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Need a good first time user linux

By Lusha · 7 replies
May 11, 2013
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  1. Hey guys.
    So I am trying to get my feet wet with Linux. However, I have had bad luck with sabayan (I was told it was a good one for first time users, however after the instilation or what said to be a gnome version I got a black screen. So I tried another version and I am stuck in the command line only sort of thing. I cant get any where with it. )

    So getting to the point. I am going to try DSL, but I want to know your guys' suggestions.

    What I am looking for is sort of a plug and play type. Meaning I wont have to fight with command lines just to attempt to get a graphical interface. I want it so I just install and boom desktop.

    Prefferably something lower on the required experience level. (nothing "bleeding edge" - which I am assuming means it really advanced tools.

    Something smaller on resources. I switched to linux because windows took up way too many resources.

    So I guess throw me your distros XD

    Oh and if it has an FTP sort of download page, Tell me which link I need to use... I always feel like im gonna grab the wrong link, or not all of what I need....
  2. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 10,432   +801

    You can try Knoppix and buy the CD or download and burn one.

    A major advantage is booting from a CD will give you Linux GUI w/o an install to your HD - - try before you install :)
  3. mike1959

    mike1959 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,031   +53

    Hi , I have run the 'Mint' distro for the last couple of years on my spare pc.
    It's similar to XP in look and start menu, and does install with many programs you would actually use, e.g. Firefox.
    These distros set up to your pc's hardware as they install, correct drivers, screen res etc, so not much to worry about there.
    To see them running, look on Youtube for Linux Mint reviews, there are many to choose from.
    Otherwise Ubuntu 11 or 12 are very stable and reliable, both these are good to use on slightly older pc's too, which is why I do that.
    I get my software from the cover DVD's on the Linux magazines, not free but worth the cost.
  4. Lusha

    Lusha TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Im looking for some thing open source and free, another reason im switching to linux. Ill look into knoppix and see if I can just do a usb drive.
  5. mike1959

    mike1959 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,031   +53

    Hi Lusha, You will need the free program 'Unetbootin' to make a bootable USB version of your Linux distro.
    I install mine by running the Linux DVD, as 'Live', then when it gets to the desktop, there is an icon to click, which starts the install to your hard drive.
    I don't install mine as a dual boot with Windows, I fitted a spare hard drive, (about 20GB) to try it out, it works well.
    The Linux magazines are about £5 and you are getting the complete working operating system on DVD, sometimes more than one, that's good value, I think.
    To download Linux, it will be about 700MB, that's a lot of downloading, I would rather buy the magazine with DVD, I buy about 2 in a year.
  6. Lusha

    Lusha TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Mike I am currently using unetbootin, I was looking for distro reccomendations. Please dont message me right now, I am very stressed. my cat got out and shes my baby girl .
  7. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,729   +409

    ^ is one of the oddest (non spam) things I've seen publicly posted on TS in all my years here.

    If you are referring to an email notification you got, that is because you had the box checked to receive email notifications when someone replies. Otherwise maybe mike just has a thing for Lushas and was sending you private messages.
  8. tragicallyhip

    tragicallyhip TS Booster Posts: 90   +12

    Zorin OS 6 is easy on resources, and easy on the brain too. It comes ready to use including 3 desktop environments for you to choose from, Windows7,XP,or Gnome2.


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