If you ask 20 people who use Linux, “what is the best version of Linux?” you will probably get 20 different answers. If you’re lucky.
There is actually a website dedicated to tracking every distribution of Linux called, DistroWatch.
Choosing a version of Linux can be daunting, but it ultimately comes down to what are you looking for in an operating system.
I wanted a version of Linux that had the following specifications:
- Well documented. When everything goes south, I can’t call somebody, so give me a wikipage I can read.
- Well supported by a community of users. Many distros are “here today, and gone tomorrow”. That means I need to learn the ins and outs of a new system every few years? No thank you, I am busy enough.
- Works well, easy to use, doesn’t require a lot of maintenance.
- Regularly updated. I was looking at one variant of Linux, that looks GORGEOUS, but it hasn’t been updated in over a year.
- Offers a variety of developer tools. This is a minor consideration, as most Linux distros can use all the same tools.
So which Linux ticked all my boxes? Fedora.
Currently at version 27 (as of this writing), I have been using it a few months now and I am very happy with it.
- It’s very well documented.
- It has great community support. In fact, the good people at Red Hat Linux sponsor Fedora.
- Has it’s own “magazine” with regular tips and tricks for users of all levels. I liked the article which showed how to change your boot up window to a Hot Dog.
- It works great. Try it yourself.
- It’s regularly updated, and they release a new update every six months or so. Fedora 27 was released Nov 14th, 2017, and Fedora 28 is expected May 1st, 2018. Upgrading is pretty easy.
- Has all the software tools and toys you could ever want.
Give it try! It’s light years better, faster, and more secure than Windows.