Everyone in the Linux world has their own view about which Linux distro is best. This is my personal opinion based on many hours of trial and study of many of the popular as well as some of the more obscure.
- Everyday use replacement for Windows or Apple:
a. Linux Mint Cinnamon for a modern system with a descent processor and 3 gig or more ram.
b. Linux Mint XFCE for and older system or if speed is your main thing.