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Old 12-28-2010, 03:03 PM   #1
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Linux Distro for Newbies

I am new to Linux and was wondering which of the Linux Distro you would recommend for a beginner to start hands on with? Also, can you provide links where I can download Linux ISOs.
Old 12-28-2010, 03:20 PM   #2
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Hello winchinedu,

what do you expect from using Linux? How about your experience with Windows?

Old 12-28-2010, 03:37 PM   #3
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Rep: Reputation: 50 - download linux distributions from here . The most popular and easy to use one they say its ubuntu .
thats true , but linux mint provides a more out of box media experience .. and looks more like windows ...
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For someone new, I would recommend that you stick with one of the main-line distributions that use either a deb or rpm package system. One key feature will be the software package repository and one that will resolve the dependencies for you. This will make a larger amount of software available to you with less hassles getting it to work.
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Opensuse or Ubuntu have lots of software prepacked and are simple to use. Most distributions with gui's are easy to use as well but ubuntu is more popular for being easy. What I would recommend installing 32(i386)bit or 64 (x84_64)bit Ubuntu depending on your hardware and play with it a bit. Then install vbox and then you can test out other distros as well inside ubuntu. The does bog down your Linux box a bit and doesn't give your guest OS a good feel of the hardware but it does give general IDs. Just a note vbox doesn't have good 3d support.

Long story Short. if you have 64 bit processor 64 bit ubuntu if you have 32bit processor then 32bit ubuntu.
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It depends on what you intend to do with Linux.
Do you just need a system for your everyday use at home, like playing media and surfing the net? Then go for one of the distros that are more beginner-friendly, like Mint, PCLinuxOS or Ubuntu.

Do you need a stable system for production use? Then go with Debian, Slackware or CentOS.

Do you want to learn as much about Linux that you can? Then go with Slackware, Arch or Gentoo.

Please note that these only are some suggestions, that are somewhat interchangeable. Of course you can set up Slackware, Debian or CentOS as multimedia system (and many here do), and you can learn about Linux on one of the newbie-friendly distros.
Only the stable production OS is somewhat limited to only a bunch of distros.


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