When it comes to Linux, there’s something that scares the hell out of anyone wanting to get a taste of it.
You can’t exactly “download linux”, Linux is only an operating system kernel, the central, but still only a part of an operating system.
So, for anyone wanting to use Linux, you will have to download a distribution (sometimes called just “distro”). which is an awesome all-in-one package, containing the Linux kernel, together with a desktop environment and an set of programs, ready to be used.
All right! I think I’m ready to use some Linux! but hey… I’ve seen that I have something like hundreds of Linux distributions to choose from, what do I do?
I’ll explain it to you, quick and easy.
There are hundreds of Linux distributions out there, but really, the list of distros which matter is something MUCH smaller, in fact, there are only two principal types of distros that you will need to choose from:
The ones that use DEB packages.
And the ones that use RPM packages.
For a desktop user, this brings down your choice to either choose:
Ubuntu, a distribution that uses DEB packages.
Fedora, a distributions that uses RPM packages.
You can’t go wrong with these, Ubuntu and Fedora are awesome and will rock out your desktop machine (servers are another story…).
I recommend you to start with Ubuntu (personal preference) and try out Fedora later, I had both experiences with both of them.
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