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Normie here, what advantages are there to switch from Windows to a Linux based distro or whatever alternative free OS you guys use?

I'm jelly of the stuff you guys post in desktop generals, but I know jack about programming (medstudent here,) will I need to learn it to do stuff in terminal?

Also, what's the recommended one to start with? Thanks.
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>>52500438
>Normie here
None.
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>>52500438
you answered your own question

to start ricing your shit you should just start with debian and follow a guide to set it up
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>>52500438
>Blah blah blah muh sekreit club.
Here op, lurk this thread and check out the pastebins. Post there if you have any more questions.
>>>52500298
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>>52500438
Pros:
>Usually increase in speed unless you use a bloated distro which you might have to when you're beginning
>It'll teach you how computers work
>Much more configurability
>Community

Cons:
>Not as many games
>If you use a lot of Windows/OSX-only programs like Photoshop or ProTools you'll either have to settle for running them in Wine/VM, free alternative or simply dual boot
>Steep-ish learning curve

Also, you don't really need to learn how to program per-say but learning terminal stuff is essential to the use of any Linux distro.
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>>52500438
Ricing is overrated. Functionality should come first, but if you was preserve both, then all the better. You don't NEED to learn anything about the terminal, but you really, really should. You don't need to know any sort of programming whatsoever. I can speak from experience because I don't know any programming languages and I manage just fine. Unless you count using BASH commands as programming, but I doubt anyone here will.

Also, watch out for pic related. :^)
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>>52500510
Can concur. Teaches a lot and is very, very configurable. The community is meh for the most part, to be honest.
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>>52500438
>Advantages
GNU/Freedom
Much more control over what your computer is doing
Package managers
Rice
tiling wms
You'll learn a lot

>will I need to learn it to do stuff in terminal?
Yes, but since you're a medstudent I guess you have a good memory and aren't completely retarded.

>Also, what's the recommended one to start with? Thanks.
Fedora
Antergos if you feel brave and don't mind fucking your installation once or twice.

>>>/flt/
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>>52500587
I3 master race.

Also, package managers are such a HUGE fucking help, it's insane. Everything can be upgraded from apt-get with 'sudo apt-get update ; sudo apt-get dist-upgrade'. Updating your repositories is optional, of course. I've tried a few other package managers and they make it just as easy to upgrade everything. There are also graphical front-ends to package managers, so all the better for you, OP.
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>>52500648
>i3
bspwm
s
p
w
m
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>>52500438
Who is that bitch?
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>>52500667
the bicycle of /g/
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>>52500662
gtfo with ur binary trees n shit senpai
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>>52500518
As someone who has occasionally used Arch, I 2'nd this.

The issue is personality/learning types, If you're a "learn as you go or trial by fire" person,starting from nothing is your best bet for remembering and having fun; _however_ I don't think that applies to the larger populous, suggesting it as a default is probably a bad idea.
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>>52500438
Maki a shit
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>>52500722
These are flavors which utilize the Linux kernel. We call them 'distros', short for 'distributions'. Ubuntu is a good distro for sure. Very solid.
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>>52500722
there is no point in installing ubuntu if all you want to do is rice it
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>>52500756
Ease of install is going to be important for OP.
At least, I'd have to soon. he/she doesn't sound too comfortable with using a CLI.
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>>52500438
>Normie
No advantages unless you're running old-as-balls hardware, I installed Ubuntu on a macbook that could no longer run both skype and firefox at the same time, after the installation I could run some games decently
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>>52500766
*I'd have to assume.
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>>52500722
Stop posting that whore.
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>>52500546
>The community is meh for the most part
Depends on the distro. *buntu distros seem to have a lot of great support. Arch, Gentoo, etc have a lot of elitist assholes.
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>>52500648
If you're on Arch it would be 'sudo pacman -Syyu'
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dumb maki posters rrrrrreeeee
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>>52500722
Linux is the kernel, which provides the interface between hardware and the software. The distributions are different implementations using the same linux kernel. Some focus on being user friendly and provide nice user interfaces while others focus on minimalism and optimization for the user.

Unfortunately if you are afraid of terminal, there isn't much you can do, because even the most gui oriented distributions still do some stuff on terminal. But don't fear, this just proves how strong input the terminal is, so you'd get a closer look on how things operate.
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>>52500722
Linux is just the kernel. It allocates the computer's resources to the other programs. You could say all the other programs run "on top" of it. The set of programs that is bundled along with it is what makes distributions different. Usually they include the GNU C library and other GNU userland tools (hence GNU/Linux), and often they come with the X Window System and some desktop environment for a graphical user interface and common tools like a browser, text editor, package manager, file manager, etc.
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>>52500846
>hating Maki
GET OUT
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>>52500824
Agreed, what I meant was the community of people using Linux as a whole. Arch, Gentoo and really anything bleeding-edge seems to have more of those special kinds of people for some reason.
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>>52500438
Ubuntu LTS is best if you care about having a useful PC without having to fuck with your OS a lot.
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some advantages include not having to deal with Windows and the fail like getting to 90% of your big update and having it freeze, multiple times.

but the real advantages come after you use it and see the ram usage you could only dream of getting from a windows PC, this with themes installed...

oh and windows is too flashy.
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One word, OP.

Cowsay.
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>>52501020
>not toilet
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>>52500965
> see the ram usage you could only dream of getting from a windows PC
true shit

i boot up my gnu system and it's using like 200-300M of RAM

boot up windows 7 and it uses 1-2G
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>>52500899
Maki a shit
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>>52500438
That's a cute doggie OP
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>>52500587
>Antergos
Don't recommend shit distros, anon
>>52500722
Install Xubuntu instad
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>>52501083
>XFCE
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>>52501095
>Quoting Xfce
Hi, newfriend
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>>52501118
>implying XFCE isn't a part of Xubuntu
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>>52501130
>Implying Xubuntu isn't objectively better than ubuntu unity
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>>52501174
>implying I even suggested that Unity is better
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>>52501194
>>52501095

>Implying >>52500722 wasn't going to install Ubuntu
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>>52501213
>Implying Lubuntu doesn't exist
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>>52501219
>Implying >>52500722 wasn't going to install Ubuntu
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>>52501174
But, anon, Unity *is* better.
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>>52501237
>Unity *is* better.
You mean that piece of shit spyware enabled, resource hungry isolated Desktop environment that no other disto uses?
I disagree
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>>52501229
Then why would you suggest XFCE if he's going to install default Ubuntu? I'm suggesting LXDE. :^)
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>>52501262
Nigger, you did not suggest anything. I suggested Xubuntu to which, you quoted Xfce. Stop embarrassing yourself
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>>52501290
Okay, how about this? My quotes >implied that XFCE is a shit choice and that almost anything else is better. Feel better now, faggot?
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>>52500438
Normies don't have the right to post Maki, get out.
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>>52501304
>Everything is better than Xfce
How new are you?
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>>52501330
Everything, from Unity to KDE to standalone Openbox to I3 to BSPWM to Gnome 3.0, it's all infinitely better than the hunk of shit that is XFCE.
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>>52501392
Nice blog, newborn faggot. Where is the subscribe button?
>Unity is better than Xfce
Fuck back to 9gag and post memes there
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>>52501095
>>52501237
>>52501304
>>52501392
>Thinking Xubuntu isn't superior to ubuntu
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>>52500438

Why the fuck do you have to point out that you're a med student, how insufferable
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>>52501427
XFCE users love moving their menu items around. Move this one up and that one down and add a spacer here and then create a new menu folder for all their web browsers and call it 'web browsers'. They also like reading the tiny text in the top bar for all their open windows instead of having an easily-identifiable big icon for each open application.

Look at that interface. It's literally worse than Windows 95.
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>>52502422
>Move this one up and that one down and add a spacer here and then create a new menu folder
Is this indian being serious?
>They also like reading the tiny text in the top bar for all their open windows instead of having an easily-identifiable big icon for each open application.
Have you EVER used ANYTHING but windows and ubuntu?
>Look at that interface. It's literally worse than Windows 95.
I cannot help but think this is a bait
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>>52502422
That's not even stock Xfce, dumb winnigger holy shit, these are the people who shitposts on /g/ these days
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>>52502471
are you mad? XFCE is for people stuck in the 90s who use tiny screens and freak out about a 40 pixel-wide launcher.

>>52502519
It's stock Xubuntu - the most popular XFCE-based distro...
http://xubuntu.org/screenshots/1404_customize/
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>>52502471
You know, it's hard to have an argument who has literally no knowledge on the regarding context. Like this newfag who thinks he has the experience to talk >>52502422
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>>52501594

They're not a NEET or a polysci student with time to kill like myself .They've got important complex shit to be doing, and don't want to spend eight hours trying to fix some critical issue.

Meanwhile, here I am dicking around so bored that doing that sounds fun.
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>>52502559
Ugh just stop it prajeet, I am literally disgusted of your level of ignorance
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>jelly of desktop generals
That's not linux, that's ricing. You can do it in windows too, it's just harder.

you realise that desktops here are basically just blank colored spaces with anime girls with the same 3
>best girl
>worst girl
>"actually liking ____"
posted over and over again? it's not about the desktop. this is a total waste of time. Unless that's what you WANT
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>>52502578
Good argument. You've surely convinced OP that XFCE is the best and that it has the most level-headed user community.
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>>52502610
Maybe Xfce users know how customizable Xfce is, you little shit
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>>52502610
Why are you so buttmad about a desktop environment, anon?
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>>52502657
What do you expect, he is literally newfag who thinks he figured shit out
I bet he hasn't even seen stock Xfce and doesn't know how to some basic tier personalisation
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