Best Linux distros of 2023 (2023)

The best Linux distros offer stability and security in a Linux environment, but there are many different types and flavors according to different needs. Here we'll help you find the one you for you, regardless as to whether you're a beginner or advanced user.

Many of the most popular Linux distros are designed to appeal to a wide user base and can be tailored as per individual requirements, but there are a whole lot of specialized distros that are built for a particular purpose.

Migrating from Windows? There's a distro that'll ease the transition. A Windows update messed up your boot loader? There's a distro that'll help you fix it in a jiffy. Want to resurrect an old computer? Need to tie disks into a NAS? Want to run a firewall that'll shield your entire network? Are you setting up a small home office?

No matter what your requirement, the diverse open source community has a distro for you.

In this guide, we’ll look at some of the best Linux distros available in 2023. We explore the best distros for a variety of use cases, looking at ease of use, size on disk, compatibility with the best Linux apps, and lots more.

Here then are what we think are the best Linux distros in 2023.

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1. Nitrux

Best Linux distro for beginners

Reasons to buy


Easy customizations


Use of AppImages

Reasons to avoid


Documentation via blogs

If you are just taking your first steps in Linux, you should begin your journey with Nitrux. The distro leverages on some of the most stable and well-respected open source projects and builds on them to create a distro that suits the sensibilities of new Linux users.

For instance, instead of building a custom desktop environment from scratch, Nitrux relies on KDE Plasma’s famed malleability along with some redesigned components to simplify the workflow for new users. It offers a couple of layouts for the desktop to allow users to make best use of the available screen real estate.

Nitrux has even customized some administration apps to make tasks such as firewall and backup approachable for inexperienced users. It ships with a healthy dose of apps for all kinds of desktop tasks.

The distro also supports and encourages the use of AppImages, which makes it straightforward to install additional apps. In fact, Nitrux plans to switch all its graphical apps to AppImages eventually. All the AppImages are launched in a firejail sandbox, which makes Nitrux more secure out of the box than your typical desktop Linux.

The distro has an active community that you can interact with on all the popular social networks. However, the lack of a dedicated documentation section is a downer. Nitrux is available for 64-bit computers only, but can also boot on older machines with the Legacy BIOS in addition to the newer EFI machines.

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2. Zorin OS

Best Linux distro for Windows users

Reasons to buy


Layout switcher


Usable out-of-the-box


Tailored documentation

Reasons to avoid


Older computers will struggle to run anything but the Lite version.

The Zorin OS project began in 2008 with the sole intention of making Linux user-friendly. Its developers wanted to make Linux accessible to regular users and they did this by introducing familiarity in the user interface.

The distro pitches itself to first-time Linux users that are used to the ways of popular proprietary operating systems, namely Windows and macOS. It does so thanks to its custom Zorin Appearance app that tweaks Zorin’s Gnome desktop environment to make it resemble Windows in both form and function.

Zorin is available in multiple different editions. Three of these, namely Core, Lite, and Education, are offered as free downloads. Zorin is based on Ubuntu and the Core edition is the standard version that includes all the apps you’ll need in a regular desktop.

If you have an older computer, you can use the Lite edition that is designed for underpowered machines. The Education edition is, as its name suggests, designed for learning and ships with all the popular open source educational apps and utilities.

Besides these three there is a fourth version called the Ultimate edition, which is currently available for $39. It includes support as well as a few extra features, such as the option of using interfaces that mimic macOS and is chock-full of all kinds of apps and games.

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3. Pop!_OS

Best Linux distro for gaming

Reasons to buy


Hybrid graphics


Special image for Nvidia users


Keyboard navigation

Pop!_OS is developed and maintained by hardware vendor System76, and besides being shipped on its own hardware is also available as a free download. The distro has several interesting features, which make it an interesting option, especially for gamers.

The distro is based on the Ubuntu LTS release and sports its own user interface over Gnome, called Pop Shell.

While there are several other gaming distros for Linux, what makes Pop!_OS unique is that it ships with all the necessary plumbing for gamers. For instance, its developers ensure that hybrid graphics work flawlessly on the platform.

If you have a hybrid graphics card, the distro will give you the option to launch games on the GPU in the context menu. You’ll also be able to easily toggle between battery-saving and high-powered graphics.

There are a couple of editions of Pop!_OS. Besides the standard edition, there is one that is designed specifically for users with Nvidia hardware and ships with the proprietary driver for the hardware.

Pop!_OS also encrypts your installation by default and while it ships with minimal apps, you can flesh your installation using its custom intuitive app store called Pop!_Shop, which in addition to the regular desktop apps also includes the likes of Steam, Lutris, and GameHub.

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4. Kodachi

Best Linux distro for privacy and security

Reasons to buy


Can be used as a daily driver


Connects through VPN


Panic room selection of tool

Kodachi is designed for anyone who cares about their privacy and needs a secure, anti-forensic, and anonymous distro. The latest edition of the distro is based on Ubuntu and uses a customized Xfce desktop.

Kodachi equips with all kinds of security-centric and privacy-enhancing apps along with a whole lot of regular apps to enable you to use the distro as your daily driver. Its custom desktop is designed so as to not overwhelm first time users and gives you access to all the apps while still being intuitive.

To ensure privacy, the distro routes all the connections to the Internet through a VPN (opens in new tab) before passing them to the Tor network. If you have the know-how you can easily tweak its settings to connect through your own VPN service.

Similarly, to enhance your security, Kodachi uses AppArmor to isolate apps. It also includes several privacy-protection tools such as VeraCrypt, zuluCrypt, KeePassXC, as well as the Metadata Anonymization Toolkit (MAT) for removing metadata information from files.

Its anti-forensics capabilities are materialized with various tools including one that’ll wipe the RAM. The distro also includes an option to create a password that when entered will securely erase all contents of your encrypted Kodachi installation.

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5. Rescatux

Best Linux distro for repair and rescue

Reasons to buy


Custom rescapp utility


Designed for inexperienced users


Lots of documentation

Reasons to avoid


Experienced users might miss some tools

Whether you are running a Linux or a Windows machine, if you run into an error, chances are you can use Rescatux to get yourself out of the sticky situation.

With Rescatux you get all the important and useful tools to fix several issues with non-booting Linux and Windows installations. The distro uses the lightweight LXDE desktop which makes it usable even on underpowered machines.

When it boots up, the distro automatically fires up its custom helper application called Rescapp. The app is intuitive to operate and makes the process of fixing errors accessible even to inexperienced users.

Rescapp hosts several buttons that are divided into various categories, such as Boot, Grub, Filesystem and Password. You can use these to fix common repair tasks such as restoring bootloaders, repairing filesystems, fixing partition tables and resetting passwords on both Linux and Windows installs.

The buttons inside each of the categories have descriptive labels that will identify their function. When clicked they’ll bring up the relevant documentation to explain the exact steps the distro will take to rectify the issue.

If you are an advanced user, you can bypass Rescapp and launch the rescue tools directly from the command-line interface to save time. The Rescatux project also hosts lots of guides and instructional videos to help inexperienced users.

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6. Parrot OS

Best Linux distro for forensics/pen testing

Reasons to buy


Chock full of tools


Categorized menus


Encrypted persistence

Parrot OS is a wonderful penetration testing and vulnerability assessment distro that can do a lot more than some of its more popular peers like Kali Linux.

If you boot Parrot from a USB disk, you can choose to create a persistent partition to save your changes. Very thoughtfully the developers also allow you to encrypt this persistent partition for maximum security.

The distro has a large selection of tools that are neatly filed inside a categorized menu. These house the tools according to their use, such as Information Gathering, Vulnerability Analysis, Password Attacks, Digital Forensics and several more.

Interestingly, Parrot also aspires to be useful for average computer users that need a secure and privacy-focused distro like hacktivists, and journalists. The distro also has a Home edition designed for day-to-day use for anyone who cares about privacy and online anonymity.

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7. OpenMediaVault

Best Linux distro for NAS

Reasons to buy


Intuitive to administer


Useful set of plugins


Lots of documentation

Reasons to avoid


Lacks enterprise-NAS features

Open Media Vault (OMV) is a Debian-based distro that’s designed to convert an old unused computer (or even a Raspberry Pi) into a network-attached storage (NAS) solution.

The distro is easy to install and can be easily managed through its intuitive browser-based administration interface. You can use OMV to tie multiple disks into various levels of software RAID or just use them as simple storage silos that you can access over the network via all the popular network protocols such as SSH, SMB/CIFS, FTP, Rsync, etc.

Best of all, you can extend the usefulness of your OMV NAS server by installing and enabling various plugins. For instance you can turn your NAS into a torrent client to download data directly into the NAS storage or use it to stream stored music across the network.

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8. Porteus

Best Linux distro for USB

Reasons to buy


Fast bootup


Multiple desktops


Persistent sessions

Reasons to avoid


Irregular releases


Unintuitive installation process

While you can carry and use virtually all Linux distros from a USB drive, Porteus is one of the few that’s been designed specifically for this use case.

The distro is available in several different editions, each with a different desktop environment, and most weigh around 300 MB. All of these are designed for use from removable, rewritable media such as USB drives and SD cards. The distro boots up fast and enables persistent storage by default.

The Porteus boot menu offers some interesting options. For example, you can use it to copy the entire live environment to RAM, which requires more than 768 MB of system memory, boot Porteus in text mode, initialize a PXE server, or access the PLoP boot manager.

While the project hasn't been regularly updated, a major release in 2022 has ensured that Porteus remains relevant as well as perfectly usable.

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9. Manjaro

Best Arch-based Linux distro

Reasons to buy


Several editions


Customized installer


Ready to use

Reasons to avoid


A few unconventional shortcuts

Arch Linux is one of the most versatile distros that follows a rolling release model. It also has one of the most cumbersome and involved installation processes. Manjaro offers all the goodness of Arch in distro that’s easy to install and can be used straight out of the box.

The distro is available in several different official and community-supported flavours, each with different desktop environments. All versions are replete with all the regular desktop apps and also ship with several custom apps to ease various administrative tasks.

The distro is complimented by ample documentation and a very active and helpful community of users. There's also a handy tool, called Hello, that is packed full of useful hints, tips, and web links to get you started with the distro.

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10. Puppy Linux

Best lightweight Linux distro

Reasons to buy


Multiple installation mechanisms


Wide collection of apps


Binary compatibility

Puppy Linux is one of our favorite distros for resurrecting old machines and putting them back into active duty. The project is in fact a family of distros, each based on a different underlying distro. For instance, there’s one based on Ubuntu and another based on Slackware.

Despite its minuscule size, there’s no beating Puppy for out-of-the-box functionality and there’s an app for virtually every task that you can perform on a desktop.

The FossaPup edition of Puppy Linux is compatible with Ubuntu's repositories, giving you the option to add an even wider array of apps from this hige collection.

It isn’t a surprise though that Puppy skips over mainstream apps in favor of lightweight options. The most iconic are its use of Joe’s window manager and the fox-filer file manager that gives it its distinctive appearance.

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11. Arch Linux

Best Linux distro for power users

Reasons to buy


Rolling release


Wide selection of apps


Thorough documentation

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Reasons to avoid


Time consuming to install

Arch Linux is one of the most sought after distros that is designed for experienced Linux users who want to build their own customized installations.

While the average Linux distro provides a predefined set of apps, Arch lets users assemble their installation from scratch. The downside of this dexterity however is that Arch’s installation is an involved process.

Configuration files must be set by hand and everything from partitioning to installing the bootloader must be done manually. Though the process is well documented it is still cumbersome for the average desktop Linux user.

But it is Arch’s wide package repository, package management tools, and the rolling release model that have given rise to a number of projects, like Manjaro, that offer to wrap its advantages in an easy to digest package.

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12. Solus

Best Linux distro for developers

Reasons to buy


Designed for development


Multiple editions


Rolling release

Reasons to avoid


Ships with limited tools as standard

Solus is a general purpose rolling release distro that can be used for all sorts of regular desktop tasks. In fact, it pitches itself as an ideal platform for developers.

On its website, the distro advertises the fact that it supports several advanced editors and integrated development environments (IDEs) such as Atom, Idea, and Gnome Builder. Furthermore, you can also manage code in multiple version control systems such as Git, Bazaar, and others through graphical tools like GitKraken and git-cola.

The distro’s website also claims that the OS supports a number of programming languages such as Go, Rust, PHP, Node.js and Ruby. The distro doesn't come with many tools as standard; instead, it's a blank canvas for you to download and install a host of other developmental tools and libraries from its repositories.

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13. NethServer

Best Linux distro for small business

Reasons to buy


Graphical management interface


Useful features



If you don’t have the time to configure and deploy a server manually, you can use the NethServer distro to roll out lots of common network services with a single click.

For instance, using NethServer you can set up a web filter, a mail server, file server, web server, firewall, VPN, a Slack-like team chat, and several other services. The best part is that you can deploy and configure just about every aspect of your server through an intuitive browser-based interface.

While NethServer eliminates the need to manually edit configuration files, you'll still need to have some knowledge and understanding of the base technologies at work behind the helpful interface.

The CentOS-based distro offers all these features for free, which makes it an ideal choice for small businesses. However, the project also offers several tiers of professional support for larger organizations.

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14. OPNsense

Best Linux firewall distro

Reasons to buy


Based on HardenedBSD


Graphical interface


Lots of features

Thanks to its inline intrusion prevention system, OPNsense is one of the best firewall distros around. Furthermore, it doesn’t just provide a stateful firewall, but several other network services as well.

OPNsense enjoys regular weekly security updates, ensuring that any threats are mitigated in a timely fashion.

With OPNsense you can display a captive portal, shape traffic, detect and prevent intrusions, as well as set up a Virtual Private Network (VPN), and lots more. You can manage all these services from an intuitive, modern, web-based multilingual, and well-documented user interface, which is a pleasure to use.

Technically, however, OPNsense isn’t a Linux distro and is in fact powered by HardenedBSD, which is a security-oriented fork of FreeBSD.OPNsense is actually derived from the efforts of two mature open source projects, namely pfSense, and m0n0wall.

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15. Raspberry Pi

Best Linux distro for the Raspberry Pi

Reasons to buy


Officially supported


Configurator tool

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There are several distros for the Raspberry Pi, however, the best starting point has to be the Raspberry Pi OS, which is the official distro of the Raspberry Pi, and for good reason.

Earlier known as Raspbian, the Debian-based distro uses a lightweight customized LXDE-based desktop environment that uses the Openbox window manager. The custom desktop doesn’t just save resources for other crucial tasks, but also looks elegant and inviting.

One of the great things about this distro is that it ships with a variety of educational apps, including Wolfram Mathematica and a Pi-specific version of Minecraft, aptly name Minecraft Pi. Nevertheless, this is still very much a general-purpose Linux distro.

The latest iteration of the Raspberry Pi can now be used as a very capable computer and the distro developers have ensured that it performs flawlessly with popular video conferencing software such as Google Meet, Microsoft Teams, and Zoom.

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16. Ubuntu Server

Best Linux distro for servers

Reasons to buy


Long Term Support


Optional paid support


Well documented

In some aspects, the Ubuntu Server edition is just as popular as the desktop version. Ubuntu produces both LTS and non-LTS releases of the server just as with the desktop.

Ubuntu Server runs on all major architectures, including x86-64, ARM64, POWER9, IBM s390x, RISC-V, and more.

The distro is also popular for building cloud computing platforms, and the project also offers cloud images for AWS and Azure. In fact, Canonical claims that over 55% of OpenStack clouds already run on Ubuntu, and for a fee, it will set up a managed OpenStack cloud for your company.

There's a thriving Ubuntu community, so you can expect to find plenty of online support and discussion in the official forums as well as elsewhere on the world wide web.

Read our full Ubuntu review.

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17. DebianEdu/Skolelinux

Best Linux distro for education

Reasons to buy


Lots of apps


Terminal server


Based on Debian

Some of the best educational software in use today is open source and DebianEdu/Skolelinux bundles are the best of the lot.

The distro is the result of the collaboration between the two projects that lend it its name. Besides the educational tools, the distro also has the full gamut of Linux desktop apps, which allows you to use the distro as your daily driver.

One of the highlights of the distro however is that it includes a pre-configured terminal server, keeping in mind the requirements of a typical educational institution. In addition to installing the distro on your computer, you can easily deploy it over multiple computers in a lab.

The distro's simple web-based management tool gives you full control over your network and allows you to administer hundreds of individual user accounts.

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18. EasyOS

Best niche Linux distro

Reasons to buy


Usable out-of-the-box


Lots of apps



Reasons to avoid


No ISO image

EasyOS is an experimental project by the original developer of Puppy Linux. While it looks like any other Puppy variant, the distro is in fact designed from scratch to explore the use of containers on the desktop.

EasyOS uses containers to create a secure, yet easy to use and manage distro. Interestingly, it doesn’t use any of the existing container technologies like LXC and Docker, and instead uses its own home-brewed solution. This helps it isolate individual apps and can even run complete distros with minimal overhead.

Despite the name, there's nothing particularly easy about EasyOS. It's quite different from the well-known Linux desktop distros most people will be used to. That said, the best thing about the distro is that you don’t need to be familiar with its containerized approach to be able to use it.

Read our full EasyOS review.

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What is a Linux distro?

A Linux distro, or distribution to use its full name, is an operating system built around the Linux kernel. Unlike Windows or Mac OS, a Linux operating system consists of many open-source components produced and managed by different organizations.

While you could obtain and assemble all of these programs yourself, it's time-consuming and hard to get everything set up. That's where distros come in. They do all the hard work, deciding which open-source software to use and presenting it in a format that's ready for you to use with minimal configuration.

How to choose the best Linux distro for you

Distros are often developed with a specific user or use case in mind, so it's pretty easy to narrow down the best Linux distro for you. If you're new to Linux and want a new OS for your personal computer, we'd recommend picking a well-known general-purpose distro that receives regular updates.

Beyond that, the world is your oyster. You'll find distros for home entertainment servers, software development, security and privacy, and many other specific tasks. Decide what you want to achieve with Linux, and use that as a basis for your distro research.

How we test the best Linux distros

We install each Linux distro to give you an accurate review based on first-hand experience. We look at the installation process, assess ease of use, and explore the main components that have been used to compile the distro.

We check which programs, tools, and apps are included as standard and consider how well niche-specific distros solve the problems they set out to address.

From there, we look at ongoing support, frequency of updates, and expansion options where available. We delve into each developer's site to assess the distro's documentation and seek out any official online communities to see how active they are.

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Which Linux distro is most powerful? ›

1. Linux Mint. Linux Mint is a popular distribution of Linux based on Ubuntu and Debian. It is a community-driven free and open-source Linux distribution providing a huge number of packages.

Which Linux distro is fastest? ›

Lightweight & Fast Linux Distros In 2021
  1. Bodhi Linux. If you're looking for some Linux distro for an old laptop, there are good chances you'll encounter Bodhi Linux. ...
  2. Puppy Linux. Puppy Linux. ...
  3. Linux Lite. ...
  4. Ubuntu MATE. ...
  5. Lubuntu. ...
  6. Arch Linux + Lightweight Desktop environment. ...
  7. Xubuntu. ...
  8. Peppermint OS.

Which Linux distro is best for everyday use? ›

Best Linux Distros for Beginners
  1. Ubuntu. Easy to use. Unique user experience. ...
  2. Linux Mint. Familiar user interface with Windows. ...
  3. Zorin OS. Zorin OS 16. ...
  4. Elementary OS. elementary OS 6.1. ...
  5. Linux Lite. Windows-like user interface. ...
  6. Manjaro Linux. Not an Ubuntu-based distribution. ...
  7. Pop!_ OS. ...
  8. Peppermint OS. Peppermint 11.

What is the number 1 Linux distro? ›

To make your selection process easier, we have listed the top three Linux distros in these categories: Best Linux distributions for a VPS – Ubuntu Server, Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), and Rocky Linux. Most user-friendly Linux distros – Linux Mint, Elementary OS, and Zorin OS.

What is the lightest and fastest Linux distro? ›

Best Lightweight Linux distros for old laptops and desktops
  1. Tiny Core. Probably, technically, the most lightweight distro there is.
  2. Puppy Linux. Support for 32-bit systems: Yes (older versions) ...
  3. SparkyLinux. ...
  4. antiX Linux. ...
  5. Bodhi Linux. ...
  6. CrunchBang++ ...
  7. LXLE. ...
  8. Linux Lite. ...
Dec 30, 2022

Which Linux distro has the biggest community? ›

Ubuntu – a complete desktop Linux operating system, freely available with the largest community support of any Distro.

Which is the lightest and fastest OS? ›

10 Best Lightweight Linux Distros of 2020
  • Linux Lite - A lightweight distribution built to be a great first-timer distro.
  • Peppermint OS - A lightweight OS that strikes a perfect balance between local and cloud applications with ICE-apps.
  • Xubuntu - The same features as Ubuntu, with a pre-built XFCE desktop environment.
Aug 3, 2022

Which Linux is most like Windows? ›

Linux Mint

Many users also use it as a replacement for Windows because of its familiar user interface and useful features.

Which Linux has longest support? ›

Updated list of Linux distributions with Long Term Support (LTS)
DistributionVersionStandard LTS End
CentOS8Dec 31st 2021
Debian8 (Jessie)June 30th 2020
Debian9 (Stretch)June 30th 2022
Debian10 (Buster)June 2024
27 more rows

Is there a pure Linux distro? ›

PureOS is a GNU/Linux distribution based on Debian. It is a desktop distribution that can be used as live media (CD or USB) or as full-featured operating systems installed on a hard disk. PureOS uses free and open source software exclusively and is endorsed by the Free Software Foundation.

Which distro has the most packages? ›

Debian. Debian is the largest upstream Linux distribution with a bigger community and features stable, testing, and unstable branches, offering over 148 000 packages. The available number of Arch binary packages is more modest. However, when including the AUR, the quantities are comparable.

Which Linux is faster than Windows? ›

Linux has a reputation for being fast and smooth while Windows 10 is known to become slow and slow over time. Linux runs faster than Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 along with a modern desktop environment and qualities of the operating system while Windows is slow on older hardware.

Which Linux is faster than Ubuntu? ›

The Mint Software Manager is faster than Ubuntu's. Mint is also straightforward and provides more usability options, which allows a user to find things quickly. For example, a common mistake for beginners is to mess with the PPA repository while installing third-party software.

What is the easiest Linux to run? ›

  • Linux Mint. Best Linux distro for beginners. ...
  • Chrome OS. Easy to use and best Linux distros for beginners to avoid Windows headaches. ...
  • Ubuntu. Simple to use Linux distros for beginners. ...
  • Zorin OS. Best Linux distro for beginners making the jump from Windows. ...
  • MX Linux. Easy-to-learn and lightweight Linux distro for beginners.
Nov 23, 2022

Which Linux takes least space? ›

You can reuse your old computer and a USB flash drive by installing a super small Linux distribution on them. Here are nine of the smallest Linux distros that need almost no space!
Now, onto the tiny Linux distros!
  1. ArchBang. ...
  2. Tiny Core Linux. ...
  3. Absolute Linux. ...
  4. Porteus. ...
  5. Puppy Linux. ...
  6. SliTaz. ...
  7. antiX Linux. ...
  8. Bodhi Linux.

Why Arch Linux is the best? ›

Basically, Arch Linux is a simple, general-purpose, lightweight Linux operating system. And it is a free, open-source Linux distribution with good customisation capabilities. As Arch Linux is a lightweight operating system with good customisation features, it best suits small businesses.

Why doesn't Linus Torvalds use Ubuntu or Debian? ›

Because it's just preference. Same way some people prefer arch linux or fedora or mint.

Does Linus Torvalds use GNOME or KDE? ›

It's no secret that Linus Torvalds, Linux's founder, dislikes the GNOME desktop. In 2005, for example, Torvalds posted on the GNOME-usability list that “I personally just encourage people to switch to KDE.”

Which OS has most users? ›

As of November 2022, Android, an operating system using the Linux kernel, is the world's most-used operating system when judged by web use.

What is the strongest OS? ›

#1) MS-Windows

From Windows 95, all the way to the Windows 10, it has been the go-to operating software that is fueling the computing systems worldwide. It is user-friendly, and starts up & resumes operations fast. The latest versions have more built-in security to keep you and your data safe.

Which OS is most powerful? ›

Four come from commercial tech giants, while one, the Linux-based Ubuntu, is free and open-source. Windows and macOS are generally the most capable in terms of hardware, software, interface, and utilities, while Chrome OS is more lightweight and runs on inexpensive computers.

Which Linux has best GUI? ›

Best desktop environments for Linux distributions
  • KDE. KDE is one of the most popular desktop environments out there. ...
  • MATE. MATE Desktop Environment is based on GNOME 2. ...
  • GNOME. GNOME is arguably the most popular desktop environment out there. ...
  • Cinnamon. ...
  • Budgie. ...
  • LXQt. ...
  • Xfce. ...
  • Deepin.
Jan 20, 2023

What Linux can do that Windows can t? ›

10 Things You Can Do on Linux but Not on Windows
  • Test a Distro Through Live Boot. ...
  • Choose From So Many Distros and Flavors. ...
  • Use the OS for Free Forever. ...
  • Create Your Own Operating System. ...
  • Use the OS Without Needing an Antivirus. ...
  • Don't Need to Restart the PC at Each Step. ...
  • Use Lightweight Distros to Resurrect Old PCs and Laptops.
Mar 15, 2022

Why Linux is not popular than Windows? ›

Lack of Availability of Industry-Standard Software

Linux has such a small market share that these big developers don't find it worth a while to produce software for it. Besides, most Linux users are advocates of open-source apps, making them less likely to purchase a piece of software.

Which Linux is used by NASA? ›

All NAS cluster systems are running the Red Hat Enterprise Linux-based Tri-Lab Operating System Stack (TOSS).

What is the most stable Linux distro 2022? ›

If you are rearing to pick a favorite from the list of best Linux distributions of 2022, here are a few options you need to consider today.
  1. MX Linux. ...
  2. EndeavourOS. ...
  3. Linux Mint. ...
  4. Manjaro. ...
  5. Pop!_ ...
  6. Ubuntu. ...
  7. Fedora. ...
  8. Debian.
Dec 10, 2022

What Linux distro does the military use? ›

Astra Linux
Astra Linux Operating System
Working stateCurrent
Source modelOpen-source
Marketing targetRussian Armed Forces
Available inRussian, English
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What Linux distro do hackers use? ›

1. Kali Linux. It is the most widely used ethical hacking OS. It is a Debian-based Linux - based operating system developed for penetration testing and digital forensics.

What version of Linux does SpaceX use? ›

For ordinary day-in and day-out work, astronauts use HP ZBook 15s running Debian Linux, Scientific Linux, and Windows 10. The Linux systems act as remote terminals to the control multiplexer/demultiplexer, while the Windows systems are used for email, the web, and fun.

Which OS is most preferred? ›

According to, as of October 2022, Windows 10 is the most popular desktop operating system, taking the lion's share with 71.29% market share, followed by Windows 11 with 15.44%. Windows provides an intuitive and user-friendly graphical desktop that is easy to use and navigate.

Why Mint is better than Ubuntu? ›

Ubuntu vs Mint: Performance

Mint may seem a little quicker in use day-to-day, but on older hardware, it will definitely feel faster, whereas Ubuntu appears to run slower the older the machine gets. Mint gets faster still when running MATE, as does Ubuntu.

Why Linux is more powerful than Windows? ›

Linux is an open-source operating system, whereas Microsoft is a commercial operating system. Linux facilitates the users to have access to the source code of the operating system and authorizes them to make amendments as per their choices. On the other hand, Windows users don't have such privileges.

Why Mac is better than Linux? ›

macOS offers a better user experience

When comparing macOS vs Linux, macOS feels smoother, faster, and easier. It's true that not everything on Mac “just works” like Apple would have you believe. Even still, though, it's an incredibly easy OS to get used to.

Can I hack using Ubuntu? ›

Linux is open source, and the source code can be obtained by anyone. This makes it easy to spot the vulnerabilities. It is one of the best OS for hackers. Basic and networking hacking commands in Ubuntu are valuable to Linux hackers.

Why Linux Mint is the best OS? ›

Linux Mint's core difference is its user interface and ease of interactivity. Like typical Linux distributions, Linux Mint includes an integrated and pre-installed application suite and provides the ability to search, download and install additional applications through its application package manager utility.

Which Linux gives best performance? ›

11 Options Considered
Best Linux operating systems for high performance and availability serversPriceRelease Schedule
-- DebianFreeapproximately every 24 months
83 CentOS-Point (Concurrent with RHEL)
-- Arch LinuxFreeRolling
-- Manjaro Linux--
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Feb 7, 2023

Which operating system is more powerful? ›

Microsoft Windows 10

Windows powers more than 1.4 billion PCs, making it by far the most popular desktop operating system. It supports the most hardware and software of any OS. Windows has stumbled over the years, but the consensus is that Windows 10 is a success, and it's more stable and usable than its predecessors.

What OS does the CIA use? ›

The result, Security Enhanced Linux, now is used in the CIA, but has not been widely adopted in the commercial market, which he said is a reflection of the lack of demand.

What OS does the FBI use? ›

The FBI, CIA, and NSA use a variety of operating systems, including Windows, Linux, and Unix. In addition, they often make use of specialized operational software for additional security.

What OS is used in military? ›

Kylin (operating system)
Kylin Linux 4.0
DeveloperNational University of Defense Technology, Kylin Software, China Electronics Corp's
Platformsx86-64, ARM
Kernel typeMonolithic
Default user interfaceUKUI (based on Qt)
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What is the easiest Linux distro to use? ›

  • Linux Mint. Best Linux distro for beginners. ...
  • Chrome OS. Easy to use and best Linux distros for beginners to avoid Windows headaches. ...
  • Ubuntu. Simple to use Linux distros for beginners. ...
  • Zorin OS. Best Linux distro for beginners making the jump from Windows. ...
  • MX Linux. Easy-to-learn and lightweight Linux distro for beginners.
Nov 23, 2022

Why Linux Mint is so popular? ›

It's both free of cost and open source. It's community-driven. Users are encouraged to send feedback to the project so that their ideas can be used to improve Linux Mint. Based on Debian and Ubuntu, it provides about 30,000 packages and one of the best software managers.

What is the most insecure operating system? ›

The world's worst was Debian, a flavour of Linux, top of the table with 3,067 vulnerabilities over the last two decades.

What is the heaviest OS? ›

Appearancesilvery, blue cast
Standard atomic weight Ar°(Os)
190.23±0.03 190.23±0.03 (abridged)
Osmium in the periodic table
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Which OS runs the fastest? ›

Linux has a reputation for being fast and smooth while Windows 10 is known to become slow and slow over time. Linux runs faster than Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 along with a modern desktop environment and qualities of the operating system while Windows is slow on older hardware.


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