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HI I AM REALLY CONFUSED ABOUT WHICH LINUX DISTRIBUTION TO INSTALL . I JUST WANT TO GET AQUAINTED WITH THE LINUX ENVIRONMENT.WHAT MAY BE THE BEST OPTION FOR A STARTER .CURRENTLY I AM HAVING UBUNTU-FIESTY FAWN,DEBIAN AND LINUX 20007.
Debian is very much like Feisty (in fact, it's Feisty's mom) so it doesn't make much of a difference whether you install Debian or Ubuntu. The latter may be a bit softer on the absolute beginner, although rumours that Debian is for kids while Debian is for experts are utter nonsense. PCLinuxOS is a good choice as well, maybe a bit easier than Ubuntu but it has far fewer software packages available, it doesn't have nearly the same amount of documentation / community sites and it doesn't have a 64 bit version (if that matters at all to you).
Essentially Linux distros are pre-packaged starting points. They each come with their own look-and-feel, admin tools, and software based. Some are minimalist, while others go for the all out user experience. I'd recommend trying Ubuntu and Fedora. Ubuntu is DEB based, and Fedora is RPM based. You get to see what each packaging system is like. Both provide decent GUI and CLI tools to see where you want to go.