Recommended Linux distros

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For Ports of the Linux kernel for consoles, see Homebrew and hack Roms#Operating_systems.

Linux Distributions have existed since 1992.

This is a list of the current recommended Linux distros in their respective categories.

General use-focused[edit]

These Linux distributions offer a complete Desktop experience with a large user base.
Linux Hardware.org is a good resource if you are having trouble finding Linux distributions that work on your computer.
Name Architecture Based on Desktop Latest Version Active Recommended
Ubuntu
Kubuntu
x86, ARM Debian Gnome, KDE (Kubuntu) 24.04 LTS
Ubuntu Desktop
Ubuntu for Raspberry Pi
Kubuntu
Linux Mint x86 Ubuntu Cinnamon, MATE, Xfce 21.3
Manjaro x86, ARM Arch Linux Xfce, KDE Plasma, Gnome 23.1.3 ~
Raspberry Pi OS ARM, x86 Debian PIXEL 2023-12-05 ~
Pop!_OS x86
ARM (preview)
Ubuntu Gnome (Cosmic) 22.04 LTS ~

Experienced users[edit]

Name Architecture Based on Desktop Latest Version Active Recommended
Arch Linux x86
ARM and others unofficially
Independent Any Latest
Debian x86, ARM
and many others
Independent Gnome (and others) 12.5
Fedora
Fedora Atomic
x86, ARM
and many others
Independent Gnome (and others) 40
Fedora Workstation
Fedora Atomic
Ubuntu Server x86, ARM Debian Any 24.04 LTS

Gaming-focused[edit]

These Linux distributions target to be a complete gaming package. Emulators might not pre-installed on these systems but are easily installed.
You can use EmuDeck which is an installation script that helps you get started with emulation.
Name Architecture Based on Desktop Latest Version Active Recommended
Bazzite x86 Fedora Atomic KDE Plasma, Gnome 2.3.0
ChimeraOS x86 Arch Linux Gnome 45
SteamOS 3
HoloISO
x86 Arch Linux KDE Plasma SteamOS N/A
HoloISO
~
Nobara Project x86 Fedora Linux KDE Plasma 39 ~
winesapOS x86 Arch Linux KDE Plasma 4.0.0 TBD
Garuda Linux
(KDE Dragonized Gaming edition)
x86 Arch Linux KDE Plasma “Spizaetus” (231029) TBD
Drauger OS x86 Ubuntu KDE Plasma 7.6 TBD
Regata OS x86 openSUSE KDE Plasma 23 "Honeycomb" TBD

Comparison: https://github.com/ChimeraOS/chimeraos/wiki/OS-Comparison

Emulation-focused[edit]

These Linux distributions offer complete emulation packages for PCs, single board computers, consoles and other systems.
Name Architecture Frontend Latest Version Active Recommended
Batocera.linux ARM, x86 EmulationStation fork 38
Lakka ARM, x86 RetroArch 5.0
Recalbox ARM, x86 EmulationStation 9.1-Pulstar
RetroPie ARM EmulationStation fork 4.8
Elemenity OS ARM64 Custom, supports RetroArch 1.1
Retro Home ARM, x86 Ludo 22.189-alpha1 TBD

Android[edit]

AOSP
What does “AOSP Android” really mean?
Name Architecture Frontend Latest Version Active Recommended
LineageOS ARM Trebuchet 15.1 (Switch)
Raspberry Pi 3 builds
Raspberry Pi 4 builds
Raspberry Pi 5 builds
~
See the Hardware features and Enhancements of sections of Android emulators for Android-x86 and it's forks.
Android on x86
Name Architecture Frontend Latest Version Active Recommended
BlissOS x86 Android-x86 fork
includes 3 launchers: Taskbar, Quickstep and Smart Dock.
16.9.x *
Berry OS x86 Based on Android-x86 and Bliss OS
Mini Desktop launcher is pre-installed.
2023-02-22
Android-x86 x86 Trebuchet (KitKat version) 2022-03-25 ~* ~

Multiplatform-focused[edit]

These Linux distributions provide system development environment experiences on a wide range of platforms, including different hardware architectures.

Name Architecture Latest Version Active Recommended
T2 SDE Alpha
Arc
ARM (incl. ARM64)
Avr32
HPPA (incl. HPPA64)
IA64
M68k
MIPS (incl. MIPS64)
Nios2
PowerPC (incl. PowerPC-64 and le)
RISCV (incl. RISCV64)
s390x
SPARC (incl. SPARC64)
SuperH
x86 (incl. x86-64)

and theoretically any GCC/Linux supported one.
24.5

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