Best Linux Distributions For Beginners

Linux was earlier used mainly by developers, programmers, system/network administrators, and Enterprise users for hosting web applications and writing shell scripts. It is because of the complex user interface and some more non-user friendly features, that made everyone think that Linux is really tough to work on! 

But now, that’s not the scenario. A lot of improvements have been done and thousands of Linux distributions have been released by developers across the world. So, if you are shifting from Windows/MacOS to a Linux distribution, then you might be in deep thinking about which one to install and use. As you are offered with a lot of Linux distributions over the web, it is genuinely not possible to try out each one of them. Good for you, we have done the hard work as we are here with the top linux distributions that are perfect for beginners.

NOTE: If you are thinking why we are using the phrase “perfect for beginners”, it is because Linux is not like Windows, where you drag and drop the stuff, double click some files/applications and you will be good to go. Most of the Linux distributions are command line based and you won’t see much graphical interface for many applications. Although, many developers have released distributions that are similar to the Windows/MacOS interface.

Here we go with the list!

Zorin OS

An Ubuntu based user-friendly Linux distribution, developed by the Zorin group. The interface is neat and clean, and the look of the system resembles from Windows 7 and above versions. So, for Windows users, who are trying to get their hands on Linux, Zorin OS might be the perfect one to start with. 

Minimum System Requirements

  • Processor: 1 Ghz dual-core CPU
  • Storage: 10 GB hard disk space (20GB for Ultimate Edition)
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM (512Mb for Lite edition)
  • Resolution: Minimum resolution of 800*600 (640*480 for Lite edition)

Ubuntu

The most popular Linux distribution across the globe! Developed by Canonical, Ubuntu is like the standard Linux distribution that is installed by most of the Linux users. It comes with a GNOME desktop environment that has multiple desktop backgrounds and icons as well for easy user accessibility. There are basic applications available and the environment is highly customisable for users with different Linux knowledge. The best thing is that this is open source and many developers have worked on releasing multiple Linux distributions that are Ubuntu based, along with multiple features.

Minimum System Requirements

  • Processor: 2 GHz dual-core processor
  • Storage: 25 GB of hard disk space
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM

Linux Mint

A fully-featured, customisable, and secure Linux distribution that is based on Ubuntu, is one of the best operating systems for beginners to install on their desktop. Right from the start, this Linux distribution offers a rich interface and users can easily feel like home here if they are shifting from Windows. A software manager repository is also in place so that you users can easily install their favorite applications.

Minimum System Requirements

  • Processor: 2 GHz dual-core processor
  • Storage: 20 GB of hard disk space
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Resolution: Minimum resolution of 1024*768

Elementary OS

Any user who first takes a look at Elementary OS might think that it is actually MacOS. It is because the interface of this linux distribution is inspired by Mac. The interface offers pretty easy user accessibility and icons, accplications, etc. can be organized/managed easily by the users. With an easy to use App Center, users can easily download/install multiple applications in just a few clicks. The OS runs fast even on low-specs PCs.

Minimum System Requirements

  • Processor: 2 GHz dual-core processor.
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Storage: 15 GB of hard disk space
  • Resolution: Minimum resolution of 1024*768

Manjaro Linux

An Arch based linux distribution that is beginner friendly, stable, lightweight, and offers some great features. There is a good learning curve here for the beginners to browse and explore the different functionalities of this OS and move to advanced level features that are incorporated in Arch linux. The operating system is also smart enough to download/install all the necessary utilities and drivers automatically to run the hardware components flawlessly.

Minimum System Requirements

  • Processor: 1 GHz dual-core processor.
  • Memory: 1 GB RAM
  • Storage: 30 GB of hard disk space
  • Resolution: Minimum resolution of 1024*768

CentOS

CentOS is based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux and lets the users try out the red hat linux freely (Yes, Red Hat Linux Enterprise is subscription based.) CentOS is more focused on offering stability and a great performance to the users rather than the graphics, customization, etc. It is the perfect linux distribution for beginners looking to start their Linux ventures as a system administrator or network administrator.

Minimum System Requirements

  • Processor: 2 GHz dual-core processor.
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Storage: 20 GB of hard disk space

Deepin Linux

Surely one of the most gorgeous linux distributions on the list! The operating system is designed in a way that users enjoy the unique and rich appearance of it. The animations, sound effects, layout, display, and many more features makes this Linux a perfect choice for users that are shifting from Windows/MacOS.

Minimum System Requirements

  • Processor: 2 GHz dual-core processor.
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Storage: 25 GB of hard disk space

MX Linux

An attractive desktop linux distribution that can run smoothly on old hardwares. The operating system is known for offering a user-friendly experience and it achieves it through a set of utilities that comes pre-installed. A handful of games and other applications keeps the young ones engaged as well. You can also download and install the applications easily using the utility installed on MX linux. 

Minimum System Requirements

  • Processor: 2 GHz dual-core processor.
  • Memory: 512 MB RAM
  • Storage: 5 GB of hard disk space

So, these are different linux distributions that can be installed easily on your computer using CD drives, USB drives, or SD cards. All the above mentioned are beginner friendly and users will enjoy the transition to Linux from Windows/MacOS if switched to the Linux distributions we discussed above. After learning about all these, which one are you going to install?

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