What are the best Linux distributions for desktop?

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    #1Arch Linux

    Arch Linux
    Arch Linux is a light-weight, easy to use but with full capacity Linux distribution. It comes with full official packages optimised for the i686 and x86-64 architectures. 
    Software

    Linux

    Free

    Yi Liang
    Written on January 31, 2017
    "Arch Linux is the best distribution site for Linux. The Arch Linux community provides me with really helpful information for upcoming changes that are continually taking place. Also, I can and get the support I need when changes occur that I am having trouble with understanding from other members."
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    #2Tails

    Tails
    Tails is a Linux distribution that is focused on privacy. Tails aims at preserving your privacy and anonymity, and helps you to use the Internet anonymously and circumvent censorship; all connections to the Internet are forced to go through the Tor Network, leave no trace on the computer you are using unless you ask it explicitly; use state-of-the-art cryptographic tools to encrypt your files, emails and instant messaging.
    Software

    Linux

    Free

    Jane Franklin
    Written on June 22, 2017
    "I think it is absolutely great. But if the website itself is blocked in certain countries I wonder how practical it would be. Furthermore, I worry whether this would pose a security threat of any sort? As weary as I am of censorship, I also worry about backdoor entrances. But then again, I am all for open access to information... although... why e-mail?"
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    #3Pinguyos

    Pinguyos
    Pinguy OS is a free open source operating system that is a Linux distribution. It is thought to be used by newbies and people that are not into Linux. It is an easy, OS that comes with many applications and tweaks installed by default.
    Software

    Linux

    Free

    Elizabeth Mitchell
    Written on January 18, 2017
    "My friend told me I should look into Pinguy OS. I don't know how it compares to Linux, but it is pretty good for what it does for me. It's great for beginners like me too. I'm just getting into the Linux thing and this one seems to be newbie-friendly. "
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    #4Manjaro

    Manjaro
    Manjaro is a user-friendly Linux distribution based on the independently developed Arch Linux Operating System. It is designed for newbies to Linux open source
    Software

    Linux

    Free

    Samantha Gonzalez
    Written on February 23, 2017
    "I was a beginning user of Linux and I wanted a distribution for my desktop. I tried Manjaro and I really liked it. It was understandable to me as a beginner with a friendly support community and an intuitive design."
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    #5Linux Mint

    Linux Mint
    Linux Mint is one of the more popular distributions, with editions based on Ubuntu and Debian. With some of Ubuntu's recent controversial changes, particularly in the user interface, Linux Mint has become the go-to distribution for those looking for a well-supported and up-to-date, but more familiar Linux experience.
    Software

    Linux

    Free

    Joe Miller
    Written on January 16, 2017
    "Getting real tired of Windows 10 being super slow, I decided to install Linux on my computer instead. While searching for Linux distributions for desktop I came across "Linux Mint". I installed it and wow! It's so much faster than Windows. Now I can get rid of my headaches once and for all!"
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    #6Zorin OS

    Zorin OS
    Zorin OS is an alternative to Windows and macOS, designed to make your computer faster, more powerful and secure. Zorin is based on Linux and offers all of its technology with a focus on newbies that want to change their operating system.
    Software

    Linux

    Free

    Alexander Valdez
    Written on January 9, 2017
    "I have been using Windows ever since I knew what a computer is. I thought it was the best for a multitude of reasons. But a close friend of mine wouldn't stop bugging me about using Zorin. I finally gave in and started using it, and I have seen a dramatic increase in performance. I thought my PC was starting to get slower because of all the clutter I had on Windows, but it is just because Windows was too slow. Ever since I installed Zorin, everything seems to run so much quicker."
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    #7Ubuntu

    Ubuntu
    Ubuntu is an open source software operating system that runs from the desktop, to the cloud, to all your internet connected things.
    Software

    Linux

    Free

    Joseph Hall
    Written on September 29, 2017
    "I have tried Ubuntu years ago and I can say I was very satisfied. The big advantage is that it is very user friendly compared to other Linux distributions."
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    #8elementary OS

    elementary OS
    This distro, based on the Ubuntu LTS with a custom desktop environment called Pantheon, is a turnkey OS with a focus on user experience design.
    Software

    Linux

    Free

    Brenda Green
    Written on February 20, 2017
    "This actually looks pretty cool, and I would be interested in maybe trying it out. I would prefer to get a better picture of the whole concept before actually purchasing though."
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    #9Puppy Linux

    Puppy Linux
    Puppy Linux is a special build of Linux meant to make computing easy and fast. It enables you to save money while doing more work, and allows you to recover data from destroyed PCs or remove malware from Windows.
    Websites

    Free

    Christopher Berry
    Written on November 10, 2017
    "Puppy Linux actually can boot from a CD or USB drive so it can be used even if the internal hard drive is damaged or corrupted. Perfect to use if trying to get around malware or other computer issues. And it is user-friendly, even for those of us who are not tech wizards. "

Summary

Best What are the best Linux distributions for desktop
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Arch LinuxSoftware 10 Free
2TailsSoftware 8 Free
3PinguyosSoftware 8 Free
4ManjaroSoftware 6 Free
5Linux MintSoftware 4 Free
6Zorin OSSoftware 4 Free
7UbuntuSoftware 2 Free
8elementary OSSoftware 1 Free
9Puppy LinuxWebsites 0 Free
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