There are countless Distros that do not always make it easy to choose the one that best suits each person’s needs and knowledge. This page, through a small test, proposes the Distro or Distros that best fit.

  • WorseDoughnut 🍩
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    47 months ago

    Right, but the fact of the matter is you can do most things on any distro, it’s very rare that any one distros is “really for” anything specific. They’re not all that different to one another at the end of the day, and to a new user potentially paralyzed by choice this site doesn’t really help either.

    Sometimes it’s much easier to say “here’s 3 that offer the most stable new experience, try them out.” And afterwards if you get really tech savvy then go down the niche distro-hopping rabbit hole.

    More distros is certainly a good thing, but most new linux users don’t even know what they’re looking for or would even get to the technical depth where the difference between any two distros would actually matter to their daily use. Even more so with the current migration of gamers onto Linux.

    • @[email protected]
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      27 months ago

      I too am a new to Linux person. I started with mint, as the most like what I’m used to. I like seeing that there are options I might like better, along with why I, personally, might prefer them. as well as why mint didn’t rate high. and I like that it’s not just spitting out the creator’s favorite distro.

      some people get decision paralysis, i get your recommendation. but you’ll also lose some people if you just give them the Linux that’s easiest and closest to what they already know, instead of highlighting how it’s flexible and customizable. we need both methods of recommending a distro.

      there’s plenty of beginner guides telling me to start with mint. I like this picker that considers my interests. looks like I might be trying OpenSuse in the future.

    • Nima
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      17 months ago

      I am a new user and I appreciate the breakdown of each one. I am the theoretical “new user” you’re talking about. And I like how it’s set up. So there you go. you have one new user who finds it useful.

      I think it’s nice to learn stuff. I’m not so simple minded that more choices is going to “scare me away”. this isn’t life or death, it’s just an OS.

      • WorseDoughnut 🍩
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        27 months ago

        You are also not indicative an entire category of potential new users. You are also clearly not the majority who I am referring to, no need to take it personally.

        • Nima
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          17 months ago

          I’m not taking it personally. you’re saying less is more. I’m disagreeing. that’s all.