The best Linux distributions of 2017

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We have already been into this new year 2017 for several months, and it is time to carry out an analysis of Linux distributions that we can find, something we already did with the Linux distributions 2016. And although the subject always arouses some interest, it is also true that it tends to bring criticism and anger from some fans. And the thing is that there are many and very good distributions, as many as you like or even sometimes more, but we cannot include them all in the list.

So, without the intention of offending the communities of the distributions that are not present in our Top 17 Linux distros for this 2017, we are going to present the most popular ones. I repeat, the best distribution is the one with which you are most comfortable, and we are fully aware that there are great projects left off the list. That is why I encourage you that if you use another distro that we have not listed and you like more than these, leave us a comment with the distro you use and why ...

From LxA we have analyzed some of the most important Linux distributions and we have stayed with this selection of 17 of them. For the analysis, distributions of specific uses or designed only for certain niches have been omitted, such as light distributions, distributions for artists, for gamers, for SBCs and IoT, etc., leaving only those for the most generic use possible, which are the that interest the highest percentage of users. The rest of us will have time to create new, somewhat more specific articles ...

Well, without further ado we begin with our Top 17 of the most distros recommended for this year, to which we have put a "tag" to identify the intended users. Also, don't forget our post on lightweight Linux distributions in which you will also find many useful and consume few resources.

Arch Linux: for advanced users

Arch Linux It is a fantastic Linux distribution that you will surely know. For the newbies, say that it is not suitable for you, since it needs great technical skills, patience, nerves of steel and a good time reading its Wiki. Of course, the Wiki on the official website is so good that you will find practically everything you need there.

Arch Linux comes "bare" so to speak, if you want other extras like a desktop environment and other programs, you must install them yourself. That is why it is a bit complex for those who do not have so much knowledge, but in return you have a very powerful system operational to work with, with flexibility to tailor it to whatever you need.

It's based on the pacman package manager, which together with its AUR and ABS system may remind you of other BSD-type operating systems in a certain way (ports), as is the case with Gentoo and its package management, as we will see later ... In addition, the Arch developer community follows the Principle KISS, where elegance, simplicity (do not confuse it with ease of use), and minimalism predominate to create a perfect environment. The update method is Rolling Release.

More information and downloads - Arch Linux

elementaryOS: for design lovers

There are many other distros that we could have put into the field of design, but as I said, not all of them enter this post if we do not want to extend it too long. We could talk about PearOS (which also follows a similar design to Apple's MacOS), or about the fantastic Zorin OS (in this case with a Windows-style design for users who come from the Microsoft system), but it was elementaryOS's turn.

The system elementaryOS is an Ubuntu based distro in which emphasis has been placed on the graphic design of its interface. The rest of the characteristics are similar to those that we can find in a derived Ubuntu system, of the many that exist. However, the development team has created this desktop environment called Pantheon Desktop, which in turn is based on GNOME with its own shell called Pantheon and which gives it its name.

The design of the environment is very similar to what can be found in a Mac OS X or macOS as they now call it from the apple company. With a dock called Plank, and a proprietary window manager called Gala (based on Mutter). The truth is that it looks fantastic and makes you fall in love when you see it, and even more so with the App Store that they have developed now (called AppCenter) that we have already talked about in LxA other times ...

More information and download - elementaryOS

Gentoo: to experiment

Gentoo Desktop

Gentoo is another of the old, and now that I say that, it also comes to mind Slackware. They are similar in certain respects, but we have finally opted for the first one for our Top17. It is not easy to use, as with Arch and Slackware, so newbies should stay away from these types of distros. However, they will delight the most advanced, as they have incredible potential.

One of its attractions is based on the source packages it uses, with its Portage packages. If you remember in the Arch section, I said that Gentoo could also have similarities to certain BSD operating systems like FreeBSD, etc., due to the port-like packages that we see on these systems. So if you come from a BSD environment, maybe Gentoo together with Arch are the most suitable distros for you.

If you take a walk on the net, you will see that it is an off-road layout, since it can be adapted to a large number of devices. We have seen this distro installed both in a game console, as in a Tesla car, etc. That is why I have made it a distro for those who like to investigate and experiment.

More information and download - Gentoo

Ubuntu: for everyone

Ubuntu 17 desktop

Again we enter another marshy terrain, because we talk about Ubuntu with Unity Shell and there are many flavors (Kubuntu, Ubuntu MATE, Ubuntu Budgie, Ubuntu GNOME, ...) of this Canonical distro, equally good and easy to use for those who arrive. The good thing about the successful Canonical distro is that it has reached everyone, is used by both novice and advanced users and is being considered for numerous projects from SETI, NASA, etc. Therefore, it is a distribution for everything and everyone.

A few years ago she was presented as Linux for humans, since it is based on Debian and they had managed to make this monstrous project something more usable for the newest. An operating system that in certain aspects also reminds us of Apple and that everything has been designed to make your life easier while you are using it, with a large community behind it, many tutorials and help pages on the net, and most importantly, a lot of software packages for her.

If that seems little to you, it is a fairly stable and robust system, with all the benefits of Linux and a certain touch of simplicity and innovation. And this last quality is very present, since Canonical is making great efforts to distinguish it from the rest and they have launched great projects that go hand in hand with it (although some transcend beyond the borders of Ubuntu). I am talking, for example, of the convergence they promised, of the Mir graphics server to replace the big old X, or of other revolutions like Snap packages.

More information and download - Ubuntu

CentOS: for server-addicts

7 CentOS

It is one of the "hot" distros, if you can say so. He is quite young, but lately he has been giving a lot to talk about and for the better. This is a fork of the Red Hat RHEL distro. But the community behind it has wanted to open it up a bit more and make it 100% free. It has nothing or little to envy its older sister for business, however, CentOS is free and it can be an interesting alternative to use both on your home computer and on your servers.

Its name comes from Community Enterprise Operating System, and as its name indicates, it has been thought for companies, and totally free to have removed the parts referring to the marks and logos of Red Hat and other packages. But it is made from RHEL code, and it is also very robust, stable, secure, and easy to install and use. Of course, it is based on RPM packages.

Its importance has permeated many companies and users who have adopted it as their main distro, and also in important scientific communities. It is the case of CERN, the cathedral of science have set aside their Scientific Linux (based on RHEL) to make way for their new system based on CentOS for use in their scientific facilities and that you can also download from the CERN website ...

More information and download - CentOS

Linux Mint: for foodies

Linux Mint 18.1 Xfce Edition

If you want simplicity, minimalism, and ease of use without giving up a good distro, Linux Mint is what you are looking for. Since it appeared, it has captivated many, and no wonder. The development community that has and after it has been in charge of taking Ubuntu / Debian, on which it is based, and giving it a total facelift to transform it into its final product.

A stable system, always updated to the latest, usable, easy to install and oriented to the average user. It also includes many pre-installed software packages, so you won't have to worry about the software in most cases. Likewise, the community also emphasizes the integration of free packages. And from it came the Cinnamon project, which was originally going to be the desktop environment for Mint and then it has become widespread.

The integration of some extra tools that they have developed especially for her stands out, such as mintsoftware, some Mint tools that will help you with many of the daily tasks and based on a graphical interface. This is the case of Mintupdate, Mintinstal, MinMenu, Mintupload, MinBackup, MintNanny, etc. And all this, with light and complete desktop environments such as MATE and Cinnamon to choose from ...

More information and download - Linux Mint

Debian: for seasoned veterans

Debian Lxde

Again we can remember other distros, like MX Linux which we already talked about, but we will focus on Debian. It is one of the largest free software projects that I know of and considered by many to be the best linux for programming. A huge development community with a number of thoughts and philosophies of its own that are worth reviewing in the Debian Manifesto.

The project was one of the first in terms of Linux distros, emerging in the 90s thanks to the late Ian Murdock. The German was in charge of creating all this macro project that later has passed through other hands, since the leaders have been renewed. And although we are only interested in Debian GNU / Linux here, it must be said that the project goes further and there are also other kernels that give life to Debian such as GNU / Hurd, NetBSD, kFreeBSD, of which we have already talked a lot in LxA.

Well, Debian is a good option for your desktop, and of course it is if you want to build a server. It is based on DEB packages like their derivatives, and package management through APT. Its development is slow, it takes months and months of intense work until a new version of the distro appears, but the result is a reliable, robust and stable system, polished to the last detail. Among the available desktop environments, you can choose from many, so you can use the flavor you prefer without problems ...

More information and download - Debian

Debian + PIXEL: for modern untethered

PIXEL

There are many light distros, and in LxA we have already made comparisons of these, and we will continue to do so. We hesitated between LXLE and PIXEL for this category, and PIXEL has finally reigned for its youth and for being the novelty at this time. The Raspberry Pi Foundation have done a great job for their RaspbianOS distro that installs on the famous SBC boards, but their project for a new desktop environment that resulted in PIXEL, has transcended further and is also available to install on PCs with Debian base.

PIXEL comes from Pi Improved Xwindows Environment Lightweight, and its name leaves little to the imagination, since it is a lightweight desktop environment, based on the X graphics server and specially designed for the Pi board. Big changes have been made to the interface to make it minimalist, simple, light and functional. And that is noticeable in the appearance of the desktop, the icons, windows, fonts and menus, which denote a great aesthetic work.

If to that environment you add everything said above with Debian, then we have this Debian + PIXEL so that our PCs become a quite striking operating system, replacing LXDE, and in which some new apps have been integrated.

More information and download - PIXEL

RHEL: for companies 1

Red hat background

Red Hat Enterprise Linux or RHEL As it is known, it is an operating system that arises from the enormous work of the Red Hat company, yes, the one that has amassed millions of dollars selling ... something free and open source? when that kind of business seemed impossible. Red Hat is a giant, but there was a time when it started out as a small but pioneering company. Their objective was to create an open source operating system designed for companies, and for this reason they strive to integrate a large number of packages, technologies and make alliances to have a project at the latest.

RHEL is one of the best options if you have a company, because you will have a stable, robust, secure operating system and if you wish, with a fairly good technical support for your servers, mainframes and supercomputers. The objectives set have lately been focused on the cloud and virtualization, technologies on the rise and in high demand in the company.

More information and download - Red Hat

SUSE: for business 2

SuSE Fund

There is little to say about SUSE Linux Enterprise given what has already been said in the previous section of the American company. In this case, SUSE is a German company whose goal is the same, to create the best operating system for companies that exists. So the distro is a good choice for servers, supercomputers, and mainframes. Like Red Hat, they have been very focused on perfecting and enhancing the technologies of business interest, such as cloud and virtualization.

They have also created great alliances with third parties to offer many other interesting services, such as the well-known alliance with SAP, among other. Like RHEL, SUSE also relies on RPM packages, but there are some important differences. For example, RHEL uses SELinux as an extension for security, while SUSE has developed AppArmor, or the tools that we find in Red Hat compared to what is possibly one of the most complete, powerful and simple tools for system administration such as YaST from SUSE.

More information and download - SuSE

openSUSE: I want to have a million friends ...

opensuse tumbleweed

openSUSE it is to SUSE what CentOS or Fedora is to RHEL. The developer community has created this derivative of SUSE for home users, a very complete, powerful, robust and stable distro based on RPM packages and that has the support of companies such as SUSE itself and AMD. It is possibly one of the most numerous development and user communities, so you will not be short of "friends" to help you if you have problems.

It comes with a variety of desktop environments to choose from, and it's one of my favorites. It has the Zypper package manager and also the great and powerful YaST2 tool that will solve almost everything. Also, like other distros, it has AppAmor for security, and it has the integration of large projects like Xen for virtualization, etc., sharing many features with SUSE Linux Enterprise.

More information and download -  openSUSE

Antergos: I am advanced, but not so much ...

Old Linux

Perhaps some of you who are reading this have also come to mind Manjaro. In this case, the chosen one has been the Galician Antergos. Its name comes from the Galician word "ancestors" and shows the link with the past that this distro has. And speaking of Galician projects, surely you have also remembered another fantastic distro, Trisquel ... Returning to the topic, the project was previously known as Cinnarch, since it is based on Arch Linux (and now you will understand the title tag).

Alexandre Filgueira was its creator, and used the Cinnamon environment as the default base for its distro, although users are given the freedom to choose between other desktop environments (MATE, Xfce, Openbox, KDE, GNOME,…). Like Arch, it is based on the Pacman package manager, but in favor of Antergos, to say that it has been thought to be a bit less harsh on usage than its mother Arch.

More information and download - Antergos

KDE Neon: for plasmoids without solution

KDE Neon desktop

For lovers of the great KDE project and Plasma environment, you may like it KDE Neon. It is a distro in which they wanted to highlight the benefits of KDE Plasma. It is a fairly young project, and to sum it up in a few words, it is a rock solid, stable and beautiful distribution that has resulted from the hard work of the KDE developer community.

It's based on Ubuntu LTS, and take from it all the benefits of the Canonical distro to which they have added the Plasma desktop environment. It may remind you a bit of Kubuntu, but in this case I think it has some advantages, especially in terms of its updates, which seem quite fluid, a re-founding of Kubuntu under other acronyms that promises ...

More information and download - KDE Neon

Solus: lovers of minimalism

Solbuild

Solus is a young project that has appeared relatively recently and that has given much to talk about for innovation in terms of its desktop environment. Appeared as SolusOS and now SolusProject, They wanted to revolutionize the desks that we had seen to date, bringing a touch of freshness and something new with interesting innovations.

Key Doherty and Justin Krehel thought they could make something from scratch using the LFS (Linux From Scratch) project, using eopkg as a package manager, and most importantly and strikingly, their desktop environment. Budgie Desktop based on GNOME 3 and reminiscent of GNOME 2 for the nostalgic. It is light and with a very modern look, so you are sure to like it.

More information and download - SolusProject

Fedora: I like things to work well!

Fedora LXDE

There is little to say about Fedora, is already an old acquaintance that emerged from Red Hat. It's stable, it works, what more do you want? Behind it is a good development community and users, also supported by Red Hat promotion, and based like this on RPM and the RPM Package Manager package manager. It also includes the DNF update system, and the hardware support usually fits quite well.

It is one of the most popular distros according to DistroWatch and shares some of its features with RHEL, as does CentOS. One of them refers to the security aspect, including SELinux. Thanks to its popularity, it has spawned many other distros based on it ...

More information and downloads - Fedora

Liri: for revolutionaries

LiriOS and your desktop

If you have missed projects like Hawaii and Papyros, don't worry, lilies comes to unify both. The project is very very new, based on Arch Linux, so the base is impeccable, and bringing together the efforts of other development communities such as Hawaii (pioneers in Wayland, FLuid libraries, or QML / Qt5 in its day) , the Liri applications and the Papyros distro (or Quartz OS as it was known at first).

If you put all of that together and put it in a shaker, the result is LiriOS. A distro that will not only attract you technically, but also visually. And that's because they have broken with everything seen so far and created from scratch, and have used Material Design from Google (the same one used by the giant for the Android interface) to create a minimalist, innovative, light and simple desktop environment. All seasoned with animations and own programs that you will like.

More information and download - Liri

Deepin: for those looking for something different

Linux deepin 15

We finish with another one that has been recruiting a large number of users in recent years. In this case it comes from China, and they have done a good job in many ways, although there are some details to be polished and that do not happen in Debian, the distro on which it is based. I speak of Deepin (formerly known as Hiweed Linux).

What its developers appreciate the most is creating a stable, secure, elegant and user-friendly environment. For this reason, much of the work has been aimed at creating an environment of new desktop named DDE (Deepin Desktop). It is based on Qt5 and includes an application store and its own apps that you will not find in other systems.

More information and download - Deepin

Remember leave your comments with doubts, recommendations, opinions, etc. I hope you liked this article and, for those new to this world, that it has helped you if you were undecided as to which distro to choose.

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  1.   MZ17 said

    Manjaro is missing.

  2.   Raphael Hernamperez said

    Very good selection of Distros

  3.   Alo said

    Mint also has KDE Plasma

  4.   Joseph Bernal said

    Manjaro, what happened?

  5.   Jorge Romero said

    The above post is about Manjaro
    But who does not saga in these positions? very badly

  6.   Marco said

    I have been with OpenSuse Tumbleweed for a year as the only system, and I am very happy.

  7.   Adrian said

    Elementary for me, now that the charm of its design has passed, for me it would go lower. And Mint above ...

  8.   Carlos Fidel Casarrubias said

    A distribution for a laptop that only works well with Windows XP?
    It has limited resources, Windows 7 works fine, but it is slow.

    1.    Amir torrez said

      Debian with XFCE or LXDE / LXQT.

      1.    Carlos Fidel Casarrubias said

        Thanks for the advice…
        I am going to investigate these distributions.

      2.    Diego said

        Linux Mint with XFCE desktop, no doubt. I'm using it on a 2Ghz Intel Core-Duo laptop (not Core2-Duo) and it works like a shot. Previously I used it on a 1Ghz Pentium-M single core laptop with 73GB of RAM and it moves very decently, better than Windows XP. As an extreme thing, I have also installed it in a 1'4Ghz Pentium-3 laptop with 06GB of RAM and it can work, although you should already have a little more patience, but it still works better than Windows XP.

        Windows XP goes very fast on computers that work without access to the network and that, therefore, do not need an antivirus, but if you have to access the internet and install an antivirus, it is worth switching to Linux Mint XFCE because it works much better and is infinitely more secure, without sacrificing the same ease of use as Windows.

    2.    Baruch said

      Lubuntu or AntiX, but it would be better if you say the specifications of the laptop.

    3.    Mara said

      (For Carlos Fidel Casarrubias):
      You've been asking the question a long time ago, and by the time of this answer I imagine you have tried some of the recommendations, as well as other options. That's my first recommendation: try one and the next, and not settle for the first one that appears to be the solution. If you have the option of downloading the ISOs and burning them to CD or DVD, give them a try (the USB boot option is usually ruled out in older BIOSes). From my experience installing GNU / Linux distributions on computers with more than a decade of service, I will tell you that the behavior of updated distributions (I am remembering Debian itself ...), and with light graphical environments, already need some hardware requirements more updated (support PAE, NON-PAE, etc). I was amazed at CrunchBang on old equipment, while it lasted. Recently, to revive a notebook from 2003 (Acer TravelMate, with Intel Pentium M processor), and previously other desktop PCs with about 15 years, and after testing a dozen distros, the one that responded best and surprised me is Q4OS ( Orion) based on Debian stable, with the Trinity desktop environment. I take this opportunity to thank the work of the developers of this German distribution in particular and in general to all GNU / Linux developers.

    4.    Lex said

      If you have an idea of ​​what you are doing, you have Tiny Core or even Porteus Kiok that occupies only 80 MB of memory, only that in this you can only use Chrome or Mozilla.

  9.   jony127 said

    Hey.

    Linux mint updated to the last, it is not like that and less being an lts.

    regards

  10.   joselp78 said

    Well, Mageia is missing, one of the most stable distributions I have tried, its version 6 with Plasma KDE 5 is about to be released. And without a doubt if someone wants to have a design, I recommend that you install one of it with KDE. For more tests a screenshot of my desktop with (Mageia 5.1 KDE)… .:

    https://flic.kr/p/Sr8x7B

  11.   ice said

    mmm I do not know if the article will be well written, but it seems to me that it gives for confusion regarding some distributions such as Gentoo, Slackware and Archlinux. : /

  12.   felipe said

    Where was Manjaro?

  13.   George said

    For me, Chakra is far superior to most of the distros mentioned

    1.    truko22 said

      Among the best with the KDE / Plasma desktop, robust and reliable as it is a half rolling release: D and is the daughter of the great Arch distro.

  14.   9acca9 said

    Elementary left a bad taste in my mouth since the skinny attacked the community.
    As for Antergos, although it is Arch, it has nothing of its difficulty, not at all ... the only "difficult" thing is to choose when installing which desktop you want ... if you are not aware that there are different desks, etc. Sooooo rookie. As for handling everything else, it seems simpler to me: you don't have to go around looking for and adding repositories to install a couple of things; almost everything (much more than in Ubuntu) is in the official repository and Aur.

  15.   Black Metal said

    Regards!
    What distro do you recommend for web, Android and desktop programmer?

    I'm using Xubuntu right now on a less powerful laptop and I like it a lot, I have another more powerful laptop, i7, 2.1 GHz and 6 Gb of ram memory, I used OpenSuse recently but I don't know .. I don't get as full as this one, it does years I used Ubuntu "when I started" and Linux Mint.

    What can you suggest or recommend?

  16.   T virus said

    Hi, did you try Fedora with Xfce (the Xubuntu desktop environment)?
    I think it would be very good for you. Here I found a detailed and updated guide that tells you how to install it: https://militantepsr.wordpress.com/2017/02/07/instalar-fedora-gnulinux-para-liberarse-de-windows/
    Hope this can help you. Greetings.

  17.   Andrew said

    I think the distributions presented are very good, I congratulate you for the publication

  18.   Luis said

    For me, the one that has given me the best results so far is Linux Lite. For being the best for old computers or laptops.
    Greetings and continue with this good work that all Linux, you deserve a ten.

  19.   sh2central said

    The tireless Slackware was missing.

  20.   lumcab said

    Excellent, although I use Manjaro by default I think Antergos is an excellent distro. And I'm going to see how LiriOS behaves, it seems great to me, it is based on my beloved Arch and a very interesting visual.
    Personally, the list seems very well done, although I would have a few small changes to my liking, but great, thanks for the contribution.

  21.   José Luis said

    After many years looking for a suitable distro (that is: beautiful, elegant, simple to install, easy to use, configurable and light) I am left, today with one that you do not mention: Manjaro KDE.
    KDE clearly lighter than Neon or OpenSUSE, simpler to use than KaOS (another KDE light distro) more beautiful, elegant, than "non-KDE" (you can tell I love Plasma?) And easier to install and configure than Arch , RHLE-CentOS, Gentoo, or Antergos.
    Mint Cinnamon would be my second choice.
    Ubuntu Unity, Deepin, and Zorín are also nice, easy and light, but overall I prefer the one indicated. I love Fedora, but I'm from KDE, and it's not particularly light either.
    If Manjaro KDE comes to have Yast2, it would be like not looking at another distro ;-)

  22.   José Luis said

    After many years looking for the "ideal" distro (that is: beautiful, elegant, simple to install, easy to use, configurable and light) I am left, today, with one that you do not mention: Manjaro KDE.
    In the first place, it uses a KDE that is clearly lighter than Neon or OpenSUSE, more "usable" than KaOS (another light KDE distro), more beautiful, elegant, than the "non-KDE" ones (do you notice that I love Plasma? Lol) and easier to install and configure than Arch, RHLE-CentOS, Gentoo, or Antergos.
    Mint Cinnamon would be my second option, followed by Deepin (long live Qt5)
    Ubuntu Unity, Deepin and Zorín are also nice, easy and light, but overall I prefer the one indicated. I love Fedora, but I'm from KDE, and it's not particularly light either.
    If Manjaro KDE comes to have Yast2, it would be like not looking at another distro ;-)

  23.   Liosha said

    And Manjaro?

  24.   Juan Perez said

    Linux is for fools who do not know how to use windows and who want to feel very pro installing another OS that they do not know how to use well.

    1.    Manual said

      How? If it is assumed that if you go to Linux it is because Windows or any OS does not suit you, also that is why there are countless operating systems for countless people. Everyone looks for the OS that best suits them and to use Linux you have to have a little (depends on the distro) more knowledge, I will assume that your comment speaks only for you.

      1.    my colleague said

        Linux requires computer skills. Windows no. Windows still has an antediluvian internet connection (except windows 10), linux does not. Windows are attacked by all viruses (in fact, they are designed for it), linux, much less. Do I keep explaining the differences, champion?

      2.    rabble said

        Ayyyyy, God, there must always be someone missing, if at any moment you were right, with those disparaging tones you lose it.

    2.    Nestor Gomez said

      It is obvious that friend Juan's comment is clearly visceral, which shows a terrible panic for the rise of the GNU / LINUX community. And it is to be expected of the captives of Windows, when Microsoft accepts and gives up more and more spaces. They are very smart, hopefully their followers too.

    3.    Fabian said

      You are wrong, because you have just described a Windows user.
      That the only thing you know is to click and nothing else.
      When you learn to format and install your «uindous» you already think yourself technical

  25.   Inukaze said

    I suggest making a similar list but with the best ones that do not use SystemD by default, since most of them use systemd and well many users do not like it, if they do I also suggest the inclusion of Manjaro OpenRC Xfce

  26.   ice said

    missing VOID, excellent.

  27.   Jorge Luis said

    I see that as always Linux has something for everyone, I have KDE delicacy as the main one, I did not see that they mentioned Maui kde that I have it on a very fast 64gb pendrive and it turned out much faster and more beautiful than Neon, on another pen I have linux mint kde very good, I also find it excellent Azorín GNOME. Everything else I tried, I did not fall in love.

  28.   HorusBlack said

    I was testing opensuse 42.2, and in general it seemed a pleasant system, but I have problems with the graphics (When changing desktop with the cube effect, an annoying black box is seen), the battery may be the cause of leaving it aside now that every time I disconnect the laptop and charge the battery the system suspends and I have to pause my activities until it is about to charge again.
    Well while I will try with debian and if the same thing happens, then it opens me wrong to think badly of opensuse.

  29.   Fede said

    Deepin a safe distro?
    Coming from a communist country that spies and controls its inhabitants to the fullest, sending to prison those who oppose their regime and trafficking their organs?
    I don't believe it, I installed it to test it. But I deleted it later. And to think that people believe that it is a free OS, without analyzing the context in which it is developed (country).
    I do not intend to enter into political debates, but this question of the freedom of GNU Linux is not in line with the policy of China

    http://cnnespanol.cnn.com/2016/06/23/reporte-china-continua-con-la-extraccion-de-organos-a-presos-a-escala-masiva/

    1.    rabble said

      And you say you don't want to get into political debates ...? Damn, you say everything.

    2.    Fabian said

      You have just shown how little you understand about free software.
      Hug. ..

  30.   Greker said

    I usually use Deepin to install it in schools and recommend it to office users, it is very good, attractive and with compatibility for more office.

    1.    danmery said

      Are you fool or are you pretending to be ?

  31.   Ri @ said

    Deepin is a good OS, stable, elegant, it has its own store and with very good graphics, the only detail is that it is a bit slow in terms of downloads, I have tried it and the truth seemed very good, regardless of your region, we do not rely on the policies of the country where they come from, but on the services it offers.

  32.   Ricky said

    Hello, I want to start using linux. What do you recommend? I want something pro .. To be honest, I do not understand that there are so many distributions, linux.Feduntu, kubunto, Xubunto, manjo, etc, etc. I even think that MacOS is another version of Linux or am I wrong?
    If someone with net knowledge of the system can take the time to explain this matter to me, I would appreciate it.
    Maybe it will help me choose one of the many versions of this os

    1.    Rodrigo said

      No, it is not another Linux distro. MacOS, specifically, is a derivative of what was called "Darwin" at the time, which is a UNIX-like operating system. The point is that Linux is also part of this family of "UNIX Type", specifically it is a "copy" of Minix. They basically have a common origin.

  33.   Raul said

    Hello, how interesting to see so many valuable contributions, I have tried several distros, however I like Deepin for beginners, then there is elementary, for teams with limited resources there is nothing like linux lite and lubuntu

  34.   palobajo said

    A tower of Babel called linux, the desktop. You spend hundreds of hours to configure-install four things and suddenly pluf, after an update your internet connection no longer works; another 100 hours trying to fix it until you get bored you format and you are forced to put back that horrible thing called windows, which they say is an operating system but never stopped being an "attempt at".

  35.   Rancid said

    Why isn't Slackware here? It's the oldest GNU / Linux distro, for me it's the best there is, you should review it and put it number one in this ranking.

    1.    Diego said

      That opinion is quite general. There are distributions that are in charge of testing the updates before launching them (in general, anyone based on Ubuntu does it, especially Linux Mint, criticized for being quite conservative with the updates in favor of stability).

      Give yourself another chance, and if the WiFi thing happens to you again ... just uninstall the update;)

  36.   Jonathan said

    I think Linux Mint is the best distro, because it fits very well with old computers and is very easy to update and user, too. Therefore, it deserves a lot of consideration.

  37.   pepper said

    MX Linux, with XFCE, simply the best, based on Debian.

    1.    rabble said

      totally agree Jonathan and above all, great for newbies (as is my case, without missing anyone)

  38.   Namaste said

    Fedora is the one used by Linus Torvalds, for me, I have been going through many years and testing all the distros is a safe bomb and experiment proof. That if you want security, I do not recommend Ubuntu or Mint, much less Elementary, in any case OpenSuse Leap, but Tumbleweed sooner or later will crash, Debian, Manjaro, Deeping, Slackware, Parrot, Arch, etc, they are not bad , each to his own, but as a desktop to forget and with updates without problems, not even new versions: Fedora Gnome.

  39.   Edgar said

    Deepin I love I have spent years using various distributions, this one is light as well as being very well designed ... as for how slow to update is a matter of changing the default repository

  40.   3d said

    I am thinking of installing Ubuntu on a machine with 512 bm of ram, does it run well ???

    1.    HorusBlack said

      It depends on the desktop environment you install. I'd say try between xfce and mate. Maybe if you feel that it is very slow, you can try Antergos, the same in xfce, it is Arch easy, very elegant and fast.

  41.   HorusBlack said

    In general I have tried Debian, OpenSuse, Antergos, and Fedora and I summarize it like this:
    > Debian: A monster, it is very stable and without a doubt it is the one that has given me the best results (KDE5), it may be a bit spartan when having to configure some things, but thanks to that you learn more and know the terminal better.
    > OpenSuse: It's nice, the consumption is not the highest (KDE5) and Yast2 is a great tool to configure and install all kinds of programs easily. Although the problem with my battery was what kept me away from this distro.
    > Antergos: Very fast, easy to install, very nice visually (gnome and mate) and a great experience knowing pacman. The bad point is that my laptop could not resume after suspending or hibernating the laptop. In any case, I have it as the main OS for a desktop computer and it works great.
    > Fedora: It was the one with the most problems I had, I couldn't install anything, it didn't detect almost any of my drivers and the desktop environment (gnome) behaved strangely (flickering, freezing). Maybe on another occasion I will give you another chance.

  42.   RaZieRSarE said

    Arch Linux: for advanced users

    It has been 2 and a half years since I installed it, and it was definitely not easy, that is if the wiki documentation is from another world.

    So much so that I had to create a script for the second monitor to work, although now with the updates I no longer use it because it recognizes it when logging in.

    It's great for work, you only install what you need, and that leaves it very light.

    By the way, your site is very interesting. I'm going to add it to my favorite blogs.

  43.   evilknibal said

    Greetings:
    With Ubuntu I have had many problems because it hangs because the temperature of the processor rises to 55 or more and freezes I put additional coolers and change the processor and I do not walk more than 15 minutes. linux mint is a better option than ubuntu.
    Debian when upgrading to 9 it charged me to boot a hard disk, maybe it was my fault, but I tried MXlinux and I highly recommend it.
    Fedora is one of the best.
    if you want to program debian or a derivative of debian it may be the option. even when there are Slackware, Kali Linux two good distros to program and perform Ethical Acts.
    I liked your article.
    Good info
    regards

  44.   Jose L. Prieto said

    Hello Isaac. I have to admit that this of the articles like "the best distros ..." begins to be repetitive because, ultimately, no one wants to "get too wet". Perhaps because you do not have real experience with all distributions, normal. What I no longer see as normal is that the performance of the different options is hardly taken into account in these types of reviews. It would be interesting if, obviously, based on the same team, we could know the readers «how are they doing» this or that distribution. I have been using GNU / Linux for many years and I have installed more than one distro to remove it after a few days (or minutes) to see that it literally does not move on a PC with a few years. GNU / Linux or FLOSS are useless if they are not light. For beasts we already have Windows, and beware, that 10 is better in this sense than many distros, as much as it hurts to hear it. That is why I have had to screw my beloved OpenSUSE for years, to put the most painful example for me, but also several others. At present I am happy with ChaletOS, based on Debian and XFCE which is great, as well as being super customizable. Solus also works fine, but it takes too long to load certain applications. Lite is also not as customizable as the Serbian distro. Anyway, I would like that: there would be more talk about user experience and not so much about things as subjective as stability, aesthetics or too well known as the mother who gave birth to this or that distro. The Windows user (who we should look at more if we do not want to be geeks through life) is not interested in technicalities but in the user experience. And a capital sin committed in my opinion in this analysis: after trying Neon and KaOS, a plasmoid will always choose the second, more agile, beautiful and elegant. It is my clear opinion. A cordial greeting.

  45.   Gonzalo said

    I use Lubuntu (based on Ubuntu but with LXDE) and it works great

  46.   Octavio A said

    Hello everyone!! I know it's been 6 months since the last person who commented, but I hope I can summon all of them. It's because I don't want to go through the tedious process of choosing a distro again and forever. I have ever tried Ubuntu ... but I never finished getting into Linux. Unfortunately, I continue with Windows 7 (I hate 10), but it is about time I switched to Linux because the original copy of Windows that I have is not going to endure another installation from scratch (as the opportunities to use it without problems and one day, poof, the license code stops serving if I reinstall it clean again).

    Anyway, what I'm looking for is for you to advise me which distribution meets:

    * SECURITY: obviously, to forget that strangers spy on me, viruses, Trojans ... (the same with time, bad people will not take long to create viruses for Linux ...)

    * Lightness and stability: to avoid surprises.

    * Modern and up-to-date: always updated to avoid problems.

    * Compatible with Steam: to be able to continue addicting in your spare time.

    * Compatible with my Nvidia GTX 980ti video card… I will take care of that card for a lifetime. If I want to switch to Linux, let it be with a distro that supports it, banks it and respects it.

    * That I can read NTFS disks, I do not want to risk not being able to read the hard disks with all my information.

    * And I think nothing else ... the desktop environment, I don't care, but if it is cool, light but fun with many good effects, the better. But I always wondered if there is a way to have the login of the system well customized, I wonder if it can be in Linux.

    And I ask nothing more. I'm not asking you to make me breakfast, let's not exaggerate either ... (Wouldn't it be cool if the distro makes me dollars? Hahaha)

    Humorous aside, I greet everyone and I hope that the author of the blog comes up with a separate forum, so that we can all keep in touch and nurture a good community.

    Regards!

  47.   Theo Pineda said

    I started using Ubunto, it is the best, but I changed to deepin, it is excellent, despite some details, but it is what I need for my pc

  48.   user12 said

    Just comment, that this article is starting to be a bit - quite out of date, and it is a shame because it is very interesting for newbies and, above all, you have it on the front page of the web (you open a web looking for news and the first thing you see on its cover It's an article from 2017… and it makes you want to run away) =.