Best Linux distros for 2017

My personal picks for some of the best Linux distributions

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Best distro for makers: openSUSE Tumbleweed

Richard Brown, chairperson of the openSUSE board, touts openSUSE Tumbleweed as a perfect distribution for the makers/developers of the Linux world.

In a recent interview, Brown told me that it’s not just about throwing out a few tools for someone to play with; it’s about the whole ecosystem. The openSUSE community has created many top-notch tools, most notably OBS (open build service) and OpenQA. These tools allow developers to test, build and deliver their packages. These tools are not exclusive to openSUSE or SUSE Linux Enterprise; a developer can use them to package applications for other distributions. Many major open source projects use these services to offer their applications to different Linux distributions.

Since Tumbleweed is a rolling release distribution, users don’t have to worry about upgrading their systems in the middle of a project; it remains updated all the time. However, when it comes to the rolling release model, openSUSE Tumbleweed is very conservative as compared to Arch Linux.

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