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Liutauras Vilda
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Welcome Steven, nice to have you here!

I think the first difficulty people face before they dive into the Linux is to choose a "right" distribution. Very first time I've tried Linux it was around 15-18 years ago and at that time it was a total mystery of all those different distributions (on top of system's complexity in general), having said that, at that time there were way less distributions it seems than we have now. It used to be few well known distributions I remember [1] Red Hat, [2] Debian, [3] Mandrake, [4] Slackware (Mandrake and Slackware I don't hear about them anymore, might stopped supporting. Red Hat became for an enterprise use). There were more I'm sure, but these were one of most known at that time as far as I recall. Where I'm leaning, do you have some your insights about them, how to choose a distribution you could benefit most (based on your needs)? Or you consider it something as "doesn't really matter"? Do you have a feeling, which are tend to stay well in a future with a long community support? Or is it something difficult to predict and need to go what is on hot now?

Do your book covers some comparisons with other Unix-like systems as for instance with BSD family? If one wants to pursue towards a sysadmin role, probably is a benefit knowing Linux and BSD family os'es, while they have similarities, they are quite different too. BSD tend to be less discussed and known for many starters, way less literature could be found in hard copies (despite the fact that they have a wonderful handbook) and probably not that recommended to start as with Linux, is it something you'd agree with?

Thank you for your thoughts/insights. 
 
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It is worse than it was ten years ago; there are many more distros to choose from nowadays.
 
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I really wanted the book to empower users, so I encourage the user to think about what they want from a distro. For instance, is a rolling release good for what they want or something with regular releases. But I want the choice to come from the needs of the user. Having said that, the book works with Ubuntu, so everyone is using the same distribution. I veer off into many of the others and explain significant differences (like apt is Debian-based). But I think more than choosing the right distribution, people should focus on using one. Once they know how to use one, they can transition to others. But too many people distro hop and wind up not knowing how to use any.

I didn't get into BSD, just because there was a lot of Linux content to cover. Also, I don't know much BSD!
 
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Steven Ovadia wrote:Having said that, the book works with Ubuntu
This is what I was expecting actually. It seems it is one of the most popular distribution in nowadays.

Thank you for your thoughts and answer.

Steven Ovadia wrote:I didn't get into BSD, just because there was a lot of Linux content to cover. Also, I don't know much BSD!
In these days most people use it, but don't realise they do so - Mac OS yeah I know, it isn't that simple, but the heart is of BSD.
 
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Do you use BSD as your desktop?
 
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Steven Ovadia wrote:Do you use BSD as your desktop?
Used to use when I owned PC, and the experience was quite well as for a desktop. Of course had to do quite a lot set up before, and it took a while to figure out how that needs to be done.

For the past few years using Mac OS, but if not that, I'd definitely would go for either one of BSD distributions or Linux. BSD family has now PC-BSD which is exactly meant to be used as a Desktop, but never tried that myself.
 
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I guess that was my real question -- how it works as a desktop. I keep hearing the desktop experience is comparable to Linux. I should spin up a virtual instance and see for myself.
 
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