Top 8 Debian-based Distros

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In LxA we have carried out many comparisons and analysis of applications, distributions, etc. Even distributions for according to what niches or professions, rare distributions, light distros, and more. Now we have to focus on one of the great "families" that we find in the Linux world, and that is the debian family. This great distribution that is born from that great project that is Debian, has not only achieved many followers, but also captured the attention of other developers and these in turn have interpreted their way of perceiving distros with their own Debian-based distributions.

This has allowed some users who were not comfortable with the mother distro but liked certain of the particularities of this project, have been able to enjoy them with other philosophies that they can find in projects as interesting and varied as the star of Canonical: Ubuntu. Well, here we are going to take a look at these spinoff projects and pay homage to the best Debian forks we found, helping you choose.

Before starting with the list of those 8 distributionsTo say that it is not a ranking where the first one is considered the best far from it, there are always comments against or in favor, but what we want is to show you some alternatives, the one who decides if it is better or worse is you:

  • Ubuntu: undoubtedly one of the most successful and widely accepted derivatives of Debian is Ubuntu. The Canonical distro is simple, robust and stable, which is why it has won over many users. It has also generated a family in itself, making many other projects take it as a basis to create derivatives of it.
  • PureOS: It is a good distro approved by the FSF, if you are one of those who prefer something as free as possible and without binary blobs. It is a fantastic distro with a modern GNOME 3 desktop and an assortment of practical applications pre-installed to offer the best experience for the home user.
  • antiX- It has a lightweight desktop with Rox-IceWM for those looking for something to install on an older computer or with little hardware resources. It is not as simple as others for newbies, but it can be interesting for the more advanced, as its flexibility to be extremely customizable.
  • Deepin: Before based on Ubuntu, now it is on Debian as some others have also changed in this regard. It is a simple Chinese distro with a nice look in the purest Ubuntu style. In addition, it has its own app store for easy installation and you can count on Skype or the Chinese WPS Office computer suite, with an interface quite similar to Microsoft's Office ...
  • solydxk: You can opt for two desktop versions, a more powerful one with KDE and a lighter one with Xfce, depending on your preferences. The developers have focused the SolydXK design on a simple and comfortable user experience for the end user.
  • MX Linux: It's a weird layout in some ways, but that makes it interesting. It's lightweight and easy to use, especially geared toward newer users, and that's why MX Linux offers "it all." As you well know, MX is a partnership of the MEPIS Linux and antiX development communities, united to provide you with a robust and rich distro.
  • Linux AV: If you are an audio and sound editor, AV is a distribution designed for multimedia that you will love. It has preconfigured JACK and a multitude of apps for sound and image, along with a Linux RT (Real Time) kernel. If you like Ubuntu Studio, surely you will also like AV, although its RT characteristics may make it do strange things for you ...
  • Knoppix: It was the first Live or Live distro and is based on Debian. It is a very old, light project that despite its age continues to arouse interest today. For example, it can be very useful for a technician to carry it on an optical disk or pendrive with tools ready to solve problems in computer equipment.

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  1.   Juan said

    Hi, I still think that just as Redhat and Suse have their good distributions, I know that many of you will be angry, Debian has no substitute. It is great, but I personally prefer 1000 times to FEDORA, centos and Opensuse which is the one I use since version 10.0 and it is perfect, Yast has which is the best there is when the terminal is not used. I like the distributions that use the rpm packages better than the ones that use them. Deb obiando to the great Debian. Of course, if the only Linux that will remain was Ubuntu, there would be no other than to use Ubuntu that gives 1000 laps to any Windowd

    1.    Ricardo said

      Juan those you mention are, good but never like Debian.

  2.   chuki7 said

    Based on Debian Testing

    For this they offer us the desktop environments Xfce, MATE, LXQt, MinimalGUI (Openbox) and MinimalCLI (expert mode). Together with Sparky Advanced Installer, it allows the user complete control over what they want to install right from the start.


  3.   Federico said

    I miss you Linux mint they should editon goes super fast.

  4.   jose louis duran said

    I agree with Federico, LMDE is a distribution that could in the future replace the original LinuxMint, being based directly on Debian and not Ubuntu, it offers the aesthetics of Linuxmint and the solidity of Debian, it is also fast, light, easy to install and not it is more difficult to handle than other distributions ...

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  6.   parka.root said

    ParrotSec !!

  7.   Emilio said

    Missing Devuan, it is quite a separate topic and highly recommended.

  8.   Marcelo L.F. said

    The first Live distribution was not knoppix (big sid-based distro), but Ututo. Argentine distribution based on Gentoo.

    1.    Diego German Gonzalez said

      I have the same data. But I remember reading someone else who was not Knoppix and Ututo who claims the same thing. But my memory can't remember the name

  9.   Art ramos said

    Do not forget Q4OS, I have installed it for two months and it works great for me, you can also select TDE, and other very dynamic themes, use the own and debian repositories, See Buster 10. I give it a 9.