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Old 11. Mar 2010, 03:45 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Suitable linux distro for newbies

I like others have been looking around for a Linux distro. I realize I will have to try a few of them before I settle down with something I like. The million dollar question is where to start? DistroWatch's Top Ten Is a good place to start. Each distro listed has a section with several linked website reviewing that distro. Some can be understood without a Masters Degree in computer science
Kidding aside this remains an important question. Many users will give up after the first try if things don't go well. On the other hand I believe that its up to the person looking for a linux distro to first do some serious reading. There are a ton of Linux websites. For the very beginner Forums are a good source of information but with so may opinions it can get your head spinning. You will have plenty of time to go there and ask questions on how to work through various issue's. Instead start reading reviews of linux distro's that are focused more on transitioning Window's users to Linux.
Pay particular attention to hardware requirements. Although Linux distros often prove to work well on older computers some require more up to date systems.

By doing a simple google search. Linux distros for newbies. I came up with nearly 8 million results. Here are a couple I liked.

5 best linux distros to convert windows users

How to choose the best Linux distro for you

how-to-pick-linux-distro-livecd. (For those that want to test the waters)

What distro does the average user prefer?
Read more:
* DesktopBSD 1.7 10 votes, average: 4.70 out of 510 votes
* Linux Mint 7 (KDE) 18 votes, average: 4.56 out of 518 votes
* Puppy Linux 4.3 15 votes, average: 4.53 out of 515 votes
* Linux Mint 8 24 votes, average: 4.50 out of 524 votes
* Mandriva Linux 2010 (Free) 14 votes, average: 4.43 out of 514 votes,
* Mandriva Linux One 2009.0 (KDE) 5 votes, average: 4.40 out of 55 votes
* Linux Mint 7 (Gnome) 18 votes, average: 4.39 out of 518 votes
* Sidux 2009-02 (KDE) 8 votes, average: 4.38 out of 58 votes
* Fedora 11 (Gnome) 6 votes, average: 4.33 out of 56 votes
* Knoppix 6.0.1 3 votes, average: 4.33 out of 53 votes

Besides test driving Linux distros from a live cd you can also try them from a USB flash drive. That is if your computer has the capability to boot from a flash drive. Some distros will even allow you to save your files and settings.
How-to's can be found here:

I hope this helps


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Old 11. Mar 2010, 11:15 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Some nice links there wdphr. And I agree that reading the top 10 on the DistroWatch is a nice first step in choosing a distro. It helped me get started in the right direction.

I also found nice distro reviews on I like the reviews there more than desktoplinuxreviews. The author on Dedoimedo provides the review in more detail, with more screenshots. The reviews there also helped me a lot.

The tuxradar article was really good. Thanks for that link. It provides users with options based on their needs. Really nice.

With so many distros out there, it is for the user to decide, which one he/she wants to use, based on their requirements, and also PC configuration, which does matter.
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