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Linux distro suggestions for a new - ish user
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February 14, 2010
1:50 AM
black raven
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Any suggestions with reasons would be appreciated please :-)

February 14, 2010
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Locutus
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Ubuntu!
Or Linux Mint!

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February 14, 2010
2:03 AM
black raven
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any particular reasons Locutus?

February 14, 2010
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Ahh, yes.  Details.  It's all in the details.

Well, Ubuntu has for a long time been my go-to “let's try Linux!” OS.  It also has a helpful Help forum and lots of apps, and from what I've seen and used it's easy to use.  Linux Mint is Ubuntu with a customized interface and built-in media plugins. 

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February 14, 2010
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I would hold off on Linux Mint simply because it isn't as “out of the box” as Ubuntu.

That being said, I second Ubuntu. The reason for this is that Ubuntu is very well developed, and it works “out of the box” for the most part. In other words, it is like installing Windows – you install it, and go. There isn't much configuration to do with Ubuntu (although you can if you are skilled in the art).

February 14, 2010
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Here's a guide to installing Ubuntu:

http://dottech.org/tipsntricks/14020#ubuntu

It's actually part of an article on installing Virtual Machines, but the same steps apply to an actual computer.

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February 15, 2010
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I would follow Locutus’s instructions for installing it in a virtual machine. That way you don’t have to worry much about messing anything up.

February 15, 2010
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You beat me to it, Locutus :yell:. I third Ubuntu and second Mint. Most Ubuntu based OSes come in Live-CD form, which means that you can burn a CD of Ubuntu (or make a bootable USB) and run it natively on your computer without a virtual machine and without having to install anything. That way, you can get the full experience without committing anything.

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February 16, 2010
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ok Locutus I'll try it that way.Will be probably weekend or into next week cos I'm expecting a new mobo and ram by end of week and want to install them first so I cn finally install my quad core 3Gb processor as well.Thanks all for contributing.

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