Top 5 Least Popular Linux Distributions That Could

Posted by jun auza On 9/30/2008
During my Distro hopping days, I have tried and tested different flavors of Linux. There are several distros that I have considered forgettable, while there are others that have left a lasting impression on me simply because they have far exceeded my expectations.

Let's focus on the following Linux distributions that some of us may consider least popular, but are highly capable of becoming way bigger than what they are today:

5. NimbleX
The word “nimble” is an adjective that means quick and light in motion. It is also a quality that the young NimbleX Linux distribution is boasting. Based on the grand daddy of all linux ditros which is Slackware, its main goal is to provide the latest and greatest open source applications to those who have low-end computers.

Having used NimbleX before, I can attest that it is certainly fast and efficient and is optimized for old machines. Plus, it is really easy to use. NimbleX still has plenty of room to grow and indeed has a bright future ahead.

You may like to read the full review here: NimbleX: The Diet Slackware

4. Wolvix
Wolvix is probably one of the fastest rising distros today. First released 2 years ago, it has already gained plenty of loyal followers and is steadily going up in the ranks of Linux distributions over at Distrowatch. In fact, I received a couple of comments at this blog and some emails telling me to try Wolvix.

Wolvix is really an amazing Linux distribution considering that it is developed and maintained by only two men. What’s even more amazing is that the original creator himself works at a construction as a painter. I would say Wolvix can become even better if more people would contribute or help financially.

You may like to read the full review here: Wolvix, My Kind of Wolf

3. Sidux
Sidux is a desktop-oriented Linux distribution based on the “unstable” but most modern and up-to-date Debian branch called Sid (from the Toy Story character). The main aim of Sidux is to enhance and stabilize Sid, using its very own packages and scripts to allow a hassle-free use of Debian’s latest and cutting edge software. This unique aspiration enticed me to try out Sidux.

Though I have only tested a development release of Sidux, I was impressed and find it quite good and steady. The absence of a graphical package manager is a big drawback to Linux newbies, but its speed, responsiveness and light footprint makes it an ideal OS for older computer machines. Sidux is definitely a distro to watch out for.

You may like to read the full review here: Seduced by Sidux

2. SliTaz
SliTaz GNU/Linux, the Smallest “Desktop” Distro Ever Created, is a mini distribution and live CD designed to run speedily on hardware with 128 MB of RAM. SliTaz uses BusyBox, a recent Linux kernel and GNU software. It boots with Syslinux and provides more than 200 Linux commands, the lighttpd web server, SQLite database, rescue tools, IRC client, SSH client and server powered by Dropbear, X window system, JWM (Joe's Window Manager), gFTP, Geany IDE, Mozilla Firefox, AlsaPlayer, GParted, a sound file editor and more. The SliTaz ISO image fits on a less than 30 MB media and takes just 80 MB of hard disk space.

After having extensively used SliTaz GNU/Linux, I can honestly say that it is a highly capable distro. It is ideal for rescuing a broken system, and even for full desktop usage, especially when employed on older computer machines since it is fast and ultra-lightweight. SliTaz could well become the next DSL.

You may like to read the full review here: SliTaz GNU/Linux, the Smallest “Desktop” Distro Ever Created

1. Pardus
Pardus (scientific name for Anatolian leopard) is a Turkish Linux distribution started and developed by the Scientific & Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBITAK). Ensuring that it is an operating system which can be installed and used more easily than the existing distros as well as other competitive operating systems is one of Pardus' main goals.

I love almost every vital part of Pardus. The system installer, the package manager, and the control center among others are all wonderfully crafted. I can tell that the developers took their time to really buff up this distro. I’m sorry to say though that Pardus is still pretty much underrated, because many distros are far more popular but are not as good as Pardus. I would highly recommend Pardus to just about anyone who is still searching for a fully featured, easy-to-use, and quality Linux distro.

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