Linux 2017: the most promising distributions

Published on January 20, 2017

Linux 2017: the most promising distributions

Original author: Jack Wallen
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The new year has come, which means it's time to look into the future, find the best, most promising Linux distributions. Linux distributions are often task-oriented. Therefore, it will not work just to make a list of operating systems and say: "they are the best." Here, several areas of Linux use are highlighted and those distributions are selected that have every chance of becoming the first in their niche in 2017.

Best Distribution for System Administrators: Parrot Linux

Parrot Linux is based on Debian and offers almost every imaginable tool for testing penetration systems

. Any administrator is always full of work. Without a good set of tools, his days are a constant test of strength, a continuous race. However, there are many Linux distributions ready to help. One of them is Parrot Linux . I am sure it will gain serious popularity in 2017.

This distribution is based on Debian, it offers a huge amount of tools to test the security of systems from unauthorized access. Here, in addition, you can find tools from the field of cryptography and computer forensics, tools for working with cloud services and packages to ensure anonymity. There is also something for developers, and even programs for organizing time. All this (in fact, there is a sea of ​​tools) works on the basis of a stable, time-tested system. The result is a distribution that is great for information security professionals and network administrators.

Parrot Linux is now 57th in the Distrowatch ranking. I believe that by the end of the year it will be possible to observe a significant progress of this distribution to the top of the rating.

Here you can read more about Parrot Linux.

Best Lightweight Distribution: LXLE

LXLE is an excellent combination of modest resource requirements and great features.

Without a doubt, LXLE will become a lightweight distribution, which many will choose in 2017. Why? Because everything in it is very simple. LXLE combines decent features and modest system requirements. In other words, this is a distribution that takes up little space, but allows you to fully work on your computer.

In LXLE, you can find everything you need for Linux desktop releases. The system is quite suitable for the home, not the newest computers will be able to work under its control (not to mention completely relevant systems).

LXLE is based on Ubuntu 16.04 (as a result, long-term technical support is provided), the LXDE desktop manager is used here, which, for more than ten years of existence, is familiar to many, and it’s built easily.

After installing LXDE, you will have many standard tools at hand, such as LibreOffice and Gimp. The only thing is that you will need to independently install a modern browser.

LXLE is now ranked 16th on the Distrowatch list. All indications are that by the middle of the year she may well be in the top ten. Read more about LXLE here .

Best desktop distribution: Elementary OS

Nice appearance is not the only advantage of Elementary OS Loki. This OS is stable, convenient, its creators are attentive to details.

Perhaps I am biased towards this distribution, but I am sure that Elementary OS Loki will do the impossible and reset Linux Mint from the first place, having received the enviable title of “Best Desktop Distribution” in 2017. . If that is the case, then Elementary OS will accomplish a very impressive feat, given that Linux Mint constantly wins the Distrowatch ranking.

Elementary OS is now in sixth place (and Linux Mint continues to reign in the first). Is it possible that Elementary OS will be able to overthrow Mint? Yes, it seems. Loki not only established itself as one of the most beautiful Linux distributions, this system, in addition, is stable, convenient, understandable.

Some might think that the Elementary OS desktop is too much like a Mac. However, such a comparison is a plus of the system, as it speaks of the potential usability of the user. Of course, customizing the appearance of Loki is not as limited as the tincture of OS X, so you can do exactly what you need from it.

Here is my material on Elementary OS.

The best distro for those who know what's what: Gentoo

Gentoo requires some skill from the user, however, the efforts of those who choose this distribution will be rewarded: they will get exactly what they need.

This category of distributions is suitable for anyone who wants to show off their knowledge of Linux. Such operating systems are intended for someone who understands Linux better than others, and is looking for a distribution that can be sharpened sharply for their own needs. When this is what they expect from Linux, only Gentoo comes to mind.

Gentoo is a Linux distribution based on compiling packages from source code for specific hardware. After installing the OS, the user is required to independently build everything that he needs. This not only requires a fairly high level of understanding of Linux, but also patience and time. In the end, however, you can get exactly what you need, and nothing more. Gentoo is not a new project; it has been around for many years. But if, among other things, you want to prove to yourself and others that you are a Linux expert, you can’t do without Gentoo.

Best IoT distribution: Snappy Ubuntu Core

Through the use of snap-packages, Snappy Ubuntu Core simplifies software installation and eliminates the headache of updates. As a result, we have an OS that is great for IoT.

Now we are talking about devices of small form factors. The Internet of Things, or IoT, is an area in which the Linux embedded system simply has no equal. There are many distributions that are suitable for IoT. However, I am sure that 2017 will be the year of Snappy Ubuntu Core .

Using snap packages, installing and updating software in Snappy Ubuntu Core is quick and easy. No need to worry about dependencies or interruptions due to updates.

As a result, we have the perfect software platform for IoT. Ubuntu Snappy Core can already be found in boards for computer enthusiasts (like the Rasberry Pi), as well as Erle-Copter drones and Dell Edge Gateways, Nextcloud Box and LimeSDR.

Best Server Distribution for Small and Medium-sized Organizations: CentOS

CentOS is a reliable server platform

There is nothing surprising in the fact that CentOS remains a welcome guest on the servers of small and medium-sized organizations. This state of things has one very important reason: CentOS is based on the source code of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL). Because of this, when choosing CentOS, you can have no doubt that you have a reliable, proven server platform.

The main difference between RHEL and CentOS (in addition to different marketing strategies) is support. RHEL users are provided with official Red Hat technical support. However, since 2004, CentOS 'tech support' is a huge community of enthusiasts.

As a result, if you are the owner of a small or medium business that is going to switch its servers to an open source platform, you should first look at CentOS.

Best Enterprise Server Distribution: RHEL

Red Hat is perfectly suited to the needs of corporate customers.

Again we can say that there is nothing surprising. For example, SUSE makes significant efforts to capture the corporate OS market, one day these efforts will lead it to the heights of fame, but this will happen, unfortunately, not this year. In 2017, Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL)will hold the first position among the most popular corporate distributions.

According to Gartner, RHEL owns 67% of the Linux distribution market for large organizations, with the RHEL subscription bringing Red Hat about 75% of its revenue. There are many reasons for this state of affairs. So, Red Hat offers corporate customers exactly what they need, but, in addition, the company makes great efforts to develop many open source projects.

Red Hat knows what Linux is and what the corporate sector is. Red Hat trusts many Fortune 500 companies (for example, ING, Sprint, Bayer Business Services, Atos, Amadeus, Etrade). The RHEL distribution has taken many developers to a new level in the areas of security, integration, management, in the field of working with cloud systems.

I think, in addition, Red Hat this year will invest a lot of energy in the field of IoT. Although, I won’t be surprised if by the end of 2017 SUSE will bite off a little more from the Red Hat market share.

The choice is yours

One of the most remarkable aspects of the Linux platform is that, ultimately, the choice is left to the user. You can choose from hundreds of systems, many of which will perfectly meet the most sophisticated requirements. However, if you use one of the above distributions, I am sure it will not disappoint you.

What do you use for and what? What from the world of Linux can you recommend to our readers?