Linux operating systems (known as “distributions” or “distros”) have constant releases and updates, with some more substantial than others. Updates usually bring minor fixes and tweaks, but occasionally new distro releases or iterations can yield major changes.
Picking the right distro depends on several factors. Whether it’s a fresh release or major update, check out these new Linux operating systems and who should try them.
Container Linux (Formerly CoreOS)
CoreOS officially rebranded to Container Linux in December 2016. As the name suggests, it’s a container-centric distro. The lightweight operating system allows for easy culstered deployments. Container Linux concentrates on security, with an update policy of automating software updates for enhanced reliability and security. There are a few flavors of Container Linux, including Tectonic, a self-driving Kubernetes solution. You can view the Container Linux changelog here. Note that it is very regularly updated for security purposes.
Who should try this: Anyone working with containers. Container Linux is therefore suited more to enterprise environments and power uses. But with support from the likes of Plex (check out the awesome new official Docker image) there’s a ton of incentive to try out CoreOS Container Linux or one of its flavors.
The new version of PIXEL for Mac and PC can run on any device with an x86 CPU. System requirements are pretty low, with a baseline of just 512MB of RAM. It’s a free release, and is essentially the same as its Raspberry Pi counterpart. However PIXEL for PC does lack Wolfram Mathematica and Minecraft.
Who should try this: If you’ve got an old PC lying around collecting dust, PIXEL is an excellent way to resurrect it. Sure, you’ll still be limited in what you can do with it (no, it probably can’t run Crysis), but at least it’s functional.