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Best Version of linux for programming

Discussion in 'Linux & Open Source' started by faceman123, Oct 18, 2019.

  1. faceman123

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Jun 9, 2011

    Posts: 1,815

    Hey noob here - What's the best linux for a laptop which will be used for software development.
  2. opethdisciple


    Joined: May 18, 2010

    Posts: 18,941

    Location: London

    Whatever takes your fancy.

    I flip flop between Ubuntu and Fedora.

    I've been a big fan of Fedora's clean Gnome implementation but I think I am going to give Ubuntu another spin.

    1. Desktop folders
    2. Minimize button on Firefox
    3. Copy/paste via right click in terminal when 'always on top selected'
    4. There seems to be more snaps than flatpak packages. That's not to say you cannt just install snap on Fedora but the Fedora devs have sided with Flatpak natively.


    Another one you could look at is PopOs. It's essentially Ubuntu but with a different theme.

    Or even Debian if you need ultra stability.


    One thing to mention. If you need an unchanging system for a few years and don't care about the latest and greatest, choose the LTS version of the distribution you go with. This would rule out Fedora as every 6 months it gets updated.

    The Debian based linux's (Ubuntu, Pop and Debian) will have LTS versions.

    In all the offices I've worked the developers have either had Centos 6/7 or Ubuntu workstations.
    Last edited: Nov 16, 2019