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#1 rezpirate

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Posted 23 August 2015 - 06:39 PM

I recently read an article that said Linux is fairly easy to learn, one called Tails, so I'm currently downloading that...never tried anything but Windows, but I thought I'd give it a shot.



#2 Padme

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Posted 23 August 2015 - 06:42 PM

I use a Mac but unless you want to enter a world of pain I would avoid it



#3 rezpirate

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Posted 23 August 2015 - 06:49 PM

I have an Aspire pc, I've never had a mac, although I've read those are better for artists, I do like playing with photoshop



#4 Turnip

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Posted 23 August 2015 - 06:50 PM

I've never heard of that Tails distro before, but I always see people say Mint is the best beginner's Linux distro that isn't Ubuntu :0 One of these days I'll get off my lazy ass and try it out lmao

 

Elementary OS looks pretty nice too ^^



#5 rezpirate

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Posted 23 August 2015 - 07:16 PM

I'll have a look at those too, I just wanna try something new that's not complicated, I'm looking at the Linux tails on Youtube, then I'll have a look at Mint. It's kinda scary for me to try something totally different like this...I'm the kind of person that didn't buy CD's for yearrsss after they came out! :)


Thank for your input, I am going to watch tv now, have a good night!



#6 koutei

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Posted 23 August 2015 - 07:37 PM

To be honest, I've never heard of Tails either. Based on its Wikipedia article, it's a pretty security/anonymity-based distro, so I'm not sure how beginner-friendly it actually is...

 

Generally the most popular Linux distros for beginners tend to be those that are the most popular/developed on in general, namely Ubuntu (or a variant like Kubuntu or Xubuntu), Fedora, Debian, or Mint. Ubuntu and Mint are usually the top choices for completely new Linux users.



#7 GumCuzzler

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Posted 24 August 2015 - 12:26 AM

Ubuntu was the first linux distro I tried and I was impressed by how user friendly it was. Probably a good place to start.



#8 Grumpy

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Posted 25 August 2015 - 04:22 PM

Adding vote for Ubuntu Linux.  It was very user friendly for me!



#9 ortin

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Posted 25 August 2015 - 05:58 PM

Tails is an operating system focused on anonymity and privacy. It defaults on using Tor for web browsing, and it's supposed to keep all of your data extremely safe. Probably not a very user-friendly operating system to start off :p



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Posted 27 August 2015 - 01:19 PM

Ubuntu is nice and easy to get used to. Have you tried Windows 10? It runs very smoothly, if you haven't you should give it a shot :)



#11 Hellfish

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Posted 29 August 2015 - 09:37 PM

Kubuntu, Ubuntu and Lubuntu are all Linux based, and focused for newer Linux users. They are all free, and very easy to setup and install.

In my personal opinion, Ubuntu is the nicest, and most stable.



#12 redlion

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Posted 30 August 2015 - 11:24 AM

Yep, Ubuntu was what I went with. It kinda eases the transition between solely using GUI to some CMD commands and exploration. It's a very gentle reminder that you can do more on a computer with your keyboard than your mouse. When I bought my mac book, I was already familiar with a lot of the essential commands because OS X is unix-based as well. Not that you really need to know any terminal commands for OS X.

Anyway, yeah Ubuntu is going to be easier to learn than Tails. Tails is really if you're trying to enter the pirate world. And if you're trying to do that without learning about unix/linux systems first, well... I wouldn't bet on your success.

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Posted 30 August 2015 - 12:22 PM

Puppy linux was the first i ever used on a really old ass computer. Other than that i'd say Ubuntu or CentOS seem fairly good to give them a try  :)  I like Centos better because it's the one i always use on my vps/dedi hosts



#14 HeavenlyRhino

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Posted 30 August 2015 - 02:39 PM

Ubuntu all the way. Partition part of your drive as to not completely commit regardless of what you choose.



#15 Stephen

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Posted 01 September 2015 - 10:21 PM

If you are serious about giving Linux a shot and you are even slightly computer savvy, I would really recommend avoiding Ubuntu, any of its derivatives and probably even Debian entirely.

 

Ubuntu is the Windows of the Linux world, and they have their own quirky way of doing things. Ubuntu may be one of the more 'supported' platforms for software, but if you ever run into issues on Ubuntu you are usually left high and dry, as the majority of Ubuntu users don't actually understand anything about how anything works, and the support and documentation for Ubuntu is really all over the place.

 

On top of that, Unity (the graphical shell for Ubuntu) is really quite horrible. It is slow, counterintuitve to use and overall just ugly. Yes, you can change this, but if you're going to go to this effort -- why not just avoid it entirely, install a clean operating system and then choose your own Desktop environment? :)

 

I would highly suggest you consider having a play with Arch Linux

 

YES, at face value it is more complicated.

Despite the initial 'complexity', NO, it's not harder to use.

 

Installing and using Arch Linux will teach you more about how things work, and the community is typically very knowledgeable and willing to help you with your problems! At the end of the day, you will not only understand how to turn your computer on and browse the web, you will also learn basic security principles, how to compile and install software packages, and how to manage your own system.

 

Arch Linux is highly customizable, and a barebones installation of Arch Linux actually doesn't come with an interface at all. It is your choice to install an interface and there is detailed documentation explaining exactly how to do it.

 

Definitely give it a shot if you feel up to it, having such a noninvasive operating system that gives you the power of choice is fascinating and it's really gratifying experience learning and configuring it to be exactly how you want.



#16 rezpirate

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Posted 29 September 2015 - 03:32 AM

Well I dl tails and I couldn't even get it to hook up to the internet....so there goes that one.


will have a look at ubuntu and arch linux online before i download this time, to look at what documentation is out there, til then i'm getting windows 10 for the laptop, need a change from windows 7



#17 Jakerz

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Posted 29 September 2015 - 04:53 AM

I bought a mac a few years ago and I'd never go back to windows. I love it. I used linux before I switched and didn't mind it either. Still like mac the best though!



#18 Valorous

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Posted 27 October 2015 - 04:34 PM

Tails is not a desktop environment.



#19 rsxvps

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Posted 08 December 2015 - 01:04 PM

I recently read an article that said Linux is fairly easy to learn, one called Tails, so I'm currently downloading that...never tried anything but Windows, but I thought I'd give it a shot.

 

 

The ONLY reason to use Tails is to hide what you are doing...   If you want to try Linux,   get   Ubuntu  (newest version with the GUI).. It looks and behaves almost exactly like Windows -  Just lighter and open source.

 

 

I will second Valorous that tails is most certainly NOT a DE....   Google Tor,  Darknet and what people use Tails for ;).



#20 DregsandDregs

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Posted 07 January 2016 - 10:00 AM

If you are serious about giving Linux a shot and you are even slightly computer savvy, I would really recommend avoiding Ubuntu, any of its derivatives and probably even Debian entirely.

 

Ubuntu is the Windows of the Linux world

 

Having been on Ubuntu for a year I have to agree.  It's very easy to use, but I haven't learned much from using it.  From your recommendation I'm actually considering an Arch partition.  However, Bash gives me a headache, and Ubuntu is so easy. >.>




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