• What is the best Linux distro?
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    What is the best Linux distro?

    For those of you on here who use Linux, what would you say is the best distro overall?

    I am seeing if there are any other options out there worth trying. I have been using the same one for almost a year now and I know there are TONS more options that I should at least take a look at to see if I like them.

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    I can't help you there unfortunately! I've had Linux installed on servers but as a home desktop operating system I've only really used Ubuntu that could be a bit overrated. I knew someone who used Linux Mint because it was lightweight.

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    I've used ubuntu since around 2008 on and off but I really hate the new gnome interface so I've installed xfce (desktop environment) and I like it much more. There really isn't that much more difference between the distros, you'll find that some are just geared towards user friendliness. If it's your first time playing around I'd recommend ubuntu, even if you're just setting it up in a virtual machine to get a feel for it. A lot of people seem to like Mint because of the cinnamon desktop environment (it's more windows-like) but I've never gotten along with mint, something about it just seems off to me.

    Debian is more server oriented, it's what a lot of the distros are based on. It's kinda like the windows 2000 of linux distros, it's lightweight, stable and runs on just about anything. The only downside is that the user interface is just plain ugly.

    I've also used Mandriva back in 2009 or so but very briefly, I've had some issues setting it up and as far as I know it is now discontinued.

    Now, if you really want to customize most aspects of the OS then you could try arch linux although it's not beginner friendly at all and I'd suggest steering clear of it if you don't know much about linux.

    And a honorable mention goes to Gentoo if you wanted to customize your OS down to every single detail and compile it yourself. I wouldn't recommend it unless you're a pro though.

    I'm currently using windows 10 but due to the heavy nature of the OS and overall creepy feeling it gives off these days I'm debating dual booting Ubuntu with xfce desktop env. for general use and just use windows for gaming. If you have any questions about linux feel free to ask

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