@JamesMcK I've seen several people successfully convert from windows and they've all been using Linux Mint as their first distro. It's a very nice desktop experience.
@KaasKop hahaha I'm sure that'd be entertaining to watch at least, although I don't think it would go that well
@fuomag9 While I really like arch myself (was using endeavor for a good bit, now just vanilla arch), I still don't feel like it's a good choice for a beginner unfortunately
@JamesMcK that's why I suggested both arch and popos (depending on how the beginner is prone to learning/etc)
@JamesMcK For desktop environment, I would say Plasma Desktop have the most user familiarity for them coming from Windows.
@JamesMcK Linux Mint feels like one of few actual realistic choices.
People seems to be recommending all kinds of weird alternatives like Arch, Fedora, PopOS and so on. They're everything but beginner friendly.
@JamesMcK When I see this question come up, I often suggest Ubuntu Mate...one reason is because it can be made to easily look like Windows (or MacOS, etc.). My 2nd choice for folks is Xubuntu, and 3rd choice is Fedora with KDE. But as others have stated there many "first time/starter distros" out there. I hope this helps!
@mxu I hadn't even considered Ubuntu Mate before, thanks! I suspect they'll probably end up leaning towards something like Fedora with KDE, but I'll have to see.
@JamesMcK It's very hard to go wrong with Ubuntu. Mint is a good choice, but harder to keep up to date. Avoid Gentoo, Arch, CentOS, Fedora etc, not really for beginners.
@kauer I'm well aware that they should be avoiding anything like gentoo, but what's wrong with fedora? I've never properly tried it out myself, so I don't know what issues it has
@kauer @JamesMcK I totally disagree. Fedora can be VERY beginner friendly. It has industry leading defaults, simple UI and app names (due to gnome) and you don’t have to touch the cli if you don’t want to (because of the software store). Sure, not all of these features are fedora specific… But fedora packages it together really well (and looks nice too… They might jump back to windows if the UI doesn’t look modern)
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