Suggest a FOSS Operating System for Personal Laptop


#1

What is best Open Source OS for personal use laptop? For Documents, Seeing movies, Photoshop etc.
Please share with OS link if possible


#2

There may be no single “best” free software distribution that suits everyone. But, perhaps Debian is a good choice for most people.

Photoshop is proprietary software. Look at free software replacements such as gimp, krita, inkscape, etc.


#3

With FOSS world, you have to try and decide what is best for you. A most commonly used distribution is Ubuntu. But Ubuntu is not what I suggest, but one can use a derivative of Debian or Ubuntu. It’s like many flavours of Ice Cream. You have to taste them to know which flavour you like.

In the past 10 years, i have tried Debian, LinuxMint, Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Lubuntu, Fedora, Crunchbang, Solus and now using Linux Lite. My preferences over the period also have changed. Some distribution runs heavily consuming more RAM, I needed a light weight distribution with decent desktop experience and that’s why I settled with Linux Lite.

There are different desktop environments like Gnome, KDE, etc., Irrespective of what distribution you choose, the following software can be found and installed.

  1. Documents - LibreOffice / OpenOffice (use Open Document Formats like .odt, .odp, etc)
  2. Media - VLC :sunny:, KODI
  3. Image Editing - GIMP
  4. Vector Graphics - Inkscape
  5. Digital Art - Krita
  6. Browser - Firefox (with these addons)
  7. Email Client - Thunderbird
  8. Torrent - Deluge, Transmission
  9. 3D Animation - Blender
  10. Audio Editing - Audacity