Distributions of Linux
Following is a list of the various
distributions that can be found in Linux:
Also see types and
dialetcs of Linux
Archlinux, a distribution
based on the KISS principle with a rolling release system.
CentOS, a distribution
derived from the same sources used by Red Hat, maintained by
a dedicated volunteer community of developers with both 100%
Red Hat-compatible versions and an upgraded version that is
not always 100% upstream compatible.
Debian, a non-commercial
distribution maintained by a volunteer developer community
with a strong commitment to free software principles.
Fedora, which is a community
distribution sponsored by Red Hat.
Gentoo, a distribution
targeted at power users, known for its FreeBSD Ports-like
automated system for compiling applications from source
Knoppix, The first Live CD
distribution to run completely from removable media without
installation to a hard disk. Derived from Debian.
KDE version of Ubuntu
Mandriva, a Red Hat
derivative popular in France and Brazil, today maintained by
the French company of the same name.
openSUSE, originally derived
from Slackware, sponsored by the company Novell.
Pardus, developed in Turkey
as a product of the Pardus Project. It was named after the
PCLinuxOS, a derivative of
Mandriva, grew from a group of packages into a popular,
community-spawned desktop distribution.
Red Hat Enterprise Linux,
which is a derivative of Fedora maintained and commercially
supported by Red Hat.
Slackware, one of the first
Linux distributions, founded in 1993 and since then actively
maintained by Patrick J. Volkerding.
Ubuntu, a popular desktop
distribution derived from Debian, maintained by Canonical.
gOS and other netbook
Consult the excellent website DistroWatch
for more information (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DistroWatch)
as it maintains a popularity ranking of distribution
information on its website using primarily page views.
However, this is not considered to be a reliable measure of
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