Top 5 Best Linux Distros for Windows Users – 2020

Top 5 Best Linux Distros for Windows Users – 2020

The top 5 best Linux distros for those of us who are switching from Windows or Mac OS X. In this list it will go in order by familiarity or what in best for the new Linux user. For example, if you’re a complete noob and you’re not the most technically inclined you may want to go with the first item on this list. If your more of a power user and you love doing some tinkering you may want to consider the last item on this list.

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Top 5 Linux Distros for Noobs:
Zorin OS – 1:02
Linux Mint – 4:51
Elementary OS – 6:36
Pop!_OS – 9:41
MX Linux – 11:34

Whatever your reason may be for switching all of these options are great choice of any skill base. There are hundreds of distros and narrowing down like this is a difficult task. A important note is when looking up these operating systems is to have a idea of what desktop environment you’d like to run. Below I’ll include some images from a few different distros to give a idea of the desktop environments most common. In order they’re Gnome, KDE, Cinnamon, Budgie, and MATE.

You may have noticed all, but one of these top 5 linux distros are Ubuntu based. The reason for this is because Ubuntu is the perfect interface for someone new. It has been built up for a long time to just work out of the box. With the amount of users there is a powerful community making it easier to troubleshoot and look up issues.

Before you switch to any distro I’d recommend you go though the install process and test out everything you need to do on a daily basis in Virtual Box. This will make it so you’re sure of the functionality and comfortable with the environment. You should do this with at least 3 different distributions to get a good feel for the interface.


  1. Lorre Watkins on July 2, 2022 at 10:26 pm

    I think Linux FX takes the Crown of being the most, specifically Win10 like of all the distro’s !

  2. Syam Sasidharan on July 2, 2022 at 10:30 pm

    Hey be,my pc spec
    Processor i3-3220,3.30 GHz
    Ram 4gb
    500gb hard disk
    Gigabyte h61m-s mother board
    Going for Linux(beginner)
    Normal use ,utube,web browsing and downloading,photo editing,
    I want fast ,responsive ,stable, Linux Os
    Any suggestion bro.??

    Expecting ur reply

  3. Ansh Singh Suri on July 2, 2022 at 10:30 pm

    What’s the point of getting Linux that has limitation if you can just do everything on windows 😐

  4. Phabeon Dominguez on July 2, 2022 at 10:31 pm

    RECOMMEND me a distro please, I’ve used Ubuntu, Mint, and now Zorin for last 3yrs but they are so good I never have to do anything outside of the GUI. I want to get into Pentesting/Kali if that helps with the recommendation please.. oNe

  5. Garth on July 2, 2022 at 10:31 pm

    You have no idea Linuxfx.

  6. Jonny m on July 2, 2022 at 10:35 pm


  7. Anonymous Ghost on July 2, 2022 at 10:36 pm

    I like fedora pop os manjaro garuda arch linux
    Bu t hate kali
    I like openSUSE
    and also mageia

  8. George Papanastasiou on July 2, 2022 at 10:36 pm

    I have tried in an old pc more than 20 linux distros the last week. The best was the MX linux. Very fast, stable, easy application installation. No errors at all.

  9. Guilherme Teixeira on July 2, 2022 at 10:37 pm

    I like Deepin OS as well

  10. Ahmad Vawaid Su on July 2, 2022 at 10:37 pm

    Elementary stole my heart but my potato laptop couldn’t take it. I have to settle with Pop and mint mate

  11. Jackie Andrews on July 2, 2022 at 10:37 pm


  12. Shivam Batra on July 2, 2022 at 10:39 pm

    Spelling of "DESIGN" is wrong on your chair…!!😁😁

  13. emacs ultron on July 2, 2022 at 10:40 pm beautiful!!! Much, much better looking than ElementaryOs overall, and leagues ahead of other linux distros out of the box

  14. Ray Capps on July 2, 2022 at 10:42 pm

    What is Firefox Chrome?

  15. Jean Corriveau on July 2, 2022 at 10:44 pm

    The most Windows 10 look-and-feel distro is linuxfx/windowsfx, missing in this video. WINE is seamless in this OS. Almost identical to Windows. It’s ubuntu-based.

  16. MiBandit on July 2, 2022 at 10:44 pm

    thanks, great article FYI your blog button for Linux Mint download just links back to your article not the download page

  17. AxelBitz on July 2, 2022 at 10:44 pm

    mx is ungodly awful!

  18. Sanjiv Chaudhary on July 2, 2022 at 10:45 pm

    Hates Ubuntu based distro

  19. TechHut on July 2, 2022 at 10:45 pm

    I know I just gave Manjaro a shout-out, but I’ve been testing it out and I am very impressed. I’ll make a video detailing my experiences after I’ve had a few weeks to run it as my daily driver. Subscribe so you don’t miss it!

  20. Android Phone on July 2, 2022 at 10:45 pm

    I didn’t get comfortable in Linux until I discovered zipslack. It’s old now, but if you really want to feel at home in linux, grab a used $25 Pentium with windows 9x and install zipslack 9ish. Follow the guides on how to add X and kde and whatever programs you need. When you’re done all Linux distros will be easy, though no modern desktop environment will ever live up to pre-plasma kde and nothing will be as stable as slackware.

  21. John G. on July 2, 2022 at 10:46 pm

    Mint just WORKS…. And I’ve tried lots of Distros. I keep coming back to Mint because it just does what it does without giving me any trouble.

  22. Tezaswi Raj on July 2, 2022 at 10:47 pm

    Garuda Linux

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  24. Anant Gupta on July 2, 2022 at 10:47 pm

    5:01: Mixing voice problem but no problem!!!

  25. Tab Let on July 2, 2022 at 10:49 pm

    My TOP requirement is Compatibility with things I already have on my Hard Drive. I DO NOT want to loose everything I have saved for years using Windows. Please do one with the explanation on Linux best for using MS Word Docs already on a PC. Not to worried about how it looks its the functionality Why are people bothered about how it looks? Thanks.

  26. Dave Garratt on July 2, 2022 at 10:53 pm

    You mention that these distro’s are for new users. Are you suggesting that other experienced users don’t want a nice user interface. Can you suggest why a "pro" user might want to use a different distro and why the distros shown in this video would not be suitable. Some example of restrictions/limitations for the above would be useful so that people can decide if they are likely going to need to switch at a later date.

  27. Linux Overdose on July 2, 2022 at 10:55 pm

    My top 5 would be;


    Again all are Debian base; except Solus.

  28. Don Peer on July 2, 2022 at 10:55 pm

    I’m running MX Linux on my laptop. I don’t see any difference in menu settings between "Show as list" and "Show as tree". I’d think that the later would be more Windows-like.

  29. Mark Salendu on July 2, 2022 at 10:59 pm

    My top 5:
    1. Manjaro
    2. Kubuntu 20.04 lts
    3. OpenSuse 15.2 tumbleweed
    4. MX linux
    5. Linux Lite 5.2

  30. Jason Larson on July 2, 2022 at 11:00 pm

    I have NEVER found one that was easy to install windows programs

  31. Eduardo Fuenmayor on July 2, 2022 at 11:01 pm


  32. A human on July 2, 2022 at 11:02 pm

    Been playing around with other distros and not landing for long but MX Linux is one that feels like I might be close to call home. I love XFCE as a DE and it is Debian with buffs. 🙂 Plus, I am making the move away from Ubuntu-based but not ready for Arch yet. So Debian is a good inbetween and MX looks to be the best for that over all real first time digging into Linux experience. Mint was a good launching board for me and highly recommend it for people curious about moving away from MS and Apple.
    Thanks for your videos! You got my sub!

  33. Marius Avram on July 2, 2022 at 11:03 pm

    It depends on your needs. I have tryed Mint Cinnamon but it gives me errors with GNS3, so i prefer Xubuntu or ubuntu-mate.

  34. Darren Kinahan-Goodwin on July 2, 2022 at 11:04 pm

    Great vid, over the months I’ve tried Zorin which was good (preferred the lite version due to xfce), Elementary wasn’t for me (too clean and simple), Linux Mint (Cinnamon, xfce and Mate) – again, actually prefer xfce edition, I’d recommend any flavour of Linux Mint as overall being great.. but then discovered KDE Plasma which I like as it’s great for customisation … so have settled on Kubuntu on my desktop PC (Ubuntu-based distros have the most stable and widest support I find), but for my slower laptop, Manjaro KDE (Arch is a steeper learning curve, but it looks great and runs fast as any ‘lightweight’ distros).

  35. Avolink IT Services on July 2, 2022 at 11:04 pm

    You forgot to mention Linux FX, we’ve being using v10.2 cuz is way more stable than the newest v10.6, despite its voice assistant got better, it have some incompatibility issues if you use the console a lot or install a lot of npm packages and software development tools, so if you don’t mind the voice assistant stay with the v10.2, it’s totally worth a try, we think Microsoft should actually support it and just develop their own official store around this Distro with their "Microsoft Quality Signature" (Kind of Play Store / Snap Store) instead of trying to censure it or sue the developers, it’d be the Next "Big Windows OS", but with the Linux Kernel, no body pays for Windows anymore, just saying 🤷🏼‍♂️

  36. Jonathan Moore on July 2, 2022 at 11:06 pm


  37. Alfac on July 2, 2022 at 11:07 pm

    advice to those being afraid to switch:
    Install LibreOffice, Firefox, Thunderbird, Vlc, … on your Windows and use it for a couple of months, then switch 😉

  38. Eike Heinze on July 2, 2022 at 11:08 pm

    Where is Linux Fx?

  39. Fred kay on July 2, 2022 at 11:10 pm

    What a long intro

  40. João on July 2, 2022 at 11:11 pm

    Hey man, first of all my kudos to the channel, it made me encouraged to switch to Linux. Also I’m not a mother thong, but you speak so calmly and clear that makes me get 200%, thanks for that!
    Now I’m using POP and you’re right, it’s absolutely beautiful and it’s just different from Windows, but to me it’s so organized that it makes it an incredible option! I’ve experienced minor bugs though, such as some apps taking a long time to launch for the first time, and an very rare, but occasionally bugs on the sound(scratch). Not enough to make me feel like to change.
    With Mint on the other hand I really really enjoyed how snappy the OS is, but I was forced to chance(it was the first I’ve tried), cause the fans was going nuts(full speed) everytime I tried to use the laptop plugged in even with every single app closed. I have a Acer Nitro 5 with a gtx1650, I don’t know if it’s related to it, but pop handled that flawlessly!
    Do you know what might’ve happened when I tried Mint?
    Thanks! And I wish you best luck with the channel!

  41. Piotr Ludorowski on July 2, 2022 at 11:12 pm

    I tried MX, Mint, Pop!_OS, Manjaro. July 2020 all XFCE doesn’t worked so I have choosen Pop OS. Now I am thinking about switching to Arch based Manjaro Gnome. Thanks for the videos!

  42. Thomas Re on July 2, 2022 at 11:14 pm

    Fav is prob linux mint or elementary. Mx Linux is very buggy for me, installing stuff, and way to many useless appps.

  43. SS COMPUTERS on July 2, 2022 at 11:14 pm

    Hi, there’s some overlap of audio at 5:03 to 5:06

  44. Johnny Greene on July 2, 2022 at 11:14 pm

    OpenSuse is my favorite recently.

  45. Sarita Kumari on July 2, 2022 at 11:19 pm

    Him – zorin os
    YouTube captions – horn os

  46. Alfac on July 2, 2022 at 11:19 pm

    LinuxMint MATE it is ! 😉

  47. Matyáš Jan Kudláček on July 2, 2022 at 11:23 pm

    I would actually shove LinuxFX(or WindowsFX if you prefer to) right in the front before Zorin and all of these.

  48. Bradley Stevens on July 2, 2022 at 11:24 pm

    Nice video, dude. Nice layman explations, Kudos!

  49. Ben Leverett on July 2, 2022 at 11:25 pm

    @TechHut You missed one, Windows/Linux FX is, for all intents and purposes, a practical Windows 10 doppelganger, of Linux; in both look, and feel, it is almost a practical Windows 10 meme; you’ve even got pretty exceptional .exe support, OotB, I was fully able to play the Windows XP included version of Pinball straight away, down to even the customizable key bindings, the only parts of that, that weren’t working, are the sound, and would crash every time I tried to make it fullscreen.

  50. Lorre Watkins on July 2, 2022 at 11:25 pm

    Yea well it depends what kind of games it is and so fourth, Big budget FPshooters like Cod, Battlefield, Crysis, Titanfall and Battlefront and so on, with a decent to good hardware with DX12 PC is no doubt the best platform for serious gaming, always have, and probably always will !