Best Linux distros for 2017

Linux.com has listed its ranking of the “best Linux distros for 2017”, detailing which Linux distributions suit which scenarios best.

The list by the publication is detailed below, predicting which distros will “rise to the top of their respective heaps”.


Best distro for sysadmins – Parrot Linux

Parrot Linux is based on Debian and offers many penetration testing tools to administrators.

It is designed for penetration testing, vulnerability assessment and mitigation, computer forensics, and anonymous web browsing.


Best lightweight distribution – LXLE

LXLE is a lightweight distro, with a focus on visual aesthetics. It works well on both old and new hardware.


Best desktop distribution – Elementary OS

Elementary OS is a Linux distribution based on Ubuntu. It is the “flagship distribution” to showcase the Pantheon desktop environment.


Best distribution for those “with something to prove” – Gentoo

Gentoo Linux is a distribution built using the portage package management system.

The source code is compiled locally according to the user’s preferences and is often optimised for the type of computer.


Best Linux for IoT – Snappy Ubuntu Core

The Snappy package management system was originally built for the Ubuntu phone operating system, and Linux.com predicts that it will be perfect for IoT devices going forward.


Best non-enterprise server distribution – CentOS

CentOS aims to provide an enterprise-class computing platform functionally compatible with its upstream source, Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

It is often used in small and medium-sized business server rooms, stated the report.


Best enterprise server distribution – SUSE

The report stated that Red Hat Enterprise Linux will continue to top the list when it comes to use in large companies, but it expects SUSE to continue to chip away at its market share.


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