Most popular Linux DistributionsFrom the list of 100s of Linux distros, my recommendation to any newbie is to use the following linux distros
- Ubuntu Clan
- Linux Mint
Mint, of late, is giving Mate & Cinnamon as well as KDE and XFCE as desktop environments which in turn are derived from Gnome 2 & 3 respectively. Essentially this is an Ubuntu derivative with a lot of features packed inside. I found it to work on any system.
- ArchLinux clan
Arch itself with a derivatives like Manjaro, Bridge Linux, Archbang, etc. comprise the Arch clan. They are for those who love to experiment with bleeding edge Linux. You can be sure of getting the latest applications and kernels, before any other distro, if you are using Arch. I have Archbang installed on my P4 PC with 1 GB RAM and it runs like a beast offering incredible speed and performance. However, it is not for faint hearted as things may at times break and you may need to get your hands dirty.
- Puppy Linux
- Bodhi Linux
Document ProcessorsComplete Suite: Word processor, Spreadsheet & Powerpoint along with Base (similar to Access), Math and Draw
BrowsersFirefox is the best followed by Chrome and Opera
MessengersMost of them works for Gtalk, Yahoo, Facebook & MSN, integrating all at one place.
Facebook, Twitter, Identi.ca
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