I am starting my PhD soon, and I want to properly start learning linux. I have mainly used windows for most of my life, but I have been apart of two research placements using linux mint, where I did simulations attaining to Nano-Photonics. I am curious as to if you guys have any opinion on the "best" distro for me to use as an introduction to linux programming. I am a physicist and intend on writing code in python, and c++ as well as using the laptop to write reports, and the like. I am looking for one with a reasonably friendly hud, and one which is supported enough that i can find help should i need it. I intend to do every myself as to fully grasp as much as possible, as quick as possible. Any comments are much appreciated.