Getting Started with Linux

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  1. tlsmack

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    What is a good distro for a linux newb?? Something free I can install from a usb drive. I am looking for an all purpose daily use version, mostly web browsing, MS office type stuff. Hopefully good audio and good driver support.

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    First timers, stick with Ubuntu. After that choose your flavor.
    For Linux, there is Libreoffice which is the "MS Office" of Linux. You can do documents, excel stuff, etc. Just not the exact same thing.

    I've been using it for over 10 years for email, documents, editing, PDFs, Youtube, etc.


    ....am using it right now :)
     
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    I like OpenSuse. It does require some partitioning knowledge, but will do a default install. Ubuntu is very popular. I keep a DVD version of Knoppix around in case I need to do a quick hard drive recovery following a system crash.

    Here are the various flavors:

    https://www.linux.org/pages/download/

    You might want to play with CgyWin under windows if you are new to Linux and you just want to play with command line stuff. It is actually a great add-on to windows as you can run awk and bash scripts in windows.
     
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    Ubuntu a few years back made a play for phones and changed their interface quite a lot. Some like it, some don't, a lot of controversy.
    There is a related to ubuntu offering called Lubuntu that is good plus lightweight.

    Lately I'd suggest grabbing MXLinux. It has updated wifi and laser printer drivers.
    https://mxlinux.org/


    Here are the major flavors.
    https://distrowatch.com/dwres.php?resource=major


    If you want to go a little more music and art oriented...
    ubuntustudio.org


    If you want to 'try before you switch' ... you can install these programs on Windows native.
    firefox web browser
    libreoffice office pack
    gimp photo editor like photoshop
    inkscape is like indesign
    audacity recording system (there are hundreds of plugins)


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    I always carry Knoppix on a usb stick on my keyring, I have for years, just in case.
     
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    Ubuntu

    or

    LinuxMint
     
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    +1 for Mint
     
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    I've been using Linux since the late 90's. I always recommend Mint as being the best "out of the box" setup, especially if you just want things to work without messing with configs and installing extra stuff.
     
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    I've been using Linux since the mid 90's. Around 98/99 I switched from Slakware to SuSE and have been using it since.

    In the usual case of recommending what you own/use, SuSE. In terms of just plain using it, Ubuntu or Ubuntu Studio. I've tried both on virtual machines, and they seem nice.

    Download a few, try them on USB sticks, see which you like. Read their forum posts to gauge how issues are resolved, and how newbies are treated.
     
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    Another vote for MX Linux.

    If you want to try Linux out, Knoppix boots from DVD.
    This too.
     
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    Mint Cinnamon. Very easy to use and adapt to.
     
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    +2 for Mint Cinnamon.
     
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    Linux Mint (Cinnamon). Absolutely!
     
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    A few months ago I installed Ubuntu from a USB drive onto a new laptop w/ some kind of Windows installed on it by following just one or two simple walk-throughs and without even the complication of the disk partitioning steps I remember finding intimidating last time (6-ish years ago). Further, I didn't feel the need to do the "so you've just installed Ubuntu, now let's optimize it" thing. Everything was tidy and ran fine right out of the box.

    This isn't an endorsement of Ubuntu vs other flavors of GNU/linux, but just to give a sense of how easy it was for a pretty ignorant user, me. Since 2006! :lol:
     
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    I use Linux Mint Mate. Mint Cinnamon is more popular, but Mate runs on more systems without problems. You can download a bootable disk to see how well it works on your system before you install it. LibreOffice does everything that MSOffice does. Firefox and Chrome run in Linux Mint. I run Reaper, and my Steinberg UR44 works fine. It's all very cool.
     
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    Mint or Ubuntu
     
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    Late to the party, but like others who have said: Mint or Ubuntu. I would suggest in that order, but I guess my question to tlsmack is: "what are you looking to do with it? What interests you in Linux?"

    This could change the answer.

    As another person who has been using UNIX and Linux since the mid-90s, I default to saying "it's all different, but all the same too" :)
     
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