With Windows 10 failing to evoke any mass adaptation and Linux maintaining blemishless 2016, 2017 seems to belong to Linux. Falling PC/laptop seems to have made a dent in both Linux and Windows 10 adoption but Linux is maintaining a good growth. With every passing year, new Linux distributions enter the market with the hope of making it big. Some prosper while others wither away. Here are some Linux distro that seem to excite developers and users and will hope to make some news in 2017.
Predicting future is a tough job especially in this era of fake news and the new normal hence take the article with a pinch of salt. We have compiled the list of 5 awesome Linux distros that could make new waves in 2017 based on hunches, hopes, and hints of what’s in store so share the article widely and give your own opinions in the comments section.
The 6 Linux Distros We’re Most Excited For in 2017
Solus head our top Linux distro for 2017 list because of many factors. Solus grew massively in popularity in 2016. Plus the fact that it’s an entirely new Linux-based operating system and not just another Linux derivative excites us.The Solus team have been upto their feet and toes with updates and fixes. Going into 2017, the team has promised a stable desktop-first experience while keeping users from having to reformat because the distribution is a rolling release model.
In 2017 we expect Solus to grow even more in popularity. This distro really created a niche in the desktop market place by creating an operating system that you can install once and forget, but not worry about breakages. It brings the best of unstable and stable, and because of this we think this distribution is one to keep an eye on this year.
2. KDE Neon
KDE Neon promises a very good 2017. Built upon the stable underpinnings of Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, KDE Neon includes the very latest releases of the KDE Plasma desktop — a killer combo. Users also like KDE Neon because of its variety. KDE Neon offers 3 different versions for users There’s a ‘User edition’ which ships the latest stable release of KDE software; a ‘LTS user edition’ which is built around Plasma 5.8 LTS; and a ‘Developer edition’ built on development version of KDE Software (i.e. not yet released, tester or considered stable). The developer edition also throws in development frameworks, toolkits and libraries for (duh) development.
You can learn more about KDE Neon on the project’s official website.
TLiri is another Linux distro that will be popular in 2017. Liri is the fruit of a unique collaboration between Hawaii and Papyrus projects. This is an operating system that was designed to bring users the most modern of features, all while adhering to the modern Google material design standard.While the design and the features may get Liri users, Linux users grew tired of having to configure things and started turning to operating systems that promised to “just work.”
Liri makes this promise too and will grow considerably because of it, and in 2017 Linux users should take notice.
One of the many advantages of Linux is its ability to resurrect old PC/laptops which are too weary to run resource hungry Windows operating system. Linux undoubtedly scores in that one on of the top distros made for old PC/laptops is LXLE. In 2016 users turned to many operating systems to accomplish this task but none as much as LXLE. This distribution is an Ubuntu derivative designed to run on the barest of hardware.
As official Ubuntu spin Lubuntu continues to decline in popularity, 2017 may be the year that LXLE takes its place – or, at the very least proves itself to be a viable alternative.
5. Fedora 26
Fedora 26 is expected to be released in June 2017 and will hopefully emerge as the top Linux distro of 2017. The Fedora team is racing against time to bring the new distro features to you. While the broad features of Fedora 26 are known, It’s still a little early to know precisely what will come to shape and define this release, but it’s almost certain that some salient Wayland fixes will land given that the fledgling next-gen display server is now used as the default.
Other improvements will likely feature, as will GNOME 3.24, and DNF 2.0, and Python 3.6
While Windows 10 reigned the news in most of 2016, Linux is supposed to make most of 2017. Though all the distributions on this list are either new and relatively unknown, they all bring something unique and needed to the Linux community. It’s no wonder that all these distros were rising stars this year.
As a result of this, it is expected that each and every one of the distros on this list will only grow in popularity in 2017!
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Author: Vijay Prabhu