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I know this question has been asked many times. This is not for me. I'm using Lubuntu and I'm happy with it.
My friend wants to try Linux. I'm thinking about give Linux Mint for her to try.
Any recommend?
Dell Latitude D400 Pentium M with 512MB ram.
post #2 of 10
Lubuntu should work too, especially on that rather low-spec box.
post #3 of 10
Mint or PCLinuxOS are the best for a newbie, as they have great config tools and work very well as an intro.
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Mint is the easiest I think. Any of the *buntus are easy too. If you have odd hardware and don't want to or don't know how to fiddle with drivers/modules then PCLinuxOS is good, but a bit bloated. Opensuse is also quite easy and very windows like I think.

Mint or PCLinuxOS is probably the best bet though.

EDIT: Didn't see system specs. Probably one of the more Minimal mint variants like LXDE,XFCE, or Fluxbox
Edited by cavallino - 6/8/11 at 10:53am
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post #5 of 10
I always recommend the Mint flavors first for people getting their feet wet. People expect things to just work out of the box, and Mint is much more pragmatic.

If she doesn't mind dealing with the Debian stance of DVD codecs and the like...then Ubuntu derivatives are another path...but none of the *buntus tends to be substantially lighter running than the others.
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Sabayon

I even put it on the computer I built for my parents who have never used a computer before and they figured it out.
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post #7 of 10
PC-BSD might be another possibility, though it's not a Linux.
post #8 of 10
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Linux Mint.
What does it mean by Long term support release? Some say Supported until October 2012. Does it mean that after 2012, they will stop releasing update, bug fix, etc...for that version?
http://www.linuxmint.com/oldreleases.php
Which versions should I stick with?
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ubuntu or mint
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post #10 of 10
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Which versions should I stick with?
http://www.linuxmint.com/oldreleases.php
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