I am a real new user. Never used Linux before. I purchased a R-PI to do something different for christmas and fell in love with it. I personally found Occidental a lot more user friendly since I have been working the projects in the Raspberry PI tutorials. There are instructions on how to adapt the work for Wheezy (which is my only other OS). I am so scarred of screwing up an O.S. I tread lightly, but for a total new user to this element of computer use (not just clicking on a mouse and getting something to work), I found the Occidental user friendly. Just my opinion. Kudos to Lady Adafruit and her team!!!!!!!!!
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