Short bio: Computer Scientist, FOSS supporter (read more)
Tux Machines (TM)-specific
I want to try a tricky challenge. Give you a perspective on how Linux distributions can serve you based on your skill level. In other words, what is the best distro for you if you happen to be a first time user, and what is the best one for you if you're a hardcore l33t hacker with Computer Science III ninja level? And then, everything in between. Of course, it will still be my perspective, but not so much revolving around my particular needs. To sum it up, we will examine the distributions based on their stability, productivity, ease of use, compatibility, security, and many other factors, only normalled to other people than myself. Not an easy task, but let's hope I can manage it.
Say this is your first time using Linux. I'm not going to lie to you. It will not be easy. There are the preliminary steps of figuring out what Linux is, what distributions are, which version to choose, including architecture, desktop environment, flavor, codecs, software, and whatnot. Then, you have to grab the media and burn it, and then run it. The installation is probably the trickiest part.