I've been using Windows, then Linux… then MaxOSX. I've actually been quite happy about the last 2 OS. However, Mac has been disappointing lately on some point and that make me curious about what was Linux like in 2020.
Too often open source projects have left design and UX behind. Even though design and beauty are subjective topics, a vast majority of non-power-users would prefer a Mac graphical interface than a Gnome.
I therefore started digging for a Linux that would be not just decently looking, but good looking.
Long story made short, here are the distro that caught my attention:
Parrot OS is just another Ubuntu (other forks exist) with a Gnome or KDE and some specific software. Still it looks a little nicer to me by default with a KDE.
Elementary OS has been there for a little while now. It is inspired by Mac OS and is a overall better looking interface than a default Gnome. It is based on Ubuntu. It could eventually be a good choice.
This distro quite amazed me. It's getting very close to an ideal choice. The interface is well balance, animations make it fluid, graphics and transparency are well tuned.
Deepin is available in various forms that you can choose between:
- the full desktop environement that comes with a Debian Sid and a full feature Deepin experience
- the desktop transplantation to use Deepin as a layer on top of your favorite distro
- the Deepin applications which are a market place with a set of smooth looking apps.
The only downside so far is that some default language is sometime Chinese (like the latest Firefox in the market place). That can make it trivial at some point for a non Chinese.