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please help me find the easiest Linux distro to use

liteonrules 153 18 August 13, 2015 at 05:41 PM
oK, I used UBUNTU about 4yrs ago and found it too hard to use but i was also lazy about it. i want to try again but would like to use the easiest first that doesn't require to much thinking on my part. i am still lazy you know. thanks for any help

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Easiest is a relative thing. I'd say your day to day use of various programs doesn't require much extra effort.

Installing, configuring, and maintaining a linux install can be more work / require more knowledge. I'd recommend one of the distros with a very large user base, it's generally easier to install things and keeps things up to date with less effort. Ubuntu or a variant of it like Mint that's well supported.
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oK, I used UBUNTU about 4yrs ago and found it too hard to use but i was also lazy about it. i want to try again but would like to use the easiest first that doesn't require to much thinking on my part. i am still lazy you know. thanks for any help
You should give Ubuntu another try. I think it's the most complete Linux distro for the typical user. It's really designed for the average consumer in terms of UI, and you can still do all the higher end stuff as well.

It's improved a lot in the last 4 years. The last time I installed it on a machine it was basically plug and play. Run the install, reboot, boom...Linux. No fighting with wifi or display drivers like back in the day.

You can google your machine model number to see if it's got out of the box compatibility with Ubuntu.
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I've not used it but a friend is really liking Chromixium (a ChromeOS clone based on ubuntu)

http://chromixium.org/
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Nobody has mentioned Linux Mint?
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oK, I used UBUNTU about 4yrs ago and found it too hard to use but i was also lazy about it. i want to try again but would like to use the easiest first that doesn't require to much thinking on my part. i am still lazy you know. thanks for any help
geteasypeasy.com

Hmm was that only for my netbook or did i use it on desktop
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centOS, ubuntu, MInt...there are alot. centOS is the closest you'll get to RHEL, that is what I heard..
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Mint is basically the most Windows looking Linux distro that I know of. It also helps that it gets a fair amount of attention which helps when searching for how to fix something.
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ok I tried MINT and couldn't get my Netflix,hulu, or XFINITY TV to work. so I tried looking at forums for getting XFINITY TV to work and I did everything I was instructed to by installing playonlinux with all updates for flash/shockwave and it is still not working. I have not tried wine yet but it seems Linux still involves too much thinking. I am going to give it at least a week to figure how to get NETFLIX,HULU and xfinity tv to work. I will only STREAM VIDEO/MUSIC 50% ,surf the net/check e-mail 49%,pay bills 1%
who am I kidding I won't pay bills. I do have a chromebook and i love it. is Chromixium exactly like the chromebook? and if so then i will use that because my chromebook is really easy for me to figure out because everything works right from the start which what i expected Linux to do for me.
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ok I tried MINT and couldn't get my Netflix,hulu, or XFINITY TV to work. so I tried looking at forums for getting XFINITY TV to work and I did everything I was instructed to by installing playonlinux with all updates for flash/shockwave and it is still not working. I have not tried wine yet but it seems Linux still involves too much thinking. I am going to give it at least a week to figure how to get NETFLIX,HULU and xfinity tv to work. I will only STREAM VIDEO/MUSIC 50% ,surf the net/check e-mail 49%,pay bills 1%
who am I kidding I won't pay bills. I do have a chromebook and i love it. is Chromixium exactly like the chromebook? and if so then i will use that because my chromebook is really easy for me to figure out because everything works right from the start which what i expected Linux to do for me.
Did you install Chrome or Chromium on Mint? Chrome should Just Work with Netflix et al. Chromium probably won't have the required DRM modules. I'm not sure about Firefox.
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ok I tried MINT and couldn't get my Netflix,hulu, or XFINITY TV to work. so I tried looking at forums for getting XFINITY TV to work and I did everything I was instructed to by installing playonlinux with all updates for flash/shockwave and it is still not working. I have not tried wine yet but it seems Linux still involves too much thinking. I am going to give it at least a week to figure how to get NETFLIX,HULU and xfinity tv to work. I will only STREAM VIDEO/MUSIC 50% ,surf the net/check e-mail 49%,pay bills 1%
who am I kidding I won't pay bills. I do have a chromebook and i love it. is Chromixium exactly like the chromebook? and if so then i will use that because my chromebook is really easy for me to figure out because everything works right from the start which what i expected Linux to do for me.
What problem are you trying to solve by going linux?
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is Chromixium exactly like the chromebook? and if so then i will use that because my chromebook is really easy for me to figure out because everything works right from the start which what i expected Linux to do for me.
Chromium is based on Gentoo while Chomixium is based on Ubuntu so it's not identical

You can always boot off a live image and test it out.

Why don't you just use the Chromebook?
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What problem are you trying to solve by going linux?

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