Most user friendly Linux ?

By thmandan22 ยท 12 replies
Mar 31, 2005
  1. I was wondering what the most user friendly Linux is. Something that resembles Windows, for an (ex)windows users that are not very computer oriented. Thanks for your help. It would be nice if you could explain how to obtain, install these. Win ME is too corrupted on my parents PC's, Do you think it would be to much for them?
  2. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Posts: 5,734   +8

    Well, the GUI is highly similar, but really that would not be my main compatibility concern.

    I would be concerned about hardware compatibility, and how long tech (in terms of UNIX knowledge) it will be to maintain and configure this hardware. As a beginner, it would be better if you could avoid doing any kernel compiles, or something.

    So, I would go with the latest version of Fedora Core (3) or Suse Linux.
  3. Justin

    Justin TS Rookie Posts: 942

    Mandrake, Lycoris and Linspire all cater themselves to new linux users. They are designed to be very easy to install and be more user-friendly out of the box.
  4. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Posts: 5,734   +8

    Yeah, I should have thought of those. Linspire is probably very easy.
  5. thmandan22

    thmandan22 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 59

    but doesnt Linspire cost money. They want 49.99 USD for it. I found a coupon (coupon=lindows) that seemed to give it to me for free. But of course after I bought it (for free) it only had the 4.5 iso for me to download not the 5. I was wondering how much diffrent one of those other free ones would be. Where is the diffrences at between the seemingly endless types of linuxes'?
  6. thmandan22

    thmandan22 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 59

    I am gonna put SuSE on it. It looks pretty good.
  7. blaacksheep

    blaacksheep TS Rookie Posts: 70

    I'm pretty new to Linux, myself. I just put in SuSE Linux 9.2 Pro (which only cost me $10.75) and it's pretty friendly to new users. :)
  8. thmandan22

    thmandan22 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 59

    SuSE has satisfied my needs, its good.
  9. kol_indian

    kol_indian TS Rookie Posts: 316


    Knoppix for the beginer u dont even have to install it it just runs from the cd.
    and red hat or Mandrake for the professional. :angel:
  10. thmandan22

    thmandan22 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 59

    I do prefer Fedora over SuSE. Ubuntu is also nice; Runs well on live cd. Knoppix is sweet too. When I installed ubuntu to hard disk It immediatly lost its apeal to me. It is alot like Fedora in many ways, but it comes with alot less in some areas. Fedora is especially nice becuase you can choose from Xfce, KDE, or Gnome desktop which you can switch between everytime you log/on off. Gnome is the best IMO.
  11. zephead

    zephead TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,569

    i, upon trying fedora when it was available, found numerous stability issues (much to my dismay).
  12. chinner

    chinner TS Rookie

    I have found that Ubuntu is the best Linux distro I have tried. It is free and there is plenty of support for it. Try
  13. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    I don't think that was true over 2 years ago. Which, until your post, was the last time this thread was active. [​IMG]
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