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Rank Linux Distribution 1 Sentence History Primary Goal/Users Famous Users 5 Strengths 5 Weaknesses Website Company
1 Ubuntu Released in 2004, Ubuntu is a popular Linux distribution for beginners and experienced users alike. Desktop and server operating system Mark Shuttleworth, Canonical employees Easy to use, large community, wide software support, frequent releases, regular security updates Unity desktop can be polarizing, some software may require additional configuration, can be buggy at times, updates can break things ubuntu.com: https://www.ubuntu.com Canonical
2 Linux Mint Released in 2006, Linux Mint is a beginner-friendly Linux distribution based on Ubuntu. Desktop operating system Clem Lefebvre Easy to use, Cinnamon desktop is polished and stable, large community, wide software support, regular releases Can be resource-intensive, some software may require additional configuration, can be buggy at times linuxmint.com: https://linuxmint.com Linux Mint
3 Manjaro Released in 2011, Manjaro is a rolling release Linux distribution based on Arch Linux. Desktop operating system Philip Müller Easy to use, rolling release model, large community, wide software support, regular updates Can be unstable at times, some software may require additional configuration, can be buggy at times manjaro.org: https://manjaro.org Manjaro
4 OpenSUSE Leap Released in 2006, OpenSUSE Leap is a stable release Linux distribution based on SUSE Linux Enterprise. Desktop and server operating system SUSE Stable, reliable, large community, wide software support, regular updates Can be resource-intensive, some software may require additional configuration, can be buggy at times opensuse.org: https://opensuse.org SUSE
5 Elementary OS Released in 2011, Elementary OS is a user-friendly Linux distribution based on Ubuntu. Desktop operating system Daniel Foré Beautiful Pantheon desktop, easy to use, large community, wide software support, regular releases Can be resource-intensive, some software may require additional configuration, can be buggy at times elementary.io: https://elementary.io Elementary
6 Fedora Released in 2003, Fedora is a community-developed Linux distribution that focuses on free and open source software. Desktop and server operating system Red Hat Cutting-edge software, large community, wide software support, regular releases, regular security updates Can be unstable at times, some software may require additional configuration, can be buggy at times getfedora.org: https://getfedora.org Red Hat
7 Zorin OS Released in 2009, Zorin OS is a Linux distribution designed for Windows users who want to switch to Linux. Desktop operating system Artyom Zorin Easy to use, Windows-like interface, large community, wide software support, regular releases Can be resource-intensive, some software may require additional configuration, can be buggy at times zorinos.com: https://zorinos.com Zorin Group
8 Debian Released in 1993, Debian is a stable Linux distribution that is known for its reliability and security. Desktop and server operating system Ian Murdock, Bruce Perens Stable, reliable, large community, wide software support, regular security updates Can be difficult to set up, some software may require additional configuration, can be buggy at times debian.org: https://debian.org Software in the Public Interest, Inc.
9 Arch Linux Released in 2002, Arch Linux is a lightweight Linux distribution that is known for its speed and flexibility. Desktop operating system Judd Vinet Flexible, customizable, large community, wide software support, rolling release model Can be difficult to set up, some software may require additional configuration, can be unstable at times archlinux.org: https://archlinux.org Arch Linux
10 Pop!_OS Released in 2017, Pop!_OS is a Linux distribution based on Ubuntu that is designed for developers and gamers. Desktop operating system System76 Easy to use, optimized for developers and gamers, large community, wide software support, regular releases Can be resource-intensive, some software may require additional configuration, can be buggy at times pop-os.org: https://pop-os.org System76

Please note that this list is subjective and there are many other great Linux distributions available