People usually ask me which linux distro is right for them, so I decided to write this article to help all of you with similar questions. I will try to explain some pros and cons of every distro. Be clear that this article is written in late 2017 so situation in future situation could be different.
All information are found on wikipedia, distro-watch, distro official web sites or from my overall experience so if you have some better solutions feel free to comment.
Linux Mint: Really clean and user friendly distro. A lot of people who are migrating from windows use this like their first touch with linux. It come with MATE, Cinnamon, XFCE or KDE interface. I recommend this system to my friends who are new in linux and looking for stable and well documented distro. The recommended system requirements are 1GHz processor, 1GB RAM, and at least 10 GB of hard drive.
Ubuntu: Another distro for new linux users. It is developed by company called canonical (I will just wrote it UNITY ;). From my point of view this is one of the fast moving distros which gives big updates every 6 months, and one LTS update every one year. A lot of servers work on ubuntu. Because of a lot beginner users this distro is really well documented. And there is a lot of community support for it. For smooth work on this OS you will need 1 GHz processor, 1.5 GB of RAM and 5-6 GB hard drive.
Kubuntu: Really there is no big difference between Ubuntu and Kubuntu expect Kubuntu use KDE. Processor and RAM are pretty same as on Ubuntu expect you will need a little bit more of hard drive (10 GB).
Xubuntu: If you don’t like Unity and you have system with less resources or just some older PC, I think this is right distro for you. Xubuntu uses XFCE interface and can work on just 512 MB of RAM (even 10 years old machines have enough RAM for this). You will need 1GHz processor and 5GB hard drive.
Arch: A lot of advanced Linux users like this distro, you can modify everything so system requirements depend on what you choose to work with. I recommend this system for advanced people. I think anybody who is advanced user will not read this article any way so I don’t need to explain it a lot.
Fedora: Fedora is RedHat “testing” system for their Red Hat Enterprise Linux. This is really high end distro so if you have some new hardware this is right place to be. You will need at least 1 GB RAM and 10GB of hard-drive. From my point of view this “testing” thing from Red Hat is really good for Linux community so if you don’t mind some minor bugs and prefer to be really ahead of other distros just try this thing.
Damn Small Linux (DSL): DSL is very “VERY” small distro. You will need only 16 MB of RAM and can run fully inside RAM (than it needs 128MB). For really old computers and some backup/restore actions it is really good.
OpenSUSE: OpenSUSE is a RedHat-based distro and is available as a rolling release or a stable version-by-version basis. Minimum requirements are 2GB memory, 5GB hard-space, AMD 64 or Intel 2.4GHz.
Puppy Linux: Puppy Linux meets good balance between graphic interface and lightweight distro. You will get really good distro for portable OS or some old PC which you need to use daily. 64MB of RAM and 1GB HDD and you are good to go.
Elementary OS: Elementary OS is based on Ubuntu, so you will need almost same system requirements maybe a little less of RAM. It looks and feels like OS X so for someone who is moving from Mac to Linux this will be a good place to start. Simple and clean design with some really good stylized apps from elementary is enough to be one of the fast rising distros in Linux world.
DeepIn: It is based on Debian using it’s own desktop environment which is user friendly and have some good tweaks for end customer. For their success in recent years we can “blame” big customer acceptance in China. From my point of view this is one of the most beautiful distros today and you will need only 1 GB of RAM, Pentium IV 2.0 GHz and 10 GB of Hard Drive.
Kali Linux: Formerly known as a Backtrack, is Linux distribution for advanced linux users. It is commonly used for computer forensics, and have big collection of security tools. If you wanna to test your “hacking” skills this is right distro for you.
As you can see list of distros are not in some particular order, I wrote them just how they appear in my mind. If you have any questions you can ask here in comments or on youtube video. I will be glad to have constructive communication with all of you.
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