I have heard a lot of Linux users say, “It really does not matter which distribution of Linux that you use.”
Are they right about that?
Or are they entirely wrong?
To find out if their statement is true, I will have to do an in-depth analysis.
So, it is dissecting time!
Not Every Distribution Of Linux Is User-Friendly
If you are recommending Linux to someone who has never used it before, you will most likely recommend a distribution of Linux that is user-friendly; for example:
The distributions of Linux that were mentioned above work well out-of-the-box.
In my case, the first distribution of Linux that I ever used was Ubuntu (I eventually moved on to another distribution of Linux ― one that is not user-friendly for the novice user).
As a matter of fact, a lot of the Linux users started off with a user-friendly distribution of Linux and moved on to a more advanced version of Linux when they learned the proverbial ropes of Ubuntu or the other Ubuntu-based distributions.
The newbie to Linux would have a very hard time wrapping their mind around Arch Linux (Which by the way, is one of my favourite distributions of Linux).
So, in this case, it does matter which distribution of Linux the newcomer to Linux utilizes.
There Are Distributions Of Linux That Are Most Suited For People Who Want The Latest Of Everything
Those of you who use Linux would know that Arch Linux provides the user with the latest kernel and software.
If you do not want to go through the time and the trouble of installing Arch Linux in the manner that is specified in the ArchWiki, you can install the following distributions of Linux with ease:
Please note, that Arch Linux and the other distributions of Linux that are based on Arch Linux are not for the faint of heart.
And, why is that so?
Because Arch Linux and the other distributions of Linux that are based on Arch Linux use a rolling release model.
So, be prepared to fix any broken packages (Now, do not allow that to scare you away from using Arch Linux and the other distributions of Linux that are based on Arch Linux, because breakages happen once in a while).
Do keep in mind that if you plan on using Arch Linux and its derivatives, you will have to learn how to use basic Linux commands in the terminal.
Now, in the case of a person wanting the latest kernel along with bleeding-edge software, it does matter which distribution of Linux they choose.
There Are Distributions Of Linux That Are Best Suited For People Who Want Stability
The stable branch of Debian has a high track record for being a very stable version of Linux.
People who do not want to go through the hassle of installing Debian can install other distributions of Linux that are based on it; such as:
Debian has a reputation for containing software that is many versions behind (This is what adds to its level of stability).
Now, in spite of the software on Debian being old, they are patched to prevent any security-related vulnerabilities.
So, in regards to stability, it does matter which distribution of Linux a person uses.
There Are Distributions Of Linux Without Systemd
There are Linux users who would not touch systemd with a ten-foot pole.
And, why is that the case?
Some Linux users hate systemd because it goes against the Unix philosophy that states, “Do one thing and do it well.”
Apparently, systemd does too many things underneath the hood for some people’s liking.
The good news is that systemd-haters can download the following Linux distributions (Ones that do not contain systemd):
So, in this case, choosing a distribution that is devoid of systemd matters a lot to those people that want nothing to do with systemd.
There Are Distributions Of Linux That Are Best Suited For Desktop Environment Enthusiasts
A desktop environment enthusiast can be viewed as someone who is fully devoted to their favourite desktop environment.
In my case, I am a huge fan of the MATE Desktop Environment (I mostly go for the option of using the MATE desktop environment whenever I am installing a distribution of Linux to test).
However certain desktop environments tend to work way better on certain distributions of Linux; for example:
- The Cinnamon Desktop Environment works better on Linux Mint.
- The Deepin Desktop Environment works better on Deepin OS.
- The Budgie Desktop Environment works better on Solus.
Therefore, choosing the right distribution of Linux matters a lot for the desktop environment enthusiast.
There Are Distributions Of Linux That Still Support 32-Bit Computers
Those of us who use Linux are aware of the fact, that most of the popular Linux distributions have dropped their support for 32-bit computers (Yes, believe it or not, there are people on the face of the Earth who still use those ancient 32-bit computers).
People who need 32-bit support for their computers can download the following distributions of Linux:
The fewer computers there are in the landfill, the better!
I have nothing against a person for wanting to use a computer with a 32-bit architecture in this modern age.
Where the usage of 32-bit computers is concerned, it truly matters which distribution of Linux is used.
Specific Software Can Be Installed On Almost Any Distribution Of Linux
Some people who have used Solus complained that Solus’s software repository is not as large as Ubuntu’s software repository (That statement is true).
However, little do they know that they can acquire additional software by using:
Therefore, it grants the Linux user the freedom to find the software that they desire via additional sources.
Arch Linux users can also utilize software from those three sources that were mentioned above (But, they would hardly do such a thing because they can access almost any software that they can think of via the Arch User Repository).
Some Debian users who want more up-to-date software and do not want to compromise the stability of their operating system by switching to Debian’s Testing or Unstable Branch will opt for using Flatpak.
A lot of the Linux users on the other distributions of Linux would use APPImages because APPImages are distro-agnostic.
So, where free and open-source software is concerned, it does not matter which distribution of Linux that you use.
As you have learned, it does matter (in most cases) which distribution of Linux that we use (Our specific needs would determine which distribution of Linux we would utilize).
However, in regards to the availability of software, it does not matter which distribution of Linux that we use.
Because in addition to the software that comes readily available to us in our chosen distribution of Linux, we can find almost any software that we need via:
Some of the Linux gurus uttered the saying, “It really does not matter which distribution of Linux that you use,” with the intention of letting all Linux users know, that they can get their work done on any Linux distribution and that distro-hopping was unnecessary.
The funny thing is that the saying, “It really does not matter which distribution of Linux that you use,” is neither one hundred percent true or false.