Thursday, 19 July 2012

Best 10 Linux Distros | Top 10 Linux Distributions

Which are the Best Linux distros? Any  Linux User will have such a question in his mind.But it is difficult to answer this.We are just discussing about the best Linux distros which are popular and user friendly.Definitely you will have different opinions.Please share it...
There are hundreds and even thousands of Linux distributions in the world.Millions of computer user hesitate to try Linux even though they know Linux is a best choice comparing to Windows OS.Many of them fails to find the best linux OS for their machine.Here i have selected the best 10 linux distributions which are currently the top linux distros in the world.These 10 best linux OSes have good support and help community, so one will not find any difficulty to face a problem after installing a distro.I think this article will help you to get an outlook about these top 10 Linux distributions.

Ubuntu Linux tops the list of Best Linux distributions.What is Ubuntu OS?
Ubuntu is the most popular linux distro in the world,Ubuntu is a simple,fast os and it is easy to manage the system even by the new users coming from windows,mac osx etc.It is maintained by Canonical Ltd.
The current version of Ubuntu is Ubuntu 12.04 known as "Precise Pangolin"
New features of Ubuntu 12.04 aka Precise Pangolin

· Unity 3D interface 5.10;
· Unity 2D interface 5.10;
· GNOME 3.4.1;
· Linux kernel 3.2.12;
· X.Org 7.6;
· Xorg Server 1.11.4;
· Upstart 1.5;
· GCC 4.6.3 toolchain;
· Python 2.7.3 and Python 3.2.3;
· Compiz Fusion

 Download Ubuntu

2.Linux Mint "Maya"
Linux mint 13"Maya"  is the second best linux distribution currently available.Linux mint 13 is the current version and features gnome 3 with mint shell extensions.It is called as "Cinnamon".It is very easy to switch back to gnome 3 from cinnamon by just disabling some of the extensions.Cinnamon looks like gnome 2 with the bottom taskbar,but it also has the new shell features of gnome 3.So many people who love the look of old gnome will taste the nostalgia.Linux mint also comes with the traditional desktop environment named as MATE desktop environment. 

New features of Linux mint 13 "Maya" MATE 1.2
  • Cinnamon 1.4
  • MDM
  • Artwork improvements
  • Search engines
Download linux mint 13 "Maya" 
--> The latest version Fedora 17 comes with gnome 3.4 and it is in the top third position in the list of best Linux distributions.As far as my experience fedora provides better gnome 3 experience than opensuse by default.Fedora now acts like a flagship of gnome 3.
New features of fedora 17(Beefy Miracle)

· Linux kernel 3.3.4;
· GNOME 3.4.1 desktop environment (with GNOME Shell);
· KDE Software Compilation 4.8.3;
· Simplified filesystem by moving everything to /usr (see here more details);
· EXT4 as the default filesystem;

· JBoss Application Server 7;
· OpenJDK 7 as the default Java Runtime Environment;

. Multitouch support;
· Software rendering for GNOME Shell;
· Mozilla Firefox 12;
· GIMP 2.8;
· Boost 1.48;
· Improved NetworkManager

download fedora 17 aka "Beefy Miracle"
openSUSE comes afte Fedora. Opensuse12.1 comes with gnome 3.2 and latest color management tools.It is the best laptop Linux distribution according to my experience, with the great power management,easy to use wireless tools,docking tools etc.As laptop users are very much concerned about the battery life,opensuse delivers the best service to make use of your laptop.The current version is openSUSE 12.1
New features of opensuse 12.1

  • Latest Free Desktops introduce color management,
  • GNOME Shell is improved and refined
  • KDE introduces Oyranos, Apper and Plasma Active
  • Pentium* III 500 MHz or higher processo
  • 512 MB physical RAM (1 GB recommended)
  • Hard disk: 3 GB available disk space
  • Graphics cards:800 x 600 display resolution (1024 x 768 or higher recommended)
  • Boot from CD/DVD drive or USB-Stick for installation, or support for booting over network
 Download opensuse 12.1 here
 With the great stability, Debian 6.0 wins the place for the best distro for Server Linux and it comes at the top 5th Linux distribution position in our list.Debian systems currently use the Linux kernel or the FreeBSD kernel.Debian comes with over 29000 packages (precompiled software that is bundled up in a nice format for easy installation on your machine) — all of it free. The great old debian now has an opponent- Cent OS.Ubuntu server edition is also becoming more popular now a days. 
System requirements debian 6.0
  • 1 GHz processor or more
  • RAM 128 mb(recommended 512 MB)
  • Hard disk 5 GB
Download debian 6.0 here 

 6.Arch Linux
The best linux distro for programmers in my view and gets the 6th number in the best 10 Linux distos list.
Arch linux is the best customizable linux distribution and it is an amazing linux distribution which gives full power to the user.Arch is the best option for advanced linux users.

Arch linux gives the best way to customize your desktop.
Arch Linux is an independently developed, i686- and x86_64-optimised Linux distribution .Although the arch installation process is a hard thing,you will get satisfied once you get through.Arch installation guide helps even the beginners to install their favourite linux distroibutionArch installation uses a text based installation,so most of the beginners get disappointed with the guide.But it is very simple if you read the installation guide thoroughly.Arch Linux uses a rolling release model 
Download arch linux   Current Release: 2011.08.19
PCLinuxOS comes around the middle in the list of top Linux distributions due to its simplicity,advanced options and speed.
PCLinuxOS is a nice, user-friendly Linux distribution, though, and it offers support for many popular graphics and sound cards and peripheral devices.It is a very simple and very fast OS and is suitable for advanced users as well as newbies.  A bootable live CD provides an easy-to-use graphical installer, and the default desktop is the lovely KDE.
What is Cent os?
It is an Enterprise Linux distribution based on the freely available sources from Red Hat Enterprise Linux. It is also a best choice for server Linux distributions,.Every CentOS version has long term support for 10 years. A new CentOS version is released every 2 years approximately. Each versions gets security and other updates every 6 months to support the new hardwares coming in the market
Current major versions are 6.2 and 5.8.
Cent os Features
  • easy maintenance
  • long term support for 10 years
  • friendly environment for users and package maintainers
  • active development 
  • open business model
  • community infrastructure 
  • good commercial support
  • open management
Puppy linux  works in most of the old machines which are not supported by many distros.I included this OS because eventhough it is a small and simple OS it is a great OS providing the power with limited resources. It is very fast and simple.Puppy Linux is a special build of Linux meant to make computing easy and fast.You can boot your system with the puppy usb.
Download puppy os

New features of slacko 5.3.3 
  • Linux kernel 3.1.10
  • compatible with the binary packages of Slackware 13.37,
  • Mozilla browser in the latest Seamonkey 2.9.1 suite
  • first-boot wizard that takes care of your desktop settings and connections;
  • support for many wired and wireless connections including 3G modems;
  • Slickpet for adding popular programs to your setup;
  • excellent multimedia support

Download Slacko 5.3.3
Mandriva is an old Linux distribution which started out its life as Mandrake Linux and it comes in the last position in our list of best 10 linux distributions in the world. Through a series of legal and financial changes, Mandrake became Mandriva. Mandriva is designed to be very user-friendly and is ideal for beginners. Mandriva’s current focus is on providing a release which runs equally well on desktops as well as netbooks like the popular Ubuntu.Unfortunately mandriva is facing financial and leadership problems.

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  1. I haven't even heard of Puppy Linux as a server, I like the idea of the OS using the absolute bare minimum of the available resources.

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