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johnywhy Saturday 16 May 2015 at 22:45
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hi

sorry for noob question. what's the best/easiest linux distro for POL? "Best" meaning error-free, trouble free install/usage.

what distros come with POL pre-installed? i found one, called SolydK.

thx!

Ronin DUSETTE Sunday 17 May 2015 at 0:04
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hi

sorry for noob question. what's the best/easiest linux distro for POL? "Best" meaning error-free, trouble free install/usage.

what distros come with POL pre-installed? i found one, called SolydK.

thx!

Just use Ubuntu or Mint or something popular and well-supported. There is no best system. Don't go with some random distro because POL comes installed. It's easy to install and a trivial point to sway your choice of distro. Personally I have had great luck with any Ubuntu based system. Especially considering you are new to Linux, I would go with Ubuntu or Mint.

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Okto Sunday 17 May 2015 at 18:58
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I've never tried SolydK, so can't say anything directly about it. However, one of the nice things about linux is you can swap distros at any time and try out new things. I spent quite a while trying to decide which distro to start with, and there were less back then (early 2000s), so it probably looks even more confusing now. However, in hindsight of my experience I actually now think don't worry about it. You can start anywhere. Your first things with linux will be mostly experimenting and learning a bit about it. Even if the worst happens and you start to think a distro isn't suited to you, you'll have learned why not and know more about what to look for in another distro, so you're going to gain something whatever the experieince.

As for playonlinux specifically, any of the distros with instructions and packages on this site's download page should work well. You can use something else though. I use openSUSE which isn't listed specifically, but works  great with the all distributions package - provided I've installed python and some other dependencies.

GunnDawg Wednesday 20 May 2015 at 4:54
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Just install a light weight distro like Arch Linux so you can install whatever you want from the ground up. Comes with nothing but the bare minimum then you build on it from there.

Ronin DUSETTE Wednesday 20 May 2015 at 5:28
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Just install a light weight distro like Arch Linux so you can install whatever you want from the ground up. Comes with nothing but the bare minimum then you build on it from there.

 

For a beginner, that is actually not a very good suggestion; Arch is not for the faint of heart, and if you want to just get it working, instead of trying to build an operating system that you are just getting into, simply installing a common, well-supported distro is simply the best way to go (as instead of a user who has no clue what to install without spending hours learning how Linux works, they can install a distro that has a majority of what they need built in.).

Yes, if you want to spend quite a while learning how Linux works, then Arch or Gentoo or something makes sense. If you just want it to work without much hassle, *buntu or Mint or Debian would be a very, very good choice. 


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booman Friday 22 May 2015 at 17:51
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Exactly, if you are coming from Windows and want to just install Linux and start gaming, Mint is the best choice.  Mint will install video drivers for you.  Then you install Wine, PlayOnLinux and 32-bit libraries, you are ready to start gaming.  Easiest and painless distro to run on most hardware.


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Ronin DUSETTE Friday 22 May 2015 at 18:33
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Exactly, if you are coming from Windows and want to just install Linux and start gaming, Mint is the best choice.  Mint will install video drivers for you.  Then you install Wine, PlayOnLinux and 32-bit libraries, you are ready to start gaming.  Easiest and painless distro to run on most hardware.

 

I agree. When it comes to the *buntu flavours, I have always gone with Kubuntu (I love KDE bunches), but Mint, as far as just install it and go, is probably the best distro for that. No extra stuff to install for MP3 support and all of that, Cinnamon is a super sexy DE (MATE is pretty dope, too), and like booman said; Wine, PlayOnLinux, the drivers, multiarch libs... it is all handled about as gracefully as it can. I second the Mint suggestion.  


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booman Friday 22 May 2015 at 18:49
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Mint has some really good themes as well.  There are themes to make Linux look like Windows XP, Windows 7, OSX and some pretty cool movie themes too.


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Ronin DUSETTE Friday 22 May 2015 at 18:51
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There are themes to make Linux look like Windows XP, Windows 7, OSX

Tsk tsk tsk. Sin. :\ lol


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