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What distro should I use?


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#1 Captain_Chicken

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Posted 14 August 2015 - 11:07 AM

Hello,

I have a friend I am building a PC for. To save money, we will use linux. He is going into middle school and needs a PC for schoolwork, word processing, web browsing and Minecraft.  I have a virtual machine setup so I can have him try out the different distros.

Thanks in advance,

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#2 Al1000

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Posted 14 August 2015 - 12:35 PM

Hi,

Can you give us some specs of the pc you are building?

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Posted 14 August 2015 - 10:18 PM

Sure.http://pcpartpicker.com/p/cMkmcf

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Posted 14 August 2015 - 10:37 PM

I'm not real knowledgeable with this stuff, but, I think you should be able to run anything you want with that beast!

 

You could start out by reading this:

http://distrowatch.com/dwres.php?resource=major

 

I am running LinuxMint-KDE-17.1 and it is just awesome!

 

Kubuntu is similar

 

LinuxMintMate-17.1 is at the top as far as ease of use and popularity.

 

Ubuntu is also the Main beast here, choose your flavor

 

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Posted 14 August 2015 - 11:14 PM

Any distro should do the trick, Mint is a good option though


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Posted 15 August 2015 - 03:03 AM

Yep, I would stick to the most popular distros, which are Ubuntu and its derivatives including Linux Mint.

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Posted 15 August 2015 - 08:10 AM

Thanks for the help! I think we'll go with linux mint.

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Posted 15 August 2015 - 11:36 AM

I'm partial to LinuxMint so I will say Yeah! and, with all that power I would go with KDE-17.1-64bit

Here is the page: http://www.linuxmint.com/release.php?id=23

 

I would stick with Cinnamon (64-bit), KDE (64-bit) or MATE (64-bit)

 

Burn some LiveDVD's and Boot them up and take a spin.

 

Here is a thread here about Ubuntu Mate, by cat1092: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/570378/ubuntu-mate-1404old-school-returns/page-1


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Posted 15 August 2015 - 02:31 PM

Hey Captain_Chicken!

 

I just installed Ubuntu 15.04 and I like it so far.

I'm definitely no computer expert, much less a linux one, but I wanted to pop in to remind you that he may have online work to do for his classes.

For example, Moodle is one that many schools use to set up online message boards for each class. It relies on Silverlight. Not sure of his level of linux knowledge, but I thought I would mention that you might need to sign into to his online classrooms and test that he can post, view lectures, and take exams if he has to do any of that. When I was at NCSU, I found that Moodle was terribly buggy, regardless of the OS. Every semester, it seemed like one of us couldn't log into our exams or some such. And a lot of my classmates were Computer Science majors! Fingers crossed that his school is old-school! :apple:


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Video Card: Intel HD Graphics Revision 2 1720 MBytes

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Posted 15 August 2015 - 09:23 PM

No worries there, ubiq
Thanks for the info anyways!

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