Choosing the Best Linux Version for You

Linux is one of the most flexible and comfortable (for proficient users) operating system. There are many versions of Linux available because the fact Linux OS is being developed, maintained and updated by various groups of enthusiasts that have different approaches to building ideal OS.

It is hard to answer this question which Linux version is the best one – each of those has advantages and disadvantages if compare to each other, so below you can find a brief overview of Linux distributions to choose the one that meets your needs.

The List of the Most Popular Linux Distributions

So the most popular version of this OS are below:

  • Ubuntu
  • Debian
  • OpenSuse
  • Fedora

Below you can find a brief description of each version.

Ubuntu

 

 

 

 

 

Probably the most popular among the existing distribution kits. Ubuntu is based on Debian Sid (an unstable version), but it is equipped with more modern packets, including the latest version of GNOME.

One of the most interesting features of this distribution is the fact that the root rights are disabled by default; in order to acquire superuser rights one has to entry the specified sudo command to the terminal. Thus, this pack fits well beginners and novices (as they won’t have opportunity to break the OS after installation).

Pros: big community of developers and users, fixed release schedules and the support period, user-friendly GUI.

Cons: you often can meet unstable versions of software in stable OS versions. You won’t appreciate this version if you prefer hardcore user-experience.

OpenSuse

 

 

 

 

 

Very stylish kit designed for beginners.

Pros: professional attention to details, easy installation and available option of YAST customizing.

Cons: as well as for other distribution kits developed in the USA, there is a limited support of multimedia.

Fedora

 

 

 

 

 

The distribution kit was developed by Red Hat community. All the best features of Red Hat were transferred to Fedora.

Pros: extremely innovative, fresh versions of a software, good localization.

Cons: unstable versions of a software cause many errors.

Debian

 

 

 

 

 

Very good and convenient distribution kit. Perfect compatibility both with servers or PCs. It was developed by a huge design team, so the general looking is outstanding. Debian has very convenient APT management system packets and gains the highest customization rate among all Linux versions.

During the installation you need an access to the Internet to choose among the 5 possible version of Debian kit: “oldstable” (the previous stable), “stable” (currently stable), “testing”, “unstable” (also known as “sid”) and “experimental” (the kit for designed for testing new features – it is totally unstable and not recommended for beginners).

There are no real cons for this Linux version – those appear only if you choose any unstable version.

Conclusion

All of the listed above Linux version are very popular among the users and are constantly supported by the communities and enthusiasts. If you have never with Linux before it is recommended to choose between Ubuntu and Debian.

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