Monday, 1 August 2016

Submit Your Top 5 Linux Distributions

Posted by Gary Newell  |  at  14:15 11 comments


Last week I wrote a list of the 5 Linux distributions I recommend for the everyday linux user.

As expected I am receiving comments asking why I didn't include this distribution or that distribution.

I am therefore opening the floor to you guys and girls.

The Challenge

Your challenge is to write a list of the 5 Linux distributions you would recommend to the everyday linux user.

What Is The Everyday Linux User

My criteria for the everyday user is somebody who isn't particularly technically skilled.

They don't know or care how to program or script and they don't particularly want to spend time messing around in the terminal or scouring the internet searching for solutions to things that should be easy to set up.

The Everyday user wants tools such as office suites, browsers, chat clients, audio programs, video players and image viewers.

The Everyday Linux User wants to be able to find and install software easily.

The Reward

Each sensible submission (ie no spam posts) will be posted on this site.

At the end of August I will place a poll and you will be able to vote on the best submission.

The top 2 submissions will receive a £10 Amazon gift card (which is between $15 and $20 dollars and changing on a daily basis due to the recent brexit vote in the UK).

The winners will be announced on the 10th September.

So not only do you get to have your say you also get a chance to win a prIze as well.

How To Submit Your Entry

Simply email with your list of the best 5 distributions for the everyday linux user.

Please state why you are submitting each item in the list.

Please also supply your name so that you can receive credit for your entry.

Thank you for reading and thank you to everyone that enters.

Remember if you don't enter you can't complain that your chosen distributions weren't considered.

Terms and conditions

You agree that your submission can be posted on this site.

Slight grammatical changes may be made. (Such as spelling mistakes).

Your data will not be used for any other purposes and will not be retained after the end of the contest.

About the Author

Gary Newell started the Everyday Linux User blog in 2010 and has written reviews on dozens of different Linux based operating systems. He has also written a number of tutorials.

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  1. Ubuntu Mate,
    Linux Mint Cinnamon,
    Elementary OS,
    Solus OS,
    Zorin OS

  2. Linux mint
    Ubuntu studio
    Linux Lite

  3. Linux Mint 18 (Cinnamon)
    Ubuntu 16.04 (Unity or Gnome)
    OpenSUSE Leap (KDE)
    Korora 24 (Gnome)
    LinuxLite 3

  4. Just a comment... not the specific list you requested. Linux Mint 17 Cinnamon is my current distro. I have installed it on a number of computers for inexperienced users. I am disappointed that they dropped codecs so now I cannot create a live USB with codecs. I also cannot install Linux with codecs for someone who does not have an internet connection. I'm waiting for someone else to pick up the ball they dropped so I can have a live USB with codecs to demonstrate Linux to non Linux users. Ubuntu, OpenSUSE, Fedora, Makulu and LXLE are some other favorites.

  5. Debian, Gnome 2
    Ubuntu, LXDE
    Red Hat, Gnome 2
    etc ...

  6. openSUSE Tumbleweed KDE
    openSUSE Leap 42.1 KDE

  7. Peppermint 7
    Linux Lite 3.0
    Mint 17.3 XFCE
    Ubuntu Studio

  8. Ubuntu

  9. Linux Mint
    Ubuntu Mate
    TRIOS (beacuse it is fighting with systemd)

  10. 1.- Manjaro (and all the spins i3, JWM, deepin, fluxbox,openbox, GNOME, KDE, thay have even Pantheon)
    2.- Fedora, DNF with DELTA upgrades is great
    3.- SUSE, now that they have a RR version even better
    4.- Antergos
    5.- Debian RR

    None Ubuntu (or derivatives) because it is a pain in the ass to upgrade, update and keep it without errors. And the LTS is only good enough for the next 6 months if compared with the other 5 I mention.

    I hope snap packages will change this "ubuntu situation" and make them able to have a semi RR scheme as they have 50% of the SOHO market.

    And I have always one Ubuntu installed, but when I upgrade it and test it again i remember why i do prefer my Manjaro with any DE.


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