Top Ten Linux Distros to Use in 2020We are a little over a month away from the new year (and decade) and it's time for another list. Windows 7 is ending support at the beginning of next year, so if you're still using it, I suggest you install a Linux distro on your old PC/Laptop rather than buy a new laptop. Linux is free and open source. Say goodbye to Microsoft.
The Top Ten
Build your own linux distro from scratch, if you can even figure out how to install it. There is an excellent wiki (The ArchWiki) to help you, and if you can figure things out, not only will you get a bloat-free OS with a desktop environment of your choice, but ther Arch user repositories (AUR) will allow you to download any package.
A very stable and secure distro, and one of the oldest still maintained. It's a good choice for servers, but not so much for desktop usage. There is an unstable variant that lets you use newer software.
I've used Ubuntu MATE on my main laptop for a while now and haven't had any major problems. There is a reason Ubuntu is the most popular distro for new users.
The most popular distro on distrowatch as of now.
Basically Arch linux but with a powerful text-based installer to make Arch easy enough to install.
If you're computer is really old, then Q4OS is a good choice. It's lightweight, supports 32-bit, and looks almost exactly like Windows XP.
Very powerful distro, but absolutely not for beginners due to a very difficult install process.
Arch on steroids. I've tried installing this one before. It did not go well.
A decent alternative to Ubuntu for users who prefer the Windows GUI. The distro was hacked and infected with malware back in 2016, so I have it ranked lower.
An Arch-derivative that I've tried before. Very overrated distro.
Not a bad distro for programmers, but Debian and it's derivatives are better.