Linux operating systems are attractive options in times of financial limits in cutbacks. Linux operating systems aren’t just an inferior “free” option, though. Many of them are also streamlined, easy to use and powerful. One of the elements that make many people feel intimidated about using Linux is that there are so many distributions (called Flavors) to choose from. These flavors are all the products of different creative teams and philosophies, but it doesn’t have to be hard to choose. Here is a list of some of the best Linux flavors available and how to determine whether each flavor is right for you.
Slackware is one of the oldest flavors of Linux, though it was once the most popular there was. Unlike some flavors, Slackware can be technically complicated, but it does have advantages. Slackware is an incredibly stable system, and considered the least buggy out of all of them. The downside of this stability is that the flavor is difficult to build on, and doesn’t have many applications. Slackware is popular OS for servers
Debian is an old flavor of Linux, dating back to the early nineties. However, it has come a long way. It is considered very stable and has a massive library of working software available. It comes in four stages from the experimental release to the final release, so those willing can take advantage of the cutting edge. For those who don’t like using under-construction software, the releases can be slow, meaning the final releases are usually outdated soon after release.
Fedora is a Linux flavor that has the advantage of being supported by a profitable company, while still respecting the free software community. Fedora is considered one of the more up-to-date flavors and has the most modern features and applications. Fedora is considered somewhat difficult to use for those who aren’t used to it.
Ubuntu is one of the newest flavors available for Linux, but is already immensely popular. It is also very easy to use and popular with users who are new to Linux. It also has a huge library of user-created documentation for those having trouble. It has a 6 month schedule of releases, which ensures that it has every feature that the modern and tech-savvy user is looking for. For some people, however, the rapidity of the updates and changes can be too much to remember.
These are the 5 most widely used Linux flavors, depending up the taste and user experience Linux users rate them over one another, however if you are just starting out with Linux my personal suggestion would be to go with Ubuntu as it is most user friendly and one can try it with with minimum effort as in windows.
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