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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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[–] 80sProduct 0 points 7 points (+7|-0) ago 

guess who was behind that UEFI shit? none other than microsoft of course..

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

the UEFI shit is probably the most asinine thing I've ever seen. Luckily my machine is a few years old so I can still turn it off, but they definitely make it difficult to do so.

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

is fedora good?

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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.