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Interested in Linux? Take a look at one of these five great distros, nominated by readers, or suggest your favorite:
Whether you're a beginner or you've been using Linux systems for years, you probably have an opinion on what the best distribution is. "Best," is obviously a relative term, and we understand that what...
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But all that really matters is that Linux rocks! :P
It depends on how you use the OS !! on my Personal Laptop i have Ubuntu... On my Desktop at home i had to install Fedora and in the Office i have Debian and CentOS on Servers and some of the desktop there has Ubuntu ! and thats it !
+Stan Kain My wife used SuSE (before Novell bought them). Around '97 I was working with Mandrake & Red Hat before testing SuSE & Debian. Finally settled on Ubuntu (was there in the beginning). :-) Now our family is straight OS X & iOS. Except for my Samsung Chromebook.
WTF Arch in first place? really? +1000 nerd points but do you want people to LIKE Linux?
Lubuntu is another good one for older computers. I run it on my fileserver and it serves that purpose well.
Good article, and I'm glad that you've got Linux Mint on there. Ubuntu is great and all, but a headache for most casual users. I installed it on an older laptop that didn't have an OS, and I didn't want to go out and buy Windows for it. It works great.
Glad you mentioned Debian. It's a great distro but tends to get overlooked in favor of it's flashier derivatives. I'm currently running "Squeeze" myself and I highly recommend it.
Mint with Cinnamon has treated me very well off late. I've tried Fedora for some time but in the end Mint is the sweet spot for me right now.
I use PCLinuxOS. KDE on my laptop and lxde on an older (2004) desktop.
Ryan J
I use Debian for my Server and Ubuntu on my laptop. I've grown quite fond of the Unity that everyone hates. However, I'm done trying to tweak the GUI to my liking and just accept it for what it is.
The best Linux distro is "Buy a Mac."

/Sorry. Had to do it
//I have put LXDE spins of Ubuntu and Mint on my nearly 10 year old machine, and they both run really well.
///Please don't hurt me.
Haven't touched my old computer (desktop, 2005) running Arch in almost two years, hopefully I'll have time this summer to revive it.. Arch is absolutely my favourite of the ones I've tried. Might need to have a new round of distro-testing as it's been a while since the last time. :)
I learned on Slackware, but I really enjoy Mint these days
I started with Slackware and Yggdrasil, but, these days, RedHat pays the mortgage. So, for me, the best personal Linuxes are Fedora, SciLin and Centos (no having to change mindsets between home and office).
also imo mint is better than ubuntu, even thought it is based on ubunto, i like the layout of it and everything, plus they have the LMDE as well.
OpenSuSE ftw! I've been using it since version 8 and haven't touched another distro since.
I've been using Linux Mint for a while, and all I can say is that Linux has completely conquered me :D
ThinkPad with Ubuntu, iMac with OS X
Nav H.
Ubuntu 11.4
Which is better for the beginner? Mint 11 or Mint 12?
Any Ubuntu-based distro (including Linux Mint) is a good choice. Ubuntu has a large and helpful user community, and comprehensive and well-maintained repositories. Also, it's based on Debian, and I've always preferred to deal with debs than rpms. On the other hand, I hate Unity, and the first thing I do after installing Ubuntu is install a different desktop environment (with Gnome 3 as my current favorite).
Best Linux distro for newbies is...uhhh...Android? Totally no command line, at least out of the box (which is the complaint of most "nontechies"), awesome selection of games (which is a common reason for people sticking to Windows, and not too shabby either!

(Okay, this is half-joking, half-serious. Hooha.)
Has anyone installed linux on the SD card of their phone, to use phone as usb stick?
+Andrei Estioco A gamer friend of mine recently switched from Windows to (Ubuntu) Linux because she found it was actually a better OS for playing the games she wanted to play.

It started when she mentioned that she couldn't install KotOR 2 on her laptop after upgrading from Windows XP to Windows 7, and I pointed out that it had a platinum rating on the Wine AppDB. The conversation quickly turned into her citing specific games (including several newer ones) as reasons why she couldn't switch to Linux, and me looking up those games on the Wine AppDB and discovering that all of the ones she mentioned had at least gold ratings, if not platinum.

So she decided to dual-boot Linux to try it out, and found that not only was she able to play those games, they actually ran better on her laptop under Linux than they had under Windows XP (primarily because Linux uses fewer system resources than Windows, freeing up more for the applications). When I last spoke with her, she was playing Skyrim on Linux, and was quite happy with it.
+Alex Mendoza Yep. It's in my standard toolkit for fixing computers. (Suspect a computer is infected with viruses or other malware? Boot Linux from the flash drive and run a virus scan from there. Not only is there no way that any malware can interfere with the virus scanner, but you don't have to worry about infecting the flash drive.) It's also handy for using public computers securely, without concern for things like if anyone has installed any sort of keylogger.
+Alex Mendoza Well, for the most part Linux is Linux, and different distributions are primarily distinguished by the size and helpfulness of the user community, the choice of default apps and desktop environment, and the quantity of apps in the software repositories and how well those repositories are maintained. (I personally prefer Ubuntu for everything except the desktop environment, and install the Gnome 3 shell instead of the default Unity desktop.)

The thing that seems to have the greatest effect how well a Windows game runs on Linux using Wine seems to be the specific game and specific version of the game, but there do seem to be some minor differences between different distributions. I'd suggest using the Wine AppDB to look up the games in which you're most interested in playing to check if there's a particular distro that seems to have higher ratings for those games. (Since Ubuntu and its derivatives are by far the most popular distributions currently, most of the reviews will be for those, but you'll typically see a few for distributions like Gentoo and OpenSUSE.)

Also, make sure you have the latest version of Wine installed (using the Wine HQ repository), and follow any instructions and tips provided on the Wine AppDB page for the game. (This usually consists of simple things like enabling one or two things in Winetricks before you install the game, or running the game with certain options set.)
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