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These two Linux desktops are the simplest picks for new users

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 For the average Linux beginner or rare casual Linux user like me these two are excellent! I prefer Cinnamon desktop and Mint as the distribution.

Skip the first part if you are not experienced with Linux and start here with the excerpt and read the rest.


"That brings us to two desktops I believe are the perfect marriage of the Linux ethos and what is required for new users to be able to dive in without hesitation. Those desktops are KDE Plasma and Cinnamon. The primary reason for selecting these two as the desktops of choice for new users is because they are immediately familiar, while still being able to expand as users gain more knowledge. 

KDE Plasma (Figure 3), offers everything a new user wants, without having to worry about tweaking, configuring, or (best of all) learning. 

So, which distributions?

Now that we've narrowed down the desktops, which distributions should you choose? It's pretty easy at this point. If you want a distribution that offers the newest version of the KDE Plasma desktop, go with KDE Neon. If, on the other hand, you want something a bit more stable (without the bleeding edge software), go with Kubuntu.

As far as Cinnamon is concerned, stick with Linux Mint and you'll be good to go.

And there you have it, the easiest method of choosing a Linux distribution for new users. There is no science to this, as it's all about familiarity, stability, and usability. With those three things in mind, you absolutely cannot go wrong with KDE Neon, Kubuntu, or Linux Mint."





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Dutch thanks for the input/suggestion. This is for beginners or the person like me that plays with Linux every five years! LOL! Experienced appreciated.

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Over the years I've converted a number of folks, and a few companies as well, from Windows to Linux, usually PCLOS or Red Hat. PCLOS in particular is ideal for Windows users looking to try something different, but not that different. Give the bootable DVD a try. You might like it! :)

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