10 Best Linux Distributions For 2017 – Linux stopped being an OS reserved for “geeks” a long time ago. While the command-line is still indispensable, all famous Linux distributions provide a full-fledged graphical interface, known as computing device surroundings (DE) in which you can work like in every other OS.
Ubuntu is a Debian-based distribution that redefined the meaning of “user-friendly” on Linux, and its immense reputation contributed to the large reputation of Linux over the past few years. Ubuntu comes in many flavors – you can install any DE you want, but it also has its own desktop shell called Unity. Two new Ubuntu releases are expected in 2015, and one of them might bring the (controversial) new display server called Mir that’s supposed to replace the now outdated X Window System. February 2015 saw the announcement of the first smartphone powered by Ubuntu’s mobile version Ubuntu Touch, so there’s loads to look ahead to from Ubuntu.
Best for: beginners and users switching from OS X and Windows
Linux Mint has been gradually growing in popularity ever because it came out as a Ubuntu spin-off with multimedia formats supplied out-of-the-container. Today it has its own desktop environment – Cinnamon, handy system utilities (Update Manager, Mint Menu, Software Manager…), and comes in several flavors (KDE, XFCE, Mate). Current stable version is 17.1 (Rebecca) which is a LTS release that will be supported until 2019. There’s also a semi-rolling release based on Debian, which comes in Cinnamon and Mate versions. Linux Mint gives many packages with the aid of default (LibreOffice, Firefox, Pidgin, GIMP…), it’s quite customizable and absolutely compatible with Ubuntu’s repositories, and works nicely even on older computer systems.
Best for: first-time Linux users and everyone who wants a system that works out-of-the-box.
openSUSE is famous Linux distribution renowned among commercial and private users alike. It’s based totally on RPM package deal control machine and has KDE as the principle computing device surroundings, but gives GNOME, XFCE, LXDE, Mate and others for set up. Apart from the stable release, openSUSE also has a rolling release (Tumbleweed) for those who want the latest software. It offers a complete system management solution called YaST and comes with enough pre-installed applications to get you started.
Best for: users who want a stable and reliable system with great support.
Debian is one of the oldest and excellent supported Linux distributions obtainable. Technically, it’s the (grand)father of several other distros on this list. It’s focused on stability, so new versions don’t come out often, but when they do, they’re thoroughly tested (and named after Toy Story characters!). Debian offers an incredible amount of packages – more than 37 000 – basically, almost any software that exists for Linux has a Debian package. You can try Debian in Live mode before installing it, and choose between a minimal or full installation. There’s a graphical installer to guide you through the process, and you can install any DE you wish, as they are all supported.
Best for: servers, users who want a stable and secure system, and those who don’t want to update their apps often.
Mageia is a distribution constituted of Mandriva Linux with the aid of its former personnel in 2010. It uses the RPM package management system and offers many desktop environments: KDE, GNOME, LXDE, XFCE, Mate, Cinnamon and RazorQt can all be set up both from the Mageia DVD or from the repositories. Current stable version is Mageia 4, released last year, and a new release is planned for this year, which will bring many improvements and come with Btfrs file system as default. Mageia provides helpful tools for system setup and customization, and it’s a super desire if you need to step away from Ubuntu-primarily based distributions and try something specific.
Best for: users who want to try a new Linux distro that’s user-friendly and supports many Des.
6.PC Linux OS:
PC Linux OS, or PCLOS for short, has a reputation of a simple distribution that supports a lot of hardware out-of-the-box, including some old devices. It is available in lightweight flavors – LXDE and Mate, the usual KDE computing device, and a special, absolutely cool version known as FullMonty, that is a customized KDE version with many pre-set up packages and separate computer systems for specific sports (Writing, song, net…) PCLOS uses the RPM packaging system and has its own repository with enough applications to keep you happy. It’s a rolling release distribution, so you can expect regular updates and new versions of software.
Best for: beginners who want the newest software, users who don’t want to spend too much time setting up their system.
Netrunner is a Linux distribution created in 2010 that comes in two editions: Standard (based on Ubuntu) and Rolling (based on Manjaro Linux).It’s targeted on offering the best KDE enjoy and springs with many useful applications pre-set up (Firefox, Skype, Steam, Gimp…), consisting of local KDE apps like Dolphin (document manager), Calligra (office suite) and Kate (textual content editor). Netrunner offers beautiful desktop themes, simplified System Settings dialog, and desktop effects optimized for low-end machines. Current LTS (Long Term Support) release is 14.1, and this year you can expect two new development releases (15 and 16).
Best for: users who need a simple and delightful KDE-only distribution.
LXLE is a new player on the Linux distro scene, but it’s already collecting praise and satisfied users. It’s a light-weight Ubuntu-based distribution with LXDE as its fundamental (and handiest) desktop environment. The goal of LXLE is to ensure a seamless transition to users who are switching from OS X or Windows by providing different desktop layouts that “mimic” the appearance of other operating systems. This makes it simpler for customers to conform to the brand new OS. LXLE comes bundled with all the applications you need: from text editors, email and IM clients to multimedia tools, file viewers and system utilities. Still, none of this makes LXLE slow – it’s optimized for old computers and comes in both 32- and 64-bit versions.
Best for: users switching from OS X and Windows, and those who want to revive their old PCs.
Bodhi Linux is all about minimalism and anti-bloat – it offers only a few basic applications by default, and lets the customers select what they want to install thru the AppCenter. Bodhi makes use of a light-weight laptop surroundings no longer seen in many different distributions. It’s called Enlightenment, and it’s very fast and customizable. The latest stable Bodhi version (3.0) was released on February 17, and since every stable Bodhi is based on Ubuntu LTS, it will be supported until 2019.
Best for: old computers, users who just want a basic set of apps.
ElementaryOS is another Ubuntu-based distribution, and it puts simplicity, splendor and harmonious design above the entirety else. You get a hard and fast of basic packages that cover the maximum important movements (song, e mail, text modifying…) and the rest can be installed from their app store. ElementaryOS has its own file manager and its own desktop environment called Pantheon with core components such as dock (Plank), application launcher (Slingshot) and panel (Wingpanel). It’s a distribution that “simply works” once everything is set up, and it’s very light at the device assets. assume a brand-new release (codenamed Freya) in 2015.
Best for: old computers, users who want a Linux distribution that looks like OS X.