It’s a no-brainer that there’s a Linux distribution for every user, no matter what they prefer or what they want to do. Linux users have the liberty to enjoy unparalleled freedom while choosing the Linux distributions as per their needs.
Is there a thing called a beautiful Linux distribution? I am talking about the distributions that look great without any tweaks and customization effort from the user’s end. If you’re looking for a perfect and good-looking Windows replacement or distro hopping then this article is for you.
Here are the 16 Most Beautiful Linux Distros in 2022.
Well, would you look at what we have here. A contender that you probably never expected to see on this list, Ubuntu.
I’ve already mentioned Ubuntu over a thousand times before and here I am again. Ubuntu is the sole reason for the existence of most of the distros on this list.
The upcoming Ubuntu 21.04 Hirsute Hippo beta is out and, while it doesn’t ship with GNOME 40, from a beginner’s point of view, it might still look like a pretty good-looking Linux distro for daily use. If you want to know the new features in Hirsute Hippo or GNOME 40, make sure to check out our Ubuntu 21.04 Hirsute Hippo features and GNOME 40 features.
- Great for beginners
- Great customization options
- Rock-solid stability
2. Garuda Linux
Another Arch-based distribution in the list. This is fairly new but it offers an impressive experience out of the box. Garuda Linux is fairly new to the Linux world and is aiming to provide the greatest performance, offering all the modern and attractive features.
Even though you can choose various desktop environments, it is clear that their flagship desktop is a heavily customized KDE Plasma with a dark, neon look. Cyberpunk, anyone? Its Ultimate edition is optimized for gaming, and the recently introduced Dragonized (Dr460nized) version is aesthetically “lavish”.
There are so many desktop environment options available with Garuda Linux including KDE Plasma, Xfce, GNOME, Cinnamon, LXQt, MATE, Deepin, UKUI, Wayfire, BSPWM, i3WM.
BTRFS is a modern, Copy-on-Write (CoW) filesystem for Linux, aimed at implementing advanced features while also focusing on fault tolerance, repair and easy administration. Use automatic snapshots out of the box.
- Installation process simple by using the Calamares installer, which is both fast and easy to use.
- With handpicked desktop themes, appealing shell look and beautiful blur effects out of the box.
- Package management is handled by Pacman via command line, and front-end UI package manager tools such as the pre-installed Pamac.
3. Feren OS
Feren OS is free and open-source Linux distribution with pseudo-rolling-release nature.
It is a powerful operating system with stability and security at its core. Desktop makes itself familiar when you first look at it; it is designed so elegantly. Feren OS is based on Ubuntu, one of the most powerful and reliable Linux distributions.
It is a lightweight Linux distro powered by the KDE Plasma Desktop Environment. It works effortlessly on modern as well as older machines. Feren OS could be a good Linux distro to start with for people looking to switch from Windows to Linux.
- Familiar desktop, start menu
- Modern looks, beginner friendly
- Clean, flat design
4. Endeavour OS
Since we’re talking about Arch-based distros it wouldn’t feel right to proceed further without mentioning Endeavour OS. The operating system is the successor to Antergos, a distro that quickly rose to popularity shortly after its initial release in 2012, but sadly ended up being discontinued by mid-2019.
Endeavour picks up where Antergos left off but instead of simply trying to maintain its successor’s legacy, the operating system has been very successful at doing its own thing. If the idea of using a brand new Linux distribution sounds appealing, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better option given that Endeavour OS just recently had its very first birthday.
The goal of the project is to remain faithful to Arch Linux while also making the process of working with it less daunting. Since this is a terminal-centric distro, there is no GUI right off the bat but you can easily set up one of many desktop environments using the Endeavour’s intuitive installer.
The desktop selection is very solid and includes many of our all-time favorite environments like Cinnamon, Plasma, Gnome, Budgie, and even Deepin. The developers are throwing in a small selection of handpicks applications to go with each environment along with some very interesting proprietary apps.
The Welcome app strands out from the crowd as being a reliable assistant while the Update Notifier will ensure that you never miss an important patch.
- Continuation of the Antergos project
- Tons of desktops to choose from
- One of the youngest distros on the market
5. Linux Mint
It is another name on this list that aims to offer the best experience possible for users looking to replace old fashioned Windows OS.
Linx Mint is popular for the Cinnamon desktop environment, which is best for a reason. When it comes to the looks, it might be similar to Windows XP, but the backing of Ubuntu makes it stronger.
We would recommend this OS to newcomers as it is easy and provides you all the necessary features.
- Great distro for Windows users
- Cinnamon Desktop looks and feels great
- Easy to use
Kubuntu was the first Linux distros that I tried and I was left surprised by how amazing KDE really is for people who value customizations over everything else.
As you might have guessed by the name, it is also an Ubuntu-based distro. Everything from the UI to the animations is extremely polished and definitely feels a notch above and different from the other distros.
As soon as you log in, you’ll be greeted with a splash screen and then a beautiful wallpaper that will definitely leave a smile on your face.
It is also very stable thanks to Ubuntu. Overall, it is one of the best-looking distros on this list.
- Highly customizable KDE desktop environment
- Ease of use
- Rock-solid stability
Nitrux OS is a unique take on a Linux distribution which is based on Debian. It was initially based on Ubuntu, but Nitrux ditched Ubuntu base. It focuses on providing a good user experience to the users who are looking for a unique design language with a fresh take on a Linux distro.
It uses Nomad desktop which is based on KDE. Nitrux encourages using of AppImage for applications. But you can also use Arch Linux’s pacman package manager in Nitrux. Awesome, isn’t it?
Even if it’s not the perfect OS to have installed (yet), it sure looks pretty and good enough for most of the basic tasks.
You can also know more about it when you read our interview with Nitrux’s founder.
8. MX Linux
If you’ve been following the Linux community for a while now, chances are high that you already know about MX’s meteoric rise to popularity over the past few years. If you don’t, you might be surprised to learn that MX Linux is by far the most searched distribution on DistroWatch, a trend that has been going on for at least 12 months at this point.
So why is MX Linux so popular? There’s quite a bit of debate surrounding that question but the simple answer is that MX is the best user-friendly derivative of Debian and that gives it a whole slew of advantages over most other distros. In addition to being easier to work with than Debian, MX Linux also looks a bit more modern.
But perhaps that shouldn’t be too surprising considering MX launched almost two decades after Debian’s initial release. Despite focusing on functionality above all else, the distro’s variation of the Xfce4 desktop environment is visually appealing enough to warrant it a spot on our list. As an added bonus, MX Linux is remarkably lightweight and works on a very wide range of hardware. Including fairly old laptops.
If you don’t mind the fact that the taskbar is located to the side rather than at the bottom, you should be able to get used to MX Linux pretty quickly if you’re switching from Windows.
It might not look like it at first glance, but the two share quite a few similarities. For example, MX has a utility that’s reminiscent of Windows’ Control Panel and there’s also a Control Center that lets you manage software packages.
Granted, the Control Center is a lot more useful than a similar feature found on Windows 10 because it lets you install, uninstall and update applications, among other things, with a simple click of a button.
- The most popular distro around by some metrics
- Modest hardware requirements
- A very user-friendly version of Debian
Deepin Linux is another open-source Chinese-based Linux distro that commits to providing a clear and visually attractive interface to Linux users.
You can try this OS for sure if you are a macOS user, as the new update takes a lot of inspiration from Apple’s macOS.
They have implemented the idea in a great manner and comprises a homegrown desktop named “Deepin Desktop Environment,” or DDE. What makes it beautiful and different from others are Hot Corners and Gestures that make your Linux using experience best.
The unique thing is, it includes Deepin Store that provides many applications that aren’t free in the Ubuntu Store.
- Updated features
- The uncomplicated and easy-to-use installer
- Comes with Deepin Store
- Visual fascination
10. elementary OS
After Linux Mint and Zorin OS, elementary OS is probably the most popular Ubuntu-derivative. It promotes itself as a “fast and open” replacement for macOS and Windows.
There are tons of Linux distros around that are widely used, but elementary OS focuses mainly on non-technical users who are fed up with Windows, and young developers who are new to the open-source world.
Its development started as a set of themes and apps designed for Ubuntu, so the visual appeal shouldn’t turn out to be surprising. This beautiful Linux distro borrows some tricks from macOS for its slick interface that prefers to deliver a clutter-free experience to the users.
The OS ships without many default Ubuntu applications, replacing them with many lightweight alternatives. It comes with the homegrown Pantheon desktop environment that looks polished and delivers with a lightweight experience.
In case you’re having a tough time adapting to Ubuntu’s recent shift from Unity, you can give elementary OS a try.
- macOS-like look
- Selected set of applications
- Lightweight and efficient DE
11. Zorin OS
Undoubtedly, Zorin OS is a sexy looking Linux distro that manages to provide a good user experience – even with its lite edition. You can try either the full version or the lite edition (with Xfce desktop). The UI is tailored for Windows and macOS users to get used to. While based on Ubuntu, it provides a great user experience with what it has to offer.
If you start like its user interface – you can also try Zorin Grid to manage multiple computers running Zorin OS at your workplace/home.
With the ultimate edition, you can also control the layout of your desktop (as shown in the image above).
- Resembles Windows
- Polished and rock solid Linux desktop experience
- Great support and very stable
12. Solus OS
Solus is one of the most modern-looking Linux distributions developed using most modern technologies. It is released in four desktop environments.
Budgie is its own homegrown desktop environment, while others are GNOME, MATE and Plasma. It is an independently developed operating system based on the Linux kernel. It is designed for every type of user, the Budgie variant is great for modern machines, while the MATE environment is made especially for low-end machines.
Solus ships with a variety of software out of the box so that you can get going as soon as you install Solus on your machine without wasting any time. Solus is specially developed for home computing but can easily be used for professional work also.
LibreOffice Suite, Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird mail client are some of the software that comes pre-installed with Solus. It is a great operating system for personal users, content creators and gamers.
The user interface is clean, and one of the most beautiful I have ever seen in a Linux distribution. With a great community of developers, you need not be worried about future updates and support.
You would expect most of the popular Linux distros to have been around for ages but that’s no always the case. Pop!_OS is a notable exception to that “rule”, having been released just a few years ago in 2017.
Despite its young age, the operating system quickly became one of the most popular distributions among programmers and developers, as well as plenty of regular home users who prefer to use a laptop instead of a desktop. As you can probably tell by now, this distribution was designed with a very particular audience in mind.
Pop!_OS was created by computer manufacturer System76 and comes pre-installed on all the machines offered by the company. However, you can also download it separately and install it on any compatible machine, just as you would any other Linux distribution.
The desktop is based on Gnome but includes some special features and visual customization that make it a better alternative to Ubuntu in many cases. Or, at the very least, make it a worthy competitor to the ever-popular distribution. Some of the most noteworthy features offered by Pop!_OS include auto-tiling, enhanced keyboard navigation, and the ability to create Workspaces.
All of these features are aimed at helping users increase their workflow and the OS also includes a comprehensive development toolkit that can boost your productivity even more.
In addition, Pop!_OS is one of the only distributions that enables pre-installed encryption out of the box so there’s no need to worry about security here. Especially since you have a lot of great privacy tools at your disposal as well.
14. Chrome OS
Users who aren’t well acquainted with Linux or Chrome OS will be surprised to see this entry on the list of best-looking Linux distros.
For those who don’t know, Chrome OS is actually a Gentoo Linux-based distribution created by Google. Consider Google Chrome as its desktop environment and it mainly supports web applications.
So, if you’re looking for a neat, clean-looking option for regular web browsing and video streaming purposes, Chrome OS is the perfect option.
Google also made it easier to run Linux apps on Chrome OS and made Chromebooks even more appealing.
- Lots of low-cost Chromebook options to choose from
- Always-synced Google account on all devices — it’s only a positive if you prefer that kind of thing
- Perfect for web-centric workloads
15. Manjaro Linux
Manjaro is my favorite Linux distribution and keeps popping up in almost all many lists of best Linux distros due to its versatility, speed, great looks, low-resource usage, and performance.
Based on Arch Linux, this beautiful open-source operating system focuses a lot on making the Linux usage experience a lot smoother.
The primary Xfce desktop with Manjaro tweaks looks very pleasing with its green theme.
- A very helpful and fast-growing community
- Fast and lightweight
- The versatile distro that’s easy to use
16. KDE Neon
KDE is a name that carries a lot of weight in the Linux community so it’s likely that you’ve already heard of Neon. The distribution is the flagship product of KDE and incorporates a lot of its other well-known software, including the beautiful Plasma 5 desktop.
Plasma is often considered one of the best Linux desktop environments and is supported by pretty much all of the major distributions. But the best way to experience it in our opinion is by getting Neon so you can enjoy the whole KDE package.
So what makes KDE Neon special? Well, quite a few things but probably the most distinctive feature is its ability to be customized in a wide variety of ways. Plasma is known as the tinkerer’s desktop of choice and Neon takes that concept and dials it up to eleven.
Unlike Arch-based distros, however, you don’t have to worry about complicated terminal commands or software packages because most of the customization involves widgets and plugins.
Customizing Neon doesn’t require a lot of technical know-how but it does require patience since there are so many options to work with. If you don’t necessarily enjoy tinkering, you can still expect a pretty good looking desktop even with the base installation.
That said, the default version of the desktop is mainly suited for users who like a minimalistic design rather than a flashy one. Also worth noting is that KDE Neon is targeted at power users who enjoy testing all the bleeding-edge features developed by the KDE community.
That means the OS receives more frequent updates when compared to other distros, including visual upgrades, but there’s no need to worry about potential stability issues because Neon uses Ubuntu LTS as its core.
- The best distro if you want to try out KDE Plasma
- Comes with all the latest bleeding-edge features
- Supports a high degree of customization
That’s pretty much it! So, there are Most Beautiful Linux Distros.
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