There are hundreds of Linux distributions available on market, and it’s really a hard choice for users to select one of them. I have tried several of them and as per features and ease of use these are my top 10 Linux distributions for end users.
Ubuntu is a Debian based distributions and development is led by canonical Ltd. It’s name after the philosophy of African word ubuntu which means “humanity towards others”.
According to installation matric, Ubuntu is most popular distribution of Linux. Popularity of Ubuntu is because of it’s Clean look, Simplicity and ease of access. Ubuntu have it’s own software center which provide tons of application just in one click.
Fedora is community based Linux distribution owned by Red Hat. Fedora is designed for integrating new upstream technologies and intended to deliver other Linux distribution. As it’s designed for newer technologies we get updates so frequently it’s good for end users but i never recommend this for production server or systems.
Open SUSE is a community driven Operating system made for general purpose use. After aquring the SUSE corp Novel using it as a base of SUSE enterprise like Red Hat use Fedora for it’s Enterprise Redhat Linux.
Linux Mint is a Ubuntu based Linux distribution. Where most of Linux system’s not deliver media codecs and proprietary software default in their distributions (you can install them later), Linux Mint comes with multimedia support and some proprietary software like Adobe flash player. Even Linux Mint include proprietary products it still a Free and Open Source Linux distribution comes under GPL license.
Arch Linux is designed for minimalist and clean interface. Arch Linux has it’s own package management unlike other distribution are based on their parents package management like Ubuntu, Linux Mint is based on Debian and Fedora is based on RHEL.
PCLinuxOS is derived from Mandriva Linux and comes with KDE desktop environment.