10 Best Linux distros you should know
Linux OS is based on the Unix family of operating systems, It has been adopted by various software developers and turned into various ‘distributions’ simply ‘distros’. All of the top Linux distros use the Linux kernel. There are hundreds of Linux distributions available. In this guide, we’ve enlisted 10 best Linux distros you should know.
01. Linux Mint
Linux Mint is an elegant, modern distro that is easy to use, and powerful. Linux Mint is reliable and comes with one of the best software managers. Majority of Windows and macOS refugees choosing it as their new desktop home. It is easy to install, comes with all the applications you need for general home computing and provides straight forward computing for the masses.
Mint comes with a wide range of desktop options. You can have the default Cinnamon desktop, or with MATE, KDE, or Xfce. Linux Mint Debian Edition, aimed at experienced Linux users, is also available.
Ubuntu is a desktop operating system designed for the masses and is easy to use like Windows or OSX. Ubuntu has a version for the Raspberry Pi.
It is coming with full hardware integration and a complete set of applications.
If you want to try something other than Windows and you are worried about Linux relying too hard on the command line try Ubuntu because you won’t need the terminal window at all. Easy to install and easy to use with great support.
03. Elementary OS
Elementary OS is an Ubuntu-based distro, so it provides access to a large repository of applications. It designed to be lightweight yet easy to install and use with a clean and elegant user interface. It features beautiful, simple default apps that follow the OS’s aesthetic appeal, such as Geary for email, Midori web browser, Totem movie player, Maya calendar, and the Noise music player.
Deepin is also an Ubuntu based distro. It heralds from China and is based on Debian. It includes the stylish Deepin Desktop Environment (DDE), is intended to appeal to newer Linux users. Deepin is clearly inspired by Apple’s macOS desktop. Deepin has its own desktop environment based on QT5 and includes its own software manager, audio player, and other tools.
Debian Linux distribution comes with the GNOME desktop environment. It is also available with the FreeBSD kernel, and work is in progress to support other kernels. Debian is one of the oldest Linux distributions. Debian preloaded with over 37,500 packages and simple utilities that make it easy to get more. It is a community distribution and only ships with free software and free drivers.
Debian is not an easy to install and there are various steps you need to go through post installation.
06. Arch Linux
Arch Linux is free and open-source operating system which supports community involvement. It is a distribution designed with experienced users in mind. This lightweight distribution aims to keep it simple. It provides up to date software and drivers but requires more maintenance than other distributions and it requires decent knowledge and a willingness to read the manual. Arch Linux has a custom-made package manager called Pacman, which makes it easy to build and share packages.
Manjaro is a Linux distribution based on Arch Linux. It is a fast, easy-to-use, light-weight distro. With more user-friendliness and accessibility, making it easier for newcomers. Manjaro provides an easier method to install and use an Arch based distribution. Intermediate users can use Manjaro operating system to get a taste of Arch without the hassle. It will work well on older hardware and machines with low resources.
The openSUSE distribution is built by the openSUSE Project to create usable open source tools for software developers and system administrators. The administration program that controls installations, package management, and more. OpenSUSE is a great alternative to Ubuntu and other Debian based Linux distributions.
OpenSUSE installation is not easy for new or inexperienced computer users but once set up there is a decent set of documentation.
Fedora is based on the Linux kernel and GNU programs, sponsored by the Red Hat company. It uses the GNOME desktop environment by default, but users can easily switch to another desktop environment. Custom variations of Fedora, known as Fedora spins, are available for users with particular needs.
There are three different editions are available: Workstation, focused on the personal computer, Server and Cloud for servers, Atomic being the edition meant for cloud computing.
10. Cent OS
CentOS (Community Enterprise Operating System) provides a free, enterprise-class, community-supported platform functionally compatible with its upstream source, Red Hat Enterprise Linux. It built for the same sort of audience as openSUSE. CentOS uses the same installer as Fedora and so it is straight forward to install and there is a decent selection of applications.