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Linux versions confuses me

post #1 of 17
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I wanted to install and try Linux OS...Until i found huge list of linux versions...

So wanted to ask wich version would be best light /stylish  and so on and with best options ofc

post #2 of 17
for a beginner? try Linux Mint. also, they are called distros, not versions. version are releases of distros. sometimes users might say that to quickly explain what a distro is, but if your going to be using it you should know.
post #3 of 17
Just to clarify, Linux isn't exactly an operating system in the way you're thinking. Linux is a kernel that, together with the GNU toolchain, form an operating system. Linux distributions combine the kernel, the GNU toolchain, and some tools and applications (typically at least a package manager and a window manager or desktop environment) into a fully usable OS.

Since you're just starting out, I would go with Linux Mint or Ubuntu.
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post #4 of 17
Ubuntu is a pretty popular Linux distro.
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post #5 of 17
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Woah...so good explanations that im starting to be afraid fron Linux :D

But weill once i got it on my PC i will have somthing new to learn and experiment on :) 

post #6 of 17
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Originally Posted by Waffleboy View Post

Just to clarify, Linux isn't exactly an operating system in the way you're thinking. Linux is a kernel that, together with the GNU toolchain, form an operating system. Linux distributions combine the kernel, the GNU toolchain, and some tools and applications (typically at least a package manager and a window manager or desktop environment) into a fully usable OS.

Since you're just starting out, I would go with Linux Mint or Ubuntu.

Its not really just the tool chain that makes the GNU half of GNU/Linux. It's the GNU userland, which typically refers to the GNU core utils, the GNU toolchain (GCC, GNU Make, etc.) and the some of the core GNU libs (glibc comes to minds).
post #7 of 17
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Its not really just the tool chain that makes the GNU half of GNU/Linux. It's the GNU userland, which typically refers to the GNU core utils, the GNU toolchain (GCC, GNU Make, etc.) and the some of the core GNU libs (glibc comes to minds).

Yeah, you're right, I'm in the bad habit of referring to all normal GNU utils as the toolchain for some reason, even though that's not correct.
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post #8 of 17
I'd advise Ubuntu.
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post #9 of 17
I am enjoying Linux Mint 14, easy to pick up and customize without having to touch the terminal all that much. Only had to touch it to get Minecraft to work and I just ran the command off the website.
    
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Ubuntu was great till they started doing that new weird Unity thing. even then you can switch to classic mode. I ended up switching to Lubuntu.
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