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I've tried Fedora (4 years); ZorinOS (3 years); Ubuntu with Gnome classic Desktop (2 years). I've settled on Ubuntu -- its clean, flexible, fast, reliable. Cons- have to do a lot of app installs myself that don't come with package. But then tha is also one of it's Pros (I can choose!).
Distribution: 12.04.2 have had rh9.0 checking now ,dsl,ubuntu, pclos, smoothwall3,fedora,mandravia,
being a user but not a programer , I Have settled on Ubuntu 12.04.2 LTS , ie a long time supported OS . my complaint with Windows was they wanted me to pay for another OS every 3 to 5 years and relearn every thing and replace everything . I have been trying various flavors since 1998 and none were simple enough for me to use until 12.04.1 .. HOw easy is it , I have now got a friend serfing the net with 12.04.4 version and he loves the speed of it and the hackers have been cut out of his system . As for me , it plays DVD , youtube , AND Tradingveiw.com works . If it was not for older games , i would drop my Win98SE and XP systems . As it is , when trading , I put a lubuntu disc in these older systems to use them [ it has suppport for these older comps where as 12.04.x does not.