Linux Distributions

Note: there are hundreds of distributions. These are just my favorites.

Pros:


-easy to use

-very good start menu searching

-great support

-most popular


Cons:

-very controversial interface, more tedious to navigate

-Doesn't support categorization of apps

-very bloated and is considered ugly to many people


interesting facts:

-project managed by Mark Shuttleworth

-There are over 2,000 linux Distros based on Ubuntu including most that are listed here (all except for SUSE).

-Ubuntu team created a lot of resources used on many other ubuntu-based operating systems such as ubiquity installer, software center, etc.


2. Zorin OS   (official website)

pros:


-Very easy to use

-supports app categorization

-looks like Windows 7

-Very super support, more friendly forum than Ubuntu

-Supports all Ubuntu applicatoins


cons:


-not a very wide variety of themes

-based on old Ubuntu cores, but can be updated


interesting facts:


-managed by Kyrill Zorin

-Only distro to have a "look changer" that completely changes the layout of the OS (so far)

3. Chalet OS  (official website)

pros:


-Very beautiful

-Very easy to use

-looks like Windows 7

-Super theme changer

-Good support although forum tends to be slower

-Supports all Ubuntu software

-Extremely customizable and very easy to customize

-transparent themes can make beauty that will turn your computer into the envy of those who see it.


Cons:


-Causes difficulty on some UEFI systems

-Very new OS


interesting facts:


-made and developed by only one man: Dejan Petrovic from Serbia

-first release of OS was last year (2015) but ever since it has exploded in popularity more than it's competitors


4. Open SUSE GNOME (official website)

pros:


-Very smart and efficient layout

-Very stable and reliable OS

-Good support

-Open Suse can have both GNOME and KDE installed at once


cons:


-very difficult to install

-GNOME interface takes a bit to get used to.


interesting facts:


Novell created openSUSE after purchasing SuSE Linux AG for US$210 million on 4 November 2003

5. Open SUSE KDE (official website)

pros:


-KDE desktop is easy to customize and you can fill your desktop with a lot of interesting widgets and desklets.


cons:


-KDE tends to be more glitchy

-KDE single click takes a bit to get used to

-KDE can be more difficult to navigate

-Same installer as SUSE GNOME which is hard to use.


interesting facts:


Novell created openSUSE after purchasing SuSE Linux AG for US$210 million on 4 November 2003

6. Linux Mint (official website)

pros:


-Easy to use

-Looks nice

-very popular

-very stable OS


cons:


-not as customizable.


interesting facts:


created on a community level, not by a single developer or by a company.