I've noticed that a lot of people on here rock some flavor of linux. I'm curious to hear what distro people prefer, what distro you would recommend for a beginner, and if you load into a vm, dual boot or have completely replaced your origianl os

· · SubwayTooter · 38 · 6 · 12

@sondering67 My daily driver is Linux only, I have one dual boot for gaming/work and one workstation for music production that only has Windows.

My current distro of choice is debian server with a manual addition of X and i3wm. However, I'm very close to ready to give guix a go and hope one day it may become my standard.

I would recommend Ubuntu for a beginner, then highly encourage them to branch out once they're comfortable.

@nebunez @sondering67 2nd the rec for Ubuntu (actually, Kubuntu).

Don't trouble yourself with tackling Linux + i3 + Guix at the same time now. Just focus on Linux being right for you.

Nix & nixos is similar & I think the guix package manager was based off nix. Been looking at both today. Intrigued by guix microkernel (Hurd) being developed

@sondering67 I don't use windows on my personal computers for more than 10-15 years. All in all I must have about some 18 years on Linux.

If you want to learn it, use it. All day. Every minute of it.

@sondering67 I still remember buying a MacBook and installing Linux, then changing gnome to look just like MacOS.

@aqueleviniciusmedina I've played around briefly with ubuntu in the past, but gnome is pretty resource hungry isnt it?

My home PC has been running Ubuntu for the past 12 years. I had a dual boot with WinXP then Win7 up until 2016 I think, I deleted it because I would only boot it maybe twice a year, shudder, and reboot Linux in a matter of seconds. 😉

I was a great fan of Unity (I know, I was in the minority) because at least, Canonical was trying something different. I've been using GNOME Shell since.

I've thought of switching to Debian, but Ubuntu has served me well so far.

@sondering67 my MacBook is Manjaro, my desktop is Windows. They are both fairly compartmentalized in their functions, which helps I suppose. I can’t really see myself making my desktop Linux since it’s only used for one thing really, sort of two. My laptop is for everything else.

For someone who is new, as bad as some might see this, I’d suggest going with any of the big flavours: Debian, Arch etc and any of their variants (Ubuntu, Manjaro). Should be easy enough to find help.

@sondering67 I'm using Ubuntu Mate, and I don't dual boot or use a VM (unless I'm experimenting with another distro for some reason).

@sondering67 I guess Ubuntu will be easier to install. Imho, it's critical to be sure your hardware is fully supported in Linux first. Maybe better ways, but one is to boot to live Ubuntu off a usb first and check it out.

@sondering67 Been Linux exclusively on the desktop for about 15 years. My current recommendation for those leaving Windows is Mint with Cinnamon.

@sondering67 On my last laptop, I used Windows for all of three days before wiping it in favour of Arch. On the PC I finished a little while ago, I didn't even bother with Windows until one of the games I really wanted to play was completely broken in Proton. I only boot into Windows every few weeks for 2-3 games and use Linux for literally everything else.

For a beginner, it really depends on the individual but Linux Mint, Ubuntu, ElementaryOS, and Manjaro are generally good options imo


Fedora only for 3 years now, before that dual-booted mint sometimes

For begginers I recommend to hear out this DLN episode:

Dual-booting, for various work and game stuff.
Kubuntu 20.04 for me! Ubuntu has a great support lifecycle and compatibility with software.

I prefeer Arch. the distro for new users depends on the user. Ubuntu, Mint, Pop OS, etc. are all great for someone who just wants a computer to work. If the user wants to get 'good' at linux i'll recomend they dive into Arch to get familar with the shell. No VM's or dual booting for me. I have a work laptop runnin Windows and that's it.

@sondering67 I would recommend fedora or Ubuntu to a beginner.

Both use gnome by default, which is beginner-friendly. Personally, I prefer the default gnome over Ubuntu‘s.

Fedora‘s newer kernel ensures better hardware compatibility (compared to Ununtu) which is a factor if you have very new hardware.

It’s probably easier for a beginner to find resources on Ubuntu if you need help.

Learn about the Arch Wiki, no matter which distro you choose :)

@sondering67 manjaro is my current flavor of choice. For a beginner though I’d recommend Ubuntu or maybe even pop os

@sondering67 I prefer Fedora but I've switched and would recommend a Debian derivative if not Debian itself for a beginner. Pop or Mint seem like great options.

1. Arch Linux.
2. NOT Arch Linux! XD Prefer Manjaro, Ubuntu or Linux Mint instead.
3. Tried first on a VM, then installed on its own HDD since April 2015.

@sondering67 Been using linux since 1998. Started with Red Hat 5.1 Switched to Mandrake a year or so later because I preferred KDE to gnome. Switched to Linux Mint around 2006 after Mandriva fired Gael Duval. Been using Mint ever since - I prefer Mint cinnamon these days. Also use Manjaro for it's speed on old/slow hardware. But my day to day has been Linux Mint for 14 years - don't use Microsoft nor Apple.

@sondering67 How to find the right GNU+Linux Distro for your personal preferences?

Go to Distrowatch, check out the "Charts" on the right...and work your way through the list. 😅

So much to discover. 😇

Ubuntu for is a good choice for starters - installation is straightforward and it has a huge community, so if you'll encounter any problem you will have a greater chance of fixing it.
I like Arch. Although it has a reputation of being hard to install, it also has a great wiki and installation guide. I'd recommend it if you want to spend(waste?) time figuring out stuff like what audio server or network manager you want.
Main pc: windows + wsl + linux on vm, laptop: arch only.

@sondering67 Strongly suggest stock Ubuntu for a beginner. Most of the documentation, installation guides, easy-installers, etcetera etcetera are Ubuntu-centric, and it does put an emphasis on ease of use.
Go for one of the Long-Term support versions: 18-04 is still a good bet. Lots of software will target specifically an LTS version and non-LTS does have its gotchas.

As a total beginner and thanks to my partner who got me in nicely into Linux 10 years ago I am on Ubuntu (Budgie). I think it's great for beginners.
But as you grow and learn your way around, I don't know if it is the best - knowing that it's from Canonical...
I'm on a dual boot (with windows) but I'd like to have only Linux on my future computer.

@sondering67 long time Linux user here. Haven't ran windows/Mac for nearly 20 years. My current daily driver is archlinux, but similar to @nebunez I'm actually working on switching full time to guix.

@sondering67 I'm using Mint. Totally got rid of windows.
Sometimes I boot from USB into Kodachi.

@sondering67 as for reccomending... Mint with their Cinnamon desktop is cool. Kubunto was my fav until they started the SNAP shenanigans. If you don't mind that sort of thing, I would def. recommend Kubuntu.

@sondering67 personally, i'd start with a complete and super user friendly distro like Ubuntu and build my way up (if you're absolutely new, of course).
Try this progression:
Ubuntu --> Debian --> Manjaro --> Arch
(Son --> Father :))
For each go with install/uninstall, tweaks, no DE usage.
Different families, similarities and differences to give context in a working env.
Fire them up into a VM for an initial approach or, if you have at least an HDD to spare, go with bare metal.
PS: Have fun! :)

@sondering67 I'm using and helping to develop Linux. I can recommend it for anyone. It's easy to use, pushing boundaries often and have upstream first philosophy.

@sondering67 @mike I use Archlinux mostly out of habit, but it can get cumbersome at times. For a beginner I’d suggest Ubuntu because it’s easy to get it setup and the defaults are quite sane, plus it’s easy to find answers to most questions online. PopOS is an ok alternative and it’s based on ubuntu. If I was starting from scratch with no previous knowledge, I’d probably go PopOS.

I use what I recommend, beginners or experienced,
And it's replaced the original OS
Sometimes I'll recommend for older machines.

@sondering67 , first get a live version of the distro (maybe liveCD/DVD or liveUSB). Boot into it and see how it works with your hardware and peripherals. IMHO Brother is the most Linux friendly manufacturer for both printers and scanners. Try to get the most of your hardware. There are a lot of Linux compatibility lists or matrices out there. Check them out.

Then make place for a fresh Linux install in your disk. Dual boot is OK. Use the software, enjoy, investigate, hack, get fun...

@sondering67 will be love at first sight.

Then comes world's domination :garfield: :tux:

@sondering67 I use Fedora on a daily basis, no other OS. I do nota recommend ir for beginers, Mint or Zorin are better suited for that.

@sondering67 I like . I have been happy with Ubuntu since 2004 and using the flavored Xubuntu since about 2010.

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