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Which Distro Is Right For Me? (Redux)


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#76 cat1092

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Posted 29 September 2017 - 05:29 AM

Says Cent Os for me hope its easy to use as I am still getting used to mint after a month or so and it's my first time on linux.

I was windows before linux but it gave me to many head aches with broken updates  all the time, you know some times it felt like bill gates did it on purpose 

 

frogbreath, if you're still getting used to Linux Mint, be prepared for a culture shock when moving to CentOS. I had been trying to learn the OS for almost two months, then as Windows 8 was coming into Consumer Preview, was invited to be a Moderator on the now dead W8 Forum & accepted. That effectively ended any time left for CentOS, and thankfully so. :)

 

Linux Mint is as close as a drop in replacement for Windows as it gets, so if you're still learning, my advice is for you to stick with the distro you're running. There's boatloads of assistance for Mint users compared to little when I began over 8.5 years back, here & on other tech forums, as well as articles dedicated to Mint usage. Here's a popular one that assists many with setup & part of the learning experience. Should you hang in there, things will become more natural, although like myself & others, you'll never know it all. That applies to any OS, even non-Linux ones. The complete manual is in the download link below, you have to select your distro edition & type (2nd link).

 

https://community.linuxmint.com/tutorial/view/20

 

http://www.linuxmint.com/documentation.php

 

You'll get the hang of things only with the time you devote & experience, just as all of us Linux users has. We can assist when needed, yet there'll be times when you'll have to dig down deep to find answers (Google is your friend :)), when there's no obvious answer or no one can address your issue(s). Just keep in mind that every Linux user here & all over the Web has been in the same place where you now are. Keep on digging & don't let bad days get you down, rather make notes of what went wrong so that the same mistake is not made twice. :)

 

Finally, I'd like to share one last article with you, as I have many other newbies to Linux. Read it, 2-3 times if you first don't understand, print by saving a copy in your Documents folder (no printer needed, just select Print from the browser's control). While the article is over a decade old, the same principles applies today. This is an invaluable resource that I turned to many times in my first year to 18 months of running Linux, about 4-5 months before I discovered Linux Mint.

 

http://linux.oneandoneis2.org/LNW.htm

 

Good Luck & keep on shoveling, you'll get there with determination! :thumbsup:

 

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Posted 05 November 2017 - 07:00 PM

I using Ubuntu is the best distro to start beginners (More support for newbies).... 



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Posted 07 November 2017 - 04:46 PM

I using Ubuntu is the best distro to start beginners (More support for newbies).... 

 

 

If the criteria of support were the only factor then I would recommend all beginners to start with Linux Mint. I believe that there are a lot of factors for a beginner to consider, so Ubuntu is really a nice place to start, but definitely not because of the support factor.


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Posted 08 November 2017 - 04:55 AM

 

I using Ubuntu is the best distro to start beginners (More support for newbies).... 

 

 

If the criteria of support were the only factor then I would recommend all beginners to start with Linux Mint. I believe that there are a lot of factors for a beginner to consider, so Ubuntu is really a nice place to start, but definitely not because of the support factor.

 

 

+1! :thumbup2:

 

Thankfully after a few months of distro bouncing, I was steered to Linux Mint when still a small user base & have never looked back. :)

 

Today, Linux Mint is the 4th most used desktop OS in the World, ranked only behind Ubuntu in the Linux distros, Apple's iOS (all versions) & Windows (all versions). So there's lots of support for Linux Mint, as well as for Ubuntu. However, that distro is changing (one again!), so depending if LTS or short term support, there's confusion. With 14.04 & 16.04 LTS, there's the Unity version & more recent with short term releases, back to Gnome (the platform they abandoned for Unity). BTW, it was the Unity release which propelled Linux Mint to stardom, many didn't want it, just as many didn't want Windows 8, yet Canonical force fed the DE down users throats w/out openingly publishing a way to revert (2-3 Terminal lines & Gnome was mostly back in place). Only the Amazon advert remained afterwards, which should never had been on an open source distro from the beginning.

 

Linux Mint is known as the drop in replacement for Windows, that is, the Cinnamon & MATE versions, in that order, easy to learn and support all over the place. As noted during the install process (the slide show of features), if one needs assistance with Linux Mint, just ask around. :)

 

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Posted 28 December 2017 - 05:21 PM

I thought I'd run this thing again, 18 months down the line from my first try-out.

 

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/601504/which-distro-is-right-for-me-redux/?p=4012336

 

.....and again, it picked Slackware! Okay, so the 'Slacko' Pups aren't exactly like their parent.....but they just do seem more stable, somehow, than the 'buntu-based ones. Satisfying dependencies when building new packages often means a lot of lib-hunting, it's true.....but once everything's in place, they just keep working. The 'buntu-based Pups have the annoying habit of occasionally breaking stuff when you install summat new; I've never had that problem with the Slackos; they're highly-configurable, like all Pups, but absolutely rock-solid.

 

The test must know me better than I know myself..!  :lmao:

 

 

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Posted 28 December 2017 - 05:52 PM

Interesting it picked Ubuntu and I kinda have to agree as I do like the Ubuntu based distros.

 

It also suggested several other Linux distros which I also use.

 

Hmm wonder the accuracy of it although I'm telling it what I do want and do not want.

 

Generally what determines what I use is what a new distro release is like and how it works on my old computers.

 

My favorite Ubuntu base distro is Lubuntu as I just like its simplicity and no frills only what is needed and add the rest as you need it.

 

Lubuntu OOTB has always worked for me and the only problem I ever had was with the audio issue created by Firefox.

 

Peppermint 7 & Peppermint 8 have also worked OOTB without any issues.

 

Linux Mint 17.0 & Linux Mint 18.0 also OOTB without issues

 

Yep I guess Ubuntu is the right distro for me.


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Posted 29 December 2017 - 06:11 AM

While the link that Rocky supplied is no longer valid (a Christmas offering), Linspire (Xfce based) looks to be a good one, am running on one notebook now, has lots of proprietary software. :)

 

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/666339/free-pcopensystems-linspire-70-for-christmas/

 

Note that this is the Linspire of which PC/OpenSystems took in, even though there was controversy a decade back with Linspire & Freespire. When I began with Linux almost 9 years back, not knowing better, purchased a 5 pack of CD's on eBay for $10, most were well outdated OS's, one of which was Freespire, which Linspire took in & controlled. They didn't bother informing their users it was shutting down, when I registered on their forum, was told the distro was dead. Kodos to PC/OpenSystems for taking the risk here. :thumbsup:

 

http://www.pc-opensystems.com/search?q=Linspire

 

While PC/OpenSystems took a chance, I believe will pay off, they also distribute (& support) their OS's, in particular their flagship sistro in Black Lab Enterprise OS. It's not free, yet based on the latest Ubuntu & supported throughout the lifetime of the distro. Although at this time, best to wait until Ubuntu 18.04 is released, they'll have a new one afterwards. There's a distro for every need here, to include a $19.95 option that's self-supported. Given that prior to making the leap to Linux in 2009, I spent a lot of cash on Windows & MS Office, as well as have donated $50 to Linux Mint twice yearly since 2013 (I believe it's only right to donate to a distro used as a daily driver when one can afford), see no issue with paying $45.99 for Black Lab Enterprise OS. Especially given they provide support, there's times when forum support is either slow & sometimes no answer. :) 

 

http://www.pc-opensystems.com/p/webstore.html

 

They also sell computers, both desktops & notebooks with Black Lab Enterprise OS pre-installed, at a far less cost than most Linux OEM's does, and backed by a 4 year warranty, unheard of for any OEM. :thumbup2: 

 

http://www.pc-opensystems.com/p/commercial-hardware.html

 

At any rate, so far am liking the distro that Rocky shared in Linspire 64 bit, which includes Synergy, a paid for app that allows one to control several computers with a single keyboard/mouse, at a price of $19 or $49. I believe that Linspire has the $49 offer because of the drag & drop, as well as the copy/paste options. 

 

https://symless.com/synergy/pricing

 

Am not sure how much Linspire goes for at regular price, yet if one can get it, a sweet distro to have. Had to overcome my fear of WINE to install, at first, wasn't going to bother with the distro because of its inclusion. 

 

My reason for the inclusion of Linspire/Black Lab Enterprise OS on this list are for those who wants a supported distro by dedicated professionals, when there will be situations when an answer is needed now & not having to wait on community support. The prime example of this is a business, where downtime is lost income, although there's Home users who may want the same level of support. :) 

 

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Posted 12 January 2018 - 02:57 PM

Off-topic discussion about market share removed. Please feel free to continue it here:

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/667901/linux-market-share/




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