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Best Linux distros of 2016: Something for everyone

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The beauty of Linux is that there really is something for everyone. Amazon, Facebook, and Google run their massive infrastructure on Linux. Companies like Samsung use it in their TVs, smartphones, and smart watches. And then there are ordinary users like you and me who use computers to do work.

In this slideshow for 2016 I have picked distros that excel in certain areas. We will see how many of these distros remain on the list in 2017.

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