The best Linux distros for 2017
This is post is curated from opinions shared by various Linux blogs and websites.
It is already mid of 2017 but I would like to build a list of best Linux distros. As I will not be able to test all Linux distributions and then come up with best available. I will curate a list from top Linux blogs and Websites
Let’s start with the list build by Linux.com
Best Linux distros for sysadmins
#31 on distrowatch ranking
The administrative job is extremely challenging. Linux.com believes Parrot Linux distributions popularity will improve significantly over coming years. Parrot Linux distribution is based on Debian and provides every penetration testing tool system admin could want. You will also find tools for cryptography, cloud, anonymity, digital forensics, programming, and even productivity
Best desktop distribution: Elementary OS
#10 on distrowatch ranking
As believed by Linux.com, Elementary OS loki might do impossible and surpass Linux Mint to become “Best desktop distribution” of 2017.
“”” Some might find the Elementary OS desktop to be too “Mac-like.” However, that metaphor has proved incredibly effective with end users and, of course, the Elementary take on the design isn’t nearly as limiting as is the OS X desktop…so feel free to tweak it to your liking. “””
Most Customizable distribution: Gentoo
#42 on distrowatch ranking
If you are some one who wants to build Linux distribution specifically for your needs, Gentoo is the best option you have. According to Linux.com
“”” Gentoo is a source-based Linux distribution that starts out as a live instance and requires you to then build everything you need from source. This not only requires a higher level of Linux understanding but also demands more time and patience “””
Linux distribution for IoT (Internet of things)
Are you looking for one stop solution OS for Internet of Things applications? your search might be over. Snappy Ubuntu core provides the great solution in terms of package installations without worrying about dependencies. Many boards already support snappy Ubuntu core such as Raspberry Pi etc.
Non-enterprise server distribution : CentOS
#20 on distrowatch ranking
If you are a small or mid-sized business who wants to move your data center to open source distribution then CentOS should be your choice. There are many reasons why CentOS remains top choice as a server distribution.
First and very important being it is derived from most sought after enterprise server Linux distribution Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) sources. There are many differences between RHEL and CentOS except few such as support. RHEL has official Red Hat support. While CentOS gets extensive community support.
Enterprise server distribution
#45 on distrowatch ranking
According to Gartner Red Hat has 67% market share among Linux distributions (RHEL distribution subscription drive 75% revenue for Red Hat). According to Linux.com “”” Not only is Red Hat perfectly in tune with what enterprise business needs, they also are major contributors to nearly every software stack within the open source community. “”” Red Hat is supported by fortune 500 companies
This is all from the Linux.com lets move ahead and look at the list by
Best Linux distro for beginners: Ubuntu
#4 on distrowatch ranking
Ubuntu is Debian based distro, with unity as default desktop environment. We can say that Ubuntu might be a most popular distro out there, As it is sleek, stylish, easy to use. Also, it keeps on improving with each update. It is to be noted that Ubuntu is available for mobile platforms (few dedicated touch screen mobile phones).
Best Linux distro for beginners : Kubuntu
#49 on distrowatch ranking
Those of you who don’t like unity based desktop environment but wish to use Ubuntu. Kubuntu is a great solution for you as in its back-end its same as Ubuntu but it uses KDE as its desktop environment. Also, Kubuntu follows same release schedule as Ubuntu.
Best Linux distro for beginners: Mint
#1 on distrowatch ranking
Linux mint is powerful yet elegant distro out there. It is considered third most used home operating system just behind Windows and Mac OS. Linux Mint is based on Ubuntu hence it is safe. It also comes with one of the best software centers out there.
Apart from default cinnamon display, you can choose from range of other display options such as MATE, KDE, or Xfce. For experienced Linux users, it also provides Linux Mint Debian version
Best Linux distro for beginners: Linux Lite
“”” Based on Ubuntu LTS releases, Linux Lite is a minimal footprint distro, with a clean and simple Xfce desktop, Windows-style.
The aim of Linux Lite is to introduce Windows users to Linux. Its small resource footprint means that you can install it on a PC with a 700 Mhz CPU and just 512 MB of RAM. That’s what we call light! “”” MakeUseOf.com
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