Choose a distribution

Because there is no "one Linux", finding what you need can be difficult. Here are our choice of three beginner-friendly, widely used distributions.

Note: There are plenty of distributions to choose from and compare.
This is our selection for newcomers. These links are not commercial.

Ubuntu

Simple, easy, usable and our personal favourite. A tanned, smooth atmosphere that never gets in your way. All programs are kept in order and managed easily. Configuration is kept simple rather than exhaustive.

We recommend this friendly and complete distribution if you are looking for an easy way to try and step into GNU/Linux.

Ubuntu also has a sister distribution, Kubuntu, with a different layout and slightly more advanced graphics.

  • Ubuntu screenshot

    Firefox web browser

  • Ubuntu screenshot

    File manager and image browsing application are open, on standard desktop.

  • Ubuntu screenshot

    Thunderbird e-mail and calendar application.

Fedora

The distribution by the long-time prominent GNU/Linux developer company Red Hat. The default layout is similar to Ubuntu (it is also possible to use KDE, the more advanced desktop environment in use in Kubuntu), but there are differences in the chosen applications, install protocols and several technical elements.

We recommend this distribution if you wish to learn more about the workings of a GNU/Linux system, security configuration, or work on software development.

  • Fedora screenshot

    GIMP image editing application, cropping a photo.

  • Fedora screenshot

    LibreOffice Writer open, editing a standard document.

  • Fedora screenshot

    Accessing applications in the GNOME 3 desktop environment.

Trisquel

While Ubuntu contains some restricting components (why?), the Trisquel developers have built an entirely free derivative. Although its community is smaller and its hardware support might be slightly inferior, Trisquel gives anyone full freedom over a complete operating system similar to Ubuntu.

We recommend this distribution if you are committed to freedom in your computing.

  • Trisquel screenshot

    Update manager open.

  • Trisquel screenshot

    LibreOffice Calc open, showing an example spreadsheet.

  • Trisquel screenshot

    Accessing applications.

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