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Which Distro Is Right For Me? (Redux)


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#1 raw

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Posted 06 January 2016 - 07:13 PM

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/41001/which-distro-is-right-for-me/

 

10 years ago (almost to the day) I started that thread to help users new to the Linux

operating system pick a distro that would be good for them based on a short quiz.

Sadly that quiz is gone as most of the distros at the time have moved on or died off.

 

So for 2016 I have located a new quiz over at TuxRadar. Hopefully I can get people 

interested in Linux (at least try it) and maybe get another 10 years out of this thread.

 

http://www.tuxradar.com/content/distro-picker-0


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Posted 06 January 2016 - 07:19 PM

Cool. Seems to work well. It suggested I use Ubuntu, and I mostly use Ubuntu or my preferred Lubuntu. I would use Lubuntu alot more than I do, but when using virtual machines where I need to copy files between the host and the vm, Lubuntu is more of a pain than Ubuntu.



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Posted 06 January 2016 - 07:19 PM

Pinned. I think these quizzes are the easiest way for users to pick a distro to use. Thanks for finding another one and posting it here. :)

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Posted 06 January 2016 - 08:08 PM

The test said debian... it knows who I am! 0.o (even though I am a Manjaro user these days)


Edited by MadmanRB, 06 January 2016 - 08:08 PM.

You know you want me baby!

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Posted 07 January 2016 - 10:59 AM

It sort of got things Right..with Arch...but in it's comments made reference to Gentoo which wasn't in the list which I use

 

I Dont use any of the Desktops and by selecting any of the package managers would automatically give you a priority to certain Distros.. so by picking "don't matter" got a more realistic  answer.  Though even by useing Gentoos Pkg Mngr "Portage" i still couldnt get Gentoo up as my Distro

 

Got gentoo in the end by moving sliders to absolute .config, Bleeding edge, and more server....as well as Portage...

 

In the list i had there are 3 or 4 Discontinued Distros.. 



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Posted 08 January 2016 - 07:17 PM

Picked Mint for me. I use it and install it for anyone who wants to try Linux coming from Windows. If I were alone in the universe I'd go with Debian I think.



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Posted 09 January 2016 - 10:59 AM

Thanks for that link.


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Posted 09 January 2016 - 11:02 AM

That quiz chose Slackware for me. I'll have to look into that.


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Posted 09 January 2016 - 01:14 PM

That quiz chose Slackware for me. I'll have to look into that.

 

 

If you are still new to linux lay off slackware, its not for beginners.

Its made for users who have some experience in them.

Trust me slackware, gentoo, arch... not for the newb.

Now its okay to try something in those families, sabayon for gentoo, VectorLinux for slackware and my personal favorite Manjaro for arch


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Posted 09 January 2016 - 02:53 PM

The result was Debian...

 

Well, I'm using Peppermint OS which is an Ubuntu 14.04.2 LTS based distro.

Peppermint makes use of the Xfwm4 window manager and the LXDE desktop environment.

It has Ubuntu, Debian and Mint features and is your not so typical lightweight distro.

 

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Posted 16 January 2016 - 11:08 PM

i have tried them all, starting with redhat 5.2 back in 1998.  i always go back to UBUNTU.  i always DUALBOOT.



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Posted 21 January 2016 - 03:49 PM

Pinned. I think these quizzes are the easiest way for users to pick a distro to use. Thanks for finding another one and posting it here. :)


I like Easy Peasy. Been using it for 4 or 5 years. Never had a problem burning to usb. I used to use Yumi but it's not available for what I have on hand. I took Windows 10 off just temporarily. I have the restore disk so I was playing around trying to get Windows 7 back because I know it backwards and forwards. Setting security , advanced firewall, etc. Taking Windows off is the real culprit because it limits the tools I can use. Hope this better summarizes my problem.

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Posted 01 February 2016 - 05:00 AM

As evidenced my my avatar, Linux Mint (MATE) was right for me, over 6.5 years going, and the #1 distro recommended for Linux newbies. Easy to use, with a very familiar feel for those who has ran most any Windows OS through version 7, and many software choices available through their Software or Package Manager. If one can run Firefox or Google Chrome, that's all that's needed after install to use Linux Mint, the rest will come in time. Plus there a full Office Suite in LibreOffice included, a near drop in replacement for MS Office, and plenty good enough for Home users. The distro, while aimed at newbies, many long term Linux users runs the OS as well. 

 

Also, Linux Mint Cinnamon is considered to be a drop in replacement for Windows 7 users & has matured greatly since introduction. 

 

The one thing that all Linux Mint users should do, as soon as install is complete & after reboot, is enable the Firewall for best protection. To to this, click Menu then Terminal (just above Lock screen) and enter in the box, or copy/paste this command in bold below, then enter your password when prompted (you'll see no movement, this is normal & for your security). 

 

sudo ufw enable

 

You'll see a confirmation that the Firewall is activated & enabled at Startup. Now the newbie to Linux Mint can update their OS, there's a blue icon to the right on the panel. It'll update itself before showing the list of updates, and one's password will be needed to install updates. Once updated, then one should install a 2nd browser, such as Google Chrome, download from their site. Just be sure to select the .deb file that matches the bit version of install (32 or 64 bit). 

 

https://www.google.com/chrome/browser/desktop/

 

Upon install, don't be surprised at how much more faster & responsive the computer is, compared to any Windows version. This is because there are less background apps running with the OS, leaving the user more to work with. 

 

Enjoy Linux Mint! :)

 

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Posted 04 February 2016 - 12:30 AM

very nice... so what yall think for a home based media server & storage box.  Running on a old dell laptop with external 2 TB storage.

either

Ubuntu

Debian

CentOS

 

Cause I had a sun box, and id rather use win 8 before I mess with that buggy thing again.

 

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Posted 04 February 2016 - 01:13 AM

deb or cent is totally less resource heavy.  i love ubuntu but it depends on your hardware/system.  install SAMBA and you're set...






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