5 Best Linux Distros to Convert Windows Users

Despite Ubuntu continuing to tear up the headlines as the most likely Linux distribution to bring in Windows users from the proprietary OS nightmare, it should be noted that there is a Linux-newbie- friendly world outside of the one created by the Ubuntu distribution.

Some of these distributions may be based on Ubuntu code, while others could not be farther from it. No matter what though, in the end, each of them can survive without any help from the Ubuntu community.

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Powertesties3509d ago

But Linux isn't ready to replace Windows of Mac OS. It is still above the heads of most that use it. Simple and true.

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paul-p19883509d ago (Edited 3509d ago )

you would think that, but thats not the case. Just because it used to be for 'complete nerds who avoid sunlight', that has completly changed now. I installed Ubuntu a good few years back, and i am quite experienced with computers (build my own and such). I got my brother to try it out (who isn't that computer literate), and at first he was complaining that it wasn't windows, but then he used it a little bit more and started to see how good it was.

It took less than 30sec from power to OS (which my windows partition has never managed, even on a completly clean re-install), all the options make sense, all the 'control panel' things are easier to find ('display' on windows is broken down into 'screen resolution', 'background', 'desktop' etc, and much easier to find as u can get them all from the taskbar), and many more things (most involving speed increases and general ease-of-use)

Linux is definitly much better than Windows, its just getting people to try something that isnt windows thats the hard part...

hay3509d ago

I miss those wobbly applications when I'm in work on Windows ; p

y0haN3509d ago

Fedora, k/Ubuntu and OpenSuSE are the ones I'd recommend to anyone.

moja3509d ago (Edited 3509d ago )

I've done my own distro-hopping... so far I've tried Ubuntu, Kubuntu, gOS, Linux Mint, DreamLinux, OpenSuse, and Xubuntu. I've settled with Kubuntu 64-bit (KDE 4.2) on my desktop because of Synaptic, and Debian is a greatly-supported learning environment. I still dual-boot though because I haven't found Wine to play everything I'd like, and UPnP servers didn't work as well as WMP11 for me. I highly recommend giving it a go though, especially with the availability of LiveCDs.

I'd recommend Kubuntu, OpenSuse and Linux Mint.

Cerbera3509d ago

I've had experienced from Mac 9.0 and Windows 98 days to the current.
I have to say that the current Mac OSX and Windows 7 beta have evolved significantly (they should). Especially Windows 7 because it outperforms XP and Vista by a lot!

I've tried Ubuntu not to long ago and it is fast and pretty, but installing anything is insane! I have to make sure I'm logged into this and type in that? Why the hell should the user do that?

The whole point of an OS is to eliminate that and make things as easy as possible...right?

Viper73509d ago (Edited 3509d ago )

Installing most of the programs is as easy as with windows if not easier.


And theres a really good reason for asking root password if you want to install something, or do something that affects your system.


typing in password is easy
searching and installing software is easy
you just need to open your mind and learn a new way. Linux is not windows and it will never become one eather. (actualy it might as theres no restriction to relase distro that is as userfriendly for windows users as bossible.)

hay3509d ago

With packet managers some Linux distros are easier than Windows(like Synaptic for Ubuntu). Check what you want, confirm, wait, done.
Main drawback of a Linux is gaming. It's just lacking. There's Wine, Cedega or QEMU but they aren't perfect. To be honest even Windows isn't when it comes to gaming.
I mainly use Linux cause of better resources management. Higher net transfers than on WinXP, more reliability, safety etc. Windows is purely for gaming or those rare things I can't do with Linux.

S1CKLY3509d ago

Linux is all well and good, but no matter how open source and awesomely powerful it is, it doesn't change the fact that half of my software (for leisure, school and work) won't run on it.

I'll be with windows until either it, or I die. (with a dual boot of linux, just for fun :) )

Viper73509d ago

There are usualy replacements or similar programs for Linux for nearly everything.
Office - Open office(free!)
image editting - gimp(free!)+ dozen others
MNS - aMsn(mns users probably most familiar with this) + dozen others
skype - available for linux as well.
3D modelling - Blender and few others
C++ - Kdevelop c/c++ (my personal faivorite, but I am no pro so there might be better ones available!)

but dualbooting is handy choise for those willing to learn new things or just wanting to test.

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