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I want to make Linux more accessible to everyone, but also make the complicated and ever growing field of distros easier to understand.

That's the goal or my new project, Try Linux.

trylinux.today

@danarel If i could suggest that you add Artix to your list. It is Arch based without Systemd and offers some live install ISO's

https://artixlinux.org/

Great idea for a website/service.

@mgrondin Thanks for the recommendation. I will check it out!

@danarel Maybe I found an issue... I chose openSUSE distro (my distro!! :)) and click in "edit this page" link (just to know what happen) and the I got a "Page not found" error...

@victorhck Great catch! I found the issue and I am pushing it live as we speak. Give it 2-3 min.

@danarel a pleasure!! it's deployed using gitlab pages and your own domain?

(Was thinking to provide a spanish translation, but it's a huge work!!) :)

@victorhck I use Netlify to host it and build it. The repo is on Gitlab.

@danarel
I hope you accept merge requests on gitlab. I made one + if I find the time, I'd translate the website to german if that's fine by you.

@danarel Great idea, great website. If you've got the resources keep it up to date. MX Linux e.g. is 19.1 actually.

@D22 Yes, my next step is to revisit each OS and check for updates. This is a fork of a defunct site so it needs some love.

@danarel The Manjaro info on your page isn't upto date. Some versions are 19.0.2 by now, others are not, it is confusing. I'd also hesitate to label it a beginner Linux. I find it a bit more challenging to install and maintain than Kubuntu or Xubuntu were when I still used them. I would not recommend it for a very first try of Linux.

@pixelsalat Strongly disagree on how easy it is to use. I will update the OS version in time. Keeping up to date on all of these OSes is very difficult.

@pixelsalat @danarel
I already made a merge request about it: gitlab.com/danaretrylinux/-/me

I would have liked a discussion about that topic, but it got closed.

@danarel This is super helpful. I've been looking for a way off the Ubuntu bandwagon for a bit and your website helped me find a distro that will allow me to level up to Intermediate level hopefully without stepping outside my bounds of expertise.

I also shared the link with a friend who mentioned he might try Linux and he says "cool."

@danarel Mhm, like it, just not sure if Fedora is really intermediate. I think the community provides a lot of great help to beginners, too. But of course at the end of the day it's your site and you make the decisions ;)

@sheogorath I have actually thought about that one too. This is a fork of an old site thats no longer maintained and I have been going through to do major updates to the OSes. Revisiting their classification is on there.

@danarel Nice, if you need help for the Fedora section, I'm in :)

Of course a little guidance would be nice, to have an idea in which direction those descriptions should go and what size :)

@danarel If you wanna court gamers in that "making the switch" section, you might as well mention Valve's Proton initiative, as well as the ginormous grant Epic gave to the Lutris project.

@danarel That sounds great as a Linux newbie, thanks! :)

@danarel thank you for making this! It helped me find more beginner-friendly distros.
I wanna start using Linux and I’m between Mint, Elementary (I’ve tried both on VMs) and Fedora and Zorin (haven’t tried them at all).
It’s great that there’re so many options but I don’t know which one to choose lol

@sirduck honestly, between those id recommend either Fedora or Mint (or just straight up Ubuntu. I think elementary is too restricted by default to give users the best Linux experience.

@danarel thanks for the reply!
I’ve read everywhere that Ubuntu is not the best for privacy so I never really considered it. I liked Elementary due to the similarity to Mac interface wise.
How about Kubuntu? I like that is supports KDE so I can easily make it look how I want.

@sirduck

Another option is Pop_OS, backed by System76 a linux pc manufacturer. It's got a clean/polished design, based on Ubuntu (meaning lots of software repos) and support:)

system76.com/pop

itsfoss.com/pop-os-linux-revie

@LPS I’ve taken a look at it and it looks good! Is it alright for beginners as well?

@sirduck absolutely:)

Maybe the easiest of all would be Zorin Os, have your heard of it?
zorinos.com/

Same thing, based on Ubuntu but with special care taken for users that are new to linux.

They have a paid version with lots of software pre-installed but it's not necessary at all. Using the CORE ESSENTIALS free version is the same as any other Ubuntu flavoured distro.

@LPS yep I’ve taken a look at it. It’s on the list of the ones I’m considering.

Which one do you use if I may ask?

@sirduck I've been using Pop_os I love it:)

The great thing, FYI, with any distro based on Ubuntu is that it's much easier to get support/information if you run into snags as it's probably the most widely used distribution. Any instructions for Ubuntu will work for Pop_OS, linux mint, Zorin ... etc.

@LPS thanks for the response and the great info! I hope I can decide soon lol

@sirduck one trick a friend taught me years ago was simply buying a second hard drive and installing onto it after unplugging the original. Once you've installed the new OS simply make sure both hard drives are reconnected and when you restart you can either do nothing and it will go to your default OS or use your computer's key combination to change the device that boots:). This way you can ease your way in without risk. For only the price of a HDD...ssd drives are cheap now.

@LPS that’s a great tip, thanks!

One more question: Say I create a partition for Linux and install a distro as a dual boot, will there be a problem during that process if I have hard drive encryption turned on or will it not make a difference at all?

@sirduck that's the reason I prefer the second hardrive....no risk of messing up the boot. I've done that in the past and it ruined both installs:( not saying it will happen but I never felt comfortable with it.

@sirduck Ubuntu is fine for privacy and you can find a few quick things online to make it better. None of perfect for privacy out of the box anyway. Kubuntu is nice because it's fast and pretty lightweight.

I personally stick with Gnome but thats all preference really.

@danarel makes sense. Will probably try Kubuntu on vm first.
Thanks!!

@danarel do you think Linux is difficult for people? i think it’s not much different than switching from Android to iOS or from Windows to MacOS. Linux is perfect. I made my whole office (50 people) to switch to Linux and there were no problems.

@zisermann I think navigating the world of Linux can be hard. And different distros require certain knowledge. Someone switching from Windows to Arch is too much. Windows to Ubuntu is easy.

@danarel like the website. i wish there was anything like that about 15 years ago)

@danarel I wouldn't speak of "latest versions" for "rolling distros", especially speaking for Arch and Manjaro. The later only use a version for their images to give this specific snapshot a name, but due to rolling updates there is no hard constraint that could be named "a version".

@danarel that looks excellent, thank you for your work! 💚

@danarel are you considering translating it into other languages as well?

@danarel @Rheall I was surprised to see Fedora marked as a “beginner” distro (traditionally it’s been a test bed for the new power user tools in RHEL) but this is an amazing resource and I will be directing people to it liberally! 🤩

@danarel it's a bit funny to me that after decades of using Linux, i switched from one beginner distro (Kubuntu) to another (@elementary)

@rugk I have openly said its a fork, many times, and it’s right in the about me section. I wouldn’t call that hidden. I link directly to it.

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