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asking for varied Linux recommendations 

I just bought my first laptop (a refurbished ThinkPad X1 Carbon), and this will be my first "real" system I can use Linux on (outside of my Pi and a VM on my parent's desktop). I would really like recommendations for setting it up. Some things I would like recommendations on:

* Distros (I've worked with Raspbian, Debian, and Arch)
* WMs (I've been kind of interested in testing out i3)
* Utilities
* Tips and/or tricks
* Learning resources

asking for varied Linux recommendations 

Honestly I'm looking for advice on anything and everything, really. I'm really quite inexperienced with this but I'd like to know more

Links and descriptions would be greatly appreciated :D

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asking for varied Linux recommendations 

@acciomath Personally I really like elementary OS and it's "Pantheon" window manager, and it's a great one for getting started. It's nothing like i3 though so I don't know about you.

As for learning the commandline, once you know the basics and how to ask for help (via man, -h, or --help) it's trivial to pick up the rest as you need it.

asking for varied Linux recommendations 

@alcinnz Thank you :) I think I've heard about elementary before 🤔

asking for varied Linux recommendations 

@acciomath linuxquestions.org a beginner friendly forum site. It's been around for 19 years.

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@acciomath Oh man I hate to disturb them but I feel like @cwebber just got a very similar laptop and they used Guix on it, but had wifi troubles.

Guix can be a wonderful operating system, I'm currently using Fedora, normally I use Arch. I feel like it almost doesn't matter these days except if you wanna run servers on the machine.

I like ratpoison for a tiling window manager.

Obviously, Emacs and Org-mode.

Learn to read shittily rendered mailing lists

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@emsenn Are there mailing lists that aren't awful to read? I've only seen a few, but the ones I have are unreadable messes

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@acciomath No thus the advice of learning to read them :(

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@emsenn Well, rip

asking for varied Linux recommendations 

@acciomath I'd try out these Sabayon and Gentoo if you have the time, a nicely different experience than many other systems.

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@SkyFreak Thanks! Sabayon looks pretty interesting.

asking for varied Linux recommendations 

@acciomath I'm going to say Debian with KDE desktop.

Debian is a distro on which a lot of other distros based. Packaging system is great and everything is basically a standard way that the things are done in linux.

KDE is a Desktop environment similar enough to be comfortable for windows users, but different enough to be interesting.

debian.org/releases/stable/amd

I suggest installing minimal debian first and then KDE on top of that.

wiki.debian.org/KDE

asking for varied Linux recommendations 

@acciomath If you are interested in learning debian tools specifically and linux tools in more general sense, I can't recommend highly enough Debian Administrator's Handbook -- debian-handbook.info/browse/st

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@avolkov Thanks for the advice! I'll take a look at that book.

asking for varied Linux recommendations 

@acciomath I really like Debian personally. Since you've already got some familiarity, I'd say go with Debian and Arch, unless you don't like them. :)

I use FVWM and Fluxbox as my window managers, and Xterm and Vim are mainstays.

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@fsnk Thanks!

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@acciomath K! D! E! K! D! E!

Seriously, even if the desktop itself weren't insane, KWin /alone/ would be worth it. It's absolutely fantastic. And probably the reason I haven't jumped back to OS X.

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