Most Popular Linux Distro for Beginners (August-September 2013)

There are simply too many Linux version out there but there's only very few that is truly for beginners.

Linux distros by mlibrarianus, on Flickr
Linux is free operating system developed to serve as an alternative to the proprietary software such as Windows and Mac OS. A Linux distribution is a collection of software applications built on top of the Linux kernel and operating system. In case you do not know, distro or distributions are kinds of Linux. Many are based off of other distros and therefore are very similar. Modern Linux distro was designed to be user-friendly with a graphical user interface that even the average person would find easy to use.
On this page you will find the most popular Linux distros for beginners. These are highly recommended distributions to anyone who wishes to try Linux.

 Top 10 Linux Distro for Beginners

 (as of August-September 2013 at distrowatch.com

1. Linux Mint

Based on: Debian, Ubuntu
Origin: Ireland
Home Page: http://linuxmint.com/

2. Ubuntu

Based on: Debian, Ubuntu
Origin: Isle of Man
Home Page: http://www.ubuntu.com/

3. PCLinuxOS

Based on: Independent (originally forked from Mandriva)
Origin: USA
Home Page: http://www.pclinuxos.com/

4. OS4 OpenLinux

Based on: Debian, Xubuntu
Origin: USA
Home Page: http://www.os4online.com/

5. Sabayon Linux

Based on: Gentoo
Origin: Italy
Home Page: http://www.sabayon.org/

6. elementary OS

Based on: Debian, Ubuntu
Origin: Canada
Home Page: http://elementaryos.org/

7. Pinguy OS

Based on: Debian, Ubuntu
Origin: United Kingdom
Home Page: http://www.pinguyos.com/

9. Netrunner

Based on: Debian, Kubuntu
Origin: Germany
Home Page: http://www.netrunner-os.com/

9. UberStudent

Based on: Debian, Ubuntu
Origin: USA
Home Page: http://uberstudent.com/

10. MEPIS Linux

Based on: Debian
Origin: USA
Home Page: http://www.mepis.org/

A beginner is probably looking at ease of use, usefullness, and support. Support is very important in picking beginner distros. All of these have very active forums or mailing lists where you can ask questions if you get stuck.

If you have the resources try all of them and see the wide variety of choices you have, before making your decision.

Source || Image: flickr.com, mlibrarianus

2 comments:

  1. You have a great list here, I always wonder, Mint vs Ubuntu, which one is the best for novices?

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    1. it's a difficult call between those two, isn't it?
      6 months ago, I would have said Mint.... but if someone is trying to cleanse themselves from Windows Hell, I now think Ubuntu is the way to go, and choose whichever desktop seems the most appealing... Unity (which is better than the die-hard linux geeks say), Kubuntu (for people who like distractions, Xubuntu for people who like to get a job done quick, Lubuntu for people with limited resources (older machines).

      Mint is very classy looking, and maybe more than sufficient if you just want to do clerical work..... Not great for audio/video professionals (I don't recommend building a studio on Cinnamon, I tried)

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