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Most Stable Linux Distros: 5 versions of Linux We Recommend

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 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.

opensuse

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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 is also a community-powered Linux OS which is backed by Red Hat Inc and as famous for providing bleeding 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.Fedora Workstation

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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 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.

Linux Mint

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


In 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.

ubuntu

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 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.

Arch Linux

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.

50 COMMENTS

  1. Since about a year and a half I use a Dell Precision running Ubuntu 18.04 LTS for work (Java developer and plenty of “DevOps” work) and have not run into any issue yet. So I personally think it is quite stable as well. However since it is my work machine I do use the LTS release. Used a Macbook Pro the 4 years prior which for me was equally stable at all times as well.

    I did consider switching to a distro like Debian or Fedora (RHEL maybe even) because in my experience it is more robust and stable than my previous Ubuntu experiences (which goes back to at least Dapper Drake and have used pretty much every version after), but haven’t replaced it since it keeps on working stable.

    For work I’ve also used CentOS and RHEL for servers running production Java applications which ran fine without issues.

  2. This article and subsequent comments are a long and loud testament as to why Linux in general remains around only 2.5% of the desktop market. You ask 40 people what the best distro is and you get 40 different answers. The most wise comment I saw here is from ‘John IL’ who says “Some Linux users seem to jump around a lot with distro’s never seem satisfied with any one distro. I think part of their problem is jumping around rather then picking a good distro and customizing. Stop the distro hopping and settle down and I think most will be happier.”

    Beginners have no clue where to begin. And we were all beginners at one time but tend to forget that when advising beginners. We all want to talk like experts and all is does is confuse people One day, who knows how long, there will be an article that says (like John IL) “Stop screwing around, grab the most popular. distro (whatever it may happen to be that day) on DistroWatch, install it, join the mailing list and help forums for it and start learning how to install packages and customize and make it yours.” Trying 20 or 30 distros and being happy with none of them,as mentioned by someone above, is definitely not helping the Linux community in any way at all.

  3. Arch? You’re kidding. While not pure arch, every time i have tried arch derivatives, updates brake and the system can no longer be updated. The fact that it’s a rolling release means it won’t be as stable as other distros.

  4. So far I have tried quite a few Linux distros, Linux Mint 19.1 with Cinamon desktop has been amazing! Not a single crash or bug to report running for 1 year on my Del XPS 15!

    Ubuntu keeps crashing every now and then 🙁

  5. In all honesty, the best out of the box and stable Linux Distro I have used is Ubuntu 18.04. All others have a serious bug out of the box, and the package support for Ubuntu is amazing. I agree with many people here in the comments; distro’s don’t function the same installed vs. VirtualBox.

    If your looking for a list of distros I have tried over Ubuntu, then…

    1. Debian
    2. Fedora
    3. Centos
    4. Kali (I know it’s for pen-testing)
    5. Zorin OS
    6. Mint

    I’ve also heard great things about Pop!_OS. However, I’ve never tried it personally.

  6. Dude that is funny. Arch and Manjaro are rolling-based distributions, they are not even close to stable. Ubuntu is based on debain unstable itself. Plus, I tried to install fedora but it has always bugs. I have tried several distros as well (debian, sparky, MXlinux, Manjaro, Bunsenlabs, Mageia, ROSA, Linux Mint, some *buntu variants, Q4OS, AntiX, PCLinuxOS, Devuan, kali, Peppermint, Solus, Puppy, Tails, Void, Tiny core, Trisquel, Bodhi, Solus and so on) and I can make the list of most stable distros-
    1. Debian, 2. MX Linux, 3.Sparky Linux (stable release), 4. Mageia, 5. OpenSuse

    • Yeah that’s right. Arch Linux is bleeding-edge distro that focus on feature rather than stability. Same with Ubuntu, Fedora, or Manjaro. The really stable distro is Debian, Cent OS and any more.

      • Ubuntu 18.04 (Bionic Beaver) is the current LTS version, with 3 year support from Canonical, and is very stable. I use it for some servers (the Minimal Server version) on AWS and it works really well. More current than Debian (even Sid, which I wouldn’t use for servers) but just as solid, lots more helpful utilities, etc.

        Arch can be stable if you have 10+ years experience using Arch. Heh.

        Either way, I agree with the @GlobalUser’s comment, Debian is up there, but Fedora, FreeBSD, RHEL, Ubuntu (LTS) are all more stable than the rest of your list. Perhaps yours is focused on strictly Desktop distros, in which case I could sorta see your reasoning for some of them… ehh.. still feel like Fedora/Centos/FreeBSD are more stable/proven over MX and Sparky. MX is too new and experimental to top contenders that are proven for years in the trenches.

  7. I try to stick with the more popular distro’s myself. Mostly because some of the smaller or newer one’s might one day just dry up and leave you hanging. Something like Fedora, Suse, Ubuntu, Debian all have a solid base of support. I typically run Ubuntu these days but I know people who have stuck with Fedora and Suse a long time. Some Linux users seem to jump around a lot with distro’s never seem satisfied with any one distro. I think part of their problem is jumping around rather then picking a good distro and customizing. Stop the distro hopping and settle down and I think most will be happier.

  8. Linux Peppermint for this newbie because it is colourful and has an appealing desktop image. Seems quicker than my old Win 7. and has a wide choice of software that appear good as or better than many of the windows type. Only has a 3 year support but I’m always up for something new that’s not too complicated.

  9. Maybe you should stop testing distros in virtual machines and test them true to life. I have 10 computers, and I am trying to get just one Linux that will work more than 1 week before fail. So far the worst ones I found in order are Linux Mint, Manjaro, Ubuntu and Debian. All the other distros are a bit better than the above ones. So I don’t If you are getting paid for this or you are just incompetent but Wake up. I really really really hate windows, but I am starting to hate Linux as much. In a month I must have reinstalled about 20- 30 Linux distributions because either they failed to boot, or just stopped working or expert software installations. Maybe it is because I have high tech equipment, like Intel I9 8 cores CPU, 2 screens displays, 4K monitors, but right now I have yet to install 3 Linux on three high-end computers.

    As a developer, I would like if you could really suggest a Linux distro I could use to work with applications like “Android Studio,” “Netbeans,” “Teamviewer,” “Virtualbox.” So far no distros passed the complete test. They mostly always fail before all the apps are installed. So, is there really a Distro that would work for me. I am waiting for a suggestion so I can install Linux to the 3 machines and remove MicroS…. Windows off of it.

    • I’ve got all that except VirtualBox since you don’t need it with native KVM and also anydesk, VS code, Eclipse, VPNs and Geany (Notepad++ replacement) running on CentOS 7.6. Machine specs: HP z820 Dual Xeon E5-2680, 128GB ECC DDR3, Dual GTX1070 and 3 4K displays and also an MSI GS60 laptop with a GTX970 dual graphics. I am a Devops Engineer and I’ve been using different linux distros since I was 12 years old. If you need a really stable OS for production use I would only recommend one of the following:
      1)RHEL Based(RHEL,CentOS,Scientific)
      2)Debian stable branch
      3)Slackware
      4)SLES (NOT opensuse)
      5)Debian testing branch.

    • Have been using Linux Mint/Cinnamon for three years, now, on two computers, without even one issue. But keep testing. With all the distros out there you will eventually find one that works. And yes, don’t test them on a virtual machine. Those things are horrible to work with. I keep a spare laptop just for testing distros.

    • Gaetan La You are clearly lost about what you want. First of all, your computer specs are nowhere near to what you need for working, nobody buys i9 8c/16t to use Linux, they buy it sadly to play only, instead of AMD, but that’s another topic.

      Go back to earth and either sell your computer and buy a machine more suitable for Linux + go enjoy the weekend, or just stick with Windows. I bet you also bought an Nvidia and of course you have 16-32GB of RAM, even if not needed.

  10. I will agree with openSUSE being present but Leap, not Tumbleweed is where the dependability will be. I use openSUSE and Tumbleweed is great but it can be touchy at times. Leap has Debian-like stability. Speaking of Debian, where is it? While Ubuntu 18.04 LTS is one of the most stable releases I have seen from them, it is not Debian stable. Not even close, really.

    Arch is awesome and one of my favorites but stability is somewhat relative. It can be touchy at times but it’s also bleeding edge and that in itself takes it out of the realm of stability. I generally have no issues with either Arch, or Ubuntu but I do have them on occasion. OpenSUSE Leap and Debian never give me any trouble and can go without being rebooted for months, or even years

    My server runs CentOS. It is also stable and I never have to worry about it crashing. I love Fedora but it can’t even be compared to CentOS, in terms of stability.

    Like I said, stability is relative when it comes to any distribution that tends to be bleeding, or close to bleeding edge by default. Ubuntu falls into that category because of the way Canonical works it and also because PPA’s often introduce potential problems. Arch, Fedora, Tumbleweed, and the rest like them may operate flawlessly for some users or at least without catastrophic failure but that doesn’t qualify them as stable. Until recently, Ubuntu was arguably one of the most buggy and unstable distro’s around. Linux Mint did much to mitigate some of that but it was still subject to being built on the moving target of a base that is Ubuntu.

    • I like all operating systems, always been a hobby of mine to try them out. Windows 7 is a very good OS, as is some earlier Mac OS or at that time OSX. Even Chrome OS has some really solid features I just wish they offered more desktop options. Not a fan of Windows 10, not because its unstable, or doesn’t perform well. Its a issue of having a constant flux of updates and feature upgrades that you never really settle down with the OS. I prefer the OS be just that, a operating system and let me add on what I want to it. I do not need a Swiss Army knife OS that tries to do too much.

  11. Corrected MX Linux Info: Foundation is Debian Stable 9.6 (Stretch), augmented by ongoing backports and additions, uses Xfce 4.12.3, core is antiX Linux. https://mxlinux.org/current-release-features This is a very fast & stable distribution.

    Currently testing Lubuntu 18.10 LXQt, while very fast & stable, I have to jump through the hoops to make it ready for Web & Design Production unlike the Fedora Design Suite. All I need to do there is add FTP, Web Editor and a 2 more browsers for testing and I’m good to go. Plus clients are wowed by the GNOME Glamour Effect 8)

    The nice thing about Fedora is SeaMonkey, IceCat and the sK1 Project is in their repository unlike MX & Lubuntu. Fedora GNOME just works for me as a production machine. *NOTE Fedora is Cutting Edge (Software is Tested) NOT Beading Edge like Arch, which mean there maybe some bugs.

  12. my brother says – MX LINUX is most stable he had used among Ubuntu, Linux Mint others ( i do not remember.)

    personally I am using Ubuntu Studio for some video and audio edits as it has preinstalled softwares, previous windows habits are hard to give up, but i am trying.

  13. You must be kidding right?
    Debian , Gentoo, Linux From Scratch ,Slackware linux , CentOS . These are the most stable linux distros.
    Arch and fedora are rolling release type of distro which is not typically the most stable ones.
    You can edit the title as Top 5 distros for beginners.

    • Linux From Scratch stable? At ANY point during your build from sources you’re likely to run into a situation that breaks your system. If you mean once you get Linux From Scratch up and running and don’t touch anything it’s stable then I would agree but to get to that point is a long, hard road and you’ve read documentation until your eyes bleed. To wit, the Linux From Scratch home page lists not a download link, but a list of no less than 6 books and resources about how to get it up and running.

  14. Interesting choices and comments.
    Arch and Fedora, by their very nature, are meant to be cutting edge, not stable and reliable.
    Debian (depending on the version you use) can be very stable. Same for distros built on top of it.
    For that matter, any rolling distro could potentially have more issues and be considered less stable than a fixed one, but.
    Something like Red Hat or CentOS can also be very stable, since that is their goal, to provide a stable platform for enterprise users.
    I guess it depends on what you want out of your distro.

  15. Are you kidding me? Ubuntu is one of the most unstable OS’s I’ve had the displeasure of working with. Get your facts straight. Maybe it used to be stable, but not anymore.

  16. Except Opensuse, I don’t thinks any of these is stable, what you mean by stable here, especially when you’re talking about Arch Linux?

  17. Apart from Arch Linux I have personally used all these (and many others) professionally since 1994 (I still have Yggdrasil Linux 1.0 CD somewhere). Some notes on three of them.

    Ubuntu: Will NEVER EVER again touch this, too many problems on all levels. No explanation needed. Used to be OK ten years ago.

    Mint: Tried this a few months ago. It is probably the most unstable and badly build distro ever. I had a myriad of problems with stability. Nice UI but everything else is Do not touch.

    Fedora: Got rid of this crap almost a decade ago. I assume it might be better today but I still would not touch it. I had such hard time trying to make things work.

    All in all I doubt whether any of these would fit for any serious work.

    • Sorry for the mistake. It’s already been corrected. Don’t be so harsh. English is not my native language. Mistakes can be always there and I am always trying to learn more and more daily. Thanks for the comment.

      • I think you are doing great. Keep it up. English is a hard language to learn, let alone master when it is a second language. Some of my family come from Germany and have been here for a few generations but still struggle with English. My grandfather was one of my favorite people ever and he spoke a German/English hybrid language no one but family understood. When I hear German to this day I only understand every third or fourth word spoken.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

    • I agree with you Lance, CentOS should definitely be on top of the list and Ubuntu shouldn’t even be on the list!

  20. 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.

    • 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?

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

    • I know right, it crashes randomly for no reason and makes it so the keyboard and mouse are rendered useless, forcing you to force shutdown.

    • I don’t recognize the totally misleading description of Ubuntu as given by GEOIP and the others above.
      Ubuntu, in my experience is absolutely stable. The releases are subject to regular active maintenance for security, linux kernal releases, and changes to 3rd party drivers or software.
      Other than maintenance, Ubuntu development continues as a work in progress. There are two new releases of Ubuntu each year, and in every second year an LTS (long term service) release.
      There are at present three LTS releases still in issue. 14.04 LTS Trusty Tahr, 16.04 LTS Xenial Xerus, 18.04 LTS Bionic Beaver. The release numbers give the year and month of first release.
      The LTS releases are fully maintained for a minimum of five years, so 14.04 will come to the end of its service term in a few months time. It is planned now to maintain 18.04 for 10 years, until 2028.
      The biannual Ubuntu releases generally offer significant enhancements, changes in presentation etc, and other areas of development or improvement. However, each new release, when first issued, carries with it a risk of bugs, or of previously undiscovered areas of hardware or software incompatibility. Therefore, for stable, safe and reliable computing it is probably best to allow about 6 months before moving to a new release, and best then to stick exclusively to the LTS releases.

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