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Old 03-10-2014, 06:47 PM   #1
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The best Linux for home?

What is the best linux for home?
Old 03-10-2014, 07:24 PM   #2
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Just kidding. The answer is subjective so it depends on your needs, your experience and who you ask. I've found Mint to be good for a a newb like myself and even more so like my wife who just wants to use the computer with a gui for web browsing and such
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Originally Posted by Ryanms3030 View Post
It is not such a bad idea. Mint is much better than Ubuntu which comes with the most annoying and confusing GUI which is on a par with Windows(yuk!)8. I prefer Debian Mint, but that is because of my background.

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Old 03-10-2014, 08:27 PM   #4
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There is only one correct answer to this question: The one you figured out to like the most after trying them.
If you have to ask this question I assume that you are not really familiar with Linux, so these are the ones I would suggest to try:
- openSuse
- Mint
- PCLinuxOS
- Mageia (or possibly Rosa)
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Originally Posted by CGalega View Post
What is the best linux for home?
I would opt for Mint and PClinuxOS because they're designed to be simple for newbies
Old 03-10-2014, 08:33 PM   #6
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yes, there are several out there. in no particular order here are some nice and rather easy distros to start with:

using the apt package manager

using the yum package manager
OpenSuSe (well yast, but its just a rework yum from what i understand)

the advantage to starting with a package manager is it allows you to get your feet wet with Linux with considerably less work.

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Old 03-10-2014, 10:54 PM   #7
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'best for linux home'

Probably the best answer if you want it to do the popular things "out of the"-dvd. Still if you use the LTS version you will get dire warnings on first update because you download a version with a defunct repo still on the 'sources list', that might put some off.
If you correct/ignor that it is still fairly good at supplying an easy to use distro with much more to offer than windoZe has.

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Old 03-11-2014, 12:28 AM   #8
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The BEST for MY needs is NOT the best for YOUR needs

so " the best" has zero meaning

what is good for you ?
i haven't the faintest idea or clue

so for "what's best"

role the dice and randomly pick something

but seeing as your OTHER post is SPAM!!!!!!!!!!!

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Old 03-11-2014, 02:54 AM   #9
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Probably Mint is a good choice to start.
But if you want to learn and to have fun, try Slackware!
Old 03-11-2014, 12:56 PM   #10
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There are two question to ask yourself.

1. What sort of GUI do you like? Try some and see, then look for a distro which uses the preferred one by default (so it gets the most care and attention) or at least has a good reputation for it.

2. How up-to-date do you need to be? You see I have two enterprise-class distros: I don't want to be up-to-date but I do want reliability. At the other extreme you have the bleeding-edge distros for people who want the latest stuff and want it now; with these, the only guarantee is that when it breaks, you get to keep the pieces. Most distros, and users, will be in the middle.

- GUI with lost of eye-candy: KDE — use with PCLinuxOS for average or Salix for ultra-stable.
- Traditional GUI: Mate with Mint (average); Xfce with Bridge (bleeding-edge) or Salix (ultra-stable).
- GUI that looks like a smart-phone: Gnome with Pinguy (average).

These are my current "best of breed" choices, but I've recommended 32 general-purpose distros in all.

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Old 03-11-2014, 05:55 PM   #11
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Although other opinions have been given I do think that the answer to this very general question is a no-brainer... Mint!
@OP: If you want a recommendation that takes into account your needs more specifically, provide more details on usage. Otherwise go with Mint. Very good out-of-the-box experience, very newbie friendly interface, not too different from the XP interface. My wife uses it for years by now without any issues. Even my mother loves it...


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