What's the Best Linux Distro for…?

What's the Best Linux Distro for…?

… programing, web development, gaming, and more? Answering the question of what is the best Linux distro really depends on what your individual preferences are. The question I get most often is by far the most difficult to answer.

00:00 – What’s important
02:41 – Distributions do not matter
04:41 – Lets contradict
05:37 – Niche distributions

07:45 – Best for programing (all of them)
09:30 – Sorry, outro

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  1. Johnny Walker on June 6, 2022 at 9:09 pm

    I was wondering if someone could point me to a video on why someone would choose KDE over XFCE. Pros and Cons? Desktop or Laptop? I’m new to the Linux world, coming off of windows. I know KDE seems to have a really big following due to the customization availability.

  2. XPFTP on June 6, 2022 at 9:09 pm

    zorins look and feel seems a lil childish to me. each flavor of linux has one or two things we like. bummer we cant put them togther in our own builds. no clue on how to build the desktop.

  3. Kaरan on June 6, 2022 at 9:09 pm

    i am having a hard time setting up garuda linux with windows 11 as dual boot system… can anyone help… i followed many youtube vids but they are unable to partition my drive😐

  4. Eric Dangerous on June 6, 2022 at 9:10 pm

    Linux From Scratch rule them all.

  5. Respectful Debates on June 6, 2022 at 9:11 pm

    Distributions do matter, cause the underlying philosophy behind each one is different.
    Example: Ubuntu tries to be an OS for anything and everything and ends up being a bloated desktop os with a garish colour scheme that cries; "Hey look at me, I am so cool".
    While Mint just gets the job done, silently.

  6. Little Forest on June 6, 2022 at 9:19 pm

    Well, effectively you do answer the question from the very start of the video, just not in the way the question was intended. Cause of course you can make a more or less objective statement, what DE (not distro) makes most sense for which workflow. Or if your use case of a pc requires this and that program, that is only available in a (trusted) AUR, then you choose an arch based distro, and so on and so forth. So the answer to the question is just more complex than the question would imply.
    Also I am curious for how you will present the DEs in the future video you spoke of. I think it is very difficult to work out the actual essence and actual differences between DEs. Cause if you only refer to „vanilla“ DEs, then you’re very limited, especially when it come to Gnome. Of course you will also mention tweaks and extensions. But then one might argue, that you can make a gnome DE look and feel almost like KdE Plasma. And the other way around one probably cannot even speak of a „vanilla“ KDE Plasma desktop, since the point of vanilla plasma is its customisability and you can make it almost look and feel like vanilla gnome.
    However, I do think there is a unique essence to each DE even including all customisations one can do.

  7. Doug Tilaran on June 6, 2022 at 9:20 pm

    No such animal….BUT… It’ll be Debian based.NOT Ooboontoo

  8. Balázs Bosák on June 6, 2022 at 9:21 pm

    In my view, to recommend a distro to someone is like to recommend a dish to like. You can recommend based on your taste but they have to figure it out on their own.

    Of course it’s more complicated than that, but I think it mostly depends on taste, yeah ease of use, installation, etc matters at the beginning but after you get around linux, it’s up to taste.

  9. ISCARI0T on June 6, 2022 at 9:21 pm

    should i go for endeavouros or arch straight? i use pop os at the moment but want an arch based distro

  10. Bohumil Kuželka on June 6, 2022 at 9:25 pm

    I have used many years because of portability netbook Asus Eee PC (at home with external wired keyboar and LCD monitor) with Xubuntu. After I bought a gaming laptop and installed Kubuntu beautiful OS! Now I have low-end notebook HP 250 G6 (Intel i3 dual core, 4GB RAM + magnetic hard drive). I returned first to Xubuntu but after 1 year of use I installed Linux Mint Uma 20.2 XFCE as daily driver and it is faster than Xubuntu. Don’t know why is ist faster but it is so and I’am satisfied and recommend this OS.

  11. 4tado on June 6, 2022 at 9:26 pm

    The only thing "easier" about Arch based distros is the install process. From then on, you’ll need to deal with the middleman’s MANUAL INTERVENTION. The Arch memes are just a myth made to scare normal users away.

  12. EngMan01 on June 6, 2022 at 9:27 pm

    For control engineering

  13. Jai on June 6, 2022 at 9:29 pm

    I’m gonna add this. It depends on what you want. Some linux distributions (looking at you ubuntu) are taking away some basic things like git or make. My kubuntu install did not come with git and did not come with g++ so bash scripts did not work. Also some distros are better for certain languages. Fedora makes it much easier to get older python versions compared to other distros, which I need for legacy code and constraints outside my limitations.

  14. Veysel Erden on June 6, 2022 at 9:32 pm

    what’s the wallpaper? can you share it?

  15. Amar Hajong on June 6, 2022 at 9:32 pm

    if you know how to use, windows is not that bad

  16. BEGANOVICH on June 6, 2022 at 9:32 pm

    This is one of the reasons, why a lot of distros are now "scared" of upcoming libadwaita changes. A LOT of distros are just reskinned versions of something that already exists and don’t provide much value.

    Distros don’t matter, anything can be programming distro or gaming or something else. On my Fedora 35, I do gaming full-time, programming full-time & creative suite from time to time and it all works just fine.

  17. Gabubu on June 6, 2022 at 9:32 pm

    I use Ubuntu 20.04 LTS with KDE Desktop Environment as my daily drive and I really like it.
    I commented again because the original comment was deleted 🙁
    And no it’s not Kubuntu. I installed the original Ubuntu 20.04 LTS and then I use the terminal to install the KDE Desktop Environment.

  18. TechHut on June 6, 2022 at 9:32 pm

    This video was posted early in our Discord server! https://discord.gg/Q6DFHqAdqY

  19. Behuda Noob on June 6, 2022 at 9:33 pm

    Well, a low spec gamer/general user + windows transfer , I settled for Linux lite after hoping around for a few months. For me, this is what works for me. It is good for beginners especially for those coming from Windows. But as being used to Linux a bit that isn’t the main selling point. It’s actually thei tweak software and lightweight nature. So, I came from pop Os to zorin ,zorin lite,kubuntu,lubuntu,Linux mint,manjaro,garuda and finally Linux lite.
    P.T: thanks to tech hut for Linux lite suggestion

  20. Lou Pearl on June 6, 2022 at 9:35 pm

    I’ve got so many computers… Different OS on each one for shits & giggles. How about a detailed video on switching to pipewire or how to partition HD with various formats for possibility to use only 1 partition for distro correctly ?!. Or how to turn EndeavourOS into a media powerhouse with low latency and pipewire with focus on older laptops but also older desktops. Nothing against newer pc’s… I’ve just got allot of old computers. Currently I mostly use AVXMX Linux on my older stuff and Windows 10 on my new. Peace out. Be nice to see videos on the non obvious subjects like above.

  21. Jason King on June 6, 2022 at 9:35 pm

    The short answer is … Linux Mint Mate. Simple, straightforward and lets you just get on with stuff….

  22. KuruGDI on June 6, 2022 at 9:35 pm

    I want to transition form Windows to Linux, but I’m still note sure what distro would be the best to use. I have tried a lot of them on a live system, but I’m still unsure and I do not want to start distro hopping. I’m leaning towards Ubuntu or an Ubuntu based distro since many years ago my first contact with Linux was with Ubuntu.
    Even Windows is not good, but just ‘good enough’ I can understand why people would not switch from Windows to Linux. Windows is just not bad enough to justify the lengthy search through options you have to do to find a Linux distro that fits your needs.
    (Recently I thought about just going for KDEneon because of it’s lack of most software. So I can freely choose what I want to have on it)

  23. Ever The Altruist on June 6, 2022 at 9:36 pm

    I started in Ubuntu about 10 years ago, got really into it, but took a break for a few years and when I came back to Linux, I’ve hopped around to about 4-5 different distros, but I’ve ended up back with Ubuntu. Between my overall comfort with it and wanting to implement more Linux in the network I administrate at work, it just makes sense to stick with what I know.

  24. Lilith on June 6, 2022 at 9:36 pm

    Lol i used to be in this hole for 8 years. And even I know the answer, I still watching this guy. I think distro version just like a journal. No matter how long it end, just walking through it and every road will guide u come to final

  25. Swapnil Baraskar on June 6, 2022 at 9:37 pm

    I personally used Linux Mint, Endeavour OS, Feren OS, Kubuntu.
    But I experienced some issues, like blury font, driver related issue, some times didn’t enjoyed Ui, etc.

    *I came back to Ubuntu,* troubleshooting is easy you will get search results quick, videos on how to do something on Ubuntu, many extensions, many customisation.

  26. Kat on June 6, 2022 at 9:38 pm

    Started with Fedora. Moved to Ubuntu 20.10. Swapped back and forth several times. Eventually landed on Arch, where I am today.

  27. LEF on June 6, 2022 at 9:40 pm

    For C programming I use Manjaro KDE – pacman base-devel gbd valgrind cmake, then pamac kdevelop and doxygen boom done. From start of install to full fledge coding environment in about 15 minutes.

  28. Jose Maria Landa on June 6, 2022 at 9:41 pm

    Im a developer and ive tried many distros. By far, the best distro for development is nixOS. Pretty much every other distro: Debian, ubuntu based, gentoo, arch, etc are held back by their imperative nature. But nixOS is just amazeballs for developers. Its the first distro i’ve used in a long time that actually offers something new and unique.

  29. mobilturka on June 6, 2022 at 9:41 pm

  30. waqxd dgytdcvjj on June 6, 2022 at 9:43 pm

    why is your discord so racist against china?

  31. C M on June 6, 2022 at 9:45 pm

    a suggestion for this kind of videos, you use many "keywords" that only someone with linux experience would understand, define the terms like desktop environment or window manager

  32. SpaceGuyBob on June 6, 2022 at 9:47 pm


  33. Felipe Silva on June 6, 2022 at 9:47 pm

    Pop os

  34. Blenderyoda on June 6, 2022 at 9:47 pm

    If someone ask what the best distro is then you know they have Linux

  35. Nauman Ahmad on June 6, 2022 at 9:48 pm

    Exactly my opinion. I use slackware as my daily driver and it’s no different from others. The only place where distribution matters is the dependency resolution for the packages where one distro (package manager to be precise) will pull more dependencies as compared to other or when one distro doesn’t have a package (or updated) so one has to manually solve those dependencies. Even when it comes to irc the help and support is essentially same for all dstros (except when related to package manager or different init systems but even then it’s somewhat similar). In my case where I don’t find package in official or third parties I can easily install packages from other distros like rpm or deb files and if it’s something that only aur has even then I can read the dependencies and manully install them. Distros don’t differ from each other as much as people think (exceptions include nixos – where the whole distro is but a package manager or linux without gnu or with musl). It’s more like distributions makes it easier for their targeted users to get the job done (not different but easier)

  36. thischannel01 on June 6, 2022 at 9:49 pm


  37. Harry Nisar on June 6, 2022 at 9:51 pm

    there’s no the best linux os ,it’s the depend on what do you wan to use it for , I prefer use linux mint 17.04 – 20.04 since 2017 just about 10 years ,before I used ubuntu in 2007 version 7.04 – 17.04. My laptop Asus A455L 6Gb RAM ,500 HDD ,Gforce 920 2 Gb. thanks.

  38. Gabriel Saliba on June 6, 2022 at 9:52 pm

    well the short answer to this is: arch linux

  39. Mruservg991 on June 6, 2022 at 9:53 pm

    I like useing pop os bc i like games and staffe and plus it work for me anyway 🙂

  40. STARLESS on June 6, 2022 at 9:54 pm

    which is the most customizable linux

  41. shesh on June 6, 2022 at 9:54 pm

    I need a distro that preconfigures most of the things or makes it easy to do so like drivers, has good support/documentation and community, don’t spy on you like Ubuntu, doesn’t break when you mess with some installation like arch-based distros, doesn’t consume more than 1GB of memory, lesser is better, has a great fast environment and works well with multitasking and window stacking and a one that is well polished and I don’t care about customization as long everything works and I don’t have to do any digging just to put something in it place if I mess it up like Xfce on MX Linux. I’m a user that wants something that works out of the box so I can get to work, also I have an old ThinkPad t440p with 8GB of ram with invidia.

  42. Salty Spectrum on June 6, 2022 at 9:55 pm

    Distro hopped for a bit. One point, I was using pure arch and it was great but I was curious about Void but couldn’t get it working with an encrypted install script. So, I tried endeavor bc I didn’t have time to setup arch exactly how I wanted. Eventually, once I understand scripts to the point I can make them. I will become my own distro haha

  43. Maxwell on June 6, 2022 at 9:58 pm

    Best distribution is the one where you are comfortable working on AND also the one where you can solve problems efficiently. Unlike Mac or Windows, you cant just go to your local computer shop and expect the guy to know how to fix an Arch install by chroot into it. Pick the one where if you have a problem, you post a question on the forum and the forum is active to help. Also, if you’re running Linux as the main work machine, pick the one that just works. As an ex Apple user, I gotta give them credits for that department. As a current Arch user, dont blindly copy answers from stackoverflow to fix your problems.

  44. Rian YW on June 6, 2022 at 10:02 pm

    My daily driver is Linux Mint and MX Linux. Stable and comfortable for daily work. Especially programming activities

  45. CJ De Beer on June 6, 2022 at 10:02 pm

    Clearlinux is amazingly fast and runs the latest stable kernel and GNOME 41 currently. swupd Package manager is a bit of a pain, but no huge block. Probably best distro for development. And has the fastest boot time by a long shot.

  46. Swarup on June 6, 2022 at 10:02 pm

    Debian is good for me, because of the rock solid stability, I can focus my work without any worry. But I wanted the latest packages, so I switched to Debian Testing, it’s stable and latest, 2 in one.

  47. Ilya Lyanov on June 6, 2022 at 10:03 pm

    Advice me distro like OpenSuse or Fedora but with .deb package supporting, thanks!

  48. Syed Asad Ali on June 6, 2022 at 10:04 pm

    My PopOS crashed 5 times and I switched back to Windows 10 but I hate it then and now (because of updates) and i want to use linux as my only OS.. Programming / Web and app Development (Js, Dart/C and Python(Anaconda, Flask)) is what i do… What distro should i choose? I dont like the activities tab.. but Ubuntu like Dock.. Any linux distro to run on laptop that has tons of customization…. ?

  49. giovanni pezzin on June 6, 2022 at 10:05 pm

    Distribution is a product of the community. As a fine autist myself, I find the Arch community quite appealing

  50. Werner Claassen on June 6, 2022 at 10:06 pm

    so true!!!! that is why i use gnome as my desktop environment, it fits my workflow, and my distro is Solus, rolling and a good curated repository is just what I need…… Thank you Solus team for the awesome work you do! ( for me Solus Gnome is the best implementation of the Gnome desktop out there.)