Linux Distributions


A Free Operating System With Great Power and Stability

This is not an all inclusive list. These are distributions I have tried and the observation are strictly my limited experience with Linux.

I'm not going to go on a crusade about what operating system is best. Jesus I hate the Window, Mac debate.

Many Linux users are anti-Microsoft zealots as well.  I'm weary of all of that crap too.

In my case I really like using Linux for web related activities in particular.  It's a bit faster.  I'm not having to scrub everything through elaborate anti-virus shcemes. That is not to say that NOTHING can hurt you. (That's B.S. of course.) Using a web browser or accepting email always introduces some small risk. That's life.

It is true in the general course of events less is gonna get at your computer with Linux.  It's inheritly more secure and it's also more obscure. Viruses and crapola are written for the other 95% of computers.


Linux Mint

My Favorite

 

Based on Ubuntu. Much needed proprietary software/packages are preinstalled or readily available. Despite any philosophical rumblings about Open Source philosophy, this distribution recognizes the reality of what users will need.


I prefer the Cinnamon desktop they have refined. They also have a KDE and XFCE version. Use what you like - try them all like I did.


Mageia

Based on Mandrake Linux. Mandriva was a much used and appreciated distribution that had experienced some management hiccups. (management as in people running things not OS running a computer.. :) ) This reintroduces it with different governance and an awesomely sweet installer. Again, much needed proprietary software/packages are preinstalled or readily available.



I do like there ongoing work to make a more centralized and structued gui for administration and maintenance. It's worth looking at just for that! In a couple years other distributions will organize it this way too.

 

My only grumbling with Mageia was a little extra fiddling. I had to look up and search for little things that made my particular hardware cooperate. It's less of a knock on Mageia than just my particular circumstances. Do give this one a serious look.


Zorin-OS

Quoting from ther website... "Zorin OS is a multi-functional operating system designed specifically for Windows users who want to have easy and smooth access to Linux. It is based on Ubuntu which is the most popular Linux operating system in the world." That says it all better than I can. Again, much needed proprietary software/packages are preinstalled or readily available.



Zorin assumes you might actually appreciated that better elements of your Windows computer/OS. The network interface and desktop feel is comfortable for Windows folks. It's also an easy install.


Puppy Linux

Good little guy to have around.



Compact - friendly - Will even run nicely from a DVD. Good to use as a 'rescue disk' to get into your computer to see your hard drive if the computer can't boot the OS.

Versions that can run on older computers with limited resources.

Puppy Linux is just cool and makes me smile. :)


Ubuntu

Still like and still use it. You'll have to fiddle to get some stuff you need BUT there's so much written about how to get that done you'll get there. I've always liked the PEOPLE that have helped me on their forums and help sites.



I'm a fuddy and I don't like the Unity Desktop. New users seem to have less grumbly about it. You can get a KDE version or put Cinammon on it (or something else). Cinnamon seemed a little buggy when I added it BUT that was a year ago. Also: I'm not a Linux guru - just a guy who likes to tinker with everything.


Fedora

Same blah blah as Ubuntu about a different OS. Still like and still use it. You'll have to fiddle to get some stuff you need BUT there's so much written about how to get that done you'll get there. I've always liked the PEOPLE that have helped me on their forums and help sites.



I'm a fuddy and I don't like the Gnome 3 Desktop. New users seem to have less grumbly about it. They have KDE, LXDE, Xfce as well so there's other flavors to get a desktop you like. (I see a pattern here...)


Fedora is supported by RedHat. It's not exactly a prototype or RedHat developer oriented thing anymore but it still kind of is. (I've just gone crosseyed.... ) Don't worry and just enjoy the show.... The point is they've been around forever and will be here in the future


CentOS

From the website... "CentOS is an Enterprise-class Linux Distribution derived from sources freely provided to the public by a prominent North American Enterprise Linux vendor. CentOS conforms fully with the upstream vendor's redistribution policy and aims to be 100% binary compatible. (CentOS mainly changes packages to remove upstream vendor branding and artwork.) CentOS is free."



or described another way... CentOS is RedHat without any lables...
A lot of Servers that host the internet are running this.

If your building a powerfull server of your own this is a good choice.
If your building a powerfull server of your own you aren't looking at my beginner website. Move along citizen...

Note: I did install it and to it's credit it's not hard to set up. It is a little oldish in it's defaults but that's because Servers are valued for their STABILITY. That means stuff that works and is reliable. You'll want something else if your looking for a desktop for home use. It's still really cool that this is available.


openSUSE

openSUSE is a free and Linux-based operating system for your PC, Laptop or Server. Based on Suse (of course). I'm good with Suse but it's not my first choice. Again, it's just a personal thing, but I've had some hiccups that where more easiily dealt with in other distributions. Many others use it perfectly with no issues. If you like it .... AWESOME!



Slackware

I list this because I respect slackware. It's one of the oldest distributions that is kept current. It's not for beginers or even moderate users like me. It's for people who know how and want the most Unix like Linux they can install. Don't mess with this if your new and just need something to get you to youtube and facebook.



archlinux

Again, I list this because I respect archlinux. You don't install archlinux you build it. You only put together what you need and then install the packages. It's not for beginers or even moderate users like me. It's for people who know how and want the most efficient Linux they can have. Don't mess with this if your new and just need something to get you to youtube and facebook.