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  1. #11
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    Re: Best distro for beginners

    Another excellent one would be Zorin 6 (currently in RC and will be final released in the next week or two)...The RC is only available in 32 bit but final will be 32/64 bits...If you like it, wait for final to make the install...

    The menu has a windows 7 look so that will make someone coming from windows feel more comfortable...it's ubuntu 12.04 underneath with some nice tweaking, extra polish and some neat compiz effects...and all codecs installed (just like mint)...

    For the more experienced Linux user, the style of the menu can be changed to a non window-sy look

    *Note: RC link can be located in their website's "blog" section...
    In fact...they call it the "Gateway to Linux For Windows Users" (however, i am a linux old timer and like it very much)....
    http://www.zorin-os.com/
    Last edited by craig10x; June 10th, 2012 at 03:35 AM.

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    Re: Best distro for beginners

    Id go with Kubuntu. Even there are lots of confusing configuration options, you could easily use default Kubuntu and not even know that they exist.

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    Re: Best distro for beginners

    Even though ubuntu is pretty good, I would recommend:
    http://luninuxos.com/

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    Re: Best distro for beginners

    I personally think Ubuntu + gnome-shell (apt-get install gnome-shell) is a great choice for newbies. You only need to teach them the single super key, or mouse hotspot. Just press super, or put your mouse on the top left hotspot, to do all your app, window, and desktop selection. Too easy.

    Saying that, I am a linux power user and I think I also slightly prefer gnome shell over Unity (and certainly over KDE and the others).

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    Re: Best distro for beginners

    Xubuntu or Linux Mint Mate or Cinnamon.

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    Re: Best distro for beginners

    If you ask 30 different people, you will have 30 different answers, and lots of them will be very exotic. Our personal preferences don't matter. Don't send them to some niche distro with some obscure DE. Give them what is used the most and they should be fine.

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    Re: Best distro for beginners

    fire up some live sessions and let them decide

    show them the de, package manager/software center, file manager, etc. and see what they like the best

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    Re: Best distro for beginners

    Quote Originally Posted by whatthefunk View Post
    Id go with Kubuntu. Even there are lots of confusing configuration options, you could easily use default Kubuntu and not even know that they exist.
    Exactly. The options are there if you want to use them otherwise you don't even need to know they're there.

    Kubuntu is straightforward and intuitive especially to those who've used other OSes before.

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    Re: Best distro for beginners

    I would say ubuntu 10.04.4 is the best choice. Pretty stable, still have an year of support.

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    Re: Best distro for beginners

    Ubuntu with gnome fall back. Unity is not user friendly for a beginner
    Bill and so it goes

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