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We saw some interesting Linux distributions Distro Watch: The Best Linux Distributions For 2014 Distro Watch: The Best Linux Distributions For 2014 We're halfway through 2014, and a handful of Linux distributions have already made a big splash in the community. Which distributions are the best ones for this year? Let's take a look. Read More make their presence felt in 2014. A few more are scheduled for a stable release in 2015. Let’s take a look at four of them.

Ubuntu 15.04

Ubuntu is a popular and well-supported Linux operating system. It has a little something for everyone, and is considered a safe bet if you’re new to Linux Migrating From Windows 7 To Ubuntu: The Ultimate Guide Migrating From Windows 7 To Ubuntu: The Ultimate Guide Despite what all the Linux haters say, choosing Ubuntu is logical and migrating from Windows 7 & to Ubuntu is a breeze. This article summarizes the process and provides solutions to the most common beginner... Read More . The next stable release of Ubuntu, codenamed Vivid Vervet, is scheduled for April 23, 2015. It will come with a new Linux kernel The Linux Kernel: An Explanation In Layman's Terms The Linux Kernel: An Explanation In Layman's Terms There is only one de facto thing that Linux distributions have in common: the Linux kernel. But while it's often talked about, a lot of people don't really know exactly what it does. Read More and an updated version of GNOME. Alpha versions of a handful of Ubuntu flavors, including Kubuntu and Lubuntu, are now available.

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With work on the Mir display server and the Unity 8 desktop environment (try it now How To Try Ubuntu's Upcoming Desktop Right Now How To Try Ubuntu's Upcoming Desktop Right Now Canonical is at work on Unity 8, which looks more to revolutionize the desktop shell rather than just evolve it. Here's how you can try it. Read More ) coming along well, these two elements could be a part of the April release. But they probably won’t be pushed out as default options until Ubuntu 15.10 comes along. In any case, not all of the Ubuntu flavors will be joining the Mir bandwagon. They might stick with the Wayland display server.

If you’re wondering what a display server is, how it affects your Linux distribution, and how Mir is different from Wayland, Danny’s article on trying Wayland How To Try Wayland, A New Display Server For Linux How To Try Wayland, A New Display Server For Linux Linux distributions will soon get a new display server called Wayland. Let's take a look at Wayland, and see how you can try it out right now. Read More will bring you up to speed.

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An intermediate Linux Mint update is likely to follow the Ubuntu update, but unlike previous years, it will be based on the existing LTS version (Ubuntu 14.04 / Trusty Tahr) instead of the latest release (Ubuntu 15.04 / Vivid Vervet). Linux Mint 18 will come post the Ubuntu 16.04 LTS release. If you’re interested in Ubuntu’s cloud platform, you’ll want to know more about Snappy Ubuntu Core.

elementary OS Freya

elementary OS has come a long way since its first release Elementary 'Jupiter' - A Slick, Easy-To-Use Operating System [Linux] Elementary 'Jupiter' - A Slick, Easy-To-Use Operating System [Linux] Looking for a beautiful, functional operating system? Check out the first Elementary OS release Jupiter. This Linux-based operating system is designed from the ground up to stay out of your way so you can simply... Read More , Jupiter. I found myself smitten with Luna Why I Switched From Windows 7 To Elementary OS Luna Why I Switched From Windows 7 To Elementary OS Luna Bye bye, Windows. Hello, Linux! Here's what convinced me that eOS Luna is a better bet than Windows 7. Read More , the second version of this elegant Ubuntu derivative.

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Now stepping up the excitement is the latest flavor, Freya, the third iteration of the OS. It brings a newer kernel, updated packages and applications drawing from the Ubuntu 14.04 LTS release, and a more polished interface overall. Online accounts along the lines of Ubuntu online accounts are also lined up. Instead of introducing drastic changes, Freya focuses on smoothening the rough edges of Luna and presenting a more mature version of the OS.

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If you’re a Linux newbie or just prefer a simple, fuss-free OS, do keep an eye out for Freya. While it is slated for a 2015 release, the exact date is not known. In the meantime, you can drool over the beta version. And it seems Freya beta is surprisingly stable Elementary OS Freya: The Next Major Update To A Rising Linux Distro Elementary OS Freya: The Next Major Update To A Rising Linux Distro Now, we're getting a glimpse at the first beta of the next released, codenamed "Freya". What's new in Freya, and is it worth upgrading or switching to it from other distributions? Read More .

Ozon OS Hydrogen

Have you heard of Numix Project? It brings a selection of wallpapers and icon themes to make your Linux desktop stylish and inviting. We featured it as part of a roundup of alternatives to the default Linux icon sets 9 Beautiful Alternatives To The Default Linux Icon Sets 9 Beautiful Alternatives To The Default Linux Icon Sets Here's how you can switch icon sets, and which ones I recommend trying out. Read More . Now the team behind Numix Project has joined hands with Nitrux S. A. to work on a Linux distribution called Ozon.

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Ready. Set. Game. goes the tagline of this Fedora-based, optimized-for-gaming distribution. It comes with an installation of Steam and uses the GNOME shell. You can expect a beautiful interface if existing Numix artwork is anything to go by.

An alpha version of Ozon is already out. The beta version, likely to be more exciting, will be based on Fedora 21, which was released in December 2014. If all goes as planned, you can expect the final version, codenamed Hydrogen, in the first quarter of 2015. To get regular updates on the development of this modern, minimalistic OS, head to Ozon OS’s Google+ profile.

Evolve OS

If you ever wished Chrome OS wasn’t just for Chromebook users The Fundamental Advantages Of Using A Chromebook The Fundamental Advantages Of Using A Chromebook Chromebooks are highly divisive and a consensus about the merits of Google's offering is a long way from materialising. Here are the key advantages of using a Chromebook when compared to Windows and Macs. Read More , the upcoming openSUSE-based Evolve OS might have a solution for you. It combines the functionality of a Linux desktop with the look and feel of the increasingly popular Chrome OS.

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It’s hard to tell for sure if Evolve OS will be released in 2015. A lot depends on whether its developers will be able to raise enough funds to keep the development going at a steady pace. A few alpha versions of the distribution have been released, but so far, a beta version is nowhere in sight. Nevertheless, we think Evolve OS looks quite promising.

For now, you can get the sleek and minimal look of Chrome OS for your current Linux distribution by installing the Budgie desktop Get A Chrome OS Look With The Budgie Desktop For Linux Get A Chrome OS Look With The Budgie Desktop For Linux You can't ever have enough desktop environments for Linux systems! For each new desktop environment, there's another choice for users that may suit their needs and preferences better than any other solution. Read More , which is being developed as part of Evolve OS. If you want to contribute to the work on this distribution, click the “Donate” button on the Evolve OS homepage.

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More Linux On Your Radar?

Many of you have opted for Linux as your primary OS, Linux myths 5 Lies Linux-Haters Like To Tell 5 Lies Linux-Haters Like To Tell Linux may have been a scary operating system before, but all of that has changed in recent years. These myths, which are more accurately called lies, are now dead. Read More notwithstanding. Given the sheer number of Linux distributions and their flavors available, it’s hard to keep track of all of them. Some distros seem to be more awaited than most, such as the ones listed above.

If you’re not a Linux expert, it’s best to steer clear of alpha versions because they’re bound to be buggy and unstable, and they will undergo major changes when they move into beta. Until you can get your hands on one of the stable releases, take the beta for a test drive Curious About Linux? 5 Easy & No Risk Ways To Try Linux On Your Windows PC Curious About Linux? 5 Easy & No Risk Ways To Try Linux On Your Windows PC Want to check out Linux, but fear you might wreck your existing Windows installation? Don't. There are plenty of risk-free ways to try Linux, from live CDs to USB keys to virtual machines. Whether you're... Read More . It will help you pick a decent Linux distribution Switching To Linux? Here's How To Choose The Right Distro Switching To Linux? Here's How To Choose The Right Distro Your first Linux distribution can sweeten or sour your future Linux experience. That's why it's important to get that debut choice right. Read More for yourself.

Have you spotted a Linux distro that is worth watching out for in 2015? Let us know in the comments.

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  1. Jim Traianos
    August 21, 2015 at 9:47 am

    Evolve OS has been renamed to Solus (without OS at the end) in case you read this article 6 months after.

    • Akshata Shanbhag
      August 21, 2015 at 2:07 pm

      Thank you for the update, Jim!

  2. Eduardo Sanchez
    July 12, 2015 at 3:43 pm

    I loved Peach OSI. It has everything Ubuntu has, but it's more refined, faster and has most everything you need to immediately go productive or have fun. There is also a BareBones version for those who like to customize their Linux to their liking.

  3. myxpc
    April 20, 2015 at 11:38 pm

    ArchLinux
    Period.

  4. Jay
    March 23, 2015 at 4:18 pm

    Even in Beta, Elementary Freya is the only distro (out of about 30 I've tried) that I stayed with. Absolutely love how clean, fast and straightforward it is. Can't wait for the release version.

  5. FrankCls
    February 9, 2015 at 1:24 pm

    Perhaps Gobolinux? Working with a completely differing file tree. It still has its problems but - perhaps they manage to iron them out.

  6. Ari Torres
    January 30, 2015 at 9:27 pm

    nahhhh run with the big dog or stay behind,when it comes to linux (UBUNTU)

  7. Chad
    January 29, 2015 at 1:04 pm

    Manjaro Linux. Not as slick as some of the distros mentioned, but runs really well and seems to have fairly good hardware support.

  8. John
    January 23, 2015 at 1:47 am

    hey dragonmouth, almost all distros are touch screen compatible. Or any KDE distro. KDE Plasma Active is a KDE UI designed for touch screen. Check out the videos on Youtube for plasma active. Also, there are a few other Linux Distro's designed for mobile touch screen devices. There is Android, Tizen, MeeGo, FireFox OS, and Jolla Sailfish. All are linux based. And blackberry i believe is based on QNX (posix compliant UNIX like OS similar to linux). Also, Mac OS X and iOS are based on Darwin (XNU Mach 3 Kernel), a UNIX 2003 certified OS aquired from Apples aquisition of NEXT computer company.

  9. John
    January 23, 2015 at 1:42 am

    Has any one tried TTOS Linux 1.0PR4? It comes with a lot of bling to attract the Microshaft Windoze users. Tried it on my Dell inspiron 1540. Works decent with intel gpu.

  10. Arty Gee
    January 17, 2015 at 12:05 am

    I love Linux, and use it everyday. But is there touch screen development as in alternatives to Android, or Android with the Google "prying eyes" taken out of it. I was excited about Ubuntu Touch but I am not a fan of Unity and fell off the Ubuntu bandwagon at Ubuntu 10.04 ( preunity) switching to a number of Ubuntu off shoots such as Mint, Peppermint. I also play with Puppy. Although their development is behind on ease of connecting to Wi-Fi without a bunch of steps. So,.. Touch screen distros? Smartphone distros? I am currently using a Sony Xperia Ray as a Android device and am waiting for something Umbuntu like to load up on it as it is very cool indeed to have a portable pocket computer. I want a Linux in my pocket and I bet every Adroidian Linux buff wants one too; any news 4 us?

    • dragonmouth
      January 17, 2015 at 4:20 pm

      "I want a Linux in my pocket and I bet every Adroidian Linux buff wants one too; any news 4 us?"
      Android O/S IS Linux. Other than Ubuntu Unity and Ubuntu Phone there is no touch screen distros.

    • dan
      January 26, 2015 at 3:37 pm

      "Android O/S IS Linux. Other than Ubuntu Unity and Ubuntu Phone there is no touch screen distros."

      Cannot agree with either statement. Android is based on Linux, and runs on top of a Linux stage2, but all software runs in a heavily modified JVM. This is like saying that Ubuntu is Windows if you run it inside a virtual machine on a Windows host. If Android were pure Linux, Chromebooks would have been able to run Android apps from the start, and wouldn't need a wrapper to simulate the JVM environment.

      plasma-active (and now KDE5) is touchscreen, and has been around for almost 4 years. Both Sabayon and Gentoo can switch to run a touchscreen desktop, and once the official jump to KDE5 happens, the desktop will auto-detect what mode it should be in.
      I can't say for sure, but I would bet that any KDE distro with current packages has had touch capability for a couple years at least. Don't tell the gnome fanboys - they still think their more bloated / less featured desktop is better.

      That being said, touchscreen Linux support is way behind. The biggest problem with touchscreen in linux is not the desktop itself, but the other X-based software that doesn't incorporate touch control as a priority. Until that time comes, Linux on a tablet just won't be useful enough to deal with.

  11. Grogan Ryan
    January 16, 2015 at 11:34 pm

    I have at lease a hundred linux distros downloaded & I've tried every one of them several times,
    But the best one I find Ultimate-4.2 is the is the best of all of them: Love trying out new distros.

    • ColdFire001
      January 26, 2015 at 5:15 pm

      What criteria (personal or otherwise) do you use to test each distro? In other words how do you know you like it?

  12. Max
    January 16, 2015 at 3:59 pm

    Where is Deepin Linux??? Remember this Distro's name!!! ;)

  13. Ron Ablang
    January 16, 2015 at 1:17 pm

    LXLE is the only one I could easily get to work w/ wifi.

  14. Greggo13
    January 16, 2015 at 2:16 am

    I'll stick with the DVD Knoppix and add Cairo Dock thanks. It's got everything looks good and runs off a USB with persistence (after some persistent attempts !)

  15. chris
    January 15, 2015 at 8:02 pm

    There is also an early project called Papyros which is Linux with Google's material design UI. It could be very cool!

  16. morgantown Prosthetist
    January 14, 2015 at 11:18 pm

    I like them all but also a fan of LXLE

  17. Jim
    January 14, 2015 at 10:02 pm

    Go to distrowatch.com to see at least 100-popular Linux distributions and info about them.

    • neruzmus
      January 21, 2015 at 6:41 pm

      distrodb.com statistics are counting on the basis of the real number of users and their defined distribution, but still lack of good reviews.. but maybe in future :)

  18. Romel Fausto
    January 14, 2015 at 9:04 am

    How about the Android x86?

  19. paul
    January 13, 2015 at 11:54 pm

    "Evolve OS is a Linux distribution built from scratch, using a forked version of the PiSi package manager (maintained as “eopkg” within Evolve OS)"

    From the evolve OS website. Ikey talked about this on his google+ page before.

    • Rey Rivera
      January 31, 2015 at 10:16 pm

      I would love to try out Evolve OS. Unfortunately for me, it is 64-bit only. I hope the developers could come up with a 32-bit version as well. Thanx folks!

  20. greg
    January 13, 2015 at 10:44 pm

    Anything new with Bodhi Linux?

    • surge
      January 14, 2015 at 2:07 am

      A new release is supposed to be coming, although much delayed. As of early December, the former developer stated that he was "working with the new folks to get things moving". First quarter of the year is probably being too optimistic.

  21. pablozi
    January 13, 2015 at 7:53 pm

    Where the hell is Fedora?

    • dragonmouth
      January 13, 2015 at 9:25 pm

      Where the hell are 300 or 400 other distros? Why just ask about Fedora?

  22. Anonymous
    January 13, 2015 at 7:48 pm

    can I get ALLL those linuxs ?
    because i love alll of them

    • dragonmouth
      January 13, 2015 at 9:23 pm

      After they are released, just download them to your PC.

  23. dragonmouth
    January 13, 2015 at 5:58 pm

    "If you’re wondering what a display server is, ................ and how Mir is different from Wayland"
    Mir is nothing more than a proprietary version of Wayland that is controlled only by Canonical.

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