Open Ballot: Beginner's Distro
We often introduce new people to Linux, and there's always that niggling question, what distro to start someone on. Not so long ago, the answer seemed obvious: Ubuntu. However that's falling from grace at the moment (Ben says: I actually like Unity. Efy, Graham and Andrew disagree).
We've found Fedora isn't as user-friendly as it used to be (if Jon were still here, he'd stick up for Fedora, but he's not). Mint is one option, beloved by many for graphical slickness, but then at the other end of the scale many people are now getting their first taste of Linux through LXDE and Debian on the Raspberry Pi, and they seem to be doing fine. A part of us is always tempted to go with Arch (sure it'll take them a while to get going, but when they do, they'll be able to look after themselves).
Our question this fortnight, then, is what's the best distro for beginners?
Perhaps you think one that mimics a more familiar environment (like Zorin's Windows-alike themes) are the best bet, or maybe you think ingraining the free software philosophy is more important, so only Trisquel will do.
Let us know your thoughts in the comments and we'll read the out on our upcoming podcast.