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What type of Linux distributions is best for?

When we start knowing about the Server popular platform Linux, obviously one would come across Red Hat? What is Red Hat?

Red Hat is nothing but both company and operating system as well; its operating system comes in different distributions, also sometimes called flavors, of Linux. Each of these operating systems with a little bit something different set of features and a different perspective

Why Linux is so strong?
Linux have different ideas about the direction the software should take. The open source nature allows these groups to branch off onto their own path and create something that they want. The developers are Linux users, who make their distributions for themselves and other users. Conform to the Standard Base rules, Standard Base, is a set of standards that all Linux distributions must adhere to. They ensure the software is as compatible and interoperable as possible. It is also there to make sure that programs written for one type of Linux will work with them all. Hence this methodology makes Linux is so strong.

Type of Linux distributions:

Debian
Largest distribution so far is Debian as far as users go:
Stability and the ability to interoperate well with other applications
Massive following and has more than 20,000 packages
Community is friendly and knowledgeable
And has many supports for finding things out or solving problems


Ubuntu

It is growing & gradually becoming the distribution of choice for many, especially those new to Linux:
User friendly and tries to ease the transition from Windows or Mac to Linux
Fan base is fanatical
And it also has many supports for finding things out or solving problems


Fedora

Oldest distributions and once part of Red Hat, Fedora is one of the most established:
It isn’t for the newcomer to Linux as much as Ubuntu or Mint
But steady, secure and reliable version of Linux
Directed more at enthusiasts and hobbyists than casual computer users


Slackware

The oldest distribution still around, Slackware regarded as the most stable and bug free desktop distro around:
It isn’t for the faint hearted
It isn’t for the newcomer to Linux
This distribution helps those experienced user who values stability and reliability over slick desktops and cool icons.


Mandriva

It is also called Mandrake as has been around almost as long as Slackware:
Comes in two guises - A free, open-source version and a commercial version
Commercial version is aimed at newcomers to Linux and contains very good documentation to help users
Free version still has a good following, and plenty of ways of learning way round


FreeBSD

This operating system based on BSD with a focus on stability:
Not based on the Linux kernel
Similar to Slackware Linux it is considered very stable and perfect for a NIX based server
Makes it ideal for server applications as It doesn’t have the gadgets, fancy desktops or bells and whistles of many of the Linux distributions


Mint

A cool name, for a cool distribution:
As its based on the Ubuntu kernel it shares the Ubuntu heritage
It is all about the desktop and user experience
Programmers interact a lot with their followers and incorporate suggestions and ideas into their releases
An another good distro for new Linux users

Linux is slowly gaining ground as it becomes more reliable, interoperable and user friendly as there are still more flavours of Linux to choose from all having varying degrees of presence on the internet for you to explore. All a free and open-source and update often with the exception of the Mandriva commercial version,

Though there is still more flavours of Linux but hope this helps to verify the different distributions and look forward to select one the suitable for you.

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