I'd just like to interject for a moment. What you're referring to as Linux, is in fact, GNU/Linux, or as I've recently taken to calling it, GNU plus Linux. Linux is not an operating system unto itself, but rather another free component of a fully functioning GNU system made useful by the GNU corelibs, shell utilities and vital system components comprising a full OS as defined by POSIX.
Many computer users run a modified version of the GNU system every day, without realizing it. Through a peculiar turn of events, the version of GNU which is widely used today is often called "Linux", and many of its users are not aware that it is basically the GNU system, developed by the GNU Project.
There really is a Linux, and these people are using it, but it is just a part of the system they use. Linux is the kernel: the program in the system that allocates the machine's resources to the other programs that you run. The kernel is an essential part of an operating system, but useless by itself; it can only function in the context of a complete operating system. Linux is normally used in combination with the GNU operating system: the whole system is basically GNU with Linux added, or GNU/Linux. All the so-called "Linux" distributions are really distributions of GNU/Linux.
stability (if you use jessie), interchangeability between ubuntu, mint etc packages, apt-get is pretty good and vast selection of packages, a lot of modern distros are based on debian so that says how good it is in itself
Depends on your skill level.
>Absolutely no experience
Ubuntu w/ Unity
Ubuntu GNOME, Fedora, Antergos
>Lots of experience
Debian Testing, Arch
>Virgin 4 lyfe
>inb4 Linux Mint
Sedan or Coupe?
Truck or Auto?
Speed or Comfort?
My question was hypothetical as nobody here knows what the fuck he plans on doing with the computer he wants Linux on. It isn't your faults, as the OP hasn't supplied us with enough info to answer the fucking question, but you're all just fan boys spewing answers without knowing what he plans on using it for.
One of the fsf approved distros like trisquel or parabola if you want to live free and stop being a slave getting cucked by evil proprietary botnet masters.
______Distros For Beginners______
For people just switching from Windows, very pretty and excellent first experience. You can commonly also use software from Ubuntu and Debian.
If you want more minimalism or to install Linux into an old computer.
>Debian Netinstall Stable:
If you want to customize ("rice") AND you are willing to spend time to build your Linux from scratch. If you are willing to spend that time, is good for you.
______Distros For Servers______
For a very stable and really long time support (like for 10 years), with the plus of adding experience for a Linux job.
Quick and friendly NAS/server.
Ultra secure Linux server and firewall.
______Distros For Power Users______
For learning more about Linux, having the newest software or for extreme personalization, it has the best wiki to go from intermediate user to pro.
Using only free software to avoid propietary software, removes binary blobs and any obfuscated code. Fully compliant with the Free Software Foundation.
Security exponentially increased, but at a price.
For a more minimalistic distro or for really (REALLY) old computers, has an impressive set of software.
A replacement for the closed sourced Android, this is meant for your smartphone.
>Metasploitable (and Kioptrix):
Used for penetration testing AS A TARGET. NEVER connect this disto directly to the internet, configure the virtual machine to a bridged connection BEFORE booting it.
PRO TIP: Try them first on a virtual machine.
The wiki and the AUR are reeally good.
It is light.
Always up to date with everything.
Avoid OpenSuse, the lack of packages and of info in the internet makes it a pain in the ass.
SMEAGOL NOT DEAD
Reminder to advanced users (and only advanced users) to try Source Mage. True source-based distribution that can "heal" broken installs, like "magic". And in contrast with Gentoo:
>It is free from obfuscated and pre-configured code
>Uses only free software (as in freedom) in their main package
>Without 3rd party patches, "sensible defaults" or masked packages
>It doesn't need obfuscated python libraries neither, only bash
>Uses clean dependencies as they came from upstream developers, which by the same provides instant updates
Didn't work prajeet. Better start your samefagging soon
>he can tell troll threads from marketing threads
don't you have a mental institution to be checking into before your suicide?
>Samefagging gets caught
>I-I swear it was a troll
USE CASES OF DISTROS:
Too much time on their hands: Gentoo
Boring office stuff like spread sheets: Red Hat, CentOS
Gaming and noobs general: Ubuntu
Entry-level coding: Debian
Reale serious coding, top-end server stuff and hacking: Arch
Debian is so far behind upstream it makes me hurl.
Ever read changelogs from your favorite/most used projects, go to update the package locally, and then realize you don't have feature X advertised in the changelog that you were looking forward to using?
You'll get used to that if you use Debian.
I use Ubuntu with Unity
I dare you to call me a noob
I made my own display server. Shove your X into your ass, nigger
I'm terribly sorry for interjecting another moment, but what I just told you is GNU/Linux is, in fact, just Linux, or as I've just now taken to calling it, Just.Linux. Linux apparently does happen to be a whole operating system unto itself and comprises a full OS as defined by POSIX.
Most computer users who run the entire Linux system every day already realize it. Through a peculiar turn of events, I was misled into calling the system "GNU/Linux", and until now, I was unaware that it is basically the Linux system, developed by the Linux project.
There really isn't a GNU/Linux, and I really wasn't using it; it is an extraneous misrepresentation of the system that's being used. Linux is the operating system: the entire system made useful by its included corelibs, shell utilities, and other vital system components. The kernel is already an integral part of the Linux operating system, never confined useless by itself; it functions coherently within the context of the complete Linux operating system. Linux is never used in combination with GNU accessories: the whole system is basically Linux without any GNU added, or Just.Linux. All the so-called "GNU/Linux" distributions are really distributions of Linux.
If you just want to use your computer and nor deal with Linux bullshit
If you want to learn Linux, but not go full balls to the wall and break everything yourself
If you want to learn everything, deal with the ups and downs of Linux and honestly hate yourself
Elementary OS. I don't even really use it, but just do it