Best Simple Linux Distro [STUB ONLY]

 

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Introduction

At some time or other, many computer users think about trying Linux as an operating system instead of Windows. Of those who try it out, probably less than 1% stay with it in the long term. One reason is that, in the past, Linux was strictly an enthusiasts' OS and made no concession to ordinary PC users. However, things are changing, and there are now Linux 'distros' (short for 'distributions', each distribution comes with versions or variations of packages built on top of the linux kernel) that cater for those who just want a work tool or home computer for the usual browsing and file management, and have no time to change their way of life to suit a new OS.

We think it's time to look at some 'basic'-style distros, Linux versions that can be used successfully by people new to Linux who don't want to get under the hood. There are also a couple of other factors that are relevant here:

- Community support is important - so the quality of forum support and advice available is a factor. Some Linux user forums are noted for their suitability for newcomers with little knowledge - and some aren't.

- A LiveCD or LiveUSB could be handy here. This is a Linux CD or USB that can be run as a trial OS before installing it, to see if you like the idea. This saves finding out too late you don't like the distro anyway. But note, you need a decent amount of RAM to do this, it won't work well (or at all) with 256MB of memory, as found on old machines.

Discussion

The candidates under consideration for this review are:

Ubuntu(s)
Fedora
Mepis
PClinuxOS
PC/OS
Mandriva
Puppy
Vectorlinux
Tiny Core Linux
Linux Mint
OpenSUSE
Sabayon
Debian
Slackware
Ulimate Linux
Zenwalk
Dreamlinux
CCux
Ark
Slitaz
SLAX

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by Panzer on 2. December 2013 - 15:31  (112702)
by Panzer on 2. December 2013 - 15:29  (112701)

Microlinux - "... Once MLED is installed, even Joe Sixpack or his french counterpart Madame Michu can use it without even giving it a thought ...":
http://www.microlinux.fr/mled.php

by steppinrazor on 15. November 2013 - 21:37  (112253)

Heya! I'll be your new editor for this article. I'm new to editing for Gizmo's but have been using this site constantly ever since I found it! :)

I'll look into any suggestions but remember its the Best SIMPLE Linux Distro not the BEST Linux Distro.

For more in depth discussion on this topic I started this forum post:

http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/linux/12749-best-simple-l...

Otherwise continue to give me suggestions with little blurbs about the distro, and feedback (once I get something up), I love feedback! :)

by robert.thompson on 15. November 2013 - 14:45  (112244)

I have tried many, many distros and fround that Linux Mint to be the easiest distro to use:

- Simple, graphical installer that can automatically install Linux Mint "along side" your Windows operating system thus giving you the choice to start either when you turn on your PC. (Read: you will not trash your Windows system.)

- Great desktop that is quite similar to the Windows desktop.

- It automatically installs LibreOffice which can read & write files in the MS Office format.

- Installs many other excellent "Windows equivalent" software applications.

- Updates the whole system with on click. It tells you when you need to do an update.

- No more virus etc problems.

- According to "Distrowatch.com", Linux Mint has been the most downloaded distro for the last 2 years; try it and you will see why.

- It just works!

Rob.

by steppinrazor on 15. November 2013 - 17:18  (112247)

Linux Mint is definitely on my list. I'm gonna go on a spree of burning install CDs today, and that's definitely a distro I'm going for.

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