Best Linux Distro for the Desktop in 2013, Linux secure boot, Linux disk partitioningIf you want one short answer to this question (which Linux distribution is the best in 2014) - there's no such Linux, there isn't one best Linux distribution. There are widespread and popular distros, there are less popular and less widespread ones. If you are too lazy to read the rest of the article below just go download Fedora (choose KDE or XFCE desktops instead of Gnome during installation if you want something similar to Windows XP/7), Linux Mint or Kubuntu (a Ubuntu derivative with a classic Windows like interface). These are the top Linux'es for your consideration. Firstly, all Linux distros are fraught with the same problems which are described in detail on this page. Those problems are quite serious and even though there's a good chance you won't face any of them, there's a non-zero chance that you will struggle to make your Linux work, or something will break for you and you will spend countless hours trying to figure out why that thing isn't working any more.
Conky - HomeRazor-qtEyecandy for your GNOME-Desktop - GNOME5 Linux Desktops of ChoiceThe desktop on your Linux box used to stand for something very simple. If you were a KDE user, you valued control, power and the ability to customise. In rough terms, if you used Gnome you wanted the desktop to get out of the way so you could get on with using your computer. If you used anything else, such as Xfce, LXDE or TekWM, you were running an ancient machine that would struggle with either of the big two of KDE and Gnome. The change brought about by the release of KDE 4 changed all that. Brave as they were, these designs had much wrong with them, especially in the months following their release. This desktop reformation and counter reformation has brought us to today's situation, and there has never been a better time to survey what's out there and what makes each project. As they're easily the two biggest desktop projects, we've left out Gnome 3 and KDE 4, as well as Unity, but we've included Xfce to represent the more established desktops. How we tested Desktops on test Applications