Originally Posted by tlan
i'd go with ubuntu, actually i'd go with debian jessie. but if your choice is ubuntu vs mint, i'd go with ubuntu. now you must decice what DE to use.
mint is nothing but ubuntu LTS running mate or cinnamon and all downtream. they do not provide any upstream input.
ubuntu has distros/spins for different DE, just google for the url.
xfce = xubuntu
gnome - ubuntu gnome
kde = kubuntu
mate = ubuntu mate
unity = default ubuntu
e18 or cinnamon can be installed via ppa's
Most of my labs tend to be on Ubuntu, it seems very user friendly, but i really dont know the difference between the different "spins". This has been the most linux action ive seen (the past 2 yrs back in school). I appreciate all the advice. Thanks!