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  • Linux Mint icon

    Linux Mint

    Linux Mint is one of the most popular desktop Linux distributions and used by millions of people. The purpose of Linux Mint is to produce a modern, elegant and...

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    • Linux mint support default closed software eg. flash player Guest • Dec 2016 • 2 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Easy to use, nice look and feel, do great out of box except some non-free drivers and multimedia codecs... yugalsalujaJul 2017 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • faster, more responsive and less heavy on resources Guest • Dec 2016 • 2 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • I started at GNU/Linux world by Ubuntu, but I suffered too much to do simple things. Then I gave a try to Mint and my life is so much easier! marriemullerApr 2017 • 2 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Linux mint is literally based off the Ubuntu OS. The only significant different is its skin gives it a more windows-y feel Guest • Jun 2016 • 3 agrees and 4 disagrees Disagree   Agree
  • Debian icon

    Debian

    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...

    Free Open Source Linux BSD Self-Hosted

    • Debian is not easier as Ubuntu. Linux Mint or openSUSE are better choices than Debian, to replace Ubuntu. Guest • Dec 2016 • 6 agrees and 6 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Ubuntu and it's derivatives (Mint, Kubuntu, KDE Neon, ElementaryOS, Xubuntu, Lubuntu) are all based on Debian. All are compatible with .deb software packages. All are easier than Ubuntu to setup. But Debian has a greater loyalty to the ideals of free and open source software. JohnFastmanJan 2017 • 2 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It doesn't let you install proprietary drivers and doesn't have a GUI to manage these drivers like Ubuntu or Mint has, due to its philosophy. That's a thing people forget to mention when saying Debian is the option for Ubuntu or even Mint, so it isn't. Guest • 3 days ago Disagree   Agree
    • Debian is actually mostly like Ubuntu. In fact, Ubuntu is based off Debian. I think other distros like Fedora are literal alternatives to it. SriramaKumarMay 2017 • 0 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
  • Arch Linux icon

    Arch Linux

    Arch Linux is an independently developed, i686- and x86_64-optimised Linux distribution targeted at competent Linux users. It uses pacman, its home-grown package...

    Free Open Source Linux

    • Arch is not a distro for Linux beginners: you really have to know what you're doing to set it up and keep it ticking over. Ubuntu is beginner friendly. However, check out Manjaro - that's Arch-based but done in a user friendly way that's maybe even friendlier than Ubuntu. JohnFastmanJan 2017 • 6 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It is simple and light, and doesn't have any of the problems that Ubuntu has, and that all *buntus have as well. Also it uses pacman. Guest • Jun 2017 • 0 agrees and 3 disagrees Disagree   Agree
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    elementary OS

    elementary OS is a free, fast and aesthetically pleasing operating system based on Ubuntu .

    Free Open Source Linux

    • Elementary and Ubuntu are Debian-based Linux distros. Elementary OS is based on Ubuntu. Different UIs (Elementary uses Pantheon, Ubuntu uses Unity). If it work on Ubuntu, it will work on Elementary. But Elementary are a team of designers and lag behind in terms of security. It's also oversimplistic for anyone but complete beginners in Linux. JohnFastmanJan 2017 • 2 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Delivers a beautiful graphical interface. Offers basic apps to play your music, videos and view pictures, designed around 'Less is more'. However, it is still based on Ubuntu, and so it can do the same things. Need advanced functionality? whip out the terminal and install any package supported by Ubuntu. Guest • Mar 2017 • 1 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
  • Xubuntu icon

    Xubuntu

    Xubuntu is an elegant and easy-to-use operating system. Xubuntu comes with Xfce, which is a stable, light and configurable desktop environment.

    Free Open Source Linux Self-Hosted Debian

    • Xubuntu is Ubuntu in almost every way. The difference is that instead of Ubuntu's Unity desktop, you get the XFCE desktop, which - in my opinion - is much better. But it's certainly faster on older/slower computers. JohnFastmanDec 2016 • 2 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
  • Lubuntu icon

    Lubuntu

    Lubuntu is a faster, more lightweight and energy saving variant of Ubuntu using LXDE, the lightweight X11 Desktop Environment.

    Free Open Source Linux

    • Lubuntu is Ubuntu, but instead of Canonical's Unity desktop environment it comes with LXDE, which is simpler and ligher on resources and therefore more suitable for older/slower computers. That's it. JohnFastmanJan 2017 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
  • Kubuntu icon

    Kubuntu

    Linux operating system distribution derived from Ubuntu but with KDE environment.

    Free Open Source Linux

    • Kubuntu is simply Ubuntu with the KDE Plasma desktop environment instead of Unity. KDE Plasma is a very well thought-through, modern and highly configurable desktop environment that beats Windows 10 and OSX hands down. Note: KDE Plasma (and hence Kubuntu) might not run smoothly on quite old/slow computers. JohnFastmanDec 2016 • 2 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • All Ubuntu-like, with the AWESOME K Desktop Enviroment Guest • May 2016 Disagree   Agree
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    CentOS

    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...

    Free Open Source Linux

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    Gentoo

    Gentoo Linux is a versatile, fast, highly configurable and completely free Linux and FreeBSD distribution geared towards developers and network professionals. Gentoo...

    Free Open Source Linux BSD FreeBSD

  • Red Hat icon

    Red Hat

    Red Hat is the leader in development, deployment, and management of Linux and open source solutions for Internet infrastructure - ranging from embedded devices to secure...

    Commercial Linux

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