Linux is a an awesome Open-Source Operating System and has many Distributions . It would be appropriate to say Linux Rules and every month a new Distro is created . But it’s very tricky to choose which distribution of linux do you need to use if you are yet to use linux or if you are bored of your recent linux distro , because almost all of them are somewhat same in features and working environment.
That’s why here I provide a brief overview of Top and Most used Linux distribution that are worth checking out !
Ubuntu — This is the first Linux Distro I tried and was impressed with Linux and became a die-hard fan . Ubuntu is available in desktop, netbook, server, and cloud versions . Ubuntu’s core is built from Debian Linux packages along with the GNOME desktop environment. Strongly features cool professional-looking infrastructure . You can order its CD home absolutely free and that too with no shipping charges . Very user-friendly and great OS for Linux beginners 😉
Distros Similar to Ubuntu are Kubuntu , Edubuntu and Mythbuntu .
Fedora — Looks somewhat like ubuntu but with more smooth and electric interface .However it has much more in common with Red Hat Enterprise Linux .Again it offers a choice of KDE or GNOME desktop environments with choice of two package managers:
1] Graphical YUM
2] Command-line RPM utilities.
Distros Similar to Fedora are EduLinux , Moblin and Red Hat Enterprise Linux .
OpenSUSE — One of the most Linux distribution for both desktop and server use. Features a choice between KDE and GNOME desktop environments, plus the powerful and user-friendly YaST package management tool. Like Fedora, openSUSE uses the popular RPM package management architecture.
Debian — Very popular for desktop, server, and embedded uses . Along with GNOME, there are many other alternatives like KDE, Xfce and others. Lots of apps , already bundled with cool softwares . Worth a try !
Distros Similar to Debian are PureOS , OpenZaurus , Jolicloud etc
Gentoo — Unlike the other distributions in this list, Gentoo’s packaging system primarily installs software from source code packages, compiled directly on the target system, although support for binary packages is also provided. Distributions based on Gentoo use the Portage package management system with emerge or one of the alternative package managers.
Distros Similar to Gentoo are Knopperdisk , Ututo , Pentoo etc .
Mandriva — Mandrake was its original nameand was initially derived from Red Hat Linux . Excellent implementation of its 64-bit edition , and extensive internationalization support. Easy to use system through its unique Control Center. Mandriva Linux uses KDE Software Compilation or GNOME as the standard desktops, but also includes others such as Xfce and twm . Now migrated to Red Hat, SUSE, Debian, and eventually Ubuntu.
Distros Similar to Mandriva are Annvix , MCNLive and PCLinuxOS .
There are more than thousands of Linux Operating Systems and checking out all of em is simply impossible . However most of them are based only on above 6 Distros mentioned . So , if you want to give a shot to linux , check it out any one the six mentioned above 😛 .For details check List of all Linux distributions on Wikipedia .
Now watch more of Linux here at BLOG404 over the coming months !
I have used Fedora and Ubuntu. Other than that all other names are new to me. Thanks for sharing an informative article.
Cool , me too ! Also i have used edubuntu , opensolaris , redhat , mythbuntu Linux distros .
I am eager to use Mac 😛
I am still in the Windows and presently using window7. Haven’t used any of the linux OS but looking to work on MAC OS one day.
Thanks for the share
nice list, great to see.
i am hearing few of these for the first time, awesome share mate
I have never tried Linux nor planning to do so as I am satisfied with my Mac and Windows PC. 🙂
I’ve run many different distros for the past 7-8 years but when I arrived to Debian 4 years ago, I do not need anything more anymore.
Interesting! Well done! Very useful article. I used Fedora, OpenSuse, Ubuntu, Mandriva. But Mandriva is the best in my opinion.
Yes, Mandriva just rocks! It uses KDE 4 as a default desktop environment, so it looks better then Windows 7, OS X and Gnome distributions and what’s the most important it gives you excellent applications out of the box. It also allows to tune your preferences in every aspect while you can’t do this neither on Windows nor on OS X. iTunes is obsolete, because there’s Amarok. 🙂 DigiKam, koffice, gimp, vlc are unbeatable.
Mandriva is not free, linux ment to be a opensource os, and it should be always free but this is not the case with mandriva. Ubuntu and centos are more stable then it.
few analysis for comparison do recommend mandriva over windows7 but if you are going to pay, then why pay for mandriva, why not pay little more to get windows?
Slackware is great for lightweight systems (firewalls, file servers, etc).
CentOS, and Fedora great for desktop and servers.
I’ve used all of them – still sticking by my windows 7. Wonder what mac osx will be like 😛
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Except Fedora and ubuntu all are new to me.Thanks for sharing.
I am so sad when you are not put linux slackware on your list of popular linux distributions… 🙁
I am using fedora . I hope it is the best .
I have not tried Fedora yet, but based on these posts I think I’ll give it a shot, thanks!
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