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Linux is everywhere. It’s on your servers and in yourrnphones, cars, watches, toasters, refrigerators… and desktops. Although fewer usersrnsee Linux on their desktops than in their thermostats, even that is on the rise, partly due to thernnumber of high-quality distributions. This new wave of Linux desktoprndistributions is bringing a confluence of user-friendliness, modern design, andrnstability to the open source platform.
The only problem you might have is figuring out which of the more recentrndistributions are the true darlings of the moment. Never fear, intrepidrnreaders: I have you covered with the five Linux desktop distributions I feelrnare the hottest commodities coming out of the open source world.
Note: This gallery is also available as an article.
Elementary OS Freya
All apps carry a similar design spec and do exactly what you’drnexpect them to do. With Elementary OS Freya, there are no surprises. It worksrnand it works impeccably. Anyone who has used Windows or OS X will immediately bernat home in Freya. It’s that well designed. Yet it doesn’t give up its own uniquernflavor and design elements.
Korora developers are working on a unique tool called Lens. Thisrnproject has a goal of creating an agnostic alternative to desktop UIs. It’srnactually a fairly impressive (and complex) idea, which you can read more about here.
Mageia should be much applauded for the thriving community it has developedrn(and continues to nurture). I strongly believe that Mageia could become one ofrnthe primary distributions for those looking to run either the GNOME or KDErndesktop.