The best Linux distro for beginners?

Today in Open Source: The best distro for beginners? Plus: Kubuntu 13.10 review, and Abiword the lightweight word processor

The Best Linux Distro for Beginners?

The question of which Linux distro is most suitable for beginners comes up fairly often. It's a tough question to answer as it depends on who the new user is and what they want to get out of Linux.

LinuxInsider lists answers from a number of different people, and their recommendations might surprise you.

"I think this actually asks the wrong question," asserted blogger Chris Travers, who works on the LedgerSMB project. "While there are two distros I would recommend -- Fedora and Debian -- I think we pay too much attention to which distro we'd recommend to a beginner and not nearly enough attention to supporting the beginner through learning the new system."

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I have to disagree with Debian and Fedora for new users. They'd be much better off with Linux Mint, Kubuntu or even Mageia. Debian and Fedora might be a bit overwhelming to somebody who is totally new to Linux.

Kubuntu 13.10 Review

Ubuntu 13.10 isn't the only buntu that has been updated. Kubuntu 13.10 is out and I have a full review on Desktop Linux Reviews.

The release of Ubuntu 13.10 has brought with it updates to the various Ubuntu spins. Kubuntu 13.10 is certainly one of the most important so it’s time to take a look at it. I haven’t done a full review of Kubuntu in quite a long while, so I was very curious to see how it had changed and what it had to offer.

I’m happy to say that Kubuntu 13.10 didn’t disappoint, I found myself liking it much more than Ubuntu 13.10.

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Kubuntu 13.10 was a pleasant surprise, indeed. Current Kubuntu users should definitely consider upgrading to it. I loved the Muon Discover software center.

Abiword: A Lightweight Word Processor has a short article about Abiword, the lightweight word processor.

AbiWord is a lightweight, Free Software word processor designed to run on any platform and to support any data format. To date, it runs on an impressive number of operating systems, including: Windows, GNU, Mac OS X, the BSDs, and many other Unixoids.

And it supports an equally impressive number of formats, in addition to it's native .abw format, it can read and write to MS Word, Open Document Text, HTML, RTF, plain text, Latex, ePub, and a large number of other formats -- easily making it one of the most flexible word processors around.

Plus, it's modular, extensible design makes it easy for developers to build and add plug-ins to support new formats as they come along, ensuring that it always stays abreast of the latest technical trends in word processing.

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I've always been a fan of Abiword. It rarely gets much press attention, but it's quite a nice alternative to the larger and somewhat bloated word processors out there. Be sure to check it out.

What's your take on all this? Tell me in the comments below.

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