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Hello and welcome to the world of Linux.

are you new to Linux?
confused what to do?
just want a distro that just works?
what is desktop environment and what is effect of it on performance?

well no more,

You will get answer to most Linux questions in your mind

But first why i hate windows
The things which sucks about the windows (most) :-

  1. it is a big fatty collection of useless things (for developers)
  2. it has many process running in background and cause whole system to slow down ( average ram consumption about 2gb at boot )
  3. VIRUS of course, windows is popular so is the main target for hackers.
  4. slow installation of apps compared to Linux. like you have to find official website download .exe, run it, setup and plugins download
  5. also those reboots after installing like a mouse driver.
  6. also those annoying updates often filled with new errors, driver failure and system glitches (bugs)
  7. and don't forget spending whole day just to fix some creepy system update failure.
  8. and windows spying on every key you type (nightmare for me)

what Linux has for developers:-

  1. Light weight with useful stuff on board.
  2. best on system resource ( avg. 512mb on boot )
  3. no need for reboot (in most case). one of the reason Linux is used in servers is because it don't needs reboot like for many years.
  4. transparent and easy installation of apps ( just by typing pamac install ......) (that to official build from secure source)
  5. years ahead in advancement from windows
  6. has kernel boost for faster development like literally 3 times faster
  7. with safe habits no need to worry about viruses and hackers literally 10 times more secure than windows (that to without a single antivirus software installed)
  8. saves a looooo.......tttt of time.
  9. made by a passionate developer for developers ( even kids can use it ).
which distribution to pick:-

  1. there are 1000+ distros to pick from each with it's own features and customization.
  2. some popular ones which you may know are, ubuntu, Linux Mint, pop os (debian based)
  3. don't think too much just try any one i know after some time you will find distro you need
  4. i also switch between many disrtro but hey it's the beauty of Linux.
desktop environment ? what is it ?

well, it is the desktop with which you interact
Every desktop has it's own set of apps and gestures to interact with it.
like,

1) GNOME (ubuntu default ) is a modern desktop with animations and beautiful GUI (you will love it) but is resource intensive. (around 1.5gb ram on boot)

1.1) cosmic (pop os) beautiful pure GNOME based desktop with tweaks from system76. best if you are suffering from performance in ubuntu use pop os (cosmic)

2) Plasma KDE is the most (as far as i know) customizable desktop with the performance unmatched by any other desktop. XFCE used to be top performance oriented desktop but it's kinda defeated by Plasma KDE.

3) XFCE well simple stability oriented desktop. performance is also good but has little customization and is for people who want stability and performance with little customization.

4)..........there are many good ones but these three are like famous (linked with famous destros like ubuntu, manjaro, etc)

i will update as i experience more environments.



what to do if i am new in the world of Linux?

Live boot into Linux check if WiFi, Bluetooth and other drivers important to you are working and

welcome to a brand new experience full of learning and improving.


a little side note though:- ms office as an app in not available in Linux ( use open source libre office or web based ms office )
and if you are content creator, some adobe apps for now not available in Linux. also check if apps important for your work is available on Linux.


apart from some drivers and apps not available in Linux.it has all built-in.

Linux has best performance, customization, and privacy which every Human on earth deserves.

To-The-Point :-


which??????----------> distribution to pick?

1) Ubuntu (DEBIAN Based):- simple on the go distro with a huge community and supports most of the hardware. performance is good but if you are looking for gaming choose PoP Os. (or Manjaro)

2) PoP Os (Ubuntu Based):- based on ubuntu LTS, with pure GNOME desktop along with best looking icons and themes. believe me the guys behind it system76 have done a decent work. performance it top class and desktop experience is out of world awesome. ( just try it if you are beginner) and it comes with system-wide encryption.

3) Manjaro (arch-linux based):- supports 3 desktops out of the box ( XFCE, Plasma KDE, and GNOME) based on arch-linux. has a lots of app.
fast, powerful, simple and fully customizable. but some time some experience may require to fix bugs. but just give it a try you will love KDE version for sure.

4) Linux Mint, Fedora, and many more are available as user friendly.


I will update this tread for more.

tell me which distro you like and for which work.thanks for reading.


updated on 01-july-2021.
 
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desktop environment ? what is it ?

well, it is the desktop with which you interact
Every desktop has it's own set of apps and gestures to interact with it.
like,

1) Genome (ubuntu default ) is a modern desktop with animations and beautiful GUI (you will love it) but is resource intensive. (around 1.5gb ram on boot)

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It is GNOME, which stands for GNU Network Object Model Environment, not Genome. Also, you should've mentioned Window Managers and Base Distros, like Debian, Arch, Slackware, Gentoo, etc. Also a bit of history would've been good.
 

NullCode

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Dont forget Zorin OS !
Zorin OS is one of the friendly Linux Distro, especially for The New Comer.
I don't like Zorin as a beginner distro too much because then the user won't learn anything new about linux (the UI is 80% like Windows if I'm not mistaken)

I started with Linux Mint as my first distro, and all I can say is it pushed me out of my comfort zone enough to Google and learn more new things, by not being too daunting {for example: arch/gentoo (I use arch btw)}

But of course, everyone has their own opinions. This is just my opinion
 

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I'm running Ubuntu 21.04 on a desktop and I have a laptop that I dual boot Ubuntu 20.10 / Win10. I built the desktop in January year of the dumpster fire. The laptop is on its last legs and sometimes takes some tinkering to get to start. I ran Ubuntu Studio for a year or two. I only keep Win10 running for things that I'd rather not try using with Windows Is Not Emulated. If I ever make the switch to BitWig I might ditch Windows altogether. I liked Ubuntu Studio for what it offered but often felt it offered too much and quickly got complicated for a somewhat novice to intermediate user like myself. I always thought it was cool that Android uses a Linux kernel if I'm not mistaken.
 
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Otus9051

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Also quick tidbit: NEVER start with Manjaro as your first distro (if you intend on starting with it)
Why? Because of its hyper unstable nature and you gotta fix some bugs by hand (which is not fun if you're a beginner)

[Fun fact: My manjaro install broke exactly 5 days after installation]
Manjaro is probably the worst Arch Based Distro. If I needed Arch Based distro, I would go either ArchCraft or Garuda
 
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I don't like Zorin as a beginner distro too much because then the user won't learn anything new about linux (the UI is 80% like Windows if I'm not mistaken)

I started with Linux Mint as my first distro, and all I can say is it pushed me out of my comfort zone enough to Google and learn more new things, by not being too daunting {for example: arch/gentoo (I use arch btw)}

But of course, everyone has their own opinions. This is just my opinion
Thats right bro, every human have their own opinions.

Linuxmint & Zorin OS famous for its interface similarity with Windows 7 & 10 like. In some cases, this is one of the Power "Selling" for these Distro.

In my own case here, I introduced the Zorin & Linuxmint, the result is Good. The interface (UI) has given a certain degree of impact for the new commer to try it eagerly. Till now, they still stick with Zorin and of course Win7 & 10.

I myself, is not a zorin or linuxmint user though.
 
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Also quick tidbit: NEVER start with Manjaro as your first distro (if you intend on starting with it)
Why? Because of its hyper unstable nature and you gotta fix some bugs by hand (which is not fun if you're a beginner)

[Fun fact: My manjaro install broke exactly 5 days after installation]
My first install last year was fine, until I hadn't logged in for a few months and it wouldn't boot. I've had it reinstalled for about 6 months without issues on my Desktop and an old Mini Laptop
 

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I am a Fedora Linux user more than 10 years.
I don't like gnome or kde, but I like LXDE.
My first Fedora was version 16 and today I am on Fedora version 34.
Fedora is a mix of stable with beta. Or just stable beta as some people say.

I am on Android for just only 8 years.
My first was Android 4.4.2, Android 5.1, Android 6.0, Android 8.1, Android 9.0, Android 10 and today I am on Android 11.

Linux is my life ♥️
 
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Also quick tidbit: NEVER start with Manjaro as your first distro (if you intend on starting with it)
Why? Because of its hyper unstable nature and you gotta fix some bugs by hand (which is not fun if you're a beginner)

[Fun fact: My manjaro install broke exactly 5 days after installation]
yes, manjaro has some stability issue and random crashes but with manjaro KDE which i am using for about a month it's good

main reason for me to recommend Manjaro KDE to beginners is to give them a first hand experience of best Plasma KDE and believe me it's good and stable for general use.

but, anyway for laptop user's i would recommend pop os. it is such a beauty with power.
 
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I started with Ubuntu, then moved to Linux Mint. I fell in love with the Cinnamon DE, I've been running Manjaro (Cinnamon Community Edition) the last couple years though, and I really like it. I haven't had any issues with it.

Another note, when it comes to ROM building, Arch provides the fastest build environment. Was like 30% faster in my box versus Linux Mint. I've never used Fedora or CentOS, but I've heard they are good too.
 
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Tried Zorin for about 2 weeks, now I am on Linux Mint. I am amazed how user friendly it is and that I didn't have any bugs in almost 6 months. I also think I liked more the Windows 7 feel and simplicity and Mint seems to feel that way a bit. For a while, I will be staying in the Debian branch.

As to Ubuntu, it is a great distro, but I think it rather looks great on touch devices. As I was unable to install Ubuntu Touch on my tablet, I used a launcher in Android to recreate its look.

Oh, and with regards to why: out of curiosity and accidental circumstance.
 
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I am a Fedora Linux user more than 10 years.
I don't like gnome or kde, but I like LXDE.
My first Fedora was version 16 and today I am on Fedora version 34.
Fedora is a mix of stable with beta. Or just stable beta as some people say.

I am on Android for just only 8 years.
My first was Android 4.4.2, Android 5.1, Android 6.0, Android 8.1, Android 9.0, Android 10 and today I am on Android 11.

Linux is my life ♥️
I have always gone with Debian based distros like Ubuntu. I always wanted to try Fedora and the RPM package manager. I installed it once. It seems like all the good government jobs use RedHat as there are certifications you can get (at least there were 5 years ago) that could land you a job. Also, Perl or Python, Vim or Emacs?
 

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    Hello and welcome to the world of Linux.

    are you new to Linux?
    confused what to do?
    just want a distro that just works?
    what is desktop environment and what is effect of it on performance?

    well no more,

    You will get answer to most Linux questions in your mind

    But first why i hate windows
    The things which sucks about the windows (most) :-

    1. it is a big fatty collection of useless things (for developers)
    2. it has many process running in background and cause whole system to slow down ( average ram consumption about 2gb at boot )
    3. VIRUS of course, windows is popular so is the main target for hackers.
    4. slow installation of apps compared to Linux. like you have to find official website download .exe, run it, setup and plugins download
    5. also those reboots after installing like a mouse driver.
    6. also those annoying updates often filled with new errors, driver failure and system glitches (bugs)
    7. and don't forget spending whole day just to fix some creepy system update failure.
    8. and windows spying on every key you type (nightmare for me)

    what Linux has for developers:-

    1. Light weight with useful stuff on board.
    2. best on system resource ( avg. 512mb on boot )
    3. no need for reboot (in most case). one of the reason Linux is used in servers is because it don't needs reboot like for many years.
    4. transparent and easy installation of apps ( just by typing pamac install ......) (that to official build from secure source)
    5. years ahead in advancement from windows
    6. has kernel boost for faster development like literally 3 times faster
    7. with safe habits no need to worry about viruses and hackers literally 10 times more secure than windows (that to without a single antivirus software installed)
    8. saves a looooo.......tttt of time.
    9. made by a passionate developer for developers ( even kids can use it ).
    which distribution to pick:-

    1. there are 1000+ distros to pick from each with it's own features and customization.
    2. some popular ones which you may know are, ubuntu, Linux Mint, pop os (debian based)
    3. don't think too much just try any one i know after some time you will find distro you need
    4. i also switch between many disrtro but hey it's the beauty of Linux.
    desktop environment ? what is it ?

    well, it is the desktop with which you interact
    Every desktop has it's own set of apps and gestures to interact with it.
    like,

    1) GNOME (ubuntu default ) is a modern desktop with animations and beautiful GUI (you will love it) but is resource intensive. (around 1.5gb ram on boot)

    1.1) cosmic (pop os) beautiful pure GNOME based desktop with tweaks from system76. best if you are suffering from performance in ubuntu use pop os (cosmic)

    2) Plasma KDE is the most (as far as i know) customizable desktop with the performance unmatched by any other desktop. XFCE used to be top performance oriented desktop but it's kinda defeated by Plasma KDE.

    3) XFCE well simple stability oriented desktop. performance is also good but has little customization and is for people who want stability and performance with little customization.

    4)..........there are many good ones but these three are like famous (linked with famous destros like ubuntu, manjaro, etc)

    i will update as i experience more environments.



    what to do if i am new in the world of Linux?

    Live boot into Linux check if WiFi, Bluetooth and other drivers important to you are working and

    welcome to a brand new experience full of learning and improving.


    a little side note though:- ms office as an app in not available in Linux ( use open source libre office or web based ms office )
    and if you are content creator, some adobe apps for now not available in Linux. also check if apps important for your work is available on Linux.


    apart from some drivers and apps not available in Linux.it has all built-in.

    Linux has best performance, customization, and privacy which every Human on earth deserves.

    To-The-Point :-


    which??????----------> distribution to pick?

    1) Ubuntu (DEBIAN Based):- simple on the go distro with a huge community and supports most of the hardware. performance is good but if you are looking for gaming choose PoP Os. (or Manjaro)

    2) PoP Os (Ubuntu Based):- based on ubuntu LTS, with pure GNOME desktop along with best looking icons and themes. believe me the guys behind it system76 have done a decent work. performance it top class and desktop experience is out of world awesome. ( just try it if you are beginner) and it comes with system-wide encryption.

    3) Manjaro (arch-linux based):- supports 3 desktops out of the box ( XFCE, Plasma KDE, and GNOME) based on arch-linux. has a lots of app.
    fast, powerful, simple and fully customizable. but some time some experience may require to fix bugs. but just give it a try you will love KDE version for sure.

    4) Linux Mint, Fedora, and many more are available as user friendly.


    I will update this tread for more.

    tell me which distro you like and for which work.thanks for reading.


    updated on 01-july-2021.
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    And those who prefer user friendliness and ease of use or those who are beginners, Linux Mint is one of the best options to go with. (This is my opinion, other distro users, please don't be offended)
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    I am a Fedora Linux user more than 10 years.
    I don't like gnome or kde, but I like LXDE.
    My first Fedora was version 16 and today I am on Fedora version 34.
    Fedora is a mix of stable with beta. Or just stable beta as some people say.

    I am on Android for just only 8 years.
    My first was Android 4.4.2, Android 5.1, Android 6.0, Android 8.1, Android 9.0, Android 10 and today I am on Android 11.

    Linux is my life ♥️
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    Dont forget Zorin OS !
    Zorin OS is one of the friendly Linux Distro, especially for The New Comer.
    I don't like Zorin as a beginner distro too much because then the user won't learn anything new about linux (the UI is 80% like Windows if I'm not mistaken)

    I started with Linux Mint as my first distro, and all I can say is it pushed me out of my comfort zone enough to Google and learn more new things, by not being too daunting {for example: arch/gentoo (I use arch btw)}

    But of course, everyone has their own opinions. This is just my opinion
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    And those who prefer user friendliness and ease of use or those who are beginners, Linux Mint is one of the best options to go with. (This is my opinion, other distro users, please don't be offended)
    Dont forget Zorin OS !
    Zorin OS is one of the friendly Linux Distro, especially for The New Comer.