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Im a freshmen at university of michigan, almost done with my first year, and i want to try out linux on my laptop.

Ive used it a few times because they use red hat linux on our lab computers, so what do you guys think would be a good distro for me? and im fairly newb at linux
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Linux Mint or Ubuntu are the 2 I have found to be the most noob friendly. Mint has better features over ubuntu such as being able to mount a NTFS volume, and has a wine type program already installed.
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jump in and learn to swim man, best thing you can do - when i first started i tried ubuntu and slackware - and i absolutely love slack.

2 sites i recommend to everyone searching for a linux distro that is right for them:
- http://distrowatch.com/search.php
- http://www.linux.org/dist/

both have decent search filters to weed out anything you are looking for. the first one is better imo.


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Definitely Try out Ubuntu. What kind of HP do you have?
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=528618
This forum post may help; if you have another type of HP, tell us which, and we will try to help!
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post #5 of 12
I'd say try Fedora since your University uses Red Hat.
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post #6 of 12
I'm also new to Linux and have tried both Ubuntu and Mint. Out of the two, I have choosen to stick with mint and have not complaints. The Mint desktop seems alittle more familiar to me.
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I LOVE Ubuntu. They say it's "noob friendly", but it's still linux, pure and simple. You might want to get another distro if you want to recompile kernels and stuff like that, but if you don't mind using largely binary stuff and having the OS do most things for you, the Ubuntu is great.

The steps I usually have to take immediately after installing Ubuntu are:
-Update system
-Get Amarok music player (much better than rhythmbox)
-Get monodevelop/g++ (C#/C++/C/VBNet IDE and C++ compiler)
-ubuntu-restricted-extras (Allows use of non-free flash and mp3 codecs, etc.)
-Get wine (windows compatibility tool)
-get compiz-settings-manager (Advanced settings menu for the Compiz desktop tool)

All of this can be done through the Synaptic package manager, which is really easy to use.
Ubuntu server is also one of the best server OSes around.
The thing about Mint is that it's 32-bit only, but I haven't tried it in a long time.

Fedora fails. It doesn't offer JFS, XFS still can't boot, its text install process is terrible. It doesn't use .deb/apt.

I've recently tried installing been meaning to try ArkLinux and Mandriva, but haven't had time.
post #8 of 12
I recommend Mint, Ubuntu, and Suse, in that such order of user friendliness.

My personal favorite is Suse.
post #9 of 12
installed openSUSE last week and love it. It's easy once you get the hang of it, just a little rough at the start. If you want something really user friendly though, go with Linux Mint.
post #10 of 12
Id personally reccomend ubuntu hardy heron beta. you ask why? well on my laptop it takes me 20min to get all the bangs and whistles to work that means compiz fuzion and wireless, after that its pretty simple to use nothing tasking, linux mint just annoyed me too like kde for my liking
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