Windows 10 currently dominates the global PC market share and is used by the vast majority of the world’s people as their main operating system. But behind the scenes there’s another OS that’s just as old and has become the backbone of much of the world’s internet and network infrastructure: Linux.
Started in the early 1990s by Linus Torvalds, Linux was nothing more than a simple hobby, but it didn’t take long for it to grow into something entirely new. Today, Linux can be found on the majority of devices across the world and includes such as operating systems as Linux. Here we will look at the best Linux distributions on the market right now.
Ubuntu is the most common Linux distro around, and the one that most people have heard of at one point or another, even if it was just in passing. Based on Debian and making use of the GNOME desktop environment, Ubuntu is backed by Canonical, and is designed from the ground up to be as friendly to new users as possible. It’s usually the distro that most people turn to after leaving Windows.
Run as something of a testing ground for Red Hat, Fedora is an extremely popular Linux distro that’s become a vital part of the Linux ecosystem. Stock Fedora, which comes in a few varieties, ships with the latest iteration of GNOME, as well as a selection of some of the best bleeding edge technology that the world of Linux has to offer right now. They maintain versions for around 1300 months at most, but there are point releases every six months. Fedora is a mature operating system aimed at professionals.
Ubuntu has received a lot of criticism over the years, with many of the complaints being centred on its bloat, and that it moves too far from the traditional desktop experience. This is why many prefer to use Linux Mint instead.
Based on Ubuntu, the Linux Mint team wanted to create something that retained the feel of conventional desktop usage, but with all the power of Linux. It’s become one of the most popular Linux distros in the world, and boasts robust driver support as well as a friendly and welcoming community. It’s perfect for office work, most games, as well as checking out the latest horse racing bets in Australia.
Seen as much more of a DIY setup, Arch Linux has earned a reputation for itself as being fairly difficult to install, especially for those that don’t have experience using Linux. It’s also one of the leanest and snappiest distros around, offering a powerful system that’s completely under the control of the user. It’s widely considered to be the best distro for most users willing to put in the time to make it work properly.
Pop!_OS has become a beloved distro for those that want a clean and minimal GNOME-based distro, but it also offers excellent driver support for Nvidia, arguably the best that Linux has on offer. It sits somewhere between Fedora and Ubuntu, offering newer software while also boasting the stability and package selection people have come to expect from Ubuntu.