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Old 11-05-2017, 12:50 PM   #1
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Lightbulb Thoughts on Ubuntu-based distros


Hello, I need some help choosing a Linux Distro. I did some research and I came down to these three:
* Elewmentary OS
* Ubuntu
* Linux Mint
I have used Ubuntu, but that was almost five years ago, and I have been using Windows since. So in conclusion, I’m back to being a Linux noobie. I have moved and my house in under renovation, which means my computer is packed in a box in PODS moving storage unit. I needs some help from you guys. I am looking for these things:
* Ubuntu Based
* Great for gaming
* Great for coding
* Has a great choice of software
* Ready out-of-the-box
* Simply to use GUI but nice looking
* Has or is compatible with system tools
I will taking a suggestion that is detailed and your rating of 1 out of 10. Any thing will help! I will also take other Ubuntu-based Distro. Pros and cons will also be nice. Thank you!

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Old 11-05-2017, 01:26 PM   #2
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You can use Steam for gaming.
What do you want to code?

You can try Ubuntu 16.04 LTS and download it here: http://releases.ubuntu.com/
 
Old 11-05-2017, 01:40 PM   #3
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You can use Steam for gaming.
What do you want to code?

You can try Ubuntu 16.04 LTS and download it here: http://releases.ubuntu.com/
Thank you! But I was looking for pros and cons. Nice try!😂
 
Old 11-05-2017, 01:40 PM   #4
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are you aware of distrowatch?
maybe you can get some answers there.
they have a nice search tool, and loads of additional articles and whatnot.

my thoughts on ubuntu-based distros:
since ubuntu itself is based on another distro (debian), a ubuntu-based distro is based on a distro that is based on a distro. that's a little too much inception for my taste, i prefer things purer (but admittedly just today i installed linux mint xfce for a computer illiterate).
 
Old 11-05-2017, 01:43 PM   #5
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are you aware of distrowatch?
maybe you can get some answers there.
they have a nice search tool, and loads of additional articles and whatnot.

my thoughts on ubuntu-based distros:
since ubuntu itself is based on another distro (debian), a ubuntu-based distro is based on a distro that is based on a distro. that's a little too much inception for my taste, i prefer things purer (but admittedly just today i installed linux mint xfce for a computer illiterate).
Yes! I have heard of Distro watch. But I was looking for pros and cons from the community.
 
Old 11-05-2017, 01:44 PM   #6
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I am looking for these things:
* Ubuntu Based

(...) I will also take other Ubuntu-based Distro.
What exactly is the thing you need from Ubuntu?
 
Old 11-05-2017, 01:48 PM   #7
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What exactly is the thing you need from Ubuntu?
According to research I have done, Ubuntu has a great Software Repo and and the hardware recognitionworks well. Itís also very stable.
 
Old 11-05-2017, 01:51 PM   #8
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  • Software repo: Most of DistroWatch's top-100-or-so distros have a lot of software available. That's not an Ubuntu thing.
  • Hardware recognition: That mostly comes from the kernel, so you're good to go with any Linux distro.
  • Stability: YMMV.

I take it that you do not necessarily need an Ubuntu-based distribution. All your points - except "Great for gaming", seriously, just use Windows for that! - are true for most distributions I know. there is no reason to limit yourself to Ubuntu-based ones.

Tried Fedora?
 
Old 11-05-2017, 02:02 PM   #9
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^ exactly.
ubuntu just has the shiniest interface of them all.

ubuntu's hardware recognition leaves much to be desired esp. for older hardware, the repos are mostly debian's, and other distros are definitely more stable.

incidentally 5 min after my last post the linux mint install is starting to muck around. confused by software sources, and the stupid updater script cannot handle the smallest error. my point precisely.
well, for a newb i'll still go with Xubuntu i guess...
 
Old 11-05-2017, 02:05 PM   #10
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ubuntu just has the shiniest interface of them all.
The "shiny" thing that was Unity was dropped, at least. Both Mageia and openSUSE are shinier when it comes to user-friendliness IMO.

edit: removed a comment because of failed information

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Old 11-05-2017, 02:07 PM   #11
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^ no, that's linux mint's homebrew updater.
not the first time it's giving me headaches, esp. with the prospect of giving the machine to someone who would be even more befuddled than me, when it starts acting up.
 
Old 11-05-2017, 02:28 PM   #12
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^ no, that's linux mint's homebrew updater.
not the first time it's giving me headaches, esp. with the prospect of giving the machine to someone who would be even more befuddled than me, when it starts acting up.
Iím not getting help, what kind of community is this?
 
Old 11-05-2017, 02:33 PM   #13
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You ignore my help in #8. What kind of user are you?
 
Old 11-05-2017, 02:37 PM   #14
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  • Software repo: Most of DistroWatch's top-100-or-so distros have a lot of software available. That's not an Ubuntu thing.
  • Hardware recognition: That mostly comes from the kernel, so you're good to go with any Linux distro.
  • Stability: YMMV.

I take it that you do not necessarily need an Ubuntu-based distribution. All your points - except "Great for gaming", seriously, just use Windows for that! - are true for most distributions I know. there is no reason to limit yourself to Ubuntu-based ones.

Tried Fedora?
I was thinking about Fedora, but it kinda left me. Now I gonna consider again lol 😂
 
Old 11-05-2017, 02:41 PM   #15
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You ignore my help in #8. What kind of user are you?
Iím so sorry 😐, I was stressed because my brother was getting into things. I wasnít think normally.
 
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