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.
>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
>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.
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. :^)
Much more control over what your computer is doing
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.
Antergos if you feel brave and don't mind fucking your installation once or twice.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
>Implying wasn't going to install Ubuntu
>Unity *is* better.
You mean that piece of shit spyware enabled, resource hungry isolated Desktop environment that no other disto uses?
>Thinking Xubuntu isn't superior to ubuntu
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.
>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
are you mad? XFCE is for people stuck in the 90s who use tiny screens and freak out about a 40 pixel-wide launcher.
It's stock Xubuntu - the most popular XFCE-based distro...
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.
Ugh just stop it prajeet, I am literally disgusted of your level of ignorance
>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
>"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