Voice of the Masses: Should we recommend “advanced” distros to newbies?

If a Windows user is considering switching to Linux and asks us to recommend a distro, we typically roll out the usual desktop favourites: Ubuntu, Mint, Fedora, OpenSUSE and co. But is this actually the best approach? One Reddit user recently described his experiences when switching from Windows to Linux, and after battling problems with the newbie-friendly distros, he actually had the most success with Slackware.

So that got us wondering: should we all start pushing more “advanced” distros such as Arch and Slackware on new users, so that they can learn how GNU/Linux works from the start, and don’t get the impression that it’s just like Windows with a different interface? Does that help prepare new users to deal with issues later down the line? Or would it just be counter-productive, and the likes of Ubuntu and Fedora are popular for a reason?

Let us know your thoughts in the comments below, and we’ll read out the best in our upcoming podcast recording!


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