My primary distribution of choice is openSUSE Linux. Most of my Linux experience has been with openSUSE so most of my
guides will be for this distribution.
There are three variations of the distribution:
Leap, a “regular-release” version that has a 12 month release cycle;
Tumbleweed which is a rolling release, you get the latest stabilized version as it rolls out and
SUSE Linux Enterprise aimed at businesses and this one is not free. At this time, I use Leap, it is free as I need to ensure system stability and I’m a little slow to accept change. The kernel (core of the operating system) is the same as is used for the Enterprise version so has had more time spent on ensuring its stability.
My primary concern is getting work done, whatever that work may be. A computer is a tool and a toll that needs to work consistently yet remains flexible so, depending on the specific requirements of the computer, I will use Leap or Tumblweed. As a rule, If I touch the machine every day, I may use Tumbleweed, if it is something that has a specific purpose that I don’t want to touch often, I will use Leap.
Simplified instructions with my recommendations.
Basic Usage of Zypper, the package manager for openSUSE in the terminal. This is by no means comprehensive, just boiled down to make easier for the beginner.