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: The quality of forum support and advice available is an important factor. Some Linux user forums are noted for their suitability for newcomers with little knowledge and some aren't.
Live USB or CD: This is a Linux USB or CD that can be run as a trial OS before installing it, to see if you like the idea. It is handy and 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 256 MB of memory as found on old machines.
This article is a stub only. The candidates under consideration for this review are:
Tiny Core Linux
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