most stable and user friendly distro
I am looking to make the move from windows to linux but I can't do it until I find out a few things about the various distros.
1) First and foremost, which of the hundreds of distros is the most stable one? In other words, which one needs the least updates/upgrades/fixes of them all? I am normally looking for a distro that will work flawlessly even 100 years from now, without needing a single touch/tweak/upgrade no matter how many programs and games I install onto it
Now, since such a distro is probably almost impossible to exist, I will be happy even with the one needing the least tweaks/updates/fixes of them all in case of crashes :)
So, which distro can suffer the least crashes irrespective of how many apps/software/games I install onto it?
2) which distro is the most secure of them all? Which one would you use for online banking?
3) which distro is the most recommended for newbies looking to make the move from windows to linux?
I installed Linux Mint 14 Xfce a week ago and even though I figured out how to customize my desktop, icons, windows and all this stuff the same day I installed it, I would still like to know if there is something as easy as Mint. Just for comparison purposes :)
4) which distro has the easiest upgrade/update process? As I gathered from the intense forum asking and online research I did over the last few days, it seems that most of the distros get upgraded yearly, or even twice an year.
No problem with this, but when it's time to upgrade which distro has the most painless upgrade process (aka not messing with terminal, commands and other stuff like that)
And speaking of terminals, I noticed inside my Linux Mint that there is terminal and there is also terminal emulator but when I open them they both look the same. So, is there any difference between these 2 (and if yes, which is the difference) or it's just a simple terminology bug that will be fixed with the next update?
Well, there are probably more questions but only these 4 come to mind right now. Please let me know about what I asked cause I am having an awful hard time deciding on a distro or another.
Oh wait, one more question please: the desktops. Is there any distro that contains all the desktops available on the market today? Or at least the major ones? If yes, which distro contains them all? I would like to test each desktop and see which one is better for me but I don't feel like installing more distros just for the desktops.
Ok, this really is all for now. Thanks in advance for your responses and I am eagerly awaiting for your replies :)