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  1. #1
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    Apr 2012
    Cornwall, United Kingdom

    Moving over to Linux

    Hello All,

    Been a Windows user pretty much from the early Windows 95 days. The ease of use, the point and click UI has always been a winner for me. I am not really into the use of commands and shell, that being said I guess you are never too old to learn.

    Linux has changed a lot over the years, many distros are becoming Windows-esque with their desk top UI's.

    I thinking of wiping my hard drive and giving a Linux distro a shot. PcLinuxOS looks very tempting for a traditional Windows user, the KDE desktop install looks very pleasing on the eye and the point and clock UI is appealing.

    Would I be headed in the right direction with choice of distro?

    Just a bit tired of Windows, fancy something a little different. Installing a clean Windows OS is a chore, it takes all days with the millions of updates that follow the install itself.

    FWIW, I would be using it on an Acer 5750 laptop.


  2. #2
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    Aug 2001
    Quote Originally Posted by maritimesbob View Post
    Just a bit tired of Windows, fancy something a little different. Installing a clean Windows OS is a chore, it takes all days with the millions of updates that follow the install itself.
    Now, while days might be overall a slight exaggeration you will find something similar on a full-blown Linux desktop environment. The number of suggested updates with a recent Ubuntu setup are on a similar scale.
    Regular updates are simply part of a security-conscious IT usage.

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  3. #3
    IMHO Ubuntu gives you the easiest start.

  4. #4
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    If you're after a fully usable home system, just stay with Windows. There's no real pro to using Linux at home
    Now, if you're looking for networking, etc, then yeah, take a look at Linux on your PC. Or, if you just want to surround yourself in an environment that you really can't do a lot with from home
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  5. #5
    Try Ubuntu.
    You can run it live from USB or DVD without installation. If you like it, than you can create dual boot with Windows and Ubuntu.

  6. #6
    You could also install Linux in a virtual machine first. This way you can have a look without touching your production system. Have a look at "virtual box".

  7. #7
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    Jul 2008
    I find everybody recommends Ubuntu for desktop Linux, though I tried it and didn't get along with it in the long run (I gave it 6 months constant usage, then gave up with it). I found I really clicked with Linux Mint, nearly straight away. It's based on Ubuntu too, so you have lots of software and guides already out there for it as you can just use the Ubuntu ones, though as a former Windows user too, I found Mint to be a better fit for me.

    Ubuntu's Unity desktop was too much of a jump for me, it's a love/hate thing really. Mint's MATE desktop environment features what you would call a "Start" menu of sorts, and the whole OS has a really nice polish/feel to it with some great additional features built in.

    Take a look:

    Note: Cinnamon is what I use on my work machine (as it's faster, helps when dealing with all the shiny extra features it brings) whereas at home I use the MATE variant.
    Both are equally as good, though if you really want a polished "shiny" experience then give Cinnamon a try:
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    Feb 2005
    It's interesting how much the desktop is seen as defining the distro. In reality the two are quite separate - you can take a "standard" Ubuntu LTS and install the shiny Cinnamon, or Gnome 3 (which Cinnamon is built on) or KDE, or one of the simple lightweight desktops (LXDE and XFCE are popular) or...

    Or stick with Unity. I have to say I've never got on with that either - my computer has two big screens and a mouse for accurate clicking; my phone has a tiny screen which I prod with my fingers - I see no reason whatsoever why their UIs should converge!

    I've been using Mint-Cinnamon for a while but I'm aiming to go back to Ubuntu LTS for new setups. I'm not comfortable with Mint's update policy.

    To the OP: If you're looking for a new experience, go for it. Try several distros (and/or desktops) to see where your own preference lies. As others suggested you can also run these in VirtualBox or on a bootable USB / DVD so it's easy to try them out. But try to be open-minded and prepared to persevere - Linux is not Windows.

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  9. #9
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    Nov 2007
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    Quote Originally Posted by twhiting9275 View Post
    If you're after a fully usable home system, just stay with Windows. <snip>
    I have to agree. I wouldn't switch at home just to switch, as another poster mentioned.

    Some of the biggest Linux server fans that I know, use Windows at home. =P

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    Top 10 distro list based on page hit ranking
    1 Mint
    2 Debian
    3 Ubuntu
    4 Mageia
    5 Fedora
    6 PCLinuxOS
    7 openSUSE
    8 Manjaro
    9 Arch
    10 Puppy


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  12. #12
    As a serious Linux user for 12 years of course I would recommend that you try it out. One thing is for sure that in the last few years installing a Linux distribution has become a lot easier than it used to be.

    But one thing I would really urge you: of course start out with a user friendly desktop experience, but once you are used to things don't be afraid to venture into Command Line territory because therein lies what is really incredible and exciting about Linux.

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  13. #13
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    Mar 2012
    Greensboro, NC
    I would say that Ubuntu will give a pretty decent experience on the desktop.

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    Mac OSX is a great nix GUI
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