Linux For Beginners: Understanding The Many Versions Of Ubuntu

Maybe you’ve been considering ditching Windows for Linux (Microsoft has supplied plenty of reasons lately), or perhaps you just want to dip your toes into the world of fast, secure and open source operating systems to see what all the excitement is about. Either way, it’s a good bet that Ubuntu has flown across your radar as you search the myriad distributions out there. It’s one of the most popular Linux operating systems in the world due to its ease of use, pleasing interface and stability. It’s the perfect gateway into Linux because of how user-friendly it is. But did you know there are seven different “flavors” of Ubuntu?*

The many flavors of UbuntuCanonical

That sets up a potentially daunting decision if you’re going in blind (though I enjoy that approach)! But choice should be viewed as a positive element in the Linux world. So my goal here is to distill each one down to its essence. I’ll briefly explain the kind of user each Ubuntu version is designed for, what differentiates them and what you can expect from each distribution’s desktop environment (basically its look and feel). It’s not an exhaustive deep dive on each one; hopefully just enough to get you pointed adventurously in the right direction.

And remember, you can try each one out for yourself by downloading the OS and creating a Live USB. It’s an easy process, and then you can test drive it right off the USB stick without making any changes to your PC.

Ubuntu

Maybe you’ve been considering ditching Windows for Linux (Microsoft has supplied plenty of reasons lately), or perhaps you just want to dip your toes into the world of fast, secure and open source operating systems to see what all the excitement is about. Either way, it’s a good bet that Ubuntu has flown across your radar as you search the myriad distributions out there. It’s one of the most popular Linux operating systems in the world due to its ease of use, pleasing interface and stability. It’s the perfect gateway into Linux because of how user-friendly it is. But did you know there are seven different “flavors” of Ubuntu?*

The many flavors of UbuntuCanonical

That sets up a potentially daunting decision if you’re going in blind (though I enjoy that approach)! But choice should be viewed as a positive element in the Linux world. So my goal here is to distill each one down to its essence. I’ll briefly explain the kind of user each Ubuntu version is designed for, what differentiates them and what you can expect from each distribution’s desktop environment (basically its look and feel). It’s not an exhaustive deep dive on each one; hopefully just enough to get you pointed adventurously in the right direction.

And remember, you can try each one out for yourself by downloading the OS and creating a Live USB. It’s an easy process, and then you can test drive it right off the USB stick without making any changes to your PC.

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