You will also find some weird Ubuntu-based distributions if general distributions weren’t enough already.
I am not going into Ubuntu ve Fedora debate. I am just saying that if you want to try something in Fedora domain, I am going to list some options.
Best Fedora-based Desktop Linux Distributions
Please bear in mind that I am not going towards the server oriented Linux distributions. The list here is for the desktop Linux users.
The list is in no particular ranking order and the options mentioned may not always be a good fit for a new user. So, make sure that you explore the documentations before installing any Fedora-based distro for the first time.
1. Fedora spins
There are plenty of Fedora spins, but not as many as Ubuntu has.
If you do not like the default GNOME desktop environment, you may download one of these spins.
Some of the available options are:
- Fedora KDE Plasma
- Fedora i3 Tiling Window Manager
- Fedora LXQt
- Fedora LXDE
- Fedora MATE-COMPIZ
- Fedora Cinnamon edition
2. Qubes OS
Qubes OS is an interesting Linux distribution that gives you the freedom to choose what operating system you want to use as a base. It offers a Fedora template as well, and they regularly maintain it .
In fact, Qubes OS is also a privacy-focused Linux distribution. So, you get cutting-edge tech while using something based on Fedora with complete freedom.
It is worth noting that Qubes OS needs significant system resources with at least 8-16 GB of RAM to work with and presents a challenging learning curve.
3. Berry Linux
Berry Linux is a simple Fedora-based distribution that you can directly boot from a CD or any other medium. It supports automatic hardware detection and seems to be regularly maintained.
Berry Linux offers support for both English and Japanese language. It comes pre-installed with some media players, photo editing applications, and basic applications.
It isn’t the Clear Linux project from Intel, though it sounds similar.
ClearOS is a Fedora-based distribution tailored for the server environment or to help you run IT related tasks, stream music/videos on your home network backed by HP. You need to purchase both the home/business edition as per your requirements.
There’s also a community edition if you do not want to purchase and can manage by yourself.
Discontinued Distributions Based on Fedora
Fedora-based distributions aren’t as successful as you’d expect. So, many distributions which were originally based on Fedora are no longer maintained or completely discontinued. You can take a look at some of them just to have an idea.
Though it is based on Fedora, Korora also had its software repository. It provides a number of software and media codecs that are not available in Fedora by default.
Chapeau Linux was aimed at users who want Fedora to run out of the box. Targeting beginners, Chapeau provides a good deal of software, applications and media codecs in the default installation. No wonder the ISO is of 2.5 GB in size.
In a bid to provide better hardware support, Chapeau released a Hardware Helper Tool in Chapeau 23 back then.
Chapeau came pre-installed GNOME desktop environment and provided support for 64-bit systems only.
A typical Fedora installation doesn’t contain various software that are needed in day-to-day computing life. While it is easier for people with high-speed internet to download the rest of the software after installation, the same is not possible for users with poor connectivity.
To solve this problem, Hanthana Linux was created in 2009 by Sri Lankan Linux community. Hanthana ISO is over 3.6 GB in size and has the essential software included in it. This obviates the need of internet after the installation.
Arquetype to Fedora was what Antergos to Arch Linux. Aimed at beginners, Arquetype focused on the user interface as well. Like other Fedora derivatives mentioned above, Arquetype also packed in a good deal of software in the default installation, including Wine and PlayOnLinux.
Arquetype was available in two flavors, Cinnamon and KDE. Since it was on the “modern” side of the Linux, it supported only 64-bit systems.
Did I miss any Fedora-based active distros? What do you think about Fedora derivatives and its spin editions? Let me know in the comments below!