Arch Linux is also popular among more experienced users. It's much more hands-on than hand-holding. That's just what a certain type of user wants, but it's probably not where you want to start with Linux unless you're willing to dive into the deep end.
There's no making everyone happy. Some readers will be upset that their distro of choice wasn't recommended here. Every Linux distro has its fans and dedicated users. That freedom of choice is the beauty of Linux!
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