How we tested
Our distros have been tested against various parameters that vary from one category to the next. For instance, when evaluating a beginner-friendly product we pay attention to the custom tools and other tweaks that help increase the distros’ usability. That’s because a new Linux user needs to be handheld through everyday computing tasks as they get familiar with the lay of the land. While choice is the hallmark of open source, it’s a distraction to a first timer. A good beginner-friendly distro helps users by making choices on their behalf. Some go to the extent of forking popular apps to write customised versions that can be handled by newbies. Generally speaking, a distro aimed at the inexperienced user should be easier to use than your typical desktop distro.
For server distros, our focus will be on their comprehensibility and ease of rollout and management. Like desktop distros, server distros are designed to work on various hardware configurations depending on how you plan to use them, but will perform best on 64-bit hardware. In contrast, hardware is a paramount factor for distros designed for older boxes.