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Which distro of linux to use for testing pages on my localhost to be hosted on Godaddy?

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http://stackoverflow.com – I am currently running a website on Godaddy built with php and mysql. I will open the website up today to the general public. Because of this, I will not want to test any new code directly on the website. I want to mirror the website on my personal computer to test any updates. My hosting is linux, and my pc is windows. After installing xampp I found the website has many errors on my machine because of windows. So now I am going to install Linux on my machine. I have no experience with Linux, so this should be a fun learning experience. Do I need to use the same distro of linux that goda (HowTos)