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Old 04. Sep 2015, 07:20 PM   #1 (permalink)
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One of the things that Linux has always suffered from is too much choice, not only in numbers of distros but in variants of desktops. Over the past few weeks as the true nature of Windows 10 has become evident, more of my circle of contacts have taken an interest in moving to Linux. Great you might think for a Linux advocate like myself but not so in reality as many of them just cannot settle on one particular release. If anyone else reading this falls into the same category my advice is to look at something that by default does not offer too many customizations. This will remove a lot of the frustration of trying to make stuff different that maybe doesn't need to be anyway.

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Deepin
Elementary

Deepin in particular is so different from much else you will have encountered so far (especially regarding system control and software management) but well worth a look. The downside, there is no live version so you'll need to commit to a full install to try it out.

By request I've posted a few screenshots here.
http://www.techsupportalert.com/free...tml#post113956
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One site that that is often useful, is to point them to Distrowatch,
- explain that it shows which Linux O/Ss are the most popular.

They can then make a more informed choice, based on that info.
it's not foolproof, and there are other, similar sites,
& which also give reviews on the various O/Ss,
but it gets them started.

& where they can also read some reviews as well.
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Old 05. Sep 2015, 02:29 PM   #3 (permalink)
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One site that that is often useful, is to point them to Distrowatch,
- explain that it shows which Linux O/Ss are the most popular.

They can then make a more informed choice, based on that info.
it's not foolproof, and there are other, similar sites,
& which also give reviews on the various O/Ss,
but it gets them started.

& where they can also read some reviews as well.
The Distrowatch rankings are based on how many of their links get clicked so you can work out for yourself how popular these might be in real life.

Dedoimedo cuts through most of the chaff to give a no bones spared review.

http://www.dedoimedo.com/
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Yep - that's true about how their links work,
but for someone who knows zilch about the world of Linux,
& so it's merely just a starting point, as one assumes that they will move on from that site.

There are plenty of alternative sites, that do the same job,
but - it's somewhat popular, and so can be a starting point,
in at least finding out about all things Linux.

If they are somewhat reasonable with GoogleFu,
then they can be expected to move elsewhere somewhat rapidly.
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Having been an avid distro hopper for a number of years now - trying to find the Distro that just works, I now have a list I generally advise people to try out.
Top ATM = Peppermint 6
Then in no particular order Blacklab, Makulu, Linux Lite, ChaletOS, Manjaro

I have found that each of these will run equally well on old machines as well as new. They install simply and will give people a good start into Linux. They can all be found on Distrowatch.

I too follow dedoimedo, his no prisoner, no favours approach to reviewing Distros works for me.

There will of course be a number of other Distros out there that work well for you but for beginners, I believe the ones mentioned above can take some of the sting out of learning Linux.

and Peppermint6 is "Fully" UEFI compliant, I have it running on a laptop with Wind 10 and nothing is turned off in UEFI.
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"and Peppermint6 is "Fully" UEFI compliant, I have it running on a laptop with Wind 10 and nothing is turned off in UEFI.".

did you have to turn OFF the secure boot ?.
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Apologies for the delay in the reply. Secure boot is up and running. Peppermint 6 (64bit) is fully compliant.

http://peppermintos.com/2015/09/pepp...port-released/ Read here
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