Almost all new Linux wanna be guru (read as users who want to switch to Linux) asks a question:
I want to switch to Linux completely from Windows XP SP2. Which Linux version will be best – Redhat, SuSE, or other? I use my PC for:
Watching DVD / MP3
Iâ€™m also willing to spend a small amount of money if required to purchase Linux version.
Short answer is none. I canâ€™t suggest *distro* name.
Linux is all about choice and freedom. There are different Linux distribution exists with different goals. It is good idea to define your goals and select Linux distribution as per your requirements.
I like Redhat and Debian for server as they are rock solid stable and comes with good binary packaging system. Some will swear up by Knoppix Live CD.
Some people like Suse and other recommends Ubuntu. There are others who like to compile everything from scratch (Gentoo).
- Consider following factors while selecting Linux:
- Your Linux skill level
- Linux as server / network admin workstation
- Running Linux on a new Hardware / Laptop
- Running Linux on an older machine (486/PI/PII/Celeron)
- Multilingual support (Hindi / Japanese language user interface)
- Running Linux on Office PC for email and office work
- Community support
- Commercial support
- More on Linux distribution
- Comparison of Linux distributions
- Choosing a desktop Linux distro (another good article)
- Linux Distribution Chooser
Surely, there are dozens of other reasons to select specific distro, so please do share your views and suggestions 😀
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