So, we’re all what I would consider intermediate users here. I don’t think we can use a terminal centric distro and say we’re flat out beginners anymore. That being said. . . I’m looking for a distro I can legitimately recommend to someone who come to me and says “I’m tired of Windows, but I don’t know anything about computers. Give me Linux.”
Anyway. I’m trying to think like a non-computer person. What don’t people like about computers? Updates. . . They don’t like the idea of terminals. So I’m looking for something where there’s maybe 1-2 big updates a year. I also have no interest in a boutique distro. I don’t want to teach someone how to use Linux and get them to a point where they are happy and finally like their computer and then find out the distro is disappearing. . . So it’s gotta be a damn big distro as well.
I also can’t recommend a distro based around Snaps, so basically everything Ubuntu/ubuntu based, where the Canonical/Microsoft buddy project is going on, is a no go. Hell, if I wanted to use something Microsoft worked on, I’d just use . . . well, Windows.
So, I’m thinking openSUSE Leap, or Fedora are my top 2 currently. I will be using the Plasma DE for either/both. I’m open to other suggestions as well. I’ll put an other category, and if you make a valid enough argument, I’ll add it to the poll.
I will run the poll probably thru the weekend and whatever you all decide, I will put on this computer for a few weeks. I’ll use it like I’m a no nothing computer person. Ideally zero terminal usage. App stores almost exclusively. And the easier to install the better. I want to try to use it like a regular old joe.
It’s up to you all.
- openSUSE Leap
- Fedora Plasma
- Other (specify in comments)