Well, this is pretty hard question probably for every one, even for the experience linux persons.. while they are choosing for others. I will here list down some distros, and try give there powerful areas.
They mainly target at end user, and that's why now it is more popular then any other Distro in the market. Their desktop is pretty smooth and also it is very light distro.. can be burnt into single cd. So, if you are thinking about non tech distro which will provide you free support. I think Ubuntu is the best. You can order free cd anytime on their website.
They also try to target end users but forgot that end user don't required many servers. There desktop is pretty smooth as like ubuntu, and they are more experience then anyone in the market, since backed by Red hat. overall i call it RC of their Redhat version which is only available for commercial use. my personal experience is not a stable at all..
Yet another RC candidate of commercial linux distro by same company. But I like its desktop, and i think they have worked more then anyone for attractive kde or gnome. Overall it is pretty cool, but why to have and choose services which you don't need? Because it is so user friendly, it comes as serious candidate against window users.
4. Mandriva Linux:
I don't know why it is so much popular among new and home users. May be because it is good as Mac osX for multimedia users. Installation is pretty user friendly, but many features still need GUI.
5. Slackware Linux:
If you are thinking about learning basic linux then this is best Distro, and that is why more popular among students. It gives you back a long-lost sense of control and empowerment, which no other desktop distro can give. Graphics are ok, good enough for the use, but if you are serious multimedia lower, and don't like to type then try to stay away.
well, i don't know why i am listing this distro here. Probably because of most stable distro. Unlike any other distro, you will never face any bugs, or crashes. Thats why you never need support. But when you get stuck into something, then you might have to learn alot to get out of it. This is the reason, debian develop put too much time in finalizing their distro. ohh i forgot to mention, the main success of ubuntu also goes to this distro, since ubuntu is debian base and targets desktop users.
Some distros also available for slow pcs such as, puppy linux, DSL, these are also very user friendly. But lack in some functions.. ofcourse you can't get everything in such small distros. But internet repository is available. So if you miss something you can always download for free..
Ps: there are many 100s of distro available in the market, so you can't expect from me listing each and every distro here..
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