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Iam new to this forum,i would like to install a Technically superior user friendly Linux Operating System on my Dell XPS Laptop as my primary O.S by wiping out entire windows, & then i would install virtualbox for other virtual machines of my choice. like kali linux & windows as i practice penetration testing.so please suggest me which distro is best ?
Depends on your idea of user-friendly. I currently use xubuntu, and find that I tend to enjoy it. However, many people would call xubuntu pointlessly complex and would go for arch, calling user-friendly anything that is complex unfriendly. The thing is, anything will work. If you want everything or almost everything working out of the box, some form of ubuntu is likely your best bet. Most of the other distro mentioned are easy for those with at least some linux expirance, but I do not know if you qualify as having some linux expirance.
Yes, it will also work. I played around with LM Cinimon (NOT LMDE). I think the important part is the community. I found that I enjoyed the LM (which would include LMDE) community more than any other linux community (Sorry, but even more than I enjoy LQ). Like I said before, though, anything mentioned will work. Gentoo, arch, and even vanilla Debian are all likely going to be much more work to set up if you are unfamillar with linux at all.
If you want to know why I left LM, it was simply because it seemed too much like ubuntu, but did not have the support of companys like valve that ubuntu/cannolical has. However, I recognize that that was very much my choice, and you should make your own choices.
After all, GNU/Linux is about choices. You have to choose to use it in the first place.