At the first day on my Internship I was told by the Manager to Install Linux at Home Computer. So the first question I asked to myself was “Which Distribution should I try?” & the answer was ummmm.. Let’s Google it! So I googled Which Linux Operating System is Best..? & the search results made me even more confused…
So I thought why shouldn’t I write a blog post for the Beginners who want to give Linux a try… In this post I will be discussing some pros & cons of different distributions of Linux & I hope after reading the post you will be able to decide for yourself “Which Linux Operating System is Best!”
Linux is a badass open-source operating system. But it’s not without problems. One such problem: There are nearly six hundred different versions of Linux out there an incredibly overwhelming number to even the most experienced of Linux users. I am assuming you all are aware of the History & Background of Linux & Unix if not see this link
TIP: One simply cannot say that ‘X’ distribution is better than ‘Y’ Distribution or the ‘Z’ one is better than the rest of the Distributions… Because it all depends on the use of the particular user! Every Distribution is best but if a user ‘G’ likes a certain feature of Distribution ‘N’ then it is obvious that the user will recommend the Distribution ‘N’ over other Linux Distributions.
So It all depends on the use of the particular user 🙂
So some major Linux Distributions we will be discussing today are as follow after reading about them hopefully you will be able to decide Which Linux Operating System is Best..
- Linux Mint
These are not “THE ONLY ONE’S” but for now we will be focusing on them only!
Which Linux Operating System is best..?
DesktopLinuxAtHome is the website which asks you 6 simple questions like your Computer Knowledge, The Computer on which you will be running Linux, Are you willing to pay for Linux (Not every Linux distribution is free, Some are paid like Red Hat), Are you concerned about Stability & Reliability or Do you prefer Cutting edge newest software’s etc & they will show you the results according to the choices you have selected. (I found it almost 70% Reliable)
Here are some of the famous Linux Distributions which are associated with the specific type of users (These are purely based on Personal experiences & some research from the Forums & Blogs.) Definitely these are not credible as well because they are based on user views, and everyone have a different view.
It is not best that we should all think alike; it is a difference of opinion that makes horse races. – Mark Twain
For Beginners: Linux Mint
Mint aims to be as easy as possible for users unfamiliar with Linux: the installation is pain-free, the menus are familiar and easy to use, and unlike other distros, it doesn’t commit itself to providing only free and open source software—that is, it comes with things like Adobe Flash, MP3 support, and some proprietary hardware drivers preinstalled. In other distros, you usually have to download these separately.
If you are new to Linux Family I would recommend Mint to you. (For the First time even I installed Mint.)
For the Cutting Edge Users: Fedora
Fedora aims to be a bit more on the cutting edge of all its software. Updates come out every six months, just like Ubuntu and Mint, but they aren’t supported for very long. It’s expected that users update regularly and as soon as possible. Programs like Firefox will be updated as soon as Mozilla releases an update, unlike Ubuntu, which will usually wait to make Ubuntu-specific changes to the code and release things later on. This can result in a bit more instability, but is great for those that always want the latest and greatest software on their system
For Cautious & Stable Users: Debian
Debian, in many ways, is the opposite of Fedora. Its goal is to be as stable and bug-free as possible, which it does very well—but it means that your system is rarely up-to-date with the latest versions of software. New releases come out every 1 to 3 years, and the development community can be a bit harsh for those uninitiated. However, if you’re looking for something as stable as a rock, and don’t care about always having the latest version of a piece of software, Debian is for you.
For the Tinkerer: OpenSUSE
OpenSUSE is a general-purpose Linux distribution that, while it has a bit of drama behind it concerning its parent company, has a very helpful community. Its main draw over other distributions is its level of configuration. KDE is the default desktop (which in my experience is one of the most easily configurable), though it lets you choose between KDE, GNOME, LXDE and XFCE during the installation, which is pretty cool. It also has a very nicely done system administration utility and package manager, known as YaST, as well as great documentation and (as previously stated) a good community behind it.
This is not an ideal distribution for your netbook. If you’re one of those people that likes having things just so, OpenSUSE is a good distro to try, since it gives you a lot of configuration options without the need to delve into the command line.
For the Diehard: Arch Linux
Arch Linux is special. Arch doesn’t have very many of its own characteristics, since when you install it you’re installing it from scratch—really from scratch. All you have when you install it is a command line, from which you build up your desktop environment, drivers, preferred applications, and more. Essentially, you’re creating your own super customized distro. It can be as minimal or as feature-heavy as you want, and while it takes a lot of work, the end result is fantastic (plus you’ll learn a ton about how Linux works in the process). The great thing about Arch is that if anything ever goes wrong, you’ll probably know why, because you’re forced to deal with these things at a low level.
So these are the version of the Linux I promised to discussed. There are obviously many more Linux distributions out there.. The popular ones are CentOS and Slackware, and some variations of all the above Linux Distributions like the LXDE-enabled Lubuntu (It is a lightweight Linux OS based on Ubuntu, but using LXDE Desktop Environment instead of Ubuntu’s Unity Shell and GNOME Desktop. LXDE is touted as being “Lighter, Less Resource Hungry & more Energy Efficient.”) or the super-minimal CrunchBang (is a lightweight Debian based Linux Distribution designed to offer a Balance of Speed & Functionality.)
There are soooooooooooooooooo many more Linux Distributions so don’t be afraid to test as many distributions as you can before settle on to one, the more you test, more are the chances that you will find the one that fits you perfectly!
If you have any query or suggestion you are more than welcome to tell us about it, & I hope by now you will be able to decide for which Linux distro you are going & Which Linux Operating System is best.
Credits: – All the images are taken for Google Images.