If you visit Distrowatch regularly, you will notice that the popularity ranking barely changes from one year to another.
There are distributions that will always make it to the top ten, whereas others may be in the list today and not at the end of next year.
Another not so well-known feature of Distrowatch is a waiting list that consists of distributions:
- Not reviewed yet
- With missing or faulty components
- Without solid English documentation
- Projects that do not seem to be maintained anymore
Some of the distributions that have not been reviewed yet may be worthy of consideration due to their great potential. Keep in mind that they may never make it to the front page ranking due to lack of time or Distrowatch resources to review them.
For that reason, we will share a list of what we consider the 10 most promising new distros for 2019 and a brief review on each of them.
Since the Linux ecosystem is a live being, you can expect this article to be updated from time to time, or perhaps be radically different next year.
That said, let’s take a look!
1. MX Linux
MX Linux is a mid-weight distro designed to deliver an elegant desktop experience with a simple configuration while efficiently offering its users high stability and solid memory-friendly performance.
The project was born thanks to antiX and former MEPIS communities who have used the best Linux tools and talents one from the other. Its default Desktop Environment is Xfce.
antiX is lightweight systemd-free live CD distro based on Debian Stable for Intel-AMD x86 compatible systems.
Developed by one of the major contributors to MX Linux, antiX offers users the antiX Magic in any type of environment, whether old or new and is capable of working nicely on a computer with as little as 256MB RAM and 2.7GB storage.
ArcoLinux (formerly called ArchMerge) is a full-featured Arch-based Linux distro that grants users the means to build custom distributions while also helping to improve several community editions which ship with their own desktops.
ArcoLinux has Xfce as its default DE and although it is minimalist in nature, it includes scripts via which power users can install any desktop and/or application they want.
If you enjoy working with fast, lightweight distros then this one will fill your eyes with sparks of light.
SparkyLinux is a blazing fast lightweight Debian-based distro designed for new computers but with old computers in mind. It features various customized LXDE and Enlightenment desktops which ship with a selection of applications for home users.
5. Peppermint OS
Peppermint OS is an Ubuntu-based distro that aims to offers users record-breaking speed, performance, and memory usage efficiency.
It has a hybrid LXDE/Xfce for its Desktop Environment and features a sleek UI, automatic updates, and seamless integration with web-based and cloud applications via its very own cloud and web app management tool, Ice.
SmartOS is summarily a converged container and Virtual Machine Hypervisor built by Triton to deliver robust security, storage, and network capabilities.
It is open source and features built-in networking and storage, a lightweight container host, a virtual machine hypervisor, supports instance types, and bare metal performance.
NuTyX is a Linux From Scratch documentation LFS and Behind Linux From Scratch documentation BLFS-inspired distro built for intermediate and advanced Linux users, and those interested in committing themselves to improving their Linux system skills.
It was developed to be highly flexible thanks to its custom package manager, cards, which enables users to compile source packages from ports, install individual binary packages, and also install groups of related binary packages like in the case of DEs like Xfce or KDE.
Robolinux is a distro built to provide users with a free secure Linux distribution that increases productivity and saves time.
It has a one-click Windows feature which allows you to run Windows apps somewhat natively (thanks to its VM feature). Robolinux is also keen on security and ensures that users who run Robolinux alone or together with Windows XP, 7, and 10 don’t ever have to worry about viruses, a learning curve, or performance issues.
Archman is an Arch-based Linux distro created in Turkey to be simple to use and customizable. It was also built the bring the awesomeness of Arch Linux to users who might be reluctant to try Arch Linux itself.
It uses the Clamares system installer and the Octopi package manager.
Void is a multipurpose Operating System built from scratch based on the monolithic Linux kernel to house a hybrid binary/source package management system and a unique implementation of various processes.
This gives its users the ability to manage software as well as to build software directly from their source.vIt has support for Raspberry Pi single-board computers and being a rolling release, it is always up to date.
You will note that all these distributions have been submitted for review during the last few months. If you like any of them, go to the Waiting List page and click the Recommend button next to the distribution name. If you do, you will be contributing towards Distrowatch assigning a resource to review it.
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