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Win 10 install = twice the time, extra steps than Linux

Comparison of time and effort to install windows 10 in comparison to Ubuntu. (Hint = Mint does a step less than Ubuntu!) I know I always dread doing a windows setup and never have the same dread of a Linux setup, although the first time or two there was some dread due to not knowing what to expect beyond the last time I'd used it, which had been Knoppix version 4. The first system I installed since those days was Kubuntu and wow, I was amazed at how easy it was, couldn't even believe it was Linux since it had advanced so much.

"Installation is not the issue holding people back. If the average user were tasked with installing either Windows 10 or Ubuntu 15.04, chances are they'd shudder at the thought of installing either (when, in reality, both are really quite simple). As for upgrading? Both systems have their pros and cons. The nod to ease of use would very much go to Ubuntu in this case...." (more at link)
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would not recommend Ubuntu because of unity

If the user is new to linux, I would not recommend Ubuntu because of unity desktop. I would recommend kubuntu or kde version of linux mint. Those are the closer to looking like windows than the other desktops and not as confusing.

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there is a "Mate" version of Ubuntu now

but neither am I a "Unity" fan. It's better than W8's GUI but reminds me a bit too much of W8.

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I can fix that.
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OK, start with DOS and do that for windows
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openSUSE 13.2 KDE

I know there are many Ubuntu fans but I found installing openSUSE 13.2 KDE was a breeze. I came from Windows and it would always take a long time. openSUSE 13.2 KDE took less than 15 minutes. What I love about openSUSE 13.2 KDE you don't need to use the terminal to install software which is great for people coming from Windows. I haven't tried other Linux distros though. With Ubuntu do you need to use the terminal to install software?

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GUI install for most major Linux distros now

SUSE is good, also favored is Kubuntu, Zorin, Mint, and some like the newer Unity desktop on Ubuntu. For systems with 1-2GB RAM, then Lubuntu is a good one. Check them all out at distrowatch dot com.

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OK, cool.

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