For beginners to Linux, there are several different easy to use and easy to install distributions. Here are our recommendations for getting started with Linux.
Download : Ubuntu Linux
Download : Mandrakelinux
Linux for Advanced User
For the advanced user there are a number of sophisticated distributions which work well on the desktop and as a server. Here our the Hungry Pengiun's choices...
Fedora Mention the word "Linux" and many people will think of the name Red Hat. It is probably the best-known Linux company in the world. In 2003, Red Hat Linux 9 became the last version in the Red Hat Linux product line, however it was was replaced by Fedora a Red Hat sponsored distribution of Linux. Much what goes into Fedora makes its way into Red Hat's enterprise Linux products.
For those who wish to try Linux without having to install it on their hard drive, there exists a number of LIVE CD distributions. They boot directly from the CD and don't install anything on the hard disk. Boot up time is of course slower than with a hard disk, but it is a great way to experiment with Linux.
Knoppix is a bootable
Linux CD with great automatic hardware
detection (including support for many graphics cards, sound cards, SCSI
and USB devices)
Knoppix can be used as a Linux demo, educational CD or as a rescue
system. It has on-the-fly decompression,
which means that the CD can have up to 2 GB of executable software
installed on it.
MEPIS MEPIS Linux is a user-friendly operating system based on Debian Stable that "just works". It runs from your CD/DVD or USB drive so you can use it on your Windows or Mac machines without installing.
MEPIS comes with much of the software most users need, and hundreds of additional open-source programs are just a click away
Feather Linux is a Linux distribution which runs completely off a CD or a USB pendrive and takes up under 115Mb of space. It is a Knoppix remaster (based on Debian), and tries to include software which most people would use every day on their desktop.
Another great server version of Linux is Ubuntu Server. Ubuntu Server includes what is needed to provide a service, nothing more. This lean, efficient architecture sees more services delivered with less computing power and less resources required. Ubuntu Server is provided free of licensing and subscription fees. The Ubuntu security team provides vital maintenance and security updates for free.