Review of Linux Distributions

I am old school so I actually spell out distribution instead of Distro. After trying about 25 Linux OS versions and using Linux servers of about 5 varieties in the past 25 years, I couldn’t hold back any longer. First, using Linux on a PC or Laptop, or Tablet will most definitely give you a since of freedom from the shackles of microsoft. It can be very tempting to get away from the heavy hand of microhard, but Android and windows PCs can be really cheap these days, so the real world benefit is small. The promise of bringing an old PC back to life with blazing speed usually doesn’t really happen, and it is filled with driver, wifi and sound problems. Although Linux is interesting and free after all this time it is not quiet there yet.
1. Android the advertising machine has brought Linux to the forefront and if you can stand the intrusion into your life it can be very handy. With all the google geeks they have to work on it, it works fine for what it is most of the time. The attitude is much like microsoft. Use it our way or the highway with advertising. Refer to Remix below.
2. Linux Mint is attractive and will do most anything other versions do, but has been messed with by the developers and is edging over into the proprietary phase.
3. Ubuntu has slid into the our way highway mode and loosing ground. Freedom is freedom, not sort of freedom. Other Ubuntu based versions are cleaner, but sometimes buggy.
4. Zorin is pretty straightforward, simple and functional but may hiccup from time to time.
5. Remix version of Android is really very good, but fairly slow on a USB stick, and seems to be straining to be Android and in fact has been abandoned for what the developers say is a change in direction. One plus is that it runs in a mode which saves everything you do even if you run it on another PC. Real slow loading on a stick but runs fine on a HD. Can be a bear to install on a HD especially on an external HD, as the provided installation software does not do a very good job. Rufus does it better. Remix will drive you up the wall, even though at first glance it looks like a winner. It is not.
6. PCLinuxOS is probably the best. Runs as fast on a live USB drive as on a HD.
7. Slacko Puppy has a convoluted interface and desktop. Makes simple things way to complicated and sound didn’t work for me.
8. Debian is a pain
9. Chalet is recommended. If you like Win 7, you will like it. It works, but installing programs is a slow pain. Isn’t Linux supposed to be faster?
10. Centos is great http server software, but not so good as a desktop OS.

This is just a few observations. You will wear yourself completely out trying to find one that is complete, meaning completely functional. It is always something like sound doesn’t work, but wifi does, or it won’t boot, won’t load, won’t install programs, sound doesn’t work, takes forever to load, or something else doesn’t work, after you have spent an hour or days of your life just getting them to run.

The following are actual incidents of real users:
Spotify crashes after login
Flash player plugin not working (it crashes)
Latest update crashed the whole system. Now can’t boot
Crashes on restart without USB Installer
install stuck after install step
Can’t ever get the install to boot after fresh install
Problem installation dual boot with pre installed efi windows
Firefox slower at each update
Experiencing slow internet
New OS running really slow
System running slow
Slow boot just after installation. Alongside slow login
Audio works from live CD, no audio once installed
No audio after update?
Unstable wifi-connection when using firefox
Slow wifi on broadcom bcm43142 wifi card

You get the picture, and it is pretty scary. It seems you spend too much time trying different versions, trying to get them to run, then after you get into it for another few hours, it’s oh well on the the next one. I guess it is the nature of the open source beast when any Tom, Dick, Jose or “the team” can get in the software tweak it a little, call it a Distro and slap his name on it. Linux support and forums are frequently occupied with Linux feaux geeks with an attitude, so prepare yourself. I recommend you only run these tests on a USB pendrive, even if a little slower. If you do install on your HD, keep EasyBCD around handy so you can safely take the mess off of your windows PC. They all seem to be similar with a few tweaks to make them different, but unfortunately if you really want to get some real work done, it is probably back to windows and their special kind of hell. Below are 223 ways to waste a big portion of your life.

Rank Project Average Reviews
Rating Ratings
1 Manjaro Linux 8.72 264
2 Linux Mint 8.84 237
3 Debian 8.68 197
4 Devuan GNU+Linux 8.85 142
5 Ubuntu 7.6 134
6 openSUSE 8.84 108
7 PCLinuxOS 9.31 107
8 Fedora 8.92 106
9 MX Linux 9.7 105
10 deepin 8.99 103
11 Arch Linux 9.58 102
12 Solus 9.01 99
13 Antergos 8.65 91
14 Zorin OS 8.01 79
15 Slackware Linux 9.74 72
16 KDE neon 9.03 71
17 Peppermint OS 8.73 67
18 Mageia 8.65 54
19 Ubuntu MATE 9.56 50
20 elementary OS 8.68 44
21 Lubuntu 8.6 42
22 Kubuntu 8.61 41
23 Linux Lite 8.68 40
24 Gentoo Linux 9.59 39
25 Void 9.36 39
26 ROSA 9 38
27 SolydXK 9.13 38
28 Xubuntu 9.29 38
29 Point Linux 9.84 37
30 antiX 9.45 33
31 OpenBSD 9.85 33
32 Revenge OS 8.72 29
33 BunsenLabs Linux 9.36 28
34 feren OS 7.86 28
35 Q4OS 8.89 28
36 TrueOS 5.56 27
37 ReactOS 4.6 25
38 SparkyLinux 8.36 25
39 FreeBSD 9.88 24
40 LXLE 8.58 24
41 Puppy Linux 9.29 24
42 Parrot Security OS 9.77 22
43 Salix 9 22
44 Bodhi Linux 8.75 20
45 CentOS 9.05 20
46 Ubuntu Budgie 8.75 20
47 Maui Linux 9.35 17
48 Sabayon 8.06 17
49 Tails 8.35 17
50 Ubuntu GNOME 8.47 17
51 Calculate Linux 9.63 16
52 Voyager Live 8.5 16
53 OpenMandriva Lx 8.2 15
54 ChaletOS 9.29 14
55 Netrunner 8 14
56 Tiny Core Linux 9.43 14
57 ArchLabs 8.15 13
58 KNOPPIX 9.31 13
59 Korora Project 9.54 13
60 Fatdog64 Linux 9 12
61 Robolinux 7.42 12
62 SharkLinux 9.67 12
63 SliTaz GNU/Linux 9.33 12
64 Android-x86 6.73 11
65 Apricity OS 9.18 11
66 Super Grub2 Disk 9.45 11
67 DragonFly BSD 9.89 9
68 DuZeru 9.67 9
69 GeckoLinux 8.89 9
70 NixOS 9.33 9
71 Pardus 6 9
72 Qubes OS 9.33 9
73 Chakra GNU/Linux 9.38 8
74 Endless OS 8 8
75 Kali Linux 8.5 8
76 Redcore Linux 7.75 8
77 Remix OS 6.75 8
78 IPFire 9.71 7
79 LibreELEC 8.29 7
80 NetBSD 9 7
81 OPNsense 9.43 7
82 Pearl Linux OS 9 7
83 Trisquel GNU/Linux 7 7
84 Ubuntu Studio 6.14 7
85 Black Lab Linux 6.33 6
86 KXStudio 8.33 6
87 Linuxfx 7.67 6
88 OpenMediaVault 9.17 6
89 Oracle Linux 7 6
90 pfSense 9 6
91 Porteus 6.5 6
92 Scientific Linux 8.17 6
93 siduction 9.33 6
94 Trusted End Node Security 8.17 6
95 ToriOS 9.5 6
96 ArchBang Linux 8.2 5
97 Audiophile Linux 3 5
98 BackBox Linux 9.6 5
99 blackPanther OS 9.6 5
100 FreeNAS 8.2 5
101 GhostBSD 8.6 5
102 Grml 7 5
103 KaOS 9.6 5
104 Parted Magic 9 5
105 Porteus Kiosk 8 5
106 Raspbian 9 5
107 SteamOS 6.6 5
108 SwagArch GNU/Linux 9.6 5
109 VectorLinux 8.8 5
110 4MLinux 7.5 4
111 Alpine Linux 8.75 4
112 AryaLinux 7.5 4
113 CloudReady 9.75 4
114 CRUX 10 4
115 Elive 1.5 4
116 ExTiX 7.5 4
117 Funtoo Linux 9 4
118 Guix System Distribution 10 4
119 Linux Kodachi 9.75 4
120 MakuluLinux 9.25 4
121 Quirky 4.5 4
122 Slackel 9.5 4
123 SystemRescueCd 9 4
124 Ubuntu Kylin 7.75 4
125 Ultimate Edition 9 4
126 Untangle NG Firewall 9.5 4
127 wattOS 8 4
128 AV Linux 7.67 3
129 BlankOn 9.67 3
130 Clear Linux 6.67 3
131 Cub Linux 8.33 3
132 gNewSense 7.67 3
133 GParted Live 7.33 3
134 Linux From Scratch 7 3
135 Macpup 9.33 3
136 Minimal Linux Live 9 3
137 NAS4Free 9.67 3
138 OpenELEC 6.67 3
139 OpenIndiana 6.33 3
140 Parabola GNU/Linux-libre 8 3
141 Red Hat Enterprise Linux 9 3
142 Refracta 9.67 3
143 Rockstor 9 3
144 Simplicity Linux 8 3
145 SME Server 9 3
146 Stella 9.33 3
147 Zenwalk Linux 9.67 3
148 Bio-Linux 9 2
149 ClearOS 10 2
150 Clonezilla Live 10 2
151 Damn Small Linux 7.5 2
152 Edubuntu 7.5 2
153 Emmabuntüs 7.5 2
154 GoboLinux 6.5 2
155 Haiku 9 2
156 KANOTIX 9 2
157 Lakka 9 2
158 Madbox Linux 8.5 2
159 MirOS BSD 7 2
160 Nanolinux 4 2
161 Neptune 7.5 2
162 NethServer 9 2
163 NuTyX 9.5 2
164 Pardus Topluluk 10 2
165 Peach OSI 5.5 2
166 Proxmox 9 2
167 RISC OS Open 8 2
168 SalentOS 10 2
169 Slax 8 2
170 SUSE Linux Enterprise 9 2
171 ToOpPy Linux 9 2
172 Zeroshell 8.5 2
173 0Linux 8 1
174 3CX Phone System 9 1
175 Absolute Linux 10 1
176 ALT Linux 9 1
177 AUSTRUMI 10 1
178 BlackArch Linux 1 1
179 BLAG Linux And GNU 10 1
180 Bluestar Linux 10 1
181 CAINE 7 1
182 Chapeau 10 1
183 ConnochaetOS 6 1
184 AGNULA GNU/Linux Audio Distribution 7 1
185 Dragora GNU/Linux-Libre 10 1
186 Finnix 10 1
187 Frugalware Linux 8 1
188 Fuduntu 10 1
189 KolibriOS 8 1
190 Legacy OS 8 1
191 Linspire 10 1
192 GALPon MiniNo 8 1
193 MINIX 7 1
194 Ojuba 9 1
195 OSMC 9 1
196 OviOS Linux 10 1
197 paldo GNU/Linux 7 1
198 Pinguy OS 10 1
199 PLD Linux Distribution 10 1
200 RancherOS 9 1
201 RebeccaBlackOS 10 1
202 Rebellin Linux 9 1
203 Redo Backup & Recovery 8 1
204 Runtu 9 1
205 Semplice Linux 5 1
206 Debian Edu/Skolelinux 10 1
207 SmartOS 9 1
208 Superb Mini Server 9 1
209 Oracle Solaris 10 1
210 SuliX 1 1
211 SuperX 8 1
212 Tanglu 2 1
213 tuxtrans 9 1
214 UberStudent 8 1
215 UBOS 4 1
216 Ubuntu DesktopPack 8 1
217 URIX OS 10 1
218 Uruk GNU/Linux 9 1
219 VenenuX 9 1
220 Vine Linux 7 1
221 VortexBox 8 1
222 Webconverger 9 1
223 ZevenOS 7 1
 

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