Tim ignored_mailbox at
Sun Jul 25 07:19:45 UTC 2010

On Sun, 2010-07-25 at 10:05 +0800, Ed Greshko wrote:
> When it comes to picking a linux distribution for the first time users
> they *may* be better served by downloading the various liveCDs from
> different distributions and giving them a whirl.  Or they could talk
> to their friends and use what they use so they can help each other.  

If I were advising someone about to try Linux which one to try, my
response would be similar:  Pick one that you have good support for,
unless you're going to be able to fix all your problems by yourself.
Whether that be support from your friends, or on-line.

But they'll still go through the following.  ;-)

> Whatever distro they pick they will, inevitably, suffer from the
> "grass is greener" syndrome.  :-)

In the past, I'd be inclined to suggest the same as what I'm using, as
I'm familiar with it.  But, these days, knowing that I'll be called upon
endlessly for help, I only tell people that I use Fedora, but they may
be happier with Ubuntu.  And I can't help them with Ubuntu, because I
don't use it.

I tend to agree with the other comment about them having similar
problems, but with a longer-life product, your resolution will probably
have a longer life span, too.

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