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Looking for a Distro recomendation.

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Posted · Original PosterOP

Goal: security and privacy for browsing the web

Criteria:

Debian Based.

Can reliably from startup, restrict all de-anonymizing network connections, until I tell it otherwise or it connects with openvpn.

Can easily control fan speeds.

Is easy enough to learn for a windows user.

Preferred web browser: firefox.

Can install next to a windows install on the same drive. (I am able to partition if needed)

 

Dump all remaining upgrade points to: Is light and good for browsing and running web code.

 

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i suppose xubuntu fits that list close enough.

 

it's been my go-to because it's lightweight, the UI elements are easy enough to grasp, the UI-based configuration is actually pretty nice, and it's got an "app store".

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11 minutes ago, Electronics Wizardy said:

debian?

 

plain debian can do all of this with a bit of configuration.

debian tends to have the "learning cliff" issue a lot tho.

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42 minutes ago, Sir0Tek said:

I throw mxlinux into the pool, it's debian-based, fast and a lot less bloated compared to MintDE.

 

 

Add: It's actually #1 at distrowatch

number one in hits, not userbase.

 

bryan lunduke has some interesting quotes about distrowatch numbers.

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1 minute ago, manikyath said:

number one in hits, not userbase.

 

bryan lunduke has some interesting quotes about distrowatch numbers.

Distrowatch is only counting the hits, of course. Should I have clarified this? 

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I like Debian, though it can be harder to work with if you're new to Linux, since other Debian based distros such as Ubuntu and Mint are more simplified. I think Debian is good for learning, I used it a lot before moving to Arch, and I'm still considering dual-booting it on my PC, or else using it on my laptop.


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Posted · Original PosterOP

How would I go about finding how to change the startup behavior from automatically connecting to the network, to not connecting,

 

and how to find safe, community reviewed apps for monitoring hardware, and for controlling fan speeds?

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2 hours ago, b1J5Sg said:

How would I go about finding how to change the startup behavior from automatically connecting to the network, to not connecting,

depends on the distro, you can do it through systemd but that might not be installed for your system.  Google it

 

 

2 hours ago, b1J5Sg said:

and how to find safe, community reviewed apps for monitoring hardware, and for controlling fan speeds?

there are a ton of apps that do things such as this, but you'd have to look up data for your hardware and see if something is out there, if not, write it

some monitoring apps:  conky, gkrellm, ksysguard, gnome system monitor

fan control:  fancon is one, again just google this for your distro and hardware

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Posted · Original PosterOP
On 2/25/2020 at 8:58 PM, jdfthetech said:

depends on the distro, you can do it through systemd but that might not be installed for your system.  Google it

 

 

there are a ton of apps that do things such as this, but you'd have to look up data for your hardware and see if something is out there, if not, write it

some monitoring apps:  conky, gkrellm, ksysguard, gnome system monitor

fan control:  fancon is one, again just google this for your distro and hardware

I chose xubuntu. It's open source right? Are there good video guides somewhere?

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26 minutes ago, b1J5Sg said:

I chose xubuntu. It's open source right? Are there good video guides somewhere?

 

 

Here are the docs for Xubuntu:

 

https://xubuntu.org/help/

 

Here is the github for fancon (not sure if there are debian packages for this):

https://github.com/hbriese/fancon

 

Here is some info on conky:

 

https://www.shellhacks.com/install-configure-conky-linux-mint-ubuntu-debian/

 

There is a whole world of desktop configs etc out there, so just dive in, start reading and have fun tinkering!

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