1. Welcome to TechPowerUp Forums, Guest! Please check out our forum guidelines for info related to our community.

what is best linux for newbie?

Discussion in 'Linux / BSD / Mac OS X' started by micropage7, Dec 18, 2010.

  1. micropage7

    micropage7

    Joined:
    Mar 26, 2010
    Messages:
    5,587 (3.53/day)
    Thanks Received:
    1,282
    Location:
    Jakarta, Indonesia
    several days ago my friend ask me about whats best linux for newbie, because theres alot of distro out there would you suggest distro that suitable for newbie and has nice features on it :rolleyes:
  2. Chevalr1c

    Chevalr1c

    Joined:
    Sep 3, 2010
    Messages:
    3,143 (2.21/day)
    Thanks Received:
    1,346
    Ubuntu 10.10, no other is more suitable for him. One of the best language support, easy to install, leightweight (okay, Pup[py etc,. are lighter but not so elaborate in possibillities and usually less easy for newbies) and a decent set of applications. And I like it that with 10.10, you can do things like setting the clock during the copying of the files to the HDD (unlike for example Windows, were you have to wait until everything is copied to the HDD until you can do the time settings etc.).
    Crunching for Team TPU
  3. mlee49

    mlee49

    Joined:
    Dec 27, 2007
    Messages:
    8,475 (3.53/day)
    Thanks Received:
    2,103
    Ubuntu is aimed at early Linux users. It is simple and easy to install and tons of built in support for wifi, graphics, and sound. Cant go wrong with that.

    Theres plenty of others to offer as well, Fedora has been a staple in the Linux world. Also may want to check out Mint. :)

    If you havn't checked out DistroWatch please do:
    http://distrowatch.com/
  4. Kreij

    Kreij Senior Monkey Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Feb 6, 2007
    Messages:
    13,881 (5.09/day)
    Thanks Received:
    5,615
    Location:
    Cheeseland (Wisconsin, USA)
    The one with the least documentation and that requires you to do everything manually.
    If he ever manages to get !@#$ thing up and running, and everything in the system working, he will no longer have to think of himself as a newb.
  5. Soylent Joe

    Soylent Joe New Member

    Joined:
    May 27, 2009
    Messages:
    3,408 (1.81/day)
    Thanks Received:
    680
    Location:
    Brunswick, GA
    So, Gentoo.
    Solaris17 says thanks.
  6. micropage7

    micropage7

    Joined:
    Mar 26, 2010
    Messages:
    5,587 (3.53/day)
    Thanks Received:
    1,282
    Location:
    Jakarta, Indonesia
    yeah i think about suggesting ubuntu too, but after look at the distrowatch it looks mint is promising too, based from ubuntu
    thank you for the info
  7. Easy Rhino

    Easy Rhino Linux Advocate

    Joined:
    Nov 13, 2006
    Messages:
    13,390 (4.76/day)
    Thanks Received:
    3,223
    Mint is Ubuntu with all of the media codecs and what not preinstalled. so it definitely saves time and aspirin.
  8. Frick

    Frick Fishfaced Nincompoop

    Joined:
    Feb 27, 2006
    Messages:
    10,405 (3.39/day)
    Thanks Received:
    2,097
    This is actually a great way to learn it. I started with Xubuntu but soon I found myself messing around with OpenGL and GTK libraries which caused the desktop environment to crash and I reinstalled everything from source code. :roll:

    This was some years ago though, so I've forgotten much about it. :(

    But seriously, this is a good way to do it. You learn A LOT, things you always can use as Windows/OSX users as well. And you also learn a lot about how computers and operating systems in general actually works.
  9. Chevalr1c

    Chevalr1c

    Joined:
    Sep 3, 2010
    Messages:
    3,143 (2.21/day)
    Thanks Received:
    1,346
    Meh, I only install restricted extras and VLC. Pointless to fill your system with countless Gstreamer/Xine codecs.
    Crunching for Team TPU
  10. Solaris17

    Solaris17 Creator Solaris Utility DVD

    Joined:
    Aug 16, 2005
    Messages:
    17,068 (5.23/day)
    Thanks Received:
    3,502
    Location:
    Florida
    yup gentoo would fit that bill
  11. Chevalr1c

    Chevalr1c

    Joined:
    Sep 3, 2010
    Messages:
    3,143 (2.21/day)
    Thanks Received:
    1,346
    TBH I am actually trying it (i.e. Gentoo) on my "practice pc" (my dad's old 1st gen P4). Though once selecting Gentoo in the GRUB menu I get an error, of which I forgot what it exactly was as I have been doing too much other stuff for the last 2 monhs. With the holidays starting soon I will probably take a look at it (plenty time to picjk it up again), so probably I will soon post a topic about it here (including what the error says to me and of course my fstab, grub.conf and whatever else that might be useful for finding the solution).
    Crunching for Team TPU
  12. Easy Rhino

    Easy Rhino Linux Advocate

    Joined:
    Nov 13, 2006
    Messages:
    13,390 (4.76/day)
    Thanks Received:
    3,223
    if you really want to learn unix file structure then download the barebones FreeBSD and install everything from scratch from source. that is how i initially learned my way around both BSD and Linux.
  13. ShiBDiB

    ShiBDiB

    Joined:
    Jul 21, 2008
    Messages:
    4,066 (1.85/day)
    Thanks Received:
    755
    Location:
    Clifton Park, NY
    jus had flashbacks to my CS100 class....
  14. Mohegan New Member

    Joined:
    Jan 22, 2011
    Messages:
    2 (0.00/day)
    Thanks Received:
    0
    I would recommend Linux Mint based on Ubuntu - has some nice programs right away.. secondarily Unbuntu 10.10
  15. danny0085 New Member

    Joined:
    Jan 26, 2011
    Messages:
    1 (0.00/day)
    Thanks Received:
    0
    Best distro

    No doubt that the best distribution is linux ubuntu. Specially for new linux users
  16. hardcore_gamer

    hardcore_gamer

    Joined:
    Jan 25, 2011
    Messages:
    378 (0.30/day)
    Thanks Received:
    167
    Location:
    Fabry Perot cavity,AlGaAs-GaAs Heterojunction

    I agree.Install ubuntu and then the restricted extras of your choice;)
  17. T3RM1N4L D0GM4

    T3RM1N4L D0GM4

    Joined:
    Apr 13, 2009
    Messages:
    186 (0.10/day)
    Thanks Received:
    38
    My opinion:
    - Ubuntu
    - Mint
    - Opensuse

    But if you (or your friend) want a deep linux/unix knowledge you can try BSD, as suggested by Easy Rhino, or Slackware linux , my suggestion.
    Btw you can ALWAYS compile and install all the software you need from source code and shell/terminal with ALL distros suggested, without all the one-click-GUI.

    My 2 cents
  18. alexsubri

    alexsubri New Member

    Joined:
    Feb 7, 2010
    Messages:
    1,391 (0.85/day)
    Thanks Received:
    199
    - Ubuntu
    - Fedora
    - Mint

    'nuff said :rockout:

    edit: go here and see what best fits your needs

    I haven't used Linux in about a year! all this talk is making me download ubuntu again :)
    Last edited: Feb 4, 2011
  19. francis511

    francis511

    Joined:
    Oct 16, 2006
    Messages:
    2,547 (0.90/day)
    Thanks Received:
    271
    Location:
    N.Ireland
  20. Mohegan New Member

    Joined:
    Jan 22, 2011
    Messages:
    2 (0.00/day)
    Thanks Received:
    0
    Ubuntu for sure!!
  21. brandonwh64

    brandonwh64 Addicted to Bacon and StarCrunches!!!

    Joined:
    Sep 6, 2009
    Messages:
    18,447 (10.35/day)
    Thanks Received:
    5,996
    Location:
    Chatsworth, GA
    If you a windows user then linux mint is something you may consider due to it looking like a version of windows and pretty easy to use
    Crunching for Team TPU
  22. RejZoR

    RejZoR

    Joined:
    Oct 2, 2004
    Messages:
    4,435 (1.24/day)
    Thanks Received:
    873
    Location:
    Europe/Slovenia
    I'd say the best bet is Ubuntu. Many will disagree but it works great out of the box, it's probably the most common Linux distro and also has great support in general.

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guest)

Share This Page