I'm going to do my os class in uni and need a Linux environment for it.
Which distro should I go for?

+ Would be if I could do webdev on it too (performance)

Coming from windows

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    You won't need anything special. Just go for Ubuntu or Fedora or something.

    If it's in a VM get one of the lightweight versions, Gnome would be a really bad idea there.
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    Yeah, Ubuntu is pretty nice. Do you need a GUI?
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    Am running Kubuntu myself and I personally really like it :3
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    Go for gentoo, everything else is for pussies
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    Go for Manjaro its build on top of Arch and you have so much possibilities with it
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    As a Windows 10 user, you might fight it more straightforward to use its Linux subsystem. That way you are not required to dual boot.

    Otherwise, a VM to test out different distributions might be a good idea, yet many are quite same. Biggest decision would be if you want rolling release or staged major upgrades.

    That being said: Ubuntu is a common choice for a reason and it has been a steady workhorse for me for years. I stick to its LTS versions.
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    @inaba looks nice
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    Lots of universities use centos but I don't like it
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    You can use just any major Linux distribution: Ubuntu, Arch, Elementary etc.
    The difference is in how much time do you want to invest to get it in a working state.
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    Safe option go for ubutnu
    IF you want Arch go for Manjaro

    I personally prefer and use Linux Lite
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    Ubuntu - from windows (most help, info, docs around)
    Fedora - if you want do things the right way
    ArchLinux - if you want to do things the hard way
    FreeBSD - if you don't like GUI's
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    Thx for the input :) gonna try fedora and kubuntu
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    Literally any.
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    @DarkMukke why fedora is "right way"? 🤨
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    Yeah, fedora is, as a rule, unstable. If you want to do something deliberate with it, other than provide feedback to redhat's engineers, then I would call it, "the wrong way."
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    @DarkMukke and why "don't like GUI's" for FreeBSD if you can use any DE you want on it? Also it's not linux distro.
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    If your comming from windows, Linux mint.
    Forget any others.
    It's the eastest to learn and use.
    Based on Ubuntu, no extra configuration needed.

    And lubuntu for VMs with guy
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    @bahua funny, today I read an article that recommends fedora because it's stable
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    @noogli if you don't like the user experience, keep in mind that you can install any desktop manager on any platform. If you want to try out Gnome Shell instead of KDE you can just install it. (You don't need to nuke Kubuntu and do a fresh install of Ubuntu.)
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    It's the upstream for RHEL. It's used as an in-the-wild proving ground for the latest versions of packages, to decide whether they are stable and reliable enough to include in a longterm support downstream operating system, like RHEL or CentOS. It is unstable by design.
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    Guys stop suggesting what distros you like, and start suggesting distros for noobs coming from Windows...
    @noogli was very explicit, he's no expert. I've tried with VMs e VPs for a year before moving to Linux, I picked Mint because of the easy use and only returned to Windows because as a Windows user, I feel the lack of specific software in Linux (But still have my VPS and Linux Mint VM ready)
    Ubuntu is fine too, but Mint is like an easy cover on top of Ubuntu for noobs.
    He will already have to learn lots of stuff to take advantage of Linux, doesn't need to add extras when a student doesn't have time for that (like using the terminal properly).
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    @bahua That's like saying Ubuntu 17.10 is unstable because the long-term support release is based on it.

    Fedora is not unstable by design, it's a normal stable distro developed by its own team. It's being used for RHEL, but that doesn't say anything about its stability.

    Of all the distros that don't deny you updates for years(like Debian) Fedora is one of the more stable distros I've used so far and I can't remember ever having issues with it.
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    I didn't say that you or anyone else should have a hard time with it. I said that it's a testbed for untested package versions, for use in prime time (aka: RHEL and CentOS). The Debian equivalent to it would be sid.
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    @GyroGearloose I'm not totally to linux new I used Ubuntu in the past actually I think fedora was the 1st os I developed on :)
    Also I'll put it on my 2nd rig first just so I can do uni related things.
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