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Top 5 Best Linux Distros for Beginners

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If you’re a beginner and haven’t found the right Linux distro are top 5 best Linux distros that you should try.

1. Ubuntu


Ubuntu is one of the most well known distros in the Linux world. Based on the Debian architecture, Ubuntu is a highly customize-able and lightweight distros. It is well known for its security, accessibility for novices and many software features.

There is a new release of Ubuntu every six months, and each one comes with a 5 year guarantee of general maintenance updates and security, which allows you to take it with you and not have the hassle of doing a full upgrade every few months.
With variations of Ubuntu that have different environments, such as Lubuntu, lightweight Ubuntu flavors are the go-to distro for slower computers and put
a far less strain on machines than other Linux distros.

2. OpenSUSE


OpenSUSE is the open-source, free edition of SUSE, and is pretty much a derivative and successor of SUSE. SUSE was acquired by Novell in 2003 and during that time OpenSUSE was born. As with most other Linux distros, OpenSUSE come with a standard graphical user interface, and also a command line interface option.

With it’s current rolling release distribution tumbleweed updated and fully functioning, OpenSUSE includes and supports thousands of software packages that you can use and choose from. While using OpenSUSE, users can choose from many different desktop environments, inluding Gnome, KDE, Cinnamon, MATE, and Xfce. OpenSUSE comes flexible and customize-able for those who are experienced enough to try it.

3. Manjaro


Manjaro is based off of Arch Linux, and brings in what Arch Linux can’t. While Arch Linux was aimed towards experienced and technically-minded people, Manjaro helps brings a user-friendly and accessible system to the table. Coming with Arch Linux’s exceptionally fast, powerful, and lightweight distro, Manjaro brings in pre-installed desktop environments, graphical applications, and codecs to help play multimedia files.

If you are the more adventurous and experienced type, you can also grab a completely versitile and configurable flavor of Manjaro, building it to what-ever you want. This minimalistic version of Manjaro comes stripped of any pre-installed software, and provides a base installation that allows you to build your own system right from the command line.

4. ElementaryOS


Many Linux distros come with a windows feel to them. But ElementaryOS is not like that. They come with a feel and look of that which you would find from macOS. Being based off of Ubuntu, ElementaryOS is stripped of the many default applicatinos, giving users a lightweight and fast experience.

Known to some as the most beautiful Linux distro out there, ElementaryOS comes with a performance and experience like none other. It is deeply integrated with powerful applications, such as Plank, Scratch, and Epiphany, and comes with GNOME-based Pantheon desktop enviroment. This distro comes highly recommended for beginning and experienced users who want to carry out daily computing tasks.

5. Linux Mint


Coming with a lot of software that you’ll want when switching from a Mac or Windows, Linux Mint is an excellent distro for new Linux users. Based off off several flavors of Debian and Ubuntu, Linux Mint provides full out-of-the-box support for multimedia formats, so that you can directly play videos, MP3 music files, and DVDs.

Mint comes with four main starter flavors, each one using a different desktop environment. Though Cinnamon is the most popular desktop environment of Linux Mint, MATE and Xfce are well known to be more basic and user-friendly. With the newer version of Linux Mint, the Software Manager also comes with newer apps, such as Whatsapp, Spotify, and Skype.