5 Linux distros I normally recommend to newbies.

If you have friends or colleagues who you would like to have try the Linux OS, an important decision would be the distro you choose. There are over 500 out there and whatever distro you choose will be a great factor in shaping your friends view of Linux. The following 5 Linux distros are my personal favorites when it comes with giving people a feel of what Linux is and is not.
I use this distro to flex those of my colleagues and friends who are knowledgeable in IT. I just boot into it via the USB, remove it and let them mess around with it as much as they can. Most of them end up requesting for a copy of the OS. The sheer fact that you can run the full OS with all the basic stuff intact from the RAM is itself a big plus. There are a dozen others like Puppy that do same, you can grab any of them.
For the hommies who don’t give a hoot about details, this is what I recommend. A full fledged modern, pleasant looking OS that does all things great straight from the box (won’t use out of the box again). 
For those of my friends that are wondering what Google Chrome OS will be like, Browser Linux is what I recommend. Boot into it and all you have is a browser. A taste of what is to come with Google Chrome OS. Also for anyone who lives in the cloud.
If your friends are into multimedia production, then you 64 Studio is your best bet. This Debian/Ubuntu based distro is aimed at the video/audio recording and editing market and oh, have a GNU/Linux day.
This distro, also based on Ubuntu, comes prepackaged with XMBC “providing a complete packaged media center software suite for personal computers.” For the home multimedia centric, this is what I normally think of.
There are hundreds more besides these that I’ve listed. But generally, these are the ones that come to mind when I talk about Linux with friends and colleagues. Lots more do come, but these are my five personal favorite. I’d very much like to know yours.

3 Replies to “5 Linux distros I normally recommend to newbies.”

  1. Clearly, all you seem to see is the Ubuntu side of the coin… My recommended beginner distros are: Mandriva and Linux Mint. I highly recommend either. From there, I tell everyone to try out a few. There is no "best" distro – only what works for you. After 12 years of using Linux, I prefer Mandriva, but that's me.

  2. Well Ruel, you know that list is subjective, based on my personal experience. I have tried quite a number of distros, and those are the ones I feel comfortable recommending to others.

    Like you said, that's just me. I tried Mandriva, but did not like it, so I came back to Ubuntu and it's offshoots.

    But, I am still distro hopping, maybe that list might get edited in six months time. Remember there is over 500 out there that I can try. That is a long list 🙂

  3. In the same boat will rual24. Mandriva is really nice. MCC is great for noobs and advanced users alike. Been a few years since I have used Mint but it has a great following and everything works out of the box.

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