What Is The best Linux For Beginners? KGB Says It Is Ubuntu or Fedora

Before you assume that we are talking about KGB, the Russian Security Agency, the KGB we are talking about is a service which provides answers to your queries for $0.99.

Ken Hess form DaniWeb, asked KGB the question, “Which Linux distribution is the best for new users?”

The answer KGB gave is very interesting. This is the exact reply he got:

“The best one is the one that works best for you. Try something easy like Ubuntu or Fedora. Try different Distros. After all, Linux is free.”

Of course, the first, third and fourth sentences are nothing interesting and are what you would expect from just about anyone. What is interesting is the second sentence – “Try something easy like Ubuntu or Fedora”.

Ubuntu and Fedora are like completely opposite to each other. While Ubuntu focuses on stability, Fedora tries to stay at the bleeding edge of technology and implements countless many new technologies. This often results in various problem in Fedora. Of course Ubuntu is not without problems too. Because of its focus on stability, new technologies generally takes longer to come to Ubuntu. This might be frustating for power users but for newbies, in my opinion, Fedora is not a very good option.

What do you think is the best Linux for beginners? Let us know through the comments.

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  • Isn't the main thing about linux the fact that you have to search for answers and evolve out of the newbie phase?

    Personally, having used Ubuntu since high-school on stability and usability counts it is quite suitable for beginners. A person trying out a Linux distro for the first time will want things that work as opposed to the latest tools being laid out before him/her without a clue to go about things.

    Ubuntu itself has evolved into a very smooth experience. Way back in 2006 we'd need to provide IP, subnet mask et al in order to simply connect to the internet. The Hardy Heron LTS didn't detect Windows XP in all cases. With those things in hindsight – major stumbling blocks for a person just starting out – I'd say Ubuntu rocks. And as for bleeding-edge: what's <code>apt-get</code> for? xD

    • mgs

      Thank you very useful and unbiased opinion.

  • RRH

    In my opinion Ubuntu is best, easy to use, fast in installation as well in boot up, having so many software in their repository and main things is that Google also provide software(chrome) for Ubuntu.
    If you use 1 month Fedora and 15 days Ubuntu, then definitely you switch to Ubuntu.

  • I'd have to go with Ubuntu. Seriously this is the only Linux distro that's being developed with mainstream use in focus. For a normal PC user, the papercut fixes that are implemented in Ubuntu do matter a lot. That being said, I still don't think Ubuntu is anywhere near Windows or OS X as far as usability is concerned. I'd put Ubuntu 10.04 ahead of XP, but far behind Windows 7.

  • goyinux

    What to do after installing Ubuntu?
    -Many things.
    What to do after installing Linux Mint?
    -Enjoy it!!!
    The difference is clear.

    • iceberg2520

      This has been posted in oter forums as well…

      I have worked in the field of IT for over thirty years and have seen the complete evolution of M$ and Apple. Supporting Windows clients and Apple clients to a lesser degree have provided me with much income for decades! I have played with Linux/BSD since the mid 90s and since 2003 have delved in deeper. I find there is a certain arrogance both in the Linux and the BSD communities. Many wonder why more M$ users don’t convert to Linux. M$ users typically are not true users of the OS. They only know that if they point and click, then something happens (good or bad)..lol! If we ever expect “Linux for the masses”, we must come down off our trees and truly realize this. Over the last two years I took it upon myself to find the best distro out there for the “masses”. I have installed scores of distros and had many friends, colleagues, and coworkers test drive them. Their skills ranged from “point&click” to experienced IT professionals. From all this evaluation I reached one conclusion. For 90% of users, if we want a “Linux for the masses”, we have to build a distro which installs VERY easy, with everything working out of the box (including codecs, flash, jre, etc.), easy to configure and use, stable, user friendly rich software repositories, simple clean interface with beautiful “eye candy” (see MacOSX), and friendly non geeky support. Considering all this, I believe we have still “missed the boat”. KDE looks a little like Window$ but is clumsy.. and what with all the “K”s?!?! Gnome is clean simple and sensible, but not at all the style Window$. So which distros would I recommend for a brave M$ user to try and convince them to take the leap?

      1. Linux Mint (Gnome) *****best by far!
      2. Ubuntu ****easy to configure
      3. PCLinuxOS (Gnome) **trouble with some browser plugins, etc.
      4. Puppy (just for fun) ***WOOF-WOOF!
      5. PC-BSD (just for BSD bragging rights) ****”Hey, I use UNIX!”
      6. All the rest of they want REAL challenges “hey, I’m a geek!”

      So like what was said in another blog, “please don’t get your panties in a bunch”… just my opinion.

    • RJ Ellis

      As someone just now looking into Linux possibilities I find the comment about snobbery quite poignant. Frankly, it’s an attitude that is quite offputting.
      the folks who’ve labored in the trenches for these long years to come up with an alternative to the offerings of the Evil (MS) Empire deserve a lot of credit. Too bad some of them are childish, but throughout history only a few people ever truly grow up. I think you call them avatars.
      The other issue is: If there were a Linux distro for the masses, then we might end up with a Dire Straits scenario:
      “Some people get a kick out of breaking up the speed limit…Scarin’ up pedestrians for a minute…crossin’ up the progress, drivin’ on the grass, leavin’ just enough room to pass. Sunday Driver, never took a test. Oh, yeah! Once upon a time in the West.”

      So, taking a philosophical view of this, I’d say things are probably going just the way they should.

  • Curtis

    Linux Mint is best for newbies coming from Windows but Ubuntu would be easiest for Mac users. I prefer Ubuntu because like the ability to customize to my hearts desire on a stable system.

  • I guess it is Linux Mint. Easiest to use.
    Though, If you wanna get high on the learning curve, go for Slackware.

  • umesh

    having an active user of linux, i have tried many linux distro, but the most powerful and easiest of them all in fedora (fedora 12). This is the perfect combination of the power and the ease the MS windows gives to you.

  • vader

    linux mint

  • georgew

    iGolaware Linux 2.0