I tried RedHat, Slackware and Debian. My preference is for Debian. RedHat is great for simplicity of installation and it is under all points of view a good installation. Slackware used to be "the distribution" in the early days, but I tried it a couple of years ago, but it failed to impress me.Out of the three, Debian is my preferred one. It's a bit trickier to install and my suggestion would be to install a first time maybe with just two partitions (/ and swap), play with it for a month until you are confortable with it, and then zap your hard disk and start again from start, picking the packages you like, partitioning your disk in optimal ways, etc. etc... The reason why I like Debian above the others I've tried is the software packaging tool (apt) that they use. Once the system is installed, you need to type two commands to keep it always up to date, and so far it never messed up with the "packages database" or others..In general, don't worry too much about which distribution: they all tend to be quite good. I'm curious to see what the others say: the choice of bistro is very subjective, and my experience with RedHat are now about five years old, so that distribution could have improved greately since.
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