The best Linux distros: seven versions of Linux we recommend

Long-time Windows and Mac users might rejoice at the thought that Linux is no longer exclusive to developers who wince at the sight of any software that isn’t open-source. Nowadays, Linux is for everyone, even if some companies like Lenovoare prone to blocking it out.

In fact, with hundreds of Linux distributions (or distros) to choose from, it doesn’t matter whether you’re working with a hardy desktop rig or – as of recently – even a Surface tablet. There’s bound to be something out there that appeals to you.

See, Linux is just the heart, the kernel, of any Linux-based system. It’s the distribution that determines the rest – the user interface design, the installation process and application support are all up to the distro’s creator. Android and Chrome OS, for instance, are both based on the Linux kernel.

The only problem is, with such a wide array of customizable Linux variations out on the market, the decision itself might be enough to send you in Microsoft’s direction. Thankfully, we’ve put together this quintessential guide to all of the best Linux flavors that both enthusiasts and newbies alike can enjoy.

As always, if you have a suggestion of your own, let us know in the comments below

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Even if you don’t know where to start with a command line interface, you’ve probably heard of Ubuntu, and it isn’t not hard to see why it’s so damn popular. Here we’re greeted by the friendly, familiar face of Debian (a larger distro that predates Ubuntu by a decade), with new releases every six months rather than every six and a half seconds, leaving it much more stable and, in most cases, actually usable.

Ubuntu is probably the best place to start if you’re new to Linux, designed specifically for the person who doesn’t know Gnome from Bash. Many of its essential apps comes pre-installed, negating the need to deploy package installers over a command line, and the easy-to-handle install repositories library makes it very easy to get ahold of more.

Lots of Linux users wind up using Ubuntu as a starting point, even if they may end up looking down their noses at it a year or two down the line. In reality, though, they’ll owe it thanks for offering a helping hand in the world’s most customizable operating system.

There are, however, a few legitimately controversial things about Ubuntu. Over the last few years, its parent company Canonical has tried to develop Ubuntu into its own “brand”, most notably by introducing its own desktop environment known as Unity. This interface bridges Ubuntu for phones and tablets with classic desktop Ubuntu.

Unity is less like Windows than most other desktop environments, and not everyone likes it. However, it recently became a lot more flexible and smoother in a recent update. Plus, if you’d so prefer, it’s not all that hard to switch to another desktop UI, either.

Though every Linux distro is based on the Linux kernel, most are also based on existing distros as well, with Debian and Ubuntu comprising the vast majority. Solus, however, differs by introducing an entirely new computing experience.

Built with ease of use in mind, Solus boasts an appearance that’s as modern as – or dare we say more modern than – Chrome OS.

The newness of the OS also helps. While a quick bit of research might lead you to discover its initial release took place in 2012, Solus is actually even fresher than that. That’s because, beginning in 2014, Solus was recreated from the ground up and re-released as Solus 1.0 as recent as December 2015.

Its desktop UI is called Budgie, which is largely responsible for Solus’ distinct focus on aesthetics and “elegance”, as its developer puts it, than most other Linux interfaces.

The issue in siding with Solus is that, while promising, it has much less of an active community at the moment than the more renowned names. This could be offputting for those who don’t already know Linux inside and out.

As a youngling, Solus is also remarkably less stable than something like Ubuntu – at least for the foreseeable future. It’s worth trying out Solus nonetheless, though, especially considering how distinct it is from the rest of the pack.

[Source:-Tech Rader]