Ubuntu is one of the most popular and well-known Linux Distributions. It is based on Debian but with a variety of changes that make it more user-friendly. Ubuntu has two variants; LTS and regular. Regular releases feature the latest versions of software packages and are frequently updated; however, support is only included for 9 months at which point you should upgrade to the next regular release. LTS releases are supported for 5 years but receive updates slower.
elementary OS is the fast, open, and privacy-respecting replacement for Windows and macOS. Get free and pay-what-you-want apps on AppCenter, directly supporting indie open source developers. Stay productive and focused with Multitasking View, Picture-in-Picture, Do Not Disturb, and more—all with intuitive keyboard shortcuts. elementary OS ensures your data belongs to you—and only you—with privacy-first features like Tattle-Tale, Location Services, and Housekeeping.
elementary OS 5.1 Hera is built from an Ubuntu 18.04 LTS core and comes with Flatpak support out of the box, ensuring wide software compatibility.
Linux Mint is stable, easy to use and highly customisable. It features an elegantly styled desktop environment that will be familiar to Windows users. As it is based on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS you will still get the same level of stability, security and performance that you would expect from Ubuntu.
Manjaro Linux is a user-friendly and open-source Linux distribution with a community of users to match. Uniquely positioned with cutting-edge software and a focus on getting started quickly with as little manual intervention as possible thanks to automated tools. Manjaro is suitable for both newcomers and experienced users thanks to the focus on simplicity and community with support readily available to users.
Manjaro implements a rolling-release model, based on the independently developed Arch Linux, which offers frequent updates of a wide range of software including the use of universal formats like Snaps, Flatpaks and AppImages. Users are also offered the option to install software from the AUR if they enjoy the compile-it-yourself model. Manjaro's simplicity is also found through the graphical settings and tools as not only can you install and manage software with ease but you can also install and manage multiple Linux kernels in parallel.
MX Linux is a midweight OS designed to combine an elegant and efficient desktop with simple configuration, high stability, solid performance and medium-sized footprint. It deploys Xfce4 as Desktop Environment by default on top of a Debian Stable base. Ongoing backports and outside additions to our repositories serve to keep components current with developments. Particularly helpful for new users is a unique set of MX Tools that saves time and effort with important tasks.
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Zorin OS is the perfect Linux distribution for Windows fans. It features a familiar, elegant interface that resembles Windows 10 which can also be customised to look similar to Windows XP and GNOME. Zorin OS makes it quick and simple to run Windows applications with the intuitive WINE and PlayOnLinux installer. As it is based on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS you will still get the same level of stability, security and performance that you would expect from Ubuntu.
Zorin Ultimate includes a lot of extra software and features. This includes productivity software, games and desktop layouts so you can make it resemble other operating systems such as macOS and Windows. All of the features can be seen here.
100% of the cost of Zorin Ultimate goes to the developers to help fund the project, learn more here.
Built for Linux. Star Labs offer a range of laptops designed and built specifically for Linux. All of our laptops come with a choice of Ubuntu, elementary OS, Linux Mint, Manjaro, MX Linux or Zorin OS pre-installed; regardless of the distribution used, our laptops run flawlessly. To support the development of these distributions, a portion of the sale price will be given to the developers of the distribution selected*.
* elementary OS, Manjaro, MX Linux and Zorin OS only.