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I plan to switch to Linux as my sole OS in a few weeks/months, and I'm not sure what I'd like to do.

I've used CentOS Server, but only in CLI mode, and Ubuntu Desktop.

I liked Ubuntu, but Unity was just horrible.

Can anyone recommend a good distro and a good DE? And tips on how to install the DE? I'm not good with installing GUIs, aha.

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  • I suggest experimentation. Options include Fedora, Debian, Gentoo. What you want depends on some extent on what you want to do with it. – Faheem Mitha Apr 20 '14 at 16:36
  • I'd use it for a development environment or maybe a few Samba shares. Not sure. – Cody Apr 20 '14 at 16:36
  • Yes, I'd experiment. Most of the distributions people mention are similar in what software they contain, to a first approximation. Of course there are differences, but they should not be of immediate concern if you are just starting.I personally use Debian and would recommend it. – Faheem Mitha Apr 20 '14 at 16:41
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I am a Fedora user and hence I am going to recommend it. The default Fedora desktop ISO is a Live image with GNOME 3 as the DE.

But you have a number of other choices.

  • KDE is also a good desktop on Fedora if GNOME doesn't appeal to you. – goldilocks Apr 20 '14 at 16:16

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