From the very beginning, Linux has been always associated with the coders and geeks. Well, the control and power that it provides cant be handled by all. And it can be a little more than overwhelming for a non-technical user.
But the pretty Penguin got something for everyone in its Magical pockets.
Cause the Pengu knows the difference between Equality and Equity. Hence he has all sorts of gifts for all sort of users, from the pretty Gold-fishes to the Big sharks
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In this article, we will cover the Distros for users from all walks of life. It doesn’t matter if you are just opting for the Linux or you are a seasoned professional. We will have some great suggestions for all of you.
We have divided these distros into five classes with First for the extreme Beginners and Fifth for the Seasoned Pros.
Class – I
This class consists of the Linux distros which are very beginner-friendly with a great Graphical User Interface and huge community support. Just in case things went south.
Ubuntu has been tagged as Linux for human beings. Now, this is because Ubuntu has put in a lot of effort on universal usability. Ubuntu does not require you to be technically sound for you to use it. With a great user-friendly UI and super support community, Ubuntu sure is the best for the newcomers.
The Ubuntu comes preinstalled with tons of applications for day to day usages. It also comes with a hardware detector which automatically detects all the hardware and download and configures drivers automatically. Hence saving the user from the hassle of searching the drivers for their components. It’s best for people who don’t want to get their hands dirty.
For the users who love their default windows look but want an OS which is more secure, virus-free and doesn’t automatically reboots the system for updates. Then the Linux with Minty Freshness is for you guys.
Same as the Ubuntu, the Linux Mint also comes with a lot of preinstalled applications to work with and have a great UI.
Class – II
The distros in this class are for the users who are a little used to the Linux Environment and know their basic way around the system.
Deepin is a Linux distribution devoted to providing a beautiful, easy to use, safe and reliable system for global users.
Deepin is an open-source GNU/Linux operating system, based on Linux kernel and mainly on desktop applications, supporting laptops, desktops, and all-in-ones. It preinstalls Deepin Desktop Environment (DDE) and nearly 30 deepin native applications, as well as several applications from the open-source community to meet users’ daily learning and work needs. In addition, about a thousand applications are offered in Deepin Store to meet users’ various requirements.
The Deepin is eye candy, and in the hands of a professional users, it can be much better. The only disadvantage being its resource hunger. As it comes with a ton of graphical enhancement hence it also requires some decent hardware.
Fedora is a polished, easy to use operating system for laptop and desktop computers, with a complete set of tools for developers and makers of all kinds.
The best thing about Fedora is it tends to receive the bleeding edge updates on a regular basis. Hence keeping your system updated all the time. But there is a curse hidden in this boon. Due to such fast update releases, the developer gets very little time to test the updates and some updates might result in the system failure.
And the only ways to counter the breaking of the system are either to wait for fo new updates or work your way around by wessing with the files.
Class – III
Distros in this class are mostly for system or network admins. Who needs a very reliable and stable system.
Debian is the actual PROJECT, unlike all the other distros which are maintained by the companies. The Debian is maintained by its users. What it means is that there are neither any commercial obligations or considerations to any company or commercial establishment which in any way tries to influence the development of the project or have a say in the functioning of the project.
Debian is as stable as the Operating Systems get. Debian is one of the oldest operating systems based on the Linux kernel. With access to online repositories that contain over 51,000 packages, it’s the first choice of most of the system admins.
Parrot is a GNU/Linux distribution based on Debian Testing and designed with Security, Development, and Privacy in mind.
It includes a full portable laboratory for security and digital forensics experts, but it also includes all you need to develop your own software or protect your privacy while surfing the net.
The Parrot OS comes preinstalled with a lot of tools for the network administrators and security aficionados.
Being Debian based it is pretty stable and hence great for the enterprise environment.
Class – IV
These distros are for people who aren’t afraid of losing their sleep for altering their OS.
The distro is at the pinnacle for digital forensics and penetration testing. The distro which every wannabe Hacker nerd talk about.
The distro which comes with so many preinstalled tools that it takes a lifetime to learn them all.
Overall Kali Linux is a dream come true for hackers and security peoples. It comes with a neat layout with tools divided according to the categories.
Its an OS designed primarily for the Penetration Testing and Offensive Security.
Manjaro is a professionally made Linux based operating system that is a suitable replacement for Windows or macOS.
Its like a gateway OS for the nerds before indulging into the nerdiness of the ARCH Linux.
Manjaro is based on Arch hence we can expect regular bleeding edge updates with a beautiful UI. It features a rolling release update model and uses arch’s default Pacman as its package manager.
Manjaro’s key features include intuitive installation process, automatic hardware detection, stable rolling-release model, ability to install multiple kernels, special Bash scripts for managing graphics drivers and extensive desktop configurability.
Class – V
The distros in this class are for people who have no social life whatsoever. Those who stand at the top of the Nerd mountain.
Arch Linux is the anothe name for complete control over the system and the distro from choosing what kernel to install to the desktop environment the arch gives us all the choices.
Simplicity, modernity, pragmatism, user centrality and versatility are the basic principles that make the ARCH what it is. And what it is?
Arch Linux is an independently developed, x86_64-optimised Linux distribution targeted at competent Linux users. It uses ‘Pacman’, its home-grown package manager, to provide updates to the latest software applications with full dependency tracking. In addition, the Arch Build System (ABS) provides a way to easily build new packages, modify the configuration of stock packages, and share these packages with other users via the Arch Linux user repository.
Arch is the ultimate distro for choice, so as you can expect, choosing how Arch Linux looks is really left up to you. Quite literally, as the installation ISO doesn’t come with a desktop environment at all.
Everything about the appearance can be customized by choosing different desktop environments. You can then change these to suit your own tastes.
Arch doesn’t come with “unnecessary” software to slow your machine down. It has very few minimum system requirements – just 512MB RAM and an x64 CPU.
Qubes OS is a security-focused desktop operating system that aims to provide security through isolation. Virtualization is performed by Xen, and user environments can be based on Fedora, Debian, Whonix, and Microsoft Windows, among other operating systems.
The Qubes OS is the best when it comes to online security.
What it does is it implements a Security by Isolation approach.
It’s like running multiple Virtual Machines inside a base system and each machine is for a different tasks.
In order to secure a desktop, a Qubes user should take care of isolating various environments, so that if one of the components gets compromised, the malicious software would get access to only the data inside that environment.
Endorsed by some of the greatest names in the field of Online privacy such as Edward Snowden, Daniel J. Bernstein and many more. It’s one OS every person who wants to stay off the grid uses.
These were some of the best Linux Distributions worth looking forward to.