Short bio: Computer Scientist, FOSS supporter (read more)
Tux Machines (TM)-specific
I love the site DistroWatch! They post all the major Linux distributions and keep track of the current versions. They also keep a daily count of the 10 most popular distributions. I used their data to compile this list. Linux newbies and Linux experts alike will find this list useful. These are 10 solid Linux distributions… and 10 free alternatives to Windows.
10. CentOS: Previous to Fedora (scroll down in the list), Red Hat made one Linux distro. Later they split it into two, Fedora, and RHEL (Red Hat Enterprise Linux). CentOS is the unofficial version of RHEL.
9. Gentoo: I installed this several years ago. It was the most customizable version of Linux I’d ever seen. It was almost annoying. I hear they changed it in recent years though.