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I am confused regarding which of the distributions to choose from, and whether each is respectively Unix or Linux. Can anyone help me in the matter, or suggest to me the best distribution; Unix or Windows.

I have a PC with x64 architecture.

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This is not a real question - many Unixes have applications which they are suited to, eg BackTrack Linux is great for security testing but horrible as a daily use platform. Much better to ask what *nix is best for xxx –  Rory Alsop Jan 7 '12 at 15:08
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Linux is Unix-like with GNU libs and tools(I would not recommend MINIX for people who are new to UNIX/UNIX-like OSes). Open sourced Unices are OpenBSD,FreeBSD,NetBSD,Darwin, and Solaris. Closed sourced Unices are Mac OS X, A&T BSD, and HP/UX. Look at distrowatch to see what fits you http://distrowatch.com/

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Per my observation basically it depends on your requirements. If you want to use it for desktop use then Ubuntu or Mint are good enough. If it's for server then you can choose FreeBSD or Debian or Centos family. Also there are more special distros for special use such as back-track for security etc.

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I agree with @Patkos Csaba's answer. I would like to add: Unlike Windows/Unix. You can try Linux distributions for free. Additionally many of the distributions can be tried without installing on the hard disk. One of the distributions I tried without installing ( by booting from DVD ) and which helped me make my preference for switching to Linux was 'Knoppix' (http://www.knoppix.com/). With Linux I have lesser worries about security.

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There is no objective answer to your question. After all you have to decide what you want. Usually speaking you would choose between a Linux distribution and Windows. If you ask which one is better, Linux in general or Windows, this is not the right place to ask, and again, there is no definitive answer.

Modern operating systems are sufficiently advanced to not have any one of them ahead of the others. Choosing is only your personal preference.

I personally like Mandriva/Rosa Linux the most, but others surely prefer Fedora, Mint, Ubuntu, etc.

I recommend you try out a few and choose the one that best fits you.

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