Linked by Eugenia Loli on Sat 17th Mar 2007 00:26 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu During my 8 years of Linux on and off usage I have tried more distros than I have chocolate bars. Each one of my previous encounters meant that I had to spend at least 2 days configuring before I have a desktop that I was somewhat comfortable with. With Ubuntu Feisty Fawn's latest test beta --for the first time ever-- this was not the case. I was up and running with all the niceties I wanted within 2 hours.
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RE[3]: re: lemur2
by lemur2 on Sat 17th Mar 2007 12:21 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: re: lemur2"
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a. Make a new partition (WILL BE needed*) before or during installation. Now make a second* partition. Now make sure the second partition is a different format than the first. Now make sure the second partition is twice the size of your system RAM (The GUI will NOT tell you this. You will have to spend a while in Google to figure this out. Also, the Mint installer will try to make a THIRD partition. The only information you are given as to why this is happening are words such as "/dev/", "/dev/home/root", and "'swap'".}

I'm not really a fan of Ubuntu, and I agree that installing (and re-installing) GRUB using Ubuntu is not intuitive.

Having said that, let me point out that the Ubuntu liveCD "install Ubuntu to hard disk" doesn't even ask any questions ... it just gets it right and if the system already has Windows it will automatically install GRUB with a correct dual-boot menus for Ubuntu and Windows.

The GUI provisions for installing and re-installing GRUB in PCLinuxOS, Mandriva and SuSe are all better than is the case for Ubuntu, however.

If you are a newbie to Linux, go with PCLinuxOS would be my recommendation. That is the easiest one by quite a margin.

If you want an Ubuntu-derivative, then perhaps go with MEPIS or even (when it comes out) Freespire 2.0. These will both give you access to CNR.

IMO, Ubuntu still has some rough edges that aren't very friendly for newbies.

{My only point is that Linux-Desktop is not "easy" yet. It will be, and it will be soon. It is not "easy" now.}

It IS easy right now if you choose the best easy-to-use-even-for-newbies distribution, which is PCLinuxOS.

That one is the easiest and best desktop Linux for Linux beginners.

Edited 2007-03-17 12:26

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