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    What is a decent Linux distribution?

    I have a pretty peppy Core i7 desktop with 8GB of memory that I no longer use and I would like to load Linux. I tinkered with Linux quite a few years ago but have gotten away from it. I would like to load whatever the most popular mainstream distro is to re-familiarize myself with it.

    What is the current most popular distribution that most folks are using and where is the best place to download the install images?

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    linux mint is what my brother uses. it looks like windows.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jgayman View Post
    I have a pretty peppy Core i7 desktop with 8GB of memory that I no longer use and I would like to load Linux. I tinkered with Linux quite a few years ago but have gotten away from it. I would like to load whatever the most popular mainstream distro is to re-familiarize myself with it.

    What is the current most popular distribution that most folks are using and where is the best place to download the install images?

    Thanks!
    Wow. Didn't expect that question on here.

    I would recommend Ubuntu desktop. There are lots of users, and therefore lots of information on idiosyncrasies.



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    My recommendation for most new users with decent computers is the Cinnamon (not MATE) distribution of Mint. Quick good looking and familiar for most users.
    One advantage of mint, from an everyday user perspective is that it less worried about being entirely open source so it includes some proprietary stuff (like Flash for instance) that other Linux distributions don't like to include. Not that you can't add them you just need to jump through more hoops.
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    I appreciate the helpful responses. Looks like the linuxmint.com site is down - not a good start. :-)
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    Ubuntu has a very large user community, I would look at it and either CentOS or Fedora, both Free versions of Red Hat. Personally I'm partial to CentOS, but which ever you choose, spend some time learning how to harden the OS.


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    Quote Originally Posted by jgayman View Post
    I appreciate the helpful responses. Looks like the linuxmint.com site is down - not a good start. :-)
    Odd... works fine for me at this time...
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    Quote Originally Posted by mn1025rfilb View Post
    Odd... works fine for me at this time...
    Seems to be working here too now. Not sure why it wouldn't come up earlier, all other websites were fine.
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    DistroWatch.com: Put the fun back into computing. Use Linux, BSD.

    They monitor downloads to try and interpret popularity. MINT as at the top of the list currently.
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