Best Linux Distros for New Users

A while ago I made a list on why Linux is better than Windows. One of the biggest mistakes new Linux users make is they choose the wrong distro to start with. Not every Linux distro is beginner-friendly. Believe me, one of the first distros I tried to install was Gentoo, and that obviously did not go well.
The Top Ten
1 Linux Mint

Originally, I used a standard Ubuntu distribution. It was very easy to use while still being adaptable and nimble. However, there were several pieces of software I needed for my research that either were misinterpreted under simple commands or were not compatible with my distro. All of this was resolved when I began to use Linux Mint instead.

First of all, it was a lot faster, and I was quickly able to set it up with the aforementioned software without any issues. Overall, Linux Mint offered a much more aesthetic and navigable interface. It was just as suitable for Unix-based manipulation (which one will undoubtedly employ when using Linux) as it was for the more familiar approach one gets growing up with Windows.

I would wholeheartedly recommend Linux Mint for those looking for their first Linux distribution. Personally, I suggest the Cinnamon desktop edition, but that's just me.

2 Ubuntu

Ubuntu is the most well-known distro, and the one many users start with. It's based on Debian (a more difficult distro to use), which is a very stable Linux distro. If you don't like the default, Mac-like desktop, then consider looking at some of Ubuntu's flavors, each with a different desktop environment.

3 Ubuntu Mate

My favorite Ubuntu flavor, and the one I'm using right now to write this list, is Ubuntu Mate. It's a good choice for users who want more control over their operating system.

4 Elementary OS

This Ubuntu-based distro uses its own custom desktop environment, which looks a lot like the macOS interface. It's a good choice for Mac users to start with.

5 Zorin OS

Zorin OS is another distro similar to Linux Mint that has a Windows-like GUI.

6 Peppermint OS

Peppermint OS is a lightweight distro with cloud-based apps, making it a good alternative to the less privacy-focused Chrome OS.

7 Fedora

Fedora is one of the most innovative Linux distros. It does require some experience to use properly, but it's easy enough for new users to run the distro without having major problems.

8 Manjaro

For beginning users who prefer the latest software, there's Manjaro. This is essentially Arch Linux, but without all the frustration and difficulty in installing the OS.

The KDE Edition is slick and easy for beginners but may become annoying due to the constant updates that come with it.

9 MX Linux

As of the day this list was created, MX Linux is the number one most popular distro on the site Distrowatch.

10 Q4OS

Q4OS is a lesser-known distro that looks and feels exactly like Windows XP. It's good for nostalgia or for old computers, but that's about it.

The Contenders
11 Pop!_OS
12 Solus

Highly underrated, in my opinion. Solus is an independent distro and incredibly stable. When used with the signature Budgie desktop, it's really slick and intuitive.

13 Kubuntu

Kubuntu combines the ease of use and easy installation of Ubuntu with the absolutely beautiful KDE Plasma desktop environment. This was the first distro I chose to use after Ubuntu and have been using it ever since.

14 Netrunner
15 Linux Deepin
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