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Old 09-06-2012, 04:43 AM   #1
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What is the best software package for a first time Linux user?


I am an old techie who cut my teeth on DECVMS, C++ and Smalltalk. For the last twenty years I have worked in Enterprise Architecture and Program Management. Being lazy I have set up my home network based on WinTel. Now very sick of it and recently retired I have the time to do my own thing. I would like to set up one of my Laptops with Linux and compatible office automation, photo and music management software.

Any advice on the best BSD for me?

Old 09-06-2012, 05:01 AM   #2
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Look at e.g. "Top 5 Linux Distros for beginners - 2012" -

Looks like it's: "1. Ubuntu 12.04 LTS"

BSD is not Linux. The best BSD is probably FreeBSD.
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Old 09-06-2012, 07:17 AM   #3
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Hey Wiebrant,

Glad to see you made it from the dark side in tact

I'm not going to tell you what to use, just tell you my experience and you can take it from there.

My move from Window$ started with Meppis (Debian based/KDE) then to Kubuntu (Debian/KDE), then onto Mint (Ubuntu/Debian based /Cinnamon/Mate/Gnome3) then to xUbuntu which is where I am now.

I found the KDE envirnments a little hungry. I am on low powered hardware though.

Mint was/is polished, but didn't quite have the community size, and hence the add-ons that i would've liked. (This will change)

The XFCE desktop environments are, IMHO, the best place to start. They'll give a responsive and small desktop footprint with plenty of configurable options.

My next try is going to be Mint XFCE maybe?

The xUbuntu install is going swimingly well and is now totally integrated into the Window$ work environment I'm in.

Good luck! wish you well.
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Old 09-08-2012, 10:59 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by arochester View Post
Look at e.g. "Top 5 Linux Distros for beginners - 2012" -

Looks like it's: "1. Ubuntu 12.04 LTS"

BSD is not Linux. The best BSD is probably FreeBSD.



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