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The distributions in this section are repeatedly cited by multiple community sources as being suitable for desktop use.

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Debian GNU/Linux

★★★★½
SpecificationsDebian is a free operating system (OS) for your computer. An operating system is the set of basic programs and utilities that make your computer run. Debian uses the Linux kernel (the core of an operating system), but most of the basic OS tools come from ...

Zorin OS

★★★★½
SpecificationsZorin OS is an Ubuntu based Linux distribution that replicates the Windows graphical user interface to make it easier for Windows users to use. Zorin OS is faster than Windows, more reliable than Windows, open source and free.

Ubuntu

★★★★½

Ubuntu

SpecificationsUbuntu is a complete desktop Linux operating system, freely available with both community and professional support. The Ubuntu community, backed by Canonical, is built on the ideas enshrined in the Ubuntu Manifesto: that software should be available free ...

Arch Linux

★★★★½
SpecificationsA lightweight and flexible Linux distribution that tries to Keep It Simple.

moonOS

★★★★½
SpecificationsBeing based on Ubuntu, moonOS will basically run as well, if not better, on any decent, current hardware; by using Enlightenment instead of Gnome, your experience with moonOS should actually be much, much more snappy :) - Enjoy freedom at blazing speeds! ...
Book DescriptionmoonOS is a complete and fully functional operating system based on the LXDE, Enlightenment DR17 window managers and powered by the popular Ubuntu Linux Distribution. moonOS is perfect for any Desktop, Laptop PC or even for a Virtual Machine. moonOS's foc ...

Pardus Linux

★★★★½
SpecificationsPardus is a Linux distribution funded and developed by the Scientific & Technological Research Council of Turkey.

openSUSE

★★★★½

openSUSE

SpecificationsThe openSUSE project is a worldwide community program founded by Novell, now overseen by the SUSE division of Attachmate after its purchase of Novell in 2011. The program provides free and easy access to openSUSE. Here you can find and join a community of ...
Book DescriptionImprovements with 12.1 include the latest GNOME 3.2 desktop as well as the newest from KDE, XFCE and LXDE; your ownCloud made easy with mirall; Snapper-shots of your file system; and more.

Gentoo

★★★★½

Gentoo

SpecificationsGentoo is a free operating system based on either Linux or BSD that can be automatically optimized and customized for just about any application or need. Extreme configurability, performance and a top-notch user and developer community are all hallmarks o ...

gNewSense

★★★★½
SpecificationsgNewSense is a fully free software GNU/Linux distribution. Free software is software that respects your freedom. You can use it without restrictive licenses, make copies for your friends, school or business. To use free software is to make a political an ...

Parsix GNU/Linux

★★★★½
SpecificationsParsix GNU/Linux is a live and installation CD derived from KANOTIX and based on Debian. It is a complete GNOME centric desktop oriented distribution. Parsix GNU/Linux supports dozens of languages including English, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Persi ...

iGolaware Linux 2.0

★★★★½
SpecificationsUbuntu derived with "Out of the Box" all codecs, plugins. Extra apps including XBMC 10.0 Kdenlive 0.7.8 Nanny, Gimp, Inkscape, ClamAV, Firestarter aMSN, PlayOnLinux

Fedora

★★★★

Fedora

SpecificationsFedora is a Red Hat Linux-based operating system that provides users with access to the latest free and open source software, in a stable, secure, and easy-to-manage form. Fedora is the largest of many free software creations of the Fedora Project, a part ...

Mandriva Linux

★★★★

Mandriva Linux

SpecificationsMandriva Linux (formerly Mandrake Linux) is a Red Hat-based operating system created by the French software company Mandriva (formerly Mandrakesoft). It is the result of the technical merging of the former Mandrake Linux and Conectiva distributions. Mandr ...

Kubuntu

★★★★
SpecificationsKubuntu is a free, user-friendly operating system based on the K Desktop Environment and on the award winning Ubuntu operating system. With a biannual release cycle and at least 18 months of free security updates for each release, it is the secure, stable ...

PCLinuxOS

★★★★
SpecificationsPCLinuxOS was founded in October 2003. The flagship product, the PCLinux operating system, is a free, easy-to-use Mandriva Linux-based operating system for the home. PCLinuxOS was founded by Texstar, and is headquartered in Houston, Tx.

Xubuntu

★★★★
SpecificationsXubuntu is a community developed, Linux-based operating system that is perfect for laptops, desktops and servers. It contains all the applications you need--a web browser, document and spreadsheet editing software, instant messaging and much more. Xubuntu ...

Ark Linux

★★★★
SpecificationsArk Linux is a Linux distribution meant primarily for the desktop. Its focus is on being as easy to use as possible while remaining technically sane. It is not directly based on any other distribution, but borrows from several others where it makes sen ...

sidux

★★★★

sidux

Specificationssidux is a distribution based on debian sid branch. We have been around for 3 years, releasing 4 times a year. sidux is a rolling release, cutting edge, lean and fast. sidux comes in KDE lite, KDE full and xfce flavor, special Education Edition: seminarix ...

Ubuntu Studio

★★★★
SpecificationsUbuntu Studio is aimed at the GNU/Linux audio, video and graphic enthusiast as well as professional.

antiX

★★★★
SpecificationsIt should run on most computers, ranging from 64MB old PII 266 systems with pre-configured 128MB swap to the latest powerful boxes. 128MB RAM is recommended minimum for antiX. The installer needs minimum 1.2GB hard disk size.
Book DescriptionantiX is a fast, lightweight and easy to install linux live CD distribution based on MEPIS and Debian Testing for Intel-AMD x86 compatible systems. antiX offers users the "Magic of Mepis" in an environment suitable for old computers. So don't throw away t ...

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