The Big Seven Linux Distributions

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A brief discussion about the main Linux distributions that almost all other distros are based upon. I call these seven distros “the big seven.” I also talk about the intended audience of these distros. In particular, I talk about the ones that are most appropriate for the new Linux user.



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  1. I agree with you 100%.

    However, my grandmother and similar such users would be perfectly content with a well built "Chromebase" All-in-One setup, or a well built Chromebook. Meaning, not those el cheapo plastic HP Chromebooks, but the far more expensive Samsung ones.

    My wife and teenage kid will never use Linux, but they love their $ 320 ACER Chromebook 15. I am just glad that I broke them from Microsoft.

  2. The first three distros that Linus Torvalds released his Kernel to were Red Hat, Debian, and Slackware. Ark Linux Gentoo, Puppy, and CRUX came along later, Suse was the very first Linux spin which was based on Slackware. Ubuntu came along about a year later after Mepis had based there distro on Debian.

  3. How is Fedora less suited for beginner than Ubuntu? At least, I would put it above Debian, since in both you will get only free software by default, but in Fedora you are getting at least non-free drivers (wifi, etc.).

  4. I am planning to switch from Windows to Linux and this video was really helpful. For my first linux distro I am thinking about Pepermint or Linux lite. If anyone have any other suggestion please tell me.

  5. Nice video!! I use Debian LXDE and Linux Mint on my main computer. Right now I am using the excellent archmerge distro on an external drive and of course the totally independent distro xenialpup from my flash drive 😀.

  6. I’m actually in the process of trying out as many of the big distros as I can to replace Mint on my ThinkPad x220, so this was perfect timing for the video!

    Any suggestions for a good daily driver Distrowatch for a somewhat proficient user? I’m looking for something halfway between Arch’s rolling release & Debian’s stability. Fedora perhaps?

  7. nowadays it is so hard to recommend Linux there is a lot of new distros. the best thing is to stick with Linux Mint. it has Linux in the name this won't confuse other people. I think Fedora is Linux for Linux User. Solus good but still not ready yet for the main stream it still lacks hardware compatibility.

  8. Hello DT! If you want to cover all distros here are the six families:
    Arch, Debian (Ubuntu is Debian based), Gentoo, Independent (Solus, LFS, NutyX and similar), RPM (Fedora, OpenSUSE and similar)and Slackware.
    More than the notion of newbie, intermediate or advanced the kind of mind you have will play a major role in your choice. Here is a good video about it:
    Best regards,

  9. In my list : All of these are main and independent distros
    1. Slackware
    2. Gentoo
    3. Fedora o/h RHEL
    4. Arch
    5. OpenSUSE o/h SUSE
    6. Debian
    7. Mandriva now Open Mandriva
    8. Solus
    9. Void
    10. Puppy or SliTaz
    * LFS is the masterrace

    Popular w/ GUI+DE(default)

    1. Mehnt Customized Gnome aka CinnamonDE (Based on Unbuntu+Debian)
    2. Unbuntu Customized Gnome (Based on Debian)
    3. Solus Customized Gnome aka BudgieDE but soon will be on Qt (Independent)
    4. Manharo KDE (Based on Arch)
    5. Pep LXDE+XFCE4panel (Based on Unbuntu+Lubuntu)
    6. Deepin customized Gnome aka DeepinDE (Based on Debian, before it was based on Unbuntu)
    7. Elementary my dear Watson, customized Gnome+Vala aka PantheonDE (Based on Unbuntu)
    ** Unbuntu MATE/m8 Customized Gnome aka MATE DE (Based on Unbuntu)
    * Meh too much YAUD(Yet Another Unbuntu Distro)

    PS : Fedora is pretty stable from 24 to till now but I don't recommended it to newbies but good for average/advanced user. Fedora Rawhide is same as vanilla Arch.

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