Is there a way to get a computer and install a linux “distro” without having to know or research “sudo” and what not and so forth to do this and that? Like I’m long recovered from windows and need cure for MACOS, both of which everything is done with drop down menus (no programming or compilers or thing-a-ma-jiggys). Is there some way to do that with a Linux situation?
Yes. My recommendation here is elementary OS, although the hardware from the Framework Laptop specifically is too new for linux to work without a bit of sudo. If you were to wait until next April before getting a Framework laptop and putting Ubuntu or elementary OS on it, you should be able to use it without any sudo at all
I believe most distros has installers that dont need you to input anything directly with terminal. However like @asonix said it might require more work on the Framework. I personally use PopOS which is already very user friendly, but do keep in mind that no matter what distro you use, on Linux you would have to start learning how to use commands eventually. Sudo is simply for executing commands with admin priviledges, and there is a whole world out there and can take a while to get used to.
I’ll toss my hat in the ring with a Zorin OS 16 recommendation. It’s got a good clean interface. The store is pretty friendly for finding/installing apps.
Applications are separated from one another and have to be granted permission to access protected files and resources on your system, so you have some level of control.
With some tweaking, I got my environment to behave very much like Mac OS … only it doesn’t constantly keep prompting me to sign into iCloud
I played with Elementary OS as well. Their new Odin release was pretty good, but I wasn’t in love with their store. It’s pretty barren by default, and it makes you add sources like flathub.org to your list of app repositories, but after you do that, it sort of keeps warning you that apps may not be trustworthy. They aren’t lying … many of those apps are just community-maintained packages of 3rd party software, but the constant reminder just made the software “shopping” experience feel a little unfriendly.
That said, I wouldn’t necessarily try to avoid sudo. It’s just a warning that you’re about to do something potentially damaging and you should be cautious. Eliminating sudo won’t stop you from breaking stuff.
i don’t know that I’d recommend any distro to someone that doesn’t want to really get into command line.
i don’t think it’s a good fit, and that’s fine. it’s not for everyone.
To answer the initial question, “install a linux distro without having to know or research sudo”.
You can install Ubuntu 21.04 from USB using the graphical installer and not use sudo. You won’t have the fingerprint reader working, but everything else will work out of the box.
However, as DAE alluded to - you might be shooting yourself in the foot. There are many things that might require sudo during day-to-day use of the machine. I would go so far as to say it is probably the most important command to get used to for any command line use. It’s fairly trivial as well. If you enter some command and you need to be an admin, add the word sudo first. That’s it.
I’ll throw in my 2 cents. I believe that if you are going to run Linux, even if it’s something user friendly like Ubuntu/elementaryOS/PopOS (or so I hear, only used Ubuntu once back in 2006), you should learn not only sudo but other basic commands and the structure of Linux.
Why? Because Linux offers freedom, choice, and customizability and you should learn how to take advantage of that. Otherwise, you’re not taking full advantage of what Linux offers over Windows/MacOS. And if your system ever breaks, you’ll have built the knowledge on how to fix it - and that’s empowering.
That said, I’m not trying to scare you away from Linux. I’d encourage you to try it as a dual boot, maybe even on the storage expansion card. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes!