Here are the Most Beautiful Linux Distributions in 2024

Aesthetically pleasing? Customized out of the box? You get the best of both worlds in this list.

It’s a no-brainer that there’s a Linux distribution for every user — regardless of what they prefer or what they want to do.

Starting out with Linux? You can go with the Linux distributions for beginners. Switching from Windows? You have Windows-like Linux distributions. Have an old computer? You can use lightweight Linux distros.

In this list, I’m going to focus only on the most beautiful Linux distros out there.

Best Beautiful Linux Distributions

Wait! Is there a thing called a beautiful Linux distribution? Is it not redundant considering the fact that you can customize the look of any distribution and make it look better with themes and icons?

For instance, customize the theme of a KDE Plasma desktop.

You are right about that. But here, we focus on the distributions that look great without any tweaks and customization effort from the user’s end. These distros provide a seamless, pleasant desktop experience right out of the box.

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The list is in no particular order of ranking.

1. Exodia OS

exodia os

Exodia OS is a fairly new distro tailored for a specific group of users, i.e., cybersecurity enthusiasts.

At its core, it is a customized Arch-based distro. While we may not recommend this to replace your daily driver, it packs in an aesthetic look out of the box.

exodia os file manager

You can choose your edition based on your purpose of use, and pick a window manager among the two BSPWM and DWM.

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2. Zorin OS

zorin os 16 pro

Undoubtedly, Zorin OS is an aesthetically pleasing 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.

zorin os terminal

The paid edition (or the pro version) includes different types of layouts. So, if you want access to those along with a curated collection of wallpapers, you should opt for the pro edition and support the Zorin OS team financially.

You might want to go through the features of Zorin OS 16 (based on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS) to explore more about it.

3. Deepin

deepin 20 3 screenshot

Deepin is yet another beautiful Linux distro originally based on Debian’s stable branch. The animations (look and feel) could be too overwhelming for some — but it looks pretty.

It features Deepin Desktop Environment that involves a mix of essential features for the best user experience possible. It may not exactly resemble the UI of any other distribution, but it is effortless to get used to.

deepin 20.9 screenshot

Deepin Linux includes a variety of pre-installed tools that blend in with the desktop environment and should be useful.

My personal attention would go to the control center and the color scheme. If you do not trust the distribution, but want the desktop environment for the look, you can try UbuntuDDE as well.

4. Feren OS

feren os screenshot

Feren OS is an Ubuntu-based distro that features KDE desktop. It presents a clean and functional user interface.

It does not have numerous things going on, but if you want a simple, and unique KDE experience, Feren OS can be a good-looking choice.

5. Pop!_OS

pop os 22.04

Pop!_OS manages to offer a great UI on top of Ubuntu while offering a customized GNOME experience.

The distribution also happens to be my personal favorite, which I utilize as my primary desktop OS. Pop!_OS isn’t flashy—nor involves any fancy animations. However, they’ve managed to get things right by having a perfect combo of icon/themes—while polishing the user experience from a technical perspective.

pop os workspaces

With the introduction of their new COSMIC desktop environment (still a work in progress at the time of updating this), this can potentially improve.

I want to avoid initiating an Ubuntu vs Pop OS debate, but if you’re used to Ubuntu, Pop!_OS can be a great alternative for a potentially better user experience.

6. Manjaro Linux

manjaro linux

Manjaro Linux is an Arch-based Linux distribution. While installing Arch Linux is a slightly complicated job, Manjaro provides an easier and smoother Arch experience.

It offers a variety of desktop environment editions to choose from while downloading. No matter what you pick, you still get enough options to customize the look and feel or the layout.

manjaro screenshot

To me, it looks quite fantastic for an Arch-based distribution that works out of the box and easy to use– you can give it a try!

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7. Garuda Linux

Yet another Arch-based distribution in the list. This is fairly new, but it offers an impressive experience out of the box.

It offers both KDE and GNOME desktop environment editions along with a variety of spins with different tiling window managers out of the box.

You can watch the video above to know more about it. Things might have changed with the latest version upgrades, so you should also check out its official website.

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8. KDE Neon

Kde Neon Screenshot

KDE Neon is for the users who want a simplified approach to the design language, but still get the latest and greatest user experience.

It is an interesting Linux distro which is based on Ubuntu and focuses on providing the latest KDE packages. You may not find it the most suitable desktop OS, but if you want the latest and greatest from KDE, there’s no other alternative to KDE Neon.

Unlike Kubuntu or other KDE-based distributions, you don’t have to wait for months to get the new KDE software.

You get a lot of customization options built-in with the KDE desktop—so feel free to try it out!

9. elementary OS

elementary OS

elementary OS is one of the most beautiful Linux distros out there. It leans on a macOS-ish look while providing a great user experience for Linux users. If you’re already comfortable with macOS — you will have no problem using the elementary OS.

Furthermore, elementary OS is based on Ubuntu – so you can easily find plenty of applications to get things done.

elementary os 2023

Not just limited to the look and feel – but the elementary OS is always hard at work to introduce meaningful changes. So, you can expect the user experience to improve with every update you get.

10. Nitrux OS

nitrux os 2023

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. Likewise, 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?

It certainly 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.

11. Linux Mint

linux mint

Linux Mint has been making progress improving its user interface and the overall look/feel with rounded corners.

The classic themes are available, but the updated themes/icons look great out of the box. While it may not be as attractive compared to some other options in this list, it is a decent choice in terms of simplicity with a blend of modern desktop experience.

linux mint folder options

Furthermore, Linux Mint does a few things better than Ubuntu, which might make it a solid desktop OS for your use-case.

12. Solus Budgie

solus budgie screenshot

Want a Linux distro that’s not based on Arch/Ubuntu? Solus with its original Budgie desktop should give you a refreshing user experience.

It takes queues from various other desktop environments and provides a clean/comfortable user interface.

solus budgie 2023

You can also find other desktop editions, but the Budgie desktop edition should stand out among others.

13. XeroLinux

xerolinux

XeroLinux is yet another Arch-based distribution that offers a nice look by default.

It is a community-maintained distribution with KDE Plasma desktop as its flagship edition. You can find spins with other desktop environments.

xerolinux ui

The customized look out of the box is aesthetically pleasing. You can give it a try if you are interested in joining the Arch family.

Wrapping Up

Now, as the saying goes, beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder. So this list of beautiful Linux distributions is from my point of view.

💬 You are welcome to disagree (politely, of course) and mention your favorites.

About the author
Ankush Das

Ankush Das

A passionate technophile who also happens to be a Computer Science graduate. You will usually see cats dancing to the beautiful tunes sung by him.

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