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#1 GB2064

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Posted 31 July 2013 - 09:45 PM

Best Linux Distributions.

http://www.makeuseof...x-distributions



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Posted 03 August 2013 - 01:40 PM

Needs updated though.  Backtrack has been replaced with Kali Linux.


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#3 moon

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Posted 29 May 2017 - 08:07 PM

What version of Linux is suggested for seniors that has never used anything but windows OS's ??



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Posted 30 May 2017 - 08:21 AM

I think the answer to that is what you want from your computer and your OS.  I put down Ubuntu at home and run it alongside Windows 10, and by and large am comfortable with it.

That said, I've heard that Linux Mint is the one to go for if you're transitioning from Windows and don't want much of a learning curve.

 

A quick Google search has turned up the following articles:

http://www.makeuseof...rs-windows-mac/

https://www.tecmint....-windows-users/

 

Worth checking the hardware requirements as well - if your PC will run Windows Vista (OK, unpopular and no longer supported but compared to other versions of Windows it was a real resource hog which is why I'm using that as my example) then you should be fine with most Linux distros.  Otherwise, check the system requirements prior to installing, or run as a live CD to begin with and see how you get along with it.

 

Update: Zorin OS may be the way to go.  Looks like it might be worth putting that down when I get a mo and playing with it...  System requirements are quite light as well.


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#5 moon

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Posted 05 June 2017 - 01:53 PM

Thanks for the info..........



#6 moon

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Posted 30 July 2017 - 09:07 PM

Can someone please explain of these DL's to start with..... very confusing right now.



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Posted 30 July 2017 - 09:09 PM

Sorry !!

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Posted 08 August 2017 - 02:14 PM

Hi Moon,

With Linux Mint (as with any version of Linux really), you have two components:
1) The Linux kernel
2) The Desktop Environment, or DE.

What you are seeing here is Linux Mint (which is the flavour of Linux you're investigating) and this will be the same for all four versions.
The Cinnamon / MATE (pronounced MAH-tay) / Xfce and KDE are the desktop environments. These give you the look and feel of your Linux distro.

Have a look at these links, they give a bit more info in each case:
Cinnamon - https://en.wikipedia...amon_(software)
MATE - http://mate-desktop.org/
Xfce - https://xfce.org/
KDE - https://en.wikipedia...p_Environment_1

The standard applications bundled with the Linux of your choice is dependent mostly on the desktop environment you go for. You may (will) also find that the system requirements will be different for each desktop environment (DE) - check them against your system you're intending to install on first so you don't end up with a system that runs like an old dog with three broken legs.

You can have these (as well as other) desktop environments with different flavours of Linux.

Mint, like many other Linux distros, is based on a distro called Debian. If you install more than one Linux and they are all Debian-based, you'll notice a similarity with the commands you give it when using the command line (terminal) window.

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Posted 11 August 2017 - 03:26 AM

Thanks Angoid.



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Posted 11 August 2017 - 01:29 PM

On Linux forums, you often see "Which distro should I use?" type threads - they are very common.  There is no hard and fast answer to this except to consider things such as the following:

 

1) Do I want something that looks and feels like Windows?

2) What hardware specifications do I need to work within?  Most PCs that run a modern-ish version of Windows will usually handle Linux very capably, but there are some distros aimed at lower spec PCs and others which might require a fairly beefy system to run adequately (especially under load).

3) Consider dual-booting - they all do this, but if you do then remember that Windows must always be installed before Linux.

4) What do you want the system for?  Web browsing, video editing, etc etc?  If gaming, then Windows is usually better for this.

 

There are many considerations, but with dual-booting you can't go wrong as you'll always have your Windows installation running, you will have paid for it (in one way or another) and Linux plays nicely with Windows in the main when it comes to booting.


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#11 moon

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Posted 12 August 2017 - 01:47 PM

1) Do I want something that looks and feels like Windows? YES, and easy to learn

 

2) What hardware specifications do I need to work within?  NO Issues

 

3) Consider dual-booting - they all do this, Probably will

 

4) What do you want the system for?  Web browsing, video editing, etc etc?  If gaming, then Windows is usually better for this. NO Gaming

 

I think he's just tired of MS.