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13. Pre-Switching Information > 13.1. Choose Your Linux

Choose Your Linux

There are several ways to categorize the different versions of Linux. Most methods organize distributions by technical merits that have very little to do with the interests of the beginning Linux user. I’ve chosen to categorize the distributions by those that are most Windows-like and those that are most Linux-like.

Windows-like distributions are intended for people who want to switch from Windows but don’t want to learn Linux itself. These users are usually looking for an operating system that is cheaper, more stable, and more secure than the Windows environment they are using now. They want a distribution that hides the complexities and uniqueness of Linux behind a veneer of simplicity and ease of use. To achieve this near-Windows experience, these distributions often heavily customize the open source software they use and limit the programs available to users.


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