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40 Responses

  1. mike says:

    I have to second BunsenLabs. Crunchbang had a great following evidenced by derivitives like ArchBang, and several attempts to revive it. Crunchbang may be old news but what it brought to the table was a daily driver that its users loved. I used it for years & while i thank the developer for creating it, he was wrong in claiming debian was a replacement. I think that even if Bunsen doesnt succeed, some OS in 2016 will pick up the slim, openbox apt-get, conky, tint2 slack left behind by #!.

  2. Fabio says:

    Very Nice list. I did not know several of these distros, and I am going to test them certainly. Thank you!

  3. Linux geeks don’t get it correctly…. What they need actually is stop developing so many types of OSs all the time, but just focus at one, and rather focus on developing great softwares such as they have photoshop in M$. linux has designing software but not as great as photoshop. Linux engineers needs to stop working on porting codes, but needs to create softwares from scratch. See how there are games on M$, but how much linux have? Linux only in server things. Though linux games are on rise but if we have focus center instead of staggered approach, such as keep creating OSs versions so on and so on for no reason and use…

    • Ravi Saive says:


      I do agree with your points, yes Linux lacks at gaming still there are no support for high graphic games..

    • Bill Ferriell says:

      I get your points, I really do. Games are getting better since the advent of Steam, but some specialized software may never get to the level of the commercial stuff. 90% of what most people are doing on their PC’s can be done as or more efficiently on Linux using GNU based software titles (ie office, email, etc). I’m no photoshop buff, but gimp is very capable. With Linux, updates are absolutely seamless, things really do just work.

      Saying that ‘they need to do xxx’ is saying you don’t understand the community. ‘They’ want something they haven’t found and are therefore building what ‘they’ want themselves — and sharing it with anyone else who wants it.

      The centered approach you speak of does already exist, in fact there are two large, main, centralized platforms.
      1) Microsoft
      2) Apple.

    • Francisco Villavicencio says:

      I entirely agree with You, Jesse. There are so many linux distros. This is a big amount of wasted effort. Linux devs unite and make the users enjoy of the best OS as possible¡¡¡, the ONLY ONE LINUX with capital letters.

      • Tom says:

        I agree with this. So many talented developers out there, both young and old, and it’s all for not. Occasionally a decent distro emerges from the ashes, but as soon as that distro gains ground and its community begins the patented RTFM eltism garbage, and as soon developers begin to tackle problems that have been plaguing distro’s for years (if not decades), it’s lights out. What the LINUX community really needs, IMO, is for (a) developers to STICK TO what they started with, fully flesh out their product, and then take said product beyond what Microsoft provides to users; and (b) developers find a way to engage EVERY SINGLE USER of its system. If a user is a developer then find a way to get that user involved in maintaining the project or add new features. If the user is a power user then get him involved in looking for bugs in everyday tasks behind the scenes. If the user is new to LINUX then get her involved in mapping out the differences between Windows and Linux counterparts. It’s about the community, folks.

        • Jesse says:

          considering that it’s a FOSS world, one distro will not appeal to everyone …..there’s no perfect distro…depending on your preference as a Linux user; what you term as “perfect”, might just be total garbage to another…hence, the variety of options in Linux….certainly, i do know it would be great if they could all unite and create the supposed “ONE LINUX” as Francisco Villavicencio mentioned, then it will be no better than then the competition as users will now be pretty limited …morover, the whole philosophy Linux is based upon will not allow that.

    • Lia says:

      i have 1257 games on steam that work perfectly. Some new too, like Ark, Xcom 2, Firewatch. Maybe u forget how linux was 10 years ago and how is now. Ah u want photoshop … what u need for? I work into graphic and i use photoshop only 1 or 2 times in a year. Mostly things i do with linux free software. Photoshop is like all adobe suite, only a tool for people that dont know how do things, so them need help. Plus i can tell you that 99% of people that use photoshop do simply things that can do with all software, but using photoshop make them feel like a PRO :) that is the difference, also for video cut and others. Difference is into people, person, individual. Softwares are only tools, the difference is in the human that use. I often heard people tell: with linux u cant do … cant do … cant do … I wish really to know what those people do with the computer. Just curious. I work into pc, graphic, programming .. im more than 30 yo. I have see computer science born and i used all possible things existed. And i can do all i want with linux (probly i do more that 80% of people that regularly work with computers as i did software admin, server admin, work into videogames dev, tester, photo editing, movie editing that for work not for hobby) so im very curious to see what really people (normal user and not) do with pc. Probly they run a space nasa station from home or something similar. I dont know. Apart that for sure linux dont need to stop, but continue so … but also those people should think before to talk.

    • Robert Old says:

      I have to agree here; to get more Linux users who are non-techies, one distro will have to be concentrated on and developed to be “THE Linux” for branding and recognition purposes. The freedom to find and fund your own distro (and base it off of someone else’s hard work and repositories) for your own particular needs is what’s holding Linux out of the mainstream.

      Developers of AAA games and large mainstream apps don’t have have the time or resources to make sure that every little niche distro out there can run their app and to keep track of when the devs of a distro abandon it and move on.

      This is why Valve went with Ubuntu (btw, I hate Unity which is why I’m writing this on my Mint box); there’s a company dedicated to providing consistency of design and support to it’s users, and that will have enough leverage to get driver support from hardware manufacturers. There are very good reasons Ubuntu is thought of first by the non-geek community when it comes to Linux.

  4. drinkNdrive says:

    Great article. If I may, I’d like to add BunsenLabs to the list, which is the community continuation of Crunchbang Linux. Debian Jessie + Openbox, I don’t need any more than that.

  5. Paul R says:

    I had hoped you might have identified PureOS – seems to me a compelling distro.

    • Jesse says:

      Thanks for your feedback. Already looked it up. I will certainly add it to the list in the nearer future.

      • Tom says:

        I would not bother with PureOS. There philosophy is to be admired, but just looking at their forum it’s quite clear that peoples’ money (what they paid for a laptop) have been held hostage for a long, long time.

  6. Ken says:

    You’ve only shown nonKDE distros. Surely the list is one-dimensional. Not even the KDE version of Korora, which is the base version!!

    • Jesse says:

      if you read the whole article, you’ll see that I clearly mentioned, “Korora is currently available in five different flavors namely: Gnome, KDE, XFCE, and Mate – they pretty much share the same base as it is with every other distro that come in multiple variants.”

  7. Ariel says:

    Nice article I liked it, mainly because I didn’t read anything about any *untu ending but rather pure new upcoming stuffs.

  8. Kyle C says:

    While it may not be ‘new’ in the same sense as the other distros here but Linux Mint is about to switch from the old Ubuntu 14 base to Ubuntu 16 next year. So one of the best linux desktops around is about to get a nice upgrade. Then there is also a rather new distro (at least new to me) by Intel called Clear Linux. On their website they describe their OS: “The goal of Clear Linux OS is to showcase the best of Intel Architecture technology, from low-level kernel features to more complex items that span across the entire operating system stack.”

    Maybe not list material but certainly honorable mentions.

    • Jesse says:

      An Ubuntu base is maintained ….. there’s really nothing new…just like many other distros based on Ubuntu, it is only a matter of time — really ,before they switch to a newer LTS version of Ubuntu….no offense but there’s really nothing new to look forward to in Linx Mint.

    • Jesse says:

      As for Clear OS, I’ll look into it

  9. Denis Otugo says:

    What about Ultimate Edition ?

    • Jesse says:

      Ultimate Edition has been around for some time now and unless it’s bringing something entirely new to the table in 2016, we can’t add it to the list. cause if I do add it, then I can as well add the 300+ remaining Linux distros thereby nullifying the whole essence of the article.

  10. Please have a look at antiX “MX” 15 if you haven’t already. MX 14 “symbiosis” running the XFCE4.10 Desktop was our first release last year and for a yearling, it had great success. We have just released MX-15 “Fusion” which is based on the current Debian Stable running the XFCE4.12 Desktop with updated packages and our own set of 13 custom built tools designed for ease of use and administration. A feature we worked hard on is providing multiple means of remastering, from either a Live-USB, or through a fully installed system, which includes regular installation, or a frugal install, with or without persistence, if the user should desire. Remastering is usually possible within the space of 20 minutes on an average machine. The remastering tools occupy 3 of the total 13 we provided, the rest are to assist the user with the most frequent tasks we discovered for configuring or repairing their systems, such as; our Package Installer, Boot Repair, Sound Card Selector, Codecs Downloader & Panel Orientation tool. On top of all this, we release monthly snapshot updates which include all the latest fixes and upgrades for our users to enjoy.
    The entire build was designed to be fast and stable, a goal we believe we have achieved.

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