Selecting Your Flavor: Considering the Available Distributions
There are several factors that affect the choice of flavor of Linux you choose. However, let us first consider what you’ll be using it for. If it's a home desktop or office type workstation, it is most favorable to consider Mandriva, SUSE, Linspire, MEPIS, Xandros, Core, and Ubuntu.
If you are using a small to medium business server, then you can try Debian, CentOS, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, Fedora Core, Turbo Linux, Vine Linux, LASER5 Linux, Kondara MNU/Linux, or RedHat Enterprise Linux. These statistical distributions can host online pages and databases for an intranet, handle e-mail, and operate and manage a network and printers. The most popular distribution today for businesses is, of course, Debian GNU/Linux.
If you have a few older PCs, you could change them into thin Linux platforms where they can be utilized for a router or firewall. Slackware happens to be the oldest distribution of Linux, while Plamo Linux based on Slackware requires a considerable level of knowledge for operation.