Official website for Linux User & Developer

Find out our top ten distros for the coming year in Linux User & Developer 122

by Rob Zwetsloot

Which distros make our top ten list for 2013 in the latest issue of Linux User, where we also build a media converter and check in on the Linux video game scene.

It’s been another great year for Linux, with the release and maturity of more popular desktop distros like Linux Mint and Mageia, greater access to the cloud, and Android dominating the mobile OS market. We also saw the release of the Raspberry Pi explode in popularity, allowing for Linux based computers to easily get into the hands of kids everywhere.

In Linux User 122, we decided to choose our top ten distros for the coming year. These are the Linux distributions you should be looking out for and using in 2013, whether you’re using it at home, in an office, or for development. 2013 is also the year of Steam on Linux, and we have a big feature on Linux game development in the State of Play.

Linux User & Developer is out now in all good newsagents, and you can also get it on any major digital marketplace via If you want to get the magazine earlier and cheaper, subscribe on the Imagine Shop.

Tutorial Files

Arduino Part 2 Files

Media Transcoder Files


  • Tell a Friend
  • Follow our Twitter to find out about all the latest Linux news, reviews, previews, interviews, features and a whole more.
    • Pingback: Linux User & Developer, Issue 122 | Gareth Halfacree()

    • Harry

      I started using Linux in 2001. Mandrake 7.2 was my first shot. Then in 2006, I found PCLOS, and 2009 tried Mint. I just installed Mint 14.1, and was so disappointed with it, I went back Peppermint 3. PPM3 is fast, and sleek. I’m running it on an AMD 8120, 8 core processor, 8 gig DDR3, and an SSD. Boot time is 9 seconds. I truly think Peppermint 3, 64 bit is the best distro I have ever used.

    • Dannyboy

      +1 to Harry
      I too use Peppermint and for me it’s the best because it’s the first distro that has everything I need working out of the box and had little to zero problems in setting up most of my applications.

    • Rene

      I started out in early 2000’s with a Debian woody on a 486dx without an internet connection… so I’ll always be partial to Debian due too all the long nights getting it up and running.

      Today I run a Gentoo box, several standard Debian ‘stable’ servers, and a LinuxMint Debian Edition
      and I love ’em all

    • I am truly grateful to the holder of this web site who has shared this
      great piece of writing at here.

    • Greetings! This is my first visit to your blog! We are a team of volunteers and starting a
      new project in a community in the same niche. Your blog provided us useful information to work on.
      You have done a wonderful job!

    • Wow that was strange. I just wrote an extremely long comment but after I clicked submit my comment didn’t show up. Grrrr… well I’m not writing all that over again.
      Anyways, just wanted to say wonderful blog!