Linux Distros to Try

DistroWatch.com has a list of Linux distros and ranks them based on popularity. Currently, Mint is the distro of choice for many Linux users followed by Ubuntu and Debian. There are hundreds of distros available and you can’t possibly use or play around with all of them. Most of these distros are just offshoots of the more popular distros. If I were to narrow it down to just a few distros, I would go with these magnificent seven.

  • Mint – since it’s popular desktop. It’s based on Ubuntu.
  • Ubuntu – it’s my current favorite Linux server.
  • Debian – since Ubuntu and numerous others are based on Debian.
  • Fedora – it’s based on Redhat.
  • Centos – it’s basically Redhat without the support.
  • FreeBSD – Unix-like OS based BSD.
  • Slackware – it’s been around for a very long time.

Slackware 13.0

Slackware Linux Project just released version 13.0 which promises to be a major bump up from version 12.0. The biggest addition to Slackware is the support of the 64-bit version. There are many updates and enhancements to version 13.0: Xfce 4.6.1, KDE 4.2.4, HAL or Hardware Abstraction Layer which allows support for USB flash sticks, USB cameras that appear like USB storage, portable hard drives, CD and DVD media, MP3 players without sudo requirement. Slackware uses Linux kernel 2.6.29.6. Download Slackware 13.0.