Top 6 Best Linux Distros for Students | Can students use Linux in schools and colleges?

Top 6 Best Linux Distros for Students | Can students use Linux in schools and colleges?

August 23, 2019 100 By Stanley Isaacs


Today, You’ll be seeing the top 6 best Linux
distributions for students. Students require their computer operating
system to be highly dependable, fast and have the tech that gives them an edge over others. Then there’s this question of can You really
use Linux in schools and colleges where everybody else is using either Windows or MacOS. and
If yes, which distros are the best for students? I myself hopped from one distro to another
until I found some of the best distros that are highly advantageous for the student lifestyle. In this video, I’ll be focusing on 6 amazing
distros which have the least setup hassle as I don’t want students to waste their time
on setup, distros which also have huge repositories of ready to install software and are downright
impressive as far as looks are concerned. You do want Your friends to say “Woah, what
OS is that” when they look at Your PC screen. In the end, I’ll share my experience of using
Linux throughout college where everybody else including my professors used Windows. This is Linux Tex, Let’s do this. Starting off, we have Elementary OS on number
6. Elementary OS is a Ubuntu-based Linux distro
with comes with its own Pantheon desktop environment. The desktop is clean and gorgeous. Elementary OS is a great choice for both Windows
users and Mac users, mainly because of its the simplicity of use and stability. Elementary’s user interface looks like it’s
inspired by Mac OS, but I feel elementary is much cleaner. You can see that the top panel, and even the
applications menu is just so minimalistic. In fact, the core of the system itself is
so lightweight. There is a very small number of pre-installed
applications. Only the absolute bare essentials are included
here. All the software you need can be installed
from the AppCenter, another great part of Elementary OS. AppCentre has a large set of high-quality
applications. Anything you need can be installed with a
single click from right here. Elementary OS provides more apps compared
to other Linux distros as it actively supports app developers and provides many tools for
them. Here we have a pay what you want a model which
is great. Elementary OS brings some of these awesome
apps to you and these are not generally available on other Linux distros. Talking about the user experience, Elementary
is sleek and fast. There is no bloatware in the system and you
can install the software that you need very easily. There’s pretty much no learning curve involved
as everything is straightforward. Mastering the keyboard shortcuts is going
to take your productivity to a whole new level though. The operating system will be supported for
5 years. Elementary is suited for both desktops and
laptops. The installation is really easy and takes
less than 30 minutes. The only thing that I didn’t like here is
that the proprietary driver installation for NVIDIA GPUs is not as simple as other distros
on this list. You need to follow some steps linked in the
description but still can be done in 5 minutes. AMD and Intel integrated drivers are preinstalled. Overall, Elementary OS Juno is an amazing
distro for students. It’s minimalistic, fast and looks splendid. What more could you ask for? Yeah, what more could you ask for? well, you could ask for bleeding-edge technology. Newest software versions before anybody else
gets them. A highly flexible system. Not everybody, but some prefer these things
over stability. And Manjaro is the best rolling release Linux
distro for students. Manjaro is highly flexible. It is an Arch-based Linux distro but its packages
are tested much more thoroughly and updated after confirmed stability. This provides an environment which is both
up to date as well as dependable. Manjaro is available with all the desktop
environments and best of all. You can install and use multiple desktops
on the same manjaro installation and it’ll all work without any issue. Not many distros can boast about this kind
of harmony. This probably is because of the package management
in Manjaro. Manjaro uses Pacman package manager which
in my opinion is the best package manager. There are no dependency or broken package
issues. And trust me those can be a real headache
at times. Manjaro also has access to the Arch User Repositories,
which is the biggest software pool and pretty much anything created for Linux, will be available
there. This is great for students. You get everything you might need with a few
clicks, and it’s all free. Manjaro makes everything simpler. Settings are simpler, updating, installing
and removing software, proprietary driver installation, everything is easy here. Since the newest improvements in packages
are available on manjaro quickly, it does have this kinda polished feel to the experience
of using it. Manjaro is a community-driven project and
it is very mature. All the desktop environments are branded with
the Manajro feel. The Xfce version of Manjaro is ridiculously
fast and runs great on laptops and even older hardware. But if you need something more glittery, I
highly recommend the KDE version. Manjaro is a cutting edge Linux distro with
very less maintenance hassle. And on laptops, it has visible performance
boost over heavier distros. It’s a great operating system for students. Linux Mint is the best productivity-oriented
operating system in this world. Linux Mint is very consistent. Stable. And it is built to provide you space where
you can just work. unlike other operating systems, Mint does
not boast about shiny new features with every new release. While Ubuntu shifted from GNOME desktop to
Unity and then back to GNOME, Linux Mint has stayed the same. Of course, there have been improvements and
updates. But the experience of using Mint has always
stayed consistent. Linux Mint has a great policy regarding updates. All the package updates are divided into 5
levels and this allows for a much safer update procedure. Your browsers will always be new while the
kernel will remain the same. This means less breakage. The stability and consistency are great for
students. You have a distraction-free computing environment
and there is no maintenance hassle. Linux Mint uses the Cinnamon desktop. This is one of the biggest reasons Linux Mint
is loved by hundreds of thousands of users. Cinnamon desktop, by design, facilitates deep
work. The application menu is organized and accessible. It has a fast search. Switching between applications is simple and
the operating system stays out of the user’s workflow. The interface layout is something that most
people are familiar with. For students working with their groups, this
is a plus point. For your friends unfamiliar with Linux, Linux
Mint will be somethings they can navigate around while being amazed by it at the same
time. Mint doesn’t capture you with shiny features
and whatnot. Rather it’s the simplicity that You’ll love
here. All these combined is a great recipe for a
distraction-free, super productivity-oriented operating system. You can study, browse, work in a streamlined
system. And for students coming from Windows, Linux
Mint turns into home quickly, because of the similar user interface. There are a good number of preinstalled applications. LibreOffice, Gimp, Firefox browser are all
available out of the box. There are also a variety of themes available. So You can customize Mint to Your liking. Install Mint once and You’ll just fall in
love with it. Linux Mint is a power-packed operating system
for students. Ubuntu has always been “Linux for human beings”. A simple installation. Fully functional user interface with pretty
much no need of using the command line . Add to that, solid stability and a very vast number
of software available to be installed in a fast, convenient and secure way. That’s how you create the most popular Linux
distro. I wouldn’t be wrong in saying that Ubuntu
has played the biggest role in putting Linux on people’s computers on a scale that we see
today. Fast forward many years. Ubuntu is still the top choice for anybody
wanting to try something other than windows on their computers. And by try I don’t only mean as an alternate
OS. But as the daily driver. In fact, this is where Ubuntu pioneered. Ubuntu is based on Debian and therefore is
a stability focused OS. Its LTS version is supported for 5 years. It has a huge pool of software. Pretty much all the software vendors officially
support Ubuntu. This means you are least likely to face any
issues with Ubuntu. And if you do face issues, Ubuntu has amazing
community support. There is a large pool of resources regarding
Ubuntu usage and troubleshooting. Ubuntu evolves with every new iteration. There are upgrades with the UI, workflow,
the core, and other stuff. Some people don’t like this. But in my opinion, there can’t be growth without
changes. If you stick with LTS versions though, this
is not an issue as You’re good for 5 years. LibreOffice, Mozilla Firefox, Thunderbird
email, Transmission torrent and many other day to day used applications are pre-installed. Thousands of amazing software are available
from the software store. Ubuntu caters for computer science students
especially. The tools and software used in development
are updated very regularly and you always get to choose between the stable long term
versions or the newer builds. This was of great convenience to me personally. Ubuntu is so awesome that 3 other operating
systems in this list are based on Ubuntu. And if You’re a widows user thinking about
trying out Linux, give Ubuntu a try. it’ll blow your mind. MX Linux is the prodigal son of Debian, which
rose to the number one spot on distrowatch in the last 12 months. MX Linux is a power-packed Linux distro, it
means business. The operating system is based on the solid
Debian base. It is performance-driven OS and features the
Xfce desktop environment with its own redesign. The desktop is very light and there are no
animations or transitions. This makes MX very suitable for older desktops
and laptops. If you have any old PCs which are begging
for a new life, MX is the best way forward. Older hardware won’t struggle much with MX
Linux as the OS itself demands very low resources. Even in all the other departments, it delivers
an impress ive experience. I mean, it is on top of 99 other Linux distros
on distrowatch. Out of the box, the desktop is configured
nicely, except for the panel, which is vertical. You can make it horizontal easily. There’s a neat widget on the screen. Using an app called MX tweaks, You can change
a lot of stuff here and personalize the desktop. MX Tweaks allows you to play around with even
the smallest of details. You get a good number of preinstalled, useful
applications. All the essentials and some less known but
cools apps are available here. MX also includes some MX branded applications
which help in maintaining the OS. These MX apps simplify some of the advanced
as well as day to day tasks. There’s a kernel manager, boot repair tool
which can be very useful if you have multiple operating systems on your computer. Even connecting MX to an iPhone is made easy
with iDevice mounter. MX is based on Debian stable, but it allows
software installation from the Debian backports too. So you get access to newer versions of software
if you need them. You can choose between Debian stable packages
or backports packages per-application basis. This is the kind of freedom that you won’t
get on any other Linux distro. OS installation, the proprietary Nvidia driver
installation, everything is as simple as it gets. MX Linux is a streamlined system which provides
a powerful desktop for students. There’s also freedom and the Debian stability. For older hardware, MX is the perfect OS. On number one spot we have Zorin OS. Zorin is the most underrated Linux distro. Period. Zorin OS is built for everybody. Usability is the number one factor which puts
Zorin in a different league. Just look at the desktop. It’s clean and so superior. The layout is familiar to everybody. Windows users especially will love this. The layout here is of windows 7, but everything
is more polished. The panel, the menu the icons are all so modern. But that’s not all. Using Zorin Appearance, You can try other
desktop layouts if Win 7 is not something you prefer. We have the MacOS kind of look here, which
again, looks far more polished than the original thing. If you have a touch-enabled display, this
layout is fully optimized for touch with larger icons and fully functional touch-based workflow. The theme looks really good on the eye. There’s a touch of minimalism and material
design. The icon pack too is pure eye candy. Zorin OS absolutely kills it in the looks
department. If you carry your laptop to college, Zorin
is going to get you a lot of style rep. Zorin values a refined user experience. So the developers have put in a lot of effort
to facilitate some great new features. You can easily pair You android phone with
Your computer using an app called Zorin Connect. You can use text messaging on your computer,
control media playback from your phone, even remote control your PC with your phone. All this, without any setup hassle. Zorin 15, the current release, is based on
the long term support version of Ubuntu. So it’ll be supported for 5 years. The OS is very stable and comes with all essentials
installed out of the box. Software can be downloaded from the software
store. All the .deb packages and the PPAs of Ubuntu
are 100 percent compatible with Zorin OS. Zorin OS has a very detailed setup guide on
their website which helps you get started with the OS quickly. In recent years, gaming has picked up pace
on Linux. Zorin capitalizes on the recent advancements
with Proton to provide a richer gaming experience both quality and quantity-wise. You can play a number of windows exclusive
games on Linux now with Steam’s proton. Zorin help section lays out simple steps to
get started with it, which of course can be used on all the other Linux distros too. Zorin OS has multiple editions. There’s a lite version based on Xfce, that
runs pretty smoothly on hardware that have rather modest specs. Then there’s Zorin education which is optimized
for students. It comes with many educational software bundled. We have a core version which is the default
free offering for desktops and laptops. Finally, there’s the ultimate version. It costs 49 dollars and is absolutely worth
it. It comes with so much more exciting stuff
out of the box. There are more desktop layouts. A set of curated Linux apps are installed
by default. These apps enhance the computing experience
by far. There are around 20 games on the ultimate
iso. You also get enhanced customer support with
Zorin ultimate. These 49 dollars will have you covered for
the next 5 years, so that’s a great investment. Can students really use Linux in schools and
colleges where everybody else is using Windows predominantly? When I started using Linux in college, it
was overwhelming initially. The professors would be giving instructions
about doing something complicated on a windows computer. I not only had to follow the instructions,
but I had to figure out what alternate software I should use on Linux? How to set that up, configuration and stuff. There were times when I couldn’t even find
the appropriate alternate software for Linux. So using Linux in an environment where everybody
else is using Windows can be difficult. But it was not imposiible and it all got easier
after some time. And amazingly, all the effort did pay off. After the graduation, by which time, I had
gotten much better with Linux, during campus drives and interviews, I was preferred over
my fellow students due to the fact that I could work on Linux with ease. I kid you not. I was preferred over students who had a much
higher score as well as knowledge than me, just because I was good with Linux. In the computer science field, If You’re a
student, I very highly suggest that you get a good knowledge of Linux. It will greatly improve your chances with
job placements. Now there are some streams where You just
cannot use Linux. If your curriculum involves use of a software
that is windows exclusive and does not have a Linux alternative of the same usage and
caliber, I highly recommend You work on windows with a dual boot. But for students who study with ebook readers
and online in a browser, Linux is just awesome. Then there’s the issue about Microsft office. Hey, I used google docs all through college
and very honestly, it was a much better experience. LibreOffice is good, but I had some compatibility
issues. It can be difficult at first, but it can be
done. And very honestly, it was a learning experience
which I’m very glad I got. well, that’s it for today, if you liked this
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