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LOL. You wanna know why I made it Ubuntu-centric? Because these are the distros that are suggested every time someone asks what distro they should use. That simple.
    
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we're not saying that they're bad choices, just that every single one of them is ubuntu based, so in the end it's one distribution with a few different choices of window manager.

some better suggestions would be Ubuntu (and it's derivatives), Debian, Fedora, and OpenSuse to name a few.

personally, I still think arch is a great choice if you're committed because it forces you to learn quickly, but maybe that's just me.
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I like this post. There is really nothing wrong with Ubuntu, and it has a great community willing to help beginners.

After a while on a Linux system I like to try to get people to install and use Arch linux and then Linux From Scratch, just to learn more about how the whole system works.
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LOL. You wanna know why I made it Ubuntu-centric? Because these are the distros that are suggested every time someone asks what distro they should use. That simple.
Half of OCN recommends logitech keyboards also. So does that mean I should start a thread saying Logitech keyboards are the best for beginners?

The best place for a beginner to start is where they can get the most help. They get that help the fastest from places with a large community. Much like new overclockers come to OCN to learn overclocking.

Recommending that all new users become sheep is not the way to go.
    
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Good thread TFB, sorry they're giving you a hard time. I recommend Mint to most new users. I love it
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Half of OCN recommends logitech keyboards also. So does that mean I should start a thread saying Logitech keyboards are the best for beginners?

The best place for a beginner to start is where they can get the most help. They get that help the fastest from places with a large community. Much like new overclockers come to OCN to learn overclocking.

Recommending that all new users become sheep is not the way to go.
Oh for the love of god...

I'll tell ya what. Every time someone makes a "Hi, I'm new to linux what distro should I use." thread, I hope you can come around and mention the distros you prefer. If you miss any, I'll make sure to tell them to PM you.

All this thread was designed to do is put the 3,000 "what distro" threads into one spot. That's it. I wasn't about to write up every distro. If you want to do that, fine.
    
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post #17 of 76
All TFB is trying to do is cut down on the "what should I choose since I'm a noob" threads and you're fighting him. He makes valid points and you guys aren't listening. He's not trying to convert in anyway; he's simply giving a starting point for which people who have limited computer skills can begin. So while we all may have distros that we view as easy, I doubt many people want to/can handle compiling from source or go through terminal commands just to get a GUI/DE. The new to linux and beginner/general user base is going to be discouraged from using it if you give them that. I can tell you that trying to get people interested in Linux and what it can do is not an easy task. Even with the buntus most people quit. But without it as a starting point I think more would never have gone further.

TFB: It's looking good for what it's worth. Everything is laid out well and easy to read and short enough to do so.

The only thing I feel is maybe adding openSUSE (your choice since this is your thread) due to the large support it has and honestly the out of the gate ease it gives the user is at least on par with the buntus.

I would recommend Fedora only for someone who has a little time with one of the aforementioned distros under their belt. Why? Fedora can be quiet lacking in performance; it's the only distro that brought my netbook to a crawl besides windows. Also, getting programs without the package manager for it was a disaster. Maybe 14 changed this but I haven't tried it out.
     
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Good on you TFB. This is exactly what was needed. The thing most people seem to forget is that new Linux users are a varied lot, and whats best for some isn't going to be the best for others.
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post #19 of 76
People who do their own research will always do their own research regardless of whether their favorite forum has a relevant sticky or not.

I think the opposite is true to an extent too.
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I don't have experience with Open SuSe. If someone else wants to write something up, that would be fine. I'll put that into the original post somehow. Just try to keep it the same format I'm going with.
    
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