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What version of Linux do you recommend using for beginners?

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by FraudBreed, Aug 30, 2018.

  1. FraudBreed

    FraudBreed Registered User

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    Hi, I want to learn a bit of Linux to master it and plan to use it as a secondary system that recommends distribution distribution


    What works for programming and sysADMIN

    Practices


    PD: Sorry bad English


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  2. DareEviler

    DareEviler Registered User

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    Ubuntu or just pick the one you're the most familiar with (if any), it doesn't really matter.
     
  3. JonArbuckle

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    I love Ubuntu Mate, but this is always personal choice - most distros are working fine.
     
  4. Sir.Dev.A.Lot

    Sir.Dev.A.Lot is a Trusted Warez PosterSir.Dev.A.Lot Shadow Moderator Staff Member Super Moderator DEV Guild Reverser Translator

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    Ubuntu / CentOS,,, but there are many distros, and all are good
     
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    spudnik99 Registered User

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    Ubuntu. If you need a LAMP server, look into Virtualbox and Vagrant with either a Scotchbox or another vbox provisioned with needed goodies (Node.js, Hadoop, etc.).
     
  6. QueenKong

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    Some Debian based....
    Using Kali since years here.
     
  7. Qr

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    Hi FraudBreed, it's a great question which is incredibly difficult to answer. It's difficult to answer as eliminating any of the amazing distros which are current, well supported and documented, requires a level of criteria specificity which a 'beginner' will naturally not have yet formed.
    Unless you have specific requirements i'm not aware of, i recommend the following:

    For a Debian/Ubuntu like experience that is easy to use, has a huge range of easy to install packages, good support, an approachable community and plays well with testing in a virtual machine, i would go with Linux Mint and the Mate desktop, perhaps the Cinnamon desktop if you are installing directly on hardware.

    For a bleeding edge Debian experience that will support the latest hardware as soon as possible, i would go with the rolling release version of Sparky Linux.

    For an amazingly complete desktop environment which will happily boot from the usb in your pocket and perhaps an interest in penetration testing/security, i would go with Kali.

    If you need to develop experience transferable to employment in a Red Hat environment, i would go with CentOS.

    If you need to develop experience for platforms which specifically use it as a base, i would go with SUSE.

    If you are feeling particularly brave, and a little masochistic, i would go with OpenBSD.

    If your primary/only criteria is to learn as much about Linux as possible in the shortest time frame with a moderate learning curve, i absolutely recommend ArchLinux.
    This is the distro that was recommended to me when i asked the same question you are asking now.
    It is definitely closer in feel to 'teach a person to fish' than spoon feeding, and the encouragement to use it was some of the best advice i have ever received.
    The feeling of building a custom system from the ground up delivering a full desktop experience, complete with multimedia applications and a process tree with only four children of init (including the wireless interface), was one of the most rewarding experiences i've had with tech and continues to fuel my curiosity and passion for highly efficient, minimalist systems.

    There are some people who will still insist all beginners should use Gentoo and compile everything from source.
    I am not one of those people.

    There are some people who will still insist the question is an oxymoron and everyone should use Solaris.
    I am not one of those people.

    It really doesn't matter which you choose, as your journey of discovery will incrementally lead you to the next appropriate step.
    Pick one or roll the dice, but start today!
    I envy you the delightfully inescapable position of having to choose between sysv and a bsd style init for the first time.

    Good Luck and Have Fun!

    q
     
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  8. advil999

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    I am between ubuntu and openSUSE
     
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    Astrophous Registered User

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    Use the distribution that has the most large community like Ubuntu.
    The reason is simple: if you have some problem easily you will find another that had had your same problem.
     
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    elementary os is awesome, its pretty! has a great GUi and easy to use..app mananger is great too,easy to install free apps.test it out.
     
  11. dr

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    ubuntu was my way to go very easy i am using now version 18
     
  12. Le

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    Ubuntu should work. It has lots of documents and forums to help
     
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    Ubuntu has great GUI, it's common and easy to use also
     
  14. Ph!d

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    I'm a long time SUSE Linux (now openSUSE for the community and the former for enterprise) user for around 15 years (since 8.2), YaST2 it's a predominant tool from such distro that features an easy-to-use UI for configuring your box, it's really handy when you are new to Linux and not familiar with common commands. It is also a very stable distro and comes packed with the most popular desktop environments like KDE, Gnome, ... it depends on your taste, I will recommend you try all of them and stick with what you feel comfortable with it. I used to be a Gnome 2 user for a long period (was a fvwm user before it) and with Gnome 3 I started trying alternatives (since I didn't like that they stripped a lot of features); currently, I'm using KDE Plasma 5 and I'm very happy with it. There are other nice ones I would like to mention like Budgie, Mate, Cinnamon, Deepin...

    For servers, I've been using for the past years Ubuntu (basically since the cloud providers I used didn't offer SUSE), it is a really good distro which hasn't let me down and you can find it in almost all cloud providers. Canonical has done a great job on the distro and especially for the IoT industry. Don't get me wrong, it is also very good as a desktop OS, I used it at my work until I've to move to Windows mainly for the tooling (Visual Studio and others).
     
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    I started with Ububtu but then moved on to Kali linux for my job, which is Debian based.

    If I had to recommend one for a new person, either Ubuntu or Debian.
     
  16. Youpi

    Youpi is a Trusted Warez PosterYoupi Honorary Member Honorary Member DEV Guild

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    Try Porteus, less than 300mb and boot in about 15 seconds or less
    comes with no less than seven desktop flavors, including KDE, Xfce, LXDE, LXQt, Cinnamon, MATE, and Openbox.
    Check Softpedia
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    https://news.softpedia.com/news/slackware-based-porteus-linux-4-0-officially-released-with-seven-desktop-flavors-520914.shtml
    
    Get Lastest version
    Code:
    https://forum.porteus.org/viewtopic.php?f=35&t=7742
    
     
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    I suggest you to try Linux Mint. Its fork of Ubuntu but more user friendly.
     
  18. Especialista

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    Debian 9
     
  19. Adrenaline

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    Go for CentOS . Very stable ! I used and had no complaints about it !