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[–] Brah 1 points 21 points (+22|-1) ago 

http://ww.linuxmint.com/

Get to know the most popular Linux distro. He is your friend.

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[–] Pinyaka 1 points 11 points (+12|-1) ago 

I'd bet that Ubuntu is more popular than Mint. Mint is probably better though once you factor in Unity vs. Cinnamon.

Of course, Debian is everybody's daddy.

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

AFAIK Ubuntu has (sort of) fallen from grace in recent years, with the whole Unity debacle and questionable choices such as privacy problems with their search systems (as was noted by Richard Stallman some time ago). Mint seems to be poised to be its successor, possibly, though there seem to be a lot of up-and-comers that are starting to make themselves more known.

That said, I'm concerned that UEFI will be seriously constraining the choices on many computers, since manufacturers are now OK'd to not have an "off" switch for it, which means only pre-compiled, signed kernels can be loaded. That cuts the legs out from under most Linux distributions, and very strongly skews it in favor of the ones that are backed by companies in one way or another (Red Hat and SuSE in particular, with Ubuntu being another favorite).

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

Not according to distro watch. Not sure how accurate that is though.

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

We have a plethora of "Ubuntu is so cool" "Ubuntu is so nice" "Ubuntu is the best distro" ...

Don't be fooled. This is not how you advice someone to start his way through Linux.

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[–] roznak [S] 7 points 1 points (+8|-7) ago 

It might be a shock to you but most people are not really that interesting for Linux, not even if it is free. Most people will just hold on to the latest Windows they have as long as possible.

Microsoft is going to be forced to undo the privacy policy. But it could take a couple of years. Windows users can be very patiently waiting. Windows 10 actuality does not add a benefit to Windows 7 users with this massive privacy hole.

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[–] Brah 0 points 19 points (+19|-0) ago 

Windows is so utterly outdated that they have been forced to copy features from many Linux distros. Honestly, it is a terrible OS that buys its way into our lives. It's closed source, so there is no legal way to determine if they are truthful or deceptive about privacy violations. Microsoft won't be forced to do anything; people need to forcibly free themselves from the grasp of this organization and take ownership of their digital world.

There is honestly no reason to use Windows outside of mere preference or taste. And Windows is rather distasteful.

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[–] ToOnMaN 0 points 9 points (+9|-0) ago 

I run a custom build and repair shop from my home and have for about a decade. In the first few years i had never even had a customer ask me about or even know what linux was. In recent years more and more people have been asking me if i can install Android on their computers, then begins the linux talk. Last year i install linux distro's 11 times, this year 23 times, so far. BUT now when i get repeat customers for malware cleanup i suggest a linux distro as a means of combating being forced to cleanup their pr0nware.

So i agree, even after decades linux hasnt picked up enough of the market to even be known by the masses.

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

Agreed totally. I personally will upgrade to 10 soon as microsoft pushes it down... Still waiting for the update. That's for my personal laptop, which is just a tinkering toy really. I wouldn't let win10 within 10 miles of my workplace, though. On counterpoint to linuxmint... Yeah right, no way I can do my work on that unless I'm running an emulator, and then what's the point.

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

Pretty sure Mint is a 'she' given the codenames for each release. :)