A Comparison of the Most Popular Linux Distributions

If you are considering the mighty migration from Windows to try out Linux that you hear is so popular, you might expect there to be a few types to choose from.  You might not quite expect that “a few” numbers in the hundreds!  Linux’s open source nature has made it a serious programmer’s playground. With such a large number we obviously cannot go into all of them.  What we will do instead is to focus on a few of the biggest ones.  In doing so, it’s important to remember that for this type of operating system (ie, open-source), users are building on each other’s work.  This creates a tree of variants, some of which are major branching points.  The Linux Tree has three major nodes that most of the rest of the distributions branch out from.  Let’s look at each of them

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A Comparison of the Most Popular Linux Distributions

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