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Linux is an operating system. It is software which enables applications & computer operator to access the device on computer to perform functions. This OS can be installed on PCs, laptops, mobile devices, servers etc. Linux OS includes distribution for desktops & servers & it also contain Linux Kernel which is core of operating system with supporting tools.

Linux have many flavors among all Debian, Ubuntu, CentOS, Fedora etc. are most popular. Below mentioned is a brief description of these OS distributions!

#1. Ubuntu OS

The Leading OS for PC, Tablet, Phone and Cloud.

Ubuntu is an open source software platform that runs everywhere from the smart-phone, the tablet and the PC to the server and the cloud.

Ubuntu is a computer operating system based on Debian Linux. It is a most popular Linux distribution. Its name comes from the Zulu word “Ubuntu” which means “humanity to others”. The initial release of this OS is 20th October 2004 & it is developed & supported by Canonical Ltd. It is free & popular OS based on Linux. It is free & open source model. In this OS targeted people are- home users, developers & businesses.

It is supporting many popular applications like Mozilla Firefox, Mozilla Thunderbird, Evolution, Libreoffice & file manager Nautilus etc. Debian based software is used in this OS like .deb files & APT (update method of Ubuntu). In this operating system supported architecture is amd64, i386 & more than 55 languages are available in this OS. This OS distributed free of cost under GNU license. Latest stable release is 13.10 Saucy Salamander (17th Oct. 2013).


Ubuntu allows user to download some popular proprietary software like Flash & Wi-Fi drivers with a simple click during install process. Ubuntu’s default user interface is unity which is available in 2D & 3D. Different hardware can affect the performance & speed of OS. According to some tests Ubuntu boots faster than Fedora. Ubuntu & Fedora distributions release a new version every six months but there is a difference in their support models. In Ubuntu after a version is released this offers support for 18 months & it also releases Long Term Support version every two years that are supported for 5 years.

#2. Fedora OS

Fedora core is an RPM based general purpose collection of software. This includes an operating system based on Linux kernel & Red Hat. The initial release of this OS is 16th Nov.2003 & it is developed & sponsored by Red Hat Inc. It is also supporting many popular applications like Mozilla Firefox, Mozilla Thunderbird, Evolution, Libreoffice & file manager Nautilus etc. This OS is used Red Hat software like RPM files & yum (update method of Fedora).

In this OS amd64, i386 is the supported architecture & it supports multiple languages. Latest stable release of this OS is Heisenbug (Fedora 20), 17th December 2013. Fedora does not offer proprietary software like Flash, Bluetooth & Wi-Fi drivers. Fedora’s default user interface is GNOME 3.2.1. Fedora is faster to shut down. But in Fedora after a version is released this offers support for 13 months.


#3. CentOS

CentOS stands for Community Enterprise Operating System.

It is freely released version of stable & secure Red Hat Enterprise Server, Linux based operating system. Every CentOS version is maintained for up to 10 years. A new CentOS version is released every 2 years & this provide long term support for their operating system (about every six months). CentOS provides reliability, security & stability, so this is the perfect choice of clients & web servers.


#4. Debian

The Universal Operating System

Debian is an operating system and a distribution of Free Software. It is maintained and updated through the work of many users who volunteer their time and effort.

Debian is a free operating system (OS) for your computer. An operating system is the set of basic programs and utilities that make your computer run. Debian provides more than a pure OS: it comes with over 43000 packages, precompiled software bundled up in a nice format for easy installation on your machine. Debian systems currently use the Linux kernel or the FreeBSD kernel.


What flavor of Linux have you tried?

We’d love to hear from you!!

Source: TLD6 BLOG


  • Reply meynard hill |

    I have tried Ubuntu and Fedora OS and I am never disappointed! I like Linux softwares because they are very reliable and easy to understand. Unlike other softwares wherein its impossible to be familiarized in just one seating.

    • Reply sarvblog |

      Thank you so much for passing by and sharing your views. And yes, you are right Linux is quite familiar and a good open source OS.

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