If you visit Distrowatch repeatedly, you will notice that the popularity ranking hardly exchanges from one year to extra.
There obtain numbers that will ever make it to the top ten, whereas others may be on the list today and not at the end of next time. Different not so well-known peculiarity of Distrowatch is a waiting list that consists of sharing:
Not reviewed yet
With missing or faulty components
Without solid English documentation
Projects that do not seem to be maintained anymore
Any of the sharing that has not been reviewed yet may be true of concern due to their great potential. Keep in mind that they may never make it to the front page ranking due to lack of time or Distrowatch sources to correct them.
That purpose, we will distribute a list of what we consider the 5 most promising new distros for 2017(September) and a brief review on each of them.
After the Linux ecosystem is a live being, you can assume this article to be updated from time to time, or possibly be completely different next year.
SemicodeOS is a Linux combination specifically built for programmers and web developers. It covers out of the box all the compilers, text users, IDEs of the most popular programming languages, and collaboration tools for teams.
Equal, if you are not a programmer or developer but want to become one, SemicodeOS comes with the Scratch IDE to guide you in your first steps. While still in beta, this Sudan-based distribution has surely lots to offer to the community during the next year.
2. Escuelas Linux
Escuelas Linux (“Linux Schools” in Spanish) is a Bodhi Linux-based distribution that is built for easy and high school education and includes out of the box a wide variety of educational software. Notwithstanding of its Spanish name, it provides full English support as well.
Additional distinctive highlights of Escuelas Linux are a lightweight desktop background and low-memory and storage requirements. According to the official website, it can work correctly fine with as low as 300 MB of RAM and 20 GB of available hard disk space.
EnchantmentOS is a Xubuntu 16.04-based pattern that includes especially-selected applicability with low-memory claims. This makes it ideal for both old and new hardware.
It follows the same Long-Term Support cycle than Xubuntu and aims at providing reliable and secure Linux software. On top of that, the built-in applications that is easy to use even for non-technical people.
In addition, its creator takes pride in that EnchantmentOS offers great performance even when booted off USB flash drives.
4. Open Network Linux
ONL (Open Network Linux) is a Debian-based distribution, and (just like OviOS) it is not a multi-purpose operating system.
If you are a network administrator you will be pleased to find out (if you didn’t know already) that you can use ONL on bare-metal switches that would otherwise require an expensive, licensed operating system.
It is important to note that ONL stands out for the wide variety of network-oriented and bare-metal related software included out of the box. Ready to give it a try?
As opposed to the previous distributions on this list, OviOS is not a multi-purpose operating system. Rather, it is described as an enterprise level storage OS that is not based on any other distribution but that is fully-compatible with the Linux Standard Base (LSB).
You can use OviOS as a robust storage appliance that can handle an iSCSI, NFS, SMB and/or FTP server. On top of this, the latest OviOS version features replication and high-availability. So what are you waiting to give it a try?