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There is no "best", Maybe you want to actually tell us what you want out of a distribution, as the choices you already made are certainly very innapropriate for a general home user, as they are enterprise server distros. Try Mint. That's "good"
Asking for the best Linux distro is like asking for the best ice-cream flavor, you will get a lot of meaningless answers.
Most Linux distributions are free, all of the free ones get free updates, none of them is Windows compatible, since Linux in general is not Windows compatible.
Some of them, like for example Zorin OS, come with Wine pre-installed. Wine is an application layer that can run a large number of Windows programs on Linux, but that does not work with all programs.
For .exe file compatibility, you'll need Wine. Wine isn't compatible with everything you can throw at it, but it is a close as you'll get (short of paying for something which might be a little better, but still not perfect, and you make that sound unlikely).
In general, you would be a lot more likely to be pleased if you can abandon the whole windows programs thing, because attempts to run those are always going to be a bit hit or miss.
Originally Posted by the212degree
i have tried with RHEL 5, CENT OS 6 and Suse 11 version. not satisfied.
Now, if you were prepared to say what exactly about those that didn't satisfy you, perhaps there would the possibility of addressing those specific issues, some of which may concern the way that you are trying to use them, or which variant you have selected, otherwise it is bound to be a bit scattergun.
Live USB: Live USB_Wiki <- 'A live USB is a USB flash drive or a USB external hard disk drive containing a full operating system which can be booted. Live USBs are closely related to live CDs, but typically have the ability to save settings and permanently install software packages back onto the USB device.' + 'system administration, data recovery method' + includes distribution table reference
USB Flash Pendrivelinux <- 'Pendrivelinux provides simplified information to make it easy for anyone to install, boot, and run their favorite Gnu/Linux Distribution from a portable flash drive! + Boot and run Linux from a USB flash memory'.
As to your '.exe' request, you will need to use 'Wine' (note: you may experience issues) or a VM to load your MS Windows OS as a client to the host system. Please note that you may/will have issues with a VM client for some 'exe' files.
can anyone say the difference between Linux Mint 16 “Petra” Xfce RC and Linux Mint 16 “Petra” KDE RC
With Windows, the GUI is built-in: they choose it, you like it or put up with it. With Linux, it's just software and you can choose between lots of interfaces: big, small, plain, fancy, or completely weird.
Xfce is the oldest. They have a policy of adding functionality rather than eye-candy, so it's simple but powerful.
Mate: a bit fancier than Xfce.
KDE is the biggest, with all the eye-candy the heart could desire. It doesn't need quite as much space and computer power as Windows 7/8, but it does need a fairly modern computer.
Unity (only to be found in Ubuntu) makes your computer look as if it's turned into a smart-phone; of course, some people like that.
Gnome occupies a territory somewhere between the others: a bit phonish, rather large.
LXDE is very lightweight: not so easy to configure, but capable of running on old machines.
Those are the desktops, which come with their own utilities (well nor LXDE): file manager, editor, media player, etc. Then there are window mangers, which are fairly basic and very small: Ice will run a browser in 128MB.
It's best to use the default GUI for a distro. That's the one most users and developers use, so least lightly to give problems.