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Tux Machines (TM)-specific
As Linux continues to re-define its role in the mobile and cloud sectors, there is still demand for using the operating system on "traditional" platforms like the personal desktop, the enterprise server, and even laptop devices. With so many Linux distributions available, which one is the best for each of these varied platforms?
Because of these platform differences, there never can be one best Linux distribution for everyone. Also, the needs of each user are unique. Telling someone who's looking for a good introductory distribution to try Gentoo, for instance, would be a mistake because for all its positive qualities, Gentoo is decidedly not a beginner's distro.
All too often, Linux users, when asked this question, will tend to list the distributions they like as the best, which is fair, but if they are not aware of their audience, they could suggest something that does not meet that person's needs. Finding a good Linux distribution is like finding a good match in an online dating service: good looks aren't the only quality upon which to judge a Linux distro.
To help users discover the Linux distribution that's best for them, this resource, now updated for mid-2011, will definitively list the best candidates for the various types of Linux users to try. The use-case categories will be:
Best Desktop Distribution
Best Laptop Distribution
Best Enterprise Desktop
Best Enterprise Server
Best Security-Enhanced Distribution
Best Multimedia Distribution