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Our dis­tros have been tested against var­i­ous pa­ram­e­ters that vary from one cat­e­gory to the next. For in­stance, when eval­u­at­ing a beginner-friendly prod­uct we pay at­ten­tion to the cus­tom tools and other tweaks that help in­crease the dis­tros’ us­abil­ity. That’s be­cause a new Linux user needs to be hand­held through ev­ery­day com­put­ing tasks as they get fa­mil­iar with the lay of the land. While choice is the hall­mark of open source, it’s a dis­trac­tion to a first timer. A good beginner-friendly dis­tro helps users by mak­ing choices on their be­half. Some go to the ex­tent of fork­ing pop­u­lar apps to write cus­tomised ver­sions that can be han­dled by new­bies. Gen­er­ally speak­ing, a dis­tro aimed at the in­ex­pe­ri­enced user should be eas­ier to use than your typ­i­cal desk­top dis­tro.

For server dis­tros, our fo­cus will be on their com­pre­hen­si­bil­ity and ease of roll­out and man­age­ment. Like desk­top dis­tros, server dis­tros are de­signed to work on var­i­ous hard­ware con­fig­u­ra­tions de­pend­ing on how you plan to use them, but will per­form best on 64-bit hard­ware. In con­trast, hard­ware is a para­mount fac­tor for dis­tros de­signed for older boxes.

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