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Old 24. Jan 2014, 08:31 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default What is the Best Distro for a new convert from windows ?

Got win8 but would like to try Linux . What would be the best one for me to ease into ??
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Old 24. Jan 2014, 10:35 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I would suggest Linux Mint.
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Old 24. Jan 2014, 10:36 PM   #3 (permalink)
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There are some recommendations in the thread below this.

http://www.techsupportalert.com/free...o-peasant.html

Otherwise, stick "best Linux windows replacement" or something similar into a Google search and go from there. There are so many distros to choose from and just as many opinions as to which one might be the best choice.
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Old 25. Jan 2014, 03:12 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Linux is not meant to replace Windows. Given that most desktop environments / window managers are available on almost all Linux distributions, the choice is quite irrelevant IMO.
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Old 25. Jan 2014, 03:30 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Linux is not meant to replace Windows. Given that most desktop environments / window managers are available on almost all Linux distributions, the choice is quite irrelevant IMO.
I am not saying what you said is wrong... but I will say that these types of statements provide nothing useful to the Linux newbies, but instead confuse them even more.

For Linux users, the terms like window managers, or desktop environments, etc might be common terms, but for new Linux users, these terms are new, and they don't understand any of it.

Linux is not Windows replacement, yes, but given that Windows, Linux and Mac are most popular, a person looking to change from one OS to another will look it as a replacement only.

Also, users coming from Windows will of course look for easy transition from one OS to another. Linux is not Windows, yes, but again, for a user coming from Windows, he/she would want something easy to work with, before they can start trying other distros. They have to get the hang of things. And therefore, they need proper guidance, with holding the finger. Otherwise, all they do will be to go back to Windows.

Therefore, my request to Linux users will be to provide help to new Linux users in as simple way as possible, and as gently as possible.
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Old 25. Jan 2014, 08:41 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Thanks!! ..I've read the XP thread and I see that it's more of a users preference thing...I'm just trying out linux and don't want a big learning curve at first and I'm not a programmer and even want to be so I want to use min code language , I think with using linux through time I will learn all that I need to use linux without the fancy interface but at first I want to ease into it..learn as I use it
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You would already know this, but would like to point out that you can try Linux without actually installing it. You can download the live CD, and you can just boot your computer with it, and you can try it, and see how it goes. If you like it, you can install it.

Linux Mint is quite a good distro for both newbie and advanced user. So, I think it's a good distro to start with.

If you want a small sized Linux distro to try out, then you can give Puppy Linux a try.

Don't expect Linux to be like Windows though... it's different. So, you may find problems looking for certain things, or how to do them... like even change wallpaper, install software. So, if you come across problems, or have queries, you can start a thread for your queries for the Linux distro that you are trying.

Take it easy, and take it slow .
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Old 26. Jan 2014, 01:10 AM   #8 (permalink)
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I got ubuntu to load on a new partition I made... Looks great and loads everything fast... Chrome works faster and with sync'ing it my account all my ext work.. I had to move some files to a external HDD so I could use them.. but overall pretty easy to use.. My wireless worked right off the bat which is good ..
What I find weird is that of all the app's that I can get through them there is very little in PC cleaning..registry cleaners etc.., You know all that Tool-wiz type stuff.. I did load this a couple of days ago on a 10gig partition but ran out of space quickly..tried to enlarge it and then it wouldn't boot up..had to start over
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You, and others, may also find this resource useful. It lists distros in order of popularity (their data) and provides links to the home pages plus other information.

http://distrowatch.com/
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What I find weird is that of all the app's that I can get through them there is very little in PC cleaning..registry cleaners etc.., You know all that Tool-wiz type stuff.
Although this article is quite old now, it is still relevant. Please read through the comments under it to gain a full insight into this issue.

http://bleachbit.blogspot.com.br/200...aner-myth.html
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