On my Dad's older laptop, I had KUbuntu installed for him.

I had choosen the KDE desktop environment because I believed it was relatively easy to use for people coming from the Windows world.

BTW : If you know other desktop environments for beginners, please tell me.

I also had Launchpad PPAs repositories added for him to install up to date software.

But PPAs repos can become a mess and sometime discretely break python-packages without breaking debian packages dependencies (maybe because some packagers didn't update some dependencies correctly).

To sum things up I looking for a Linux distribution :

  • for beginner
  • with KDE (or other very easy desktop environment) easy to install (if not already installed)
  • relatively up to date software without having to add PPAs repos
  • with enough support from community for me to solve eventual pb.

So far, I came across MX Linux (I've never used it yet), Manjaro Linux (I've never used it yet) and Linux Mint (last resort because I don't to have to handle PPAs).

Can you help ?

  • Maybe you can find one here: distrowatch.com They have a short description of each distro that is displayed when you click on the distro name in the "Page Hit Ranking" at the right of the page. Commented May 30, 2020 at 15:36
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    Always up-to-date software often comes at the cost of stability (which is why distributions like Ubuntu or Debian often have such "aged versions": they are tested to work well together). If that's a price you're willing to pay, watch out for distributions offering "rolling releases". As for "beginners coming from Windows", I often find Zorin OS recommended. It's no "rolling release" distro though, and also based on Ubuntu.
    – Izzy
    Commented May 30, 2020 at 19:51
  • This Wikipedia article might help you find rolling release distros. Not sure which one would be suited for beginners, though; maybe Manjaro or PCLinux.
    – Izzy
    Commented May 30, 2020 at 19:55
  • @Izzy Does this mean "rolling distributions" have more up to date software but come with the price of less stability ? But maybe, they're stable enough for beginners every needs, right ?
    – SebMa
    Commented May 30, 2020 at 22:08
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    At least Manjaro seems to be that way. Rolling releases permanently update everything, so you won't have to manually update to a new release of the distro – that happens "on the path"; opposed to that, point-releases are more stable but do update applications only "at point level" – e.g. if they originally ship with Foobar 2.1.1, you won't get Foobar 3.* before updating the distro itself to its new version. So chances that something breaks are a bit higher with rolling releases, which doesn't mean they're "constantly breaking" ;) Manjaro seems quite stable. I haven't tried it myself, though.
    – Izzy
    Commented May 31, 2020 at 0:16


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