If you are a Linux user, then you well known of the term distro also known as distributions in Linux context. Unlike Windows, the popular operating system which is pricey and not customizable; Linux offers everything a user would like in his customized operating system.
There are hundreds of distros based on different user’s need. So it can be intimidating to choose one which is suitable from all aspects.
Some most popular distros are, Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Fedora, Manjaro etc. Each distros have some special functions. I’ve selected varieties of distros and the one I have used most is Linux Mint. It offers some pretty cool graphical tools along with unique desktop themes and applications. Using one distro for a long time can make you get used to it but when your need changes, so does your distro.
Why Linux Mint is suitable for most—
Most people choose Linux Mint due to its stability, which is also why I stuck with it most of the time. I had used the interface Xfce due to my hardware compatibility issues. It’s visually attractive and lightweight to use. But it has too small thumbnail previews also I faced some problems with text clippings. Being constantly upgraded it finally overcame the problem with screen tearing which makes it still good to go.
One drawback of Linux Mint that made me switch to Ubuntu was that certain packages have no upgrades also there’s a security issue. These issues can be fixed however, but who wants to waste time on solving security problems when there are other distros who does it on its own?
Ubuntu has always been the backup plan in case Linux Mint failed me. It has extensive documentation which makes it easier to use. I shifted to Ubuntu for a change. I stumbled upon this one since there’s no need to use the terminal window. It’s very stable like Mint. There are versions with long term support which extends up to 5 years. I’ve had minor problems that were fixable but spending even few minutes to each of rhe issue to get cutting edge changes wasn’t what I needed. Most people bother to get the cutting edge-technologies more than a stable version, but frequent changes trouble me profoundly.
However if you’re not using the LTS versions of Ubuntu you can say goodbye to stability. Kernel maintenance has been a major issue on why many users may leave Ubuntu. Late 2017 Ubuntu incorporated a test module although upstream Linux kernel project gave notices that it wasn’t prepared for the module. The version Ubuntu 17.10 pushed the limits that made it stand out of the crowd but this is when a moderate approach is more suitable. Although it wasn’t susceptible these version led issues with some laptops. Linux distro creator posted a notice on this that Ubuntu 17.10 has issues with some Lenovo laptops halting the downloads temporarily.
The major issue with downloading 17.10 versions is that it prevents machine from booting via USB. There were reports from other laptop manufacturers too that this version is incompatible in terms of BIOS settings, that it may corrupt and permanently damage laptops flash memory chips or motherboards.
For a more stable selection–
Linux Mint and Ubuntu both are based on Debian, so it’s possible to select Debian instead of these modern versions of distros. While Debian is old, it’s certainly proven to be more stable and lightweight than most distros. Even with these features Debian fails to bring support to newest features that modern users may need, which makes Debian to fall behind the newer distros. But remember that Debian is vastly used as server OS.
A great alternative to Debian is OpenSuse, which is popular due to its security. Although installation can be a bit trickier than previous distros, to operate it low level of expertise is needed. There is no fixed desktop environment for OpenSuse, so you can choose whichever you want. OpenSuse makes sure the chosen environment is reliable for you.
If you’re looking for a great looking UI, you want to select Elementary OS. It’s pretty popular amongst people looking for light-weight, renovated version of Ubuntu. It’s simple to use, and it’s made especially for the newbies. There are not much features available in this distro. You get file explorer but not the option to actually “find” something. It doesn’t provide good battery life to laptops so if you’re looking for an advanced distro you may want to ditch it.
Victory goes to—
According to me, the more stable a distro is the better. We have Mint which is winner as a stable distro. Another major distro I haven’t brought up before is Manjaro, while there are lots of haters to this one it’s undoubtedly one of the most powerful distros. It goes through extensive testing before getting release, which gives users enough time to stick up to the version they like. It’s based on Arch distribution, so expert Linux users find it pretty useful. It’s easier to install but beginners who are not willing to learn may find it hard to operate. It’s more popular amongst intermediate Linux users and gamers. It has rolling distribution which is what expert users want.
Many users who have hopped a lot finally come down to selecting Manjaro, so have I. When you have a bit experience with Linux OS you may want to select Manjaro since it doesn’t compromise power. There are lot more distros to choose; of course reviewing all of them isn’t possible since each one is being upgraded by different communities. But these distros are priorities for many users who swear by Linux based OS.