I am a programmer and I am currently using linux mint but it hangs a lot.
Which linux distribution should a Programmer use(I am basically a competitive programmer and want to contribute to open source project).
Which one has interesting open source projects?

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Firstly, Linux Mint is a great distro built upon Ubuntu, so if it “hangs”, then probably ubuntu and all its derivatives will. Why don’t you figure out what your problem is? It could be low amount of RAM and no swap space allocation. Just visit their IRC channel on freenode #linuxmint and ask the people and they will pretty much help you out. You can even find clem (The head of the linux mint project) on IRC.

As for your question about which distro is the best for programmers, i don’t really think there is an answer to that. All linux distros can do all tasks of programming.

Choices of distros mostly depend on these factors:
1. Desktop Environment
2. Package Manager
3. Size
4. Amount of bloatware
5. Speed
6. Rolling Release

For example some people really love Canonical’s Unity interface and some really hate it. Its their personal preference and that’s what makes the linux distros so great, its the choice you get if you don’t like something.
I have tried many major distros namely (in the order I used them):
1. Ubuntu (Unity)
2. Linux Mint (Cinnamon 1.x)
3. Open Suse (KDE 4.x)
4. Kubuntu (KDE)
5. Lubuntu (LXDE)
6. Fedora (Gnome 3.6)
7. Elementary OS (Pantheon: This one has a lot of potential, waiting for the “Isis” build)
8. Arch (KDE 4.x)
9. Arch (Gnome) — Still using it since the past year.

As for your Open source contribution question, you have to be a bit more clear than that. Installing an OS doesn’t help you in Open Source coding unless you wan’t to change something in that system itself. Open source coding can be done using any Operating System (Yes! Including Windows). Be more specific as to what do you wan’t to contribute to. There are a lot of questions on quora for the same topic, search them.

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Ubuntu is great, so is debian, and both are easy to use(ubuntu is much more user friendly) and whichever environment you pick does not matter much since underlying kernel is mostly same, however if you are competitive programmer then linux does not matter, however if you want to contribute to open source, I would suggest to go for ubuntu – it is easy enough to use with lot of documentations and most of the open source projects target ubuntu if they are going for Linux along with RedHat/Fedora so any one of them is fine.

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