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If I had a penny for every seasoned Linux user whose eyes are currently bulging in anger at this title, I would have… still not much money, considering the poor level of web traffic this blog gets. But if you are among those that sharply disagree with me, hear me out so you can more finely craft your criticizing comment.
Below are some reasons why Ubuntu should generally be the distro that new Linux users try first.
Large number of users, especially new users
Ubuntu’s community is unlike many other Linux distributions in the sense that it is so much larger than the communities of other distributions. Ubuntu’s community is also unusual in the sense that a good chunk of it is made up of converted Windows users.
As some successful drug rehabilitation programs have recovering addicts talk to those that have successfully broken the addiction , it is also useful for a person considering switching to Linux to talk to a recent successful Linux-convert. Ubuntu can supply large masses of those recent-Linux-converts.
Large number of Ubuntu-specific tutorials