Which of the following distributions would you recommend to a newbie?

24% (703 votes)
9% (263 votes)
17% (504 votes)
27% (791 votes)
Other (please describe in a comment)
24% (716 votes)
Total votes: 2977
Carlie Fairchild - Tue, 2020-05-10 08:11.

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Best distro for a newbie

Linspire is hands-down the best distro!

An - ymous (not verified) - Wed, 2020-06-15 08:01.

Linspire for ease of installation and use

Linspire 5 installs quickly, and is very easy to use with its unique CNR service.

David Orban (not verified) - Wed, 2020-06-15 04:53.

Which Linux for new user

Its gotta be Linspire

I migrated to Linux 2 years ago and was a distro gypsie trying to find something that made me feel comfortable and fuzzy. Now all the disties mention here have many great qualities , such as slackware or gentoo which force you to learn everthing about linux. Or Redhat or Suse which are excellent stable safe and easy to use. However on balance Linspire was the best simply because the install was simple the interface has a lot featurtes that break the new user in gently. So i am a linspire user and happy.

Feel free to critise me if you wish however i will not lower myself into my distro is better than yours arguement.

Brynster (not verified) - Wed, 2020-06-15 03:37.

New Distro Recommendaton

Linspire - a clear no brainer. Any Windows user with no tech or Linux skills whatsoever can go right into Linspire and resume their work from there effortlessly. From that point, if they so choose, they may grow their skill to handle the higher Linux skill that the other distros that you mention all require.

John Westervelt (not verified) - Wed, 2020-06-15 02:38.


Linspire. Without a doubt. If you don't want to see the command line ever in your life, you won't have to. As a newbie feels more adventurous, though, they can venture out into the wide world of command line interfaces! Simply the best for anyone beginning.

JesusTrance (not verified) - Tue, 2020-06-14 21:50.

Distro for Newbies

I would recommend Linspire. A snap to use - installs in about 10 minutes and no compiling to do. Easy transition for a Windows user coming over to Linux.

An - ymous (not verified) - Tue, 2020-06-14 21:44.


I voted "Other" - Linspire. The other Distros are all fine distros, but I still find Linspire the easiest one to use.

seakryan (not verified) - Tue, 2020-06-14 21:34.

Distrobution recomendation

Linspire would be my choice. Want to know why? Try it. Get the free Live CD and see for your self how good it is.

Freedom (not verified) - Tue, 2020-06-14 21:29.

Linspire 5.0!

Linspire - without a doubt.

Jas - (not verified) - Tue, 2020-06-14 20:58.

Linspire 5.0

Works great!!!

An - ymous (not verified) - Tue, 2020-06-14 20:47.


It's the best OS out there.

An - ymous (not verified) - Tue, 2020-06-14 20:17.

Of I forgot

and coem join us for a frinely coveration at are forums as well learn a thing or to.

Wolf (not verified) - Tue, 2020-06-14 20:01.

Linspire - just too easy to i

Linspire - just too easy to install and use.

An - ymous (not verified) - Tue, 2020-06-14 19:54.


Linspire by far how ever seing its a .deb and not .rpm bassed it a little stuck up for getitng programs that arn;t on the CNR.

Wolf (not verified) - Tue, 2020-06-14 19:53.

Poll comment

Linspire because it usually doesn't require tweaking during install.

Pat Hallesy (not verified) - Tue, 2020-06-14 19:34.

newbie distro

Linspire for sure. The easiest one I've tried for the newbie. Does it all well and the CNR feature for 1 click installations is the best

Ken (not verified) - Tue, 2020-06-14 19:21.

man whats with all the

man whats with all the linspire loving, i found linspires cnr to be very overrated and limting, as there is a severe lack of programs in cnr and if its not in cnr its 100 times more impossible to install than any other distro because NOONE makes packages for linspire so if you need something thats not in cnr then your fcuked

Mike (not verified) - Sun, 2020-10-02 16:06.

Linspire is for non techy users

What some of you who have a downer on Linspire fail to realise is. That Newbies like myself are just starting out in our Linux journey. Yes the CNR software is limited but it is steadily improving and so far it has delivered in its task to make using this OS as trouble free as possible. I for one like the fact that there are viable alternatives to the Microsoft empire whether it be Linspire or any of the others on the list. Nows not the time to be carping on about which distro is the best. They are all heading in the right direction as far as i can see that is to say breaking the stranglehold Microsoft has on the market. Lets use our heads not our egos and work to enlighten others to switch to linux of whatever flavour.

Keith (not verified) - Thu, 2020-12-29 12:41.


Linspire is the easiest new user Distro I have found. New users will need commercial support and the most active community of all.

M.Brown (not verified) - Tue, 2020-06-14 19:16.

Which of the following distributions would you recommend to a ne

Linspire. Most user friendly. One click software installation.
Great community support in their forums. Excellent hardware detection.
Very good visual appeal. Hands down the best choice for someone
making the move from Windows.

An - ymous (not verified) - Tue, 2020-06-14 18:27.

Given the choice I would have

Given the choice I would have without a doubt recommended Linspire 5.0, for the new user it's hands down easier than any of the distros in your poll. When it comes to installing software it's light years ahead of these choices.

An - ymous (not verified) - Tue, 2020-06-14 18:09.

I use Linspire, I think it is

I use Linspire, I think it is the smallest learning curve I think I have ever seen. Perhaps even no learning curve!

An - ymous (not verified) - Tue, 2020-06-14 17:56.

Linspire is easiest for the n

Linspire is easiest for the newcomer to Linux.

An - ymous (not verified) - Tue, 2020-06-14 17:48.

Red Hat or Fedora

I learned the basics (and still learning) Linux with Red Hat 7 & 9.

Aries Belgium (not verified) - M - , 2020-06-13 11:25.

blag linux

blag linux , multimedia !!

coriolis67 (not verified) - Sun, 2020-06-12 05:56.

Fedora all the way......

Fedora all the way......

An - ymous (not verified) - Sat, 2020-06-11 13:50.

Recommend RedHat

In my experience, RedHat is the best documented and supported distribution. That is why we started with RedHat.

We currently use v9 and will upgrade its kernel to xx.30 soon. The reason for the version/kernel selection is that we are implementing OpenMosix for thread management. That open-source product has been completely tested on that distribution.

Jack Simm - s (not verified) - Sat, 2020-06-11 10:33.

Knoppix vs. Mepis

I would tend to agree with the poll findings that Knoppix is better than Mepis. However, the poll question was, "Which Linux distribution would you recommend to a newbie ?", (vs. which Linux distribution do you personally feel is best !)

As I see it, Knoppix is better than Mepis for someone who is more computer and/or Linux savy. Which a newbie most likely isn't. Knoppix is full of Linux utilities / configuration programs / EMACs / etc. that are likely to frighten a newbie a way because it all seems so complex.

Mepis, on the other hand, tends to be more geared to Linux applications / internet programs / games / etc. that aren't as likely to scare off someone who's trying out the Linux waters for the first time.

Also, I've found Mepis to be SIGNIFICANTLY easier to install to a hard disk than Knoppix was.

PS: In case you haven't heard, Knoppix is up to release 3.9.... and it's awesome ! KDE 3.4 / OpenOffice 2 / GIMP 2.2 / Firefox 1.07 / Thunderbird... etc.

AsheJoe (not verified) - Sat, 2020-06-11 06:17.



J.Rod (not verified) - Sat, 2020-06-11 04:27.

Newbie Linux Recommendation

Definitely Mandrake ( it had to be a lawyer that came up with that awful Mandriva name.)

An - ymous (not verified) - Fri, 2020-06-10 14:37.

Mandrake 10.0 or Mandriva 200

Mandrake 10.0 or Mandriva 2005 LE for definite; possibly Ubuntu or Kubuntu.

Esme (not verified) - Fri, 2020-06-10 09:42.

my recommendation

I would recommed Slakware Linux because a newbie would learn everything about Linux,
and he would learn to write configuration files. Later he wouldn't be afraid of installing distro
such as Gentoo.

Slack (not verified) - Thu, 2020-06-09 12:00.

lol! I would recommend lin


I would recommend linux from scratch because after getting it running the newbie will either be a genius hacker or a blob of melted brain residue on the floor.

An - ymous (not verified) - Thu, 2020-06-16 08:48.

other os


An - ymous (not verified) - Thu, 2020-06-09 09:16.

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jewelry (not verified) - Thu, 2020-06-09 07:04.


Mandrake, not Mandriva.

idud (not verified) - Wed, 2020-06-08 21:28.

live distros

The first live cd i downloaded was Austrumi which i probably wouldnt recommend to beginners unless theyre latvian but i'd recommend feather or Damn Small Linux to people with dial up. But i think PClinuxOS would hav to get my vote a live distro for beginners, rather than Mepis, as for me Mepis did not connect to the net easily, and PCLOS has limewire which would attract new users. My favorite live distro is Slax as it has a small download size and there are many versions, and i'm not keen on the way certain linux distros try to make it look too much like windows, linux has its own identity.

banana penguin (not verified) - Wed, 2020-06-08 06:57.

Suse Desktop

The desktop Pro version of SUSE goes in easy, finds everthing that I have on my systems - inc a TV turner card on one system, dual video cards on another and a dual headed video card on a third system. It supports all my sound cards - in fact I have yet to run into something that the installer can't deal with. The first 30 days of updates and patches are free, so if something the installer needs isn't there it picks it off the web in the updates.

Derflinger (not verified) - Wed, 2020-06-08 06:16.

I had been using Mandrake 10.

I had been using Mandrake 10.2 and Xandros Std Edition 3.0 for
a year and I found the they have compatibility issue with my
PC and now I switch to Kubuntu 5.04 . It works great ! Everything
run smoothly. Boot up time is faster and GUI is better.

Kubuntu Supporter (not verified) - Tue, 2020-06-07 19:00.

For a beginner's first toe in the water I'd suggest Xandros

It's an easy install, it will even set up the Internet connection w/o asking any questions a newbie ( should but won't ) know the meanings or reasons for. Other than, how big/small should I resize your current windows partition to be, that is.

I have had an almost completely headache free list of folks I give this distro to as their first brush w/ the light side of the force. Even better , they can sign up and pay a small fee to get updates etc. in a virtually painless way. I believe also includes help when there are *difficulties*.

Next in line would be Suse. And the latest Knoppix version as a rescue system. Since newbies, as well as a good many "regular" users who know better but still don't seem to manage to do their backups regularly.

An - ymous (not verified) - Tue, 2020-06-07 15:45.

It depends

If I'm doing the install, Slackware.
If the newbie is capable of following a set of simple instructions, Slackware or Ubuntu.
If the newbie is doing the install and I get a sense that they're barely capable of point and click, probably one of the RPM based distros. Then I'd hope they picked a few simple skills and I'd gently nudge them toward Ubuntu or Slackware.

James (not verified) - Tue, 2020-06-07 14:55.

Fedora Core 4

Well Ninjas,
I have tried Mandrake and its not great unless you purchase updates and support yearly for $21.95

That is not good for newbies; they need their updates and security fixes for free.

Bottom line Ninjas - work with Fedora Core 4.
Learn Linux - live with it, sleep with it, marry it.
Then commit adultery, and sleep around with many other distros.

Tell your friends...

BlackNinjaVirus (not verified) - Tue, 2020-06-07 14:14.


If were going to stick to a debian system I would probably go with Kanotix, Ubuntu is going to end up causing more problems for Debian because it drifts from the released packages and uses many of its own packages. Kanotix has everything Knoppix has, plus usually has more support for devices. I do have to say though - most of the new releases are good sound Linux setup's for the Newbie. I constantly try many of the most popular distributions and find that Fedora Core, Mandriva, Suse - all have nice installers, are easier then ever before to set up, and are pleasing to the eye. I usually run 6 distributions on the same system for comparison - but at heart I am a Debian person. The biggest problem I see for many newbies - is that they do not get use to thinking about Linux apps that do the same as their MS counterpart.

oboltyo (not verified) - Tue, 2020-06-07 12:12.

Which Distro for a Newbie


An - ymous (not verified) - Tue, 2020-06-07 07:47.


Mandriva is the best noob distro IMHO. But that's the beauty of linux we aren't stuck with one flavor.. go out and try as many as you can get your hands on and then make your own decision. :)

An - ymous (not verified) - Tue, 2020-06-07 06:57.


At the moment I'd go for Xandros, I'm very impressed with OCE Desktop 3.0. I've been using kubuntu Live CD to demonstrate Linux to people who know nothing about Linux, in fact have never heard of it. The feed back I am getting is always favourable. Most of them are very impressed, and would consider changing to linux.

tracyanne (not verified) - M - , 2020-06-06 22:46.

recommended distro for a newbie

linspire 5.0

maf119l (not verified) - M - , 2020-06-06 22:12.


While there are very simple to install and update distros in the marketplace, please don't forget LIBRANET.

LIBRANET with its ADMINMENU offers all of the features afforded other Debian distros with the ease and simplicity that new users can enjoy. Easy to install, easy to update and maintain and hundreds of programs that can be installed easily with SYNAPTIC.

An - ymous (not verified) - Tue, 2020-06-07 06:23.

sarge when the oficial release comes out

Im using mepis as it has great user freindly wifi
suport. I cant wait any longer for the stable
debian sarge to come out, I think it mite
be an absolute beauty. Mepis or knoppix i would recomend
recomend now.

nic (not verified) - M - , 2020-06-06 21:07.

SuSE you fool!

I can't believe you wouldn't even list the easiest one to use as an option.

Why you ask?

YOU & YAST (sys admin)

An - ymous (not verified) - M - , 2020-06-06 12:01.