February 22, 2014

Is there a well secured Long term supported distribution for inexperienced end-user? Fuduntu is no more here.

I an a non-expert computer user (using GUI) and a Linux admirer but lost a huge personal data (my documents/records) on two different occasions while installing Ubuntu alongside my, expiring shortly, WindowsXP. What happened was I mounted the backed-up partition of my hard disk to see my saved record while using live CD (now, I feel very sorry). I liked Linux Mint too but there are rumors (from ubuntu lobby)of its not having security updates. I also tried Live CDs of Fedora; OpenSuSe (both are not easy to handle) and Fuduntu. Funduntu would have been distro of my choice but, unfortunately it is not here. Please suggest me a free of cost, user friendly and safest distribution.

Don't know why Mint wouldn't have security updates but if you liked linux...

Don't know why Mint wouldn't have security updates but if you liked linux Mint you could try Linux Mint Debian Edition- not based on ubuntu- or stop by Mint forums and ask them about security updates rather than listening to rumors.

You might want to look at Vector linux
http://vectorlinux.com/

Also go to distrowatch.com and use their search facility to find other options.

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Last I heard, Mint was alive and well, but it's been a little while since I...

Last I heard, Mint was alive and well, but it's been a little while since I checked.

For a distribution, you can't go far wrong with Debian. Debian stable (currently wheezy) is rock solid, if a little old. I use testing myself with no major problems.

As for it being "easy", it depends on whether you want the defaults or not. The default desktop is GNOME shell (yuck!), but it does have others. I use KDE myself. If you want one of the others, then you have to install it from the command line. That isn't too difficult, just requiring a bit of patience.

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