I believe one of the biggest advantages to running a Linux distro on your desktop is the number of choices available. Linux enthusiasts enjoy a wide range of desktop environments, file managers, terminals, GTK vs Qt software, and of course the distributions themselves. On the flip side of this coin, however, all of these choices can seem overwhelming. Regular folks that are trying to switch from other platforms to Linux are bombarded by conflicting advice and often it just leads to information overload. In this article, I’ll offer up some helpful guidelines to cut through the noise. I’m going to provide my tips on selecting the best distribution for you based on your needs, not the needs of others.