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I have a computer than I will use for, and likely dedicate to hosting a Minecraft server, and I was told that Linux is better for that. I had some experience with Linux in the past, but I stopped using it around 3 years ago.

My PC is Core i3, 16 GB RAM, I will buy SSD soon, probably Core i7.

I want to be able to download the distribution, install and then use out of the box, without too much tweaking (no more than an hour of a relatively inexperienced user). I would prefer this distribution to have graphical interface, but command prompt is OK.

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Did you Google at all?

linux minecraft distro

First 4 hits:

Mine OS - easy minecraft hosting solution MineOS Turnkey is the current flagship distribution of MineOS. Based on the proven Debian foundation.

7 Steps To Install And Optimize Minecraft For Linux.

What distro do you find best to work with minecraft?

Best linux OS to run Minecraft - Discussion - Minecraft Discussion

Read those, if you don't find the answer, you will at least be able to tell us what about them you don't like, which will help you learn what to ask.

Apologies for posting as an answer, but this is too much for a comment.

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Ubuntu Server. Free, Doesn't use many resources and very very well documented.It is also more stable, lighter on resources and it is compatible with nearly all hardware out of the box.

However,these are some of the system requirements;

  • 700 MHz processor (about Intel Celeron or better)
  • 512 MiB RAM (system memory)
  • 5 GB of hard-drive space (or USB stick, memory card or external drive but see LiveCD for an alternative approach)
  • VGA capable of 1024x768 screen resolution.
  • Either a CD/DVD drive or a USB port for the installer media.

Or else you can try to figureout more on these as well for your future benefits:Ubuntu Server(mentioned already above), Debian and CentOS;are all great choices. Ubuntu has a lot more "stuff" in it, so if you are looking for something semi-lightweight for a VPS I would recommend Debian. It's package management is top notch and it will run fine.

CentOS is also a good operating system for explicit serving, if you are looking at running LAMP stack on your server, it is also my recommendation. Most other distributions will sink in quality a bit or be too difficult for a simple server even though they may offer maximum customization (Arch, Gentoo).

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