Linux is the most versatile, powerful and customizable operating system out there. Actually, it’s the big dad of all operating systems. Being Open Source gives it transparency and endless ways to customize. You can make it look/feel the way you want, the limitation is your creativity.
Here, we have listed 25 of the most beautiful and functional Linux distributions out there. We are giving importance to functionality and stability of the OS than the beauty and looks. Also, we are listing it as a count-down, it’s up to you to decide which is beautiful for you.
Gentoo is one of those oldest Linux distros which are still alive. The stability and ease of use of Gentoo are what it makes still popular. Gentoo was originally launched in 2000. Adding some themes and icon-packs will make it modern. Gentoo is ideal for PC with lower configuration. One of the best in this linux distros list.
At the first glance you may feel like its ugly and old-school, but once you get used to it, you will realize that its one of the fastest and stable Linux distro out there. If your system has a low configuration then Q4OS is a great choice for you. It is one of those OS which uses very fewer system resources. They also provide long term stability. Thanks to Bobby Cooper for the suggestion.
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AntergOS is a simplified version ofArch Linux Antergos has teamed up with Numix to bring about beautiful icons and serene themes which altogether provide a superior feel. Antergos is the successor of CinnArch (Cinnamon+Arch). The main advantage of antergOS is that its not as complicated as Arch Linux.
Cub Linux (formerly Chromixium) is an Ubuntu-based Linux distribution that attempts to recreate the look & feel and functionality of Google’s Chrome OS on a conventional desktop. It combines the Openbox window manager with the Compton desktop compositor, Plank dock, and LXDE’s LXPanel to provide the desktop and menus. Ubuntu updates were given automatically, aiming to provide long-term security support. But as of now, this Operating System is discontinued by the developer.
Linux Mint is one of the most popular desktop Linux distributions and used by millions of people. The purpose of Linux Mint is to produce a modern, elegant and comfortable operating system which is both powerful and easy to use. Linux Mint uses less system resources. If you are planning to revamp your old PC or Laptop then Linux Mint is a great choice for you.
Trenta OS is a free & open operating system that aims to stand in the place of macOS and Windows on your computer. It aims to be the most beautifully designed Linux-based operating system. Rainier UI is a collection of themes that make up Trenta OS’s User Interface and signature look. If you’re a macOS lover and don’t have money to buy a mac then Trenta OS is a good choice for you. But, all that glitters is not gold, this distro is currently discontinued.
ChaletOS has a style that everyone knows well, appealing simplicity and an impressive speed. All this will let them fall in love with this system quickly. Because of its small hardware requirements, it will revive some old machines. Even though I haven’t personally used this operating system, I feel this OS gives a windows 7 feel. So it will be easy for someone coming from Windows 7 to pick up this OS.
Zorin OS is a stable, beautiful, clean Linux Distro with a suite of custom apps for the OS. It gives a fresh look compared to the clunky UI of other usual Linux Distros. Zorin Appearance lets you change the desktop to resemble the environment you’re familiar with, whether it’s Windows, macOS or Linux. Zorin OS has been designed to fit the way you use your computer, so you won’t need to learn a thing to get started. Hope that this project doesn’t get discontinued like the ones listed above.
Bharat Operating System Solutions (BOSS)
BOSS is an Indian GNU/Linux distribution developed by CDAC and is customized to suit Indian’s digital environment. It supports most of the Indian languages. It has four different variants.
- BOSS Desktop
- Advanced Server
- BOSS MOOL
POP OS is a new project based on Ubuntu by System76. They are calling it an Operating System rather than a Linux Distro. The aim of Pop!_OS is to make the Linux desktop “as productive as possible for the engineering, developers, and computer science fields where Linux excels” says Carl Richell, CEO of System76. Anyway, lets wait and watch how well this will get implemented.
The main goal of Enso OS is to provide beautiful and clean user experience to the crowd. Enso OS works on the principle of look and run as simply as possible. This OS is not designed for the enthusiast level user. Nick Wilkins is the creator of Enso OS.
Phoenix OS is not a Linux Distro it’s based on Android. If you are a person who thinks Linux does not have enough apps and software and you want something new and fresh from Windows 10 or macOS then Phoenix OS is for you. It’s based on Android 7.0 Nougat. And it s highly optimized. The main advantage here is that you have a very large suite of Android apps.
A Linux distribution focusing on portable universal app formats, using Nomad Desktop built on top of KDE Plasma 5 and Qt. The main problem here is the system requirements for this OS is a bit more it needs at least 4GB RAM and a quad-core processor to work smoothly.
BackSlash is yet another Linux Distro which focuses on beauty and simplicity. It mainly focuses the office and student users. Built on an Ubuntu Xenial Xerus.
Semicode OS is for the programmer in you, for the designer in you, for the coder in you, for the web developer in you. It has a lot of features built in to support programmers and coders. It comes pre-installed with Compilers, Editors, and Even IDEs of The Most Popular Languages The design is simple and elegant.
Liri OS reminds us the Material design used in Android. Liri gives a set of modern and flexible apps. A fluid design as well as solid features. The cross-platform nature of applications allows Liri to distribute Liri Apps to many different platforms. This is a very promising operating system. If Liri can be optimized to use less system resource then it will be great competition for ChromeOS at least aesthetically.
Like Liri, PapyrOS is also an attempt to bring material design into a Linux Distro. The project is in alpha stage but you can still download it. The main attraction here is the Material Design.
Manjaro is trying to make a professional and user-friendly Linux Distro at its best. Manjaro is based on the independently developed Arch operating system. Manjaro provides all the benefits of the Arch operating system combined with a focus on user-friendliness and accessibility. Available in both 32 and 64 bit versions, Manjaro is suitable for newcomers as well as experienced Linux users.
Deepin is one of our personal favorite OS in this list. As per their website, deepin is an elegant, easy to use and reliable domestic desktop operating system and bla bla bla… It also comes with WPS Office, Skype, Spotify. and other deepin featured applications preinstalled. It allows you to experience a variety of recreational activities, but also to meet your daily needs. With continually improved and perfected functions, we believe deepin will be loved and used by more and more users.
Arch Linux is a slightly less user-friendly distro, but Arch Linux is one of the most popular Linux distros after Ubuntu. It’s mainly aimed for developers and enthusiast level users. People with old, low configured machines can customize and remove unwanted packages using the terminal. There’s another variant of arch Linux called Antergos which comes with more drivers, more applications and a bunch of desktop environments to let you change the look of the system.
Fedora Workstation is a reliable, user-friendly, and powerful operating system for your laptop or desktop computer. It supports a wide range of developers, from hobbyists and students to professionals in corporate environments.
OpenSUSE is widely used throughout the world and is one among the most popular and stable Linux distros out there. The focus of its development is creating usable open-source tools for software developers and system administrators while providing a user-friendly desktop and feature-rich server environment.
CentOS is more of a practical OS than a beautiful OS it packs CentOS is a community version of Red Hat Linux which provides all of the stability and power of its parent. Also, It is solid distribution without frills and perfect for home and business use.
Debian scores more in the functionality and stability part of the OS. It is more of a usable,function-able OS than a beautiful clean OS. We think functionality and security are more important than beauty and simplicity. This is one of the most used flavors of Linux so updates and security patches will be available easily.
Elementary OS is what started the hunt for beautiful Linux Distro. Six years fast forward and now elementary OS is both stable and beautiful. It has it’s own app store and necessary apps are built in with the OS for you to get started easily.
The Leader!, Both beautiful stable. secure and hassle-free. It’s the most used open source operating system. The best linux distro out there
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