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Karmi’s Top 10 Linux Distros

Top 10

Tier One

1a. Porteus 5.0-rc3 CINNAMON – 4/18/2022: Porteus keeps getting better! #1 in ‘Portability & Linux Tester‘ category. Main Linux working OS for me. ‘Companion‘ OS for Win10/11 & for Linux tests. Also see Porteus Linux page for more info. Fulltime Linux Root User option!

1b. Ultramarine Linux: Based on Fedora® – 5/21/2022: New to the Top 10, but may have a long future in it. More of a ‘Linux Working OS‘, but wid lots of power behind it. Great prospect for potential Windows users, providing both ease of use & a portable secondary OS.

1c. Fedora 36 Cinnamon SPIN – 5/10/2022: the GUI dnfdragora package manager has been *VASTLY* improved ‘n I have never seen it operating this fast! Check out the ‘Life wid‘ Fedora page.

2a. AlmaLinux 8.6: ‘NVIDIA driver & KDE Plasma DE– 5/20/2022: #1 in ‘Desktop Duty‘ category. Everything works in ‘Root‘ section, including all system sounds. No ‘Pesky Passwords‘. What all Linux ‘Root‘ user sections should be like…

2b. FossaPup64 9.5 (AKA Puppy Linux 9.5) – 4/6/2022: #1 in ‘Portability & Rescue’ category. No ‘Pesky Passwords‘ in Puppy! If Puppy ever added a Cinnamon Desktop Environment (DE) it would probably be #1 in the Desktop Duty category ‘n #1 in the Portability & Rescue category, i.e. I probably wouldn’t need a Top 10 list!


Tier Two

3. Slackware 15.0 Stable w/ KDE Plasma – 2/9/2022: new to the Top Tier. Terminal work involved, but a wonderful Linux OS to work wid.

4. EuroLinux 8.5 KDE Plasma – 3/4/2022: Great OS  for root users, and everything works!

5. CentOS Stream 8 KDE Plasma – 1/30/2022: Took some time, but everything works at this time.

Tier Three

6. KaOS Linux 2022.02 – great ‘KDE Plasma TrainerPt. 1 & Pt. 2.

7. SparkyLinux 2022.03 Cinnamon –  3/12/2022: with ‘Fulltime Linux Root User‘ option. SparkyLinux may have sound issues in the Root User section, but I like its Cinnamon DE’s stability.

8. Garuda Linux KDE Dr460nized: Released on 26 March 2020, but it keeps getting better! See the Garuda Linux page for more info. (No sound settings, but music can be played.)

9. Manjaro 21.2.1 KDE Plasma – 2/5/2022: moved up from #10 spot after an earlier impressive performance by an Arch-based KDE Plasma Linux Distro.

10. pending….



Tier Four:
  • Since moving to KDE Plasma, am finding more Distros offering the Root‘ User option. Tier Three Spots 11-20 will be for Bigger issues, e.g. NO Audio or Sound Settings *PLUS* No Music can be played.

11. Mageia – enchantment, fascination, glamour, wizardry‘ & smooth Distro with Root user option.




15. Arch Linux GUI KDE Plasma:  Vanilla Arch Linux w/ Calamares Installer ‘n Root User login.

16. Ubuntu Cinnamon Remix: Password Dependent OS; however, Ubuntu-based for user-friendly & reliability & stableness‘ 4/30/2022 — excellent hardware recognition, e.g. it recognized my printer and my Ubuntu driver worked.