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    Ubuntu is a community developed, Linux-based operating system that is perfect for laptops, desktops and servers. It contains all the applications you need - a web...

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    • It is also based off of Linux just like Arch Guest • Feb 2016 Disagree   Agree
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    Debian is a free distribution of the GNU/Linux operating system. It is distributed with access to repositories containing thousands of software packages ready for...

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    The Fedora Project is an openly-developed project designed by Red Hat , open for general participation, led by a meritocracy, following a set of project objectives. The...

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    macOS is a Unix-based operating system developed and marketed by Apple Inc., Designed to run on Macintosh computers.

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    FreeBSD is an advanced operating system for x86 compatible (including Pentium® and Athlon™), amd64 compatible (including Opteron™, Athlon™64, and EM64T), ARM...

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    openSUSE is a free and Linux-based operating system for your PC, Laptop or Server. The openSUSE distribution is a stable, easy to use and complete multi-purpose...

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    Manjaro Linux

    Manjaro is a user-friendly Linux distribution based on the independently developed Arch operating system.

    Open Source Linux

    • Manjaro is a rolling distro based on Arch, but has a MUCH more user friendly approach, especially for those newer to Linux. If you can do it on Arch, you can do it on Manjaro. Manjaro uses Arch's AUR software repository - which is massive - as well as it's own. Comes in several official flavors (XFCE and Plasma desktops) as well as some community-made versions. The online forums and support is excellent and friendly to newcomers/beginners. JohnFastmanNov 2016 Disagree   Agree
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    Gentoo Linux is a versatile, fast, highly configurable and completely free Linux and FreeBSD distribution geared towards developers and network professionals. Gentoo...

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    Remix OS

    Remix OS is an innovative Android-based operating system engineered to be equally adept on mobile and desktop devices. Given its lightweight size and system...

    Free Linux Android Android Tablet

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    CentOS is a community-supported, free and open source operating system based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux. It exists to provide a free enterprise class computing platform...

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    Raspbian is a free operating system based on Debian GNU/Linux and optimised for the Raspberry Pi hardware (the armhf processor architecture).

    Open Source Linux Raspberry Pi

Arch Linux Comments

Unleash your inner geek! 1 Helpful

Positive Comment by SirCoolCat
about Arch Linux Jun 2016

Using this Linux distribution exclusively on my PC.
Yes, It has a learning spike when it comes to installation and configuration (requiring you to check the very well documented wiki pages) but after you are all set up it's a breeze. The system is fairly stable, very modular and Pacman is the absolute best package manager. Most popular software are available from the official repositories and the missing ones can be found on the AUR or unofficial repositories.
The OS is rolling release, so you are always getting the newest software on your PC in it's original state, as intended by the developer, a few days after it's release. This also means it will also support newer hardware and perform better on it because of newest kernels and drivers.
Overall, if you don't mind dropping into a terminal once in a while this one is a great choice.


A lovely distribution. Absolutely fast, and wonderfully cus ... 2 Helpful

Comment by thelivingded
about Arch Linux Jun 2011

A lovely distribution. Absolutely fast, and wonderfully customizable. May be difficult at first, especially the installation process, but is absolutely worth it.