Why Linux?

If you really must ask

Secure & Open Source

With updates coming in frequently, exploits, or other security threats are patched quickly. Being Open Source allows linux to be audited quickly by thousands of people.

Free as in freedom

GNU/Linux is licensed with open source license (Depending on distribution you select). Making license fee's a thing of the past.

Fast & Efficient

To date, Linux is known to be the fastest Operating System released. With hardware requirements much lower than Windows & Mac.

Community Driven

The Linux community has hundreds of thousands of people ready to help at a moments notice.


Minimal Requirements for *most* Linux Distributions?

If you have at least this, you should be able to run most Linux Distributions listed.
RAM512 MB
CPU1 GHz Single Core
HDD20 GB+

GNU/Linux Distibutions

Choose a distro that matches your needs!
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NameDescriptionDownload Link(s)
UbuntuUbuntu is light, quick, and ready for most modern day computers. Comes with some preloaded applications like LibreOffice, Firefox, and more!Website
DebianDubbed "The Universial Operating System", Debian is simple, light, and can run almost anywhere.Website

NameDescriptionDownload Link(s)
LakkaLight, fast, simple distro built off RetroArch. Mainly for Emulation, cannot natively play Windows, or Linux Games.Website
RetroPieOriginally Built for the Raspberry Pi, RetroPie is an emulation gaming distro. Built off RetroArch, using EmulationStation as the front-end.Website
RecalboxUsing the same idea as RetroPie, but with better driver, IoT, and emulator support. Not as customizable though.Website
SteamOSBuilt by Value,SteamOS is Linux with Steam Big Picture mode. Runs Native Linux, Windows, steam, and emulator games. (Requires more setup)Website

NameDescriptionDownload Link(s)
CentOSEssentially the "Community" edition of Red Hat, CentOS is RHEL ready. Stable, Quick, and user friendly.Website
Red HatRed Hat or RHEL, is the Linux community's answer to Windows Server. Built specifically to be stable in an enterprise environment.Website
SUSE/OpenSUSESUSE is probably the most stable enterprise linux available right now(along side RHEL & Ubuntu). OpenSUSE is the "community" or "personal" edition. Their website does it more justice.Website (SUSE)
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NixOSNixOS is known as a functional Linux server. Deployment of NixOS is done via configuration files. Making it dead simple to install.Website
ClearOSCould be considered an AIO solution for Enterprise, ClearOS includes Firewall, Gateway, Domain Services, File Sharing, Email, & More.Website
ZentyalAnother AIO Small Business Server built on Linux. Includes email, firewall/gateway, Domain Services, samba, & more.Website

NameDescriptionDownload Link(s)
Linux MintBased on Ubuntu, Linux Mint is probably among the most popular distros in this list. It is simple to use, includes office, email, IM, and more in one package.Website
Ubuntu StudioLooking to create multimedia content on Linux? Ubuntu Studio is probably the best, simple solution for you.Website

NameDescriptionDownload Link(s)
AntergosLooking to run Arch Linux but don't want the hassle of Arch linux? Antergos makes running Arch simple and efficient.Website
ElementaryA clean, simple, light Linux based on Ubuntu. Elementary gives you the look and feel similar to that of a Macbook.Website
PCLinuxOSBuilt off Mandriva, PCLinuxOS is a simple, user-friendly, and fast Linux distro.Website
DeepinClean, elegant, fast Debian Based Distro. Can run almost on any hardware made in 2007+.Website

NameDescriptionDownload Link(s)
Tiny CoreWith the smallest ISO clocking in at ~11MB, Tiny Core is going to be the smallest Linux Distro on this list.Website
LXLEBuilt off Debian, LXLE has great driver support, and can run on almost any old hardware you have lying around.Website
LiteLite Linux, by the name you know it's very light weight. It was built to be as user-friendly as possible while keeping hardware requirements low.Website

NameDescriptionDownload Link(s)
ChromiumOS (ChromeOS)Built off ChromeOS(Some features removed), ChromiumOS requires a Google Account, and internet to install, but it's light foot print, and cloud storage, makes it ideal for new-to-linux users.Website
PeppermintPeppermint can nicely integrate with most web services you already use, Facebook, Twitter, Google, etc.Website

NameDescriptionDownload Link(s)
ParrotDebian based, Parrot is built for those looking to pentest (security audit, scanning, and testing) their network. Parrot also includes SDK's for developing your own security-centered software.Website
Kali LinuxAnother Debian based pentesting distribution. Has arm binaries as well for Raspberry Pi.Website
Quebes OS"Reasonably Secure" as their moto, Quebes uses the xen hypervisor, tor, and i2p(when configured) to give you a very secure, and isolated environment for each individual application you use.Website

NameDescriptionDownload Link(s)
XenServerBuilt off the Xen Project, Citrix XenServer is a leading provider in desktop and server virtualization.Website
Xen ProjectFast, light, and efficient hypervisor. One of the leading contenders in the hypervisor market.Website
TKL LXCTurnKey Linux's very own hypervisor. TKL LXC can only virtualize Linux containers, but it comes with an array of different appliences direct from TKL.Website

NameDescriptionDownload Link(s)
TailsTheir slogan "Privacy for Anyone, Anywhere" says it all. You load Tails on a USB stick, live boot it, and you can get all the privacy you need (when used correctly).Website
SubgraphOSEssentially like tails, but with added features like application firewalling, sandboxing, etc.Website
WhonixThis is like if QuebesOS and Tails had a baby. Secure, Safe, and easy to use. Tor and VM's are utilized to make your internet traffic as secure as possible. (When used correctly)Website

NameDescriptionDownload Link(s)
Raspbian DesktopRaspberry's flagship OS, Rasbian Desktop comes with a slick interface, and loads of applications for programming on your RPi.Website
Raspbian LiteLike Raspian Desktop, but without the GUI or included programs. Recommended for RPi projects that do not require a display hooked up to the RPi.Website
Ubuntu Mate ArmUbuntu Mate for the Raspberry Pi, Stable, Quick, and ready for your RPi.Website
DietPiProbably the smallest Debian based Distribution for The Raspberry Pi. Also compatible with out IoT devices.Website
RetroPieOriginally Built for the Raspberry Pi, RetroPie is an emulation gaming distro. Built off RetroArch, using EmulationStation as the front-end.Website
RecalboxUsing the same idea as RetroPie, but with better driver, IoT, and emulator support. Not as customizable though.Website

GNU Apps

Already have Linux and need apps?

NameDescriptionDownload Link(s)
ChromiumAn Open Source Browser from Google based around Google Chrome.
Firefox-ESRThe same as Firefox, but this is the Extended Support Release(LTS).
FirefoxAn Open Source Browser built on Gecko Rendering Engine. Built by Mozilla.
MidoriAnother Open Source Browser built on WebKit. This browser is amazingly small. Recommended for small or older computers.
WaterfoxBuilt on Mozilla's Firefox, Waterfox aims to be faster, and more user-oriented than most.

NameDescriptionDownload Link(s)
TelegramAn Open Source IM Application for Linux, Android, iOS, Windows, & Mac. Built for Speed, Security, & Privacy.
PidginAs one of the wiser open source apps on this list, Pidgin is a free, open, and fast IM. compatible with services like Yahoo, XMPP, ICQ, & More.
HexChatBuilt off the old XChat, HexChat is perfect for IRC communication. It is also Free and Open Source.
EmpathySupporting both IM and VoIP (Video & Voice!), Empathy supports multiple protocols and is also open source.
GajimAn XMPP Client that supports file transfers, among other features, GTK+ compliant, and Open Source.

NameDescriptionDownload Link(s)
ThunderbirdAs an email & IM client, Thunderbird is pretty lightweight. Probably one of the most used email clients on this list.
MailspringUsing open web tech, mailspring boasts both a community & professional version. The community edition is free and open source.
EvolutionBuilt with GTK+, Evolution a light and fast email client.
GearyGeary is built for GNOME3 using the WebKitGTK+. It's a light, good looking, & fast email client

NameDescriptionDownload Link(s)
GNOME FilesAs an email & IM client, Thunderbird is pretty lightweight. Probably one of the most used email clients on this list.
ThunarUsing open web tech, mailspring boasts both a community & professional version. The community edition is free and open source.
DolphinBuilt with GTK+, Evolution a light and fast email client.
fmanGeary is built for GNOME3 using the WebKitGTK+. It's a light, good looking, & fast email client