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[–] causuistry 0 points 10 points (+10|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Mint is extremely user noob friendly.

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[–] ScientistSupreme 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

Mint. Always mint first. Stay away from Ubuntu. unity is way to intimidating for a first distro.

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[–] Number1dududuNumber1 0 points 1 point (+1|-0) ago 

Can Mint read/write to an NTFS storage drive?

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[–] causuistry ago 

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[–] sirewolf [S] 0 points 1 point (+1|-0) ago 

Thanks for the quick response. I just wanted to make sure it would be easy to pick up before I did the install

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[–] NNdmt 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

I can second the opinion of Mint. It has most all software an average computer user would need pre installed, the cinnamon interface looks fairly snazzy, and there is plenty of support online for it

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

Linux mint Debian edition mate. Like a super fast super stable win xp with better apps and ssh capabilities.

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[–] sirewolf [S] 0 points 1 point (+1|-0) ago  (edited ago)

What's the major differences between the two if there are any?

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[–] BWandstuffs 0 points 1 point (+1|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Debian edition is based on Debian instead of Ubuntu, which funnily enough is also based on Debian. The difference is that Debian usually has older packages and is extremely stable, in comparison to Ubuntu where they generaly use newer packages that aren't tested as thoroughly. The opposite end of the spectrum is things like Gentoo and Arch, where they are bleeding edge rolling release distros that trade the rock solid stability for extremely new versions of software. Arch is currently using the 4.1.6 kernel (released August 17th), while I believe Debian and Ubuntu are still using kernels from around December or January.

EDIT: just noticed you said you use Debian. TLDR normal Mint is based on Ubuntu, which has slightly newer packages/patches/etc and isn't as legendarily stable as Debian.

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

I would go with Elementary, as you wanted. I've tried many distros and think that Elementary is really user-friendly and nicely polished (apart from other distros). But still, depends on how they use their OS – if there's some heavy gaming involved, they might try something like Mint or (my fav) Ubuntu Gnome (as Elementary is based on old kernel with not-that-up-to-date drivers for newer cards).

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[–] clickbot 0 points 1 point (+1|-0) ago  (edited ago)

I would recommend your "friend" use Debian. You are already familiar with it, and once it is set up and configured, which you only need to do once, there is nothing more stable and reliable.

If your "friend" wants a Windows-like dekstop experience, install IceWM, but if not, plasma-desktop and apper. Make sure unattanded-upgrades is installed, and wicd for the wireless network. You He will never have to touch the terminal when using it.

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

Lol it actually is a friend. I dual boot between win7 (games) and debian (everything else). Thanks for the reply thought. If I want a recommendation for myself I'll straight out ask. And will also list out what I'm looking for.

It always bugs me when people ask for their "friends".

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[–] SummerTime ago 

Ubuntu.

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[–] HexTq ago 

Elementary is really simple

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[–] level_101 ago 

As others have said, Mint is a good starter. A friend of mine put both of his older parents on Mint after I showed him around a little bit... No issues in a couple of years. They like it and he has very few "support" calls.