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I for first time though about changing to Linux from Windows. I read some information about different distributions, and it is genuinely hard for me to pick which one I am gonna use. I just want to know some ideas which one to pick. I have at least some experience with programming and don't think that I am "scared" of consoles, so I want have control over my OS and have it as I want it.

Yeah, so I heard about Ubuntu, which had great community, but some people say it is to "ubuntish" and don't give you control over everything. Than I heard about Linux Mint which is great for bad PC and laptops but I don't think it will be worth it on my PC. And after some time I decided to choose between something like Gentoo or Arch.

So basically I want a distribution that: 1) gives you control 2) have big community 3) badass look. jk

Some other things: Is Manjaro better than Arch? Can I install all windows applications as Office? What is system requirements? Should I switch from Windows to Linux? Where can I find tutorials, forums?

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    Hi! Unfortunately your question will likely be closed as opinion based, but as far as Linux distros are concerned, going with one of the more mainstream distributions such as Ubuntu or Fedora should be your safest bet. If you ever feel your distro doesn't give you enough "control over everything" at some point (which is highly debatable by the way), you will know by then what other distribution you would want to switch to. – undercat Dec 30 '18 at 18:46
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    Did you just download a bunch of different distributions' live ISO's and just try them? Browsing some top lists @ distrowatch.com is an idea. Even in a VM would give you the basic experience. And almost every desktop can be modified to look different. I don't know what "don't think it would be worth it on my PC" means... if your OS isn't wasting resources drawing pretty effects, that means you have those resources available to do real work ;-) – Xen2050 Dec 30 '18 at 22:12
  • You cannot install many versions of Microsoft Office; there are alternatives which are best discussed in softwarerecs.stackexchange.com. Persistance in a LiveUSB will be useful when you are evaluating different distros. See howtogeek.com/howto/14912/… and unix.stackexchange.com/questions/491625/… . For insight into the uniqueness of Debian, see unix.stackexchange.com/questions/383013/… . – K7AAY Dec 31 '18 at 22:24

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