What’s up guys today we’re going to take a look at the Top 5 Linux Distros for Beginners five distros that I think are the best for people who are new to GNU Linux.
In the list of Top 5 Linux Distros for Beginners, the number one is Linux distro that I would recommend for beginners is Manjaro. The Manjaro is essentially Arch Linux but without the smugness and time waste. That comes from installing arch Linux through a minimal CD by entering commands into a TTY and oftentimes. You’ll have to pull up
the Arch wiki or some other set of instructions on your phone or maybe on another laptop. To follow and that can obviously get really annoying and it’s not suitable for anybody who’s going to be new to Linux Manjaro.
It just gives you an easy to follow GUI installation guide with a few more configuration options. Then the other distros that I’ve mentioned so
far so there are four installation options. One with Xfce one with KDE and one with gnome but then there is an architect version which
gives you almost the same flexibility and control as that arch Linux
minimal CD. But again without the hassle so from here, you can choose your desktop environment. or you can even select a window manager from
within this setup, you can choose your kernel and you can choose your formatting type across all of these.
Or that single architect iso and if you aren’t as comfortable with this choice which can, of course, be a little bit overbearing. for some new Linux users then you can just settle for one of the options with a pre-configured desktop environment And all of these options also give you the choice of using the free office. Which is an office suite that installs locally on Linux that has a look and feel very similar to Microsoft office. The best thing about Manjaro though is the fact that it’s based on Arch Linux. This means that you have access to all of the packages that are installable with Pacman as well as the AUR and steps.
That is in the Arch, the wiki can pretty much be followed exactly to specifications on Manjaro. And when it comes to installing your packages whether that be from Pac-man or the AUR you can do all of these things. Through a GUI front end called Pacman and it’s like having the power of arch Linux at your fingertips. And access to all of those packages without
even having to open a terminal. And if you do end up using Linux for years and years and one day you decide that you’re too cool for Manjaro
you can make an easy transition to arch Linux. Because you’re already used to using that package manager so then you can switch to an arch Linux setup print out your Neofetch and show people on Reddit how cool you are so that’s it for this lineup.
Top 5 Linux Distros for Beginners
In the list of Top 5 Linux Distros for Beginners, number two is Peppermint OS, it is another easy to use distro that is based on ubuntu’s long-term support. It pretty much takes a lot of the things that made Linux mint really great like having a user interface. that’s similar
to windows and the mint install software manager. But it makes them even greater with a web app manager called ice.
It removes the need for a new user to learn something like LibreOffice at least as long as they have an internet connection. Because with a simple click of this app location they can access Microsoft office online. After logging in with their Microsoft account ice also manages to do this in a less bloated fashion.
Then just opening up office online in your web browser since it strips away all the unnecessary features and distractions of your browser and it just loads that web page directly because ice is essentially creating a minimal web page for you to use you can also create your own custom web applications.
What is Peppermint OS?
with access to any website or online service that you need with the simple click of a button. Peppermint OS also comes with a very unique desktop environment. Which is a mix of LXDE and XFCE both of these desktops on
their own are snappy lightweight and don’t use a lot of resources.
And when they’re combined together that still remains true so peppermint OS is great for those with older or low spec hardware. That want to breed
new life into their laptop however this combination of desktop environments can make peppermint os a little bit more tricky.
To customize since you have to go through multiple context menus. And find all of the options that you’re looking for. If you’re like most people who are new to Linux though. And you don’t really plan on doing much customization early on then there shouldn’t be that much of a problem for you.
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3. Linux Mint
In the list of Top 5 Linux Distros for Beginners, at number three is Linux mint OS. Linux mint is one of my favorite Linux distributions it’s the first distro that I have used. Long term and it’s very easy to install it comes with a great suite of software. Its layout is very similar to windows which is really what made the transition for me. From windows 7 to GNU Linux that much easier. it’s fast and it just works Linux mint also comes with a variety of desktop environments. Including mate cinnamon and Xfce at first, this might be a bit overwhelming for someone.
Who has been conditioned by operating systems like Windows or MAC OS. That give you very limited customization options let alone the choice of installing a different desktop environment. but this is a healthy step in the right direction since the world of Linux is going to be full of choices. And starting off with making a choice about what desktop environment you want seems like a good place to start. this also makes it easier for Linux mint to support a wider range of hardware. And aesthetic choices if you’re installing mint on very low-end hardware then you’ll probably want to opt for Xfce.
What is Linux Mint?
One of the lightest desktop environments that are out there if you want to get a little fancier in customizing your desktop especially if you want it to look more like windows. Then you can opt for cinnamon Linux mint also doesn’t support snaps in fact it’s made a bit of ruckus in the Linux community by being explicitly against snaps since they violate the UNIX philosophy which I talked about earlier how they do that but it is possible to install snaps on mint although it’s a little bit tougher than elementary os
you’ll have to remove the no snap. profile and then update the system and then you can install Snapd and install snap packages with Snapd
4. Elementary os
In the list of Top 5 Linux Distros for Beginners, the number 4 is elementary os as this distro’s name implies it is well elementary. It has a simple yet elegant design very similar to the mac os in fact elementary os is the Linux distro. I would recommend it to anybody that is switching to GNU Linux from mac os. the settings manager is very simple very easily laid out and you don’t have to worry about going through
five or six levels deep into a context menu just to find things.
The multitasking view of elementary os is also quiet, elegant and everything in the UI just goes together really well. It’s also one of the few distros that will use your full-screen resolution out of the box. In most cases without any additional software configuration. Elementary os is based on ubuntu’s, long-term support release so pretty much all of the software that is available in ubuntu will be available on elementary os as well. Top 5 Linux Distros for Beginners.
What is Elementary OS?
Elementary os doesn’t come with snap support out of the box. However it is easy to install, You simply have to update your system from the terminal and then install snap. Now like I said Elementary OS is designed to look like MAC OS so again if you’re coming from windows like most people who are going to be switching to Linux then this distro may be harder to settle.
Because it’s laid out like mac and there’s no such thing as minimizing an Elementary OS. So switching from Windows to Elementary OS would be very similar to switching from Windows to a MAC. At least as far as navigating the user interface is concerned.
In the list of Top 5 Linux Distros for Beginners, at the last number, 5 is ubuntu. It is probably the first distro site that you would have been led to. If you googled the question what is the best Linux distro for beginners. It’s easy to use it has a pretty easy to navigate user interface. And a community that can help you with most of the issues that you’ll come across. On this distro also if you’re running ubuntu 16.04 or later you have snap integration ready to go without any extra configuration necessary.
Which makes a lot of sense, considering that snap and the ubuntu distro are developed by the same company snaps. Can be very useful for new users because they bundle together packages and dependencies. So all you have to do to install a particular piece of software without having to worry about any dependencies. You just have to just install the snap package now. Although the snap method of installing software is easier for noobs.
It’s very different than the traditional method of installing packages through a package manager. And as a result, this makes ubuntu very different from almost any other distribution. Many people make the switch to Linux. In the first place to get away from proprietary software and bloat that you see on many other operating systems.
like windows but snaps break both of these rules well the software itself is still open source it’s distributed from. A proprietary canonical specific source and you have to create an account with them. Top 5 Linux Distros for Beginners.
About Ubuntu OS.
If you want to host your software there and because of the snap ship all of the dependencies of a package together with that package. You can very quickly blow it up to your system with duplicate copies of dependencies if you install multiple snaps that have those same dependencies and finally although ubuntu’s user interface is very clean and modern it’s laid out quite a bit differently from the UI that you would see on windows and since most new Linux users are coming from windows they might find the transition a little bit harder because of this.
Because you’re already used to using that package manager so then you can switch to an arch Linux setup print out your Neofetch and show people on Reddit how cool you are so that’s it for this lineup guys if you’re new to Linux let me know what distro you decided to go with or which one you picked when you were new in the comments below.
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