Over time Ubuntu ended up gaining a lot of relevance in the world of technology in general, not only in the Linux world, this made it the first option of many people who are starting in this world.
As expected, it does not please everyone and so today we are going to meet three interesting alternatives for distributions that can be used by laymen without too many problems in place in Ubuntu.
Most Linux distributions are extensive projects, often with several different versions. Ubuntu for example has versions with practically all popular interfaces, has applications in servers, mobile devices and “internet of things”, because of that, I want to make it clear that I will not suggest the official derivations of Ubuntu with other interfaces here, although that they are, effectively, an option for you who don’t like Unity.
The idea is to show other distros that intend to work with a “common” user, in the same way as Ubuntu, but that are produced far from Canonical.
Linux Mint – The obvious option
Many people will think that Mint would not even need to be on the list, after all his presence is quite obvious, but that is precisely why he could not be left out.
The Linux Mint is just a «little jump» from Ubuntu, since the distribution is always based on the latest LTS of the Canonical system, which makes it compatible with Ubuntu in most applications, while still creating many own solutions for configurations and customizations.
Read too: Linux Mint 18 is coming
Like Ubuntu, Linux Mint also has many variations. The system has versions with 4 different graphical interfaces (Cinnamon, MATE, KDE and XFCE) and in addition, Mint also has a version based on “Debian Stable ”, called “Linux Mint Debian Edition”, or simply, LMDE.
For these reasons I believe that Linux Mint is not only one of the best options for beginners, but one of the best alternatives to Ubuntu in general to be used on your personal computer.
–Download Linux Mint
Manjaro Linux – Facility outside the Debian base
If your intention is to move outside the base .deb (or even .rpm), certainly Manjaro Linux is an excellent option. Particularly, I like the KDE version of Manjaro the most, I think it is the most beautiful of all, however, like Ubuntu (maybe even more), Manjaro Linux has a series of community and official versions with, I dare say, literally all interfaces existing graphics. So it is a very interesting alternative to Ubuntu.
Manjaro is based on the popular Arch Linux, this ensures that the distro has some interesting features, such as access to the AUR repository, which for me is one of the great differentials; in AUR you can find almost all programs available for Linux, with some exceptions.
Although I like the version with KDE, the main version, let’s say, of Manjaro is the version with XFCE, which I did a review for some time, you can check out the video below.
Manjaro, regardless of the version, also has a series of tools that aim to make life easier for the common user, such as tools for installing proprietary drivers and even manipulating the kernel.
Another interesting distro with a concept similar to Manjaro and also based on Arch Linux is the Antergos
There is a graphical interface to manage the programs that resembles Synaptic, a popular tool based on Debian, without a Program Center like Ubuntu by default; with a little attention and a little study, this should not be an obstacle. Another interesting point is that Manjaro is a distribution Rolling Release, that is, you install it once and simply update it.
Better understand what a Rolling Release distro is
Read too: How to turn Ubuntu into a “Rolling Release”
Are you interested in Manjaro? Then you can download, test and then tell us what you think of it.
– Manjaro Linux Download
Korora Linux – An even easier Fedora
I was thinking of nominating Fedora here, and I would even do that if it weren’t for Korora.
I don’t see many people talking about this interesting Linux distribution based on Fedora, I’m not sure why, after all, it has several attractions. If you are familiar with the relationship between Ubuntu and Linux Mint, it will be simple to explain Korora’s proposal:
«Just as Fedora is for Ubuntu, Korora is for Mint.»
Korora very well fulfills the role of making Fedora even easier, whether you like it or not, Fedora is a “purist” distribution and doesn’t have many tools that facilitate configuration natively, such as applications to install video drivers, Korora already has these functionalities.
Like Fedora, Korora focuses on the Gnome environment, however, just as Fedora has its own Spins with interface variations, Korora also offers ISOs with different environments:
– Gnome Shell
– KDE Plasma
We don’t have one yet review in Korora video, but soon he should appear, for now, to learn more about the system and also download the distro access this article from the Diolinux blog.
Because it is based on Fedora, a very popular and traditional distro, and brings facilitating tools, Korora is one of the main options to replace Ubuntu for those who want to leave the base .deb and you don’t want to enter the Arch world with Manjaro Linux.
Are there any other options?
Certainly! There are plenty of options in the Linux world! Then you can feel free to say what are your favorite distros that can replace Ubuntu on a computer of a layman or ordinary user.
The blog comment space is open for your opinion.
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