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Post what's the most user friendly Linux that anyone can try
and i mean really user friendly. 7 years ago i tried Ubutu and that shit pissed me off. every task required compiling A onto B and download C to combine into B and write a bunch of codes.

i was trying to install windows 8 evaluation as Virtual Machine, but apparently microsoft removed the 30 day keyless trial. that ticked me off. now i am out looking for OS that i can try out just for fun.

suggestions?

basically the most user friendly Linux that you will put your grandmother on without training wheels.

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Post Re: what's the most user friendly Linux that anyone can try
Linux Mint. Built off Ubuntu sources, but includes a bit more to make it easier.

Also, you can get Windows 8 Enterprise or Server 2012 for 180 days.

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Post Re: what's the most user friendly Linux that anyone can try
does Enterprise have Metro? the main reason i wanna try is to see what the new Metro is all about.

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Post Re: what's the most user friendly Linux that anyone can try
Yes, Server 2012 even has "Metro" (Modern UI is the proper name I believe). There is no escaping it!

I won't post links to it, but you can find Enterprise and Server on the MS site. Last time I posted links (on HWC that is), we got a DMCA takedown notice. Apparently MS doesn't want people spreading the word about their OS.

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Post Re: what's the most user friendly Linux that anyone can try
always linked mint and opensuse, although never really used opensuse. Linux has changed a lot in the past few years. I remember back with ubuntu 6.10 or 7.10 where I had to compile chrome to install. Nowadays its just a matter of opening up the software manager thing they have and click to install.

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Post Re: what's the most user friendly Linux that anyone can try
i downlaoded Mint and Ubuntu today. i have to say Ubuntu is pretty cool. Mint just feels like another windows XP clone.

it's too bad that Ubuntu doesn't properly support Exchange server, otherwise, it's a very good OS. i don't think i'll ever see myself using Linux on a daily basis consider its lack of support for games and Exchange. but if i had a spare computer laying around and dont have a proper windows license, i would probably put the latest Ubuntu on it for internet and basic entertainment task.

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Post Re: what's the most user friendly Linux that anyone can try
OSX gets full MS Office though so Exchange is no problem there. I guess MS has never bothered to invest in Linux though.

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Post Re: what's the most user friendly Linux that anyone can try
I read linux and then realized you asked for user friendly

I've been using Arch Linux on my main system for years now, I wouldn't run anything else. I like it for it's simplicity though there are times I hate it's lack of ease of use, but it keeps me on my toes.

Otherwise I've been using Mac a lot, I have more Mac systems now than anything else.

I will say, ubuntu has come a long way from what it was....I still won't use it myself though

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Post Re: what's the most user friendly Linux that anyone can try
jdrom wrote:
OSX gets full MS Office though so Exchange is no problem there. I guess MS has never bothered to invest in Linux though.



i have the office on my OSX. but it would be nice if Ubuntu can properly support exchange as well. i pretty much use OSX on my MBP for work only and it's a great work machine for the tasks i do. everything just simply works, compare to windows, which setting up exchange is a pain in outlook.

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Post Re: what's the most user friendly Linux that anyone can try
i do believe there are linux mail clients that can handle exchange. maybe not to the same degree, but you have to factor in that linux is open source and a lot of the development has to be back pedaled a lot to get anywhere. lots of respect for those devs who pull things off on their own without any handout to help them along

I like Mac for that as well, things just work, and when they don't, you'll never find yourself spending hours of troubleshooting to reset permissions or digging out that one obscure registry key causing the simplest problem, you simply delete a few files in a few key locations, maybe repair permissions with the disk utility, and away you go again

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Post Re: what's the most user friendly Linux that anyone can try
ok... windowns 8 just crashed my machine.. through VirtualBox. lol.. typical of microsoft's 1st iteration.

looks like it's still far from being stable everyday release. although i do like the new metro design, i don't care they changed the name, it's stuck with me now and will be forever known to me as Metro. i think this is what future computing should be, i can't imagine we'd still be using mice to operate in the next 10 years. however, i do think as much as i like the new UI, it'll take me and everyone else a while to get used to it and be fluid with it.

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Post Re: what's the most user friendly Linux that anyone can try
I like metro when it comes to a media center or tablet. But I can't see myself sitting at my desk/workstation reaching over to touch the screen, I think I'd still prefer a mouse for that and something not metro

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I would say from the various fedora and ubuntu builds that I have used, still had most success running things like samba and multiboot with OpenSuse

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