New Linux Distributions Introduced In 2012

The Linux family continues to grow. The “freedom” allows anyone to have his/her own custom Linux operating system. This is why there is a Linux for everyone. There are several popular Linux distros based on specific need/category. Hardcore Linux users prefer Arch Linux, Debian or Slackware while the beginners prefer Ubuntu or Linux Mint. Hackers prefer BackTrack or Black Ubuntu while there are plenty for computers with low hardware. The freedom to build a Linux distribution gives birth to several new Linux distros each year. Lets have a look at the Linux distribution that were born in year 2012.


Based on Arch Linux, this new distribution tries to be the easy-to-use, simpler version of powerful Arch Linux, pretty much like what is Ubuntu to Debian. Manjaro generated rave reviews from hard core Arch Linux users and it seems like it is going to lots of new users in 2013. It uses XFCE as the default desktop and has its own repositories.

Manjaro Linux


As the name suggests, Cinnarch combines the popular Cinnamon desktop environment with Arch Linux. To put in other way, it combines beauty and power. Cinnarch is still in beta but it is available to be downloaded and installed. According to Cinnarch it aims to provide “a modern, elegant and powerful operating system based on one of the best Linux distributions out there, Arch Linux, and featuring the popular Cinnamon desktop environment”.

Cinnarch Linux


After Arch Linux, it is time for Debian based distribution. As the world goes mobile, desktop environments too are inclined to be “mobile like”. Claiming to run out of box, SolusOS could be great alternative to the old Linux users who miss the good old Gnome 2.

Solus OS


Raspbian is a tailor-made Debian distribution for the revolutionary “$35 Computer” Raspberry Pi. When I first bought Raspberry Pi, I was so disappointed with it that I wrote an article saying Rasoberry Pi sucks. But with time I got used to it and found it quite useful. Its a lightweight distribution but I am not sure if it could go well with normal computers as well.


Linux Lite

As the name suggests, Linux Lite is a lightweight Linux distribution. Based on Ubuntu, it uses Xfce desktop to remain slim and mainly targets the beginner Linux user. That make me wonder what is the need of a new light weight distribution based on Ubuntu when we already have Lubuntu.


Qubes OS

After so many distribution based on Arch, Debian and Ubuntu, it is time for Fedora. Qubes OS is a Fedora based Linux distribution intended for security purposes. Sounds like it is the Fedora version of Back Track. It is still in Beta but ready to be downloaded. It is based on on Xen, X Window System, and Linux, and can run most Linux applications and use most Linux drivers.


Bedrock Linux

This one is special. This one is unique. And this is why I kept it for the last. Bedrock Linux, as it claims, aims to provide the best of all the popular Linux distributions. According to the project: “Bedrock Linux uniquely manipulates the filesytem and PATH to allow software from various other Linux distributions to coexist as though they were all from the same single, cohesive Linux distribution.”

If you are wondering what does it mean by bringing the best of all together, take this for example. With Bedrock Linux, one could have an RSS feed reader from Arch Linux’s AUR open a webpage in a Web browser from Ubuntu’s repos while both of them are running in an X11 server from Fedora.

Are you using any of these new Linux distributions? If yes, which one and what is your experience with it? Do share it with us.

New Linux Distributions Introduced In 2012
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