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greetings,

I am a complete novice in computing_and for the longest time I detested the linux way of doing things by typing (no offence meant). Now I do want to learn both linux & the arm processors. I would like to start on an accessible distribution that will allow me to do my c programming & compilation, if I ever get even that far.

There is no reason to spend any time to answer this rudimentary question--I did try to find answers to no avail, if anybody could drop a hint I would be greateful.

Regards,
_mgd
Hi

I think that you may want to start with the base image of ubuntu. I would suggest you don't give in to the urge to install a desktop environment at first and just have fun becoming familiar with the CLI (command line). There are many good introductory series on youtube. That said, you can install a desktop environment called Mate running this command: 


Code:
sudo /usr/local/sbin/install_mate_desktop.sh

It may take a long time to install (dependently on your internet connection speed). 


This is just one of the choices you are given - you can find most of the available OS' images here.

Hope this helps.
(12-08-2016, 10:33 AM)Luke Wrote: [ -> ]Thanks Luke. I'll give it a try. Any idea how I could mark this thread as inactive to save peoples' time? (I searched around--no luck).

Regards,
m.



Hi

I think that you may want to start with the base image of ubuntu. I would suggest you don't give in to the urge to install a desktop environment at first and just have fun becoming familiar with the CLI (command line). There are many good introductory series on youtube. That said, you can install a desktop environment called Mate running this command: 


Code:
sudo /usr/local/sbin/install_mate_desktop.sh

It may take a long time to install (dependently on your internet connection speed). 


This is just one of the choices you are given - you can find most of the available OS' images here.

Hope this helps.
I could delete it or lock it, but I really see no point in doing so unless you insists. Perhaps you'll have further questions or someone else other opinions to offer .... you never know. I suggest we leave it as is.
Have fun exploring Linux. If you have more immediate questions you are always welcome to drop by and chat with me/ us live (see my sig).
A hearty thanks, Luke. You eased my mind on both scores.
Mike
I too am a newb and ive tried nearly every image, and by far have had the best luck with opensuse, I made a mini howto in the newbie area.