Comparison of Linux distributions

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Distro Comments Default Window Manager Packager number of packages available Update handling Enterprise version
Ubuntu Ubuntu is usually the distro of choice for new users, as it tends to focus on usability and simplicity for the user who wants the system to "just work". Releases come every 6 months and are available on a live CD. Hardware support is generally quite good, except for wireless. Gnome (a variant, Kubuntu, uses KDE) APT (Synaptic)
SUSE SUSE is a distribution for beginners who also want to use Linux in a professional environment. KDE RPM-based Yast via YOU (yast2 online update) SLES (SUSE Linux Enterprise Server)
Fedora Fedora acts as Red Hat's "testing ground" for Red Hat Enterprise Linux. As such, new technologies are deployed quickly, though the environment will therefore be less stable. It allows full-disk encryption through a simple checkbox during the install process. User's choice RPM-based Yum RHEL (Red Hat Enterprise Linux)
Debian Debian is a totally free, non commercial distribution of Linux. It remains true to the original concept of 'Open Source' software. Debian focuses on stable releases that work without problems on all platforms and therefore will not be the first to incorporate the latest bells and whistles. User's choice APT 15 000
Arch Linux Arch Linux is a highly customizable, non commercial distribution for i686 and x86_64 computers. All the packages that are needed can be installed by choice to cut down on useless packages using disk space. This distro would not be good for beginners, because all configurations are done through editing the configuration files. This distro takes more setup time than some of the distros. Users's choice pacman

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