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That's a more direct question. I'd say the Ubuntu family is easiest for beginners, as well as some derivatives being okay - as well as the official Ubuntu flavors. I'm biased, however.

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its about preference, just pick one with a desktop environment you like, install it in learn your way around the system and after that u can get into learning the terminal and all that other cool stuff, it can even be arched based.

also u can distro hop that's how I started off :)

have fun with linux :)
 

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I have been enjoying Fedora Workstation (with the GNOME Desktop Environment) greatly so far, I managed to mess up the installation a couple of times before I managed to get an installation how I wanted it to be (the failed installations did not actually fail, they booted properly and worked properly, I just failed to partition my drives properly and in the right order the first couple of times).

Disclaimer: This is not really an endorsement towards choosing Fedora, however, I am merely relating my personal experience with it so far. I do very much agree with my peers that choosing a Linux distribution largely comes down to a matter of personal preference and personal needs.

Your mileage may vary greatly, however, and I am very much a neophyte (I switched full-time to Linux just a few days ago) to the world of Linux and FOSS (even though I am already a very big fan), although reading articles and watching YouTube videos on distributions and tips for beginners may be a great complimentary source of knowledge to what you learn here, this community holds a lot of very knowledgeable people who have been using Linux for far longer than I have!
 
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There are several popular distributions for beginners, YOUR choice is very much down to what you want to use it for and the specification of your kit
there is no such thing as the best distribution, only what is best for the individual user
 

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Which Linux distros is the best for beginners ?



 

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It really depends on the beginner and what they can handle. Personally I find the best way to learn how to (no, not to swim, cuz I can't swim :D ) use linux is to be dropped directly into Arch or at least anything Arch-based. I know from personal experience that Mint, Ubuntu and anything Debian-based (including Debian itself) suck a lot and they're more likely to make you go back to Windows than keep you in the linux circles. After nearly 4 years of constantly broken packages out of nowhere, if a fried of mine hadn't told me about Arch, I would have given up and would have gone back to Windows eventually.
 

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The first love of my life is Ubuntu 8.04. After 11.04 it's all downhill. I switched to Mint, then my nephew recommended MX in 2019 - I am hooked since.
 

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I know from personal experience that Mint, Ubuntu and anything Debian-based (including Debian itself) suck a lot and they're more likely to make you go back to Windows than keep you in the linux circles.
Stable? Testing? Sid? Sid tends to be buggy. Stable is quite reliable. Testing is in the middle ground of both stable and sid; it can be very reliable, but it can break at some point, too. That was your personal experience, it doesn't mean they "suck", it just did for you. I use Debian and Ubuntu (KDE Neon Testing), never have had a problem with any of them. I've used to use arch some time ago, too, and more recently tried Endeavour OS, but constant updates kept breaking a couple of pkgs I use on a daily basis due to shared libraries. Do I believe Arch or Endeavour "suck"? No, I don't. They just don't meet my needs right now.
 
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Which Linux distros is the best for beginners ?

A very good question indeed...I would say Linux Mint or Linux Lite as both are easy to install...understand and use for someone with basic computer knowledge...any Distro is hard if the beginner isn't willing to learn.
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I can't understand why Linux Mint is called a Beginners Distro because many Beginners can't burn the Distro to a Flash Drive let alone work out how to use it.
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Stable? Testing? Sid? Sid tends to be buggy. Stable is quite reliable. Testing is in the middle ground of both stable and sid; it can be very reliable, but it can break at some point, too. That was your personal experience, it doesn't mean they "suck", it just did for you.
Exactly.

I've used to use arch some time ago, too, and more recently tried Endeavour OS, but constant updates kept breaking a couple of pkgs I use on a daily basis due to shared libraries. Do I believe Arch or Endeavour "suck"? No, I don't. They just don't meet my needs right now.
I've used EndeavourOS and from the git-go it worked without a hitch.

Then seems every other time updates created some sort of issue or problems and I just got tired of always having to fix and repair it.

All Linux distros can become problematic because of updates although Ubuntu 22.04 and Ubuntu 22.04 flavors seem to be rock solid.
 

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I've used EndeavourOS and from the git-go it worked without a hitch.

Then seems every other time updates created some sort of issue or problems and I just got tired of always having to fix and repair it.

EndeavourOS is based on Arch but is not vanilla Arch.If I am correct it get software specific from a source of the developers and others from Arch repo. I think you have to be careful to make sure repo config is correct. I used it for a while and never had problems.
 

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The few bits of software I installed were from the Arch repository's.

I think with all rolling / semi-rolling distros updates are kicked out to fast before being bug free so as to keep everything up to the latest.
 

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It really depends on the beginner and what they can handle. Personally I find the best way to learn how to (no, not to swim, cuz I can't swim :D ) use linux is to be dropped directly into Arch or at least anything Arch-based. I know from personal experience that Mint, Ubuntu and anything Debian-based (including Debian itself) suck a lot and they're more likely to make you go back to Windows than keep you in the linux circles. After nearly 4 years of constantly broken packages out of nowhere, if a fried of mine hadn't told me about Arch, I would have given up and would have gone back to Windows eventually.
Been using Debian stable on 2 Sony Vaios and they are very old - runs really well haven't struck anything broken. Different machines though to what your using which proves that what is stable on one machine may be ghastly on another.
 

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what is stable on one machine may be ghastly on another.
No truer words ever said from my experience.

I use old computers and Debian has always proved to be stable on all of them.

My newer computers seem to work best with Ubuntu and Ubuntu flavors.
 

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@Bartman i've been using Arch now for quite some time and not had a problem. Certainly no dependency hell which I experienced on Debian based. But I guess the following quote is very pertinent and i guess that really hits the nail on the head!

It really depends on the beginner and what they can handle
 

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It really depends on the beginner and what they can handle
I have Linux Lite and Linux Mint and Lubuntu on computers trying to encourage the Wife to at least give Linux a go for a bit.

Okay I'll give her credit she tried them and just ain't impressed with any them.

She did mention that Lubuntu reminds her of Windows 98 but that's as far as that went.

She says when Windows 10 reaches EOL she may just use the Apple Mac computer we have if it's still around then.
 

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Okay I'll give her credit she tried them and just ain't impressed with any them.
She did mention that Lubuntu reminds her of Windows 98 but that's as far as that went.
Have her try the KDE Plasm DE, out of all the ones I have used I have found that KDE Plasma and Gnome have the most modern look when it comes to DE's.
 
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