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I was looking to get some advice on what Linux distro people would recommend for someone who is not only new to Linux, but very big on aesthetics and logical use. Basically, a distro that can be easily modified to be attractive, if not so out of the box, perhaps minimalistic in nature, and intuitive.

If you must know I want to set this up for my wife who does product and graphic design. She was the art major. And I was the person whom attained Ergonomics as one of my degrees and it rubbed off on her. Naturally, and gradually I believe we will want to learn command line, but if it is one thing I know is that she will want what I describe above. She loves an attractive and easy to read font, logical menus, and stuff that just makes sense.


Thanks for helping! Any links or advice will help.
Edited by RoddimusPrime - 10/2/13 at 6:19am
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You're going to have to look at all of the DEs (Desktop environments like KDE, LXDE, XFCE, Gnome, Unity, Cinnamon, E17) and WMs (like openbox, IceWM) and decide which one you like best. Also, many (probably not Unity so much) can be changed heavily to the point they'd look nothing like their default states. Linux isn't so much about having something work right out of the box (in terms of preferential things such as aesthetics) but more of taking that and changing it to something that makes you happy. You really have to work to do that in Windows or OSX whereas with Linux that's so easy some people see it as an issue when they change over. Apparently, freedom and choice are a problem for them...go figure.

So, in short be ready to spend the time tweaking things and trying things out until you're satisfied as there are a plethora of things you can change to fit you or whoever you want using the OS. Go check out the DEs and give each one a try.
     
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You really have to work to do that in Windows or OSX .

I really wish people learn about OS X before spreading fud. If you want a Linux type environment in OS X then it's no harder than using the ABS in Arch, portage in Gentoo or ports like BSD.

You can install just about any "linux" or "unix-based" program on OS X with no problem. You can even run Gnome, KDE, DWM, XMonad or any WM / DE you want. It isn't hard by any stretch of the imagination.



In terms of a distribution based around aesthetics and ease of use ( for being new ) I would highly recommend elementaryOS ( eOS ) link here.

It's based on Ubuntu so you get all the support and ease of use, but the whole distribution is based around the elementary theme and icons by danrabbit which has been one of the more complete and popular themes for a long time now.
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Originally Posted by Rookie1337 View Post

You're going to have to look at all of the DEs (Desktop environments like KDE, LXDE, XFCE, Gnome, Unity, Cinnamon, E17) and WMs (like openbox, IceWM) and decide which one you like best. Also, many (probably not Unity so much) can be changed heavily to the point they'd look nothing like their default states. Linux isn't so much about having something work right out of the box (in terms of preferential things such as aesthetics) but more of taking that and changing it to something that makes you happy. You really have to work to do that in Windows or OSX whereas with Linux that's so easy some people see it as an issue when they change over. Apparently, freedom and choice are a problem for them...go figure.

So, in short be ready to spend the time tweaking things and trying things out until you're satisfied as there are a plethora of things you can change to fit you or whoever you want using the OS. Go check out the DEs and give each one a try.

Is there an easy way to try out DE's like installing them and running them on a flash drive so I don't have to reinstall every single time? Or perhaps some virtual environment I can try them in?

Also, are any of the distros different under the hood? Anything I should consider in that department?
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I really wish people learn about OS X before spreading fud. If you want a Linux type environment in OS X then it's no harder than using the ABS in Arch, portage in Gentoo or ports like BSD.

You can install just about any "linux" or "unix-based" program on OS X with no problem. You can even run Gnome, KDE, DWM, XMonad or any WM / DE you want. It isn't hard by any stretch of the imagination.



In terms of a distribution based around aesthetics and ease of use ( for being new ) I would highly recommend elementaryOS ( eOS ) link here.

It's based on Ubuntu so you get all the support and ease of use, but the whole distribution is based around the elementary theme and icons by danrabbit which has been one of the more complete and popular themes for a long time now.

Do you mean like dual booting or running another virtual OS within OSX? I am just looking to learn here and would soak up anything you can toss my way to learn. Thanks.
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elementary os or xubuntu if you have no experience.
if you've used linux before you know that you can make your de/wm look like whatever you want.

kde if coming straight from windows, or linux mint cinnamon/ mate, elementary os and xubuntu are my preference right now for ease of use, customization and looks.

most distributions can be run live from a usb stick, search linux live usb (lili) or run in a vm without installing anything.
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I really wish people learn about OS X before spreading fud. If you want a Linux type environment in OS X then it's no harder than using the ABS in Arch, portage in Gentoo or ports like BSD.

You can install just about any "linux" or "unix-based" program on OS X with no problem. You can even run Gnome, KDE, DWM, XMonad or any WM / DE you want. It isn't hard by any stretch of the imagination.
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Hmm...I was under a source compile manually impression. So is it completely GUI based setup? I think even the most simple instructions will intimidate most people if it's not GUI (hence why people fear the terminal for no reason in Linux). My bad. I've...FUD'd up today. redface.gif

On topic...

I hope that OP understood that DE's are not distros/OSes...they are simply the GUIs you interact with and pretty much every DE is available on every distro. As for distros, they are a little more different based on how much control (and how little therefore is setup automatically) you want over your OS (among some other things). The buntus and those based on them are based around the idea of being setup for you.

PS: I'm sure Shrak will correct me if I said something wrong here. tongue.gif
     
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No reinstalling. one distro can have multiple DEs and WMs. A good place to start for most people start is Linux Mint, but from what I've read eOS is good or even better for beginners; although I haven't tried it myself.

There are many distros that have what your looking for. However, if you really want control over how things look don't be afraid to get in there change stuff. This isn't Windows, you can change literally every detail about your Linux system. Unlike rainmeter or something, if you don't want something you can make it gone. Not covered up, not worked around, anything that bothers you can be gone and in most cases any thing you can think of desktop wise can be added.
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Pear OS

http://pearlinux.fr/

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