Some more context: She's likely going to be using Mint because that's the distro I use and I know it so I can help more easily when she gets stuck. She also just likes the look of it from seeing mine.
It's unclear what she'll eventually want to be doing. atm she's going to be building her own machine, dual boot Mint and Windows like mine (yay more stuff I already know). After a decade on Macs, she's excited about having control over her system again.
@pixelpaperyarn Unfortunately there's few that I would recommend. A lot of them seem to require some a-priori knowledge of come other machine's workflow.
The ones that I have that might aid a beginner are
though they come with the caveat that they're best used with someone that is willing to ask questions when they get stuck, because they will get stuck.
I wish there was a better way to introduce folks to Linux,.
@craigmaloney Thanks! I'm bookmarking those two for her. TBH, the Dummies guide looks pretty good to get her started from basically nothing, at least from the table of contents.
And she'll have me to answer questions, so hopefully that will help. I'm no expert but I can bash my way through things well enough. I wish there were better resources for beginners, too.
@Jase Oh neat! Thank you!
@pixelpaperyarn this might be an odd recommendation, or perhaps an odd learning path to recommend, but I was very well served by starting with the O'Reilly books about Bash, Learning the Vi Editor, Sed & Awk, and Mastering Regular Expressions. Those were the tools I used the most often at first, and learning them deeply really helped me understand how to use everything else thereafter.
Also, I'm at your/her service if anything odd or mystifying crops up! Please ping me anytime!
@gnomon oh thank you! both for the offer and recommendations! that’s an interesting starting point. i’ve always been a “learn what i need as i go” person so it’s challenging figuring out where to point someone who prefers something more formal.
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