Top 10 Best Linux Distros For 2014

End of each year provides an opportunity to make a point about the software and technology to follow the next twelve months , in different categories. Our colleagues at Computerworld have renewed this year in late December. In the field of Linux distributions , Bryan Lunduke selected ten projects he would be keeping an eye . Today i select 10 top best linux distro 2014 for netbooks, notebooks, and desktop computer.

Among the many Linux distributions declined around , here are a dozen that could do well to speak of them in 2014.

Top 10 Best Linux Distros For 2014 List

1 - elementary OS

Some Linux distributions for the desktop have been able to take market share without that one would expect . Ubuntu is remembered in 2004 , who had a remarkable arrival in the ecosystem. That is why one should keep an eye on elementary OS , a relatively new actor who has already made ​​its debut yet Top 10 ranking Distrowatch and continues to rise . With its design , superb, and his next release scheduled for April 2014 , we could see it in the Top 5 largest public distributions next year or in 2015.

2 - Ubuntu Touch

Until now , the mobile version of Ubuntu is only available for developers and business users who want to test it. This will change in 2014 with the arrival of materials. During the year, everyone can order a mobile phone in Ubuntu . The OS does it receive an enthusiastic or will he settle for a critical success ? This would most likely be located halfway . Without prejudging the outcome , Ubuntu Touch will be interesting to follow.

3 - OpenSuse

The world of Linux distributions is full of changes and controversy. In the end , many users change versions to see if the grass is greener elsewhere . Among all these changes, there is an exception. This is OpenSuse which continues to be one of the strongest and most consistent force in this universe in perpetual evolution. Is this likely to change in 2014 ? Certainly not . But we can anticipate an increase in the number of OpenSuse users seeking refuge in the war that is being waged on the display and desktop environments servers.

4 - ChromeOS

Our colleague Computerworld hesitated to include in its list of Google ChromeOS , which has very little resemblance to a traditional Linux distribution. Yet it is also Linux . And with the marketing muscle behind it there , we can see that the membership of which the OS has received this year. In 2014, we'll see if it passes or releases . This should go and take a lot of importance .

5 - Lubuntu

This is the interface without Ubuntu Unity , to which the lighter environment LXDE was preferred . It has already gained popularity , thanks in part to many Ubuntu users seeking to escape the slow Unity desktop environment. Lubuntu now seems to have reached critical mass , holding the attention of users as not coming to Ubuntu for its speed and small memory footprint . This distribution is expected to grow significantly in 2014.

6 - Sea + Plasma Active

For those who remember Maemo and Moblin , Sea is a sort of spiritual successor to these unfortunate distributions . It is on this mobile OS based on Linux KDE Plasma Active is based interface. Will there be equipment delivered in 2014 with Sea and Plasma Active preinstalled ? Hard to say. But even if there is none, this technology is interesting and important for a fundamental reason : they approach things very differently from other mobile systems (such as Android , Ubuntu Touch or FirefoxOS ) . For that, she deserves it clings .

7 - Linux Mint

Linux Mint is an interesting specimen. It was first presented as a version of Ubuntu completed various codecs and drivers. Thereafter , he quickly gained a deserved reputation for its excellent design . Finally, in recent years, there has been a significant user base causing the top spot DistroWatch . Its popularity has generated different versions and transformations , which is both interesting and confusing. Our colleague Computerwold think Linux Mint will focus on his message in 2014 with a single version . Otherwise , its popularity might suffer. Whatever happens , you have to look closely.

8 - ArchLinux

Arch has more than 11 years , so this is far from being a newcomer. But its user base is still a niche market of Linux as a whole. Why should we watch in 2014 ? Intuition perhaps. The feeling that it might be interesting to see what happens to him in 2014.

9 - Building your own distribution

A little humor . The tools to build their own Linux distribution such as SUSE Studio are mature and so easy to use that in some cases the best " distro " Linux will be the one you prepare yourself relying on a existing version. In 2014 , we should see extended opportunities to make your own system and provide it to those who might share the same needs.

10 - SteamOS

Valve , one of the largest developer and publisher of games on the market , is now making games for Linux and Steam store works on this OS. It is also a member of the Linux Foundation. And he even built its own distribution, SteamOS for consoles to be delivered in 2014. If successful in the market, and there is little reason to think he will not meet , even if moderate , it could have a significant impact in the field of games on Linux. Microsoft , Sony and Nintendo ( and just about everyone with them) look very closely at what Valve will do with SteamOS in 2014.
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