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Ubuntu Linux

This fast and secure distribution is 100% free and used by people all over the globe. Ubuntu now uses the Unity desktop shell, several Gnome desktop tools are included for convenience. Ubuntu has one of the largest communities of forum users in the Linux world, and support is always available. With Ubuntu you will get all the best and rigorously tested software, along with frequent updates. Ubuntu is now available in multiple languages and the number is growing all the time.

  • Desktop: Unity
  • Derived From: Debian
  • Architecture: x86_64, i686

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Linux Mint

Linux Mint can be downloaded in CD or DVD versions. The DVD version will provide additional software, but the CD edition does offer an upgrade option. Linux Mint is designed to provide a more complete desktop experience in several ways. This distribution is fine tuned for the user that wants a distribution that is ready for action. Additional media codecs

  • Architecture: i386, x86_64
  • Derived From: Debian/Ubuntu
  • Desktops: Cinnamon, KDE, Gnome, Xfce, MATE

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This distribution also has its roots firmly in the ground, Fedora stands strong as one of the top Linux distributions. Fedora is frequently updated ensuring stability and security for its users. This distribution offers a large selection of high quality free software packages. A large community of contributors is available for support at all times.

  • Architecture: i686, x86_64, powerpc, arm, ppc64
  • Desktop: Gnome, LXDE, Xfce, KDE, Openbox
  • Derived From: Red Hat

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This Linux distribution includes over 1000 open source applications. OpenSUSE comes with all the tools you might need for basic desktop use, server tools are available as well. The sleek and user-friendly interface is very appealing, this is another good choice for new users.

  • Architechture: i586, x86_64
  • Desktops: Gnome, KDE, LXDE, Xfce, Openbox

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This is another great operating system with over 25000 packages of free pre-compiled software for you to enjoy. Debian is simple to install and easy to use, great for beginners. Debian was also the inspiration of many other great Linux distributions.

  • Architecture: x86_64, sparc64, powerpc, s390, mipsel, i386, ia64, armel, hppa
  • Desktops: Gnome, KDE, LXDE, Openbox, Xfce, Fluxbox, Blackbox, IceWM

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Bodhi Linux

Another highly perfected Linux distribution based on Ubuntu. Bodhi uses the Enlightenment 17 desktop environment and gives many fantastic customization choices back to the user. High end out-of-the-box functionality also make this distribution an excellent choice for Linux newcomers. Bodhi delivers a minimalistic application list and performs extremely well.

  • Architecture: i386, arm, x86_64
  • Desktop: Enlightenment

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CrunchBang is based on Debian with the Openbox window manager. This is another high performance operating system that is free for you to use. With a focus on performance and multimedia CrunchBang is definitely a fun operating system.

  • Desktop: Openbox
  • Architecture: i386, x86_64

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This has the highest security rating of any version of Linux. BackTrack was created with penetration testing in mind. Every package and script in BackTrack was hand selected for and from security professionals. Try BackTrack to test your own network security or to crack those old .rar files you can’t remember the password for.

  • Desktops: Gnome, KDE
  • Architecture: i386, x86_64
  • Derived From: Debian/Ubuntu

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Arch Linux

A very lightweight Linux distribution unfortunately lacking a window manager. Arch Linux has its own official packages which support i686 and x86-64. It is definitely gaining popularity and has a great IRC channel and forum for users to get any help that they may need.

  • Architecture: i686, x86_64
  • Desktop: Gnome, KDE, LXDE, Xfce, Blackbox, Fluxbox, IceWM, Openbox, Wmaker

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Download PCLinuxOS for a free user-friendly operating system with lots of amazing features. PCLinuxOS is installable from a LiveCD which you can also test without making changes to your computer. PCLinuxOS is available with all the most popular window managers. The security and stability offered with this distribution is hard to match.

  • Derived From: Mandriva
  • Desktop: Enlightenment, Gnome, KDE, LXDE, Xfce, Openbox, IceWM, Fluxbox
  • Architecture: i586

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Download Pinguy OS today for a full featured Linux operating system with a highly advanced desktop interface. This distribution comes with an abundant choice of excellent applications, and full support for SAMBA, Flash, audio and video. Built on the Ubuntu core, you can expect reliability with PinguyOS. New Linux users can depend on PinguyOS to offer everything you need to easily make the switch from Windows today.

  • Derived From: Debian/Ubuntu
  • Desktop: Gnome
  • Architecture: i686, x86_64

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  • Phil Hill

    Very nicely presented – good reference material