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Since one of the things most new linux users have trouble with is installing applications, I think the best starter linux would be Fedora Core. It doesn't come with anything that isn't free, so you don't get mp3 support or things like that, but other than that, Linux is Linux, KDE is KDE, Gnome is Gnome...you get the idea.
Originally posted by piscikeeper red hat is old,fedora is the new desktop release.
Let me correct you. Redhat is not old, they just don't have an official Redhat release for public use or provided for free, etc. Fedora is Redhat's community driven distribution. All other Redhat releases are commercial releases.
And to sum all the answers your going to get from a question like this that you ask, the "best linux" is the one you choose to use, if you catch my drift of what I'm trying to tell you!
lol......what i should have said was that red hat 9 was the last personal desktop version developed in-house.they then turned it over to the community for continued developement as the fedora line while keeping the enterprise line in-house.
my fedora box is actually a rh9(boxed set from 2003) install updated to core 3.that in itself is one of the things i like about rh/fedora....very easy to upgrade without reinstalling.
Welcome to LQ. Generally there is no right or wrong answer for what the "best" distro is - it's a subjective call, and different people like different distros for different reasons. My recommendation however is to try several, then make up your own mind as to which one best fits your needs and preferences. Many of the most popular distros are available for free download from LinuxISO as well as here at LQ ISO Have fun and good luck -- J.W.
"The best Linux - that is easy to install and usually will work for the first time, and at the same time free-of-charge", I would say Fedora Core. Usually it works with most computers and easy to install with its graphical installation.
Slackware is the best for learning linux they say. I've used suse, mandrake, red hat before and all of those didn't learn me anything. Almost everything is automatic and that's not fun. I like options. Also, there are tons of slack fans out there with knowledge if something goes wrong!
Well I'll never leave slack but I might check out gentoo some day which seems great too!