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Variants of Linux! Most popular and useful distros

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Variants of Linux

  • There are hundreds of variants of Linux
    • For you, which is best linux?
    • To answer this, it depends on factors like
      • Skills
      • Area of focus
      • Support Required
      • Hardware you are using
      • Softwares you need to use
    • Here are top Linux distributions
      • Ubuntu
        • Most popular distro
        • Announced in 2004
        • Uses Debian
        • Have app like firefox, open office
        • Have remixes like Kubuntu, Xubuntu, Lubuntu etc
        • For beginners
      • Fedora
        • Free version of Red Hat
        • Strong on enterprise feature
        • Security is excellent
      • Linux Mint
        • Ubuntu based
        • Released on 2006
        • Variety of graphical tools
        • Good for beginning users
      • openSUSE
        • medium on difficulty level
        • targeted for open source developers and system admins
      • PCLinuxOS
        • Uses KDE environment
        • Light weight version of mandriva
        • Supports graphic driver, browser plugins
      • Debian
        • 1993
        • One of the well tested
        • Bug free distro
        • Suitable for linux experienced
        • Slow release cycle
      • CentOS
        • Based on RHEL
      • Kali Linux
        • Debian based
        • Designed fr penetration testing
        • Used for digital forensics
        • Meant for nmap, metasploit framework, maltego, aircrack ng etc
        • For cybersecurity experts
      • Mandriva
      • Gentoo
      • Arch Linux
        • Lightweight
        • Flexible
        • For advanced users
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