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Gurlok: I was thinking on starting with mint, as it seems to have a more "windows like" UI, in order to start using linux without pulling my hair one by one.

Do you guys suggest mint? Also, why is ubuntu now a better distro than the others?
adamhm: I recommend Mint; it's what I started out with & continue to use because it works great for me and does everything I need. Check out my Linux Mint beginner's guide for more info about it :)

Ubuntu, Linux Mint and other Ubuntu-based distros are recommended for their wide support and ease of use, making it effectively the "standard" desktop Linux distro. Because of this it's also relatively easy to get help for Ubuntu based distros when needed.
Holy cow, thank you so much for both guiding me to this thread, and making it on the first place. This is awesome!

I really like the 2 .pdf you wrote, they are very easy to understand.
thomq: However, software freedom doesn't matter to the everyday person who is not a computer engineer. They still have to wait, just like they do for all the features and applications they can't make for themselves. Better off watching the sunrise or a gentle misting rain. Companies can sometimes afford to hire a computer engineering department, but that's ridiculous to expect of the everyday person. Computers aren't for the everyday person, they should never buy one.
dtgreene: Software freedom, however, is nice for the average person who just wants to dabble in programming, or sees programming as a hobby, rather than a profession. In particular, being able to see the code means you can learn from it, study it, and even play around with it some. Generally, only people who work on computers for a living get to see the source code of closed source software, but anyone can get the source code of open source software.

So yes, being able to loot at the source code can be useful for the average person.
An average person might have and pursue an interest in computer engineering activities, however I dare say the average person does not. Well, except when there's a group of people when the average person does… It's just that I'm thinking more along the lines of planet-wide, so: an average person, yes; the average person, no.

(On the other hand, I wasn't thinking the everyday person as being an average of anything.)
Post edited November 16, 2017 by thomq