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Old 11-02-2012, 11:02 AM   #1
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Im buying an Intel hybrid, i7-3770 core, 64 bits. How select best Linux?

My new PC is a "full hybrid Intel", with i7-3770 processor and a MB DZ68DB ATX 1155 DDR3, all 64 bit.
When asking about de best Linus, several answers confuse me. Ubuntu?, U. Karmic? duh?

I will appreciate any practical advice.

Old 11-02-2012, 11:06 AM   #2
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Here is a good comparison of the top 10 distros:

Please forget everything you think you know and start with "beginner mind" using information from reliable sources; for example whoever told you to use Ubuntu Karmic doesn't know what they're talking about (Karmic is an obsolete release that has had no support for over a year).
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Ubuntu will probably work well for you (it can be very fussy about older computers) but it can be changeable: just when you get used to it, Mark Shuttleworth decides to do something completely different.

Currently I recommend:
Linux Mint: Ubuntu with the bugs removed and a more flexible user interface (the Mate desktop).
Kororaa: Fedora with the bugs removed and extra software; a choice of 2 desktops, Gnome or KDE (more decorative); very good configuration tools.
PCLinuxOS: A rolling release, which updates your software regularly so that you never need to re-install a new version; only available in 32-bit version; another KDE distribution.

All enable you to encrypt your files when you install, for security, and are beginner-friendly.
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What you posted is more like a car brand and a car model. Ubuntu is the brand while Karmic is the model.

We think of linux as one OS and for the most part it is. Each group of creators make what we term a distro (distribution). They modify files and applications an user interface to be appeal to a target group. Ubuntu is a general use distro that has a basis in it's basic file derived from Debian. Debian is upstream or source.

Test your new system with as many live cd/dvd/usb's as you can easily try. One of them will suit you.

You may like a distro but one or two hardware issues may be needed to be fixed or adjusted. Just ask someone here how to fix it.

I still like OpenSuse but that is me.

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