Summer is leaving, fall is just ’round the corner and the harvests are approaching with their pumpkin-headed harbinger in the vanguard. For me the season of orange-brown kaleidoscopes and falling leaves is always a time of recollection and deep melancholy. However, still holding onto the sunny mood, like the last warm gust, I decided to devote this entry to a round-up of several Linux distributions I found most worthwhile for both greenhorns and veterans alike. There will be numbers, but they mean completely nothing.
- Debian. The father, mother and grandparent of most Linux distributions, the oldest in this round-up. Debian can be literally anything. It can be an ultra-stable, unbreakable server (Debian Stable), an all-around desktop operating system (Debian Testing) or a developer’s ‘playground’ (Debian Unstable). There are very few things which Debian does not do well. Unfortunately for me, one of them is dependency resolution. In its attempt to be helpful, Debian sometimes links too many packages in a dependency net, causing artificial conflicts. This happens very rarely, though, and is swiftly resolved by package maintainers.
- Ubuntu family. ‘Descendant’ of Debian. A distribution created to show people that Linux can be attractive, fully functional and extremely capable at the same time. Also, that it is most likely the operating system model of the future. Thanks to its many flavors, Ubuntu is suited for most hardware, even rather dated.
- Arch Linux. The Linux of the people. Debian gives choice, Arch Linux means choice. It is the very essence of Linux (plus, a package manager!). It gives the user basic tools to create his/her perfect operating system and thorough guidelines how to do it. There are completely no limits to how far one go with it.
- Manjaro. The first-born of Arch. If Arch Linux seems too daunting, there is Manjaro. Many aspects of Arch Linux have been optimized and streamlined to provide top-notch out-of-the-box experience. There are kinks and rough edges sometimes, however this should come to no surprise, since it’s very difficult to build on something as do-it-yourself as Arch Linux.
- Fedora. The grand innovator. Entirely driven by its vast community of dedicated users, designers and programmers. It’s more streamlined than Arch and has its base in the legendary Red Hat. Truly, while Arch is geared towards tinkerers, Fedora seems to be the distribution of serious creators. Again, sky is the limit…but it’s always blue.
Finally, I have to make a sad yet necessary announcement. I will be temporarily closing this journal in favor of a goal I set myself regarding Unix development. More on that in the opening entry of my new blog…on Python!