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The 7 best Linux distributions of 2020 to install

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What are the best Linux distributions of 2020?

In recent years, this type of OS has evolved considerably. If at the beginning it was a rather Spartan operating system, with great difficulties as regards hardware compatibility, today the situation has definitely changed.

In principle, the available distributions were restricted even if, with the proliferation of users, even the Linux versions have differentiated, going to cover almost any need and sector.

Nowadays there are many developers who focus on this operating system (forgive us the approximation, Linux itself a kernel). The result of this attention that, every year, interesting news is offered regarding this platform and whatever type of distribution (or distro) concerns it.

Ductility, security and of course its open source nature are peculiarities that have made Linux an extremely widespread operating system. Thanks to the distributions then, we managed to overcome the biggest obstacle that novice users have always encountered using this OS, or a learning curve not really within everyone's reach.

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The best Linux distributions in 2020: how to choose?

As already mentioned, the "chameleon-like" nature of Linux allows this platform to satisfy a large share of users. As we will see, the available distros range from those most directed towards users accustomed to Windows to those that focus more on performance or on certain work sectors.

Regardless of the choice, also dictated by personal tastes, we remember how the beating heart of Linux (but also of any other operating system) is the frequency of updates. Opt for a now abandoned distribution regardless of a wrong choice. With the passing of the months, in fact, it is very likely that an out-of-date distribution has major problems in terms of hardware compatibility and not only.

Beyond this note, there are no particular limits of choice, also by virtue of the fact that generally the best Linux distributions do not have extremely expensive hardware side demands.


Let's start with the most popular version of Linux and appreciated by the general public. For some users, this distribution is so tied to the operating system that Ubuntu it is almost considered a synonym. Although evidently an error, it speaks volumes about how well this distro is affirmed in this environment.

This is the perfect starting point for new users with little familiarity in this environment, since the Linux-based operating system is more user friendly around. Anyone from Mac or from systems Windows it will take just a few hours to be able to orient yourself with discreet security inside. Being based on Debian, it has a certain affinity with this distribution, although it is much simpler. Thanks to its widespread use, there is no lack of forums (Italian and non-Italian) and communities that assist users and offer useful advice also to beginners.

Within Ubuntu itself, there are some particular sub-distributions, such as Ubuntu MATE or Lubuntu, particularly suitable for laptops or underperforming hardware.


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<p>Ubuntu's older brother, <strong>Debian</strong> recently turned 26 (which says a lot about its quality and reliability). In spite of the age, however, it is an always updated distro, as well as a real pillar of the Linux environment.</p>
<p>In reality, it is a real "father" for many distributions that have been developed in recent years. Compared to Ubuntu, we can define this OS even more stable and with an even more direct involvement from the developers.</p>
<p>In the large repositories available, it is possible to find a lot of applications and, compared to its godchildren, Debian still proves flexible and customizable. Although more difficult than many other versions, it is the best Linux distribution ever for those who love programming in this environment.</p>
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<p>The jump from Windows or MacOS to Linux is not the simplest: for this reason the developers have worked to create solutions that are the right meeting point between these work environments. Even more suitable for this purpose than Ubuntu, <strong>Linux Mint</strong> it is the perfect introduction to the Linux universe.</p>
<p>Beyond the interface, easy to master even for beginners, there are by default several software already present in the Windows environment (such as<strong> LibreOffice</strong>).</p>
<p>Mint always in sync with the latest versions of <strong>Ubuntu LTS</strong>. This means that it is not necessary to have security concerns during malware attacks (not for nothing is Linux considered an OS that makes security its strong point). Anyone who has an old computer with <strong>Windows 7</strong> and want to find an alternative to this operating system that is supported by updates, can find an ideal platform in Linux Mint.</p>
<h3><span id=Elementary OS

Elementary OS an Ubuntu-based distribution that aims to provide a friendly and refined experience ready for use even for less savvy users. This particular version of Linux has been around for quite some time and has established itself as a solid option for novice and desktop users looking for easy-to-use and no-frills distribution. Therefore, it is one of the most solid alternatives to the aforementioned Linux Mint. In this context, however, it must be said as the desktop environment Pantheonit is particularly familiar to those familiar with macOS.

Since the elementary operating system based on Ubuntu, it enjoys all the advantages of Ubuntu regarding updates, repositories and security.


Antergos one of the least known and definitely among the most underrated distributions. based on Arch Linux and offers all the advantages of a complete installation of Arch Vanilla, while also maintaining a remarkable level of simplicity.

Antergos has developed its own graphical installer, Cnchi, which makes the installation process a breeze, regardless of the type of user who wants to try it. It allows you to configure the system at will, including the boot procedure. There Wiki of Arch Linux it has no equal when it comes to distribution documentation. Everything in this "encyclopedia" applies perfectly to Antergos. There is also the great advantage of being able to take advantage of the huge Arch repositories.


To choose Gentoo it means relying on the most flexible distribution in circulation.

This is the ideal solution for those who want to manage a server, but also for programmers or in any case for users who are perfectly familiar with the Linux environment. As for the desktop side, you can choose your work environment or the window manager, with great freedom of choice. Every single detail of your desktop can be modified according to the user's wishes.

As for security,Gentoo Hardened one of the best projects within Linux distributions to increase its overall security. Even without the patches GRSecurity (which previously were a substantial part of the project) Gentoo Hardened an excellent option in both server and desktop environments.

Kali Linux

Kali Linux

We conclude the list of the best linux distributions currently available with Kali Linux. It is a distro, based on Debian GNU / Linux, created specifically for the IT security environment and for the forensic information technology sector.

In fact, it is a system addressed to professional users who particularly care about the safety of their work environment. Managed by the Offensive Security group, this is certainly not a distro particularly suitable for beginners. On the other hand, as regards security-related tools and apps, it does not fear comparison with any other operating system on the market (especially as regards port scanning and password crackers). Those who need a computer-proof bunker station can intelligently opt for installing Kali Linux on their computer.