13 Most Promising New Linux Distributions to Look Forward in 2019

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Martins D. Okoi

Martins Divine Okoi is a graduate of Computer Science with a passion for Linux and the Open Source community. He works as a Graphic Designer, Web Developer, and programmer.

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56 Responses

  1. Thomas Castleman says:

    Hey. I’m the lead dev for Drauger OS. I would like to point out that Drauger OS does not aim to be more secure than any other Linux OS. On our website, the claim that Drauger OS is, “far more secure than the leading gaming desktop operating system” refereed to Windows.

    While we do make a point to have good security, and privacy, while also providing good performance, the latter is our main focus. Really, we are more of a direct competitor to Steam OS in that we want the best performance possible and want to work well with Steam, but don’t want to lock users into Steam. That’s why our beta includes Lutris and previous versions had emulators galore.

    But yeah, if you could please update that it would be great. Thanks for mentioning us!

  2. Hey. I am the lead dev of Drauger OS. I wanted to point out that Drauger OS does not aim to be more secure than other Linux distro. The, “far more secure than the leading gaming desktop operating system” on our website refers to Windows (we didn’t mention it by name in order to avoid copyright/trademark issues). While security is a major priority, we favor performance more. That being said, the “A Focus on Security” on our website is probably misleading, so the miscommunication is understandable. We simply meant that Drauger OS is far more secure than Windows and that we have a stronger focus on security than Windows, as we will not blatantly sacrifice it for performance, and will work to keep things up-to-date and secure as much as humanly possible.

    If you would mind updating the post to reflect this, we would greatly appreciate it.

    Also, thank you for mentioning us! This is the first time we have been on a post anywhere and are super happy to be chosen!

  3. moon says:

    I am glad I happened to go over this post again because I totally missed this distro. I just can’t believe I’ve never even heard of it before last week. This distro has a real shot at going all the way to the top. I honestly believe anyone who checks it out will be impressed by it, at the very least. Yes, thank you Martins. 2019 is starting with a bang!

  4. dragonmouth says:

    Many of these distros have been moved from the Waiting List to the main DW distro database long time ago. Sparky has not been on the Waiting List since 2012, NuTyX since 2018, RoboLinux since 2014. The above distros have already delivered on their promise and they certainly are not new.

    • Martins Okoi says:

      You’re right. But those distros are a lot nicer than they used to be now and readers (who may not know they exist) should know them.

      Currently, none of the other ready distros on the waiting list is promising enough to be on the list (if I haven’t missed any). I may be wrong but only time can tell.

  5. Nico78 says:

    You forgotten the latest blackbuntu. The project has been taken over and it’s nice distro

    • Martins Okoi says:

      Thanks for the notice Nico78 but who has the project been taken over by? A quick search says the project is inactive.

  6. Eddie G. says:

    I think I’ve found a perfect replacement for the DOA SemiCodeOS or Pop_OS! Its perfect for programmers and coders&gt, just the colors alone seem to help with typing / reading examining code! I can only say thank goodness it came along, because I was facing a crisis: find a new distro or keep the tried and true Fedora which I’ve been on since Fedora Core TWO! (and there’s nothing wrong with it! its been my mainstay for YEARS! but I want to “separate” my “work machine” from my “play machine”!…LoL!

    Anyone interested in coding / programming or content creation using web tools? would do well to check out Pop_OS, its the it is the standard OS installed on all System76 laptops and desktops, but don’t fret, they also still offer the distro of your choice! LoL!

  7. Michael Biller says:

    MX-Linux is quickly becoming one of my favorites. I recently began putting MakuluLinux Flash through its paces and I have to admit that this is one impressive distro. I am anxiously awaiting the release of Makulu’s flagship ‘Core’. Flash has been nothing short of amazing. One of the most bug-free distributions I have checked out. For Flash to be this good then Core should be worth the wait. Check it out.

    Deepin 15.9 is awesome. Somehow the developers just keep making it better. I am starting to wonder if the developers are moonlighting KDE guys. KDE Neon and openSUSE Argon have been a joy to use and KDE, like Deepin just keeps on bringing it. I would be remiss if I left Linux Mint out. They are also on fire and have been for awhile. Consistently awesome should be their motto. MX-Linux speaks for itself.

    I wonder what would could happen if the developers of all the distributions I mentioned got together to create a new distribution. I dare say it would be something unforgettable.

    • Martins Okoi says:

      Thanks for the contribution, Mike.

      Deepin never disappoints and although OpenSUSE recently changed ownership, I don’t see any reason for them to lose their insight.

      • michael biller says:

        I thought Modicia OS. looked interesting so I started doing some research. I discovered it was designed mainly for multimedia production/use. I am a guitarist so I decided to see what it was about and I got to say this is one awesome distro.

        I really can’t believe it is not racing up the Distrowatch ranks. Not only is it super polished and works beautifully as a digital audio recording workstation, it is darn close to being a perfect little everyday use OS. It is as bug free as I have ever seen out of the box.

        Seriously, Modicia O.S. gives Linux Mint, Deepin, MX-Linux, and all of my other favorites a run for their money. Everything about it screams professionally done and the end user experience is totally top notch and then the speed. Dammit man. Thank you for the heads up on this one. Modicia O.S. is a real gem and a total surprise.

        I am glad I happened to go over this post again because I totally missed this distro. I just can’t believe I’ve never even heard of it before last week. This distro has a real shot at going all the way to the top. I honestly believe anyone who checks it out will be impressed by it, at the very least. Yes, thank you Martins. 2019 is starting with a bang!

  8. Moltke says:

    You mentioned Robolinux. If you don’t mind that I ask, can you tell me the difference between using Robolinux’s stealth VM feature and install virtualbox and create a windows vm? I remember trying Robolinux last year – I think – since it called my attention because of that but then I think it didn’t work as I expected and If my memory doesn’t fail I think I had to install virtualbox for it to work. I thought it’d be…different and easier, but it wasn’t

    • Martins Okoi says:

      For me, it is the convenience of having everything set up with simple clicks from within my working environment.

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