Choosing a Linux distro
George Marr Aug 17 Updated on Aug 19, 2018
Recently I decided that I wanted to switch from Windows 10 to a Linux distro as my primary operating system. Mainly because I've always found that the dev environments are a lot better on Linux (personally) and that I have a lot more freedom to mess around with the OS.
But the hardest decision was which do I chose? Linux is an
Open source, meaning anyone is free to commit code and obviously create their own operating system. Personally I went with Linux Mint (Cinnamon) for my new OS. But I still had other options in mind.
I made a table to showcase what I took into consideration, hopefully it may help you if you switch to Linux.
|OS||Environment||Purpose||Based on||Expertise required|
|Mint||Cinnamon, MATE, XFCE, KDE||General||Ubuntu, Debian||Low|
|Debian||GNOME, KDE, XFCE. LXDE (many more)||Community based, server, general use, other distros||N/A||Medium|
|Ubuntu||Unity||General||GNOME (Recent return) (Parts in Debian)||Low|
|Manjaro||Cinnamon, Enlightenment, XFCE, GNOME (+ others)||General||Arch||Medium|
|Arch||Cinnamon, GNOME, KDE||General use, server||N/A||High (pain to install)|
|Fedora||GNOME, KDE||General, testing sandbox||Red Hat||Medium|
|CentOS||GNOME, KDE||General, server||N/A||High|
I looked into quite a lot of Linux Distros before coming to my conclusion, these are the key factors I took into consideration before selecting. Before selecting I suggest you have a look at This website it allows choosing a distro based on your preferences and usage a lot easier.
In addition if you're dual booting it can be a pain in the ass to switch your OS every time in the BIOS. A friend of mine has shown me the rEFInd project it presents a customizable interface on boot to allow you to select your chosen OS.