There is no one Linux. To have, install, and use Linux, one must choose one or more distributions, often called distros, flavors, or flavours. Hundreds exist, and more emerge every month. Each has merits, and often weaknesses, as most exist for specialized uses. It is easy to make new ones, as Linux is open source software. Distributions are listed in this category and many subcategories. On this page, categories are arranged in three groups and levels: 1) Top group: issues spanning multiple unrelated distributions. 2) Middle group: types or classes of distribution. 3) Bottom group: specific distributions, individual instances; there is at least one distribution of this name/type, with its own category.
A security-oriented, lightweight Linux distribution based on musl libc and busybox.
Includes project Wiki, bug tracking system and forums. Distribution has its own package management system, Pacman.
Forked from Debian, it offers various init systems excluding systemd.
A distribution 'designed for people who know what they're doing with Linux'. Documentation, developer information, source code, and bug tracker.
Based on rPath Linux, aims to be a GNOME showcase. Service includes a download section, news beats, community support and contact information.
Media-Center purposed Linux distribution for embedded devices and desktop computers.
Distribution based on alternative directory hierarchy. Descriptions, news, downloads, mail list, documents, screenshots.
Offers descriptions of the most popular distributions and gives links to download them.
Source-based distribution based on a GPLed package management system named Sorcery; fork of Sorcerer GNU/Linux. Not a business. Developed and maintained by people who got together to preserve and extend technology they liked using.
An open, mobile-optimized, core distribution aimed at device manufacturers; powered by Qt/QML and HTML5.
Help articles, news and application reviews on Linux Mint operating system.
Distribution based on encap package managing system for ease of installation and upgrades. The main purpose is to keep its creators happy and give them something to do in their free time.
Provides a fully free version of Arch Linux, with no proprietary components of any kind. News, bug tracker, wiki, package database, mailing lists.
Modern distribution with powerful auto-build process, mainly for skilled Linux/Unix administrators, runs on multiple platforms. Small, but not mini distribution.
Source-based distribution based on a GPLed package management system named Sorcery, with metaphors of casting and dispelling programs to install and uninstall them.
The firm is considering a shift from Sun Linux to partnerships with mainstream Linux sellers such as SuSE and Red Hat, as done by IBM, Dell Computer, Hewlett-Packard. [CNET News.com]
Firm to phase out its custom Sun Linux and move instead to partner with Red Hat and other mainstream Linux firms, a strategy more aligned with other server competitors. [CNET News.com]
Small multiarchitecture distribution for power users.
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