Complete Linux Beginner looking for a guide

davidP7

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Greetings. Posted this on archlinux , but thought it would also fit here.

As the title indicates I'm a complete beginner. My experience peaks at "I used ubuntu once".

Recently I got the opportunity to get a cheap notebook (Lenovo t440s), and thought this would be a great opportunity to finally stop using Windows. So I asked around what distribution to use, and somewhere I read: "If you really want to learn how to use linux you should start with arch - if you got that running you understood enough to actually use it."
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Now I've encountered a problem. Since I have no idea what I'm doing and the guides I found require some sort of experience or know-how I'm stuck.

Is there a guide that total newbies could understand? Or should I start with a different distribution thats a little more "beginner friendly"? (I've heard good things about manjaro - maybe that could work?)
 
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It is my opinion that a new user should start with a user-friendly distro. In that realm, you have the Ubuntu flavors, even Debian, the various Mint flavors, and the likes. They have nice, simple GUI installation methods, large bodies of support, a wide variety of default software available, and all the help/guides you could ask for.
 

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Hi @davidP7 typing on phone so please excuse typo.The advice you got if you want to learn ..is perhaps a bit like if you can't swim and would really like to jump in the deep end. Now on manjaro I made the mistake of venturing an option without having tried it. Then couple of days ago I dragged and dropped latest manjaro 64 bit xfce edition onto a Ventoy formatted stick. It recognised my WiFi card .basically worked out of the box
 

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now regarding package manager of debian and forks ,once you know s few apt commands your away.looks similar except it's pacman.so I would give manjaro a go booting up os live and play around first.
 

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Posting in sections - phone auto speller driving me mad. From what I saw and experienced with manjaro live on a usb can't actually see why you couldn't start with it if you take your time reading guide and thinking and maybe some prep before install
 

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The Arch Installation Guide has all the information you need and Arch in general is probably one of the most well documented distributions around with their constantly updated wiki. If you find Arch too intimidating you can also have a look at an Arch based distro such as Arco or EndeavourOS, I've heard they stay closer to vanilla Arch than Manjaro does.
 
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It is my opinion that a new user should start with a user-friendly distro. In that realm, you have the Ubuntu flavors, even Debian, the various Mint flavors, and the likes. They have nice, simple GUI installation methods, large bodies of support, a wide variety of default software available, and all the help/guides you could ask for.
Yes that would be best alternative
 

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The Arch Installation Guide has all the information you need and the Archwiki in general is probably one of the most well documented distributions around. If you find Arch too intimidating you can also have a look at an Arch based distro such as Arco or EndeavourOS, I've heard they stay closer to vanilla Arch than Manjaro does.
On manjaro there was a guide on desktop can load that up -had enough on this phone
 

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As the title indicates I'm a complete beginner. My experience peaks at "I used ubuntu once".

Since I have no idea what I'm doing and the guides I found require some sort of experience or know-how I'm stuck.

Is there a guide that total newbies could understand? Or should I start with a different distribution thats a little more "beginner friendly"?
Here's a good place to start and once you've become familiar with Linux then try some other distros.

Don't start with one of the hardest Linux distros (Arch) and become frustrated and give up.

Start with a user friendly Linux distro such as Linux Lite.



 


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