Hello, and welcome to Learn Linux Now. My name is Edward. In this session we’re going to talk about the different Linux versions available to you. Because this is a large topic, I decided to break it up into two different parts; this is part one of two. If you haven’t had a chance to watch it yet, I encourage you to go back and watch my Introduction video on why I’m producing these sessions.

Also, it is best to view the post and videos in order. Check out Session 1 first.

In the video demonstration below, and graphic above, I have a desktop distribution list and a server distribution list; I briefly touched on this in my previous session discussion on What is Linux. Even though the list, as a whole, is not the full list of distributions, it is a list of the more common and popular distros at the time of this post. To get a complete list of all that is available, visit the distro watch website.

I’ll try not to rehash everything mentioned in the video but it is worth noting that one of the many wonderful things about Linux is that there are plenty of great choices of Linux distributions. You are not limited to just one. And, if you choose to, because they are free, you can try them all. The easiest way to try them is via a virtual machine, of which I will discuss in more detail in a later session.

I will keep this post brief in hopes that you will watch the video discussion.

Distributions mentioned in the video:

Pop!_OS (at the time of this recording, 22.04)

Fedora KDE Plasma (at the time of this recording, 35)

AlmaLinux (at the time of this recording, 8.5)

Disclaimer: Even though I seem to have disdain toward Windows in this video, and potentially in future post, I still use Windows in a dual-boot setup with my Fedora for playing games that are not yet available on Linux. However, it does not mean that you cannot game on Linux. I currently have a large Steam library of games in my Fedora install also that I currently play using Proton in Steam. Gaming on Linux may be discussed in more detail in future post.

Session 2 - Part 1 - Linux versions