1. The best distro for confident newcomers to Linux is using the right tool for the job at hand. I encourage people to get a Raspberry pi and install desktop raspbian or a Virtualbox. Test out your task on these platforms before you waste years of your life trying to do X when it is not the right tool. Some people need Mac to do X. Some need Windows to do X. Some need Linux to do X. Use common sense. I encourage you to not paint a house with a screwdriver.

  2. An excellent very fast responsive desktop is XFCE4 and it is the default with the Xubuntu distro which gives you total FLOSS defaults (you have to choose if you want proprietary extras). A free software purist who does not have time to waste too much on customization could do worse than the Trisquel distro – it is tailored for educational computing, but has all the standard facilities. (You can use XFCE4 with any distro, the GNU+Linux desktop is always switchable.)

  3. In 2008, when I was a Linux noob, all I heard was Ubuntu; so I tried it. I never tried Linux again for years until Mint Cinnamon was the flavor of the day.

    I was looking for a way to really dig into Linux by this time, and I heard about Arch. However, I also heard about how they treated new people, so I went with Manjaro just to have an installer until I learned a bit about the base system.

    Now, I have graduated to Arch as my main system. There's nothing I've needed that there's not a video for or I know enough to be able to ask a semi-intelligent question on the forums. I don't see ever changing from Arch now. I don't need fluff, I need a system that works. Spinning cube window changers and the like are the bloat I worked to get away from in Windows. I don't need a super fancy desktop, as the desktop typically does not help me get my actual work done.

    From my last comment, the Arch community has really changed over the past few years. There are still some elitist that treat people with an ignorant and arrogant attitude. Yet for the most part, if you reference what forum post you followed or wiki link you tried; people will help you and then update said references if there is a problem identified.

    I have seen a lot of comments about Arch and if you really want to customize your system, this is what you need. There is some sliver of truth to that thought; although, it is less about customizing the look as it is in keeping bloatware out of the installation process. Which is what I really love about Arch – I only have the bare minimum to boot bare metal, and only the software I need to function for what I do. I realize there are "net" installs of other systems that limit the bloat; yet, Arch is what I've gotten on, and as another comment stated, pick something and stick with it is the best way to learn Linux and use a disto to fit your needs.

  4. I’m very new Linux and even only recently started learning windows 10 too and someone recommended ‘etcher’ to me and it was so easy to use it’s awesome, I used it to download Ubuntu Mate via windows and then onto a thumb drive and everything went smoothly

  5. 4:10 – The gaming wouldn't be such an issue if only AAA , small studios , early access and indie devs used :- OpenGL 4.5 + SDL2 + OpenAL instead of DX11. Ive been asking for the last 8 years for studios to support OpenAL/GL/SDL2 instead of DX11

  6. Gday

    I am personally recommending

    * ElementaryOS to ex Mac users
    * Ubuntu Mate for anyone that likes Windows CLASSIC GUI with shortcuts, icons and Start Menu
    * GalliumOS as proper Linux for Chromebooks

    A lot of these distros just seem more like custom theme and custom installed apps rather then a new OS

  7. I'm on my second time trying linux. First one didn't end well and I got back to W10. But the interest never really ended and due to given circumstances, I wasn't dependant on Microsoft Office anymore.

    Now I'm rocking Manjaro KDE on my Thinkpad and Desktop and loving it. Synchronization with pcloud works perfectly, Libre is nice, Eclipse is available, Geogebra, basically everything I need. No Pop-ups or update enforcements any longer. I don't know if i'll ever go back.

  8. Any Linux distro are highly customizable. Manjaro is the worst recommendation because many things don't work and requires support which you will not receive from the rotten nasty community. Manjaro releases updates very late like a week or more. Manjaro is for liars since it was created by liars. Antergos is like Arch but with a G.U.I. installer and a full G.U.I. with some of the software is tested more than on Arch. but is not as tested as thorough than other distros which means it might not be as reliable. Linux Mint is a good recommendation which is based off of Ubuntu which is based off of Debian testing branch. I would recommend MX Linux because it's based off of Debian stable branch but with the latest thoroughly tested software. It has MX Tools which makes it easy to set it up the way you like it. Everything works on the first boot up. No need to use the terminal.

  9. Ubuntu Mate is the best for an everyday computer user, I think, along with Xubuntu, and Linux Mint Xfce. Everybody likes a good feature-rich Start Menu. Whisker Menu and Brisk Menu both are fast, powerful and feature-rich. I think Brisk Menu added the Favourites tab, now it becomes a complete start menu. Ubuntu Mate recently posted that their default will now be "Familiar", one that uses Brisk Menu.
    Antergos does not let you use any other DE except GNOME in the Live USB mode. I saw some YouTubers saying that they have the best KDE implementation. Antergos KDE is the best overall, I think, for a tech-savvy user.

  10. You seemed to have pushed the whole 'need Arch to have a custom/light system' misunderstanding. Linux is Linux. You do not at all need Arch for this. I have a very typical Arch-like setup, and it's Ubuntu! So please, reconsider saying this in the future? If only to save the headaches and destroyed hair follicles for those who think that's the only way they can go to have "real" power.

    If you want bleeding edge, you like pacman, you'll get a use out of the AUR, you want to support the Arch guys, and so on, then I'd say Arch is for you, otherwise, you don't specifically need it. I really want to help people to realise this, so we, as a community, can stop making out like Arch is some high and mighty rite of passage for those of a truly elevated existence. lol

    Don't get me wrong, I think Arch is alright; it's fun to install, and pacman is pretty cool. I'm not intending to 'hate' on Arch or its users, only to clarify an oft-misunderstood thing this video appears, at least to me, to pass on. My apologies if I've totally misunderstood something.

    Aside from that, I love the video. 😛 Looking sharp, btw.

  11. There is another Arch version called Anarchy which is with easy installation.
    For anonymity and privacy you have Whonix and Qubes OS. Qubes is based on Fedora and Debian, where you have separate sections. You also have PureOS for security.
    You have parrot security which is for penetrating testing like kali linux and Black Arch. Parrot Security is based on debian.
    The channel Switched to Linux is videos about qubes OS.
    PinguyOS is based on Ubuntu

  12. Mint seems pretty good and especially the Cinnamon desktop they've created is a fantastic alternative for people transitioning from Windoze. That said, I really loathe the update manager in Linux Mint. Therefore, for new users coming to Linux (tech savvy or not), without exception, I recommend the latest LTS release from Ubuntu. Especially since they switched over from the Unity desktop to Gnome shell (for the 16.04 release I recommend Ubuntu Gnome), for 18.04 and in the foreseeing future that'll be just Ubuntu. It's awesome, fast, clean, user friendly and customizable.

  13. If Linux could become something more than just a system for home use, I'd recommend using/learning/understanding Fedora, openSUSE, and/or Ubuntu.

    It will help to learn RHEL/CentOS, SUSE Linux Enterprise (and Ubuntu, obviously) systems. RHEL and SUSE are popular in enterprise server market, Ubuntu is popular in IoT (and servers), so even unintentionally learning small bits about these systems (package manager commands, tools, location of some configuration files, defaults, firewall etc) could turn out to be very beneficial later.

    Moreover, if you buy a book about Linux system administration, chances are it will talk about these systems. And although Fedora, openSUSE, and Ubuntu are perfectly fine for home use, Ubuntu seems to be widely used in general development, Fedora is strongly branding itself as a distro for developers first (and has Red Hat on its side), I'm not sure about the goals of openSUSE, but it's a cool distro, and I'm sure it's not worse than these two. SUSE has the best music videos, though. 🙂

  14. i personally like RHEL which is a United States based company which has reasonable pricing for yearly self support @ $45 USD or 36.82 Euro and I like RHEL as they actively contribute their patches back to the Free And Software ecosystem.

  15. Hey guys. I have problems with the installation of ubuntu mate 17.10 on my laptop bc of the 1070 in it. Would love to just install the 18.04 version which currently is in beta 1 as i think that there the newer hardware will have better support.
    My question is, when i install the beta now. Will i be able to ugrade to the final version of ubuntu mate 18.04 later this month or whenever it is finished? I have never done that would love some help 🙂

  16. I use solus and its run fine .but its doesn't matter which distro u need all the distro are linux based .i suggest u choose one and stay with it .i try so many distro but solus impress me .and another thing before installing it on your laptop or desktop try out in virtual box

  17. Thank you so much for the video! I do really appreciate your help! I really can't thank you enough! I will try them all and draw a conclusion. I slide towards Ubuntu MATE or Linux Mint Cinnamon (or MATE), because of the traditional desktop and the community. However, Antergos seems to be a good option as well, especially for the large amounts of software and cutting-edge software. Well, I think that's the beauty of Linux: You have the power of choice, the freedom. And…sometimes the things get too complicated.
    I guess that means you're on the same side as me, right? You said you're using Ubuntu MATE, but you don't customize it. 🙂

  18. These days I play with Antergos Mate edition system (and storage) on ZFS install.
    Its "root on ZFS partition" option might be not for everyone, while Antergos install on ext4 formatted partition is pretty straightforward, easy and enjoyable to use.
    My daily driver though remains to be Mint Mate – love this thing and recommend it to newbies wholeheartedly. Too bad it has no root on ZFS install option offered by its installer.
    I disagree that Mint is conservative, it has very nice software manager called Mintinstall which includes Flatpack among other extensive sources of software and this is in addition to its default Synaptic package manager.

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