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Re: Linux distro for a novice

#31 Post by Midas » Tue Apr 19, 2016 9:38 am

I've stated my preferences before both here and elsewhere (i.e., PeppermintOS: viewtopic.php?p=73217#p73217); but I'd like to introduce a radically minimalist distro that doesn't get a lot of attention: Tiny Core Linux (http://tinycorelinux.net/). It even has an official in-depth guide as a free ebook (available from http://tinycorelinux.net/book.html). :idea:

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On a related note, our old friend at TinyApps.org recently heaped praise on Arch based Appricity, a new-comer distro I have yet to try...

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Re: Linux distro for a novice

#32 Post by joby_toss » Fri Apr 22, 2016 9:45 am

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Re: Linux distro for a novice

#33 Post by SYSTEM » Fri Apr 22, 2016 10:53 pm

@joby: Welcome to the world of GNU/Linux. Enjoy your trip. :)
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Re: Linux distro for a novice

#34 Post by Midas » Mon Apr 25, 2016 1:55 am

For anyone wanting to follow suit, here's a detailed guide on how to create a booting Mint USB in Windows:
OTOH, you just might be too late... ;)

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Re: Linux distro for a novice

#35 Post by Midas » Tue Jun 07, 2016 6:27 am

This looks relevant for the topic -- a 4GB USB drive is needed, plus the "Chromebook Recovery Utility" and, of course, a laptop able to boot from USB.
http://www.linux.com/learn/turn-your-old-laptop-chromebook wrote:The year of Linux is here. According to reports, Google sold more Chromebooks in the first quarter of 2016 than Apple sold Macbooks. And, Chromebooks are about to get even more exciting...

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Re: Linux distro for a novice

#36 Post by Midas » Mon Oct 03, 2016 5:27 am

Another interesting piece, IMHO...

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Re: Linux distro for a novice

#37 Post by joby_toss » Thu Nov 10, 2016 12:55 am

Still enjoying the Mint experience, but thought to try something else and Chapeau came to my attention: http://chapeaulinux.org/
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I like it quite a bit. It's different than what I'm used to, but still easy to use.
At this moment in time I could do just fine without Windows (still a light Linux user, though). Only gaming keeps calling me back, but PlayOnLinux (included) might just be the answer to that... :)

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Re: Linux distro for a novice

#38 Post by shnbwmn » Thu Nov 10, 2016 2:27 am

Came across this recently ...

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Ubuntu Budgie: https://budgie-remix.org/ (formerly Budgie Remix)
Budgie desktop @ Solus: https://solus-project.com/budgie/
On becoming official Ubuntu flavour: http://news.softpedia.com/news/ubuntu-b ... 0062.shtml
Budgie is the flagship desktop of Solus and is a Solus project. It focuses on simplicity and elegance.

Written from scratch with integration in mind, the Budgie desktop tightly integrates with the GNOME stack,
employing underlying technologies to offer an alternative desktop experience.
What is Ubuntu Budgie (formerly budgie-remix)? ... It offers the same level of quality and package selection as
any other official Ubuntu flavor, but designed to be lightweight, user-friendly, simple and customizable, thanks
to the Budgie desktop, which relies on the latest GNOME technologies, for now.

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#39 Post by webfork » Sun Apr 01, 2018 4:04 pm

Recently tested Mint on a 2016 HP laptop and everything worked without incident. Wireless, video, audio drivers all worked great where it was sluggish and buggy on Win10, even with plenty of RAM. Linux has definitely come a long way.
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Re: Linux distro for a novice

#40 Post by Midas » Mon Apr 02, 2018 8:00 am

webfork wrote: Linux has definitely come a long way.
Completely agree. With one big caveat: still not fully optimized for laptops right off the bat.

E.g., TLP needs manual installing and configuring...

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Re: Linux distro for a novice

#41 Post by starstuff » Sun Apr 29, 2018 10:21 pm

I'm dipping my toes in Linux also, I use MX Linux and I like it very much

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Re: Linux distro for a novice

#42 Post by CornHolio the Gringo » Fri Sep 21, 2018 1:27 pm

How about trying Porteus.
Its a portable distribution at size 280-400MB depending what interface you use (mate, cinnamon, etc)
http://porteus.org

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#43 Post by freakazoid » Fri Sep 21, 2018 3:26 pm

I've been testing Manjaro on a separate partition.

Not bad, but I'd still miss certain Windows apps way too much.
is it stealth? ;)

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#44 Post by webfork » Sat Sep 29, 2018 12:12 pm

Just noticed there's been a lot of Linux discussion on this Windows forum. Maybe it's time to start work on emulation tools again?

Wine in Ubuntu - viewtopic.php?f=7&t=6964
Crossover Test - viewtopic.php?f=7&t=3200
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Re: Linux distro for a novice

#45 Post by Midas » Sun Sep 30, 2018 9:48 am

For anyone wanting to get a quick taste of a console based Linux environment, here's Levin/UX a puny 20MB Linux distro based on Tiny Core (see above: viewtopic.php?p=80454#p80454) that can be run out of your Dropbox. It supports Python...
[Levin/UX] is a tiny virtual Linux server that runs from USB or Dropbox with a double-click (no install or admin rights required) on Macs, Windows or Linux PCs -- making it the perfect controlled environment for learning Linux.
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