View Poll Results: Which linux distro for a new user on slightly old hardware?

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  • Ubuntu 10.04

    7 11.11%
  • Ubuntu 12.04

    34 53.97%
  • Linux Mint 12

    7 11.11%
  • Fedora 16

    1 1.59%
  • Other

    14 22.22%
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Thread: Ubuntu choice for new user?

  1. #11
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    Re: Ubuntu choice for new user?

    In general, it's a good idea to wait for the .1 release on LTS *buntus, but I've found 12.04 to be pretty stable for now.

    I'd recommend Xubuntu 12.04 for your friend. Lubuntu will be faster for sure, but Xubuntu is a bit more user-friendly to someone coming from Windows.

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    Re: Ubuntu choice for new user?

    Quote Originally Posted by aysiu View Post
    In general, it's a good idea to wait for the .1 release on LTS *buntus, but I've found 12.04 to be pretty stable for now.

    I'd recommend Xubuntu 12.04 for your friend. Lubuntu will be faster for sure, but Xubuntu is a bit more user-friendly to someone coming from Windows.
    This is a main issue IMO. Being less than 3 years old, unless the friend's notebook has oddball wifi, power management or other hardware, it should work pretty well. A live install should give a good feel for hardware compatibility. If there are no significant hardware problems, new user comfort with the desktop environment comes into the picture. I'm wondering if Cinnamon will be a good choice for those migrating from XP. It seems pretty light, the menus seem logical and installed via ppa on 12.04 it seems pretty stable on my machines.
    Last edited by kurt18947; May 10th, 2012 at 12:32 AM.

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    Re: Ubuntu choice for new user?

    Quote Originally Posted by aysiu View Post
    In general, it's a good idea to wait for the .1 release on LTS *buntus, but I've found 12.04 to be pretty stable for now.

    I'd recommend Xubuntu 12.04 for your friend. Lubuntu will be faster for sure, but Xubuntu is a bit more user-friendly to someone coming from Windows.
    I totally agree but try all flavours of 12.04 before selecting one. A USB stick could be your best friend.

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    Re: Ubuntu choice for new user?

    Quote Originally Posted by sammiev View Post
    I totally agree but try all flavours of 12.04 before selecting one. A USB stick could be your best friend.
    Absolutely!! Also check out Mint though Mint 13 based on 12.04 is not released yet, should be soon. Mint does a better job on live installs having codec and such already installed. I've had mixed results adding drivers, codecs etc. to live installs on USB sticks.

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    Re: Ubuntu choice for new user?

    Mint Debian Xfce edition
    Whoever came up with the phrase "There is no such thing as a stupid question" obviously never had the internet.

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    Re: Ubuntu choice for new user?

    Quote Originally Posted by aysiu View Post
    in general, it's a good idea to wait for the .1 release on lts *buntus, but i've found 12.04 to be pretty stable for now.

    I'd recommend xubuntu 12.04 for your friend. Lubuntu will be faster for sure, but xubuntu is a bit more user-friendly to someone coming from windows.
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    Re: Ubuntu choice for new user?

    Lubuntu will be faster for sure, but Xubuntu is a bit more user-friendly
    It's true for an Installer, not a User.

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    Re: Ubuntu choice for new user?

    Quote Originally Posted by leclerc65 View Post
    It's true for an Installer, not a User.
    I actually mean for a user. Just navigating around menus and using programs, Xfce behaves a little bit more like Windows than LXDE does. It's not a huge adjustment, but it's better to minimize the variables when introducing Linux to a new user.

    In fact, I think it's the opposite: the installation process for Lubuntu is almost exactly the same as for Xubuntu, Kubuntu, or Ubuntu.

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    Re: Ubuntu choice for new user?

    I've installed xubuntu 11.10 for my mum (very much a non-user). To be honest, I'm not sure it's the greatest interface for her. Something like the unity interface would be better (larger icons). The webbrowser/email/shotwell icons are tiny...

    I'm personally thinking of switching to xfce, but unity seems more intuitive for new users. lxde looks like a more traditional win95 layout - why is it less good for a windows user?

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    Re: Ubuntu choice for new user?

    Quote Originally Posted by Paqman View Post
    Wait until 12.04.1 then slap it on. Configure it to install security updates automatically and not to nag about other updates too much. Should be good to go for the next five years with minimal support required from you.

    Use Unity 2D if the machine doesn't have enough smash to run the 3D smoothly.
    Good advice
    Thanks!

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