The year 2013 has been a big one for the open source industry. With the rise of the Android OS, which owns over 85 per cent of the market share in the mobile devices segment, Linux has come to the forefront like never before. Corroborating the increasing reports of the rise in popularity of Linux-based distributions, 13 new distros emerged this year. In case you happened to miss them, take a look!
1. Slackel Linux: This distro is based on Slackware Linux and the Salix OS. It uses KDE as its default desktop environment.
2. SalentOS: Based on the popular Ubuntu operating system, this distribution uses Openbox as its default windows manager. It is aimed at beginners and is a comparatively light Linux distro.
3. Linux Lite: This lightweight Linux-based operating system is aimed at beginners and uses the XFCE desktop environment.
4. Kali Linux: The resurrection of BackTrack Linux, the well known distro, was brought around by Kali Linux. This is a penetration testing distribution that has gained favour in the community since it was launched.
5. Springdale Linux: Based on Red Hat Linux, the Springdale Linux distribution was originally known as PUIAS Linux. It is mainted by the Institute for Advanced Study along with the Princeton University in USA.
6. Emmabuntüs: This distro has a number of pre loaded programs, which are useful in day to day activities. It is based on the Xubuntu operating system and is a lightweight OS.
7. Antergos: This distribution was previously known as Cinnarch. The name is a combination of the Arch Linux distro and the Cinnamon desktop environment.
8. SolydXK: Both SolydX and SolydK are Debian-based Linux distributions that use the XFCE and KDE desktop environments respectively. SolydXK is a mix of the two and has both home and business editions.
9. Point Linux: This is a combination of the Debian distro with the Mate desktop environment, which has GNOME 2 forked into it. The goal of this distribution is to be easy-to-setup and use.
10. Simplicity Linux: The default desktop environment on this distribution is LXDE and the platform itself is derived from the Puppy Linux distro.
11. LXLE: The name is again suggestive of the nature of the distribution. It is based on the long term support release of the Lubuntu OS and is a lightweight Linux-based distro.
12. Kwheezy: This is a Debian-based Linux distribution that comes with the KDE desktop environment. The OS has a variety of default applications and media codecs installed in it.
13. MakuluLinux: Preinstalled applications galore in this Debian-based Linux distro that came out in 2013.
14. OpenMandriva LX: This is a Linux distribution that is based on the Russian ROSA distro. This distribution is supported by the Mandriva distribution. In fact, Mandriva had earlier also been forked into ROSA.