So its 2016 and times are a changing for linux.
With Linux Mint 18 no longer going to offer codecs/ multimedia playback by default it its not longer going to be recommended by me to new users so now the game has changed... what is the new easy to use linux for beginners and those totally new to linux?
Well here is my revised list of what distros to try and what order to do them in.
1: Ubuntu Mate 16.04:
Ubuntu Mate is a impressive and surprisingly enough easy distro to work with for new users.
It offers loads of customization options and while its default UI has two separate panels it will be easy enough to get into.
With great features such as the Welcome screen and its incredibly awesome software boutique it would be more upfront to new users who may not have a clue what to do.
Its ubuntu base offers loads of info and makes it easy to work with
2: Manjaro Linux: Yes after some deliberation Manjaro linux is now my second place distro for beginners for the time being.
Currently there are only a few reasons why I would rank Ubuntu Mate higher, yes Manjaro offers multimedia playback by default but its in a transition period on its main website but once its wiki is back up expect to see it as my number 1, its two main editions offer many good options for those are fresh from Microsoft windows.
3: Fedora: Fedora offers a great community forum and while I think its installer rather bad it does offer a nice system for those willing to take some learning.
4: Mageia: this offshoot of Mandriva offers a very solid distro, stable and reliable.
The only reason why I rank it lower than fedora is the fact its not as big as some of the others, sure Manjaro is community driven too but it has its arch linux base.
5: Debian: the ol reliable of Linux, while not beginner friendly it does offer a massive amount of packages and is very stable
I have my roots in debian, these days i am kicking Manjaro as my main distrro but debian still holds its place in my heart.
6: Arch: for those willing to look up documentation and instillation guides and want to learn the nitty gritty, NOT for beginners but has a awesome wiki
Edited by MadmanRB, 19 May 2016 - 03:57 AM.