I would like to have recommendation for a Linux version that is easiest to install other add on programs, rather than just working with the pre-configured packages.
Thus, the Linux version, must also have many add ons to choose from.
I am rather spoiled for choice working under Windows OS, and only uses Linux with their pre-selected packages (normally only the standard stuff).
Appreciate help, as I have now an opportunity to re-install my Linux on my NB, as I deleted my previous Linux, to give some space to my data partition. This leaves me with 36GB for installation.
In OpenSuSE, you choose from a pre-made list of packages to install, but the list is huge (including, for example, 4 different full-featured word processing programs), and you can very easily add more on later, especially if you use the internet install option, so later additions can be installed directly from online repositories.
Installing things not on the list is easy if they come in RPM packages for that version of OpenSuSE, but generic linux-add-ons will still work, but be difficult to install.
The act of installing is easy.
-give root password
-select software management
-select the software you want from the list (which can be organized different ways, and searched)
-click accept, then wait a little while, and then when it's done, your software is ready to use.
To be honest pretty much all the major Linux distributions have some sort of package management software, Ubuntu uses aptitude, Fedora uses Yum and Suse uses Yast. However there are only two major versions of packaged software i-e RPM or DEB. RPM is Redhat standard and DEB is Debian standard, both of these are support across all platforms since they do pretty much the same thing.
Ubuntu is a great "beginner" linux, it also has great support forums. OpenSuSE is handy but bloated if you select too many packages...
In ubuntu there is, apart from synaptic, an application called 'add and remove applications' or something. It contains a list of most popular apps with descriptions, which are available from repository.
I would say if you are a newbie to LINUX world. Ubuntu,in my opinion, would be the best distro to start with. You would have least hassles and most of the stuff working.