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Link to this post 01 Sep 10

One Debian based distro that is very user friendly is Mepis Linux. It's KDE based, so, if you didn't like Mint, maybe a KDE based distro would be more to your liking. The MepisLovers Forum is also very new user friendly. If you have problems or questions, you can get them answered there. I ran Mepis for a couple of years when I first started using Linux, it's a great distro.

Link to this post 01 Sep 10

+1 to Mepis! Rock stable (because it's based on Debian Stable) yet still up-to-date in many respects. KDE on Mepis was too much of a resource hog on my poor old hand-me-down machine, but I hear that there have been alot of improvements lately. Mepis rocks for those who like KDE! A very well supported and very stable distro, it works on most hardware as well. An excellent choice for Linux beginners!

-R

Link to this post 06 Sep 10

I started off with Xubuntu due to my first computer's age and hardware (it was a Dell Optiplex GX100) prior to moving to Linux Mint on that machine. I currently run Ubuntu Linux 10.04 on my System76 laptop and couldn't be happier :)

Link to this post 15 Sep 10

I think anyone you ask will be a bit biased...

I would say Ubuntu,
but OpenSUSE, Linux Mint, and all the other ones mentioned here are equity as stable and good out of the box.

Also a thing to note is that the distribution only matters to a certain point. You'll probably either be using GNOME or KDE as a desktop interface, which is pretty much the same across all these distros.

After a while you move beyond the install and initial impressions and programs and get to the core of the distribution which (according to me) is the community.

Ubuntu, OpenSUSE, Fedora, Linux Mint, etc. all have different communities with different personalities and feels. When you install a distro, also check out the community. Visit the forums, go to the IRC channels, ask questions, you will probably find a community and distro that matches your likes, needs, and personality best.

Besides that, though, it's all LInux ;)

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