Linux desktop browser build for a friend, which distro?

skyking

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That's it. I am a Debian guy for servers, but the desktop environment is not my cup of coffee. I fell out of MS into doing 95% of my casual computing on a chromebook.
I have some decent enough hardware laying around. He will do no more than surf and wants something lightweight so it sails along nicely on modest hardware.
 

skyking

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two votes for Mint.
I will build and tweak this as needed, and then not see it again for 6 months at a time. Will he, a non linux guy, be able to keep it updated?
 

mxnerd

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You can install TeamViewer after the Linux distro is done, in case you are willing to assist him remotely occasionally.

You will need a TeamViewer account to help others. The one getting assistance doesn't. He just have to give you his TeamViewer ID and password which will change for every new connection.

 

mxnerd

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Or Clouready / Chrome OS Flex from Google.


 
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crashtech

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two votes for Mint.
I will build and tweak this as needed, and then not see it again for 6 months at a time. Will he, a non linux guy, be able to keep it updated?
Yes, unless non-standard packages are installed, in which case the automatic updater will occasionally break something. But if it's just a browsing machine it should be no problem.
 
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Ajay

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Mint Cinnamon was the easiest to adjust to, coming from windows, of the 8 or so distros I tried. I went with Kubuntu because I wanted KDE. So, yes, another vote for Mint - I was really on the fence over the two.
 
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Red Squirrel

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I use Mint myself, I find it's probably one of the more polished desktop OSes. Everything pretty much just works and it's a popular enough distro that you should find stuff if you do run into issues.
 
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