The Top 10 Most Popular Linux Distributions in 2017, the First is My Favorite!

By Philip Perez,2013-10-09 15:20
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The Top 10 Most Popular Linux Distributions in 2017, the First is My Favorite!

By 2015, let's sum up the usage of Linux distributions this year. To find the most extensive release this year, let's go to DISTROWATCH, look over the page and hit the ranking (PHR). This table provides a variety of time spans that allow you to view the Linux and BSD distribution rankings in your chosen time range. Let's take a look at the comparison table below, which lists the top 10 Linux distributions in 2015 and 2014:

As you can see, this year hasn't changed much or much. Let's take a look at the top 10 Linux distributions from the back up to December 9, 2015.

10. Elementary OS 

Its developers as Elementary school OS is "open Windows and OS X fast and substitute", this beautiful delicate based on Ubuntu desktop Linux distributions of LTS, issued the first edition in 2011, the current issue is the third stable version (code "Freya")

Because Elementary OS is based on Ubuntu, it is fully compatible with code repositories and software packages. However, its own application manager is still being developed while writing this article. Personally, this is the most beautiful desktop distribution I've ever seen.

9. Arch Linux

Maybe the Arch is one of the main characteristics, it is a separate open source distribution (which means that it is not based on any other things), and are popular with tens of thousands of Linux users. 

Because Arch follows the rolling release pattern, you can get the latest software by using PACMAN for regular system updates.

Traditionally, is not recommended for new users to use the Arch, mainly because of the installation process will not do any decision for you, so you'd better have a certain degree of knowledge of Linux related concepts, in order to successfully install the software.

There are other Arch based distributions, such as APRICITY, MANJARO, ANTERGOS, which are more suitable for beginners who want to try Arch derivatives without obstacles.

8. Cent-OS 

Although the Community Enterprise Operating System is the most popular distribution of Linux servers, its desktop version is still evolving.

In addition, its robustness, stability, and 100% of binary compatibility, also make the Red Hat Enterprise Linux's number one enemy, especially for cloud VPS host - maybe this is one of the main reasons for sustained growth distributions.


Based on the Arch Linux MANJARO, the goal is to use for the Arch widespread distribution function advantage, at the same time provide a more comfortable installation and operation experience, both novice and experienced Linux users, can be out of the box.


Began in 2010, as derivatives have now disappeared MANDRIVA Linux, the nonprofit organization supported by MAGEIA since then, became famous, desktop and server security and stable release of Linux.

One of the most interesting features of MAGEIA is that its fully installed DVD allows you to choose from multiple desktop environments, rather than imposing one on you.

As of today, the new version of MAGEIA will be released every nine months, and will support the next year and a half.

5. Fedora 

Based on the Fedora Project (Red Hat support), the world community volunteers and developers to build and maintain the scope, the Fedora can last for years to become one of the most widely used distribution, because it has three main version available (Workstation (for desktop), Server edition and Cloud image), and the ARM version for Server based on ARM (usually a headless).

Perhaps Fedora's most obvious feature, though, is that it is always leading the way in integrating new software package versions and technologies into distribution. In addition, the new version of Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Cent-OS is based on Fedora.

4. open-SUSE 

Can be used as a rolling release, but also as an independent releases on a regular basis, different packages according to its developers, system administrators, developers, and desktop users the choice of Linux distributions, regardless of your experience level is at what level (by beginners and praise of geeks). Most importantly, the famous and award-winning SUSE Linux Enterprise product is based on open-SUSE.

3. Ubuntu

Maybe this release doesn't need any introduction. Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu, has been committed to make Ubuntu has become a popular and widespread distribution, and now you can be in smart phones, tablets, personal computers, servers, and see the figure of Ubuntu cloud VPS above.

In addition, Ubuntu is based on DEBIAN and is a popular distribution for new users -- which is probably why Ubuntu has been growing for some time. Although this is not considered, Ubuntu is the basis for other Canonical series releases such as Kubuntu, Xubuntu, and Lubuntu.

Most importantly, the installation image contains the Try Ubuntu feature, which allows you to Try Ubuntu before the hard disk are actually installed. There are only a handful of important distributions that offer such features.


As a rock-solid Linux distribution, DEBIAN releases a new stable release every two years, and you can rest assured that each version has been thoroughly tested.

In writing this article, the current stable version (code-named Jessie) in the DEBIAN code repository contains 43,500 packages, making it one of the most complete Linux distributions.

Although it is primarily used on servers, its desktop version is now significantly improved on functionality and appearance.

1. Linux Mint 

The famous slogan of Linux Mint (" From freedom came elegance ") is not just about it. Based on Ubuntu's Linux Mint, it's a stable, powerful, integrated, easy-to-use Linux distribution -- we have a lot of positive words to describe Mint.

Mint is one of the most significant characteristics, during the installation process you are permitted to choose from a list of desktop environment, and you can rest assured that once it after the installation, you can also play music and video files, without any additional configuration steps, because a standard installation provides multimedia decoder box.