At the very beginning, I would like to mention why the term ‘Stable’ comes in relation to Linux OS or distro. Because there are thousands of Linux OS variations as per the user’s requirements. Some are very fundamental like Debian, some is a fork of a base distro like Ubuntu, Arch Linux and there are many fork-of-a-fork-of-a-fork like Linux Mint.

So all the variations do not comply in terms of well support and documentation from the Linux community. So Here we are going to list down the best stable Linux distros which are well known, well supported, have good repositories, are regularly updated, are user-friendly and will remain around us quite a time.

Most Stable Linux Distros

Let’s begin with a list of 5 most stable Linux distros for users who really want to replace their OS instead of using MacOS, Windows OS or any other OS.

5. OpenSUSE

opensuse

OpenSUSE is a community sponsored and one of the best stable Linux distros made by SUSE Linux and other companies – Novell.  It uses the same code base from SUSE Linux Enterprise – SLE. After merging and collaboration, it stops to release the regular version rather focusing stable and long life cycle. So basically OpenSUSE code takes all the good features from SUSE Linux Enterprise and gives vice versa.

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Main Features
  • OpenSUSE has total three main goal – make OpenSUSE the easiest and widely used Linux Distro, make OpenSUSE the most usable desktop environment for newbie and experienced users based on openly sourced collaboration, make OpenSUSE simple, easy, and best choice for development and packaging processes to Linux developers and software vendors.
  • Comes with a lot of variations including Cinnamon, GNOME, IceWM, KDE, LXDE, Openbox, WMaker, Xfce.
  • It does not focus on regular release rather rolling for a long-term cycle and cutting edge stable features.
Minimum System Requirement
  • Pentium 4 1.6 GHz or higher processor (Pentium 4 2.4 GHz or higher or any AMD64 or Intel64 processor recommended).
  • Main memory: 1 GB physical RAM (2 GB recommended).
  • Hard disk: 3 GB available disk space for a minimal install, 5 GB available for a graphical desktop (more recommended).
  • Sound and graphics cards: Supports most modern sound and graphics cards, 800 x 600 display resolution (1024 x 768 or higher recommended).
  • Booting from DVD drive or USB-Stick for installation.

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4. Fedora

Fedora Workstation

Fedora is also a community-powered Linux OS which is backed by Red Hat Inc and as famous for providing blending edge features. The software repository is well updated and documented. If you face any problem while using it then don’t worry,  you will be helped by a large number of community people in the forum. It comes with an open source component thus makes the open source lover happy. As it comes from the house of Red Hat, so you can run it without any issues for developing your applications and programs. Even Fedora is liked by the Linux kernel creator Linus Torvalds.

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Main Features
  • Installation and Setup are very easy and painless.
  • Software sources and dependencies are always updated.
  • Supported by a well-known organization, Red Hat Inc.
  • Offers cutting-edge features.
  • Pretty stable and flexible.
  • Fedora comes with DevAssistant which helps the developers to set up the development environment and publish the code with simple and easy command.
Minimum System Requirement
  • CD or DVD drive, and the capability to boot from this drive
  • 1 GHz processor or faster
  • At least 1 GB of memory (RAM)
  • At least 10 GB of permanent storage (hard drive) space.

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3. Linux Mint

Linux MintLinux Mint is the #1 most popular and best user-friendly Ubuntu-based Linux distro available out there. Linux Mint is similarly perfect fit for both newcomers and advanced users. The main motto of Linux Mint is “From freedom came elegance” which provides a stable, powerful, easy to use, and a complete out of the box experience.

Main Features
  • As Linux Mint is Ubuntu-based Linux distro, so it will fully compatible with Ubuntu software repositories.
  • Comes with a full-packed system including browser plugins, media codecs, support for DVD playback, Java, and other components.
  • Linux Mint comes with a set of different flavors as per user’s need including Cinnamon, GNOME, KDE, MATE, Xfce.
  • Its installation process is super easy for any newbies to go ahead.
  • If you like Mac OS then definitely you must go for Linux Mint Cinnamon desktop environment which is super stable and looks elegant.

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Minimum System Requirement
  • 512MB RAM (1GB recommended for a comfortable usage).
  • 9GB of disk space (20GB recommended).
  • Graphics card capable of 800×600 resolution (1024×768 recommended).
  • DVD drive or USB port.

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2. Ubuntu

ubuntuIn our list, Ubuntu is positioned in #2. This is one of the most popular and stable Debian based Linux Distros for the newcomers. It has its own software repositories which regularly synced with a Debian repository. That ensured to get stable and latest release.

Main Features
  • This Linux Distro is rock-solid stable and secure OS.
  • Ubuntu comes with a various desktop environment like Gnome, Unity, KDE, XFCE, MATE etc.
  • Though Ubuntu is based on Debian it’s also the foundation for Linux Mint, Elementary OS, Kubuntu, Lubuntu, Deepin and much much more.
  • Users can try all the core features before installing the full Ubuntu desktop using the installation image.
  • Best and Most user-friendly for new users on Linux who does not know Gnome from bash.
  • Many of the essential apps come pre-installed and the user can install all the necessary software from official apps repository.
  • It’s one of the best customizable Linux distros for the advanced users.
  • Ubuntu comes with one of the best, smooth, modern, and unique in-house built desktop environment “ Unity”.
  • Each after six months, it offers new releases and every two years, it releases a Long Term Support (LTS).

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Minimum System Requirement
  • 700 MHz processor
  • 512 MiB RAM
  • 5 GB of hard-drive space
  • VGA capable of 1024×768 screen resolution
  • Either a CD/DVD drive or a USB port for the installer media
  • Internet access is helpful

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 1. Arch Linux

Arch LinuxArch Linux is not a typical OS like other distros but comes with a Linux kernel and package manager, Pacman. It’s also come without a graphical interface. Basically, Arch Linux comes with a barebone base where the users can pick the required components and make the system without any bloat programs. That’s why it’s called highly personalized Operating System.

Main Features
  • Install and setup process is difficult.
  • Official repository supports bleeding edge and up to date software packages.
  • Well Documented and easily repairable for any bug fixes.
  • Needs zero maintenance and self-controlled software updated.
  • Pacman controls dependency issues and orphaned packages efficiently.

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Honorable Mention

Some Honorable Mentions of Most Stable Linux Distros are given below:

  • Debian
  • Manjaro
  • Zorin OS

Here I have described 5 top most stable Linux distros for the users who really want to switch his/her platform. I can assure you that you won’t regret.

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Did you like this list? Let us know which one you used as your daily driver in the comment section. Thank you for your precious time.

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13 COMMENTS

  1. He talks about “Stable”, then lists Ubuntu and not Debian……yep, it is just a “5 distros I personally like” list, not most stable

    • if i don’t have weird hardware, then yes, arch is stable enough for my everyday needs. but since moving to arch-based manjaro i have problems with connectivity. first they took away usb modem, now it’s usb tethering. tomorrow perhaps wi-fi and the good ole ethernet. losing internet at this point is just like death to me. so am going back to debian – `sudo apt-get dist-upgrade` makes debian and its derivatives sumkinda rolling release too, no? i actually hate being a distro hopper but what can man make?

  2. As many users have suggested me to include Debian as most Stable Linux Distro, so i have included Debian in the “Honorable Mention” para. Thanks for your suggestion.

  3. I’ve been a linux admin / power user for 20+ yrs and this list is completely wrong, if anything it should be listed in reverse. Arch is impossible to be the ‘most’ stable distro when it’s packages undergo very little testing/debugging in order to make it into pacman repos. And ubuntu being in this list? Come on. Speaking of ‘most stable’ distros you should see something like CentOS, Fedora, Slackware, OpenSuse Leap. makes me wonder if the author of this article is an actual Linux user himself.

  4. the funny thing is, none of these distributions should be in such a list. the easiest way to fix this is to change the title to:
    Most Unstable Linux Distros.

    • It’s not true. A choice totally depends on users need. All the Linux distros mentioned here are stable and many users will support it also. If you think these distros are not stable then please let us know which one is more stable. We will definitely include that one in this list. Thanks for your valuable comment.

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