If you are new to the Linux scene, then you might be wondering about the best Linux distribution for you, especially if you came from the OS giant Microsoft Windows. If you came from Windows, chances are you’ll likely to get confused about using the operating system. But before we delve into that, let me explain some of the terms that we’ll be using.
Linux is just the name of the kernel – that is, the center bit of software that connects communication between applications and the hardware. Linux distros or distributions are what we ordinarily depict as operating systems – including the kernel, a desktop domain, utilities, and a default set of programs. So as such, Linux isn’t one single operating system – it’s a kernel used to power a wide range of operating systems. Installing (most) Linux distributions are free, and keep you secure. You’ll continue to receive security updates, and there are only a few viruses out there that can actually harm it because of multiple levels of security.
Now, let’s get to some of the best Linux distros for newbies.
If you want to begin using Linux but still loves the Windows look, this is the distro for you. This distribution has some expertise in making its desktop look much like Windows as could reasonably be expected. You can even pick between a Windows 7 look and a Windows XP look. The main differences between these two layouts are the start menu layout and taskbar pinning. It uses Ubuntu as its base and it will get the same updates just like other Ubuntu systems.
This is another popular Linux distribution, which is closely related in the Windows operating system if looks were to be discussed. It’s also based off from Ubuntu, with the goal of removing minor bugs from the main source. Linux Mint is accessible with four separate desktops – Cinnamon, MATE, KDE, and Xfce. The MATE or KDE desktops are most likely more agreeable for Windows users. Like Zorin, you’ll get access to Ubuntu’s security updates and software choice – but you’ll also get a couple of Linux Mint-particular goodies, for example, a unique package manager.
This is another great OS for newbies and it looks quite like Mac. In addition to that, the clean and beautiful user interface is a great way to start delving into Linux. It’s elegant and beautiful as well as stable and supported.
This is often considered as the most popular free operating system in the face of the planet. This is one of the most supported Linux distro out there and there’s a lot of software available for it. Though it has a different UI, its Unity interface is elegant and beautiful.