Best Debian-based Linux Distributions

Recommendations: 10 | Last Updated: June 21, 2021 (11 months, 1 week)

Ubuntu Ubuntu

Ubuntu is a free and open source Linux distribution developed and released by Canonical. The distribution uses a customized version of GNOME as desktop environment and is based on Debian. Ubuntu is the most popular Linux distribution today, and continues to drive new people to the Linux ecosystem.

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Linux Mint Linux Mint

A free community-driven desktop Linux distribution based on Ubuntu and Debian. Linux Mint is widley popular and is used by millions of people across the globe and comes bundled with a variety of free and open-source software to enhance your desktop experience. The project was created by Clément Lefèbvre and is being actively developed by the Linux Mint Team and community since 2006.

Deepin Deepin

Deepin is a free and open-source Linux distribution based on Debian. The distribution is developed by the Chinese company Wuhan Deepin Technology. Deepin features the modern looking Deepin Desktop Environment and its own app store, the Deepin Store. The Deepin Desktop Environment which is built with Qt can also be used on other Linux distribution including Arch Linux, Fedora, Manjaro and Ubuntu.

AntiX AntiX

antiX Linux is a fast, lightweight and easy to install systemd-free linux distribution based on Debian Stable for Intel-AMD x86 compatible systems. antiX offers users the "antiX Magic" in an environment suitable for old and new computers. antiX Linux is released as a free and open-source operating system and can be used to revive old computers, or spark life into new ones.

PureOS PureOS

PureOS is a fully audit-able operating system developed and maintained by the privacy-focused Linux device manufacturer Purism. With PureOS you can rest assured that your privacy is taken seriously. The operating system has been independently verifiable by security experts and software developers around the world and is developed and released as a free and open source operating system. Under the hood, PureOS uses the popular GNOME desktop environment which is loved by many in the Linux community for its polish and long standing project commitment.

Kali Linux Kali Linux

Kali Linux is a Debian-based Linux distribution aimed at advanced penetration testing and security auditing of computer systems and networks. Kali Linux contains several hundred pre-installed tools which are geared towards various information security tasks, such as computer forensics, penetration testing, reverse engineering and security research.

Parrot OS Parrot OS

Parrot OS, the flagship product of Parrot Security is a GNU/Linux distribution based on Debian and designed with Security and Privacy in mind. Parrot OS is designed for security experts, developers and privacy aware people. The operating system is use by many in the security sector for penetration testing and infosec.

Knoppix Knoppix

Knoppix is a GNU/Linux distribution that boots and runs completely from CD or DVD and can be used to read and write Windows and other partitions (among other clever tricks). The Knoppix CD and DVD include recent Linux software and desktop environments.

MX Linux MX Linux

MX Linux is a Debian-based Linux distribution created by the MX community. The operating system is a cooperative venture between antiX and MX Linux communities. MX Linux desktop environment is based on Xfce and provides a fast, low-resource and friendly experience. It includes modular core components for the full functionality expected from a modern desktop environment. A collection of powerful and handy “MX Tools” that cover a range of actions from boot options to repository management. A fast package manager that can install from Popular Applications, MX Test Repo, Debian Backports and Flatpaks.

Debian Debian

Debian is a free and open-source operating system and GNU/Linux distribution that is openly developed by the community-supported Debian Project. The distribution was first released in 1993 and today it is the base of many other Linux-based distribution such as the popular Ubuntu. The project includes over 59000 packages, precompiled software bundled up for easy installation on your machine.