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Debian – Strictly free and open-source; stable; base of many distros

Knoppix – The first Live CD; Typical multi-tool/rescue disk; Debian-based

Ubuntu – Fresh and popular; User friendly yet capable

Linux Mint – Ubuntu-based; Attractive and usable; Multiple Desktop Environments

Gentoo – Advanced, Flexible; Great for computer/linux enthusiasts, sysadmins

Red Hat Enterprise Linux – Commercial distro, even used on mainframes; Bundled support

Fedora – FOSS; Red Hat sponsored; Secure, stable and progressive

Slackware – An early Linux distro; Stable, more like Unix

BackTrack – Comprehensive Security/Pen-testing LiveCD; Also may be installed