10 of the Most Popular Linux Distributions Compared
Arch Linux is a rolling release distribution that has been around for all 14 years of the Distrowatch rankings.
A rolling release distribution for the power user, Arch has grown in presence and boasts one of the largest software repositories.
Stand out features include the AUR and incredible documentation.
Championed by a large community this distribution provides everything the experienced Linux user could ever need.
It took until 2010 for Arch to hit the top 10 and its highest position was in 2011 when it reached 6th position. This can be largely put down to the complexity of the distribution.
CentOS is a community version of Red Hat Linux which provides all of the stability and power of the its parent.
It has been around for quite a while but only hit the top 10 distributions in 2011.
It is a good solid distribution without frills and perfect for home and business use.
Damn Small Linux
Damn Small Linux (DSL) has been around since about 2003/2004 and its main selling point is that it has an incredibly small footprint.
The download size of DSL is just 50 megabytes and for a few years it was in the top 10 distributions but it slipped out of the list in 2009 and has been falling ever since. It's highest position was 6 into 2006.
The main issue with such a small image is that it requires a lot of setting up to get it to do anything. A novel idea but not much real world substance.
Debian is the only distribution to have been in the top 10 since 2002.
Its highest position is 2 and that is its current ranking.
Debian is a founding father of Linux and it provides the base for many of the other distributions available today including Ubuntu and Linux Mint.
Used by professionals and large businesses makes it a key distribution for people thinking of getting in to Linux as a career choice.
It is relatively easy to install and is highly customisable and it is easy to use.
Dream Linux was around up until 2012. It is hard to find information about it.