Exactly which Linux Operating System is the best?

In my estimation, there is no definite response. There isn't any best linux distro that suit everybody and degree of knowledge.

From my prior experiences, the best linux distro is distribution that you are comfortable with. For instance, I'm a Red hat user since ver6.x. Since, I'm so acquainted with Red Hat-based distributions, I feel a little hard for me to switch to Debian-based distributions. Once again, this is absolutely nothing to do with learning curve is simply my personal preference

Possibly, most of the Linux experts might know the answer well for selecting proper Linux distribution for themselves. Nonetheless, if you are a novice to Open Source or Linux, I'd like to share along with you 5 strategies for selecting the most appropriate Free distribution.

5 major key techniques for selecting correct Linux Distributions are:-

  • Your Objective
  • Hardware
  • Popularity
  • Roadmap, developers' background and sponsors.
  • Official Support or Commercial support

1. Your Objective

First and foremost, think about what's the purpose of making use of Linux distro. Listed below are some examples that most of newcomer use Linux for:-

Changing property Desktop Main System?
Replacing property Server Main System?
Target Group? Implement new Linux Operating-system for kids? Seniors? Pc savvy?
Apply your Linux for web servers? File sharing? Firewall and router? Print Server?
Different Linux distributions for different requires; we have to check its performance to see if particular Linux distribution fit our requirements.

2. Hardware

Most of Open Source Operating System especially Linux Operating-system is not an ugly duck anymore. You will be amazed with powerful and stable Desktop Graphical User Interface. However, you have to know kind of hardware for use. Linux Operating System that builds for servers aren't suitable for netbook or embedded hardware.

3. Popularity

Popular Free Operating System has more assistance from community. The simplest way to check their reputation is to check up on the Page Hit Ranking at DistroWatch.com. Other than that, you'll want to execute a small study on discussion board and technical blogs.

-Any subsciber lists? How active is the mailing list?

How many online assistance forums?

-How active these forums?

- Reaction time for specialized help? Anyone attend to the questions?

Mandrake, Freebsd, Ubuntu, Red Hat, Debian, Suse, Gentoo and CentOS are some of the popular- Open Source / Linux distributions.

4. Roadmap, developers' background and sponsors list

If your Linux distro is used for enterprise system, I would help you to confirm their roadmap, developers or organization background. We definitely need to look for an issue that is built on solid background and have a clear roadmap. Funders also play critical role on the product development and R&D.

5. Official Support or Commercial support

If your Operating System is designed long-term support or commercial use, please choose Official Support or Commercial support. Please keep in mind, the keyword 'Free' means 'freedom' but not 'free in cost'.

I hope all 5 strategies will help you to decide on your 'best' Linux Distribution and welcome to Open Source world!

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