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Distro Recommendation

Discussion in 'Linux & Open Source' started by Nikumba, Jun 8, 2018.

  1. Nikumba

    Mobster

    Joined: Dec 4, 2002

    Posts: 3,382

    Location: Bourne, Lincs

    Want to install Linux onto a sff pc I have sitting here. Normally I would go for Ubuntu but wondering if anything else out there worth looking at that would fit the bill.
    • General web/youtube stuff
    • Some docker stuff, want to run steam cache and some other bits
    • Retropie
    • Plex
    Cheers

    Kimbie
     
  2. Zefan

    Don

    Joined: Jan 15, 2006

    Posts: 28,482

    Location: Tosche Station

    I'd give Mint a look. More similar to Windows in look and feel than Ubuntu.
     
  3. Nikumba

    Mobster

    Joined: Dec 4, 2002

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    Location: Bourne, Lincs

    Will have a look at Mint, though last time I checked it was a little behind Ubuntu release cycle or are they pretty much on par now?.
     
  4. stopper

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Sep 17, 2010

    Posts: 1,668

    Why would anyone want to install Linux hoping to have a windows like experience? The idea of installing Linux is to get away from Windows.

    Just for general web stuff I would look at ROSA, otherwise Solus or Ubuntu Budgie are the best for a bit of every thing.
     
  5. Hades

    Capodecina

    Joined: Oct 19, 2002

    Posts: 19,756

    Location: Surrey and London

    I'd also suggest Linux Mint (Cinnamon version for better hardware or Mate version for slightly older hardware). I think Mint Cinnamon is a great start for new Linux users because it looks and feels a little like Windows. It let's you learn in a familiar environment. Once you're happy with the basics then you can customise it all you like or install another distro which is less Windows like.

    The next version of Mint is expected to be released by the end of this month and will be based on rhe latest Ubuntu long term release which was released in April.
     
  6. Zefan

    Don

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    There can be many reasons, not all of them involve being less familiar with the UI just for the sake of it. I'm aware that the Windows UI is not by any means favoured by everyone.

    To clarify, when I said Mint is more similar to Windows in look and feel, I meant just that. Not that it was a pro or con, just that it is that way.
     
  7. opethdisciple

    Capodecina

    Joined: May 18, 2010

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    Location: London

    Fedoras on par with Ubuntu if you ask me.
     
  8. stopper

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Sep 17, 2010

    Posts: 1,668

    Fair do's, if you want that thought you should really look at a distro with the Trinity desktop.
     
  9. npinn001

    Gangster

    Joined: May 9, 2012

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    Ubuntu budgie for me, or solus. Budgie is a great desktop and refreshing.
     
  10. Idartalis

    Hitman

    Joined: Feb 3, 2011

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    Location: North Korea

    One of the bigger distros is a safe bet (Ubuntu (and its flavours, Xubuntu, Ubuntu Budgie, etc) Fedora, Debian, Manjaro, Antergos, etc).

    For me, Xubuntu is pretty much my go to option, xfce + Arc dark theme looks great.
     
  11. Cromulent

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    Manjaro is my current favourite distro for development work. The packages are almost as up-to-date as Arch Linux without the massive pain in the bum that it requires to get an Arch Linux system up and running for the first time.

    I'd suggest using the XFCE version of Manjaro. Very fast and easy to use (even when I use it in a virtual machine).
     
  12. npinn001

    Gangster

    Joined: May 9, 2012

    Posts: 103

    This is also a good distro. Pacman is a great when you get used to it.