Seven Linux Distros

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Linux distro comparison of Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Manjaro, Slacko Puppy, Lubuntu, Zorin OS, and Debian Jessie with the Raspberry Pi Desktop!

All distros were downloaded as an ISO image and written to USB media (for testing and/or full installation) using Etcher, which is available from:

The different distros featured in this video can be obtained from the following links. Please note that all of the below are provided in good faith, and that testing and/or installing a new…


  1. Hi everyone. So I'm a newbie to Linux coming from windows. I need opinions on what windows-like Linux distro to use on my old Asus EEE PC with an Intel Atom n270. I've tried the newest version of Should I go with Linux Mint 18.3 32 bit or Zorin OS 12.2 Lite version 32 bit? Also I have the same question again, but instead for more modern hardware and focusing more on features than performance, Linux Mint 64 bit vs Zorin OS Lite 64 bit?

  2. Great distros listed here! By the way, I'd highly recommend MX 17, it's based on Debian 9 and Antix. Comes with loads of useful packages, it's very stable and lightweight, and looks and feels so polished and elegant. No driver issues at all, it can even run smooth in an old Asus Ee PC netbook and an old computer that had constant BSODs! It's basically made me migrate from Windows, and I think you'd love it ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. When I see a review like this I'm left wondering how easily the distros allow you to connect to devices such as scanners and printers. In the Windows world, a printer won't sell if you can't install it – so it is usually "muggle proof". The likes of HP, Canon, Brother etc may not care very much about Linux so there is more work for us to do. Would you consider another video covering these issues?

  4. Good video for beginners, but the only problem I'd like to point out is that you only covered the surface of the fresh basic installation. While it can be useful for overwhelmed new linux users, it's not the real potential, as the DE can be changed and customized, the technical details of the distro, the community and all that good Linux stuff.

  5. I have one major problem when it comes to the OS debate,,,

    I have the computer to run an application or program and if it can do the job I need it to do ""WHAT GOOD IS IT"

    Now i am playing with the raspberry pi and learning it, mainly for the external control aspect . But if not for that aspect i might not.
    Now don't take offense Linux users, but me and a couple of other friends about 10 years ago tried to play with linux, several different flavors on a dozen machines ,,none fully worked. But i did get one alt OS to work and on several machines quite well.

    Such a shame it did not continue on, why, besides it's install was easy as DOS , if you wanted to download, well linux was 300- 500 meg , BEos was a 44 meg, that is with a GUI and cd burner software.
    I am not using it because the app database just was not full, plus it has gone on side.

    Now , one thing i remember that was said about linux was "you learn your computer"
    Well, I hate to say this, but I need to run my app and taking time to learn a new OS just not my bag (By the ways i hate Microsoft OS updates too)

    Now I have to say I am playing with rasperian and having fun with but have ran into a major SNAFU , and that is there is allot of projects you can do with it and that is nice but it being a computer maybe i like to use it as one,,,,,,,,
    What are the programs or aps you can run on it?
    Well if you have read the books and videos you hear about "the Pi store" which is a nice thing BUT,, no longer there and info on that is buried, sad because when you look for it you will see that even the raspberry pi org page promotes it, yet no where on top of that page says it no longer exist, so sad

    By the ways i did make a video about that

  6. I just noticed that mint behaves more like traditional windows while ubuntu reminds me a lot of osx with the hotbar on the side and the actual menu of the currently running application up in the taskbar

  7. I began with Mandriva in 2007, but switched from that to Ubuntu, shortly after the release of Ubuntu Unity I switched to Debian, but fell back to Ubuntu with Vanilla GNOME and that's been my to to Linux OS for years. I tried 17.10 with GNOME, but I much prefer Vanilla GNOME to the Unityesque version of GNOME bundled with 17.10.
    Of course Raspbian has made its way into the mix too.

  8. I would have liked to have seen Ubuntu MATE on this list. I'm glad that Ubuntu has Unityfied GNOME for those users who like Unity, but I still can't recommend "real" Ubuntu, Unity or GNOME to new users. Indeed, I've been using Linux for 20 years, and I still can't get my own head around Unity or GNOME. Kudos for doing a Linux video though.

  9. I would highly recommend anyone giving Linux Lite a try, it's basically xUbuntu on steroids. The XFCE window manager looks superb and it is very resource friendly compared to a full blown Ubuntu flavour like Mint.

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