Top Ten Linux Distros to Use in 2020

We 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

1 Arch Linux

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.

2 Debian

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.

3 Ubuntu

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.

4 MX Linux

The most popular distro on distrowatch as of now.

5 ArchLabs

Basically Arch linux but with a powerful text-based installer to make Arch easy enough to install.

6 Q4OS

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.

7 Gentoo

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.

8 Linux Mint

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.

9 Manjaro

An Arch-derivative that I've tried before. Very overrated distro.

10 openSUSE

Not a bad distro for programmers, but Debian and it's derivatives are better.

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