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Linux Distros That Could Take The Lead Soon

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After more than 15 years of Linux development, the last couple of years have seen an explosive spectrum of progress in conquering the desktop. It is as if the world is suddenly waking up and discovering Linux. Ubuntu has a place in the history books already as the distro that pushed to make this happen, taking the old Linux and wrapping it up into a user-friendly desktop system. On the business front, Novell SuSE and Red Hat have traditionally dominated.

But open source is about free choice and fair competition, so there’s never a time when the lead penguins can rest easy. Lately a whole rash of distros have been coming out of the woodwork, building on the previous progress. Here’s my picks for the distros showing the greatest potential to take the next crown for most successful Linux distro.

* gOS - The blogosphere reaction is pretty much summed up here. Yes, it came out of nowhere, all right. gOS is based on Ubuntu, but it’s kind of a fork, with an Enlightenment desktop instead of Gnome and optimized to run on lighter hardware, with a close integration with Google’s desktop utilities.

* Mandriva - Mandriva has been around for a long time - it is derived from the old Mandrake Linux, which was practically there at the beginning. So what’s so special about it now? Have you tried the latest disks?

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