Top Linux Distros for Computer
Linux is no anymore only-for-geeks playing platform. Operating system based on Linux became more elegant and user-friendly — such as Mac and Windows. The most widely used Linux Distro is the “Ubuntu” which is a Debian derived. Here we’ll talk about some of the best Linux distros — each one a customized and different, in terms of UI and functions. The official Debian builds are the non-commercial and supported by a community of developers. Linux distro are mainly debian based and derived is the appropriate term.
Top Linux Distributions
You may be already tried Ubuntu – over and over again, the interface is almost simple for a normal user, it gets updated once in every six months. Since it has the largest segment of users; the builds may not suit you. Or even you did like the Ubuntu’s interface, and you might get bored after a couple of days. Note that the aim of Ubuntu was to build an OS to make Linux easier to use and get-used-to-it. Some people like it and lots people hate it. It comes with standard sets of applications such as the lovable Firefox browser, Thunderbird for emails and transmission to deal with torrents.
Here let’s briefly wrap up some of the popular Linux-based OS, we’re not discussing them here.
Debian: Godfather, Open source, stable, do not get updated frequently.
Fedora: Bleeding-edge Linux builds, always latest, unstable, no-long-term-support.
Ubuntu: Much simplified.
Lesser-Known-Top Linux Distributions.
Since we know about the Ubuntu (the Simplified, and overrated) and the Debian (Stable-again-simplified) here are some of the best Linux distributions you can try and fall in love with Linux again. Even for the first time. We’ll start with good-looking and rich-features wise operating systems, then lightweight Linux distros.
A good looking Linux-distributions and a free and open source operating system. Very similar to what you see among Fedora and has added a few of their own by default they got it setup to automatically shuffle wallpapers, so pretty nice selection as far as wallpapers are concerned. The UI is somewhat inspired by material design, and the functions are overall enough for an average user. The top taskbar is minimal, elegant and looks really nice. from the right-side, you can manage volume level among other settings. Without a second thought, I’ll advise anyone to try this Linux distro.
2. Cub Linux: [Discontinued]
Based on Linux, Cub Linux is similar looking to the Chrome OS (or Chromium OS). The Operating system is somewhat solely dedicated to replicated the Chrome OS (Found often in Google Chromebooks) So it has “Chromium Browser” as the main element of the operating system hardwired with the Chrome App launcher. As it is based on Linux you can install packages and use the terminal app to do things as usually people do with Linux. Also, it’s a kind of lightweight distro of linux and can be used directly from a USB Drive, when you make a persistence USB your data will be saved without the need to install on your Hard Drive.
Update: As I can see the official website is down you can visit their GitHub and SourceForge page to download builds. As far I think the project is discontinued which means no supports from its community if you can compromise with future updates you can still try it. I mentioned it because it is worth to try, even if not it is discontinued.
The number one Linux distro of all the time. The newer Ubuntu builds have long term support which makes it a reliable operating system. It does support video drivers and another driver according to your hardware. For instance it you have Intel HD graphics, related drivers can be installed using the tool specifically created for Linux by Intel. That’s why if your concern is the graphic performance you should go with Ubuntu or the godfather “Debian” to get graphics driver support. Latest build requires at least 2GB of RAM to function properly. If you’re running on a low spec, check the rest distros.
4. Elementary OS
It is designed to look and feels like the MAC OS. At least to me, this doesn’t seem a Linux distro. Also, an open source project without any kind of ads and comes with a store to install packages. There is also a new release that is called Loki, and since it is in Beta, you should try that if you don’t mind a bug or thousands. The stable builds are good if you want to start out with a good-looking Linux distro.
Actually I kind of like this—I actually did install the OS just to experience and wrote about it, and trust Me I fall in love with it. I did test the Minimal version of the operating system. The minimal version ISO file is around 550+ MB which is a bandwidth saver and will support even older computers. Not much older computers maybe. Here is what supports older machines. (the Minimal ISO does require an internet connection to be installed on your computer, I’d suggest downloading the full ISO instead). When talking about the settings and file manager interface they have quite more options. Also, the apps catalog somewhat reminds me the Start menu of Windows 7, I mean not UI wise.
Another user-friendly Linux distribution, have 3 flavors: XFCE (lightweight), KDE (rich-and-cool) and the Minimal net edition. It brings the Start Menu, and that is really useful to find programs do other functions. There are also some other community editions, which means you have options, many flavors available maintained by different manjora team members. It’s great that this is the only Linux distro offers options when it comes to appearances. And it’s not quite common among other Linux based operating systems.
7. Zorin OS
Zorin OS is one of the few Linux distros that I actually liked, It reminds and maybe the combination of the appearance of Windows 10 and Windows 7, but even better. You might have a rough time while installing graphics drivers as per your computer hardware, but there are tutorials about them. Despite, you’ll get such a nice user interface, where most of the settings and functions are one or two clicks away. Such as the start menu contains the shortcut to Settings, software and power options. Sound like Windows 7, hell yeah. Overall the interface is decent and more of modern design. It comes with some apps like Chromium browser, Wine to play Windows apps, office, utilities and some games built-in.
Damn Lightweight Linux Distros
8. Tiny Core Linux
A lightweight operating system, use it when you believe your computer is at its last days, or much older to run a Windows 10 operating system, good options for the reader who has an old laptop lying rotting in the storehouse. I tried to test it on my 64-bit HP computer, and it didn’t boot, maybe my BIOS wasn’t able to detect it. But it should work for you.
9. Puppy Linux
Another very-light operating system mentioned already in best alternative operating systems. Both 32-bit and 64-bit editions are available with a super lightweight ISO file size around 200MB; it won’t require much resources. Even 200 MB ram would be much to handle this distro.
For a new user maybe all the linux distributions are same, in fact, they are. You should try more than one linux distro before settling on to one, the more you’ll try, the more chance you’ll find a better one. Don’t stuck. Try more and more.
These are the best Linux distro you can try else you can visit a list of all linux distro here at Wikipedia. There are many more linux distributions that may be lesser known such as niche-linux-distros that are supported by a small community. That’s all for now, in coming days more linux guides will be published. So stay tuned, Stay happy.
One such downside of custom linux distributions is that you can’t install or may be a hard time finding and installing graphics drivers according to your computer. This is not a major issue with some top distros like Ubuntu and Debian and Fedora. Feel free to spend hours, days or even month exploring the Linux.