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raymac46:
When you first decide to try out and install Linux, you'll have to choose a distribution or distro. This is a preconfigured set of programs that gives you the operating system ready to go.
A distro always has some sort of way to display stuff on screen. In a lot of distros, this is called the desktop environment or DE. Each distro will have a default DE but you can mix and match as you get more proficient.
Each DE has advantages and disadvantages. I thought I might go over a few I have used, and also suggest a few distros that use each one well.
GNOME: It's been around a while, and it's changed over the years. Many people don't care for it as it is pretty monolithic and not all that customizable. Ubuntu uses it (modified a bit) as its default. Personally I like to use GNOME on Debian.
KDE (Plasma): Another favorite and it can be customized as much as you want. I don't use it currently but I have had good luck using it with Mageia and Open SUSE Linux in the past.
Xfce : A bit more lightweight but still very useful. I would try MX Linux here as it is very slick. Also Manjaro or Endeavor OS might be worth a look although these are in The Arch Linux category which can be more advanced.
Cinnamon: Very nice if you are coming from Windows. This is the flagship DE for Linux Mint and that is where I would use it.
LXQt: Very lightweight but still easy to use. Lubuntu gives a very good experience here, but if you want to be a bit more leading edge you can try Sparky Linux.
Now I have by no means exhausted all th possible ways to display things in Linux, but if you are just starting out, these are some distros I would look at. If you want me to recommend just one, I supose Linux Mint with Cinnamon would be my choice. Second choice for older systems would be MX Linux.

plodr:
Well posted. Since this site has no like button, let me say thanks.

xrobwx71:
Thanks!

Forlorn:
Which distro would you recommend for an Acer Aspire One netbook? Used mostly for browsing and email while traveling. Don't need office suites, graphic design programs, etc.

CPU: Intel Atom 1.6GHz (32-bit x86)
RAM: 1Gb
Hard Disk: 160Gb

plodr:
Contents removed because I'm using an Aspire which is 64 bit and has more RAM.

Let me test a 32 bit version on my Asus netbook which has only 1.5 GB RAM and I might be closer to the hardware you have.

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