I would like to mention why the term ‘Stable’ comes in relation to Linux OS or distro. Bcoz there are hundred of Linux OS variations as per the user’s requirements. Some are very fundamental like Debian, some is a base distro like Ubuntu, Arch Linux and Linux Mint.So Here we are going to list down the best stable Linux distros which are well known.
Let’s Start with a list of 5 most stable Linux distros for users who really want to replace their OS instead of using MacOS, Windows OS.
OpenSUSE community is one of the best stable Linux distros made by SUSE Linux and other companies – Novell. It uses the same code base from SUSE Linux Enterprise. After merging and collaboration, it stops to release the regular version rather focusing stable and long life cycle. So basically OpenSUSE code takes all the good features from SUSE Linux Enterprise
- OpenSUSE the easiest and widely used Linux Distro, make OpenSUSE the most usable desktop environment for newbie based on open source collaboration, make OpenSUSE simple, easy, and best choice for development and packaging processes to Linux developers.
- Comes with a lot of variations including Cinnamon, GNOME, IceWM, KDE, LXDE, Openbox, WMaker, Xfce.
- Pentium 4 1.6 GHz or higher processor
- 2 GB physical RAM (4 GB recommended).
- 3 GB available disk space
Fedora community also powered Linux OS which is backed by Red Hat Inc and as famous for providing bleeding edge features. If you face any problem while using it then don’t worry, you will be helped by a large number of community and forum. It comes with an open source component thus makes the open source lover happy. As it comes from the house of Red Hat, so you can run it without any issues for developing your applications and programs.
- Installation and Setup are very easy and painless.
- Software sources and dependencies are always updated.
- Supported by a well-known organization, Red Hat Inc.
- Offers cutting-edge features.
- Pretty stable and flexible.
- 1 GHz processor
- 1 GB of memory (RAM)
- 10 GB HDD/SSD
3. Linux Mint
Linux Mint is the one of the most popular and best user friendly Ubuntu-based Linux distro available. Linux Mint is similarly perfect fit for both newcomers and advanced users. The main motto of Linux Mint is “From freedom came elegance” which provides a stable, powerful, easy to use, and a complete out of the box experience.
- As Linux Mint is Ubuntu-based Linux distro, so it will fully compatible with Ubuntu software repositories.
- Comes with a full-packed system including browser plugins, media codecs, support.
- Linux Mint comes with different flavors like Cinnamon, GNOME, KDE, MATE, Xfce.
- installation process is Very easy
- 512MB RAM
- 9 GB of disk space
This is one of the most popular and stable Debian based Linux Distros for the everyone. It has its own software repositories which regularly synced with a Debian repository. That ensured to get stable and latest release.
- Ubuntu Linux Distro is stable and secure OS
- Ubuntu comes with few environment like Gnome, Unity, KDE, XFCE, MATE etc.
- 700 MHz processor
- 512 MiB RAM
- 5 GB of Disk space
5. Arch Linux
Arch Linux is not a typical OS like other distros but comes with a Linux kernel and package manager, Pacman. It’s also come without a graphical interface. Basically, Arch Linux comes with a barebone base where the users can pick the required components and make the system without any bloat programs.
- Install and setup process is Little bit difficult
- Easily repairable for any bug fixes
- Zero maintenance and self-controlled software updated
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