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Re: [trinity-users] Re: [users] Which of the Trinity Live disks would be best to install for a new ex-windoze user?

From: "William Morder via trinity-users" <trinity-users@...>
Date: Thu, 3 Sep 2020 23:07:15 -0700

On Thursday 03 September 2020 20:55:40 J Leslie Turriff wrote:
> On 2020-09-03 22:41:23 Michael wrote:
> > On Thursday 03 September 2020 09:59:50 pm J Leslie Turriff wrote:
> > > 	My brother, a long-time windoze user, suggested to me last night that
> > > he might give Linux a try.  Looking at the Trinity website, I see a
> > > plethora of Live Disk images for various distros available; but which
> > > one is most likely to give him a stable and versatile experience?  He
> > > is already somewhat skeptical, having seen my occasional struggles with
> > > multimedia issues on my OpenSuSE machine*.  (This opportunity will also
> > > give me some exposure to Debian-based distros, a probable plus.)
> > >
> > > Leslie
> > >
> > > *	(OpenSuSE does not seem to think that multimedia is important, and
> > > its support is somewhat sketchy compared with home-computer oriented
> > > distros).
> >
> > MX Linux
> >
> >
> > Huge dev team that has made it a really easy user experience.  It's very
> > easy to build a Live USB (Xfce).  And the MX Package Installer simplifies
> > adding many popular applications.  TDE can be added to the MXPI
> >
> >
> >In structions
> >
> > If you're interested, I'll ask in the MX forum what the steps would be to
> > add TDE to their Live USB.
> >
> > Best,
> > Michael
> 	Well, I was really looking to use one of the ready-made Trinity ISOs.  It
> looks like maybe focal is the latest one?  (This business of names instead
> of release numbers isn't very friendly IMO.)  Is it reasonably stable?  I
> don't want this windoze user to have a bad experience.
> Leslie

Offhand -- and, keeping in mind that your intended audience is a total 
noobie -- not only a Linux virgin, but also somebody who would never be able 
to sort through some of the issues we discuss here (my recent networking 
issues come to mind, or discussions of TDE with at least a half-dozen 
different OSs -- then I would say [here he pauses for effect], only a couple 
ready-made TDE Linux discs stand out. 

AntiX worked quite well, was lightweight, ready from first boot for a new 
user. It wouldn't be my own choice, because it did some weird things with 
permissions inside my home folder. Also, it seemed designed for laptop users, 
and I found it difficult to create custom mount points for my internal hard 
drives. But for somebody who just wants to get used to running Linux, and to 
be able to run a good desktop, I would pick this for my #1. 

Q4OS (I think I got that name right). Again, all the basic ingredients were 
there, for a first-time Linux user, with the bonus of a good desktop. What I 
didn't like was almost from the start: I couldn't create my passwords by 
using weird characters; this distro would only accept alphanumeric passwords. 
Maybe, if I gave it more of a chance, I would have discovered that it could 
be changed or circumvented; but I was right away put off. 

All the others that I've tried so far don't deliver the experience; which is, 
we would want the user to keep using it, rather than giving up in despair. 
(And I might have missed a few good ones that are out there, since I haven't 
been actively looking at new distros, now that I have what I want.)

As I say, not what I would choose for myself; but what I believe would keep a 
new user using Linux and TDE.