List of the best free Linux Distributions and Operating Systems used by bloggers for private web hosting and web hosting companies for commercial purposes. Some of the features to consider before installing Linux Distributions OS include packages, security, support options, update cycle, installation documentation, management panel supported, supported CPU, performance, license type and cost
Methodology: Linux Distributions and Operating Systems listed below have been ranked according to website metrics, user experience, and editorial judgment. Learn more about our ranking criteria.
CentOS is a free Linux distribution software built from open source code provided by Red Hat. Most Cloud hosting companies like Google Cloud, AWS, Azure have CentOS already integrated in their infrastructure.
Ubuntu is a free Linux distribution software on cloud hosting, data centre and edge. LTS means long term support. Ubuntu is ideal if you are building a large scale infrastructure like openStack private cloud, big data, high performance computing and kubernetes.
Debian is a free Operating system and Linux distribution software. Debian is maintained by volunteer developers spread around the world.
OpenSUSE is a free and open Linux operating system for devices and servers. Some of the most popular tools built by the OpenSUSE community include Tumbleweed, Leap, Open build service (OBS), openQA, YaST, Kiwi etc.
Oracle Linux is a free Linux distribution and Operating system distributed by Oracle. It is build from Red Hat Enterprise Linux source code . Although Oracle Linux is free to download, update and use without any any limits, Oracle offers optional paid support for business critical infrastructure.
Rocky Linux is a free Linux operating system build and maintained by a community of developers. Rocky Linux comes in as a downstream build alternative of CentOS.
Amazon Linux 2 is a Linux server operating system developed by Amazon Web Services (AWS). It can be used for developing and running cloud and enterprise applications.
AlmaLinux is an open source and community maintained enterprise Linux distribution software. AlmaLinux operating system is 100% binary compatible with RHEL and pre-Stream CentOS.
Arch Linux is a lightweight, simple and modern Linux distribution software. Its packages are optimized for x86-64 processors.
ProxMox is an open source server virtualization software. Its main software ProxMox Virtual Environment, Proxmox Backup Server and Proxmox mail gateway can be used to build an affordable and secure IT infrastructure.
Manjaro is an open source Arch Linux based Linux distribution software. It is available for use for 64-Bit architectures. Manjaro officially supports XFCE, KDE and Gnome editions.
Gentoo is a free Linux Operating system. Gentoo can be used for building a secure server, embedded solution, development workstation, gaming system, etc.
Pop!_OS is an open source Ubuntu Based operating system. PopOS uses APT and Flatpak package management, making it easy to install, uninstall and update.