This thread is to answer the frequently asked question of "What Linux distro should I use?". Please feel free to contribute to the thread, but make your information relevant and no one line "X distro roxors" posts please. What GNU/Linux should I use? GNU/Linux (Linux) comes in various forms called distributions (Distros). These are released by various companies, organisations or groups of people. Some common Linux distributions that I have used are listed below. Mandrake Linux www.mandrakelinux.com This is commonly considered the "Newbie" distro. It is generally the most user friendly, supporting most hardware out of the box and providing many GUI tools to hide command line administration and direct config file editing from the new user. It mainly uses the RPM package management system. If you are new to Linux and want to be eased into it then this is probably the distro for you. Redhat Linux www.redhat.com This distro is pretty popular in the business sector. On the difficulty scale, Redhat probably lies somewhere between Mandrake and Debian. It still provides GUI utilities for administering the system but it doesn't hold your hand as much as Mandrake. Redhat have made several customizations to the Linux file system and as a result is layed out alot differently than distros that stick the System V standard, the location of init scripts for example. Whether this is a good thing or a bad thing is up to the user to decide, however it may prove difficult if you are using an more recent version and want to use the more general HOWTO documentation as a guide. Having said that, Redhat is one of the most popular distros and they provide decent support on their website. Redhat uses the RPM package management system. Debian GNU/Linux www.debian.org Debian, unlike the previous two distros, is made by a group of volunteers, not a company. Debian prides itself on having a totally Free (thats free as in speech) operating system. The default install of debian contains no software that does not fit into their Free Software Guidelines ( http://www.debian.org/social_contract#guidelines ). Of course you can add software in that is non-free. Debian is probably harder to install than the previous two, it doesn?t have a graphical installer and doesn?t install any GUI config tools by default, so you have to learn how to edit config files. The main attraction of Debian however, is it package management system. It uses Deb packages, which, when combined with the apt utility, enable you to install a software package and all its dependencies with one simple command: ?apt-get install <package>?. Additionally the default Debian stable branch contains pretty old software, if you want the latest packages replace every instance of the word stable with testing or unstable in the /etc/apt/sources.list file. Debian testing and unstable are comparable to the current releases of Redhat and Mandrake. Because the debian package management system relies so heavily on remote package repository access, it is more suited to people with broadband connections or those who dont mind waiting while updating their system. Please feel free to add/correct my info, though try and keep this thread mostly an information thread not a converstation thread.