The 5 Linux Distros To Watch in 2017
Linux Distros We’re Most Excited For in 2017
See, while our name has Ubuntu in it, Ubuntu is not the only Linux distro we like to keep an eye on.

Over the past few weeks we’ve been asking you to tell us which Linux distributions you are excited by, and the ones you think/hope will do well in 2017.

Naturally, compiling a list like this is hard, especially when we have little more than hunches, hopes and hints of what’s in store for these distributions to base it all on.

But we’ve gone and done it anyway.
1. Antergos
See, some Linux distros are like a new-build house that’s ready to move in to. Others are like a doer-upper, requiring a little bit of work here and there. Arch …gives you a pile of bricks, unmixed cement and a picture of a what it should look like at the end.

‘Antergos is a rolling release distribution…’
Okay, that’s a slight exaggeration but it’s helps explain why Anteros is so compelling. It’s like the “Ubuntu” of Arch Linux; the version that those who want the rawness-and-awesomness of a rolling release distribution, but don’t feel confident to tackle all of the set-up and tweaking a typical Arch install requires.

Like Arch proper, Antergos is a rolling release distribution. This means that the underlying OS and the applications you run on it receive new updates pretty much as soon as they are released upstream.

The GNOME 3 desktop is very easy to use, and the default themes, wallpapers and icons all pleasant on the eye. The custom GUI installer the distro uses is a really unique touch, and I love that the distro sticks to Arch’s minimal leanings and doesn’t ram the ISO full of superfluous software.

2 KDE Neon
KDE Neon debuted earlier this year but, quite honestly, it sort of passed me by.

‘If you like KDE and Ubuntu, there’s no reason not to use KDE Neon’
Built upon the stable underpinnings of Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, KDE Neon includes the very latest releases of the KDE Plasma desktop — a combination that’s potentially killer. If you like KDE and Ubuntu, there’s almost zero reason not to use KDE Neon!

3. Fedora 26
Fedora 26 will be released in June 2017 (tentative date).

It’s still a little early (at the time of writing) to know precisely what will come to shape and define this release, but it’s almost certain that some salient Wayland fixes will land given that the fledgling next-gen display server is now used as the default.

Other improvements will likely feature, as will GNOME 3.24, and DNF 2.0, and Python 3.6

4. Ubuntu Budgie
Ubuntu Budgie became an official Ubuntu flavor in the autumn, but will only make its actual debut alongside the release of Ubuntu 17.04 in April, 2017.

The spin uses the nimble GNOME based Budgie desktop environment developed (primarily) by the Solus project as its default desktop shell.

Budgie offers a clean, easy-to-use desktop with access to all the features and niceties you’d expect of a modern Linux distro. The Raven sidebar is a particular highlight of this desktop environment, providing an “action centre” for notifications and commonly used settings.

5. Ubuntu 17.04
Oh, come now, don’t act surprised! Ubuntu was always a cert to make a list of distros that we’re excited by — but not without good reason.

April 2017 will see the release of Ubuntu 17.04 ‘Zesty Zapus’. While this release (thus far at least) isn’t looking like it’ll be a especially memorable or defining one, it should deliver a nice balance between stability (tested kernel, tested packages) and newness (new kernel, newer GNOME, new apps).

Looking a little further ahead, the dream of “convergence” could be more fully realised byUbuntu 17.10, due in October 2017. If you’ve tried the current state of Unity 8 on Ubuntu you’ll you know that it is far from user-ready.