8 Linux Distributions Compared

Here’s an interesting article comparing 8 Linux distributions. The distros reviewed were Fedora, Mandriva, OpenSuse, Knoppix, Ubuntu, PuppyLinux, Backtrack and ArchLinux. Surprisingly, Fedora got the highest grade of 28/30, while Knoppix posted the lowest grade of 23/30. The specialty distros: PuppyLinux, Backtrack and ArchLinux were not given grades.

It certainly is a good idea to try other distributions. It gives you an idea of their look and feel, and how they work and behave. You will also get to know their quirks. I personally like Ubuntu. Mandriva used to be my favorite. I have Fedora now on my laptop. I haven’t tried OpenSuse in years. The last 3 specialty distros, I’m not too excited about.

So, here’s my advice. Go with a distro that floats your boat. One thing I’m glad of is that, there are many, many choices for Linux users. And that’s a good thing.

Knoppix CD

If you were to try out Linux other than Ubuntu and Fedora, the two leading Linux distributions in my humble opinion, then you should try out Knoppix Live CD. It contains automatic hardware detection, support for many graphics cards, sound cards, SCSI and USB devices and other peripherals. In addition, it can be used as a desktop, an educational CD or a rescue system. If you are new to Linux the Knoppix Live CD. It’s a good way to dabble with Linux without installing over your existing operating system. The latest Knoppix Live CD was released on February 08, 2009 with version 6.0.