Best Linux Based OS


The Top Ten

1 Ubuntu

Rock solid stable. Don't let the comments about other Linux distributions confuse you. You can add anything they have to this. If you want, say, the Kali hacking tools, you can download them. Likewise, customize the desktop, etc. don't run this on an old throwaway computer. It deserves 32 GB RAM and a 1TB solid state drive. I run Microsoft SQL Server, MYSQL, and a dozen programming languages. This is Linux for a professional developer. Do yourself a favor and install the server version.

For a beginner, this is the absolute best. You want linux? Everything is built for this. Stable as a rock, while mint should be better, I've had more technical difficulties with it than on ubuntu.

Ubuntu is very good to use but the only thing in linux is we have to update atlest monthly once... Why becasue in software list I tried to install wine but iam unable to do that.. Then after software update I can able to install wine... So if you have net then ubuntu is best os...

I know Ubuntu does have ads and stuff, but given that it is Linux, everything can be easily removed!
Best for beginners, but not too pleasing for linux geeks!
Biggest support(Valve provides Steam support for Ubuntu)!

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2 Linux Mint

Linux Mint is better than Ubuntu, especially if you opt for the Debian-based edition of it. That's the definitive way to run Mint. Doesn't force you to use snaps, rock-solid, and easy to use and configure.

If you want a Linux for the non-techie in your life then Linux Mint is the way to go. I rebuilt her virus corrupted Windows 7 Toshiba laptop with it. It looks like her old system so that she is able to play her Facebook games, email friends, and play music from our network based hard drive just like she used to.

Way better than Ubuntu in my opinion.. I have had nothing but issues with fresh Ubuntu installs but mint is solid as a rock, and their Debian based os is awesome as well just that its based on Debian testing instead so its not as reliable

Linux Mint Cinnamon is the best operating system and it is the best replacement os for windows. Looks simple and neat good looking. Classic style operating system. Thanks to Mint team.

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3 Fedora

Fedora is best at development process which is based on Linux and also it was updated with its repository. The below my friends already given the importance of Fedora but I use to say one thing, the main thing is that it was very helpful to the freshers who even don't about the Linux. Easy to learn and easy know about the environment of the Linux based projects.

Fedora is up to date with it's repository not like Mint and a few other os out there. It seems to be very user friendly and since I installed this at our local Contact Crisis line we have had NO COMPUTER issues, which to me is a huge improvement over the other systems I had them use.

I am a C# programmer and I am using the Fedora from last 5 years, Mono development studio support may give us a great help if fedora includes this.

Fedora is the most stable os but its necessary have a knowledge of command line. This is not a os for new people in linux

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4 Zorin OS

I am going to say what I said on best operating systems

"+2 Based on Ubuntu
+3 Can change look to look like Windows (7, XP, and 2k) Mac, and other distros of Linux
+2 Includes Wine PRE-INSTALLED removing any installation
+2 Includes Java ALSO PRE-INSTALLED!
+1 Has Zorin Web Something allowing you to install ANY main Linux browser with no trouble.
-1.5 On old hardware, has a few bugs that can crash a PC

8.5 Note this is just a few basic things that are worth mentioning."

Have problem hard drive and an old computer. I couldn't get any to install except this one. It works great also.

Very fast, easy to use and easy to update. Works great on old machines

Easy, fast, great stability and just the ducks guts!

5 Debian

Remarkable quality control
Includes 25, 113 software packages
Supports more processor architecture

Rock-solid but powerful. Easily the best operating system once you learn how to use it.

Too stable, Ubuntu is based on Debian.

First of a kind. The best one.

6 Kali Linux

With 300 networking tools

Best os I ever seen

Best for hacker and network researcher.I totally loved it

So I like it

7 Red Hat Enterprise Linux

Best Linux for Enterprises. Well secured and upto date. But it may not come free of cost, one may need to pay RHEL for their support & Services to you.

I'm a student yet working under red hat
Its friendly

It is best for personal use

So friendly and free of cast

8 Bharat Operating System Solutions

Best available system in India, especially designed for Indian users.

It's beautiful and powerful!

I will try this new Os.

Superb os of India.

9 openSUSE

I don't know why this is so much lower on the list than Fedora. If I'm picking a corporation-backed distro, I'll take openSUSE over Fedora any day. My experience with openSUSE Tumbleweed was always smooth and usable, and it even comes with BTRFS out of the box.

The most stable distro that I've tried which in my opinion strikes the perfect balance between stability and new features. Perfect for workstation PCs and regular desktop use.

Used it for well over a decade. Now brilliantly intuitive and LOADS of software!

Highly stable than any other distros

10 Arch Linux

The only distro I've ever used where it felt like I was rolling up my own Linux distro. I got to install what I wanted as I went along instead of removing the programs I'll never use like I normally would with Ubuntu or any other "easy" distro.

While it's not for the typical beginner, if the beginner in mind is willing to study then this distro would be a great learning experience. Besides, it's extremely fast and minimal, just how I like it.

Once I became used to the step by step command-line install (which is as simple as following a recipe) Arch became easiest of all to install.. all the hype of how hard it was is not true. Yes, there are a few things to learn, but it is EASY.. Look at the Lifehacker article on making a killer Arch installation.. and the Linux Veda Arch install instructions.. Arch's documentation is easy and straight-forward too. And.. Arch is so o o o much faster than any other distro (and I've tried them all).

Higher please, it's a very very customizable OS. You can install whatever you want but not for beginners.

The Contenders

11 Chrome OS

Haha, yeah this is Linux based. So much potential when you set it in devmode.

Its not a linux os

Fast boot, Fast Service

12 Elementary OS

It's like having a Mac for free. Super elegant design. A joy to use. It's one of the only OS's that didn't seem like it was fighting me. Comes with all the basic apps and the Ubuntu app store so you will always have plenty of good, safe software.

Clean and fresh. I wish Microsoft will create an office for linux

Excellent OS, easy to use, beautiful design.

Most beautiful build I've ever seen

13 CentOS

I'm not so a great techie but I see that most people choose CENT OS for their web servers.

I am very familiar to Cent OS.

Its really good I love it

Free to download and use
Comes with 5-years of free security updates
Stable and reliable
Extremely well-tested

14 Manjaro

Manjaro Linux is a new linux distribution which is based on arch linux. Get ManjaroWelcome to the official Manjaro Linux Installation Media page.

I don't think it's the best one but it definitely deserves higher position (in top 5 in my opinion).

Very fast, gorgeous and clean Os.. I haven't had any issues what so ever with it. rock solid performance

Fabulous, neat classy OS. Easy to install and upgrade. You will love it.

15 Slackware Linux

Slackware is the Oldest Linux Distribution. Beating Debian by 8 months. Pat Volkerdink is the man behind Slackware. Pat has followed the Linux Standards in delivering his distribution. The best part of Slackware is you install it once then simply update the packages from there staying current without having to upgrade. Slackware is the best Distribution for a technical tretus on Linux. Great documentation on all aspects of kernel shell and applications. Slackware will require your full attention, ability to read and understand in installation and configuration. It is nor nor will it ever be a simple replacement to Windows like Ubuntu. If you learn Slackware you learn Linux.

The Linux for slackers, everything's already loaded in, installation is a breeze, only issue I've had was figuring out how to enable wifi internet, but even that ended up being easy. Doesn't have the eye candy of Ubuntu or Mint, or the documentation arch has, or the massive software repository debian has... Well, it's basic, but basic is always the right option. "Bob" approved.

Strong adherence to UNIX principles
Clean and largely bug-free
Considered highly stable

Fast, Stable, Secure, Bug-free, Very Unix-like, Original Linux

16 PCLinuxOS

Best of the best

I tried 64 s very stable up to date and easy to use

Browser plugins and media codecs
Rolling-release update mechanism
Up-to-date software
Out-of-the-box support for graphics drivers

17 Android

Laugh out loud, how did this get on rank 30?..

For cellphones it is the best OS. Android over iOS anytime.

One ot the best for Mobile devices!

Its Android!
The Most Popular Linux-Based OS Running on smartphones now!
Hasn't anybody noticed this yet?

18 Peppermint OS

If you're looking for a lightweight, easy-to-install distro for an older computer, this is a solid choice to breathe some new life into it.

I needed a "lite" distro for an eeePC that came ootb with windows 7. the version of win7 on the eeePC was atrocious! A decent programmer could write code faster than that pos OS could process it.

Peppermint met all my needs with this netbook, it's fast, easy to use, intuitive. has access to the Ubuntu app repository. As a first-time Linux user, I have found it to be very stable and reliable. I'm now dual booting my home desktop with Win8 and Peppermint but I'm going to look at other distros too. What I like about Linux thus far is that you can try different distros to find what fits you, Windows & Apple force you to fit them.

I use pepermint 6 on a older dell along with linux 17.3 both os are a lot faster and more stable than any windows os

we offer one of the solutions for people who have faced with the Windows 7 End of Life. This time, we offer Peppermint OS.


I have used several linux os's, knoppix is one of my top picks as it is both powerful and simple to use.

Yes, I agree too. And Knoppix can be install even a Simple USB flash stick.

Yes, I agree wonder why its not more popular

20 Pear OS 7

Well done to David Tavares, Deux-Sèvres for it!

21 Linux Lite
22 Netrunner
23 Bodhi Linux

In addition to the standard version of Bodhi Linux, which is for Intel-compatible processors, there was an alpha release version for tablet devices with ARM processors, based on Debian.The tablet device version of Bodhi is not officially supported anymore, because of the amount of time needed to keep it up to date. Package and image updates will rarely be made, if at all, in the future.

Nice just need to learn how to use it

24 Mageia Linux

Mageia can use all major desktop environments. As was the case with Mandrake and Mandriva Linux, KDE is the main and the most used environment. End-users can choose from KDE and GNOME 64 bit Live DVD editions, 32 bit and 64 bit Xfce live DVD editions, and any environment in the full DVD installation edition.

It uses Mageia Control Center. LXDE, LXQt, Cinnamon, MATE and Enlightenment are also available.

The best if going double, triple or quadruple os

Best OS ever
> Stable, secure operating system for desktop & server
> Free Software, coproduced by hundreds of people
> Elected governance, nonprofit organization
> You can be part of it
Simplistic design and great features!

25 Backtrack

That's great to use! That is very useful and more beautiful than kali or... ! That is easy to use! I really like it!

Capable of detecting and exploiting vulnerabilities in operating systems (typically Windows).

Very beautifull OS and it has some great programs pre-installed on they're ISO

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