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Old 04-14-2009, 11:42 AM   #1
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what is the "best" distribution of linux for a "newbie" with NO knowledge of Linux?
 
Old 04-14-2009, 11:49 AM   #2
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best verison or distribution for a newbie???

what is the "best" distribution of linux for a "newbie" with NO knowledge of Linux?
 
Old 04-14-2009, 11:51 AM   #3
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People usually prefer Ubuntu or alike. Installation and configuration is fairly similar to Windows.
 
Old 04-14-2009, 12:04 PM   #4
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There are huge long-running threads here on LQ on this

If you have a look at the Download Linux link in the main menu here on LQ you'll see some lists. Of the top 5 of the most popular there, you should discount Redhat as it is not stricktly free and is mostly for corportate users. Fedora is the distro supported by Redhat. Similarly, Suse's is called openSuse. So in addition to those 2, also consider Ubuntu and Mandriva.

Bit surprised Mandriva is top of the list actually. But, they are a old solid distro like the other top 5, so its up to you.

Many people end up trying a few in the beginning before they settle on one. Some people never settle on one. There are hundres of distros to choose from.

Mons

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Old 04-14-2009, 12:12 PM   #5
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Hi There,

If you want to start linux then I think Ubuntu will be the best option. Once you get familiar with environment then switch to RHEL.
Installing linux is a bit tricky so be focused on the process during installation as it is not like windows.

Cheers,
Kapil.
 
Old 04-14-2009, 12:15 PM   #6
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Originally Posted by sbirro View Post
what is the "best" distribution of linux for a "newbie" with NO knowledge of Linux?
I recommend RHEL. I too started the same way.

With so much info available on the net, I dont think you will have much problems starting with it.


All the best.
 
Old 04-14-2009, 12:16 PM   #7
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Please only post your question one time --> http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...9/#post3508535
 
Old 04-14-2009, 12:22 PM   #8
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Arrrrgghhh!!! Same answers as:

http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...t=which+distro
http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...t=which+distro
http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...t=which+distro
http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...t=which+distro

or any of the other 536 threads with "which distro" in the title.
 
Old 04-14-2009, 01:39 PM   #9
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Buy some IT magazine on a newsstand that has a LiveCD contained, then use whatever Linux distro is on it.

If you have no previous Linux experience, then it will unusual to you, no matter what distro you use. To make a reasonable suggestion in regard of distributions you should rather state what of kind of hardware you want Linux to run on or what you intend to use it for. Those parameters are more likely to allow for a more focused list of choices.

Or check out distrowatch.org to find what you are looking for.

Last edited by Tinkster; 10-30-2010 at 04:25 PM.
 
Old 04-14-2009, 02:26 PM   #10
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i would go with Ubuntu , it is targeted at the NEW user making the switch from Microsoft .
Something like Fedora 10 I would NOT recommend for the very new user . Fedora often will require some "fixing" to get it to install and work .
 
Old 04-14-2009, 02:41 PM   #11
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Since both had replies, I merged the duplicate threads.......

For those recommending RHEL: That, IMHO, is not good advice for a Newbie.

My Recommendations:
1. Anything in the top 5 on the "hit list" at http://distrowatch.com

2. Don't start with anything you have to pay for. When you get your feet wet, then donate, buy support, etc.
 
Old 04-14-2009, 04:21 PM   #12
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with RHEL 5.3 you will need to BUILD most of the software, one wants to install , from the source code . This can be VERY difficult ( at times) for even the experienced coder . Or to say the least very time consuming to do and near imposable for someone who has NEVER used the terminal ( moving from xp / vista) .
 
Old 04-15-2009, 03:56 PM   #13
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I'm surprised nobody's mentioned PCLinuxOS; absolute newbies need to be able to play their media "out of the box", and PCLinuxOS does this even more simply than Ubuntu. It also uses KDE by default rather than GNOME, and this is usually a little friendlier for someone accustomed to Windows, and you can almost always assume that a Linux newbie is going to be either and ex- or current Windows user out of sheer probability.
 
  


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