What are the best Linux distributions for newbies?

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    #1Ubuntu

    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

    Cristina Escamilla
    Written on September 29, 2017
    "Not very user friendly and really unless you have a lot of computer experience you probably are not going to be able to understand this. It may be a great program but not for newbies as stated."
  2. 9

    #2elementary 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

    Ruth Barrett
    Written on April 17, 2017
    "I was looking for a Linux distribution that I could use as a Linux newbie. This seems easy to use, so I've downloaded it! I'm not really sure how to use Linux, though -- I guess I just install this and then download some apps? I feel like I'm more of a newbie than this product is really designed for."
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    #3Zorin 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

    Nathan Gomez
    Written on September 29, 2017
    "I don't have as much experience with Zorin OS as I do with other Linux distros, but I worry that it won't give you enough power under the hood, so to speak. It seemed to me like it lacked the customization options that make Linux so special and powerful, while still having the drawbacks of choosing Linux in the first place. "
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    #4Linux 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

    Carl Carpenter
    Written on September 29, 2017
    "Linux Mint is pretty much the only Linux distribution that makes sense to me. It doesn't have Ubuntu's ambitious, to be gentle, interface attempts or the overall harseness of most other distributions that expect you to be able to do everything with the CL it feels logical and safe. Plus it has a friendly active community that is actually helpful."
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    #5Manjaro

    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

    Eric Carroll
    Written on May 25, 2017
    "Getting into Linux has been a difficult thing to do, it didn't start to click and all make sense until I started using Manjaro. Manjaro brings a user friendly style to the Linux machine that makes it easy for newcomers."
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    #6Pinguyos

    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

    Adam Hunt
    Written on September 29, 2017
    "Pinguy OS is an open source Linux distribution that provides users with an out-of-the-box computing experience. It is based on Canonical's Ubuntu Linux operating system and powered by the GNOME desktop environment. The distribution’s main goal is to be easy-to-use by novice Linux users, helping them to accommodate to the open source computing environment and achieve their daily tasks without much hassle. I for one find it byt far the easiest to install and use of all the linux distros ive used"

Summary

Best What are the best Linux distributions for newbies
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1UbuntuSoftware 14 Free
2elementary OSSoftware 9 Free
3Zorin OSSoftware 8 Free
4Linux MintSoftware 5 Free
5ManjaroSoftware 4 Free
6PinguyosSoftware 1 Free
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