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Ask Slashdot: Easiest Linux Distro

anymooseposter (2347700) writes | more than 3 years ago

Linux 3

anymooseposter (2347700) writes "My mom is taking a computer class at the local Community College. she asks:

"Hi So,.............what do you know about Linux. I need to download a Linux OS and try it out for class. The assignment is to use an OS different from what you normally use. Well, since I use Windows and OS X, the assignment suggests Linux. But, my question is, what is the easiest version based on Linux for me to put on CD and try? I saw several on the web. Any thoughts off the top of your head."

Her only computers are a new iMac, and a recent HP laptop. What Linux Disto would be easiest to set up without having to resort to dual booting and/or driver issues?"

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Ubuntu on usb drive (2)

BatGnat (1568391) | more than 3 years ago | (#36674582)

boot off usb when you want to

Something minty, perhaps? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36675156)

Mint is good for that sort of thing. She could burn a live CD and run that. Tell her not to click the icon that says "Install" on the desktop. (I once had a newbie accidentally do a full install!)

Re:Something minty, perhaps? (1)

TheInternetGuy (2006682) | more than 3 years ago | (#36677004)

Although I agree, she might not want to do an Install. Poster should also let her know that the experience will be limited, running of a Live CD.
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