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The best Linux distributions for beginners

Chris Hoffman | July 16, 2015
Dabbling for the first time in Linux starts with choosing a Linux distribution. A typical "Linux" system is built up of software from many different open-source projects, including the Linux kernel. Linux distributions--or "distros"--are the projects that package all this software into an easily installable, usable operating system.

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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