The 2011 Linux Distro Scorecard

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Picking a Linux distribution isn't always easy. It's one of the most common hurdles for new and aspiring Linux users, deciding which distribution is going to be right for them. With so many to choose from, how do you pick the right one? Let's start with an overview of the major Linux distros, and you'll be ready to jump in right away.

You can find hundreds of Linux distributions, depending on what your needs are. For this scorecard, we're focusing on desktop distributions that are fairly popular, well-supported, and have a reliable release history, and strong community. In last year's scorecard, we started with seven distros — this year, we've narrowed the field to six distributions:

* Debian
* Fedora
* Linux Mint
* openSUSE
* Slackware
* Ubuntu

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