1. elementary OS
The desktop Linux space is filled with examples of new Linux distros appearing out of nowhere, as if by magic, and capturing significant market share. A great example is the first release of Ubuntu, back in 2004, which caused a dramatic shift in the entire Linux ecosystem. This is one reason why I think it is worth keeping an eye on elementary OS. This relative newcomer to the scene has already catapulted to the Distrowatch top 10 and shows no signs of slowing down. With its focus on gorgeous design and a new release scheduled for April 2014, I could easily see this distro becoming a “Top 5” consumer distro in the next year or two.