Alright /g/, since I have no dignity i'm here to ask you guys some overused question in hopes i'll get some decent answers.
Absolute Linux newfag here. Currently a running Windows 10 like a cuck, and i'm planning on installing a Linux distro onto an older PC.
W/ that said, i'm trying to find a distro to rice that is easily maintainable for a beginner. I've looked at shit like Mint, Debian, and Fedora but i'm just not sure. I know you guys aren't a review forum but i'd appreciate some feedback if possible.
I've seen Arch mentioned tons when ricing. Is that the go-to for absolute customization? From what i've heard, it's simply a pain in the ass to install and a bit of a nuisance to upkeep.
I was actually thinking this same exact thing. I have a few options in terms of how I could go about installing Mint though. I could run it off of my old Dell Optiplex, use a VirtualBox, or just dual-boot. Which would you recommend?
Simply not true.
They have a really nice installation guide with holds your hand practically until the end.
I'd go with manjaro or debian-based distro.
Manjaro is based on arch.
You basically have 3 choices:
1. Debian or it's derivatives (*buntu)
2. RHEL-based (Fedora/CentOS)
Anything else isn't really worth considering for a noob.
Never ran through VirtualBox so idk how demanding it is, but i'm pretty sure i'd be able to do it.
What was the approximate length of the Arch installation? It looks like a decent challenge and quite rewarding once you finish it, but the debian-based distros look quite nice as well.
Depends on your typing speed and internet connection.
First time, I took a very long time
Now I can install within 20 minutes at most
Using the architect installer makes it even faster
I might do the dualboot route just to deter me from switching back so quickly. And after running Speccy I just realized I had my RAM in the wrong slots; they were showing up as Single Channel. oops
I'd say im pretty decent at typing fast enough, and my internet speeds are around 100mb/s down so i'm sure I got that downpat as well.
I'm not entirely sure what the Architect Installer is as well; as much as it pains me to ask, could you perhaps elaborate a tad bit?
Actually, you are a noob. Rhel is based on fedora. That is the reason why rhel is free. It's part of fedora's license.
Rhel is the ee and centos is the same but for normies like you and me
Architect installer is an unofficial installer to Arch
It pretty much gives you a select+Enter installation of a pure Arch linux
It does the network manager configuration, locale generation, useradd, timezone select for you.
It is based on the Arch netinstall a few years ago but the Arch team decided to be autistic and now there is no installer.
Since you are new, here is a small preview of the architect installer
On my first time installing arch, I was a complete noob, only used shitdows, it took me 3-4 hours.
The beauty part is up to you, when dealing with arch. You can install gnome and it will look like any other distro.
Mint uses cinnamon, i think, which is based on gnome.
Crapbuntu uses unity which is also based on gnome.
You can choose whatever you want. First time I used kde-base. Which has only the basic things for kde. But you dont get a picture viewer. It was a turn off at first, but now i quite like the freedom to choose.
I tried ubuntu for a while and it was so complicated and unnatural. Would never reccomend it to newbies. It's the windows of linuxes.
Until recently they have been delaying security patches for the sake of system stability
Now of course, they revised their security policy that handles bleeding edge security patches
There are to memes against this distro that are popular in /g/:
1. Their website went down once
2. Their logo is a ripoff of a game
Both these are really not valid points against Manjaro, everyone knows it deep down
I've recently made the switch from win10 to linux mint, it was really pretty easy.
At first I was dual booting but I haven't had to boot into windows for about 2 months now.
Out of the box mint came with a lot of familiar settings to a windows user.
After about a week of getting used to it I started playing with different DEs, I'm currently using openbox with a tint2 panel and its amazing once you get it set up.
I don't think it really matters what distro you pick, you can pretty much rice them all the same (correct me if im wrong)
I still run into the occasional hiccup but googling usually solves it pretty fast.
Honestly, Puppy Linux taught me more about Linux than any other distro - it's easy to get into, hard to fuck up and you run as root by default. And considering that you want it on an older PC, you'll all the more appreciate its humble hardware requirements.
Don't lie to yourself, Arch devs are too dumb to produce a single fucking installer. Don't give me your l337 bullshit, they used to have a net installer few years ago, and they got rid of it because of bugs
Mint's website went down, nobody gave a shit. What pokes your ass about manjaro?
I've been using Linux Mint as my first distro, its ok (meh). Since i had to install winblows for a couple of weeks, now i can try a new distro
so /g/ what choose:
>Arch devs are too dumb to produce a single fucking installer
are you baiting here? arch dev maintain arch and the repos. If you are too dumb to read the wiki page then other people have made architect for your lazy arse
>If you are too dumb to read the wiki page
I said don't give me your l337 shit there. Arch install is nothing out of the ordinary and it is the same boring command scripts over and over again, been using it for quite a while now