Linux Distributions:

Linux, is offered with a lot of distributions..As the time passed a lot of need-specific divisions made and speciallization was done onto specific areas of interst..So the different distributions are into existence after the one created by Linus Torwals and the hacker community..

So for the very general purpose usage, I would like to include the following distros:

  •     *buntu family 

 ONE must admit that despiteUbuntu‘s ubiquity, it has only just managed to hold on to the top-spot as the best distro for beginners. This is because the latest release will feel unfamiliar to anyone from a Windows, Gnome 2 or KDE background, although Mac users might feel more at home than most.  But there are two reasons why Ubuntu is still a fantastic choice for beginners – hardware compatibility and ease of installation. Stick the disc in the drive, answer a few easy questions, and you’ll find yourself at the desktop in no time at all. 

  •  Fedora

Fedora is the personal desktop offshoot of enterprise Linux firm Red Hat. The team puts out a robust operating system that updates regularly, they incorporate cutting-edge Linux developments at a rapid pace, and they support a variety of hardware, even extending an olive branch to PowerPC users. Using Fedora doesn’t feel entirely different from Ubuntu, but one main difference comes in the package installer—the app you use to quickly install apps from the distribution’s own servers. 

  •  Open SuSe 

  • Guess, The best distro for the office: OpenSUSE 11.4

    This distribution use the KDE desktop by default, and OpenSuse has chosen KDE for a good reason: the desktop is likely to feel most familiar in an office environment.

    KDE is often likened to Windows, and now that both Gnome and Ubuntu have taken big steps away from the old-fashioned desktop metaphor, it’s likely that KDE will become a stronger alternative for those who still want windows, icons, menus and pointers.

    But there’s some added complexity now that Novell is no longer independent and it’s too early to say how committed Attachmate, its new owners, are to a Linux distribution – although each new release is still on schedule. But if your office systems are critical to your success, OpenSuse has both the pedigree and the functionality you’ll need

  •  Linux Mint

Linux Mint owes more than a little of its core software, and inspiration, to Ubuntu, but it’s a successful branch into a more cohesive, and even more beginner-friendly realm. All the stuff you’d expect to find on an OS, like MP3, DVD, and Flash, are included by default, the menu is more Start-like, and the system has a cohesive feel and a lot of smart choices made for newcomers.



One of the oldest living distributions, Slackware allows plenty of configuration and is a great general-use distribution. It requires some knowledge of Linux and isn’t recommended for new users.

  • Arch Linux: The Starting-from-Scratch Project

                                                                                Another great linux distribution, takes time and was tought to get started with it for the first time.. Do dig into Arch Linux if you want to learn way more about Linux, get a system at just the right size and configuration for your needs, and want a crash course in how to tweak a Linux system for better performance.


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Posted on June 22, 2012, in Linux and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. I’m a proud Slackware user and I like it very much, I think this distro is as good as Arch Linux for new users to learn more about Linux system. Slackware install a whole system ready to go out of the box, but installation and configuration make you learn stuff and specially install new software.

  2. No doubt,
    Slackware is awesome! but wont you think that the new users might find it difficult to get in with the cfdisk/fdisk partitioning(text based) and moreover ncurses based installation!!
    I mean, new users are more friendly to the GUI and all the things…u know the habit of using mouse for users(migrating from windows)..
    n Yes, after installation it indeed gives a complete system, but even then the difficulties may be faced by the new users when they have to install softwares like that of VLC and google-chrome..I mean the new user might find Package Manager an easier option for installation like that in Fedora and Ubuntu rather than making a slack package first then installing it / or finding a slack package…

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