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Distrowatch – News and Info about Unix-like distributions
http://distrowatch.com/

Debian – Strictly free and open-source; stable; base of many distros
http://www.debian.org/

Knoppix – The first Live CD; Typical multi-tool/rescue disk; Debian-based
http://www.knopper.net/knoppix/index-en.html

Ubuntu – Fresh and popular; User friendly yet capable
http://www.ubuntu.com/

Linux Mint – Ubuntu-based; Attractive and usable; Multiple Desktop Environments
http://www.linuxmint.com/index.html

Gentoo – Advanced, Flexible; Great for computer/linux enthusiasts, sysadmins
http://www.gentoo.org/

Red Hat Enterprise Linux – Commercial distro, even used on mainframes; Bundled support
http://www.redhat.com/rhel/

Fedora – FOSS; Red Hat sponsored; Secure, stable and progressive
http://fedoraproject.org/

Slackware – An early Linux distro; Stable, more like Unix
http://www.slackware.com/

BackTrack – Comprehensive Security/Pen-testing LiveCD; Also may be installed
http://www.remote-exploit.org/backtrack.html