Demystifying Immutable Linux: The Advantages of Running a Distro with Immutable Architecture

In the beginning, there was the source code. Linux, birthed by Linus Torvalds, made it easy to use by adding the Linux distribution. Now, immutable Linux distributions are becoming increasingly popular. They come with a read-only core system, offering enhanced security and stability. These systems use containerization for applications and universal package formats like AppImage, Flatpak, or Snap. This approach is not new, and some reports have proclaimed it to be a radical change, but it isn’t. ChromeOS and SteamOS version 3.2 are examples of immutable Linux systems. Major Linux distributors also offer immutable versions, such as Fedora Silverblue, openSUSE MicroOS, and Canonical’s forthcoming Ubuntu 24.04. Other immutable Linux distributions include Vanilla OS, Endless OS, and Project Bluefin. While less flexible, they are very stable and secure. If you’re new to desktop Linux, they could be easier to install and run than traditional Linux distros.

As a long-time Linux user, I recommend giving one of the immutable Linux distros a try, especially if you’re new to Linux. Options such as Silverblue, Vanilla OS, or Endless OS are easy to use, stable, and secure.