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Best 10 Stable Linux Distros

Best Linux Distros

Some OSs are heavy and can cause lagging even on the higher-end PCs. *cough* Windows *cough*. However, people still keep using closed-source software because of the software support and ecosystem it provides.

But, the issue with closed-source OSs is that their code is not available to the end user. So, companies can choose to add trackers and other problematic codes, and we would not know. This is why people are starting to prefer open-source software and OSs. Their codes are readily available to anyone and are generally safer to use.

Enter Linux. Linux was first released by Linus Torvalds in 1991 and uses the GNU licensing model. Since Linux is open-source, developers can take its source code and modify it to the specific needs of the community and release it as distributions or “distros”.

These distros have a higher functionality than the base Linux OS.

Best Stable Linux Distros

Let’s look at 10 of the most stable Linux distros released over the years.

1. Debian

Debian is one of the first Linux distros and was released in 1993. It is one of the most stable distros to date. Most of the other distros are derived from Debian and its distro, Ubuntu.

Debian can be used for several things, such as developing software, sound engineering, gaming, administration, and more. It is based on Linux’s Long-Term Support(LTS), so you don’t need to worry about getting updates.

The main downside of Debian is that it is not as beginner-friendly as some on this list. Regardless, Debian is one of the best distros you can get for your system.

2. openSUSE

This one is also another long-time distro that is stable. It gets regular updates as well. It is sourced from SUSE Linux Enterprise.

There are two different versions of openSUSE: openSUSE Leap, meant for beginners, and openSUSE Tumbleweed, aimed at power users and experts. Leap gets fewer but stable updates, whereas Tumbleweed is on a rolling release model and gets updates regularly.

Users who wish to enter the Linux community are better off starting with Leap, as it is slightly easier to use than Tumbleweed.

3. Rocky Linux

This distro is focused on stability and so, loses out on update frequency. Still, a very stable and reliable distro, based on the Red Hat Enterprise Linux(RHEL).

Rocky Linux also supports various architectures, like ARM64, x86-64, and others. Since it is a rather new release, it is to be seen how long the distro will run. For now, users will get 10 years of support, receiving updates for the first 5 years.

It could be considered an unofficial successor to CentOS and is a great way for users to experience RHEL.

4. Fedora

Also based on RHEL, Fedora is a distro that provides the newest updates with more stability than some others. The latest release will have some minor bugs, but overall Fedora is a very stable option. It comes with a near-stock GNOME and gets regularly updated.

Fedora can be used by someone who knows the basics of the Linux OS and is also great for gaming. It also has a very active community on Reddit, so you can be sure someone will be there to help you in case of any issue.

A slight downside is that you need to have a system with decent specs to run Fedora properly. So, it’s not the most lightweight option, but is still a great option if you want a stable distro.

5. Manjaro

Manjaro is the easy-to-install and run version of Arch Linux. It is mostly stable, with occasional bugs due to the cutting-edge rolling updates. It has various spins like GNOME, Xfce, KDE Plasma, and many more.

For older systems, Xfce is a great option. If your system is decently specced, you can use the GNOME or KDE Plasma spins. It can be used as a daily driver for most.

Again, not the most beginner-friendly, but once you get used to it, it is a great alternative to Arch Linux.

6. Elementary OS

Now, this is a beginner-friendly OS. Maybe too friendly. Elementary OS is a stable distro based on Ubuntu LTS. It has a great user interface that looks quite similar to MacOS. Therefore, it is a great option for users coming from using a Mac system.

The issue with this OS is that the app store is pretty empty compared to its competition. Also, Elementary OS is pretty basic in terms of functionality but is great for beginners and general users.

7. Ubuntu

Ubuntu was an attempt to make Debian easier to use and feature-rich. It was a resounding success, for the most part. It is a great OS for a beginner to get into Linux, even though it lacks the software compatibility that Windows, and to an extent, MacOS, does.

In recent years, Ubuntu has lost some users and monopoly in the distro scene. This was mainly because Ubuntu’s parent company, Canonical, was accused of tracking user data through spyware. Also, it uses Snaps instead of Flatpack for package management, which is slower than the latter. Oh, and it also comes with GNOME out of the box.

Overall, it is a good starting point and one of the most stable distros of Linux available, if you disregard the privacy concerns.

8. Linux Mint

Linux Mint is considered one of the best distros for beginners. It uses Cinnamon as the desktop environment, which is very user-friendly. It also comes in Xfce and MATE. Since Cinnamon is not very resource-hungry like some other distros, it can even run on older hardware.

Linux Mint gets regular and stable updates and is mostly free of bugs. Linux Mint is based on Ubuntu but is mostly without the issues that plague the latter. It’s not as customizable as some of its competitors but is a solid option if you want to start using Linux.

9. KDE Neon

Based on the Ubuntu LTS, KDE Neon is another stable distro available to install. It uses the KDE Plasma interface, which is heavily customizable by the user. The UI feels great, but the number of apps in the OS can be quite overwhelming.

It is not the most beginner-friendly distro, but is great for those who like to customize their systems. It also is not meant for minimalists. You can be sure to get at least 5 years of updates, thanks to Ubuntu LTS.

10. AlmaLinux

Like Fedora, AlmaLinux is sourced from RHEL and is a successor to the discontinued CentOS. It is focused on stability and therefore, has slower updates.

It is optimized for performance, stability, and compatibility. AlmaLinux gets at least 10 years of updates.

Conclusion

These are some of the most stable distros that are based on Linux. No matter how stable they are, some will run into the occasional bug. But these are generally not going to be a major issue.

Always choose a distro that has LTS and is stable, so that you don’t run into bugs or crashes while using your system.

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Rojer is a programmer by profession, but he likes to research new things and is also interested in writing. Devdeeds is his blog, where he writes all the blog posts related to technology, gadgets, mobile apps, games, and related content.

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