When a new user approaches the world of GNU / LinuxYou are often overwhelmed by the number of options you have to choose from. That is why some confusion is often created, so in <° Linux, we will give you some tips to keep in mind when you go to choose.
There are many websites that talk about the subject, even some, like Zegenie Studios, help you choose which distribution of GNU / Linux you should (or can use) use, through a fairly simple test. I particularly recommend them. But in reality, we must be very clear about some factors to take into account when we are going to choose one distribution, and I think the first one is, the need we have.
Luckily with GNU / LinuxNot everything is black or white, and there is something for all tastes, of all colors and many flavors. Let's see some tips that can be useful to us.
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Expand your knowledge.
A fundamental factor. We must be very clear to what extent we dominate certain topics when choosing a distribution and that is why, the first thing we have to do, is to document enough about some characteristics of GNU / Linux, mainly how your file system works and everything related to disk partitioning.
In general, if we are beginners, and in addition, we come from others Operating Systems as Windows o Mac, It is logical that we want something easy, intuitive and that works the first time. Taking into account the type of user, it would also be recommended that the installation process be as simple as possible.
It is almost always possible to find the same amount of software in all distributions, but some of them have a wider catalog to choose from, many times, thanks to the community itself or to third parties.
We must also bear in mind that due to legal problems, many distros do not include Software that is not 100% free for certain areas of the planet, and we could be limited in that regard.
One of the many reasons, why GNU / Linux is used, it is because it allows to recover certain hardware that today, may seem obsolete. With every release of Operating Systems as Windows o Mac, more features are required for these to work properly and unfortunately, not all of us can afford to update our computer every time we Microsoft o Apple you fancy.
There are distributions oriented to that old computer that you have abandoned in a corner. In addition, we can give it other uses, and with a little knowledge, we can have our own home music, data or web server.
En Windows we always have a single Desktop Environment. Its appearance can be changed, but in the end we cannot choose another. One of the issues that new users are unaware of is that in GNU / Linux, we can choose more than one Desktop Environment, and even install several of them.
Each of the distributions has a Desktop Environment default.
- Ubuntu »Gnome
- openSUSE »KDE
- ZenWalk »Xfce.
- Crunchbang »OpenBox.
And so with all. But this does not mean that we can remove the one that comes by default and use any other.
The same distro, but with a different flavor.
If we already know that Desktop Environment we want and can use according to the performance of the PC, we only have to choose which flavor to try.
There are distributions that offer derivative products, which contain certain packages and modifications, to be used by Designers, Musicians, Artists, Educators, Writers, Gammers and even adapted for other devices beyond the PC.
Community and Support.
One point that we should not overlook is the community movement around the distribution that we are going to choose. The more users, the higher the level of bug reports and the possible solution to them.
I always tell all the people who ask me about some distributionThe only way to know if it is really going to work for you is by trying it. Keep in mind that what may work for me, not for another user, since we probably do not have the same hardware or the same knowledge.
We must be very careful in installing a distribution to test it and that it breaks something in the already installed system or deletes some data. It is advisable to use LiveCD they can run from flash memory or Virtual machines so that this does not happen.