10 Top Widely Used Linux Distributions of 2012

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23 Responses

  1. Rumaer says:

    Linux Mint – “It gives you a feeling as you are using Microsoft Windows.”

    Well, thanks for the warning..

  2. WretchedSoul says:

    That Debian Openbox setup looks sweet!! I Like the icons put into conky as well as the obmenu. How do you put icons in those two? G

    Great list. It is pretty standard from distrowatch but great for newbies just getting there toes wet testing things out.

  3. w says:

    Which Version of openSUSE is with “GNOME 2.32, Xfce 4.8 and LXDE 0.5 along with latest KDE Plasma Desktop 4.6” 10.1? Certainly not 12.3!

  4. PuZZleDucK says:

    “It has inbuilt firewall and virus protection”… excuse me… what virus protection are you talking about?!?

    “you can share, edit files without any hazel”… that’s it, I’m out of here. Do you realize the entire article is riddled with simple spelling errors.

  5. JasonLG says:

    Where should I start?… The Open Suse section is full of VERY outdated version info… Debian Linux is not Unix based… And the latest Arch installer comes with the 3.8.4 kernel.

    Where did you get your info, cashed Wikipedia pages?

  6. thatguruguy says:

    “We have gathered and compiled the list based on online research.”

    It would be neat to state what exact methodology you followed in this “online research.” Particularly since it appears that your “online research” consisted solely of looking at Distrowatch.com.

  7. Ishaan Gupta says:

    Cool list. Thanks.
    Maybe you can try and get top 50 as well for Personal and Business class use including top 10-20 starter linux based apps for personal-enterprise based used.

  8. hadrons123 says:

    Puppy linux ?
    You must be joking!

    • Ravi Saive says:

      No, not at all. We have gathered and compiled the list based on online research.

    • Israel says:

      Puppy Linux is a stable for many people. It is one of the most user friendly distros to use for fixing someone’s windows computer. It is also very easy to dual boot (the whole os can fit in a small folder) I for one always keep a puppy around for fixing other people’s computers and JWM!!!

    • rcsteiner says:

      I use many distros, but Puppy lives on a lot of older hardware here as well as a lot of USB sticks, and I’m sure I’m not alone.

      Keep in mind that Slacko is based on Slackware packages and many of the newer Puppies use .deb packages and have access to the entire .deb universe. Software is no longer an issue. :-)

  9. Friendly Guy says:

    The Debian-link is wrong.

  10. Tony says:

    Mandrake was NOT the only Linux distribution during the 1990s: to say it was is very insulting to Slackware, Debian, Redhat and others which existed before Mandrake. It was arguably the most user friendly distribution of the time, but not the only distribution.

    • rcsteiner says:

      Mandrake started as Red Hat _ KDE because Red Hat wouldn’t include it. That’s why I switched to Mandrake … KDE 2.2 rocked compared to many of the other X11 desktops of the day.

      Fedora is also a Red Hat spinoff.

      • madpuppy says:

        And Red Hat is a spin off of slackware. in case nobody here knew that.

        Open source..you gotta’ love it.

        • JFM says:

          That is quite simply not true. I own a CD from the very first RedHat release (Halloween) aka RedHat 0.9, I also tried Slackware. RedHat already had its own packaging system RPP (RPM came later) while Slackware used tgzs. Sofware selection was different, installation system was different. Files were not at the same places. Kernel was different. I think but I cannot tell for sure RedHat aldready used the System V init system while Slackware still uses the BSD one. RedHat already had a for that time quite good X configurator while Slackware’s was a lot less sohisticated (read you had to read more about monitors than you wanted and to test differnet settings until one worked).

          Basically the only thing they had in common was they used the linux kernel and even this was built differnetly so you can’t even say they “lifted” it from Slackware.

          That is quire different from Mandrake who started as a RedHat + Kde sold by Gael Duval on CDs he himself burbned and later, after the Mandrake company was founded nad differences began to become more substantial still shared key components and used Redhat’s installer for at lest, two or three years.

    • Tormak says:

      Ah, yeah. Yggdrasil, SLS and TAMU were some of the very first Linux distributions… but RedHat, SuSe, Debian, Slackware all predate Mandrake which was just RedHat+KDE. You really need to correct that in the article.

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