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I'd advise Linux Mint for beginners unless you want to really get into Linux (Arch, LFS, FreeBSD).
off topic, it is almost a sacrilege to group Linux and BSD as one

there are plenty of important differences between the two:

1. linux is just the kernel, all apps and userspace are created seperately and then put together by the Distro's, *BSD's are complete OS's, that have very little to do with each other, OpenBSD and FreeBSD are compatible with each other, and share an ancestrial code base, but they are completely two different OS's with different codes and kernels, if anything *BSD is like Unix now days, a set of standards.

2. communities, the linux communities and distro's are more concerned with marketshare and taking it to "the man" and stressing moving away from "propetiery" software, *BSD is more than happy with what they got in marketshare, don't really care if it goes up higher than it is, and has had a better relationship with "propetiery" software makers than Linux has had.

3. licenses, linux's is licensed under the GPL which is more restrictive, has more favor to the end user than the author of the program, *BSD's license is more "permissive",it allows the author a bit more control, they have a choice in the matter if they release the source code or not, or release modified source code of another project, an example of this is MacOSX, it took some things from Freebsd, modified them, packaged it up and called it OSX, but didn't give those "changes" in their full back to the community, which isn't a bad thing, some just view it as being wrong.

even tho they have slight differences, there is a lot of similarities between the two that can't be overlooked, and do make a lot think they are one in the same, they general use the same application source, typically pulling from GNU, and using the same GUI's that are available, like xwindows, gnome, kde, etc...
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ubuntu if you want to get stuff done

slackware if you want to learn linux



i use arch/gentoo/slackware myself. ubuntu seems pretty sick though, dont have to waste time in configs
    
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ubuntu if you want to get stuff done

slackware if you want to learn linux



i use arch/gentoo/slackware myself. ubuntu seems pretty sick though, dont have to waste time in configs
That's somewhat right though with any of the easy ones listed in TFB's sticky you can get a lot more "done" quickly and have an easy time at it.

Do need to qualify the statement on slackware though by adding "then you need to stick to using slackware and fixing things or getting things to work." I haven't done that yet but it will give me something to enjoy this summer.
     
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I actually really like CentOS. I think it is worth a shot if you want something rock solid. It is a little old though, but CentOS 6 is coming out soon and will have some newer stuff.
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post #15 of 17
If you want to learn more about Linux in general, I can definitely recommend Arch Linux.
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Give MeeGo a try.

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Read the stickies. No really; read the stickies.

Hardware is negligible at this point. GNU/Linux will basically run on anything. Choosing a Linux distribution comes down to personal philosophy. Make sure what you desire out of your OS matches with your distribution of choice's philosophy. For example if you want everything to work "out of the box" and want a GUI environment for as much as possible, Ubuntu and Mint are good choices. However, if you desire an OS that is completely manual and runs the latest (and buggiest) software, something like Arch would be desired. It all comes down to what you want. They can all look and act (almost) exactly the same from a user standpoint.
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