To dream or not to dream,
That is the question.
Hello fellow newbies!
With so many top ten distributions claiming to be the one and only that will replace Windows, I am really confused.One of them won't even allow any other Linux Distro to be installed in a second partition; I say it doesn't like to co-exist with a rival.
For some more details see: http://linuxmint.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=21386#21386
At the risk of being accused that I am tying to promote Linux Mint in some way (which is partly true)
, here are some observations.
I have tried, and still am trying a good variety of Linux distributions, and I have come to the conclusion that:
-A good one for the newbie is not the one that just looks like Windows.
-The large number of packages offered, by default, to woo him, only makes it more confusing. (Some packages are useless to an inexperienced Linux fan).
-The ease of installing additional packages is a bonus to him.
-Also the ease of accessing the various programs and files is a must.(No hidden programs in the main Menu).
-Not having to fool around with the Terminal and do a lot of tweaking to get
everything to work right is also a bonus to the newcomer to Linux.
So which distribution is really newbie-friendly?
Well, I have now settled to Linux Mind Bianca KDE, and Cassandra Gnome.
Especially Cassandra with the very ingenious programs :
And MINTINSTALL, which makes installation of very useful, large packages a sinch! --no fuss with Tarballs and compiling. (Programs like Google Earth,
Stellarium. Skype, Opera, Western Arena and lots more can be installed with just three clicks)
And of course, the MintMenu
which shows you everything (nothing hidden), where you can also add your Favorites
As far as looks, Elegance!
What more can a Newbie need?