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Old 05-24-2014, 06:30 AM   #16
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Linux distributions aren't that different from each other. A beginner won't know very early what will matter to him in later use.

Installing more than one distribution just increases your effort for no real benefit.

Make a guess. Pick one and try it. If you have problems, post good descriptions of the problems. Probably your problems will be things that would happen the same in other distributions and are easy to fix if you ask the question here well and do what the answers tell you.

Maybe you will hit a problem that is distribution specific and difficult within that distribution and some expert will explain it is easier to start over with a different distribution. That is unlikely, so don't worry about it unless it happens.
Old 05-24-2014, 06:38 AM   #17
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I would say the easiest thing to do might be install Linux Mint XFCE as it should allow you to install things like Flash and mp3 playback easily and XFCE may not be exciting but it works and is similar enough to the old Windows way of doing things that you should be able to get some use out of it.
Then, when you come back to the internet connected world try Ubuntu and the other versions of Mint.
At a guess you'll end up liking Ubuntu or Cinnamon in the end but Uvbuntu, at least, takes some getting used to so I wouldn't recommend it as an "install and go" distribution. I would also suggest you try Kubuntu as KDE is well worth a look when you have the time.

If it matters I use Debian with XFCE as a desktop environment this is because it works on both my moderately powerful desktop and my old netbook and I'm not into flashy desktops so I ony use transparency which, on the netbook, can help make the most of a small screen.
Old 05-24-2014, 09:53 AM   #18
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Originally Posted by lordlucifer View Post
Well , I am posting this for the fourth time,which may be annoying. But I need help.
Many users already tried to provide help, but this doesn't give you permission to infringe the LQ rules and post the same question multiple times over multiple threads. Please, refrain from doing that in the future and stick with one (and only one) discussion about this topic. I've merged your new thread with this one, since it received answers. Nuff' said.
Old 05-24-2014, 10:26 AM   #19
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Originally Posted by lordlucifer View Post
I asked in LQ, yahoo and tried googling to choose between ubuntu 14 and mint 16. Everyone says something different.And in mint some say cinnamon is ugly, some say mate is sluggish and some say xfce is old. I also heard ubuntu lacks inbuilt applications and slower than mint.
As far as GUIs are concerned:

Ubuntu's Unity makes you computer look as if it's trying to turn into a smart phone of tablet. Some people like that, but if you're the sort of person who accumulates a lot of software, or often uses several programs at once, or who likes to customise, then you won't be happy. The last time I looked at Unity, you couldn't even move the panel from the top of the screen to the bottom if you wanted to. It's only slower on older computers, though.

Whether Cinnamon is ugly obviously depends on your idea of ugly. And how much time do you spend admiring a desktop?! Since it's a Mint special, it has fewer people working on it than Xfce or Mate, and as a derivative of Gnome its development may be vulnerable to later changes in Gnome.

Mate is not sluggish.

Xfce is certainly the oldest complete desktop for Linux, but it's continuously developed with new features. The one thing it doesn't do is add eye-candy. If you want zooming or bouncing icons, look elsewhere!

My advice is to stop dithering, install Mint Mate, and use it. If eventually you decide to change, you can always do so. But if messing about with computers is not actually a hobby, don't become a distro-hopper (or desktop-hopper, for that matter) or you'll never get used to any of them.
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Old 05-25-2014, 08:07 AM   #20
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The Page Hit Ranking is just the number of hits for a particular distribution. Not a valid rank, just the number of views per distribution at the site.

If you look at the sticky: Newbie alert: 50 Open Source Replacements for Windows XP it is nothing more than a list of suggested open source replacements compiled for members that want to move from XP.

You can use/keep your Xp installation and setup a dual boot for Xp & a Gnu/Linux install. Another way would be to use a Virtual machine. I like VirtualBox;
From SlackwareŽ-Links

VirtualBox <- 'VirtualBox runs on Windows, Linux and Macintosh hosts and supports a large number of guest operating systems including but not limited to Windows (NT 4.0, 2000, XP, Server 2003, Vista), DOS/Windows 3.x, Linux (2.4 and 2.6), and OpenBSD'. + 'User Manual(pdf)' + 'VirtualBox Downloads Page' + 'VirtualBox User HOWTOs'
VirtualBoxSource <- LQ Post
That way you can test a Gnu/Linux install without breaking/causing issues with the Xp install. A lot easier to test using a VM.

Once you have selected and downloaded the ISO image you can use one of the 'MD5SUM' checkers below to verify a valid download. Then use 'Imgburn' at a low burn rate (setting of 4) to insure a valid burn on your hardware. Look at: Media burning to get additional help/information.
Windows Burn tutorial <- 'Nero' Live Video for the newbies who burn the iso instead of the image of the iso.
Imgburn <- 'ImgBurn is a lightweight CD / DVD / HD DVD / Blu-ray burning application that everyone should have in their toolkit!' + Freeware
-- MD5SUM:
M$Windows iso md5sum checking <- LQ Post on how too
md5sum.exe <- M$Win Application to perform md5sum checking.
winMd5Sum Portable <- FREE + Good for all M$ Windows
Just a few links to aid you to gaining some understanding;

Linux Documentation Project
Rute Tutorial & Exposition
Linux Command Guide
Bash Beginners Guide
Bash Reference Manual
Advanced Bash-Scripting Guide
Linux Newbie Admin Guide
Utimate Linux Newbie Guide

The above links and others can be found at '
Slackware-Links'. More than just SlackwareŽ links!
Hope that SlackwareŽ-Links helps you. Very resourceful!
Have fun!

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