Best Linux Distributions For You Laptop and Desktop Computer

Linux is one of the best OSes available for computers other than Windows and Mac OS. While Windows is the most widely used all over the world, Mac OS is limited to Apple only hardware. On the other hand, Linux supports the most diverse set of machines when it comes to compatibility. Linux supports even the old, not so powerful devices (even those with 256MB of RAM) to bleeding edge configuration PCs. It is also widely used in organizations these days. From PCs, servers, embedded systems, main-frames, supercomputer, cars, Roku devices, etc run on Linux today. Linux is free and much more flexible, thanks to its open source nature. That, in turn, means, the OS works and looks they you want it to. Linux is also much more secure, stable, powerful and relatively worry-free OS.

It’s user base spans to hundreds of thousands of people around the globe. Linux is adopted by educational institutes, home users, and businesses. It is a very stable, virus free, and simple to use but also powerful at the same time.

There are hundreds of Linux based OSes also often termed as distributions. To help you choose a suitable Linux distro for yourself, I’ve rounded up some of the best Linux distros available.

Best Linux Distributions

Ubuntu
Ubuntu

Love it or hate it but talking about Linux, Ubuntu is perhaps what most users think about. Ubuntu is arguably the most popular and widely used Linux distro today. Thanks to its robust stability, long-term support, huge userbase, and a very supportive community, it is one of the best Linux distros to get started. Ubuntu is an OS designed for everyday use in mind suitable for both, casual as well as advanced users.

It ships with GNOME as the default desktop environment which is a little different than that of Windows or Mac. Some people love it, some not so much but that is entirely a matter of personal taste. If you are worried that Linux is not so easy to use,  Ubuntu is the way to go as you need not be hard on the command line to use it.

It is designed for desktops, laptops, hybrids, and even Raspberry Pi. If you’re switching from Windows or Mac, Ubuntu is what you’ll probably want to start with.

Elementary OS

EOS

Elementary OS is a Ubuntu-based Linux distro so rest assured, it is very stable for everyday use. It provides a very friendly, polished, and simple UI. Folks migrating from Mac would notice a striking similarity in the UI. The UI is very minimalistic and polished. It features some beautiful, and simple default apps such as Noise music player, an email client, calendar, video player, etc. that follow the OS’s aesthetic appeal.

EOS is a solid option for users looking for a Linux distro for everyday use which works well, is stable, and looks amazing. It has the basic set of apps installed out of the box and you can add more according to your usage. As Elementary OS Ubuntu based, it enjoys all the benefits of it with a much more subtle, and polished UI. All of Ubuntu PPAs and external packages and repositories will work just fine with Elementary OS as well, making it a very well-supported distribution available. It is easy on your system’s resources so you can even run it on low-end PCs.

If you are looking for a Linux distro that works just out of the box and is incredibly user-friendly and looks good, Elementary OS is what you should go with.

Linux Mint

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Linux Mint is another distro that started as an Ubuntu spinoff but it is now a preferred choice over Ubuntu by many. Though based on Ubuntu, it uses either the Cinnamon or MATE desktops instead and users could choose the suitable flavour for themselves. These are more traditional desktop environments with taskbars, pop-up windows, etc. unlike that in Ubuntu.

Linux Mint is elegant and provides a superior computing experience out of the box. It offers long-term support versions as well. It has a set of quite handy system utilities (such as LibreOffice, Pidgin, GIMP, FireFox, etc.) that a casual user will need out of the box. Since Linux Mint is based on Ubuntu, all the repositories can be used and it also works just fine on older machines as well.

Debian

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Debian OS is the oldest Linux distro on this list. Not only that, it is the very base of Ubuntu, in turn, being the base of many other Ubuntu-based Linux distributions. It is perhaps the most stable and widely supported Linux distributions you can find. Since it is such widely used, it enjoys the maximum number of supported packages (more than 51000). Almost any software that exists for Linux based OS will have a .deb package as well making it so well supported.

New versions of this don’t surface as frequently as with other distributions. When they do, however, are extremely stable and thoroughly tested. It is ideal for those who just want a rock solid, stable, and advanced Linux distribution and don’t want regular updates.

Fedora

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Fedora is a Linux distribution backed by RedHat (the biggest Linux kernel contributor). It offers three different flavours, namely Workstation, Server, and Atomic. Fedora Workstation is a reliable, user-friendly, and powerful operating system for your laptop or desktop computer as your daily driver. It only includes open-source software so you’ll have to install any closed source drivers yourself. You’ll get the latest and greatest from the community as the developers also work with other open source projects. That said, you’ll have to upgrade to every second release of Fedora to stay supported on the very least.


These are not the only great Linux distributions out there but are the most popular, and widely supported ones that a user should try as their first Linux OS. You can choose any of the above distributions according to your usage and liking. All are very stable, widely supported, and very user-friendly so you don’t have to truffle around with the command line.

Creating Bootable Linux USB

There are many tools to easily create a bootable USB drive using a Linux Operating system image, You can easily grab a  particular Linux operating system’s ISO or IMG image file and using a USB tool it’s easy to make a USB that boots that Linux Operating system.

Prequiatices

  1. Linux Operating system image.
  2. A USB tool
  3. Patience (Optional)

RUFUS

This is the lightweight and ultimate lightweight tool that lets you make bootable USB from any Linux’s ISO image file. Which is only 1 or 2 MB, you do not need to install this tool on your computer. You have to download it directly from its official website and copy it to your computer and double-click it to open it. This tool is a portable tool when you open this tool, you get an option from which you can select the image file of any Linux operating system and make bootable USB according to your computer hard disk. As far as the hard disk partition is concerned, there may be two types of hard disk partitions. First, the GPT, which can be seen on the new computer hard disk, can be seen secondarily, the MBR partition is found in the old computer. You get this information by selecting the disk in the Junk Disk management in System Device Manager.

Rufus Website.

Linux Live Media Creator

This is another very popular tool that allows you to create a bootable USB by using many Linux operating system image files and boot up your Linux on your computer. Supposing wide range of Lennox operating systems it supports a wide range of Linux operating system, for example, you can create bootable USB sticks with persistence partition so all the operating systme data and sessions won’t wipe when you reboot.

10 Best Linux Distro you should install on your computer

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ZORIN OS

This windows 10 look-alike Linux OS has many die heart fans all around the world. It has the Windows 7 era-look-alike start menu with the transparent taskbar and somewhat that reminds me of Chrome OS design. Techradar stated that it can provide nice useable experience for users coming from Windows and MAC.

The start bar can be placed in bottom just like Windows or docked at bottom like we see on MAC, moreover you can toggle it to left and right side (like Ubutnu has) so it let users to choose a proofread design.

The virtual desktop like feature is also took place and it’s quite smooth to switch between apps and programs.

Apps and software: The Zorin os Ultimate edition is arguably larger in size but comes with pre-installed games and applications such as Libreoffice and Super Tux Car. The MIXXX and audacity software is for creative people who work with music and sounds. Builder is a nice environment for developers.

In entertainment department KODI and VLC are also pre-installed in the ultimate edition so you don’t have to install them separately. It is not possible to list all the bundled app here, so you must check the official website for more information.

Zorin OS has several edition, in which the lite and core edition are free, the ultimate edition bundles extra software and around 20 games to play with a cost of €19, which is considerable when you are getting a Linux distribution this much tuned up.