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What version of Linux to try for a beginner?

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2 years 8 months ago #1 by Martin
Following on from Nik's topic on his new project I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions for a nice easy to install and easy to learn version of Linux for me to try? something that runs nicely on modern hardware so doesn't need to be lightweight.

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2 years 8 months ago - 2 years 8 months ago #2 by Nik
Linux Mint Cinnamon

Why?
If you search the net what distribution is recommended for beginners, the answer will be "Ubuntu".
Click me

Mint is based on Ubuntu, but looks better and supports some software-installing features from Debian (one click program installation for*.deb packages).
And (like written in the article under the link above) it's super simple to install additional drivers for your system (others won't do this so easily).
It needs 2 clicks and your password to get there. ;)

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2 years 8 months ago #3 by Martin
Next free day off i have that is my task! Suppose i better throw together a machine for it (more on that later!!)

Will post my thoughts/adventures, thank you!

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2 years 7 months ago #4 by Nik
How's your Linux experience going on, had time to try it yet?

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2 years 7 months ago #5 by Martin
I have not unfortunately. Work has been pretty hectic and not had a day off for a few weeks, need to sort out a machine to use it on... (goes hunting for cheap OptiPlex)... hopefully after the weekend ill get on it. I have got Mint cinnamon downloaded ready to play however

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2 years 7 months ago #6 by SpruceGuy
Replied by SpruceGuy on topic What version of Linux to try for a beginner?
I prefer the terminal version to the GUI as love its simplicity. but that was for a server OS so GUI wasnt high on the requirements list!
I used SME Server as its based on Cent OS and was relatively easy to operate.

As for GUI Linux distros I have tried Linux Mint (Cinnamon) and Elementary OS which is a kinda Mac OSX clone both work well and seem to install easily so either is worth a try to test out Linux.

SME Server 9 & 10 Download:
https://wiki.contribs.org/SME_Server:Download

Linux Mint Download:
https://www.linuxmint.com/download.php

Elementary OS Download:
https://elementary.io/

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2 years 7 months ago #7 by Nik
Dude, Martin is just a beginner.
Don't tell him to use the console, maybe he'll set up a doomsday machine by accident... :lol:

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2 years 7 months ago #8 by Martin
I'm a point and click kinda guy, i have bother clocking in at work with codes never mind a terminal!

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2 years 7 months ago #9 by Nik
:lol: :lol: :lol:

200th post!!! :cheer:

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2 years 7 months ago #10 by Martin
Congrats and thank you! I'm sure SpruceGuy can do a lovely custom sticker for your 1000th!

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2 years 7 months ago - 2 years 7 months ago #11 by Nik
799 more posts to go! :lol:
A bit challenging, but possible. :cheer:

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2 years 7 months ago #12 by SpruceGuy
Replied by SpruceGuy on topic What version of Linux to try for a beginner?
Congrats your doing well with the post :)

Yeah Terminal can be a bit daunting but its raw and you get to understand how it ticks unlike it hiding behind a GUI :) As for his doomsday machine Its ok I kept him off the scent of Kali :)

Have you got your finger out with the linux distro Martin??
Its easy to build a dual boot machine rather than a standalone linux machine :)
But then again im sure you have plenty machines lying about spare somewhere haha :side:

My Dell Laptop is Windows 10 and Kali Linux Dual boot.
My Studio machine is Windows 10, Windows 7 and Mac OSX 10.6.8
Only my Workstation machine and Server is Windows 10 only!

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2 years 7 months ago #13 by Nik
Yeah, Kali Linux is real serious stuff... :lol:

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2 years 7 months ago - 2 years 7 months ago #14 by SpruceGuy
Replied by SpruceGuy on topic What version of Linux to try for a beginner?
Yeah I learned linux via ssh so it was all terminal based so im used to but suppose it can lead to issues using "sudo" excessively and to the detriment of security and stability haha not that I didnt personally experienced this myself with my first linux server - lol haha but that was a long time ago now :)

Kali I use to test networks and vulnerabilities as it comes ready with the tools I need and it is a light weight fast OS.

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2 years 4 months ago #15 by Nik
:lol:
I stumbled over a kali linux vid on youtube...
the guy must be real maniac, he just...ehm-you know what I mean...a randomly choosen company server within seconds. :lol:

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