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[–] alalzia 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

Manjaro, it combines the rolling releases of Arch with an offline installer and its own repository of tested apps so you don't fall head first into AUR .

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[–] Griffen8280 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Unfortunately I myself tried manjaro and as of 16.3 they were still using a kernel that does not support the i7 CPU in the live disk. This makes it pretty much impossible to install in order to upgrade to the latest kernel. I wanted to use manjaro really bad for the deep in desktop environment but just could not get it installed. I even tried to get help from the community to no avail.

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[–] Disappointed 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

On a laptop like that anything linux wont tax it by itself. My suggestion is stick with The uBuntu part f you like the management side of things and just check out some desktop environment videos like KDE Plasma, Xfce, Cinnamon, Budgie, Unity on youtube to see what you like.

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[–] Griffen8280 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

I have an Asus ROG Strix gaming laptop with very similar specs to this one. Personally I had a hell of a time getting many distros to even work on it! I finally found Zorin, which is an Ubuntu variant with excellent desktop themes and some other enhancements, working on it with some minor tweaking. All of my hardware devices work as advertised including the function keys and graphics hardware. If you check it out search my username in the forums (Griffen8280) and you'll see the write-up I created to get you up and running quickly.

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[–] NotAnOctopus [S] 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Thanks! I'll definitely check it out.

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[–] Atarian 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Listen: I think everyone should just assume that whenever anyone makes a post starting with "Which distro is best for..." I'm gonna roll in here and just start bellowing "SLACKWARE! SLACKWARE, YOU GODDAMN PEASANTS!"

It'll save time for me, and frustration for everybody else.

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[–] NotAnOctopus [S] 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Well I'm perfectly aware that there is no one universally best distro for everyone. I was just looking for some thoughts since I hadn't really had a reason to be too familiar with the latest releases for a bit.

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[–] Atarian 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

YES THERE IS, SLACKWARE FOR ALL THINGS

See? I told you so

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[–] Fambida 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Laptop hardware and Linux can be an iffy combo sometimes. I still remember the horror of trying to get my switchable graphics card working properly back in the day. I would suggest grabbing several live CDs (/USBs/whatever) and seeing which distro works best with your hardware. It'd probably be easier to install an alternate DE in a hardware friendly distro than to try to hunt down drivers.

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[–] 1moar 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

I heard good things about Tails from a privacy perspective but haven't tried it.

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[–] Disappointed 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Tails is mainly used as a live distro because it's claim to fame is wiping all traces of a session.

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[–] 1moar 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Cheers, thanks. I got downvoted to hell on eddit because I said I use Kali. Used to run that in live but got sick of always having to reset my settings. I also study infosec, so idk if I should switch or ? Thoughts? Not to hijack the thread.