Which linux distribution to start to learn

Discussion in 'Linux' started by MGadAllah, May 31, 2020.

  1. ipx

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    hermite57g MDL Novice

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    Trisquel.info
     
  3. ipx

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    @Kim100

    you sure you want to recommend endeavour to a linux beginner ? it claims to be a terminal-centric distro which does not sound newbie friendly to me.

    b.t.w. it has the worst samba o.o.b. experience. setting up samba on endeavour is not for a linux novice, he / she would run back to windows land.
     
  4. ipx

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    tried out a few distros lately & i thought i should share my experiences to assist those willing to hop on to the linux boat.

    1. manjaro minimal :

    what got me interested was the word minimal but manjaro has a different definition for minimal. i guess for manjaro minimal means only omitting leebra offix.

    2. clear linux :

    a linux distro from intel intrigued me & also that it comes minus leebra offix, but it could not format a fat32 flash drive o.o.b. & not even after an update, that sucks.

    3. elementary os :

    i can sum up this distro in 2 words, EYE CANDY. the worst default file manager & text editor. to close a window upper left corner to mini/maximize upper right corner, huh?
     
  5. Kim100

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    #49 Kim100, Aug 29, 2020
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    I like the sound of Arch, I tried it years ago but it was too much for me but it does seem to be where the nerds go, I was just saying that Endeavour could be a route for someone who as I said wants to "jump in with both feet", I didn't say it would be easy, just easier.

    For the average user I would recommend Mint/Ubuntu, Manjaro or MX. Manjaro is very polished, it now has a welcome app that allows you too choose your software bundle during setup which is nice [have to be online], some options are chosen by default, just remove all the ticks for a minimal install. MX looks and feels a bit dated but its rock solid and reliable with long term support.

    My Mint 20 installation came up with a message yesterday telling me that the ink was low in my Epson printer, I nearly fell off my chair lol.
     
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    that must be the epson application / software flashing that message & not mint per se.
     
  8. Kim100

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    I have noticed printer and scanner support has improved greatly lately, it all just works and now this. One of the main reasons I did not switch to Linux earlier was the poor printer support, it was a nightmare a few years back.
     
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    If you don t mind being "Managed by the Organization". I was running MX a week ago, and I really liked it, but the devs have started to make mods to their update scheme, and one is to lock down updates for Firefox with enterprise policies. Apparently several distros are doing it now. It s not a big thing, but I didn t like seeing that stupid message every time I went into Firefox preferences. I brought it up on mx forum, and the devs seem pretty indifferent about it. Instead of talking about it they locked my threads. I switched to Mint a few days ago. At least they have nt started doing it yet. If the little things don t bother you then MX is a good choice for the first time Linux user, but from what I see Mint or Ubuntu is also.
     
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    give this one a try :
    iso.kanotix.com
    choose a silverfire flavour
    for writing the ISO to USB look here
    kanotix.acritox.com/content/live-usb-stick

    hint for KDE
    right click on the starter -> alternatives -> application-menu
     
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    Fedora makes me happy and is quite easy for beginners IMO.
     
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    played with 2 linux distros lately so i thought i will share my experience for the bravehearts willing to venture in to the non-windows world of computers.

    ka os : gives you an option during installation of installing a full blown os OR an os with goodies but no lee-bra off-fix OR a minimal install like 'buntu with just the basic apps.

    1st thing i did was as always to update the os but i got some weird errors from the update app.

    when i finally managed to get the update going from the terminal i was informed of updates which were collectively over 1gb which seemed kinda like windows updates.

    anyways i got the update started but the updates were coming through at a pathetic speed of 20 - 30 kbps. ran out of patience & gave up on it.

    endeavour os : nothing much to say here, an offline install will give you basic apps & an xfce desktop environment.

    to sum it up, it is pretty much arch minus all the hoops you have to jump through to install arch & as mentioned earlier unlike arch you can do an offline installation.
     
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    A mis-spelling, perhaps ??
    If this exists as suggested, it does not show in searching.
    Perhaps you might include a valid link to the fantastic, wonderful distro, please ??
     
  15. antiCMOS

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    For me it comes down to what will install on my dell. There have been several that hangs at boot, or the install freezes. Right now I m trying pop os, and it is pretty good. I can t seem to get cups to work, but other than that it is nice. The gnome shell extensions saved the day.