10-13-2013 05:06 AM

Fantastic replies from both!! Thank you very much for the direction. I did try the Distro chooser- I still had questions- so I came here for sage advice- which I received. Not having to change distros for years, pure opera to my ears!

Thank you a thousand times over! I am off to research- I learned the hard way- use link before mouth!
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Health and happiness to you and yours!!!


Drakeo 10-13-2013 05:24 AM

Many people have had great luck with Slacko 5.6 puppy linux and it's walk through and set up with cups. is very simple to me.

xfool 10-13-2013 06:08 AM

Excellent- Thank you ever so much!!!!!! I now have two choices from experts- you have no idea how much I appreciate it. I was looking at fedora, yup never did win playing CLUE!

Thank you again- my digging starts this afternoon!!

Health and happiness to you and yours!


TroN-0074 10-13-2013 10:55 AM

Fedora is great for people who like to change the OS frequently. For what I understand you are looking to stay with the Operating System for a while so look away from Fedora. Linux Mint will be a better choice, if your computer meet all the requirements. you can go with Debian too, Mint and Debian are related and both have great community support.

Good luck to you my friend

andrewthomas 10-13-2013 11:36 AM

I believe that the first choice one needs to make when choosing a distribution to use is whether you want to go with a "rolling release" distribution, or not.
I have Gentoo and Arch Linux partitions that are many years old. On the other hand, I also have a Slackware partition that has been upgraded through many releases (in my opinion the only drawback to Slackware,) but it is, in my opinion, the first choice to be made.

jefro 10-13-2013 11:46 AM

Just keep installing what comes out on Eventually you will find what suites you best.

DavidMcCann 10-13-2013 12:16 PM

Mint is great, but there's a lot to be said for a rolling-release distro, as Andrew Thomas pointed out. The ones which are user-friendly and not bleeding-edge are PCLinuxOS, Manjaro, and Foresight.

Don't forget to read the reviews, both on this site and those linked from Distrowatch.

xfool 10-14-2013 12:52 AM

Tron, my friend, I will definitely check into your suggestion- you have great insight, and seem to know what I need before I do!!!

Thank you ever so much, not only for this advice- you saved my eee pc 900- it was headed for ocean!!

Your kindness, as always, gives me impetus- this time without eating ice cream for breakfast :)

Health and happiness to you and yours,


xfool 10-14-2013 01:43 AM


Thank you for your advice. With a red face, I am still shaky on exactly what a rolling release actually is. I have read conflicting reviews regarding Slackware. It took 7 Linux experts (here) to get me to crunchbang on my eee pc 900. I still experience difficulties with navigation, for some odd reason, I simply can not absorb the base context. I have been around since Pong (still miss it). For some God forsaken reason, I have difficulty grasping Linux- I bought a crhomebook and immediately did a work around to turn my standard wireless printer into a fully functioning cloud device-without a host. I like my chromebook, but there are limitations that do not meet my needs. Now that I have given you my entire life story- I have been looking at Fuduntu-which brings me back to rolling releases. If slackware is the choice of so many, perhaps I should reconsider.

I greatly appreciate your input, even though I check The sheer amount of choices is staggering. There is no advice like the advice of those who have actually paved the road.

Thanks a million times over- Health and happiness to you and yours,

I remain,


xfool 10-14-2013 01:54 AM


Many thanks for taking the time to read and answer my post- Your suggestion seems the wisest- try on the shoe before you buy it- but I am incapable of understanding linux as a whole, so for me, changing distros would be the green mile. I applaud your ease with such endeavors- ok, I am a little envious too- But I need the first shoe to fit if possible.

Many thanks for your suggestion, to the adept it would be very logical. Unfortunately, I live up to my moniker.

Health and happiness to you and yours,

I remain,


xfool 10-14-2013 02:15 AM

David McCann,

First off, I thank you for taking the time to read and respond to my post- I have looked into the first two of your recommendations, but have missed Foresight along the way- the bleeding edge is the absolute best analogy I have ever heard.

To wit, I am going to research; Mint, Slackware and Foresight.

The first two of your suggested distros seemed to require a bit more navigation than I am comfortable with. Perhaps I misunderstood the data- I will do the work to ensure that I am viewing the big picture instead of a microcosm.

All of you have certainly pointed me in the right direction, and for everything else there is Mastercard.

DavidMcCann, I cannot adequately express my thanks for your advice, time and kindness-

Health, happiness and the winning Lotto number to you and yours,

I remain,


xfool 10-14-2013 06:38 AM

To all that have helped me in my quest for point and shoot, I am down to the final 3:

Zorin (on the fence with Manjaro)

Zorin sounds almost too good to be true-straight out of the box! Has anyone tried it??

My gratitude for all your help!

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