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Someday this list will hopefully move to a searchable database, making it easier than ever to find what you are looking for. In the meantime, we hope you will enjoy this celebration of Linux diversity, with over 500 distributions; large and small, specialized and generalized, old and new.
Table of Contents
- Leading Distributions
- Also well-known
- Non-technical desktop
- General Purpose
- Canary Islands
- South Africa
- Related Projects
- Embedded Distributions
- Secured Distributions
- Special Purpose/Mini
- Zip disk-based
- Small Disk
- DOS/Windows install
- Diskless Terminal
- Historical (Non-active)
Leading distributions have usually been around for a while and are well-established. They will support several architectures from low-end x86 versions to high-end versions for IBM mainframes and the latest 64-bit technology. Some come from companies that supply service and support contracts for their products, others are community projects. Leading distributions usually support many languages.
- Debian GNU/Linux
The Debian Project is one of the oldest distributions and is currently the largest volunteer based distribution provider. The distribution supports many languages and hardware platforms, for example the lenny release supports i386, amd64, powerpc, alpha, arm, arm64, hppa, ia64, mips/mipsel, sparc and s390. The old stable version 4.0 (etch) was released April 8, 2007 - now at revision 8 released April 8, 2009. The current stable version 5.0 (lenny) was released February 14, 2009. An update to lenny, v5.0.6 was released September 5, 2010. Debian users who want a more current desktop distribution are encouraged to use the testing branch, which is where the next stable release (currently codenamed Squeeze) is prepared and which should normally be quite stable. Debian Developers and users who want to live on the bleeding edge can run the unstable branch (Sid) or even try packages from experimental. Debian Live 6.0 "squeeze" alpha2 was released July 22, 2010.
Fedora Project wiki
The Fedora Project is Red Hat's community distribution. It is intended to be a fast-paced distribution for those that like to stay on the leading edge of technology. It is also a test-bed for Red Hat's Enterprise Linux products. The Fedora contains all the packages necessary to run a functional desktop or small server. The first Fedora Core release was dated November 5, 2003. Fedora strives for a new release every 6 months and releases will be supported for 13 months. Still supported: Fedora 11, released June 9, 2009, and Fedora 12, released November 17, 2009. Fedora 13 was released May 25, 2010. Fedora 14 alpha was released August 24, 2010.
- Gentoo Linux
Gentoo Linux is a source-based distribution that can be optimized and customized for just about any application or need. Gentoo offers extreme performance, configurability and a top-notch user and developer community. Users keep their systems up-to-date using Portage, which is based on BSD Ports. Gentoo is a meta-distribution with a large number of packages available (nearly 11,000 as of April 2006). Gentoo Linux 2005.1 was available for Alpha, AMD64, PPC, PPC64, SPARC, X86, IA64 and SPARC32. Gentoo Linux 2008.0 was released July 6, 2008. Gentoo 2008.0-r1 was release soon after, with fixes for some live CD issues. Sets of weekly stage3 tarballs and minimal CDs were released December 20, 2008. Gentoo Ten LiveDVD 10.1 was released October 23, 2009.
- Mandriva Linux
Mandriva is derived from the merger of the French company Mandrakesoft and the Brazilian company Conectiva. Mandriva also acquired Lycoris assets and hired Lycoris founder and CEO, Joesph Cheek on June 15, 2005. Mandriva Linux 2006.0 merged technology from MandrakeSoft, Conectiva and Lycoris. This version became generally available on October 13, 2005 and reached an end of support on April 13, 2007. Mandriva Linux One is a combined live and install CD, first released in March 2006. The Mandriva Corporate Server 4.0 was released September 19, 2006. Mandriva Corporate Desktop 4.0 was released June 21, 2007. Mandriva Linux 2009.1 was released April 29, 2009. Mandriva Linux 2010 was released November 4, 2009. ML 2010.1 RC2 was released June 2, 2010. Mandriva Enterprise Server 5.1 was released March 15, 2010. Mandriva Linux 2010 Spring was released July 9, 2010. Mandriva XFCE One edition was released September 6, 2010.
- Red Hat Enterprise
Red Hat, Inc. provides one of the the best known distributions in the world. In 2003 the company announced its decision to drop its popular Red Hat Linux in order to concentrate on the Red Hat Enterprise Linux line. The Fedora Project (see above) has replaced the Red Hat Linux line for the home user or small business. Red Hat Linux 9 was released April 7, 2003, and official Red Hat support ended on May 1, 2004. Red Hat Enterprise Linux comes with service and support contracts for those Red Hat customers who require a stable, supported system. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 was released October 22, 2003. The seventh update for RHEL 3 was released March 15, 2006. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 (Nahant) was released February 15, 2005. RHEL 4.8 was released May 19, 2009. RHEL 5 was released March 14, 2007. Version 5.3 was released January 20, 2009. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.4 was released September 2, 2009. RHEL 5.5 was released March 30, 2010. RHEL 6 beta2 was released July 1, 2010.
- Slackware Linux
Slackware Linux for ARM
Slackware German forum
The Slackware project is headed by Patrick J. Volkerding, with a cast of volunteers and a loyal following. It is the oldest active Linux distribution with the first release dated July 16, 1993. For a very long time the official Slackware project only supported x86 platforms, however others have made ports to other platforms. In 2009 the x86_64 port and the ARM port were offically accepted into Slackware. Slackware 12.2 was released December 11, 2008. Slackware 13.0 was released August 28, 2009. Slackware 13.1 was released May 19, 2010.
- SuSE Linux
Nuremberg based SuSE Linux AG is one of the older Linux distributions. It became the the European UnitedLinux partner, and supplied much of the code base for UnitedLinux and for Sun's Java Desktop System (both now unsupported). SuSE was later acquired by US company Novell (finalized January 12, 2004). SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) supports x86, x86-64, IPF (ia64), POWER (32 & 64bit, ppc & ppc64) and Mainframes (32 & 64bit, s390 & s390x). OpenSUSE is the community distribution beginning with SUSE Linux 10.0, released October 6, 2005. SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) and SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop (SLED) are available for enterprise customers. SLES/SLED 10 became generally available July 17, 2006, now at Service Pack 2, released May 21, 2008. openSUSE 10.3 was released October 4, 2007. The 10.3 Live edition is also available. SUSE Linux Enterprise Real Time 10 was released November 27, 2007. openSUSE 11.0 was released June 19, 2008. openSUSE 11.1 was released December 18, 2008. SUSE Linux Enterprise 11 (SLES/SLED/JeOS) was released February 28, 2009, generally available March 24, 2009. openSUSE 11.1 KDE4 remix, released September 10, 2009, comes with KDE 4.3.1 and all online updates. openSUSE 11.2 was released November 12, 2009. openSUSE-Edu Li-f-e: Linux for Education based on openSUSE 11.2 was released November 17, 2009. openSUSE 11.3 was released July 15, 2010. openSUSE Edu Li-f-e 11.3 was released July 17, 2010. openSUSE 11.4 Milestone 1 was released September 2, 2010.
Kubuntu, Edubuntu, Xubuntu, Mythbuntu, Ubuntu Studio
Ubuntu and its close cousins are freely available distributions, supported by Canonical Ltd. Ubuntu takes a snapshot of Debian unstable and then creates a small fork, recompiling and stabilizing the code to get a final stable release. It usually takes 6 months between the snapshot and the release. Ubuntu comes with the GNOME desktop, Kubuntu with the KDE desktop, Xubuntu features XFCE and Edubuntu comes with educational packages. Mythbuntu integrates the MythTV package. Ubuntu Studio integrates packages for multimedia creation. The first Ubuntu release (4.10 Preview released September 15, 2004) supported Intel x86 (IBM-compatible PC), AMD64 (Hammer) and PowerPC (Apple iBook and Powerbook, G4 and G5) architectures. SPARC64 support was added for v6.06 LTS. Supported versions: 6.06 LTS Server "Dapper Drake", 8.04 LTS "Hardy Heron", 9.04 "Jaunty Jackalope", 9.10 "Karmic Koala", and Lucid Lynx (10.04 LTS). V6.06.2 LTS (the second maintenance release) was made available January 21, 2008. "Hardy Heron" aka v8.04 LTS was released April 24, 2008, available in desktop and server editions. Ubuntu 8.04.4 LTS was released January 29, 2010. Jaunty Jackalope (9.04) was released April 23, 2009. Karmic Koala (9.10) was released October 26, 2009. Lucid Lynx (10.04 LTS) was released April 29, 2010. Ubuntu 10.04.1 was released August 17, 2010. The current development release is Maverick Meerkat (10.10), beta was released September 2, 2010. There is often a fine line between "leading" and "well-known" distributions. Some polls now show that a few of these "well-known" distributions are currently more popular than some of the "leading" distributions.
CentOS, the Community ENTerprise Operating System, is an Enterprise-class Linux Distribution derived from sources freely provided to the public by a prominent North American Enterprise Linux vendor. CentOS conforms fully with the upstream vendors redistribution policy and aims to be 100% binary compatible. (CentOS mainly changes packages to remove upstream vendor branding and artwork.) Support is provided by the cAos Foundation. This project dates back to late 2003. CentOS 3.9 was released on July 26, 2007. CentOS 4.7 was released for i386 and x86_64 on September 13, 2008. Version 4.7 is also available for ia64, s390 and s390x architectures. The CentOS 4.7 Server CD (i386) was released October 17, 2008. The CentOS 5.3 i386 Live CD was released May 22, 2009. CentOS 4.8 for i386 and x86_64 was released August 21, 2009. CentOS 5.4 for i386 and x86_64 was released October 21, 2009. CentOS 5.5 was released May 14, 2010.
This German distribution is the original, Debian-based live CD, spawning dozens (hundreds?) of remasters and customized live CD distributions. Take your KNOPPIX CD with you when you're on the road and run Linux anywhere. KNOPPIX is a complete GNU/Linux installation which runs from CD, with automatic hardware detection and configuration for many graphics and sound cards, SCSI devices, and peripherals. Knoppix first showed up on May 29, 2002. KNOPPIX 5.0 Live DVD was released for CeBIT 2006. Knoppix 5.3.0 was released during CeBIT 2008. Knoppix 5.3.1, based on Debian Lenny+unstable, was released released March 26, 2008. KNOPPIX 6.0, featuring the LXDE desktop and the ADRIANE audio desktop, was released January 28, 2009. KNOPPIX 6.2 / ADRIANE 1.2 - Live CD / DVD were released November 17, 2009. Knoppix 6.3 CeBIT Edition was released March 2, 2010.
- MEPIS Linux
MEPIS Linux is a Debian-based system for the desktop or as a dedicated server. It is designed for both personal and business purposes. The first official release was version 2003.0, dated May 10, 2003. The live CD allows installation or functions as a recovery CD. SimplyMEPIS 3.4-3 was released February 9, 2006. SimplyMEPIS started using Ubuntu packages starting with 6.0-beta, but with 6.9.51prebeta came another change. SimplyMEPIS uses its own binary packages, compliled from Debian and Ubuntu sources. Also available: MEPISLite 3.3.2. AntiX, an Ultra-Lite MEPIS Derivative, released v6.5 "Spartacus" on July 9, 2007. AntiX 8.2 was released July 24, 2009. AntiX-M8.5 was released April 13, 2010. SimplyMEPIS 8.0 (based on Debian Lenny) was released February 22, 2009. SimplyMEPIS 8.0.15 was released January 12, 2010. SimplyMEPIS 8.5 was released March 30, 2010.
PCLinuxOS 2K4 started out as a live CD based on Mandriva. These days it's popular KDE-centric desktop distribution in own right. The 2007 release has been rebuilt from the ground up with Gcc 4.1.1 and contains lots of cutting edge software. PCLinuxOS 2K4 Preview 4 was the current version as of December 17, 2003. PCLinuxOS 0.93a MiniME was released August 4, 2006. PCLinuxOS 0.93a Junior was released August 9, 2006. PCLInuxOS Full Edition aka Big Daddy was released August 21, 2006. PCLOS Gnome 2008 was released April 1, 2008. PCLinuxOS MiniMe 2008 was released January 7, 2008. PCLinuxOS 2009.1 was released March 11, 2009. PCLinuxOS 2009.2 and PCLinuxOS Gnome 2009.2 were released June 30, 2009. PCLinuxOS 2010 was released April 20, 2010. PCLinuxOS 2010.1 KDE 4 Edition was released May 5, 2010. PCLinuxOS 2010 OpenBox Edition was released May 10, 2010. The KDE4: Fullmonty edition was released May 17, 2010. PCLinuxOS released quarterly ISO updates for KDE, GNOME and LXDE desktops July 8, 2010.
Turbolinux supports a variety of platforms and Asian languages. They were the Asian arm of UnitedLinux. March 15, 2004 Turbolinux became a wholly owned subsidiary of Livedoor, a large Japanese ISP. Turbolinux 10 Desktop was released October 2, 2003. Turbolinux 10 F, designed for home computer users, was released April 27, 2004. Turbolinux 10 Server (10S) was released October 5, 2004. Turbolinux 10 for AMD64/EM64T preview edition was released February 16, 2005. Turbolinux FUJI Desktop Version 11 was released November 2005. Turbolinux FUJI Version 11 became generally available May 30, 2006. Turbolinux 11 Server was released November 29, 2007. Turbolinux 12 (Client 2008 Net User Package) was released August 29, 2008.
VECTORLINUX is a small, fast, Intel Linux operating system based on one of the original Linux distributions, Slackware. VectorLinux strives to be a bloat free, easy to install, configure and maintain Slackware based system. The average user can have a fully functional Slackware Linux system up in as little as 15 minutes, using VectorLinux. Version 2.5 was released April 2, 2002. VectorLinux 6.0 "Voyager" was released February 21, 2009. VectorLinux 6.0 Light was released April 1, 2009. VL 6.0 Light Live was released August 28, 2009. VL KDE-CLASSIC 6.0 Final was released November 11, 2009. VL6.0 KDE-Classic-Live was released May 9, 2010. VL-6.0-SOHO was released August 10, 2010. VL 7.0 alpha 1 was released June 4, 2010. These are designed to be user-friendly, easy to install distributions with plenty of desktop applications.
AltimatOS is an easy to use desktop with the K Desktop Environment. The project was announced April 9, 2008 and is currently is under heavy internal development by the core development team, as we build the various components and create numerous new tools to make the desktop experience friendlier to use. An installable live DVD is expected to be released in late April or early May.
- Ark Linux
Ark Linux is a Linux distribution designed especially for desktop use, primarily for people without prior Linux experience. Its main goal is ease of use, and the inclusion of many tools end users will need. Early Ark Linux was based on Red Hat 7.3 / 8.0, with KDE, with the initial Freshmeat announcement of version 1.0-0.alpha7.1, released March 14, 2003. Ark Linux 2006.1 and Ark Linux Live 2006.1 were released August 3, 2006. Ark Linux 2008.1 was released May 14, 2008. Ark announced that the next release may use the zypper package manager, June 2, 2009.
- Athene Operating System
Athene is a commercial operating system developed by Rocklyte Systems for use in the home and office. Athene combines years of Rocklyte's R&D with the latest Linux technology to create one of the fastest operating systems available today. With boot times as fast as four seconds and advanced graphics technology not available in standard Linux distributions. Athene 5.0 Beta 4 was released February 22, 2007.
BabelDisc is a Linux live CD distribution aimed at Windows users. The company provides BabelBank, online, password protected storage data, for a small monthly fee.
- Calculate Linux
Calculate Linux is an open project, supported by the Calculate Pack company, which promotes using Linux everywhere. The project gives free and easy access to all the opportunities of Gentoo Linux. Calculate Linux was started May 29, 2007. Exactly two years later Calculate Linux Desktop 9.6 KDE was released. Calculate Linux Desktop 9.6 XFCE was released June 5, 2009. Calculate Directory Server 9.7 was released June 25, 2009. Calculate Linux Desktop 9.7 KDE was released July 2, 2009. Calculate Linux Desktop 9.7 XFCE was released July 8, 2009. Calculate Linux Scratch 9.8 was released August 12, 2009. Calculate Linux Desktop 9.9 was released September 28, 2009. Calculate Linux 10.2 was released February 12, 2010. Calculate Linux Desktop 10.4 was released April 8, 2010. Calculate Linux Desktop 10.9 beta 1 was released August 26, 2010.
Chakra aims to be a fast, user-friendly and powerful Live CD and/or small distribution based on the K Desktop Environment (KDE) and on Arch Linux. Chakra features rolling releases, freshly cooked packages, unique GUI tools and a small but strong and diverse community. Chakra joined the list on September 30, 2009, with the third alpha release of the Chakra LiveCD. A Development-Release named Crush was released October 30, 2009. Chakra Alpha5 was released March 29, 2010. The Chakra Project split from its Arch roots with the development release of Phoix. Chakra GNU/Linux 0.2.0 (Jaz) was released August 30, 2010.
DARKSTAR Linux is a desktop oriented, easy to install, configure and use, distribution that targets the beginners in Linux. This Slackware based distribution has a lot of easy to use GUI tools, a lot of applications of office, multimedia and games. The operating system is designed to work out of the box. DARKSTAR Linux 2008.1 was released January 8, 2008.
- Debris Linux
Debris Linux aims to provide a simple, pleasing, but fully functional desktop with all applications necessary to get work done online and offline. It's intended to be fully usable as a LiveCD, but a lot of work also went into the installer which should make it easy for just about everyone to put it on the hard drive, either on its own partition or by using the complete disk. Debris Linux is based on Ubuntu and loosely follows their release cycle. This means Debris Linux is fully compatible with the Ubuntu release it is based on - you can use each and every Ubuntu package. They also maintain a small repository of customized applications and their own tools. Debris joined the list with the release of v1.0, dated April 5, 2008. Debris Linux 2.0 was released November 29, 2009.
- DeLi Linux
DeLi Linux stands for "Desktop Light" Linux, a desktop distribution for older computers, from 486 to Pentium MMX 166 or so. Slackware 7.1-based DeLi includes plenty of desktop software such as email clients, a graphical Web browser, an office package with word processor and spreadsheet, etc. A full install, including XFree86 and development tools, needs no more than 300 MB of harddisk space. DeLi uses the 2.2.19 kernel for a smaller footprint and rocksolid stability on older hardware. Initial version 0.1 was released November 3, 2002. Version 0.7.2 was released May 17, 2007. DeLi Linux 0.8.0 was released May 28, 2008.
- eAR OS
eAR OS is a state-of-the-art Operating System. It can run directly from a Live-CD and optionally be installed to a hard disk. eAR OS comes with the eAR Media Center. Furthermore, eAR OS comes with the newest version of following applications: Wine for using Windows applications, Audacity Sound and Recording Editor, Audio CD extractor with FLAC and MP3 support, k3B CD- and DVD Burner, Kaffeine for DVB-S and DVB-T TV and DVD playback, VLC for Broadband TV, Firefox 3.0 Webbrowser, Thunderbird E-mail/News, Pidgin internet Messenger for MSN, F-Spot Photo Manager, GIMP Image Editor, and several utilities and accessories. With its package manager you can further install more than 15000 applications. eAR was added to the list May 20, 2008 with the release of eAR OS Free Edition version 1.08. eAR OS Free Edition v1.10b was released June 23, 2008.
- elementary OS
elementary OS is designed to be a simple, easy-to-use distribution using the best of free/open source software, with only one application per task. The project aims to improve the applications that they use.
- ELX, Everyone's Linux
Elx provides an easy-to-use desktop (BizDesktop) distribution and a server offering (ISPserver). BizDesktop 4.0 is based on kernel 2.4.20 and contains a variety of applications suitable for business and home usage. ELX BizDesktop 4.0 became available for free download January 10, 2005. This site shows several products for sale, from desktops to servers, but no download area that I found on April 24, 2008.
- FoX Desktop
FoX Desktop is based on Fedora Core and designed for the desktop. It offers a single CD install with a KDE desktop and lots of other desktop software, optimized for i686. FoX joins the list with FoXDesktop 1 released December 25, 2005. FoX Desktop 1.0 Professional was released April 4, 2006. FoXLinux Community 2.0 was released August 4, 2007.
- Freezy Linux
Freezy Linux is a free, easy-to-use Linux-based operating system for the home. The initial version was based on Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy Heron and the GNOME desktop environment. It comes as a live CD which can be installed to the hard drive if desired. FreezyLinux 1.0 was released in late April 2008.
GKLinuxOS is based on PCLinuxOS 2007 and comes with lots of applications including OpenOffice.org and other office software, graphics and drawing, multimedia audio-video programs, programs for web-browsing, email and chat, and much more. GKLinuxOS 2008 was released May 14, 2008.
gOS is an Ubuntu based distribution that aims to be a simple, user friendly, beautiful desktop for normal people. It features the Enlightenment window manager. The initial version was based on Ubuntu 7.10 and Enlightenment E17. gOS 2.0 "Rocket" was released January 7, 2008. gOS 3 Gadgets (based on Ubuntu 8.04.1) was released September 25, 2008.
- Granular Linux
Granular is a Linux operating system that is easy to use, user-friendly and filled with lots of fun. Designed for both newbies and experienced Linux users, Granular is based on PCLinuxOS and features easy switching between the KDE and XFCE desktop environments. Granular 0.90, code-named Esto Vello, was released July 3, 2007. Granular FunWorks 2007 was released October 7, 2007. Granular 1.0 was released January 20, 2009.
- Igelle PC/Desktop
Igelle PC/Desktop is a graphical desktop operating system for Intel (x86) compatible personal computers, including desktop computers, laptops, netbooks, etc. It features the usual features and applications found in modern desktop operating systems/environments, in a lightweight configuration. Igelle is a "built from scratch" project. The source release can be used to build custom distributions or images. Igelle joined the list with the release of v0.6.0 dated March 18, 2009. Igelle DSV 1.0.0 was released February 22, 2010.
- Ignalum Linux OS
Ignalum Linux OS is an intuitive graphical environment that works right out of the box and offers compatibility with Microsoft Windows and Ignalum's Internet-sharing and IPv6-over-NAT capabilities. Currently at version 9.0b, released September 13, 2004. Ignalum 9.2 Yum Repository went live April 7, 2006.
Kiddix Computing is a software company based in Pittsburgh, PA, specializing in the development of safe, fun, educational and easy-to-use software environments for children, and are are heavily focused on Linux and open source platforms. Their mission is to provide a complete software stack for young children accessing computers and mobile devices. Kiddix aims to provide children with a safe and enriching environment, while giving parents access to hassle-free and comprehensive parental controls. Kiddix joined the list June 11, 2010.
Klikit-Linux is a non-formal project oriented on developing a modern, free, user-friendly and fun Linux desktop. It is based on Kubuntu and uses KDE (K Desktop Environment). Klikit-Linux can run as a LIVE-CD on practically any PC (x86), and can be installed to your hard drive in just a few minutes. It features the Klikit-Linux Storehouse, a free, easy, one-click on-line service to install and remove Linux programs (packages), libraries and drivers. Klikit joins the list at version 0.1-7B (beta), released October 17, 2007. DVD image: 0.1-9 (release candidate 1) was released February 27, 2008.
Linspire (once known as Lindows) was first announced in October 2001 as LindowsOS. The distribution was renamed Linspire in April 2004 and the company was renamed the following September. Linspire is a Debian-based distribution targeted at non-technical Windows users and it comes in a live CD version as well as a fully installable desktop. Some proprietary software is bundled into Linspire, easily available with CNR.com (Click and Run). Version 4.5, released December 16, 2003, supports English, Spanish, French, Italian, German, and Portuguese. Freespire Linux OS 1.0 was released August 7, 2006. Freespire 2.0 was released August 8, 2007. Freespire 2.0.3 was released Septmeber 24, 2007. Linspire 6.0 was released October 10, 2007. Linspire was acquired by Xandros, announced July 2, 2008. Xandros plans to discontinue Linspire. Freespire 5, due out in late 2008, will be based on Debian Lenny. Freespire will be the base for future releases of Xandros Desktop Professional.
- Linux Mint
Linux Mint aims to produce an elegant, up to date and comfortable GNU/Linux desktop based on Ubuntu. Linux Mint is a customized version of Ubuntu. It uses the same repositories and the same packages. It follows the Ubuntu releases and innovations. Basically, it is 98% Ubuntu, with a few differences, notably the default inclusion of patented or proprietary technologies for an easy-to-use desktop out of the box. Linux Mint 5 "Elyssa" was released June 8, 2008. Elyssa is also available in the XFCE Community Edition (CE), KDE CE, Fluxbox CE and x64 (for AMD64). Linux Mint 9 (based on Ubuntu 10.04) "Isadora" was released May 18, 2010. Mint 9 LXDE was released July 18, 2010. Mint 9 KDE was released July 27, 2010. Mint 9 Fluxbox was released September 6, 2010. Mint 9 XFCE was released August 24, 2010. Currently in development: Linux Mint 10 "Julia" based on Ubuntu 10.10 "Maverick Meerkat". Linux Mint Debian Edition (LMDE) 201009 was released September 7, 2010. LMDE will use the rolling release model.
Lubuntu is a faster, more lightweight and energy saving variant of Ubuntu using LXDE, the Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment. The lubuntu team aims to earn official endorsement from Canonical. Lubuntu joined the list with the release of lubuntu lucid beta 2, April 12, 2010. Lubuntu 10.04 was released May 2, 2010. Lubuntu maverick beta 1 was released September 4, 2010.
moonOS is a complete and fully functional operating system based Ubuntu, with LXDE and Enlightenment DR17. moonOS was started and designed by the Cambodian artist Chanrithy Thim (12rithy), and aims to work for any Desktop, Laptop PC or even for a Virtual Machine. moonOS joined the list with the release of v3 "Makara", based on Ubuntu 9.04, September 9, 2009.
- Myah OS
Myah OS is a performance destkop operating system originally based on Slackware, but more recently it has been rewritten from the ground up. Myah OS joined the list at version 2.2, released September 19, 2006, which used Slackware 11.0 packages. Now Myah OS is made for home use with a focus on Internet, Office, and multimedia. It has been optimized for i686 processors for fast performance. Myah OS is now an original Linux distribution, compiled from build scripts written by Jeremiah Cheatham. Myah OS 3.0 beta 2 Box Edition was released April 12, 2008. Myah OS 3.0 Mouse Pro with Xfce 4.4, was released June 1, 2008. Myah OS 3.0 Box was released June 12, 2008. Myah OS 3.0 Dragon (with KDE 3) was released June 26, 2008.
Omega is a Linux based operating system suitable for desktop and laptop users. It is a Live CD for regular PC (i686 architecture) systems that includes a variety of free and open source software from Fedora and Livna repository. Omega is a Fedora remix that you can try out with the live CD or install it to the hard disk. The initial release, Omega 10 beta released September 27, 2008, is roughly similar to Fedora 10 Beta. Omega 10 Preview was released December 4, 2008. Fedora 12 based "Boxer" was released December 16, 2009.
Formerly called Geubuntu, OpenGEU is an Ubuntu-based desktop distribution that uses parts of GNOME with Enlightenment DR17. OpenGEU 7.10 Luna Nuova was released December 6, 2007. OpenGEU 8.04.1 Luna Crescente Live CD was released September 8, 2008. OpenGEU 8.10 was released February 18, 2009. OpenGEU 8.10 Live CD was released March 16, 2009.
http://pcos08.wordpress.com/ PC/OS is a Linux based distribution that provides ease of use out of the box. It provides all multimedia codecs out of the box, an easy to use and simplified interface, and great compatibility with older hardware. PC/OS 2008v2, released August 30, 2008, is a remix of Ubuntu 8.04.1, with extra packages, with bug releases and distribution updates. PC/OS 2009 was released November 19, 2008. PC/OS Open64 Workstation was released May 27, 2009. PC/OS 2009.3 was released August 10, 2009. PC/OS 10 was released January 26, 2010. PC/OS Open64 Workstation 10a and PC/OS OpenServer System 8.5 were released February 8, 2010. PC/OS 10.1 GNOME was released March 3, 2010. PC/OS Series 10.1 was released March 11, 2010. PC/OS 10.1.1 was released March 29, 2010.
PCFluxboxOS is a remaster series of PCLinuxOS with Fluxbox as the window manager. PCFluxboxOS gives you all the power of PCLinuxOS through Synaptic and the Control Center, whilst delivering a lightning fast operating system, even on older hardware. TinyFlux is a related project with an even lighter footprint. MidiFlux 0.6.1 beta was released September 27, 2007. TinyFlux 1.0 was released November 2, 2007.
Peppermint is a cloud/web application-centric distribution. It aims to be sleek, user friendly and fast. Peppermint was designed for enhanced mobility, efficiency and ease of use. It's based on Lubuntu and uses some of Linux Mint's configuration files. A first private beta was released April 14, 2010. Peppermint OS One was released May 10, 2010. An update, Peppermint-One-06172010, is available. Peppermint Ice was released July 18, 2010. Peppermint-One-08042010 was announced August 9, 2010.
- Salix OS
Salix OS is a Linux distribution based on Slackware, that is simple, fast and easy to use. Salix is also fully backwards compatible with Slackware, so Slackware users can benefit from Salix repositories, which they can use as an "extra" quality source of software for their favorite distribution. Salix is using a system of one application per task. It also follows the KISS (Keep It Simple, Stupid) principle. Like a bonsai, Salix is small, light and the product of infinite care. Salix 13.0 was released September 16, 2009. Salix Live 13.0 was released April 8, 2010. Salix 13.1 was released June 4, 2010. Salix LXDE edition 13.1 was released July 7, 2010. Salix 13.1.1 (with XFCE) was released August 12, 2010.
- Shift Linux
Shift Linux is an attempt by the Neowin community to create a Linux distribution. It's based on Morphix/Debian and the project was started in late June of 2006. Shift Linux 0.3.1 Gnome was released October 17, 2006. Shift Linux 0.5 was released November 25, 2007. This version includes GNOME, KDE or Fluxbox. Shift Linux 6.0 was released January 26, 2008. Shift Linux 0.6.5 was released March 24, 2008.
SaxenOS (formerly STX Linux) is a desktop Linux distribution especially targeted to older hardware. It also works quite well on new PC's. Version 1.0 is based on Slackware 10.2 with a hard disk installer borrowed from Pocketlinux. STX Linux joined the list at 1.0 rc3, released December 29, 2005. STX Linux 1.0 final was released January 9, 2006. Zenwalk 4.2-based SaxenOS Desktop 1.1 RC2 was released January 26, 2007. English 1.1 rc2 iso with a graphical installer was released February 13, 2007. There will be no 1.1 final release. SaxenOS 2.0 was released March 17, 2007. SaxenOS 2009 Beta 2 was the current version as of June 2, 2009.
- Symphony OS
Symphony OS is based on Debian and KNOPPIX. It uses a lightweight window manager, includes its own package mangement system that can install deb packages, source packages and Symphony binary packages, and includes the Orchestra application development environment. Beta 1 Preview 1 was released October 25, 2005. SymphonyOS 2006-12 was released December 13, 2006. Symphony OS 2007.06 (the first Ubuntu-based release) was released June 6, 2007. SymphonyOne 2008.1 (based on Ubuntu 7.10) was released April 11, 2008.
- Trisquel GNU/Linux
Trisquel GNU/Linux is a version of the GNU operating system using the Linux kernel. The main goal of the project is the production of a fully free as in speech system that is easy to use, complete, and with good language support. The project was born in 2004 with the sponsorship of the University of Vigo in Galicia Spain. The first version was officially presented in April 2005. The project hosts its own repositories which are derivatives of Ubuntu's main and universe components, but with all proprietary software removed. The differences include the removal of all non-free packages, the substitution of the original Linux kernel with the blob-free version linux-libre, and the addition of several packages. Trisquel joined the list with the release of version 3.0 STS "Dwyn", September 8, 2009. Trisquel 3.5 "Awen" was released March 22, 2010. Trisquel 4.0 LTS (based on Ubuntu 10.04 LTS) Beta was released May 19, 2010.
Trustverse Linux Desktop, formerly known as Linux XP Desktop, is a full-featured PC operating system like Windows but based on Linux. Thousands of Windows applications have been tested for compatibility, so you can run them on your Linux XP Desktop. If you dual boot you can use data from your Windows data drives, share folders or even logon to Windows. The Linux XP Desktop was first developed as a simple, friendly OS for the Russian market. Some proprietary software is included in this distribution. The first version was released in December 2005. Linux XP Desktop 2006 SR2 was released September 21, 2006. Trustverse Server 1.1 RC1 was released October 1, 2009. Fedora based Trustverse Linux Desktop 4.0 RC1 was released November 9, 2009.
Ulteo strives to be the easiest system to use on computers. Ulteo is a new concept of an easy-to-use open-source operating system which could change the way we all use computers. The project was founded by Mandrake/Mandriva founder Gaël Duval, in late 2006. Ulteo currently consists of the Ulteo Online Desktop (Ulteo OD, version 1 - released March 18, 2008) and the Ulteo Application System. Ulteo AS "Sirius" was released July 22, 2008. Ulteo Application System â€œPolarisâ€ alpha was released October 28, 2008. Open Virtual Desktop (OVD) 2.0 was released November 25, 2009.
- Ultimate Edition
Ultimate Edition is an Ubuntu based distribution. It joins the list at version 2.0 (released November 11, 2008), based on the Intrepid Ibex daily build. This version comes in a 32 bit, 64 Bit & and a Gamers edition (x86 based). There are plenty of themes, wallpapers, icon sets, gdm login screens, and Usplashes. Ultimate 2.2 (based on Ubuntu Jaunty) was released June 19, 2009. Ultimate 2.3 Gamers was released September 21, 2009. Ultimate Edition 2.6 (based on Ubuntu 10.04) was released April 29, 2010. Ultimate Edition 2.6 Gamers edition was released May 23, 2010. Ultimate Edition 2.7 was released June 5, 2010.
VLOS is a Linux distribution based on Gentoo, but uses the Red Hat Anaconda installer to make it easier for end users to install it. Its default desktop environment is GNOME. The purpose of VLOS is to make the Linux operating system more accessible to home and office users. It combines the power of ebuilds and portage and compiling all software from source (aside from a select few larger ones, which are available in binary) into an easy-to-use package. It comes from Puerto Rico. Vidalinux was still in its first beta edition when added to the list on July 14, 2004. VLOS 1.2, based on Gentoo Linux and Red Hat's anaconda graphical installer, was released August 2, 2005. VLOS 1.3 was released October 18, 2006. VLOS 2.0 beta 1 was released January 4, 2010.
Xange, formerly Vixta.org, is a Fedora remix with KDE and open source software. It is a general purpose OS designed for netbooks, laptops, desktops and servers. Vixta joined the list at v094, released October 6, 2007. Open Xange 2010 was released January 9, 2010.
Webconverger uses Debian Live technology to provide a Web platform for kiosks, thin clients, or anywhere else you want a secure, dedicated web browser. It runs from a live CD or USB device. A hard drive install option will probably be available in the future. The maxi version of Webconverger has good support for CJK languages, such as Korean. This entry was added to the list April 23, 2008 when the latest version was Webconverger 3 beta with Firefox 3 beta. Webconverger 3.2 with Iceweasel 3 was released July 19, 2008. Webconverger 3.5 mini was released October 18, 2008. Webconverger 6.1 was released February 21, 2010.
- Xandros Linux
Xandros Desktop OS (formerly Corel's Debian-based distribution) is a desktop system designed to peacefully co-exist and inter-operate with Windows desktop and server systems. The first version of the Xandros Desktop OS was released October 22, 2002. Xandros Server is also out. Xandros released an enterprise package with the Xandros Business Desktop and OS on March 11, 2004. Xandros Desktop OS version 3.0 was released December 8, 2004, and went into open circulation February 14, 2005. Version 3 of the Xandros Business Desktop OS was released June 8, 2005. The Xandros Server, Standard Edition began shipping on May 1, 2006. Xandros Server for 64-bit processors was released June 1, 2006. Xandros Desktop 4 Home Edition and Home Edition - Premium were released June 21, 2006. Xandros Desktop 4 Professional was released November 28, 2006. Note: May 30, 2008 - products seem current, but without version numbers or dates. Xandros acquired Linspire July 2, 2008.
- Ylmf OS
Ylmf OS is a Chinese distribution based on Ubuntu and aimed at Windows users. It comes with Wine and features a Windows XP theme. The first English edition was released in January 2010. Ylmf OS 3.0 was released May 31, 2010. These distributions should be suitable for desktop and server applications. Most should have current versions available.
Absolute is a customized Slackware distribution, assembled to make installation and maintenance of Slackware easier. It's built for speed, stability, security, ease of use and development. It is lightweight and should run on older hardware. Absolute joined the list with the release of v12.0, July 16, 2007. Absolute 12.2.5 was released June 5, 2009. Absolute 13.1.2 was released July 3, 2010.
- ALT Linux
LWN distribution survey completed May 3, 2002.
ALT Linux started a a Russian localization of Mandrake Linux. The last such release was Linux-Mandrake Russian Edition Spring 2001. After ALT forked into a unique distribution. It is well-known in Russia. Designed to be a universal distribution, ALT is suitable for servers, user workstations, software development, etc. The heart of ALT Linux is the unstable, development branch Sisyphus. ALT Linux Master 2.2 was released March 7, 2003. ALT Linux Junior 2.2 (Plum) was released March 26, 2003. ALT Linux Compact 3.0.4 was released June 28, 2007. ALT Linux Server 4.0.1 was released June 27, 2007. ALT Linux 4.0 Personal Desktop was released August 29, 2007. ALT Linux 4.0 Terminal was released September 11, 2008. ALT Linux 4.1.1 Desktop was released January 14, 2009. ALT Linux 4.1.0 "School Server" was released February 20, 2009. In March 2009 ALT opened an office in Brazil. ALT 5.0 "Ark" and "School" were released October 29, 2009.
- Arch Linux
Arch Linux is a lightweight and flexible distribution that tries to Keep It Simple. It contains the latest stable versions of software. Packages are in .tar.gz format and are tracked by a package manager that is designed to allow easy package upgrades. Arch is designed to be streamlined while allowing for a customized configuration, with newer features such as reiserfs/ext3 and devfs. Arch uses the internally developed Pacman package manager. The inital version, 0.1, was released March 11, 2002. x86_64 support was added in April 2006. Arch Linux 2009.08 was released August 9, 2009. Arch Linux 2010.05 snapshots were released May 17, 2010.
ASPLinux is an RPM-based general purpose Linux distribution. It features an intuitive GUI install with integrated partition resizer (supported types are ext2fs, fat16, fat32, and ntfs) and comprehensive packages set. The distribution provides full compatibility with Red Hat RPMs, and it is available in English, Russian, Korean, and Chinese languages. ASP 7.3 (vostok) was released August 13, 2002. ASPLinux 11 was released March 6, 2006. ASPLinux 14 was released December 12, 2008.
- Business Edition Linux (BEL)
Business Edition Linux (BEL) is a business version of PCLinuxOS. Its goal is to present PCLinuxOS in a way that benefits small business needs. By "re-wrapping" PCLinuxOS as both servers and business oriented desktops, this project aims to bring the best of the PCLOS experience to the small business market. This entry was added August 25, 2008.
- BLAG Linux and GNU
BLAG Linux and GNU by the Brixton Linux Action Group is an operating system. It comes with everything you need to get a computer up and running--it needs no other software. It has Internet, graphics, video, sound, office, security, file sharing, and more applications. It's fast, reliable, runs on older machines, and flies on fast boxes. You can install miniblag (the smallest install at less than 350 Megs), deskblag (includes a Gnome desktop with all the typical apps), serverblag (all the server daemons but no GUI) or get it all with blagblagblag. BLAG starts with Fedora and adds applications from Dag, Freshrpms, NewRPMS, and includes custom packages. BLAG9000 was the current version when the entry was added, November 11, 2003. BLAG 60001 was released May 10, 2007. BLAG 70000 (sugarwater) was released November 12, 2007. BLAG 90001 (oxygen) was released July 21, 2008.
cAos aims to be a lean and streamlined operating system that incorporates robustness, performance and the constant ability to recreate itself. The focus is on high performance and scalability, from the build model all the way down to system management and user interface, making CAOS not only the distribution of choice for clusters, servers, and appliances, but also a solid choice for graphical workstations, and the latest laptops. CAOS Linux is designed to run out of the box on all i386 and x86_64 based hardware. The project was announced November 8, 2003, followed by the first alpha release on December 1, 2003. cAos 3.0 NSA Update was released October 26, 2007. Caos Linux NSA 1.0 for x86 and x86_64 was released November 25, 2008. Caos Linux NSA-1.0.25 was released October 13, 2009.
Catapulta is an Ubuntu-based server platform that is designed and packaged specifically for high-performance network monitoring applications using commodity hardware. Catapulta distinctly incorporates enhancements tailored for high-speed packet capture, including kernel modifications and software optimizations. It integrates PF_RING, a zero-copy packet capture technology, and Streamline, a fast stream reassembler and filter -- as standard kernel features. Catapulta 1.0 was released April 24, 2008.
- CCux Linux
CCux Linux is especially optimized for i686 and higher processor architectures. For package management it uses the RPM format in connection with the apt tools, which give it automatic dependency resolving when installing new software and therefore makes the installation of new software much easier. CCux Linux joins the list with the Alpha 0.9.4 release, dated October 14, 2004. CCux Linux 0.9.9 was released August 4, 2008.
- CrunchBang Linux
#! CrunchBang Linux is an Ubuntu based distribution featuring the lightweight Openbox window manager and GTK+ applications. The distribution is developed from a minimal Ubuntu install and has been designed to offer a good balance of speed and functionality. CrunchBang 8.10.02 is available as builds of CrunchBang Linux, CrunchBang Linux â€œLiteâ€ and CrunchEee. #! joins the list at version 8.10.02, released January 18, 2009. CrunchBang Linux 9.04.01 was released July 8, 2009. Debian-based CrunchBang 10 "Statler" Alpha 2 was released June 25, 2010.
CRUX is a lightweight, i686-optimized Linux distribution targeted at experienced Linux users. The primary focus of this distribution is "keep it simple", which is reflected in a simple tar.gz-based package system, BSD-style initscripts, and a relatively small collection of trimmed packages. The secondary focus is utilization of new Linux features and recent tools and libraries. Version 1.1 was released March 24, 2003. CRUX 1.3.1 for PowerPC was released February 25, 2004. CRUX 2.2 was released April 9, 2006. CRUX 2.6 was released September 8, 2009. CRUX PPC 2.6 was released January 18, 2010.
- Draco GNU/Linux
Draco is a semi source based GNU/Linux distribution. It has roots in Slackware and uses pkgsrc, a package management system from NetBSD. Draco separates the system from the third-party packages, for a simple and clean distribution to use as you see fit. Draco joined the list at v0.3.0, released April 10, 2008.
- easys GNU/Linux
easys (formerly known as Pocketlinux) has been founded to offer custom Enterprise Linux solutions. The easys approach differs from most other companies. Our aim is to integrate open source software with your existing network to help you replace unstable and insecure closed source software. It is based on Slackware and uses KDE Light. The first public release of pocketlinux, version 1.1, was released August 21, 2005. easys GNU/Linux 2.1 was released May 6, 2006. easys GNU/Linux 3.0, based on Slackware 11.0, was released October 4, 2006. easys GNU/Linux 4.2 was released September 28, 2008.
- EzPlanet One Linux
EzPlanet One is a Linux distribution tuned for Enterprise solutions. EzPlanet One integrates advanced technologies, flexibility, quality and security. Built with the Enterprise in mind, it features also several tools for the Professionals and Individual users, that make its use more fun. EzPlanet One version 2.0 was released January 2005. EzPlanet Router v24.1 build 132 was released July 24, 2007. Since then the project has been tracking Fedora. From the wiki: "EzPlanet One is a European based project that ... enjoys the freedom granted by the European Union on software patents. In the European Union, US and EPO software patents cannot be enforced."
FaunOS is a portable (easy-to-carry), fully integrated Linux operating system with over 500 preinstalled packages. It is specifically designed to run from a portable USB Memory Device (USB Flash Drive). It can also run from a DVD. Hard drive install is also supported. FaunOS fortytwo-0.3.2 was released September 5, 2007. FaunOS shadow-0.5.4-stable was released March 14, 2008.
- Foresight Desktop Linux
Foresight Linux is a Distribution which showcases some of the latest and greatest from GNOME. Some of the things that may not be mature enough for some of the other distros. As of March 10, 2005 Foresight includes GNOME 2.10, Mono 1.1.4 and many Mono applications, GNOME Office, Howl, Conary and more. Foresight 0.9.3 was released December 15, 2005. The first Foresight LiveCD, released March 7, 2007, includes GNOME 2.18.0 Release Candidate (2.17.92). Foresight Linux 2.0.3 (with GNOME 2.22.3) was released July 2, 2008. Foresight 2.0.4 and the first Foresight GNOME Lite Edition were released July 23, 2008. The Foresight Mobile Edition was released September 13, 2008. Foresight Linux 1.0 Kid's edition was released September 18, 2008. Foresight 2.1.1 was released May 15, 2009.
- Frugalware Linux
Frugalware is general purpose Linux distribution, designed for intermediate users. It has a current, a testing and a stable branch. The current branch is updated daily, with packages pushed to testing about every two months, and plans to update the stable branch every 6 months. Frugalware Linux 0.3-i686 was released October 13, 2005. Frugalware 0.8 (Kalgan) was released March 11, 2008. Frugalware 0.9 (Solaria) was released September 9, 2008. Frugalware 1.0 was released March 22, 2009. Frugalware 1.1 (Getorin) was released September 7, 2009. Frugalware 1.2 (Locris) was released March 8, 2010. Frugalware 1.3 (Haven) was released August 23, 2010.
gNewSense is a GNU/Linux project that aims to remove all the binary blobs out of a rather popular distribution and make it all free. So far the project has produced a set of scripts to create a GNU/Linux Distribution based on Ubuntu. Version 0.91 (beta) was released August 23, 2006. gNewSense 1.1 was released January 22, 2007. gNewSense 2.0 "DeltaH", was released May 1, 2008. This version is based on Ubuntu Hardy, with Blag's deblob scripts for removing binary blobs from the kernel. DeltaH live CD 2.1 gNewSense was released August 24, 2008. gNewSense 2.3 was released September 14, 2009.
G-Zyx is a Fedora based distribution with a collection of open source software that runs from a single CD/DVD. Optional configurationless installation (smart caching) to available hard disk or flash based storage is supported. G-ZyX is the flagship manifestation of the ViROS distribution generation platform. ViROS leverages popular open and free RPM based *nix distributions to generate custom purpose live-CDs. G-ZyX's predecessor cousin TVOS is suited for home theater applications, while G-ZyX is suited for general purpose computing and development. G-ZyX was still in alpha development when this entry was added, November 15, 2005. As of October 2, 2008, this is still alpha.
- IDMS Linux
IDMS-Linux is a specialized Linux distribution focused on stability, security and long term support. The distribution targets more installations on servers and experienced administrators, providing an advanced, stable platform for services and development. The initial Freshmeat announcement was for version 2.0.25, dated June 22, 2002. Version 4.0.0 was released February 27, 2008. Development version 4.1.0 is expected to be released in early 2009.
- Kate OS
Kate OS is a multitasking operating system from Poland. Kate OS aims for high efficiency, safety, reliability and low system requirements for programmers, webmasters, administrators and home users. Kate OS contains full support for generally used multimedia. Kate OS 2.3 was released December 7, 2005. KateOS 3.0 LIVE was released September 4, 2006. KateOS 3.6 was released September 17, 2007.
- Kongoni GNU Linux
Kongoni is the Shona word for a Gnu (also known as a Wildebeest) the animal which inspired the name of the GNU operating system. The name represents the spirit and history of Kongoni, a GNU/Linux operating system of African origin. Kongoni joined the list with the release of 1.12.2-alpha, based on Slackware 12.2, with significant inspiration from the BSD-Unix systems. Kongoni features some unique tools, such as P.I.G (Ports Installation GUI) which provides a simple graphical tool for installing, managing and even creating software ports and K.I.S.S. The Kongoni Instant Setup System which provides a simple and highly extensible interface for common configuration tasks. Added May 11, 2009. Kongoni version 1.12.2 was released July 12, 2009. Kongoni 1.12.3 rc2 was released August 3, 2010.
Lunar-Linux began as a fork of Sorcerer GNU/Linux. Lunar-Penguin, the development group behind Lunar-Linux, say they plan for this fork to stay close to the bleeding edge. This is a source-based Linux distribution with a unique package management system that builds each software package or module for the machine it is being installed on. Although a complete installation can take some time, it tends to be quite fast once installed. The initial ISO image lunar-20020321.iso.bz2 was released March 21, 2002. Lunar-1.5.0 "Indium Phosphide" was released May 23, 2005. Lunar 1.6.1 installer iso "Moose Drool" was released for i686 and x86_64, February 18, 2007. Lunar Linux 1.6.4 was released for i686 and x86-64, December 27, 2008. Lunar Linux 1.6.5 was released August 22, 2010.
MostlyLinux is a software company based in Jharkhand, India. The company does mostly the same things other Linux companies do including enterprise support and service, corporate training and custom distributions. They also are building a distribution called MostlyLinux. MostlyLinux 9.1 is the latest offering. The distribution is based on Fedora core 1 with lots of additional software, including multimedia applications, LTSP packages and more. This entry added August 24, 2004. MostlyLinux 3.0 Enterprise/ Desktop was the most current version as of October 16, 2008.
paldo stands for "pure adaptable linux distribution". It is a Upkg driven GNU/Linux distribution and it's a mix of a source and a binary distribution. Even though it builds packages like a source distribution it provides binary packages. paldo joined the list at v1.12, released November 5, 2007. paldo 1.21 was released February 9, 2010.
- Pie Box Enterprise Linux
PixExcel is a UK company that seeks to provide a maintained, stable and trusted Linux distribution without costly support contracts. Pie Box Enterprise Linux is built from the source RPMs of Red Hat Enterprise Linux. The initial release, Pie Box Enterprise Linux 3 AS, was made available in April 2004; AS 3 Update 9 was released June 15, 2007. Pie Box Enterprise Linux 4 AS was released February 28, 2005; version 4 AS Update 7 was released July 29, 2008.
- Rock Linux
ISOs and source
ROCK Linux is a source-based Linux distribution and a Distribution Build Kit. You can configure your personal build of ROCK Linux to get the distribution you want. ROCK Linux supports i686, Generic Sparc, Server PPC and Router ARM architectures. ISO images are available for Crystal ROCK, the general purpose distribution, and the ROCK Linux LiveCD. The ROCK Linux Live CD incorporates a full KDE desktop and other applications like mplayer and xine in the last release, dated October 16, 2005. ROCK 3 was released July 27, 2006. A crystal test build with a new installer was released October 19, 2008. Updated LiveCDs with KDE 3.5.10 and 4.1.2 were released November 29, 2008.
- rPath Linux
rPath Linux started out as Specifix, a Linux distribution built around the Conary package management system. rPath Linux is a freely-available Linux operating system distribution, built with the Conary distributed software management system, supported and maintained by rPath, Inc. The rPath Linux distribution contains high-quality, up-to-date software, and is the base development platform for creating software appliances and purpose-built distributions using rBuilder Online. rPath Linux is also a fully functioning Linux distribution in its own right. Installing rPath Linux is the easiest way to get familiar with using Conary to manage software and systems. Specifix Linux 0.13 (ALPHA) was released October 26, 2004. The distribution was renamed rPath Linux with version 0.24 (ALPHA) (x86 and x86_64), released June 2, 2005. rPath Linux 1 (x86 and x86_64) was released February 15, 2006. rPath 1.0.7 (x86 and x86_64) was released October 12, 2007. rPath Linux: Live Images Beta was released June 21, 2006. rPath Linux 2 was released May 16, 2008.
Previously known as RR4 Linux and RR64 Linux, Sabayon provides Gentoo-based live DVD images that can be installed to a hard drive or run from the DVD. RR4 2.65.1 was released November 28, 2005. RR64 Linux 3.0 RC1 was released May 3, 2006. SabayonLinux x86/x86-64 miniEdition 3.3 was released March 25, 2007. Sabayon Linux 5.0 was released October 2, 2009. Sabayon Linux 5.1 x86 Gaming DVD was released December 24, 2009. Sabayon Linux x86/x86-64 5.2 GNOME and KDE was released March 26, 2010. Sabayon Linux x86/x86-64 5.2 CoreCD was released April 20, 2010. Sabayon Linux 5.3 GNOME and KDE was released June 5, 2010. Sabayon Linux 5.3 SpinBase and CoreCDX was released June 17, 2010. Sabayon 5.3 "Extra Spins" (XFCE, LXDE and OpenVZ template) were released July 18, 2010.
Slamd64 is an unofficial port of Slackware Linux to the x86_64 architecture; despite the name containing AMD64, Slamd64 should work both on K8 (AMD64) and EM64T (some Intel) processors. It was started from Slackware -current in 2004, and was created by cross-compiling from scratch, rather than using an existing 64-bit distribution as a base. Slamd64 is a multi-lib distribution, which means that you can run 32-bit applications easily, without a chroot. You can directly install most packages targeted at x86 Slackware. Slamd64 10.2 was released September 15, 2005. Slamd64 12.2 was released February 1, 2009.
SLAMPP is a generic Linux distribution which can boot and run directly off CD/DVD or it can be installed to a hard drive. It is based on Zenwalk with Slackware packages and uses Linux Live Scripts. SLAMPP is designed to be used as an instant home server. SLAMPP 1.1 was released November 18, 2005. SLAMPP Live CD/DVD 2.0 (Kalinda) was released July 27, 2009.
- SME Server
Once known as e-smith, this server and gateway distribution has gone through several owners, including Mitel Networks (where it became SME server), Lycoris and Resource Strategies, Inc. Mitel released version 5.5 of the SME Server on July 3, 2002. As of March 5, 2005 Ruffdogs has taken possession of Contribs.org and is developing a Roadmap for the rebuilding of the Contribs.org community. SME Server 7.0 was released July 1, 2006. SME Server 7.4 was released November 21, 2008. CentOS 4.8 based SME Server 7.5 was released May 26, 2010. Based on CentOS 5.5, SME Server 8.0 Beta 6 was released August 20, 2010.
- Source Mage GNU/Linux
Source Mage GNU/Linux is a source-based GNU/Linux distribution based on a Sorcery metaphor of "casting" and "dispelling" programs, which are referred to as "spells". Sorcery 0.1.3 was released into cvs on March 26, 2002. Source Mage 0.9.6 for PPC and x86 was released March 13, 2006. Stable grimoire v0.47 was released August 15, 2010. Source Mage ISO bugfix release 0.10.0-test5-1 was announced January 5, 2009. Stable Sorcery 1.14.3 was released May 26, 2009. Source Mage Cauldron (installer) 0.10.0 was released June 5, 2009.
- StartCom Linux
StartCom Ltd. is based in Eilat, Israel, offering Linux distributions, service and support. StartCom Linux distributions are based on Red Hat Advanced Server 3 source code, and modified to fit various tasks. StartCom plans to release four flavors of SmartCom Linux: Enterprise Linux, the MultiMedia Edition, the Office Edition and the Developer Edition. The first release was the StartCom Linux Enterprise AS-3.0.0 dated August 2, 2004. StartCom Enterprise Linux AS-3.0.6 was released August 29, 2006. The x86_64 edition of 4.0.0 was released May 27, 2005. StartCom MultiMedia Edition ML-5.0.6 (Kessem) was released October 31, 2007. StartCom MultiMedia Edition ML-5.0.7 (Kessem) Update RC1 was released January 15, 2008. StartCom Enterprise Linux AS-5.0.3 was released February 2, 2009.
The Syllable project creates a family of operating systems that form a network platform. Syllable Desktop is a complete desktop operating system that is exceptionally powerful, fast, and easy to use. It has its own kernel, file system, GUI, and applications. Syllable Desktop is largely POSIX.1 compliant and uses many of the GNU utilities. Syllable Server is a server operating system built to be similar to Syllable Desktop, but on the Linux kernel. It is small and efficient and especially suited for virtualisation, both for running as small guest systems on another host and as a small host platform for running other guest systems. Syllable joins the list with the release of Syllable Server 0.3, dated September 12, 2008. Syllable Server 0.4 was released June 8, 2010.
SYS aims to be an easy to install and use distribution, for beginners and advanced users. This is a non-commercial distribution. SYS packages can be used for Slackware and VectorLinux too. SYS hails from the French Guyana/northern Brazil area of South America, where most DVDs are passed around by hand. SYS has replaced Windows on many computers in that area. SYS was added to the list on March 16, 2009 when the current version was SYS_Linux-0.23.iso, created August 25, 2008. A DVD iso of the current branch - SYS_Linux.iso - was created March 17, 2009.
T2 is a flexible open source System Development Environment or Distribution Build Kit. T2 allows the creation of custom distributions with bleeding edge technology. Currently the Linux kernel is normally used, but there are plans to expand to Hurd, OpenDarwin and OpenBSD, and more. T2 started as a community driven fork from the ROCK Linux Project with the aim of creating a decentralized development and clean a framework for spin-off projects and customized distributions. Live CD 2.2.0-beta was released May 21, 2005. The T-Resc target provides a tiny rescue system based on uClibC and K-drive Xvesa/Xfb for minimal size, released January 20, 2007. T2 8.0 "Phoenix" was released July 14, 2010.
tinysofa classic server
tinysofa is an enterprise grade operating system based on the Linux kernel. Optimized for i586 and up, tinysofa aims to be stable, secure, well-supported, easily managed and free. Trustix Secure Linux was used as a base for tinysofa. Version 1.0 was released April 29, 2004. tinysofa enterprise server v2.0 Update 1 (Odin) was released February 21, 2005. tinysofa classic server (Ceara) 2.0 Update 6 was released October 17, 2006. Trustix Secure Linux 3.0.5 was released March 6, 2007. As of March 2, 2009 the tinysofa site requires a login.
- Ultima Linux
Ultima Linux is a Slackware-based system that aims to be fast, powerful, stable, and secure, for Intel-compatible computers. Ultima Linux 4-SP1 was released September 24, 2005. Ultima Linux 8.3 was released January 7, 2007. Ultima Linux 8.4 was released September 30, 2008. Server was unavailable on March 2, 2009.
- Unity Linux
Unity Linux is a Mandriva-based distribution that utilizes the MkLiveCD project, which allows developers to create their own distribution on top of a Unity Linux core (or "trunk"). Unity Linux strives to provide a solid, well maintained foundation that developers can use as a starting point to build their own remastered distributions, or branches. The first beta release of Unity Linux (2010 Beta 1) was announced December 9, 2009. Unity Linux 2010 was released July 8, 2010. Unite17_2010 was released August 22, 2010.
- Univention Corporate Server (UCS)
Univention GmbH offers a range of Linux-based products and services, including the Univention Corporate Server, Groupware Server and Corporate Desktop. This entry was added July 12, 2006. UCS Update 2.1-2 was released January 16, 2009.
- VENENUX GNU/Linux
VENENUX GNU/Linux is a free/libre operating system primarily for people in Ibero-America. It aims to cover the needs of any type of user, with software for almost every necessity while remaining fast and easy to install. VENENUX is the fruit of the work of a group of people of different Hispanic countries. VENENUX is not an abbreviation, nor does it allude to specific country or region. VENENUX does not receive the economic support of any company or government, it exists with the support of individual voluntary contributions. VENENUX 0.8-rc2 "liberada" was released November 20, 2009.
Voltalinux is a GNU/Linux distribution based on Slackware GNU/linux and the pkgsrc package system from NetBSD. This project aims to deliver a prebuilt distribution with the clean design of Slackware and the availability of about 5400 ports (packages) ready to install. Version 1.0 was released June 9, 2006. Version 2.1 was released June 9, 2008.
- X/OS Linux
X/OS Linux is a GNU/Linux distribution for business and enterprise users. It's based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux sources and the company offers long term availability of security updates and software enhancements. X/OS Linux 3 was updated October 7, 2004 to include updates from RHEL3 update 3. X/OS Linux 5.1 was released January 1, 2008. X/OS Linux 4 and 5 moved to CentOS sources in the later part of 2008.
- YES Linux
YES (YourESale) provides the YES business appliance, an easy-to-use Business in a Box designed specifically for the small businesses and non-profits to be able compete with the larger businesses. YES Linux, at the core of the appliance, contains the tools needed to create a website, set up email and more. YES Linux joins the list at version 2.0.8, released May 23, 2004. YES Linux 2.2.2 was released September 11, 2005. YES Linux Basic Edition 3.0.0 was released April 28, 2008.
Yoper (Your Operating System) is a product of Yoper, Ltd., a New Zealand based consulting company. Yoper is a fast and stable operating system for the business user's i868 desktop. Ydesktop-3.2.1 Release Candidate 3 released January 12, 2003. Yoper Ydesktop V2 was released July 12, 2004. Yoper Linux 2.1.0 was released August 25, 2004. Yoper 3.0.1 'TITANIUM' was released October 4, 2007. Yoper 2010 "Dresden" was released May 1, 2010.
Zentyal (formerly eBox Platform) is a Network Gateway, Unified Threat Manager, Office Server, Infrastructure Manager, Unified Communications Server or a combination of them. Version 2.0 (released September 1, 2010) is based on Ubuntu 10.04 LTS. This is mix of distributions used by educational institutions, and distributions that are designed to be educational to install and use.
AbulEdu is a Mandrake-based distribution for primary schools. It is currently in French but most of the tools can be translated. An AbulEdu server can handle Mac (netatalk), Windows (samba), GNU/Linux and X terminal (with LTSP) clients. The server acts as a central gateway for Web, mail, and printing, and facilitates the management of classes, pupils, and teachers. Everybody can publish Web pages on an intranet using Apache and all administration tasks are performed using a browser. The result is that a teacher who is not a computer specialist can install and manage a school network. Stable version 1.0.7-II was released May 26, 2003. Version 8.08.0 was released September 4, 2008.
- Beyond Linux From Scratch (BLFS)
Beyond Linux From Scratch (BLFS) is a project with the aim of assisting LFS users to go beyond the base system. It contains a broad range of instrutions for installing and configuring various packages on top of a base LFS system. If you are wondering why you would want an LFS system or what one is, see the entry for LinuxFromScratch below in this list. BLFS 1.0 was released April 28, 2003 under the original BSD License. Version 6.1 (based on LFS 6.1) was released August 20, 2005. BLFS 6.2.0 was released February 14, 2007. BLFS 6.3 was released August 25, 2008.
- BU Linux
Created at/for Boston University, BU Linux is based on Red Hat Linux, but specifically tailored for the BU environment. They have added security updates, made modifications to make software work better with their setup, and added some applications. BU Linux 2.5 (a.k.a Gigantic) was released August 27, 2002. Fedora-based BU Linux 4.0 (Bossanova) was released July 14, 2004. BU Linux 4.6 (Stormy) was released August 21, 2006. A release based on RHEL/CentOS 5.3 should be released in the spring of 2009.
- Cross Linux From Scratch
Cross Linux From Scratch (CLFS) is a project that provides you with step-by-step instructions for building your own customized Linux system entirely from source. Building CLFS teaches you how to make a cross-compiler and the necessary tools, to build a basic system on a different architecture. For example you would be able to build a Sparc toolchain on an x86 machine, and utilize that toolchain to build a Linux system from source code. CLFS-1.0.0 "Bender" was released September 26, 2006. See the timeline for the lastest updates. There were current as of March 12, 2009.
Debian Jr is a Debian Pure Blend that aims to help children and those who care for them to get the most use and enjoyment out of their Debian systems; to help them acquire some of the skills and experiences we have as adults; and to convey to them our values: our love of freedom, our appreciation for software that works well, and our strong sense of community.
The Organization for Free Software in Education and Teaching (OFSET) has produced Freeduc, a Knoppix/Debian-based Linux system with educational software, all on one bootable CDROM. Version 1.1 of the Freeduc CD-ROM was released November 5, 2002. Freeduc-cd 1.5 was released May 15, 2005. Last update was January 25, 2009.
The name INX is recursive "INX Is Not X". It is a "Live CD" distribution of GNU/Linux, derived from Ubuntu 8.04.1 LTS, but using "ubuntu-minimal" and "ubuntu-standard" as a base. It is console only, without any graphical "X" programs. INX is intended as a tutorial and introduction to the Bash command line, but is a fully capable, portable GNU/Linux system in its own right. It has a collection of easy-to-use menus, colour themes, easy configuration tools, music (and video on the frame buffer), some games, and several surprises for those who are not aware of what can be done in a console/tty. Version 1.0 was the current release when this entry was added to the list (November 25, 2008). INX 1.1 was the current version as of April 13, 2009.
Karoshi is a server operating system designed for schools. Karoshi provides a simple graphical interface that allows easy installation, setup and maintenance of your network. Karoshi 5.1.3 was based on PCLinuxOS and released June 11, 2007. Karoshi 6.0 was released June 18, 2009. Karoshi 7.0 was released August 2, 2010.
- Linux From Scratch
Linux From Scratch (LFS) is a project that provides you with the steps necessary to build your own custom Linux system using the LFS book. The web site also contains links to other resources such as mailing lists, mailing list archives, newsgroups, search engine, faq and more. Released under the original BSD License. Development version 3.2-rc2 was released February 27, 2002. Stable version 3.3 was released April 7, 2002. LFS LiveCD 6.3-r2145, for x86 and x86_64 architectures, was released December 30, 2007. LFS v6.4 was released November 23, 2008. LFS 6.5 was released August 16, 2009. LFS 6.6 was released March 1, 2010. LFS 6.7-rc1 was released September 1, 2010.
LormaLINUX is Lorma Colleges' very own Linux Distribution that has been optimized and customized to meet the needs of educational institutions and its students. It is a full-featured Operating System specifically created for ease of installation, ease-of-use and functionality. LORMALinux 4, based on Fedora, was released December 9, 2003. LormaLinux 2005 beta 2 was released February 21, 2005. Lormalinux Web/MySQL Server Slackware Edition Beta 1 was released March 2005. Lormalinux LTSP-Server Slackware Edition Beta 2 was released April 29, 2005. Lormalinux Samba Server beta 2 (based on Slackware 10.1) was the current version as of April 13, 2009.
Qimo is a desktop operating system designed for kids. Based on the Ubuntu Linux desktop, Qimo comes pre-installed with educational games for children aged 3 and up. Qimo's interface has been designed to be intuitive and easy to use, providing large icons for all installed games, so that even the youngest users have no trouble selecting the activity they want. Qimo was added to the list on March 2, 2009. Qimo 2.0 was released May 26, 2010.
- Scientific Linux
Scientific Linux is a free community project that rebuilds the source packages for Red Hat Enterprise Linux and adds a handful of enhancements. Several scientific laboratories and universities in the United States, Switerland, and other countries are involved in this project. There are some sites that have tweaked the base distribution a bit further, like CERN Linux and Fermi Linux. Scientific Linux 3.0.4 Cern - i386 and x86_64 was released February 11, 2005. SL Fermi LTS v3.0.4 was released February 22, 2005. Scientific Linux 4.8 - i386 & x86_64 was released July 21, 2009. SL 4.8 Live was released August 27, 2009. Scientific Linux 5.4 was released (i386 and x86_64) November 4, 2009. The 5.4 Live editions were released November 24, 2009. Scientific Linux Fermi 4.8 i386 and x86_64 was released January 8, 2010. Scientific Linux Fermi 5.4 was released on February 8, 2010. Scientific Linux 5.5 was released May 19, 2010. Scientific Linux Live CD/DVD 5.5 was released June 19, 2010.
Skolelinux is a free software solution designed for the resources and needs of schools. It started in Norway, but it has become an international community, and is synonymous with the Debian Edu subproject. Skolelinux pr41 was released November 2, 2003. Skolelinux 1.0 (Venus) update 1 was released November 1, 2004. Debian Edu / Skolelinux 2.0 was released March 15, 2006. Etch-based Debian Edu / Skolelinux 3.0 (terra) was released July 22, 2007. The first maintenance release, v3.0r1, was released December 5, 2007. Debian-lenny (5.0) based Skolelinux 5.0 was released February 9, 2010. Debian Edu/Skolelinux 6.0.0 "squeeze" alpha0 was released July 27, 2010.
UberStudent is an Ubuntu based, user-friendly Linux distribution for learning, doing, and teaching the essential skills of academic success at the higher education and advanced secondary levels. It is supported by a virtual learning environment. UberStudent 1.0 was released July 27, 2010. UberStudent-LXDE was released September 3, 2010. These may provide support for other languages. Most of the websites listed here will be in the appropriate language for the country of origin. This covers Saudi Arabia and other countries where Arabic is spoken.
- Ojuba Linux
Ojuba Linux is an Arabic Fedora-based distribution with packages translated to Arabic/Islamic languages like hijra and minbar. Many packages have been patched to have better Arabic support. Ojuba Linux comes with some third party packages to have multimedia support for proprietary formats and proprietary drivers. This entry was added on September 10, 2008. Fedora based Ojuba 2 was released February 7, 2009. Ojuba 3 "arrebat" was released September 16, 2009. Ojuba 4 was released August 5, 2010.
Dragora is an independent distribution of GNU/linux based on the concept of the simplicity. It was written by MatÃas A. Fonzo in Argentina. It aims to be a multipurpose, stable and powerful operating system while maintaining the simplicity of Unix. The initial release of Dragora was June 13, 2008. Dragora GNU/Linux 1.1 was released October 8, 2009. Dragora 2.0 was released April 13, 2010.
- Ututo-e GNU/Linux
Ututo-e is a Gentoo-based distribution developed in Argentina. This comes as one CD which contains only Free/Libre software. There are separate CD images for Intel 486, 586, and 686, as well as Athlon MP and XP and Duron. UTUTO XS 2005.1 was released June 20, 2005. UTUTO XS 2007 was released May 28, 2007. UTUTO XS 2009 was released March 13, 2009.
- Linux Advanced
A Debian derivative for netbooks, Linux Advanced is available in live-CD, live-DVD, live-USB and server editions. The current version was Lenny based v9.1 beta when this entry was added, June 9, 2009.
WIENUX is a Debian-based distribution launched by the City of Vienna. It was announced January 2005, with an initial release in July 2005. Version 1.0 was released in October 2005.
- Dzongkha Debian Linux
The Dzongkha Localization Project has created a live CD based on Debian and localized into Dzongkha, the official language of Bhutan, a small country located between India and China. An entirely localized GNU/Linux distribution based on Debian GNU/Linux 3.1 was released July 19, 2006. An Etch-based version was released August 28, 2007.
Dreamlinux aims to be a light, modern and functional free OS that runs as a live CD or installed to a hard drive. Dreamlinux Works edition includes plenty of desktop applications and the XGL Edition provides additional eye candy for people with Nvidia cards. It comes with the XFCE desktop environment. The MkDistro tool is included to help people create their own specialized distribution. Dreamlinux Works Edition 2.1 was released September 19, 2006. Dreamlinux 2.2 is the current release. Dreamlinux 2.2 Multimedia GL Edition, with BERYL-AIGLX, was released June 29, 2007. Dreamlinux 3.1 was released April 5, 2008. Dreamlinux 3.5 was released February 28, 2009. Dreamlinux 4.0 beta 6 was released June 28, 2010.
- Ekaaty Linux
The Ekaaty project aims to provide a free, robust, secure and friendly operating system based on Linux and developed by the community. It targets Brazilian users. Although it is also available in English and European Portuguese, the website and most documentation is available only in Brazilian Portuguese. Ekaaty joined the list with the release of version 3, dated May 21, 2009.
- Epidemic GNU/Linux
Epidemic GNU/Linux is an easy-to-use, Debian-based desktop distribution created in Brazil. Epidemic joined the list with the release of version 2.1 (Ice Diamond), May 27, 2008. Version 3.0 was released April 12, 2009. Epidemic GNU/Linux 3.1 was released February 21, 2010.
Early versions of Litrix were based on Slackware, but now Gentoo is used as a base. Litrix comes as a general purpose live DVD with a choice of desktops. Litrix 9.0 was released December 17, 2008.
mEDUXa is a Free Software GNU/Linux distribution developed for educational purposes that is part of the MEDUSA project. It is based on Kubuntu and conforms to Debian Free Software Guidelines. Version 1.0 was announced November 24, 2006.
WENDYX is a Knoppix-based distribution for the desktop. WENDYX 1.0, released September 22, 2006, is based on Knoppix 5.0-ES. Version 1.1 was released at FLISOL 2008.
- Linux Deepin
Linux Deepin (formerly known as Hiweed GNU/Linux) is a Chinese Linux distribution, based on Debian GNU/Linux. Its features include preconfigured Chinese applications, such as Chinese input method, Chinese-English and English-Chinese dictionaries, and Chinese true-type fonts. The Server edition is a pre-configured Debian-based server with Apache, PHP, MySQL, mail, DNS, and FTP. Hiweed joined the list with the Hiweed Desktop v0.3RC1, released June 29, 2004. Hiweed Linux 2.0 RC3 was released November 22, 2008. LinuxDeepin 9.12 (based on Ubuntu 9.10) was released December 30, 2009. LinuxDeepin 10.06 was released July 23, 2010.
- Magic Linux
Magic Linux is a Chinese community distribution which uses the RPM package management system and which is optimised for the i686 processor architecture. Magic Linux 2.1 was released December 15, 2008. Magic Linux 2.5 was released May 17, 2010.
- Red Flag
Red Flag claims to be the leading Linux OS provider in China. Redflag Linux Desktop 3.2 beta was released August 12, 2002. Version 4.1, based on Asianux 1.0, was released November 6, 2004. The "Workstation" release of 5.0 (based on Asianux 2.0) for i386 and x86_64 processors became available November 11, 2005. Red Flag Linux 6.0 (based on Asianux 3.0) was released October 1, 2007. The Red Flag "Olympic" edition was released August 14, 2008. Red Flag Linux 7.0 RC1 was released January 7, 2009.
- Sun Wah Linux
Sun Wah uses Linux in servers, embedded devices and other products. The compay has joined the Debian Core Consortium. Sun Wah Linux released the RAYS ES, a Debian-based commercial Linux server platform, August 2005. Rays LX 1.5 desktop was released March 29, 2006. Sun Wah Rays 2.0 was released October 10, 2007.
Nova is a Gentoo based distribution created for and by the Cuban goverment. The project was first annouced in February 2009.
Dappix is a Knoppix-based live CD. It uses the Danish language and contains some extra programs and a large number of Danish Linux books released under open licenses. V5.0.1 was released September 25, 2006.
Keldix is a Linux distribution primarily for the Small business Office and Home Office (SOHO) market. Keldix is a live-dvd built on PCLinuxOS. The current release was 20080329 when this entry was added to the list in August 2008. The 20080329 release is based on PCLinuxOS 2007 with some updates.
Polippix is the Political Linux Distribution of Denmark. It was created to counter the increasing amount of surveillance in Denmark, where the ISP's will soon be required to log a lot of data. The CD has created quite a stir in Denmark during early 2007.
- NyTyX GNU/Linux
NyTyX GNU/Linux based on Linux From Scratch and CRUX, designed primarily for French-speaking intermediate Linux users. The 2009 version sports Linux kernel 2.6.31 and includes GCC 4.4.1, glibc 2.10.1, X.Org Server 1.6.1, KDE 4.3.1, Xfce 4.6.1 and more. NyTyX joined the list with the release of v2009, in September 2009. NuTyX 2009.4 was released May 29, 2010. NuTyX 2010 rc1 was released June 13, 2010.
- PingOO Linux
This a Debian based distribution intended for servers. Version 3.0 was released July 24, 2003. Version 3.0.3 was released November 14, 2003. PingOO 3.2.4 was released January 8, 2009.
JUX is a distribution for children. The current release was JUXlala! 2.0 when this entry was added, June 9, 2009.
- lxde-sid lite
lxde-sid lite is a sidux based linux-distribution. It is fully compatible to sidux or Debian-sid (unstable). There are no versions numbered particularly. The lxde-sid lite-iso represents a snapshot of the Debian-sid applications at a particular time. lxde-sid lite was added to the list July 27, 2009.
Simplix Linux is an easy to use operating system for desktop home computers. It is a live CD based on Debian GNU/Linux stable and is made for German speaking users. Added to the list on October 24, 2009 when Simplix 2009-10-10 was the current version.
Toorox is a Linux Live-DVD based on Gentoo that starts as a bootable media using KNOPPIX technology. Toorox includes some original tools to make dealing with the Gentoo repository easier. It can be installed to disk or to a USB key. Version 06.2009, released June 27, 2009, includes KDE 4.2.4. Toorox is available in German and English. Toorox 10.2009 was released October 26, 2009. Toorox 01.2010 is available for x86 and x86_64. Toorox 05.2010 was released May 14, 2010.
The ZevenOS project was founded in order to preserve some of the extraordinary features of the BeOS operating system. ZevenOS is a pure Linux system, designed to induce as far as possible the feeling of BeOS and its successor ZETA. ZevenOS is very user friendly and an excellent choice for multimedia performance, even on older hardware. ZevenOS exists in two official versions. ZevenOS is the main and leading version based on Ubuntu Linux (especially: Xubuntu). ZevenOS-Neptuneas a community driven branch, based on the stable release of Debian GNU/Linux. The communitiy driven project is called ZevenOS Projekt Neptune, the distribution is called: ZevenOS Neptune. This version of ZevenOS is made for users, who prefer a very stable and fast Linux system and are less interested in the bleeding edge of software development. ZevenOS Project Neptune 1.5 was released July 11, 2009. ZevenOS 2.0 was released November 15, 2009.
- Kiwi Linux
Kiwi is a modified Ubuntu live CD for the i386 architecture. It includes Romanian and Hungarian localization, multimedia codecs, encrypted DVD support, Flash and Java plugins for Firefox, PPPoE GUI for accessing local internet services (Clicknet and RDS) and write support for NTFS partitions. Kiwi uses the same software repositories as Ubuntu with one additional source added for the handful of artwork related or slightly modified packages. Hence it is easy to switch to and from Ubuntu and all the security and bugfix updates from Ubuntu are getting into Kiwi automatically. Kiwi 7.08, based on Ubuntu 7.04 with packages updated as of August 31, 2007. The Kiwi 7.10 LiveCD for i386 was released October 18, 2007. Kiwilinux 8.04 was released May 1, 2008. Kiwilinux 8.08, released August 29, 2008, is a Desktop CD derivative based on Ubuntu 8.04.1 LTS for the x86 architecture. Kiwi Linux 8.12 (based on Ubuntu 8.10) was released December 16, 2008. Kiwi Linux 9.04 was released April 30, 2009. Kiwi 10.08 was released August 31, 2010.
UHU-Linux is a Linux distribution from Hungary. It is an easily installable, dpkg-based distribution, with fully automatic hardware detection (based partly on Mandrake and other distros). It is primarily aimed at beginners. Version 1.0 was released April 18, 2003. Version 1.1 (Kamion) was released March 2, 2004. Version 2.2 (Eszter) was released November 28, 2004. UHU-Linux 1.2, Office edition, was released March 17, 2005. UHU-Linux 2.1 (Bumm) was released February 1, 2008. UHU-Linux 2.2 (Nerd) was released September 7, 2010.
- Ankur Bangla Live
The Ankur Bangla Project is working toward supporting the Bangla (Bengali) language on the GNU/Linux operating system. The project has created a Morphix-based Live CD with GNOME 2.4, localized into Bangla. Beta 2 of Ankur Bangla Live was released October 8, 2003. Version 1.0 was released December 23, 2003. Ubuntu based AnkurBangla Install CD 7.10 was released October 27, 2007.
BOSS (Bharat Operating System Solutions) is a Linux distribution developed by the National Resource Centre For Free/Open Source Software in India. It's based on Debian and made specifically for the Indian environment with a pleasing Desktop environment coupled with Indian language support (Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Punjabi, Telugu and Tamil so far) and other packages that are most relevant for use in the government domain. Subsequent versions will support the educational domain as well. BOSS joins the list at verison 1.0 released January 2007. BOSS 3.0 was released September 5, 2008.
- IT@School GNU/Linux
IT@School GNU/Linux is a customized, single CD distribution developed by the IT@School Project, in association with the Free Software Foundation of India. This Debian/GNOME system a variety of educational software for high school students and their teachers in Kerala, India. Version 3.0.1 became available July 8, 2007. V3.0.2 was still a current download in April of 2009.
- TAS OS
Tas OS is based on Ubuntu, customized to provide a stable gnome environment with integrated applications. The project's goal is to promote open source software and provide an alternative to commercial operating systems. Tas joined the list with the release of 10.05 (cougar) dated May 27, 2010.
Utkarsh is general desktop distribution localized in the Gujarati Language. Based on the IndLinux Milan version of Morphix, Utkarsh is live CD distribution. The initial version, 0.1 beta, was released May 27, 2004.
BlankOn is an Indonesian distribution, targeting desktop users with limited Internet access. BlankOn is developed by Indonesian Linux Activator Foundation (YPLI, Yayasan Penggerak Linux Indonesia) and BlankOn Developers in order to encourage Indonesian people to get involved with Free/Open Source Software development. BlankOn was added to the list with the release of Catatan Rilis BlankOn 6.0 (Ombilin), dated July 4, 2010. BlankOn Sajadah 6.0 was released August 10, 2010.
Karamad means Efficient in Farsi (Persian). Karamad is built at DPI (Data Processing of Iran-ext IBM). The Live CD also functions as an installtion media. It can show and play most sound & video files. Other software includes OpenOffice, Firefox, KDE 3.4, Persian Help, an English to Persian Dictionary, and more.
- Parsix GNU/Linux
Parsix GNU/Linux is a live and installation CD based on Kanotix and Debian Sid . It is a complete GNOME-centric desktop. Parsix GNU/Linux supports Persian keyboard and users can switch to Persian (Farsi) with Alt+Shift keys. You can install and use Parsix GNU/Linux as your PC's operating system. Also included is the xFarDic multilingual dictionary and Persian free fonts from the FPF project. Parsix GNU/Linux 0.76 was released February 7, 2006. Parsix GNU/Linux 0.80.1 was released June 19, 2006. Parsix GNU/Linux 0.90r2 "Barry" was released October 5, 2007. Parsix GNU/Linux 1.0r1 "Ramon" was released March 13, 2008. Parsix GNU/Linux 1.5r2 'Viola' was released October 22, 2008. Parsix 2.0r0 was released March 22, 2009. Parsix 3.0r2 'Kev' was released February 8, 2010. Parsix 3.5r0 'Frankie' was released June 1, 2010. Parsix GNU/Linux 3.6 was released September 7, 2010.
- Sharif Linux
Sharif Linux is a bilingual English/Persian operating system maintained by Sharif FarsiWeb. It is based on GNU/Linux and is customized for the computing requirements of Iran and the Persian language, specially for enterprise-level and educational uses. The current version of Sharif Linux, version 1.4, includes GNOME 2.10, including Evolution 2.2.3 and Evince 0.4.0, OpenOffice.org 2.0.1, Firefox 1.0.7, FarsiWeb fonts 0.4, Linux kernel 2.6.15, and much more. Sharif Linux 2.0 was the current version in April of 2009.
- Boten GNU/Linux
Boten GNU/Linux is intended for home users and provides a fully-localized GNU/Linux environment in Hebrew. It's especially made for those new to Linux, though aimed to please all users, experts and newbies alike. It's currently based around the 2.4 Linux kernel series (USB supported) and the GNU C Library version 2.2.5 (libc6 ELF). Boten GNU/Linux could be installed in a UMSDOS partition as well and can run on 386 systems all the way up to the latest x86 machines. Version 9.5 h1/i1 was released April 21, 2003.
- Ehad Linux
Ehad is based on Mandriva Linux. A single installation CD contains a useful assortment of Mandriva-compatible applications designed for Hebrew speakers. Ehad 2006 was released March 26, 2006.
- TITAN LEV
TITAN LEV is a Linux desktop OS for users with Windows experience, from the company Affordy. It came bundled with 150 applications and supported English, Russian, Polish, Spanish, Portuguese, Hebrew and Arabic at the time the entry was added; June 17, 2009.
- Bad Penguin Linux
An Italian distribution and other free software.
FUSS (Free Upgrade in SouthTyrol's Schools) is a project funded by the European Social Fund which has upgraded the computer systems of all the Italian schools in the Autonomous Province of Bolzano/Bozen. All software with a proprietary license has been removed from the FUSS GNU/Linux Soledad distribution. The project has developed the software solution and released it under a free software license. FUSS 4, based on Ubuntu Jaunty (9.04), was released May 20, 2009.
- Linux DaVinci
Linux DaVinci is a Slax-based live CD for developers. It includes the KDE desktop and other workstation software as well as developement tools. DaVinci was added to the list June 2, 2009.
Hymera is a Debian based desktop distribution. Hymera aims to be simple, fast and flexible, with a friendly graphical interface suitable for beginners. Version 1.0 was released March 19, 2009. Hymera Open 20090910 is out.
- openmamba GNU/Linux
openmamba GNU/Linux is a distribution for personal computers (Intel i686-compatible) that can be used on notebooks, desktops and servers. It comes with a plenty of software programs for office, multimedia, internet, games and much more. Created and maintained by mambaSoft, openmamba is now supported by a community of developers and Open Source software fans. openmamba is free software, with roots in the discontinued QiLinux project. It uses APT for RPM and Synaptic as its package management tools. openmamba was added to the list August 25, 2008, at version 1.0. openmamba 2.0pre2 was released June 9, 2010.
Torinux is an Italian distribution from the city Turin. It is based on sidux (a Debian derivative) that aims to be an easy to use desktop. Torinux comes on an installable live CD. Torinux 2.0 was released February 4, 2009.
- Berry Linux
Berry Linux is a bootable CD Linux with automatic hardware detection and support for many graphics cards, sound cards, SCSI and USB devices and other peripherals. If you have network devices, auto-configure DHCP and you can use Internet. You will also find OpenOffice, GIMP and other free software applications. Berry Linux can be used as a Linux demo, educational CD or rescue system. It is not necessary to install anything on the hard disk, but installation is possible. The initial version of Berry Linux 0.01 Beta was released April 13, 2003. Berry Linux is based on Fedora and Knoppix. Version 0.96 was released April 10, 2009. Berry 0.98, based on Fedora 11, was released September 14, 2009. Berry Linux 1.01 was released March 14, 2010.
- Linux MLD
There appears to be a full distribution from Media Lab. There is also a mini-distribution, as well as other Linux products. Version 7.0 was released August 14, 2003.
- MACH BOOT
MACH BOOT is an experimental CD booting technology with the goal of getting very fast linux CD boot with x48 CD-ROM drive. The record in September 2007 was 5.68 seconds.
- Miracle Linux
Miracle Linux is a high reliability, scalability and availability server OS for the enterprise market, according to MIRACLE LINUX CORPORATION, the developer of the distribution. MIRACLE LINUX CORPORATION was originally founded by Oracle Corporation Japan. The current distribution (as of April 2009) was based on Asianux Server 3.0.
- Momonga Linux
Momonga Linux is the successor to Kondara. This general purpose distribution is developed mostly by Japanese programmers, but it supports English just as well and the Momonga web site provides English content, together with English-language mailing lists. One nice thing about Momonga is its support for 8 different Japanese input method servers, a selection of which is available directly from the GDM login screen. Best of all, these input servers work nicely even if you choose to keep your user interface in English (or any other language). The first stable release, Momonga Linux 1, was released August 6, 2004. Momonga Linux 4 was released August 19, 2007. Momonga Linux 4 Plus was released February 29, 2008. The live CD version 5 was released February 15, 2009. Momonga Linux 6 was released July 27, 2009. Momonga Linux 6 Plus was released November 17, 2009.
- Nature's Linux
Nature's Linux was developed by IP Telecom to provide IP network managers with an easy to use operating system that reduces the total cost of ownership of maintaining IP networks. Added to list March 10, 2004. Version 1.3 was released March 23, 2005. Version 1.6 was released August 20, 2007.
- Omoikane GNU/Linux
This appears to be a Debian based distribution translated to Japanese. Appeared to be current as of April 2009.
- Plamo Linux
This is a Slackware based distribution. Plamo 4.0 was released June 25, 2004. Plamo 4.2 was released April 1, 2006. Plamo-4.5 was released October 16, 2008. A live CD of Plamo 4.7 was released September 30, 2009.
- Vine Linux
"The Supreme Linux Distribution with Integrated Japanese Environment for Your Desktop PCs and Notebooks." Multiple platforms seem to be supported. Vine Linux 2.5 was released April 15, 2002. Vine Linux 3.2 was released September 17, 2005. Vine Linux 4.1 was released February 22, 2007. Vine 4.2 was released December 25, 2007. Vine Linux 5.1 was released February 26, 2010.
- Haansoft Linux
Haansoft is an Asianux partner, offering both server and desktop distributions localized in Korean. Haansoft Linux 2006 Workstation was released March 2006. The current distribution (as of April 2009) was Haansoft Asianux.
NepaLinux is a live CD it can also be installed on the hard drive. The work for the installation process has been facilitated through the European Commission supported Bhasha Sanchar Project which is led by the Open University (UK). The first version features a 2.6.12 Linux kernel and a GNOME desktop localized in Nepali and lots more Free Software, released December 19, 2005. NepaLinux 2.0 was released June 20, 2007. NepaLinux 3.0 was released July 6, 2008. Mexico
- Jarro Negro
Jarro Negro came from a project called Muser, a project to develop a distribution for servers of different architectures (including SPARC). Jarro Negro is a 'built from scratch' distribution. JN added RPM package management with version 2.0.2, the current version when it was added to the list, February 10, 2009.
Nonux is a Slackware-based GNU/Linux distribution with Dropline GNOME and several key applications localized in Dutch. It's available as a Live CD and can be installed to a hard drive. Nonux CD v2.3 was released March 15, 2006. Version 4.4 was released April 10, 2008. Nonox 4.4 is also available in an English edition.
TumiX is a Peruvian Linux distribution based on Slackware and SLAX. It provides the KDE desktop environment together with a large number of academic, office and multimedia applications. The distribution is targeted at colleges, universities and Peruvian educational institutions in order to help teaching and understanding GNU/Linux and to spread the use of Free Software in Peru. Tumix is an initiative of the Peruvian Community of Free Software and is distributed under the GNU GPL. Version 0.9 is the project's first public release; it is based on Slackware 10.1 with kernel 2.6.10, X.Org 6.8.2, KDE 3.4.0, and more; dated June 23, 2005. Not sure if there is still a distribution here (April 2009), but it is an active Software Libre website.
Bayanihan Linux is a single-CD, desktop-oriented, Debian-based distribution developed in the Philippines. BL Server 2006 was released July 22, 2006. The fourth version of Bayanihan Linux was released March 26, 2007. The fifth version of Bayanihan Linux was released March 20, 2009.
KahelOS is based on Arch Linux and favors the rolling release model. It comes with the GNOME desktop. The Kahel Server and Desktop distribution aims to provide the most up-to-date and comfortable Linux OS distribution optimized for i686 and x86-64. KahelOS joined the list with the release of KahelOS 050110 (May 1, 2010).
PLD is a Linux distribution made mainly in Poland and by Poles, with documentation and mailing list available in English and Polish. PLD, which stands for PLD Linux Distribution, provides two managers for its RPM-based packages; a clone of Debian apt and its own poldek. The PLD Linux team released the first official stable version on November, 22, 2002. There is also a PLD Live CD and PLD Rescue CD. PLD 2.0 (Ac) was released April 1, 2007. PLD RescueCD 1.99 was released June 18, 2006. PLD Live 2008.09 was released September 19, 2008. PLD LiveCD with KDE4 was released March 11, 2009. The latest version was 2009.02 in April 2009. A live CD with KDE 4.4 Beta1 was released December 6, 2009.
Alinex is the product of a partnership between Junta de Extremadura in Spain and the University of Évora in Portugal. It's a general purpose distribution targeted to the educational system and public administration. Alinex 2.0 beta was available for download when this entry was added, April 30, 2007. Alinex 2.2 was the current version in April 2009.
- Caixa Mágica
Caixa Mágica was originally based on Debian and SuSE. It has been rewritten and localized in Portuguese. Caixa Mágica was added to list July 8, 2002. Caixa Mágica Desktop 10 Pro was released April 4, 2005. Caixa Mágica 11 was released November 16, 2006. Caixa Mágica 14 was released June 2, 2009. Caixa Mágica 15 Beta was released May 24, 2010.
Kolibri is the Russian word for hummingbird. Like the hummingbird, this OS aims to be small and fast. KolibriOS has a monolithic preemptive kernel and video drivers for 32-bit x86 architecture computers. It is developed and maintained by The KolibriOS Project Team. It is written entirely in FASM (assembly language). However C, C++, Free Pascal, Forth, and other high-level languages, may also be used in user application development. This OS takes about 5 MB of disk and around 10 MB of memory. Supported languages are Russian, English and German. Kolibri joined the list at version 0.7.5.0, released January 31, 2009.
cp6 in Cyrillic looks like srb or Serb Linux. This project is fork of Ubuntu localized into Serbian. "Linux for human beings who speak (only) Serbian" is packaged in three flavors: Home, School and Business. cp6 was added to the list December 17, 2008.
Greenie is a user-friendly Ubuntu-based distribution optimized for use by Slovak and Czech-speaking users. Greenie joined the list with the release of v4i R3, dated March 14, 2009. Greenie 5j was released June 10, 2009. Greenie 7.1L was released August 21, 2010.
- Pingo Linux
Pingo Linux is a Slovenian Linux distribution intended for a complete home desktop, including office tools, system administration utilities and full multimedia support. The packaging is RPM based. Historically, it started as an offspring of Red Hat Linux and is currently based on Fedora Core. The distribution is intensively localized in the Slovenian language and provides the KDE desktop as the default environment. Pingo is installed as second boot system on computers provided by the Ministry of education in Slovenian schools, giving it a base of 12,000 users. The distribution is accompanied with printed books aimed at the novice user. From its beginnings in 1999, this free distribution regularly releases one to two upgrades per year. Pingo activists are organizing well attended Install Fests all over Slovenia. Pingo v4.1 was released October 15, 2005.
- Impi Linux
Impi Linux is a South African company that develops, releases, supports and maintains the ImpiLinux operating system. It is also the official representative of Ubuntu and the official Ubuntu support provider in Africa. The folks at Impi will build and support customized desktop systems. Impi Linux 7.05 was released May 7, 2007.
- ASLinux Desktop
Activa Sistemas presents ASLinux Desktop, a desktop-oriented distribution based on Debian Sarge. Unlike the Debian base, however, ASLinux restricts itself to one application for each task, simplifying the choices faced by users. Version 1.0 was released December 1, 2003. Version 2.0 was released February 10, 2005. ASLinux Desktop 2.0 was released May 31, 2005. ASLinux Desktop 4.0 will be available in 2009.
Càtix is a Debian-based live DVD designed for speakers of the Catalan language. Version 1.2 was released October 24, 2005. Càtix 1.4.1 was released February 6, 2009. Càtix 1.5 (with KDE 3) and 1.6 (with KDE 4) were released January 17, 2010.
Guadalinex is a Debian based distribution for the Andalusia area of Spain. Ubuntu-based Guadalinex 2005 was released October 2005. Version 4.1 was released November 23, 2007. Guadalinex 5.0 was released November 11, 2008. Guadalinex V6 is based on Ubuntu Jaunty Jackalope 9.04. V6 was released June 22, 2009. GUADALINEX V7 was released July 6, 2010.
Developed by the Extremadura Regional Government, gnuLinEx is a Debian based distribution, using GNOME. gnuLinEx forms part of a wider regional project which aims at promoting the Information Society in order to improve citizens' quality of life. gnuLinEx2004 was released in August 2004. A "live CD" edition of gnuLinEx 2004 was released October 30, 2004. gnuLinEx 2006 was released June 19, 2006. Debian Lenny (5.0) based gnuLinEx 0.5-2 was released January 9, 2009.
HispaFuentes is a Red Hat compatible distribution. Version 8.0 contains Ximian 1.4, KDE 2.1, CUPS and much more. Version 9.0 is Debian based, released March 2004. Appeared to be current on April 16, 2009.
LliureX is an Ubuntu-based educational distribution developed by the Council of Culture, Education and Sport at the Municipality of Valencia in Spain. Version 9.09 was released September 23, 2009.
MoLinux is a distribution developed by the regional government of Castilla la Mancha in Spain for use in the region's government offices and schools. Early versions were based on Debian, and later Progeny. Version 1.2 "Dulcinea", released June 16, 2005 is Ubuntu-based. Molinux 3.0 (Aldonza) (based on Ubuntu Feisty) was released June 19, 2007. MoLinux 3.2 (based on Ubuntu Gutsy) was released December 2, 2007. Molinux 4.2 Toboso was released December 31, 2008. Molinux 5.0 "Dorotea" was released June 24, 2009. Molinux Netbook 5.0 was released November 30, 2009. Molinux 5.2 was released January 25, 2010. Molinux 6.0 was released June 23, 2010.
ExTiX is a live CD supporting English and Swedish, created by Arne Exton. Arne has created several other Swedish localized live Linux CDs: KNOPPIX-EXTON v3.7, KNOPPIX-EXTON Gnome Version, PCLinuxOS-EXTON p8.1a, Adios-EXTON v4.10 and EXTON-Slack v10.1. ExTiX was at v1.4 when this entry was added April 11, 2005. While previous versions of ExTiX were based on KNOPPIX/Debian, version 6.0 is based on the Swiss Linux System paldo. paldo is a Upkg driven GNU/Linux distribution. It's kind of a mix of a source and a binary distribution. Even though it builds packages like a source distribution it provides binary packages. ExTiX 7.0 was released in July 2009.
- B2D Linux
B2D is a Debian-based Linux distribution developed in Taiwan, with user environment and read/write support for traditional Chinese. B2D joined the list with the release of V20060502. B2DpureKGB20061226 (2006stable) was released December 26, 2006. Based on Ubuntu 8.04, B2D-pure KGubuntu 2 was released June 2, 2008.
- Linpus Linux
Linpus Professional Linux Services started out with an embedded distribution, which was originally based on uClinux. Linpus has branched out and offers a Desktop, Server and Media Center editions as well as the Lite LiveCD. Linpus Linux 9.5 was the current version in February 2008. Fedora based Linpus Linux Lite 1.3 for netbooks was released March 2, 2010.
GRANDLINUX 5.0 seems to be the most recent version (as of March 2004). They are/were an IBM Business Partner. As of April 20, 2009 this appears to be a Thai localized Clark Connect with the latest version based on ClarkConnect 4.0 beta #3.
The OpenTLE (Thai Linux Extension) seems to be a good place for finding open source applications localized in Thai. LinuxTLE 5.5 (Samila) was released February 4, 2004. Linux TLE 5.5 Live CD with Gnome 2.6 was released April 26, 2004. LinuxTLE 9.0 "Hua-Hin" was released February 11, 2008.
- Phayoune Secure Linux
Phayoune-Desktop 0.0.11 was the most recent version when it was added to list July 8, 2002. The site appears current as of November 2005, with a firewall, web server, thin clients and embedded Linux products. As of April 20, 2009 this site was home to Phayoune ISOFlash Linux, a live CD with KDE 3.5.8, based on Linux From Scratch.
SUTLinux provides a Thai localized version of Ubuntu. The current version was based on Ubuntu 8.10 64 bit Server, released January 12, 2009 when this entry was added (June 9, 2009).
Pardus funded and developed by the Scientific & Technological Research Council of Turkey. Version 1.0 features a KDE 3.5 desktop localized in Turkish. Also available in English, Spanish, German and Dutch. Pardus 2007 was released December 18, 2006. Pardus 2007.2 "Caracal caracal", released July 11, 2007, is available in French, Italian, Catalan, Turkish, English, Spanish, German, Dutch and Brazilian Portuguese. Pardus 2008 was released June 29, 2008. Pardus 2008.1 Hyaena Hyaena was released September 15, 2008. Pardus 2008.2 Canis aureus was released January 30, 2009. Pardus 2009 was released July 17, 2009. Pardus 2009.1 "Anthropoides virgo" was released January 15, 2010. Pardus 2009.2 was released June 3, 2010.
- Canaima GNU/Linux
Canaima is a Venezuelan desktop Linux distribution designed primarily for the country's government and schools, based on Debian GNU/Linux. Version 2.0 is based on Debian 5.0 (lenny). Canaima GNU/Linux 2.0.1 was released May 5, 2009.
- Hacao Linux
Hacao Linux started out as Puppy Linux translated to Vietnamese. The distribution remains lightweight, capable of running on low-end hardware and is entirely localized into Vietnamese. Hacao 4.21 was released May 31, 2009.
- Arabeyes Project
Arabeyes is a Meta project that is aimed at fully supporting the Arabic language in the Unix/Linux environment. It is designed to be a central location to standardize the Arabization process. Arabeyes relies on voluntary contributions by computer professionals and enthusiasts all over the world.
Asianux is a joint effort by Japan's Miracle Linux and China's Red Flag Linux. Korea's Haansoft Inc. joined the project before the 2.0 release. Developed at Oracle's China Development Center in Beijing, the Asianux system is an effort to develop and standardize a common Asian Linux kernel, libraries and packages. The Asianux partnership also acts as a certification body for hardware and software that is intended to run on the new Asian Linux kernel. Asianux partners will use this core for their latest releases, bundling Asianux with localized features for each particular market. Asianux 1.0 was released March 31, 2004. Asianux 3.0 was released September 24, 2007. As of December 17, 2008 Asianux has five partners, the three mentioned above have been joined by VietSoftware from Vietnam and WTEC of Thailand.
- Chinese Linux Extension
Fedora Taiwan The CLE website is mostly in Chinese. Localized versions of several distributions are available, along with pointers to sites like LinuxChineseHowto, and Chinese Linux Documentation Project. As of April 20, 2009 Fedora Taiwan provides Fedora and Red Hat with Chinese localization.
The Indian Linux Project was formed with the goal of creating a Linux distribution that supports Indian Languages at all levels. This Indianisation project will strive to bring the benefits of Information Technology down to the Indian masses. We want to make technology accessible to the majority of India that does not speak English. Efforts are underway in Hindi, Punjabi, Oriya and Telugu, with more teams working on Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi and Tamil. A Rangoli live CD is available. As of April 20, 2009 teams were working on Hindi, Oriya, Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Maithili, Malayalam, Marathi, Punjabi, Tamil and Telugu, Dzongkha (Bhutan), Nepali (Nepal) , Sinhala (Sri Lanka), and Pan Localization.
- 2-Disk Xwindow embedded Linux
2-Disk Xwindow embedded Linux is provided by Mungkie Associates Inc., as a demonstration of the company's embedded appliance development environment. Disk 1 provides a minimal Linux base system with an X system implementation on a second disk. The 2-disk system is free for personal use, but restrictions apply to commercial usage. Default version 1.4rc802 was released November 6, 2002. Source code version 1.2.12 was released June 16, 2004. 1disk version 1.2.13 binary was released October 12, 2004. Version 2.0 was released May 6, 2006.
- Alpine Embedded Linux
Alpine is a modular embedded Linux distribution for use in small appliances such as routers, VPN gateways, and more. The name "Alpine" stands for A Linux Powered Integrated Network Engine. Gentoo-based Alpine can boot from floppy/usb/cf/cd/whatever, packages are pulled into RAM, and everything runs from RAM, just like the distributions found in LEAF. This makes for very fast application load times, and provides added security if the boot media is write-protected or removed. Alpine 1.7.19 (development), released July 2, 2008, was the current version when this entry was added (August 25, 2008). Alpine 1,8.1.1 was released March 6, 2009. Alpine 2.0.0 was released August 16, 2010.
Ångström was started by a small group of people who worked on the OpenEmbedded, OpenZaurus and OpenSimpad projects to unify their effort to make a stable and userfriendly distribution for embedded devices like handhelds, set top boxes and network-attached storage devices and more. Ångströ powers a number of devices such as this media player.
The Bifrost Network Project aims to find stability, performance, filter capabilities, administration, computer security, scalability and development possibilities of a Linux based streamlined router/firewall system. The hardware is basically a standard PC with two (or more) network interfaces (using preferably the Intel Tulip chip or an e1000 Gigabit card) and a 45 or 48 MB flash disk. The operating system is a modified, minimal and optimized Linux distribution, with the kernel configured for firewalling and routing. The filter which controls the firewall security policy, is part of the kernel code and can be configured via ipfwadm, ipchains or iptables.
- Blue Cat Embedded Linux
BlueCat Embedded Linux from LynuxWorks is an implementation of Linux for a wide range of embedded systems. Version 5.0 was released January 20, 2004. LynuxWorks added support for Portwell's PEB-2737 Embedded Computer Board in BlueCat 5.6, announced March 31, 2009.
DIET-PC (DIskless Embedded Technology Personal Computer) is a Do-It-Yourself open source thin client software kitset, allowing IT professionals to construct generic- or special-purpose thin clients using commodity x86 PC hardware. DIET-PC is based on an embedded Linux O/S running entirely in RAM, loaded over the network via TFTP. The O/S is fully self-contained and - except for the basic service protocol - communicates with its environment only by means of industry standard IP protocols, such that the Linux nature of the O/S is largely hidden from and irrelevant to the user. Technologies used include Etherboot, Linux kernel with ext2 initrd, devfs, Busybox, XFree86, RDesktop, TightVNC and Citrix ICA Client. An alpha version was released May 10, 2002. Version 2 was released April 4, 2005.
From German firm SYSGO Real-Time Solutions GMBH, ELinOS is an embedded Linux distribution for Industrial Applications. ELinOS v2.0 includes PowerPC-Support, Real-Time Extension RTAI, Linux Kernel v2.4 and more. V5.0 was released March 3, 2009.
- Embedded Debian
EmDebian (Embedded Debian) is a project to make Debian GNU/Linux a mainstream choice for embedded projects. Embedded Debian tries to strip Debian down to be a much smaller system whilst keeping all the good things. Emdebian GNU/Linux Grip 1.0 and Crush 1.0, both based on Debian 5.0 "lenny", were released February 14, 2009. Grip is binary compatible with lenny. Crush, the smallest Emdebian installation and only available for ARM, is not binary compatible with lenny. Emdebian Grip 1.0.1 was released September 6, 2010.
- Franki/Earlgrey Linux
Franki and Earlgrey Linux are proof-of-concept source-based Linux distributions whose configuration is controlled by a loosely-knit suite of scripts designed to produce utility toolchains, known as STUBS. Based around the uClibc library and busybox utilities, Earlgrey Linux boots from floppy or CD with iso- or sys-linux and hosts enough utilities in 4MB of RAM to replicate the ramdisk content on hard disk or run its own ('egp') installer to do the same; "Franki" Linux is merely the codename for the finished result. The first version we know of was 0.3.16, released Sepember 5, 2003. Earlgrey 0.9.5-2pre2 was released September 29, 2008.
Hackable:1 is a distribution for the OpenMoko Neo and other mobile devices. Hackable:1 is open to community contributions and is actively encouraging them. It is based on Debian and implements the GNOME mobile platform. Hackable:1 v2 was released December 17, 2008. Revision 4 (released May 5, 2009) offers phone functionality and sms plus a full PIM suite consisting of contacts, calendar and todo list manager, plus a timesheet time tracker application and more.
KaeilOS (formerly Klinux) is an Italian GNU/Linux embedded distribution for industrial applications from Koan Software. It includes an integrated development environment (IDE) and debugging instruments for embedded and real time systems. KaeilOS is based on kernel 2.6.15 and 2.4.31. It supports the processor families x86, ARM, PPC. Version 2.0 was released in July 2004. The current version of KaeilOS was 4.0 as of April 23, 2009.
- LEAF (Linux Embedded Appliance Firewall)
LEAF (Linux Embedded Appliance Firewall) is an easy-to-use embedded Linux system that is meant for creating network appliances for use in small office, home office, and home automation environments. There are several branches of LEAF. Bering-uClibc 3.1.1 beta 2 was released February 15, 2009.
Here is a site dedicated to making available a Linux based system for the Motorla ColdFire processor family. The core is a port of the Micro-controller Linux (uC-Linux) kernel to the ColdFire processors. Additionally there is a growing number of ports of GNU/Linux utilities to the ColdFire. It is currently possible to build stable, complete, fully functional, embedded, Linux systems using uClinux/ColdFire. uClinux/Coldfire uses the 2.6 kernel as of February 18, 2004. UClinux/Coldfire fully supports the Linux kernel 2.6 series as of October 14, 2005. As of July 17, 2007 uClinux/ColdFire is fully supported in the Linux kernel 2.6 series.
Mamona is an embedded Linux distribution for ARM EABI. The main goal of Mamona Project is to offer a completely open source alternative/experimental SDK package and flash image generation process for the Maemo Platform using only free and open source components. Mamona 0.1 was released November 15, 2007. Mamona Gentoo Overlay was released February 1, 2009.
Mer is a Linux operating system, built upon a thin base of Ubuntu Jaunty combined with the best open-source elements of Nokia's Maemo platform. The goals of Mer include: Improving and developing parts of Maemo that are of interest to the Maemo community. Making it easier to port existing desktop applications by hildonizing and adjusting them to the tablet form factor. Encouraging third party experimentation and development. Supporting tablet hardware no longer receiving updated OS software by Nokia. Making Maemo a generic platform for all tablet devices, including non-Nokia ones. Focusing Maemo community efforts in platform-related areas. Mer 0.12testing4 was released April 22,2009.
- MontaVista Linux
Once known as Hard Hat Linux this embedded distribution from MontaVista, Inc., provides a cross development platform and a set of tool kits designed specifically for embedded solutions along with a Linux platform. A long list of microprocessors are supported. Renamed MontaVista Linux with the release of v2.1 on January 29, 2002. MontaVista Linux now comes in Professional Edition, Carrier Grade Edition, and Consumer Electronics Edition. MontaVista Linux Carrier Grade Edition 4.0 was released May 16, 2005. MontaVista Linux Professional Edition 5.0 was released April 4, 2007. MontaVista Linux Carrier Grade Edition 5.0 was released November 21, 2007. MontaVista Linux 6 was released May 12, 2009. MontaVista was acquired by Cavium Networks, finalized December 18, 2009.
NexusWare is a Carrier-Grade Linux (CGL) registered distribution that provides a full operating system on Performance Technologies' hardware platforms, as well as a robust application development environment that is tightly coupled to Performance Technologies' broad range of COTS embedded hardware solutions.
OpenEmbedded is a full-featured development environment allowing users to target operating systems and complete distributions to a wide variety of (embedded) devices. OpenEmbedded uses compilation and configuration caching at most levels to increase developer productivity.
The OpenEZX project is a collaborative effort to collect information about Motorola's EZX GSM phone platform and run Linux on it.
Openmoko distributions are designed to run on various mobile devices, with the primary aim of Openmoko Inc.'s Neo 1973 and Neo FreeRunner phones. They are similar to Linux distributions; complete operating systems with user applications. You can install any of them on your phone or even have a multiboot system with two distributions installed. Current versions include Om 2007.2 (GTK), Om 2008.8 (Qtopia) and FSO - FreeSmartphone.Org. This entry was added August 15, 2008.
Poky is an embedded Linux build system, distribution and developer environment which builds upon OpenEmbedded technologies. Poky's focus is purely on building stable optimised GNOME Embedded type platforms (X11/Matchbox/GTK+) together with a streamlined system layer and cross development environment. Poky was added to the list with the release of v3.0-blinky on August 1, 2007. Poky 3.1.1 was released June 11, 2008. Poky belongs to OpenedHand which was acquired by Intel, announced August 29, 2008.
FSMLabs makes RTLinux, providing hard real-time solutions.
SansaLinux is port of iPodLinux for the Sandisk Sansa e200 MP3player series. It is useable only with the original e200 series, but not with the V2 models. Sansalinux comes with a bootloader, a 2.4 Linux-kernel, a modified podzilla2 and some podzilla-plugins. It needs no repartitioning of the Sansa-flash. It runs directly from an ext2 loop-filesystem which is stored on the FAT-filesystem. Added to the list April 8, 2008.
The Linux/Microcontroller project is a port of Linux to systems without a Memory Management Unit (MMU). Pronounced "you-see-linux", the name uClinux comes from combining the greek letter "mu" and the english capital "C". "Mu" stands for "micro", and the "C" is for "controller". uClinux was first ported to the Motorola MC68328: DragonBall Integrated Microprocessor. The first target system to successfully boot is the 3Com PalmPilot using a TRG SuperPilot Board with a custom boot-loader created specifically for our Linux/PalmPilot port. Version 20020701 was initially released on Freshmeat on July 16, 2002. V. test-20051209 was released January 4, 2006. uClinux v.20070130 was released January 30, 2007. Full Source Distribution 20080808 is available.
- Voyage Linux
Voyage Linux is Debian derived distribution that is best run on a x86-based embedded platforms such as WRAP and Soekris 45xx/48xx boards. It can also run on low-end x86 PC platforms. Typical installation requires 128MB disk space, although larger storage allows more packages to be installed. Voyage Linux is so small that it is best suitable for running a full-feature firewall, wireless access point, VoIP gateway and network storage device. Voyage Linux joined the list at version 0.3.1 (etch-based), released April 14, 2007. A beta version of the Debian-Lenny based VL0.6 was released September 4, 2008. Voyage Linux 0.6.1 was released February 19, 2009.
- Wind River Linux
Wind River provides commercial Linux solutions for embedded devices, real-time applications, and carrier grade applications. Wind River Linux 3.0 was the current version as of April 26, 2009.
TuxMobil is a good site for all things Linux on mobil computers, including handhelds, laptops, phones, etc.
- Astaro Security Linux
A firewall and VPN product. Available for free download but not completely open source. Version 2.033 was released April 25, 2003. Sun Cobalt: v 2.033 April 28, 2003. Stable 4.x (i386): v 4.031 was released February 28, 2006. Stable 5.x: 5.211 was released March 21, 2006. ASL v6.201 was released April 6, 2006. ASG V7.1 GA was released December 3, 2007. ASG V7.400 was released February 26, 2009. ASG 7.500 was released September 18, 2009. ASG 8 was released July 1, 2010.
BackTrack is the result of the merging of two Penetration Testing live Linux distributions, Auditor Security Linux and WHAX. BackTrack is based on SLAX (Slackware) and provides user modularity. This means the distribution can be easily customised by the user to include personal scripts, additional tools, customised kernels, and so on. The merger was introduced February 5, 2006. BackTrack v.1.0 Final was released May 26, 2006. BackTrack 2.0 Final was released March 7, 2007. BackTrack 3 was released June 19, 2008. Back Track FRHACK Edition alpha 1 was released September 3, 2009. BackTrack 4 was released January 11, 2010. BackTrack 4 R1 was released August 4, 2010.
CensorNet is a Debian-based Linux distribution must be installed on a dedicated machine with a minimum of two Ethernet adapters. The Console Configuration Tool is used to configure system settings and perform system maintenance, and the Web Administration Tool designed for day to day control of users, workstations and filtering rules. CensorNet 3.3 was the current version in April 2005. CensorNet Professional was available as Linux based software for self-installation, on a Dell powered hardware appliance or as a fully certified VMware virtual appliance as July 2009.
- Debian Hardened
Debian Hardened is a custom Debian distribution aimed at bringing high security to Debian GNU/Linux, with hardening features such as a hardened kernels and packages (Stack Smashing Protector + PIE compiled), the DHKP and linux entropy pool enhancements (and the LTRNG) for strong cryptography. Ubuntu Hardened is a related project.
- Endian Firewall Community
Endian Firewall Community is a "turn-key" Linux security distribution that turns every system into a full featured security appliance. The software has been designed with "usability in mind" and is very easy to install, use and manage, without losing its flexibility. This distribution was added to the list at version 2.1, released January 9, 2007. Endian Firewall Community 2.1.2 was released July 10, 2007. Version 2.2 was released May 28, 2009. Endian Firewall Community 2.4 was released May 26, 2010.
- Engarde Secure Linux
EnGarde is a secure distribution of Linux engineered from the ground-up to provide organizations with the level of security required to create a corporate Web presence or even conduct e-business on the Web. It can be used as a Web, DNS, e-mail, database, e-commerce, and general Internet server where security is a primary concern. Version 1.2 (Professional) was released June 28, 2002. Version 1.3 (Community Edition) was released April 28, 2003. EnGarde Secure Community 3.0.22 was released December 9, 2008.
The Euronode Project provides a set of distributions, originally based on Debian GNU/Linux Woody Release 2. Three distributions are available: Euronode Minimal Woody, Euronode Simple Firewall, and Euronode Advanced Firewall. The Debian Sarge based Euronode 6.1, with 2.6.13 Linux kernel, was released January 10, 2006. Euronode sells "Instant Software Appliances" as of July 2009.
Helix is a customized version of the Knoppix Live Linux CD with many applications dedicated to Incident Response and Forensics. Helix 1.7 was released March 7, 2006. Helix 1.9E was released July 31, 2007. Helix 2008R1 (2.0) was released September 22, 2008. Helix 2008 is based on Ubuntu.
Inquisitor is an open-source hardware testing and certification system, suitable for both enterprise and home use, customizable, modular and available in both serverless Live CD/DVD format and server-controlled network boot production system. It hails from Russia like its parent OS, Alt Linux. This entry was added August 18, 2008. Inquisitor v3.0 was released July 20, 2008. Inquisitor v3.1-beta2 was released October 20, 2009.
- IPCop Firewall
IPCop Firewall is a Linux firewall distro. It will be geared towards home and SOHO users. The difference with existing firewalls is that the IPCop interface will be very user-friendly and task-based. IPCop v0.1.1 was released January 17, 2002. Version 1.4.21 was released July 24, 2008. Development v1.9.6 was released July 7, 2009.
IPFire is a Linux distribution that focusses on easy setup, good handling and a high level of security. It is operable via an intuitive web interface. IPFire is maintained by experienced developers, who are really concerned about security and regulary updates to keep it secure. The project started in 2005 as an IPCop derivative, but the 2.x version moved to Linux From Scratch as its base. IPFire 2.7 was released July 2, 2010.
STD (security tools distribution) is a collection of hundreds if not thousands of open source security tools on a Live Linux CD. Its sole purpose in life is to put as many security tools at your disposal with as slick an interface as it can. The initial version, Knoppix-STD 0.1 CD, was released January 23, 2004.
- Live Hacking CD
The Live Hacking CD is packed with tools and utilities for ethical hacking, penetration testing and countermeasure verification. Based on Ubuntu this live CD/DVD runs directly from the CD/DVD and doesn't require installation on your hard-drive. Once booted you can use the included tools to test, check, ethically hack and perform penetration tests on your own network to make sure that it is secure from outside intruders. Live Hacking CD was added to the list February 16, 2010.
NetSecL is a Slackware based distribution with Grsecurity, chroot hardening, /tmp race prevention, extensive auditing and many other security features. Many scanners and sniffers are included to help keep your system secure. NetSecL joins the list with v2.1, released July 16, 2007. NetSecL 2.6 was released February 27, 2010. NetSecL 3.0 was released August 23, 2010.
- Network Security Toolkit (NST)
The Network Security Toolkit (NST), is a bootable ISO live CD is based on Fedora Core 2. The toolkit was designed to provide easy access to best-of-breed Open Source Network Security Applications and should run on most x86 platforms. NST also makes an excellent tool to help one with all sorts of crash recovery troubleshooting scenarios and situations. Version 1.2.3 was released September 5, 2005. Version 1.8.1 was released January 8, 2009. NST 2.11.0, based on Fedora 11, was released September 22, 2009.
nUbuntu aims to create an Ubuntu-derived distribution with a focus on security testing. The initial version, nUbuntu - SP2, was released January 6, 2006. nUbuntu Live was released January 17, 2006. nUbuntu 6.06 was released June 26, 2006. nUbuntu 8.12 "Instigating Insecurity" Beta was released December 16, 2008.
- Openwall GNU/Linux
Owl (Openwall GNU/*/Linux) is a small security-enhanced distribution for servers. Owl also makes a good base system for customized virtual machine images and embedded systems, and Owl live CDs with remote SSH access are good for recovering or installing systems (whether with Owl or not). A single Owl CD includes the full live system, installable packages, the installer program, as well as full source code and the build environment capable of rebuilding the entire system from source. Owl supports multiple architectures (x86, x86-64, SPARC, and Alpha) and offers some compatibility for packages developed for other Linux distributions. The primary approaches to security are proactive source code review, privilege reduction, privilege separation, careful selection of third-party software, safe defaults, and "hardening" to reduce the likelihood of successful exploitation of security flaws. The Owl 0.1-prerelease was released on May 11, 2001. Openwall GNU/*/Linux (Owl) 2.0 was released February 16, 2006. The latest images of OWL-current for x86 and x86-64 were generated on January 29, 2010.
REMnux is a lightweight Linux distribution for assisting malware analysts in reverse-engineering malicious software. The distribution is based on Ubuntu and is maintained by Lenny Zeltser. REMnux 1.0 was made available as a VMWare virtual machine image, released July 8, 2010.
SmoothWall was first released to the world in July 2000 as a hardened internet firewall device. Products include Smoothwall Server and Smoothwall GPL, renamed Smoothwall Express. Smoothwall GPL 1.0 was released December 10, 2002. Smoothwall Express 2.0 was released December 17, 2003. SmoothWall Express 2.0 SP1 (stable update) was released December 22, 2006. SmoothWall Express 3.0 "Polar" was released August 22, 2007. Update 5 for Express 3.0 was released September 2, 2009.
- Tin Hat
Tin Hat is a Linux distribution derived from hardened Gentoo which aims to provide a very secure, stable and fast Desktop environment that lives purely in RAM. Tin Hat boots from CD, or optionally a pen drive, but it is not a LiveCD. It does not mount any file system from CD via unionfs or otherwise. Rather, Tin Hat is a massive image (approx. 2.3GB) which loads into tmpfs upon booting. One pays the prices of long boot times (5 minutes off CD, 2 minutes off pen drives), but the advantage afterwords is that there are no delays going back to the CD when starting applications. Needless to say, this has some rather extreme advantages and disadvantages, making Tin Hat a rather particular distribution. Tin Hat was added to the list with the release of 20080830. Tin Hat 20100901 is out.
- Ubuntu Privacy Remix
The Ubuntu Privacy Remix is a modified Live-CD based on Ubuntu Linux. UPR is not intended for permanent installation on hard disk. The goal of Ubuntu Privacy Remix is to provide an isolated, working environment where private data can be dealt with safely. The system installed on the computer running UPR remains untouched. The first stable version (8.04r1) was released December 4, 2008. UPR v8.04_r2 was released December 22, 2008. UPR 9.04r4 was released September 9, 2010. UPR 10.04 RC1 was released September 8, 2010.
- Ubuntu Rescue Remix
Ubuntu Rescue Remix is a GNU/Linux live system which runs from CD or USB flash device. It provides the data recovery specialist with a command-line interface environment equipped with the best free-libre, open source data recovery and forensics tools available. URR joined the list with the release of version 10.04 (April 29, 2010). All the distributions listed in this category are specialized for a particular task. Most of them are small, since limiting the functionally can also limit the size. However there are some Special Purpose distributions listed here that are not small.
- 64 Studio
64 Studio is developing a collection of software for digital content creation on x86_64 hardware (that's AMD's 64-bit CPUs and Intel's EM64T chips). It's based on the pure 64 port of Debian GNU/Linux, but with a specialized package selection and lots of other customizations. 64 Studio 1.1.0 was released January 11, 2007. Development release 1.4.0 was announced May 22, 2007. 64 Studio 2.0 'Electric' was released July 27, 2007. 64 Studio 2.1 'A Minha Menina' was released June 9, 2008.
- ABC GNU/Linux
ABC GNU/Linux is an Ubuntu based distribution for building Beowulf clusters. It can be initated from a live DVD or from a disk installation and can be used to automatically configure other machines in the cluster.
- Adriane Knoppix
Adriane Knoppix aims to be an easy-to-use desktop system, which can be used entirely without vision oriented output devices, suitable for blind or visually impaired people with few or no computer skills. The live CD can be installed to a hard drive and provides access to standard Internet services like email, www, chat, and using mobile phone extension services like SMS and MMS (over the user's own mobile phone via bluetooth). Klaus Knopper, creator of Knoppix, and his visually impaired wife Adriane are the principle developers. ADRIANE is also an acronym for Audio Desktop Reference Implementation and Networking Environment. ADRIANE 1.2 was released November 17, 2009.
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aLinux is a Professional Linux Operating System (700MB) designed for ease of use and sports a visually stunning Graphical User Interface, while maintaining a level of sophistication that experienced linux users can appreciate. Formerly known as Peanut Linux when v12.1 was released February 23, 2005. The name was changed to aLinux and version 12.2 was released March 24, 2005. Version 12.8 was released July 31, 2006. aLinux 14.0 was released June 1, 2010.
- amaroK Live CD
The amaroK Live CD was developed as a way to demonstrate the features of the amaroK music player, not as a complete system. It is based on the KDE-centric PCLinuxOS. Version 1.3 was released October 3, 2005. Amarok 2.3 Beta 1 was released February 14, 2010.
Android is a Linux OS developed by Google, for use in phones and other small devices. Android 1.5 (Cupcake) was released April 30, 2009. Android 2.2 (Froyo) was released May 20, 2010.
APODIO is a Mandriva based distribution containing audio, text-friendly, graphic and video tools. It can be used as a liveCD or be installed on a partition of your hard disk. Version 4.3.6 was released May 11, 2006. Version 4.3.9 test was released July 28, 2006. APODIO 6.07-beta was released January 2, 2010.
ArcheOS is short for Archeological Operating System. It is a live CD GNU/Linux distribution built for archaeological aims and based on PCLinuxOS. ArcheOS is developed following the Oparc project guidelines and it's released under the General Public License (GPL). ArcheOS Akhenaton v1.0.1 was the current version when this entry was added, January 9, 2006. ArcheOS v 1.1.6 was released June 27, 2006. ArcheOS v 2.0.0 was released February 19, 2008. ArcheOS v 3.0.0 was released March 12, 2009.
ArtistX is a live DVD which turns a computer into a full multimedia production studio. It is based on Debian GNU/Linux and contains nearly all the available free audio, 2D and 3D graphics, and video software for the GNU/Linux computing platform. It doesn't need to be installed, and boots directly into a running system without touching hard drives. The files produced with ArtistX can be easily stored on USB devices or CD/DVD medium while it is running. ArtistX joined the list with its 0.3 release, April 2, 2007. ArtistX 0.8 was released February 2, 2010. ArtistX 0.9 was released August 28, 2010.
- Asterisk Live! CD
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Asterisk PBX is Linux based, open source PBX software that provides voice over IP in three protocols and is interoperable with most standards-based telephony equipment using comparatively inexpensive hardware. If you want to play around with Asterisk check out this distribution which is available as a Live CD and a Compact Flash install. The Getting Started With Asterisk guide provides an excellent starting point.
AsteriskNOW is an open source Software Appliance; a customized Linux distribution that includes Asterisk (an open source telephony engine and tool kit), the AsteriskGUI, and all other software needed for an Asterisk system. AsteriskNOW aims to be easy to install, flexible, functional and featurful. AsteriskNOW joined the list with the release of v1.5.0 (based on CentOS 5.3), dated April 1, 2009.
- AV Linux
AV Linux 3.0 is a LiveDVD ISO image that is a self-contained, full-featured computer Operating System. It was created using the Debian GNU/Linux Testing branch and Remastersys. If the user desires it can be installed to the Hard Drive either on it's own or "dual-boot" with an existing Windows or Linux OS. Once installed AV Linux transforms the users computer into a full-blown Audio/Video Workstation ready to use. The User Interface features the very lightweight and efficient LXDE 0.5.0 Desktop Environment. Its program selection covers most every common everyday computer tasks, including a full complement of the best F/OSS Multimedia Applications available allowing users to enjoy Multitrack Audio Recording and Mixing, Video Capturing, Editing and Converting, DVD Authoring and Creation, iPod Tools and much more. AV Linux also contains Hard Drive utilities making it an excellent troubleshooting and rescue solution. AV Linux joined the list with the release of 3.0R1 (revision 1) dated January 15, 2010. AV Linux 4.0 was released June 13. 2010.
- BG-Rescue Linux
BG-Rescue Linux is a Busybox 0.60.5 and uClibc 0.9.19 based rescue system with kernel 2.4.21. It is loaded either from two floppy disks or from one 2.8MB El Torito CD. The system runs entirely in RAM. It joins the list at version 0.1.2, released July 12, 2003. Version 0.4.1 was released March 2, 2005. Version 0.9.1 was released April 2, 2008.
Bio-Linux is based on the Debian GNU/Linux distribution. Bioinformatics-related customisations include the inclusion of a large number of bioinformatics programs and programming libraries, the addition of graphical menus for much of the bioinformatics software, and links from the desktop to key documentation and applications. The system also includes a comprehensive, categorised and searchable documentation system for bioinformatics software. The Bio-Linux project began in 2002 and was designed as a mechanism to deploy bioinformatics and data management software on a powerful computing platform to researchers funded by the NERC Environmental Genomics Thematic Programme. Bio-Linux version 1.0 was released in 2002 and the latest version, Bio-Linux 4.0 was released January 5, 2005. A live DVD version was released November 2005. Version 1.3 of the live DVD was released July, 19 2006. Bio-Linux 5.0.7 was released January 12, 2010.
CAELinux is a live DVD distribution for Computer Aided Engineering. It is based on PCLinuxOS 2007 and incorporates the open source CAE applications Salomé and Code_Aster. CAElinux 2008 was released April 18, 2008. CAElinux 2009 was released June 22, 2009.
- Chromium OS
Chromium OS is an open-source project that aims to build an operating system that provides a fast, simple, and more secure computing experience for people who spend most of their time on the web. All apps are web apps. The entire experience takes place within the browser and there are no conventional desktop applications. Each app is contained within a security sandbox. The source was first released November 19, 2009.
- Clonezilla Live
The Free Software Lab at the NCHC has combined Debian Live with Clonezilla to produce "Clonezilla Live," a live CD that can be used to easily clone individual machines. The primary benefit of Clonezilla Live is that it eliminates the need to set up a DRBL server ahead of time and the need for the computer being cloned to boot from a network. Clonezilla Live can be used to clone individual computers using a CD/DVD or USB flash drive. Though the image size is limited by the boot media's storage capacity, this problem can be eliminated by using a network filesystem such as sshfs or samba. Clonezilla live 1.2.1-53 (stable) was released April 7, 2009. Clonezilla live 1.2.5-35 (stable) was released July 27, 2010.
- Compact Flash Linux Project
The Compact Flash Linux Project is a Linux distribution designed to run on a compact flash card in read-only mode. It is as small as possible, and currently needs around 14 MB. It includes OpenSSH, quagga, iptables, hostap, madwifi, wireless-tools, pppoe, tcpdump, bridge-utils, and more. The initial release was v0.1.1, dated January 8, 2004. cflinux-1.0p2.img was released August 13, 2006. cflinux-1.0p13.img was released March 17, 2008.
- Damn Vulnerable Linux
Damn Vulnerable Linux (DVL) is a live CD packed with broken, ill-configured, outdated, and exploitable software that makes it vulnerable to attacks. DVL isn't built to run on your desktop - it's a learning tool for security students. DVL is designed to be as vulnerable as possible, to teach topics such as reverse code engineering, buffer overflows, shellcode development, Web exploitation, and SQL injection. DVL was added to the list July 19, 2010.
Debian-Med is an internal Debian project to support tasks of people in medical care. The goal of Debian-Med is to build a a complete system for all tasks in medical care, using only free software. Version 5.0 was released February 15, 2009.
DietLinux is a dietlibc-based Linux distribution. The initial version, 0.1, was released May 16, 2003. Version 0.2-pre0 was released January 31, 2005.
- DNA Linux
DNA Linux is a live Linux distribution with bioinformatics software preloaded. It is for people who find it hard to install EMBOSS, Primer3, BLAST, and other bioinformatics software or who want to have a test system for class or demonstration purposes. The first public version was 0.13, released January 31, 2004. Version 0.592, based on SLAX 5.10, was released April 18, 2006.
- Easy Peasy
Easy Peasy, formerly Ubuntu Eee, is an Ubuntu based distribution for netbooks and the Asus Eee PC. It uses the Netbook Remix interface, favoring the best software available, which may not be open source. Easy Peasy was added to the list February 4, 2009. Easy Peasy 1.1 was released April 22, 2009. Easypeasy 1.5 was released September 8, 2009. EasyPeasy 1.6 was released April 26, 2010.
EeeDora is a Fedora based distribution for the Asus eeePC. The current version was 2008-01-25_12h58m (spun from Fedora 8) when the entry was added; January 29, 2008.
eeeXubuntu is a custom version of the Xubuntu 7.10 Live CD for the Eee PC. It comes with fully-integrated hardware support, including native wireless drivers, functioning Ethernet support, tweaks for low-resolution desktop environments, and other miscellaneous fixes. Wherever possible, these changes are incorporated using custom .deb packages rather than spewing assorted files all over post-install. A broader goal of this project is to assist the Ubuntu community in supporting the eeePC hardware, with an eye towards other Dynabook-like form factors like Everex's Cloudbook and the OLPC XO-1. This entry was added to the list June 26, 2008, when the current version was release 3.
Element is an Ubuntu-based operating system for Home Theater or Media Center Personal Computers designed to be connected to your HDTV for a digital media and internet experience within the comforts of your own living room or entertainment area. Element comes stacked with the software you need to manage your music, videos, photos, and internet media. Also included are a variety of applications that provide many of the same functions as your desktop PC, from web browsing to instant messaging and playing games. Element 1.0 was released February 16, 2010. Element 1.4 was released September 1, 2010.
Elive is based on Debian 'etch'. It's a live CD featuring the Enlightenment window manager. Elive also supports a hard disk install. Version 0.4.2 was released March 4, 2006. Elive 1.0 was released July 5, 2007. Elive development version 1.5.0 featured some big changes, including a completely rewritten boot system and an update to Debian Lenny. It was released January 18, 2008. Elive 1.9.42-compiz development was released September 4, 2009. Elive development version 1.9.60 was released February 2, 2010. Elive stable 2.0 was released March 3, 2010.
Ewrt is a Linux distribution for the Linksys WRT54G that was forked from the Linksys and Sveasoft code bases. It is designed to meet the needs of open wireless network operators by providing a captive portal based on NoCatSplash and large-scale management functionality on a stable and low-cost platform. The first public release, version 0.2 beta1, became available April 27, 2004. Ewrt-0.4 was released March 2006.
Excelixis is a derivative of Xubuntu, which comes with several development tools and environments (such as Eclipse, NetBeans, Lazarus, Apache web server, MySQL) pre-installed and some applications (screenlets, cairo-dock) to make it more appealing to the eye. The initial release was based on Xubuntu 8.04.
Exherbo is a distribution designed for people who know what they're doing with Linux. It is inspired in many places by Gentoo -- in particular, it supports flexible source-based installation with up-front configuration. Exherbo is not ready for prime time, it's a place for developers to experiment. Expect things to be broken. Added to the list May 21, 2008.
EZWebPC is a thin client Linux distribution and administrative interface, from LiveKiosk. The distribution runs as a live CD or flash disk. EZWebPC v. 1.4.2 is available for download.
FAN (Fully Automated Nagios) aims to provide a CD based on CentOS in order to simplify installation of Nagios and other Nagios tools. Tools installed by FAN are: Linux, MySQL, Nagios, Nagios Plugins, NaReTo, NagVis, Centreon, Net-SNMP and NDOUtils. FAN was added to the list with the release of version 0.3 on May 27, 2008.
FemtoLinux is optimized for real-time embedded systems. Its design goal is a low system call and interrupt-to-application latency and overhead, achieved by running critical Linux applications in kernel mode. As of July 2010 FemtoLinux was available for ARM, with MIPS and PowerPC in the works.
FireCast is a Linux-based software suite for building and managing interactive kiosk networks. It is designed for use with standard PC hardware, and bundles a tamper-resistant kiosk environment, customizable user interface, Web browser, and full multimedia support with a plug- and-play Linux operating system. It also includes a complete set of Web- based remote management and advertising control tools for scheduling content, monitoring device status, and creating and tracking ad campaigns. It requires no prior knowledge of Linux, and uses a familiar graphical interface for all administrative functions. This is a proprietary package, with a free trial.
- Firenet mini linux
Firenet mini linux contains busybox and a Linux kernel. No other binary files are included. It supports inetd, telnetd, httpd, devfsd, networking, dhcpd, and more. The system uses busybox's init and implements a Debian-style SysV-init boot script, which is helpful when adding a new system service. The system is also a good example of using busybox in an embedded system. The initial public release of Firenet, version 0.1, was released November 23, 2003.
- Firmware Linux
Firmware Linux is build system that produces a bootable single file linux system for various hardware platforms. Along the way, the build produces a relocatable cross compiler for the target hardware, and also a native build environment. Development on Firmware Linux began in August 2006. Version 0.2.0 was released March 6, 2007. Version 0.3.1 was released January 29, 2008.
- Flash Linux
Flash Linux is a customised Linux distribution based on Gentoo Linux, designed to be run directly off a USB key or other (similar) forms of bootable flash memory. It should work within the contraints of 256Mb of (flash) memory although larger devices may also be used. Flash Linux release 0.3.1 became available November 27, 2004. FlashLinux 0.3.4 was released February 9, 2005.
FREEEEE is a 100% Free Software GNU/Linux for Eee, brought to you by BLAG and dyne, FREEEEE turns your EeePC into a multi-media box. It comes as live USB image; just copy the image to a USB stick and boot your Eee. FREEEEE-200809250135.ext2 was the initial version; added to the list September 30, 2008.
- FreeMed Live
The FreeMed Software Foundation has a live CD, based on Kubuntu 5.04 (Hoary) with FreeMED 0.8.0 and REMITT 0.3 configured for test use. Version 0.1 was released September 29, 2005. FreeMED 0.8.3 was released August 11, 2006.
Gamix is Mandriva-based Linux build that facilitates the creation of boot CDs so developers may create Gamix versions of their original software. Basesystem Beta 3 was released January 22, 2007.
GeeXboX is a standalone media player Linux distribution, similar to MoviX. It's a small bootable CD which allows you to play your favorites video (DivX, XviD, FFMpeg, MPEG 1/2, VCD, DVD, OggMedia, Windows Media, RealMedia, etc.) and audio (MP3, Audio CD, Ogg/Vorbis, etc.) files. It is based on MPlayer, and can be used on every x86 computer. It supports TV-out for various cards such as S3, nVidia, and ATI. A bootable ISO is available, but it's easy to modify the sources to build your own GeeXboX or even to install it on a HDD or USB Key or to boot from network via PXE. It also supports networking, TV tuners and WiFi cards. The initial public release of version 0.90-1 was made available May 17, 2003. GeeXboX 1.1 was released July 1, 2007. GeeXboX 1.2.3 was released July 10, 2009. GeeXboX 2.0-alpha2 was released March 13, 2010.
GENDIST (the Linux Distribution Generator) allows you to create your own special mini-distribution. It creates a makefile-based build system for your distribution, and helps you to automate the following three tasks: maintaining your root filesystem, maintaining your "CD filesystem" (in case you create a bootable CD), and packaging everything on media. GENDIST 1.6.0 (Stable) was released September 14, 2003.
GentooX is Gentoo for the XBox. Gentoox Pro v3.0, Gentoox Home v5.0, Gentoox Sparkle v2.0, Gentoox Resctoox v4.0 were all released July 4, 2006. Resctoox v5.1 was released August 1, 2006. Gentoox Pro v4.1 was released August 21, 2006. Gentoox Home v6.1 was released August 23, 2006. Home edition was upgraded to v7.0, Pro to v5.0, Resctoox to v6.0 and Sparkle to v4.0 sometime in late January 2009.
- GhostWriter LiveCD
The GhostWriter LiveCD is a Slax-based Linux system for writers. It comes with a help browser; the LyX word-processor; templates for novels, screenplays, articles, and letters; a PDF viewer to check your work; and The Gimp to create illustrations. LyX exports text, LaTeX, PDF, and PostScript -- all publishing industry standards. And you can use the PDFs to print your work on any machine that has Adobe Acrobat. The current version was 0.2.3 when this entry was added to the list, January 18, 2006. Version 0.2.5 was released June 6, 2006. More GPL free software can be found at Billy-Bob Ming.
Glendix combines the Linux kernel with the Plan9 user space. The name of this project is derived from the two words 'Glenda' and 'Tux'. Glenda the rabbit is the mascot of the Plan 9 operating system, while Tux the penguin is the mascot for the Linux kernel. Read more (PDF).
GoboLinux is an alternative Linux distribution that redefines the entire filesystem hierarchy. Package management is performed through the directory layout itself by storing each program in its own /Programs/[AppName]/[Version] directory. GoboLinux joins the list at version 007, released on October 25, 2003. GoboLinux 013 was released November 3, 2006. GoboLinux 014 was released January 1, 2008. GoboLinux 014.01 was released April 2, 2008.
- GParted LiveCD
The GParted Live CD puts the power and simplicity of GParted on a business card sized Live CD. The CD aims to be fast, small in size, and use minimal resources to get that disk partitioned the way you want it. GParted LiveCD is based on Slackware Linux and uses Xfree86's Xvesa, the lightweight Fluxbox window manager, and the lastest 2.6 Linux Kernel. Version 0.1 was released January 12, 2006. GParted-Clonezilla LiveCD is a multi-boot live CD, made available in March 2007. GPARTED-CLONEZILLA LiveCD 2.3, released December 17, 2007, was last release to include clonezilla. GParted 0.3.9 was released September 12, 2008. GParted-live 0.3.9-13 was released NovOctober 28, 2008. gparted 0.4.5 was released May 8, 2009.
- Grafpup Linux
Grafpup Linux is a desktop operating system with a focus on providing a complete and stable workflow for digital imaging professionals and graphic artists in a very compact package. It runs as a live CD while allowing for persistent storage for your data and a nice package management system for addon software. Packages can even be installed when running the OS from the live CD and will remain there when you reboot. It can also installed on a USB thumbdrive or hard disk. It's based on Puppy Linux, and includes packages like, GIMP, Inkscape, Scribus, Cinepaint and more, while keeping the size of the CD to around 75MB. Grafpup was added to the list January 18, 2006, when the current version was 1.0.1. Grafpup_standard-1.0.2 was released February 12, 2006. Grafpup-104 was released June 19, 2006. Grafpup-2.0 was released June 2, 2007.
Ichthux is an operating system aimed at Christian users. It is based on Kubuntu with addition software for bible study and other Christian programs and settings. Ichthux 6.09 "Amazing Grace" was released in September 2006.
JackLab is a noncommercial private initiative, supervised by volunteers. It aims to add media and music software as an extension to openSUSE. JackLab was added to the list January 17, 2006. JackLab Audio Distribution 1.0 alpha3 was released April 27, 2007. JAD 1.0 was released September 15, 2007.
Jolicloud is an Internet operating system for the netbook. It combines the two driving forces of the modern computing industry: the open source and the open web. Jolicloud transforms your netbook into a sophisticated web device that taps into the cloud to expand your computing possibilities. Jolicloud joined the list with the second alpha version, which was released June 26, 2009. Jolicloud Pre-Final was released March 29, 2010. Jolicloud 1.0 was announced July 9, 2010.
Kaboot provides bootable ISO images for the creation of live CDs and USB devices. This Gentoo-based distribution currently comes in four flavors, Recovery, Lite, Science and Kaboot Komplete for a full-featured KDE desktop. Kaboot was added to the list February 21, 2006.
KnoppMyth combines Knoppix and MythTV to provide an easy-to-use TV settop box using Linux. KnoppMyth R5F27 was released September 9, 2007.
The Kororaa project is a way of installing Gentoo Linux easily and quickly, similar to Gentoo's "Stage3 with GRP packages" install. A live CD showcasing Xgl technology was released March 8, 2006. Kororaa Xgl Live CD 0.2 was released April 6, 2006. Kororaa AIGLXgl 0.3 Live CD was released October 3, 2006.
- Kuki Linux
Kuki Linux is a lightweight Ubuntu-based Linux distribution founded by João Ferro (leak), built to be a replacement for the Linpus Lite distribution on the Acer Aspire One. Kuki should work on other Intel Atom powered netbooks. It uses XFCE 4.6 as a window manager and features lightweight software and all the fixes to allow the Acer Aspire One to work as well as possible. The Kuki project was founded on October 21, 2008.
Lintrack is a small, easy to configure and highly integrated GNU/Linux distribution for routers, firewalls, network access servers, content filters and more. It is targeted especially to small and medium-sized wireless Internet service providers. Lintrack 2.0 "Hockenheim", released October 15, 2006, was the current version when this entry was added to the list.
LinuxConsole is a "live" Linux distribution that comes from France. You can boot it from CD, HD, USB, or PXE. There is a "core" ISO image (55MB), with all the drivers (3D and ADSL included) needed to install it or just try it. LinuxConsole joins the list at version 0.4RC2 released March 10, 2004. This version is based on Mandrakelinux 9.1. Version 0.4.5.1 was released September 20, 2004. LinuxConsole 1.0.2007 was released June 25, 2007. LinuxConsole 1.0.2009 was released October 15, 2009.
- linuX-gamers.net Live
The project live.linuX-gamers.net was founded with the idea to present Linux games at the Linuxtag exhibition in a novel way. A collection of games should be shown to directly run from DVD without the user in need to know about Linux or care about his system. After some intense brainstorming sessions the team decided to create and publish this DVD as a live distribution project. The first public release of the live DVD, v0.9.1, was released June 16, 2007. linuX-gamers.net live 0.9.6 was released June 8, 2010.
- Linux For Clinics
The Linux For Clinics (LFC) Project consists of a team of people who have a common interest in health, medicine, humanity and free and open source software (FOSS). This is a Ubuntu based distribution that is focused on providing reliable clinical laboratory and medical practice software. The first alpha testing release was announced April 4, 2007.
LinuxMCE is a free, open source distribution based on Kubuntu. It includes a complete whole-house media solution with PVR and distributed media, and the most advanced smarthome solution available. It is stable, easy to use, and requires no knowledge of Linux and only basic computer skills. LinuxMCE joined the list at version 0704, released August 7, 2007.
- Linux Router Project
The Linux Router Project - LR101 was started in the summer of 2003 with the goal of developing a real hardware based Linux router. The web site is in German. More information can also be found in this English language info sheet (pdf format). LR101 Release 1.0 is available.
LinVDR is a small, lightweight, ready-to-run and easy-to-install distribution of VDR which can turn almost any PC with a DVB-s (digital satellite) card into a digital hard disk recorder. It contains VDR Admin for Web administration and Samba shares to upload your MP3 files or download DVD images made from your TV recordings. It's compatible with Debian (woody). Version 0.2 was released September 29, 2003. Version 0.7 was released December 7, 2004.
Creative Commons and the Fedora project have created the LiveContent CD, a live CD used to showcase free and open content released under a Creative Commons license. The initial version was announced August 7, 2007 and contained Fedora 7 with addition CC content. Future plans include live DVD and USB versions.
MeeGo merges two mobile Linux projects, Moblin and Maemo. MeeGo currently targets platforms such as netbooks/entry-level desktops, handheld computing and communications devices, in-vehicle infotainment devices, connected TVs, and media phones. All of these platforms have common user requirements in communications, application, and internet services in a portable or small form factor. The MeeGo project will continue to expand platform support as new features are incorporated and new form factors emerge in the market. The first release was announced March 31, 2010. MeeGo v1.0 was released May 25, 2010. The handset baseline source code was made available to the development community June 30, 2010. The first update for MeeGo 1.0 was released July 7, 2010. MeeGo for IVI "in-vehicle infotainment" 1.0 was released August 2, 2010. The second update for MeeGo v1.0 was released August 10, 2010.
Moblin is an open source project focused on building a Linux-based platform optimized for the next generation of mobile devices including Netbooks, Mobile Internet Devices, and In-vehicle infotainment systems. Moblin joined the list with the release of Moblin v2 Core Alpha, announced January 26, 2009. Moblin v2 Core beta was released May 19, 2009. Moblin v2.0 for Intel Atom* Processor based netbooks was released September 24, 2009. Moblin 2.1 for Intel Atom was released November 4, 2009.
- Mindi Linux
Mindi builds boot/root disk images using your existing kernel, modules, tools and libraries. Version 0.71_20021109 was released November 10, 2002. Version 0.87 was released October 30, 2003. MondoRescue 2.2.1 was released January 2, 2007.
Monoppix is a Live CD Linux distribution (based on Knoppix), showcasing and spreading Mono technology. Mono is a free .NET framework implementation for Linux/Unix operating systems. Version 1.1.8 was released August 24, 2005.
MoviX is a CD-ready tiny (~5MB) Slackware-based Linux distribution containing all you need to boot a PC from CD (using syslinux) and automagically play all the avi files you put in the CD root with mplayer through the framebuffer. You can use it to play all your movies, even on a diskless PC. MoviX2 is a related distribution aimed at transforming your PC into a powerful multimedia box. The initial release of MoviX, version 0.2, was announced September 16, 2002. Version 0.8.3 was released April 6, 2004. MoviX2 v0.3.1rc2 was released August 13, 2004. eMoviX is another branch, a micro (7MB) Linux distro meant to be embedded in a CD together with all the video/audio files you want. eMoviX version 0.9.0 was released June 28, 2005.
- Musix GNU+Linux
Musix is a 100% Free Debian based Operating system intended for musicians and all kinds of users. It contains an enormous collection of free programs. It can run as a live CD/DVD and can also be installed to a hard drive. Currently supported languages (as of February 2006): English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, CatalÃ¡n, Vascuence and Gallego. Version 0.39 was released March 31, 2006. Version 0.99 was released March 5, 2007. Musix GNU+Linux 1.0 R4 Live-DVD/CD was released May 22, 2008. Musix 1.0 R6 was released December 15, 2008. Musix GNU+Linux 2.0 R0 was released November 30, 2009.
Myrinix- Digital Home Edition is a Linux (Debian and sidux) based live CD. Using Myrinix you can connect a High Definition Plasma TV or a big LCD screen to a central server that can record and play DVD or internet. The Myrinix 2007-08/4 live CD/DVD was released March 19, 2008.
MythDora is a Fedora Core and MythTV linux-distribution that is packed on a single DVD. The DVD loads a preconfigured Fedora Core 5 installation and installs and configures MythTV-0.20. Also included are MythTV modules and addons: MythArchive, MediaMVP and MythStreamTV. MythDora 3.2 was the current version as of March 28, 2007. MythDora 5.0, based on Fedora 8 and MythTV-0.21, was released April 27, 2008. MythDora 10.21 (a Fedora 10 remix) was released January 7, 2009. Mythdora 12.23 was released April 17, 2010.
- Navyn OS
Navyn OS is a Gentoo-based distribution with an emphasis on network security. It can be run as a live CD or installed to hard disk. The current version was 2005.1 when this distribution was added to the list on June 1, 2005. Current efforts seem to be going into the Nao File Manager (version 0.4.0 rc1 released March 21, 2007).
Neophysis is a distribution for the Openmoko Freerunner, although it could potentially run on any embedded system. It aims to provide fast boot speed and phone stabiltity. The project was in an alpha stage when it was added to the list, March 8, 2010.
NimbleX is a small but versatile operating system which is able to boot from a small 8 cm CD, from flash memory like USB pens or MP3 players and even from the network. Because it runs entirely from a CD, USB or network it doesn't require installation or even much hardware. NimbleX is based on Slackware with the use of linux-live scripts. NimbleX 2007 was released December 25, 2006. NimbleX 2007v2 was released April 25, 2007. Custom NimbleX allows you to generate a customized Linux distribution. Custom NimbleX 2 RC1 was released August 3, 2007. NimbleX 2007 v2 now comes in a sub100MB Edition. An updated sub100 was released September 28, 2007. NimbleX 2008 was released July 22, 2008. NimbleX 2010 Beta was released April 29, 2010.
NixOS is a Linux distribution based on Nix, a purely functional package management system. NixOS is an experiment to see if an operating system can be built in which software packages, configuration files, boot scripts and the like are all managed in a purely functional way. That is, they are all built by deterministic functions and they never change after they have been built. NixOS is continuously built from source in Hydra, the Nix-based continuous build system. Entry added May 26, 2009.
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The NSLU2-Linux project exists to discuss, develop and modify the firmware and hardware of the Linksys NSLU2, the Synology DS101, the Iomega NAS100d, the D-Link DSMG600, and other ixp4xx-based devices with large attached storage. SlugOS is the collective name for a group of firmware distributions which are derived from a common source base (and therefore share common documentation as a result of that). The latest version of SlugOS is 3.10. OpenSlug uses the OpenEmbedded package repository, and is designed for use with an external disk. UcSlugC also uses the OpenEmbedded package repository, but is designed to be the basis of some other application-specific firmware distribution, rather than a firmware distribution in its own right. SlugOS/LE (formerly known as DebianSlug) uses the Debian package repository and is an alternative for those people who want to run Debian on their NSLU2.
openArtist is a Linux operating system for artists. Based on Ubuntu Hardy, openArtist incorporates packages from Intrepid, Jaunty, PureDyne, Debian, Mint, and RPM based distributions. There are also many selfmade packages, and some freeware. It can be used as live CD or installed to a hard drive. Software packages for 2D, 3D, Audio, Video, VJ, Hardware Interfacing, Programming and Collaboration have been integrated. openArtist was added to the list on June 24, 2009.
OpenWrt is a Linux distribution for the Linksys WRT54G. Instead of trying to cram every possible feature into one firmware, OpenWrt provides only a minimal firmware with support for add-on packages. For users this means the ability to custom tune features, removing unwanted packages to make room for other packages and for developers this means being able to focus on packages without having to test and release an entire firmware. WhiteRussian 0.9 was released February 3, 2007.
Overclockix features a system of shell scripts to make using Distributing Computing clients (Folding@Home 4.0, Seti@Home and Prime95) simple and automated. In addition to Distributed Computing, there are other burn-in applications such as Memtest and cpuburn for torturing your hardware to prove stability and a variety of rescue/recovery tools. Based on the unofficial Knoppix 3.4 Cebit magazine edition, Overclockix 3.4 V2 was released April 30, 2004. Overclockix 3.79 was released August 21, 2005.
- PAIPIX GNU/Linux
PAIPIX GNU/Linux focuses on scientific software. It was originally a remastered KNOPPIX CD, but now it comes on a DVD which can be started in live mode or in the installation mode. The DVD also contains a repository of packages re-built from Debian. PAIPIX joins the list at version 7, released August 22, 2007. PAIPIX 7.10 was released October 17, 2007.
- Parted Magic
Parted Magic is a Linux LiveCD/USB/PXE with its elemental purpose being to partition hard drives. Optimized at approximately 30MB, the Parted Magic OS employs core programs of GParted and Parted to handle partitioning tasks with ease, while featuring other useful programs (e.g. Partition Image, TestDisk, fdisk, sfdisk, dd, ddrescue, etc.) and an excellent set of documentation to benefit the user. An extensive collection of fileystem tools are also included, as Parted Magic supports the following: ext2, ext3, ext4, fat16, fat32, hfs, hfs+, jfs, linux-swap, ntfs, reiserfs, reiser4, and xfs. Parted Magic 2.2 was released May 7, 2008. Parted Magic 3.0 was released July 25, 2008. PM 4.11 was released June 14, 2010. Parted Magic 5.3 was released August 21, 2010.
PelicanHPC picks up where ParallelKnoppix left off, providing a live CD that will let you set up a high performance computing cluster in a few minutes. The frontend node (either a real computer or a virtual machine) boots from the CD image. The compute nodes boot by PXE, using the frontend node as the server. All of the nodes of the cluster get their filesystems from the same CD image, so it is guaranteed that all nodes run the the same software. The CD image is created by running a single script, which takes advantage of the Debian Live infrastructure. If you need to add packages, it is very easy to create a custom version by adding the package names to the script and then running it. Pelican v1.0 was released January 10, 2008. Pelican 2.0 was released January 12, 2010. PelicanHPC 2.2 RC was released July 21, 2010.
Pentoo is a Linux LiveCD, based on Gentoo, with a focus on penetration testing. The current version was 2005.1 when Pentoo was added to this list on June 1, 2005. V2006.0 was released February 2, 2006. Mini-Pentoo 2006.1 was released July 5, 2006. Pentoo 2009.0 was released December 4, 2009.
Pg_live is a free Linux Live CD community project. It is an enhanced adaptation of Xubuntu, designed and optimized expressly for the PostgreSQL Database administrator and enthusiast. Pg_live 220.127.116.11 was released March 1, 2007. pg_live 18.104.22.168 was released February 15, 2008.
- Poseidon Linux
Poseidon Linux was designed as a friendly and complete desktop, based on open source software and aimed at the Brazilian/International scientific community. This operating system is based on Ubuntu and inspired by Quantian Linux. It offers several specific tools in the areas of GIS, 3D Visualization, Mathematics, Statistics and several otherfields of research. It also has all the software expected in a modern desktop such as an office suite - with spell checker, web browsers, e-mail readers, instant messaging, and more. Poseidon Linux 3.0, released June 21, 2008, supports Brazilian Portuguese, Spanish, English and German. Poseidon 3.1 was released November 23, 2008. Poseidon 3.2 was released May 11, 2010.
- Puppy Linux
Puppy Linux is a very small, yet quite fully featured distribution. Up to and including version 0.6, all applications in Puppy were written in C and used only the Athena/neXtaw or GTK+ v1.2 widget libraries. From version 0.7 onwards C++ applications and the Qt library v2.3 (for Konqueror and Scribus) were also used. Puppy 0.7.6 was released May 11, 2003. Chubby Puppy version 1.0.5 was released September 29, 2005. Puppy Linux 1.09 Community Edition was released May 15, 2006. BareBones Puppy v2.00 was released June 2, 2006. OneBone Puppy (no X/GUI applications) version 2.00rev.1 was released June 9, 2006. Puppy Linux 2.15 Community Edition was released April 6, 2007. Puppy Linux v4.00 was released May 5, 2008. Puppy 4.1.2 was released December 8, 2008. Barry Kauler, creator of Puppy has started a new project called Woof. Woof 0.0.0 was released December 9, 2008. Standard and Retro versions of Puppy Linux 4.2 (Final) were released March 27, 2009. TEENpup 2009 Legacy, based on Puppy 2.14 for better support of old hardware, was released June 8, 2009. Puppy 4.3.1 was released October 16, 2009. Puppy 5.0 "Lupu" or "Lucid Puppy" was released May 15, 2010. Puppy 5.1 was released August 13, 2010.
- Pyramid Linux
Pyramid, formerly known as Pebble Linux is a smallish distribution image designed for embedded style devices. It comes pre-installed on all Metrix Kits. Pebble was based on Debian. Pyramid was initially based on the Ubuntu Breezy Badger release. Pyramid 1.0b5 was released January 25, 2007.
Quirky is a "puplet", a distribution based on Puppy Linux using the Woof build system. It was created by Puppy founder Barry Kauler as an outlet for some of his quirkier ideas. Quirky 1.0 was released May 5, 2010. Quirky 1.2 was released June 5, 2010.
- Recovery Is Possible! (RIP)
RIP is a CD or floppy boot/rescue/backup system. It has support for a lot of filesystem types (Reiserfs, ext2/3, iso9660, UDF, XFS, JFS, UFS, HPFS, MINIX, MS DOS, NTFS, UMSDOS, and VFAT) and contains a bunch of utilities for system recovery. It might also be possible to install and boot it from a LS-120 floppy drive. It has been designed for non-networked stand-alone home PC hard drive booting and rescue. Only the CD version has UDF/HPFS/MINIX/XFS/JFS filesystem support. RIP joined the list at verion 51, released March 21, 2002. RIP 4.3 was released December 22, 2007. RIP 8.9 was released May 30, 2009.
- RedHawk Linux
RedHawk Linux is the product of Concurrent Computer Corporation and is used in Concurrent's hardware solutions. It's an industry-standard, POSIX-compliant, real-time version of Linux, based on the Red Hat Linux distribution. RedHawk features high I/O throughput, fast response to external events, and optimized interprocess communication. Version 1.3 was released May 22, 2003. RedHawk 4.2 for Intel and AMD was released April 17, 2007. RedHawk 5.4 was released November 30, 2009.
- Rocks Cluster Distribution
Rocks Cluster emphasizes ease of management, configurability and security in clusters. An early version was based on Red Hat Linux 7.3. Rocks is now based on CentOS release 4/update 5 and all updates as of July 4, 2007. Rocks 4.0.0 (Whitney) was released June 7, 2005 with support for Athlon, Itanium, Nocona (EM64T), Opteron, and Pentium. Rocks 4.3 (Mars Hill) was released July 6, 2007, for i386 and x86_64 CPU architectures. Rocks 5.2 (i386 and x86_64) was released June 24, 2009.
RUNT (ResNet USB Network Tester) is Slackware Linux designed to run off of a 128 MB USB pen drive. It consists of a boot floppy image and a zip file, similar to zipslack. It is intended to be a fairly complete Linux installation for use as a testing tool capable of booting on any x86 computer with a USB port and a bootable floppy drive. RUNT 0.92, the initial version, was released November 27, 2002. Version 4.0 was released November 11, 2004. RUNT 5.0 was released February 1, 2007.
Sabily, formerly UbuntuME or Ubuntu Muslim Edition, is a free, open source operating system based on Ubuntu Linux with Islamic software (prayer times, Quran study tool, web content filtering tool, etc.) and a different design. The Feisty-based UbuntuME 7.04 was released October 14, 2007. UbuntuME 7.10 was released November 27, 2007. UbuntuME 8.04.1 was released July 4, 2008. UbuntuME 8.10 was released November 17, 2008. Sabily 9.10 "Gaza" was released December 27, 2009. Sabily 10.04 (Manarat) was released June 27, 2010.
- Scyld Beowulf
Penguin Computing offers Scyld Beowulf, the original cluster virtualization platform, created by Donald Becker, for Linux 2.4.X-based HPC clusters. The current shipping version of Scyld Beowulf is Series30 (as of April 2007). Penguin Computing also provides Scyld ClusterWare HPC 4.0, a fully integrated software platform for HPC that provides a bundled Linux distribution CentOS 4 (optional support for Red Hat Enterprise Server 4).
SkatOS is a bootable stand alone XSkat card playing system that fits on either one single floppy disk or one eltorito-boot CD. It features full network client/server support so you can play Skat over LAN with your friends. Version 1.0 was released August 8, 2004. Version: 2.0 was released February 4, 2007.
- SliTaz GNULinux
SliTaz is a very small desktop system that runs from live CD or live USB. SliTaz v1.0 is the first stable version to be released, after two years of development. This version, released March 22, 2008, weighs in at under 25Mb using light-weight packages like the JWM window manager and the lighttpd web server. Cooking is the SliTaz development branch and new Cooking betas are usually available monthly. Now available February 2009. SliTaz GNU/Linux 2.0 was released April 16, 2009. SliTaz GNU/Linux released a new Cooking ISO on February 21, 2010. SliTaz 3.0 was released March 28, 2010.
SPB-Linux is a USB distribution that boots from a memory stick. SPB-Linux joins this list at version 2.0, added July 29, 2003. The current version is 2.1, as of February 2006. The current version was still 2.1 as of April 12, 2007.
StressLinux is a minimal Linux distribution that runs from a bootable CDROM or via PXE. It makes use of some utitlities such as stress, cpuburn, hddtemp, lm_sensors, etc. It is dedicated to users who want to test their system(s) entirely on high load and monitor the health of these systems. Initial version 0.1.5b was released July 4, 2003. Version 0.3.1 was released May 31, 2006. Stresslinux 0.4.11 was released August 3, 2009. StressLinux 0.4.136 was released December 5, 2009. StressLinux 0.5.111 (based on openSUSE 11.2) was released April 23, 2010.
SuperGamer is a live DVD with lots of games. All Games are Linux Native. It was originally based on PCLinuxOS, but (SuperGamer-VL) is based on VectorLinux. A test release of SuperGamer-VL was announced June 29, 2007. SuperGamer Supreme LiveDVD was released July 23, 2009. Supreme SuperGamer 2 was released July 16, 2010.
SystemRescueCd is a Linux system on a bootable CDROM for repairing your system and your data after a crash. It also aims to provide an easy way to carry out admin tasks on your computer, such as creating and editing the partitions of the hard disk. It contains a lot of system utilities (parted, partimage, fstools, ...) and basic ones (editors, midnight commander, network tools). It aims to be very easy to use: just boot from the CDROM, and you can do everything. The kernel of the system supports most important file systems (ext2/ext3, reiserfs, xfs, jfs, vfat, ntfs, iso9660), and network ones (samba and nfs). Available in French, English and with a Linux speakup option for the blind. SystemRescueCd is based on the Gentoo LiveCd. Version 0.3.3 was released March 1, 2007. SystemRescueCd-1.3.5 was released January 25, 2010. SystemRescueCd 1.5.6 was released June 18, 2010.
- Tempest Showroom
Tempest for Eliza by Erik Thiele makes your computer monitor send out special radio signals so that you can then hear computer generated music in your radio. Tempest Showroom is a live CD with everything you need to run Tempest for Eliza on a PC. Tempest Showroom 0.9.7 was released November 19, 2006.
ThinStation is a Linux distribution that enables you to convert standard PCs into full-featured diskless thinclients supporting all major connectivity protocols. It can be booted from the network using Etherboot/PXE or from standard media like floppy/CD/hd/flash-disk etc. The configuration is centralized to simplify terminal management. The initial Freshmeat release was on May 15, 2003, version 0.91. Version 2.2 was released October 17, 2006.
ThinTUX is a small Linux distribution for thin clients. It has support for all major remote access protocols like ICA, RDP, XDM, telnet, ssh, and more. The distribution can be booted from the network using a network card with PXE-support or from standard media storage devices like floppy, CD, hard disk, or disk-on-chip. The configuration is stored on a DHCP server to simplify terminal management. The initial version of ThinTUX, 0.1, was released January 22, 2004. Version 0.21 was released September 29, 2005.
Thnake is a live-CD Linux distribution with pre-configured development environments for Common Lisp and Python. Put it in your CD drive and reboot, and you are ready to program in Python or Lisp --- with no changes to your machine's current setup. It loads straight to RAM, so once you've booted, you can even remove the CD. Thnake is based on Puppy Linux 4.3.1.
- Tiny Core Linux
Tiny Core Linux is a very small (10 MB) minimal Linux Desktop. It is based on Linux 2.6 kernel, Busybox, Tiny X, Fltk, and Jwm. The core runs entirely in ram and boots very quickly. It is not a complete desktop nor is all hardware completely supported. It represents only the core needed to boot into a very minimal X desktop typically with wired internet access. Tiny Core joined the list on March 16, 2009, when 1.2 was the current version. Tiny Core 1.4 was released April 26, 2009. Tiny Core Linux 2.0 and Micro Core Linux 2.0 were released June 7, 2009. Tiny Core and Micro Core Linux 2.1 were released June 28, 2009. Tiny Core v2.6 was released November 26, 2009. Tiny Core 2.6.1 was released December 6, 2009. Tiny Core v2.11 was released May 2, 2010. Tiny Core 3.0 was released July 19, 2010. Tiny Core 3.1 RC1 was released August 15, 2010.
TinyMe is a minimalist Linux distribution aimed at making your computing experience as bloat and lag-free as possible. TinyMe is suitable for old computers, or for those who like to mess around with small/fast systems, or just want a minimal environment. Early versions of TinyMe were a smaller version of PCLinuxOS, with less than 200 MB on a live CD. TinyMe 2008.0 was released May 23, 2008. TinyMe 2008.1 was released December 10, 2008. TinyMe 2010 "Acorn" RC 2010.08.20 is available.
- Tkfp Live!
Tkfp Live! started out as a bootable CD with Slackware 9.0, the WindowMaker window manager, and Tkfp. Tkfp is an electronic medical record information system suitable for a solo or small group Physician's office for storing clinical information on patients. S live CD with Tkfp59 and Puppy Linux 2.12 was released December 29, 2006.
trixbox is a telephony application platform based on Asterisk Open Source PBX Software. The trixbox application platform makes it fast and simple to install and configure your business-class telephony system. With unlimited extensions, voicemail-to-email, music on hold, call parking, analog lines or high density T1/E1 circuits and many other features, trixbox provides all the functionality your business needs. trixbox brings big business PBX features to small and medium-sized businesses. trixbox 2.2 was released May 3, 2007. trixbox CE 2.4 was released January 4, 2008. trixbox 22.214.171.124 was released February 13, 2009. trixbox 2.8 BETA was released March 26, 2009.
- TurnKey Linux
TurnKey Linux provides a set of software appliances. Appliances are currently available as a single bootable ISO image that can run on real hardware in addition to most types of virtual machines. Each TurnKey appliance is different, but they are all carefully built from the ground up with the minimum components needed to serve a specific role. Currently all TurnKey Linux appliances are based on Ubuntu 8.04.1 (hardy LTS). Available appliances include LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP), LAPP (Linux, Apache, PostgreSQL and PHP), Joomla 1.5.8, Drupal 5.10, Drupal 6.6, MediaWiki 1.13.2, Django 1.0.2 stack, Rails 2.2.2 stack, MySQL 5.0.51, and PostgreSQL 8.3.5. TurnKey was added to the list December 15, 2008. New versions of PostgreSQL and LAPP were released March 5, 2009.
- Ubuntu Christian Edition
Ubuntu Christian Edition is a free, open source operating system geared towards Christians. It is based on Ubuntu Linux and is suitable for both desktop and server use. Along with the standard Ubuntu applications, Ubuntu Christian Edition includes the best available Christian software. The latest release contains GnomeSword, a top of the line Bible study program for Linux based on the Sword Project. There are several modules installed with GnomeSword including Bibles, Commentaries, and Dictionaries. Ubuntu CE v1.4 (based on Ubuntu 6.06.1 LTS) was released October 3, 2006. The Feisty-based Ubuntu CE v3.3 was released July 29, 2007. Ubuntu CE 5.0 "Jaunty" was released July 17, 2009. Ubuntu CE v6 (Karmic) beta was released December 1, 2009.
Old Trinux site
Trinux: A Linux Security Toolkit was a ramdisk-based Linux distribution that was under active development from 1998-2003. ubuntutrinux seeks to integrate elements (and code, where appropriate) of Trinux with the Debian/Ubuntu mkinitramfs infrastructure to allow easy development and packaging Ubuntu binary (and ultimately package and repository) compatible ramdisk distributions using recent 2.6.x kernels. Although small ISO images will be released, the primary focus of the project is development and documentation of a flexible build environment based on Ubuntu Dapper LTS.
ULTILEX stands for "Ultimate Linux Experience". This is a live Linux CD compilation which in turn contains several live Linux distributions. You can boot ULTILEX from CD/DVD and USB flash devices. The 10.7 release (dated July 11, 2010) contains Slax, Puppy Linux, Tiny Core, System Rescue CD, Parted Magic, and boot.kernel.org (BKO).
- Untangle Gateway
Untangle Gateway is a KNOPPIX-based network gateway with pluggable modules for network applications like spam blocking, web filtering, anti-virus, anti-spyware, intrusion prevention, VPN, SSL VPN, firewall, and more. All Untangle apps can be downloaded indvididually to tailor your Untangle Server to the specific needs of your network. Untangle Gateway 6.2 (based on Debian Lenny) was released June 5, 2009. Untangle 7.4 was released August 10, 2010.
VideoLinux is an easy to use distribution for video enthusiasts. It's based on PCLinuxOS and it includes video encoding and editing tools. VideoLinux2007 Preview 1 was released January 14, 2007.
Vigyaan is an electronic workbench for computational biology and computational chemistry. It has been designed to meet the needs of both beginners and experts, with ready to use modeling software. VigyaanCD v0.1 was based on KNOPPIX v3.3 and it was released April 14, 2004. KNOPPIX v3.7-based VigyaanCD v1.0 was released September 7, 2005.
Vinux is a remastered version of Ubuntu optimized for the needs of blind and partially sighted users. By default it provides three screen-readers, two full-screen magnifiers, global font-size and colour changing facilities as well as support for USB Braille displays. Vinux joined the list with the release of v3.0 (based on Ubuntu 10.04 "Lucid Lynx") dated May 31, 2010.
old Xenoppix page
VMKnoppix (formerly Xenoppix) is a Debian/Knoppix based live medium Linux distribution featuring a collection of Virtual Machine (VM) software, such as Xen, KVM, VirtualBox, QEMU, KQEMU (QEMU with accelerator) and UserMode Linux. Xenoppix knoppix v4.0 20050608 linuxtag xen-20050912 + IPAFont (Stable) was released September 15, 2005. The Xenoppix (Xen3.0.4 + KNOPPIX5.1.1) CD was released in early 2007. VMKnoppix 5.3.1CD was released May 19, 2008.
The Vyatta Community Edition is a freely-available, community-supported release of Vyatta's open-source router/firewall product. Vyatta Community Edition 2 was released February 19, 2007. Vyatta Community Edition 2.2 (Camarillo) was released August 31, 2007. Vyatta Community 4.0 was released April 21, 2008. Vyatta Community Edition 4.1, released September 22, 2008, is an incremental update to VC4 that fixes some issues and includes some new, experimental features to test prior to VC5. Vyatta CE 4.1.4 was released October 16, 2008. VC5 was released March 9, 2009. Vyatta 6.1 was released August 24, 2010.
Warewulf and Perceus are clustering solutions from Infiscale. Both Warewulf and Perceus can be built as standalone solutions (monitoring or provisioning), and when combined offer a complete clustering platform. The initial version of Warewulf, 0.3, was released March 11, 2002. Warewulf 3.0 was released February 2, 2007.
wattOS is designed to be a lightweight but fully featured distribution using less energy. The OS will run on low power computers and recycled systems. wattOS Beta 2, released January 24, 2009, combines OpenBox with a Ubuntu mini install. wattOS R2 was released June 22, 2010.
Wicker is a modified version of Ubuntu that runs on digital signs from RedPost. It boots from USB flash on an embedded device for use as a digital photo frame or as a web-connected digital sign. You can also download it and install it on your own hardware. Wicker is developed as an open source project by RedPost. Wicker beta-2008-05-19 was released May 19, 2008.
wrt54g-linux is a mini-distribution for the Linksys wrt54g 802.11b/g access point and router. It includes basic tools such as sh, syslog, telnetd, httpd (with cgi-bin support), vi, snort, mount, insmod, rmmod, top, grep, find, nfs modules, etc. The installation script runs in about 20 seconds and installs strictly to the RAM disk. The initial release, version 0.1, is dated September 6, 2003. BatBox wrt54g distribution v0.61 was released December 31, 2006.
The Xbox Linux project aims to create a version of GNU/Linux that runs on the Microsoft Xbox gaming console. Initial version 0.1 was released August 17, 2002. Version 0.2 was released August 26, 2002. Version 11-01-2003 was released January 17, 2003. Xebian 1.0.2 was released April 22, 2004.
- Xorcom Rapid
Xorcom Rapid is a Debian/Asterisk distribution program that features an auto-install for Debian Linux and pre-configured Asterisk. It quickly and effortlessly converts any PC to a functioning Asterisk PBX. Version 1.0 was released February 6, 2005. Version 1.1 was the current version as of April 2007.
The overall objective of the XtreemOS project is the design, implementation, evaluation and distribution of an open source Grid operating system (called XtreemOS) with native support for virtual organizations (VO) and capable of running on a wide range of underlying platforms, from clusters to mobiles. The first release was dated December 22, 2008. The second public release was announced November 12, 2009.
Zenwalk was formerly known as Minislack, a lightweight Slackware derivative. Zenwalk Linux focuses on Internet applications, multimedia and coding tools. The first Zenwalk release, v1.2, was released August 12, 2005. The first ZenLive Linux LiveCD was released June 30, 2006. Zenwalk 6.4 was released May 27, 2010. Zenwalk Gnome 6.4 was released June 11, 2010. Zenwalk Core 6.4 was released June 20, 2010. Zenwalk Live 6.4 Live was released August 25, 2010.
Zeroshell is a Linux distribution aimed at providing the main network services a LAN requires. It uses Netfilter and Linux iptables for firewalling. It runs from a live CD or bootable compact flash. Zeroshell 1.0.beta4 was released February 18, 2007.
a-Linux is an x86 floppy-based mini-distribution, where assembly code meets Linux kernel. It contains only programs written in assembly language. It is extemely small, yet functional, and provides HTTP and FTP services out-of-the-box. Initial version 0.17 was released August 17, 2002.
BBIagent provides a suite of applications to create the software for booting a computer as a broadband router and firewall. Based on the hardware configurations and connection type, you are able to download your own boot file which is written into a single 1.44MB diskette to be a boot diskette for the router. This is a Linux based system which uses Java tools to create a bootable floppy with router software. The software utilites provided by BBIagent.Net are free to use. Version 1.5.0 was released July 11, 2002. Version 2.0.0 was the current version in April 2007.
blueflops is a Linux distribution that fits on two floppy disks, and includes a graphical Web browser (links 2.1pre9 using svgalib 1.4.3) and a popular IRC client (BitchX 1.0c19). The kernel is 2.4.20 with most of the Ethernet drivers compiled as modules. The C library is uClibc 0.9.16, busybox is a slightly modified version of 0.61.pre. The 'links' and 'BitchX' binaries are statically linked and compressed with UPX 1.90. The distinguishing feature of blueflops is its configuration procedure. The scripts are all accessible through a 'setup' script, and they all have a nice 'dialog' front-end. Version 1.0.0 was released April 15, 2003. Version 2.0.13 was released November 19, 2005.
- bootE Linux
bootE Linux is yet another minimalist (i386) Linux distribution and is contained entirely on a single floppy disk. It supports only single user mode, and is intended as a repair/rescue/emergency distribution. Initial version 0.10 was released April 18, 2002. Version 0.20-r2 was released August 30, 2003.
Build Your Linux Disk (BYLD) is a little package that helps you to build a Linux distribution on a single floppy disk to use as you want. Build a net client, rescue disk or other small application. Version 1.0.3 was released November 25, 2000.
- Coyote Linux
Coyote Linux v1.x (Floppy Release) is designed to run entirely from a floppy and does not require a hard drive or CDROM to be present in the system that it runs on. Creation of a Coyote Linux floppy can be done with either a Linux shell script or a Windows Wizard, both of which are available from the Coyote Linux download sites. Coyote Linux is used as the base OS in products such as the Wolverine Alpha 1 Firewall and VPN and the Fury IP Load Balancer. Coyote Linux 1.32 was released January 6, 2003. Coyote Linux 3.00.31 was released December 9, 2005. Coyote Linux v3.00.46 was released April 12, 2006.
- Fd Linux
Fd Linux is a very tiny floppy distribution of Linux, set to fit on one floppy disk (kernel and root fs are combined!). All binaries are based on Red Hat. Version 2.1-0 was released March 12, 2002. Version 3.0-0 was released March 10, 2003.
- Fli4l (Floppy ISDN/DSL)
Fli4l "the on(e)-disk-router", is a single floppy Linux-based ISDN, DSL and Ethernet-Router. You can build it from an old 486 based pc with 16 megabyte memory, which is more than adequate for this purpose. Stable version 2.0.8 was released April 27, 2003, adding the ability to install and boot from a USB memory stick or DiscOnChip. Development version 3.1.1 was released September 9, 2006. Stable version 3.0.2 was released December 25, 2006.
floppyfw is a router with firewall capabilities. Suitable for use as a screening router or as a packet filtering firewall. Version 2.0.3 was released October 3, 2002. floppyfw 3.0.2 was released May 27, 2007.
FREESCO (stands for FREE ciSCO) is a free replacement for commercial routers supporting up to 3 ethernet/arcnet/token_ring/arlan network cards and up to 2 modems. Mirror sites are available in Canada, Europe, Russia, and South Africa. Version 0.3.7 was released March 11, 2007.
- Orange Linux
Orange Linux is a lightweight distribution that fits on a floppy. The host development environment is designed to work around the Bochs x86 emulator, so that you can easily test changes to the kernel. The initial release v1.0 was released March 11, 2003 and included a set of tools for making your own distribution, a VGA graphics library, and a small Pong game. By May 30, 2005 the project goals were updated; the aim is to create a fully operational operating system that is built around a lightweight, fast Java virtual machine mechanism (JamVM, JikesRVM), with applications built around Java and the scripting environment Jython (Python on Java). Version 0.1.17 was released May 21, 2005.
PAUD (Parted And Utilities Disk) is a Linux utility bootdisk. It fits on a single 1.44 floppy disk. It contains mc, parted, and other utilities such as filesystem utilities for ext2, ext3, and Reiserfs. It is great for partition maintenance and for rescue purposes. Version 1.0.3 was released July 8, 2002. Version 1.0.4 was released May 3, 2004. Version 2.0.3 was released December 25, 2005.
RIMiGate is a floppy-based Linux distribution for running WA4DSY's aprsd. Its goal is to make it easy to deploy igates for the APRS project. Version 0.2 was released April 4, 2003.
- Serverdisk diskette distro
Serverdisk diskette distro is a Linux floppy disk distribution which includes FTP and HTTP servers. Just a small server, not intended to be a rescue disk or standalone firewall. The initial version, 0.1, was released September 19, 2002. Version 0.2 was released September 26, 2002.
- Small Linux
A Small Kernel Project; Small Linux has been used (console based) on a 386 laptop with 2 meg of ram and a 40 meg hard drive. Small Linux 0.8.1 was released December 6, 2001. Small Linux 0.9.0.1 was released August 6, 2004.
- Tinfoil Hat Linux
Tinfoil Hat Linux started as a secure, single floppy, bootable Linux distribution for storing PGP keys and then encrypting, signing and wiping files. At some point it became an exercise in over-engineering. Now at version 1.0, THL is released under a BSD style license. A pre-release of v2.0 has been available for testing for several years now (10/2008).
"The most GNU/Linux on 1 floppy disk." Tom's Root Boot (tomsrtbt) is possibly the best known and widely used recovery disk version of Linux. Version 2.0.103 was released May 4, 2002.
- X Windows On A Floppy (Xwoaf)
Xwoaf is a complete standalone bootable Linux floppy that runs from a RAM disk. It provides the basic functionality required to turn any computer into a modern communication node. The initial public version, 0.1.0, was released March 18, 2004. Version 0.2.0g was released November 2, 2005.
- Zool Linux
Zool Linux is a project whose goal is to assist in making Linux mini-distributions, useful for floppy-based rescue systems, or to check hardware and network connections. It supports many different filesystems and utilities. Zool 1 is a Linux rescue disk based on the 2.2.23 kernel. Zool 2, released January 9, 2003, is based on the 2.4.18 kernel. Zool 5 was released May 18, 2004. Some of these are for system rescue tasks. Some are full featured distributions (on a single CD) that can run anywhere, school labs, Internet cafes, on a Windows system where ever you are.
The ADIOS Project (Automated Download and Installation of Operating Systems), by the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia, is a live Linux CD based on Red Hat Linux/Fedora Core and a 2.4 series kernel. Version 1.01 was released February 26, 2003. ADIOS 7.4, released May 22, 2007, was released with a 2.6.20 kernel. ADIOSWEBS 7.4 is the Security Enhanced Linux version of ADIOSWEB, released May 24, 2007.
Archie is a complete live Arch linux system (originally based on v0.7) to be run from a CD/USB, built with the KISS philosophy in mind. This is a full Arch Linux system, while striving for the fastest performance with no extensive bloating. Archie uses its own hardware detection tool (lshwd) and supports a wide range of hardware with low detection time. Archie also provides extended features like multi-lingual, nesting capabilities and hd-install. Archie v0.4.1 was released April 15, 2005.
ATmission is a Live Linux CD based on Fedora Core 4. You can boot from this CD-ROM and experiment with Linux in all its aspects. The main advantage of ATmission compared to other Live Linux CD's is its flexibility. Any file on the ATmission Live CD can be modified and your changes can be preserved in a file located on hard disk or on a USB memory stick. Version 2.0-01 was released September 26, 2005.
AUSTRUMI is a business card size (50MB) bootable Live CD Linux distribution based on Slackware. The current version was 0.9.7 when the entry was added on August 13, 2005. Version 1.2.0 was released May 9, 2006. Version 1.9.3 was released July 2009.
BeaFanatIX is a mini Live CD. It's also a compact Linux distribution. It was originally a remaster of BeatrIX but now uses a more recent Ubuntu core. BeatrIX itself is partly based on an old version of Ubuntu, but makes heavy use of Knoppix technologies. The common ancestor of all these distributions is Debian. BeaFanatIX joins the list at v2006.2 beta6, released October 23, 2006. BeaFanatIX 2006.2 revision 3 was released June 3, 2007.
CDlinux is a CD based mini Linux distribution, which runs from a CDROM. It aims to be an administration/rescue tool for Eastern Asian (CJK) users. CDlinux is also highly user configureable, and supports a wide range of hardware (PCMCIA/SCSI/USB). Version 0.4.3 was released June 10, 2003. CDlinux 0.9.0 developement was released December 19, 2008. CDlinux 0.9.6 was released April 12, 2010.
- Crash Recovery Kit
The Crash Recovery Kit for Linux was originally based on Red Hat Linux Newer version are based on Mandrake Linux. It can be used as a recovery disc for lots of systems, not just Linux. All Linux filesystems as well as FAT16 and FAT32 are supported. Version 2.4.18 was released March 31, 2002. Version 2.6.7-mdk100 and crash247-mdk100.iso, based on Mandrake 10.0 (i586), was released July 7, 2004. CRK 126.96.36.199 was released May 18, 2005. CRK 188.8.131.52 (based on Red Hat Linux 7.3) was released September 1, 2009.
- Damn Small Linux
Damn Small Linux - Not
Damn Small Linux is a business card size (50MB) Linux distribution. Despite it's miniscule size it strives to have a functional and easy to use desktop. The initial freshmeat announcement for version 0.1 was released March 19, 2003. DSL now boots from a USB pen drive, or from within a host OS. With a "frugal install" DSL will run from an IDE Compact Flash drive. DSL transforms into a Debian system when installed to a hard drive. Damn Small Linux- Not is a larger, more fully featured version. DSL-N 0.1RC3 was released July 24, 2006. DSL 4.3 was released April 22, 2008. DSL 4.4.4 was released August 10, 2008.
- Debian From Scratch
DFS is a bootable CD that can be used for system repair/rescue. DFS is a way to create custom builds of Debian using the DFSbuild utility. DFS begain as the first installer for the amd64 port of Debian. The initial version was released May 21, 2004. Version 0.99.0 was released April 20, 2006.
Devil-Linux is a distribution which boots and runs from CDROM. The configuration can be saved to a floppy diskette or a USB pen drive (new in 1.0). Devil Linux was originally intended to be a dedicated firewall/router but now Devil-Linux can also be used as a server for many applications. Attaching an optional hard drive is easy, and many network services are included. Devil-Linux 0.5RC1 (Beta) was released May 30, 2002. Stable Devil-Linux v1.2.15 was released July 25, 2008.
- dyne:bolic GNU/Linux
dyne:bolic GNU/Linux is a live bootable CDROM that will give you a Linux desktop on any machine with a CD drive. Comes with audio streaming, realtime video effects, and Mozilla web browser. Pure:dyne is a community effort maintained by media artists for media artists. Pure:dyne is a customization of the dyne:II core for realtime audio and video processing. Comes optimized for software such as Jack, SuperCollider, Csound, Fluxus and of course Pure Data with a great collection of externals (PDP, PiDiP, Gem, GridFlow, RRadical, PixelTango...). The initial version of Dyne:bolic 0.3.1 was released February 17, 2002. dyne:bolic 2.3 DHORUBA Solid State (for solid state devices) was released November 21, 2006. pure:dyne 2.3.52 was released March 22, 2007. Version 2.5.2, codename DHORUBA, was released December 3, 2007. Pure:dyne leek&potato was released January 6, 2009. Puredyne 9.11 "Carrot and Coriander" was released April 2, 2010.
ELE is a bootable Live CD Linux distribution with focus on privacy related software. It is based on Damn Small Linux and aims to be (obviously) as small as possible. The initial version of ELE, v0.0.1, was released March 9, 2005. Version 0.0.2 was released March 23, 2005.
Finnix is a self-contained, bootable Linux CD distribution for system administrators. You can mount hard drives, set up network devices, repair filesystems, and pretty much do anything you can do with a regular server distribution. Finnix is not intended for the average desktop user, and does not include any desktops, productivity tools, or sound support, in order to keep distribution size low. Finnix 86.0 was released October 24, 2005. Version 93.0 was released August 11, 2009.
- Games Knoppix
Games Knoppix is live CD/DVD with lots of games. This entry was added March 31, 2006 at version 4.0.2-0.3 DVD. A bugfix release of Games Knoppix 5.1-0.5 was underway in January 2007.
Gibraltar is a project that aims to produce a Debian GNU/Linux-based router and firewall package. This package boots and runs from CD-ROM, so a hard disk installation is not necessary. Version 0.99.6 was released January 13, 2003. Version 2.5 was released September 10, 2007. Gibraltar 2.6 was released July 17, 2008. Gibraltar 3.0 was released January 4, 2010.
GNOPPIX is a live Linux CD based upon Debian GNU/Linux 3.0 (woody). It can be compared to Knoppix but GNOPPIX uses GNOME as desktop environment. The aim is to create a GUI installation tool to make installing GNU/Linux with a GNOME desktop as easy as possible. GNOPPIX joins the list at version 0.5, released September 8, 2003. Gnoppix 2.12 beta1 was released September 7, 2005.
The Gnu-HALO project started out as BSD-HALO before switching to the L4Linux 2.6 kernel. The initial build was based on SLAX Standard Edition v 5.1.6. The Gnu-HALO alpha 0.1 Linux Live CD was released June 19, 2006.
- GNUstep Live CD
The GNUstep Live CD contains a lot of software for GNUstep, a free implementation of the OPENSTEP framework (which was also used as the base for Cocoa in Mac OS X). The initial version, 0.2, was released February 2004. Version 1.0 was released November 6, 2006. GNUstep CD v1.6 was released April 4, 2008. GNUSTEP CD 2.0 was released December 10, 2009.
grml is a live CD based on Knoppix and Debian with a collection of GNU/Linux software for system administrators. It provides automatic hardware detection and can be used for system rescue, for analyzing systems/networks or as a working environment. GRML version 0.4 (Eierspass) was released May 15, 2005. A smaller version, grml-small, fits on a business card CD-ROM or USB device. The initial version of grml-small, 0.1, was released July 5, 2005. grml 2008.11 (all flavors) was released December 1, 2008. grml 2010.04 was released April 29, 2010.
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Open Sense Solutions offers the Groovix Kiosk Disk, a live Linux CD based on Debian, that can turn any computer into a public access computer. It is set up to run in single-user mode, presenting a Firefix web browser on boot-up. Open Sense Solutions will customize a CD/DVD to your business needs.
- Hakin9 Live
Hakin9 Live is a bootable distribution (based on Aurox Live) which contains hacking, security, and network diagnostic tools. Hakin9 joins the list at version 0.9, released October 28, 2003. Version 2.4 was released January 18, 2005. Hakin9 3.1.2-aur, based on Aurox 12.0, was the current version on August 9, 2007.
Hikarunix ["hee-kah-roo-nix"] is a Live Linux CD dedicated to Go. It's designed for Go players of all levels. It will fit on a pocket-sized miniCD and can boot on just about any machine, so you can take your Go workstation with you almost anywhere. Installation to a harddrive is also supported. Version 0.2 was released November 2004. Version 0.3 was released January 16, 2005. The current version was 0.4 as of July 9, 2007.
ImagineOS (formerly GoblinX) is Slackware-based Live CD, directed towards those users who appreciate quality applications and a workspace that is both practical and beautiful. GoblinX 1.2.1 was released in early November 2005. G:Standard 3.0 was released October 2, 2009. ImagineOS 20100628 X1 (a beta release based on Slackware 13.1 with XFCE) was the first release under the new name.
INSERT (INside SEcurity Rescue Toolkit) is a complete, bootable Linux system. It comes with a graphical user interface running the fluxbox window manager while still being sufficiently small to fit on a credit card-sized CD-ROM. The first release we know of is v1.0, announced August 4, 2003. Version 1.3.9b was released February 27, 2007.
IsaMorph is a highly specialized GNU/Linux Live CD. It's based on Morphix and features the interactive theorem prover Isabelle, for a complete theorem proving environment. IsaMorph joins the list at version 0.2.1, released July 29, 2004. Version 0.9 was released December 22, 2005.
KANOTIX is a KNOPPIX based live CD using mostly Debian sid packages optimized for i586. Also available for x86-64. KANOTIX "BUG HUNTER" 08-2004 was announced September 20, 2004. KANOTIX 2006 Preview, CeBIT-Version, was released March 10, 2006. KANOTX 2006-01-RC4 is available for testing. After years of chasing Debian unstable (sid), KANOTIX has shifted to a more stable base. Debian Etch based Kanotix 2007 (Thorhammer) RC7 was released January 1, 2008. Debian Lenny based Kanotix 2010 Excalibur was relased June 9, 2010.
KAZIT is a KNOPPIX-based bootable CD translated into Hebrew. It features a collection of GNU/Linux software, automatic hardware detection, and support for many graphics cards, sound cards, SCSI devices, and other peripherals. It can be used as a Linux demo, educational CD, rescue system, etc. It is not necessary to install anything on a hard disk due to on-the-fly decompression. KAZIT Beta 2 was released September 20, 2004.
Klax is an i486 GNU/Linux Live-CD, very similar to Slax because it's created with the same Linux Live scripts, but based on Slackware Linux 10.1 and it contains KDE 3.4 Beta 2 code-named "Keinstein". Klax Live-CD 3.4.2 includes KDE 3.4.2. Klax with KDE 3.5 RC 1 was released November 13, 2005.
knopILS is a customized version of Knoppix that has an Italian boot prompt, default keyboard, and default language. Each .deb package installed belongs to the free tree of Debian GNU/Linux, or could be classified as such if it is not an official one. Localized .deb files are present when available, and minor changes were made to graphics. The initial version was 0.1, released June 12, 2003. Version 0.8 was released May 17, 2005.
- Knoppix 64
This version of Linux is a 64 bit Debian based release for 64 bit AMD machines. The initial release, v3.4-EN-2004-05-31, is remastered from KNOPPIX 3.4. The goal of this work is to provide a 64 bit development environment along with the usual desktop tools. Language support includes English, French and German.
KnoppiXMAME is a bootable arcade machine emulator with hardware detection and autoconfiguration. It works automatically on all modern and not-so-modern hardware, including gameports and joysticks. It is powered by Knoppix Debian GNU/Linux, X-MAME, and gxmame. Stable version 1.0 was released June 18, 2003. Version 1.3 beta 19 was released May 11, 2004.
rpm-livelinuxcd started out as a 120MB RedHat-based Live CD. Initial version 0.9 was released March 5, 2003. Workstation version 1.3 was released June 12, 2004. Basilisk Workstation v1.40 was released November 29, 2004.
- Linux Live
Linux Live is a set of bash scripts which allows users to create their own live CD from any Linux distribution. It joins the list at version 3.0.27, released January 21, 2004. Version 5.1.8 was released September 26, 2005. Linux Live 6.1.4 was released May 26, 2007.
- Linux LiveCD
Linux LiveCD is a small and simple LiveCD distribution aimed at broadband and wifi users. Does not require installation, does not require a hard disk. There are commerical version of Linux LiveCD Firewall and Linux LiveCD HotSpot, with features like easy web configuration and management, vpn, traffic control and QoS, virus, spam and web content filtering. Linux LiveCD Router version 1.5 was released under the GNU GPL on November 10, 2003. Linux LiveCD Router 2.0.24 was released June 20, 2007.
- Lisp Resource Kit
The Lisp Resource Kit is a dedicated development/learning environment on a self-booting CD. It is designed to be an easy to use single resource for those who are interested in exploring Common Lisp, regardless of their experience or domain of expertise. The initial public release was on January 20, 2004 at Linux World Expo in New York City. A version remastered from Knoppix 3.7 was released December 23, 2004.
- Local Area Security Linux
L.A.S. Linux is a 'Live CD' distribution based on Knoppix but with a strong emphasis on security tools and small footprint. There is a 185 MB version and a 210 MB version. The initial announcement was for version 0.3b on August 8, 2003. Version 0.5 MAIN was released April 7, 2004. The 210 MB version is at 0.5, released March 5, 2004.
Lonix is a console-based full Linux system which runs from a live CD. Based on Linux From Scratch, this distribution includes useful utilities for students and developers. Some servers, such as Apache, Proftpd, and sshd are pre-configured and included. It can also be used as a partition tool (featuring fdisk and parted) or as a rescue CD. Currently, the homepage and some scripts in the CD are just in Spanish. There may be a future release that is also in English. The initial Freshmeat announcement for version 1.0rc3, was made on October 13, 2002. Version 1.0rc5 was released October 27, 2002.
mkCDrec makes a bootable disaster recovery image (CDrec.iso), including backups of the Linux system to the same CD-ROM (or CD-RW) if space permits, or to a multi-volume CD-ROM set. Otherwise, the backups can be stored on another local disk, NFS disk or (remote) tape. After a disaster (disk crash or system intrusion) the system can be booted from the CD-ROM and one can restore the complete system as it was (at the time mkCDrec was run). The current version was 0.9.7 as of June 10, 2007.
Morphix is a modular distribution, with live-CD support. No configuration is necessary, just burn the CD and boot it. Morphix is partly based on KNOPPIX, the rest comes directly from Debian. The initial version, 0.3-2, was released February 27, 2003. Morphix Base 0.5-pre6 'Amalthea', MorphixLiveKiosk 0.01 and MorphingMorphix v 0.3 were all released as part of Morphix SVN Commit Day, September 5, 2006. Medianix, a Morphix-based Asterisk PBX, released version 0.7, May 21, 2007.
Olive is a GNU/Linux Live CD distribution that offers both new technologies and some of the more common pieces of software. It is small, but useful. The current version was 0.2 when this entry was added, June 20, 2006.
- Phrealon Linux
Phrealon is a bootable Linux CD based on Slackware Linux 8.0 designed to allow the easy imaging of multiple workstations. It utilizes the updcast set of Linux tools to accomplish this. The initial release, version 0.80, was released November 7, 2002. Version 0.96 was released January 30, 2004.
- Plan-B Linux
Plan-B is a bootable Linux environment without the need for a hard drive, it runs entirely in RAM or from the CD, based on a basic, stripped installation of Red Hat Linux and the fundamental workings of the SuperRescue CD. Contains many tools for emergency system rescue work. Plan-B version 1.0 was released July 5, 2003.
PlumpOS is a CD-based mini-openMosix/Linux distribution. Pop the CD into a 586+ computer and you have an instant openMosix node. It supports loading 3rd-party packages and adding custom kernels. It was originally a clone of Clump/os, but it turned into a complete rewrite. Version 6.9 RC1 was released March 27, 2003. Version 7.0-pre3 was still in progress as of February 1, 2005.
- PUD GNU/Linux
PUD is a mini (less than 200MB) Linux live CD with a complete desktop and support for Traditional Chinese (zh_TW). The current stable branch is based on Knoppix and the 0.5 development branch is Ubuntu based. PUD v0.4.6.6 was released September 29, 2006. PUD LXDE (Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment) Edition was released December 8, 2006. Development version 0.4.8, based on Ubuntu 7.10, was released October 28, 2007. PUD GNU/Linux v0.4.8.5, a beta release based on Ubuntu 8.04, was released March 21, 2008. PUD GNU/Linux 0.4.8.6 LXDE Edition was released April 4, 2008. xPUD 0.9.2 was released December 8, 2009.
The Quantian Scientific Computing Environment is a Knoppix / Debian variant tailored to numerical and quantitative analysis. Quantian is an extension of Knoppix from which it takes its base system of about 2.0 gigabytes of software, along with fully automatic hardware detection and configuration, then Quantian adds a set of programs of interest to applied or theoretical workers in quantitative or data-driven fields. Version 0.3 (based on ClusterKnoppix) was released June 10, 2003. Version 0.7.9.2 was released March 1, 2006.
Salvare (from the Latin "to rescue") is a small Linux distribution designed for small, credit-card sized CDs which typically hold around 34MB. More Linux than tomsrtbt but less than Knoppix, it aims to provide a useful workstation as well as a rescue disk. Initial version 0.1.0 was released July 2, 2003. Version 0.1.5 was released November 1, 2004.
SAM is a desktop distribution based on Mandriva Linux and PCLinuxOS. SAM aims to be easy to configure, to update or to enhance through the Mandriva Control Center and comes with some 3rd party applications like Macromedia Flash, Java and RealPlayer. You can work right from the live CD or install SAM permanently to the hard disk. SAM joined the list at TestRelease 1.0, released September 28, 2004. SAM2009 was released August 10, 2009.
sidux was formed by a group of people who strive to do the impossible: making Debian Sid (aka "Unstable") stable. The goal is becoming the best Debian Sid based live distro with special focus on clean and easy hard disk install. Strategic milestones and 3-4 planned releases timetabled will give stability and accountability to corporate and home users with a demand for bleeding edge software running on modern hardware, and a definable path over time. sidux joined the list December 6, 2006, shortly after its inception. sidux 2008-01 was released April 12, 2008. sidux-seminarix, an educational project that merges Seminarix with the base of sidux, released v2008-01 April 15, 2008. sidux 2008-04 was released December 23, 2008. sidux 2009-01 was released February 14, 2009. sidux 2009-02 was released July 15, 2009. sidux 2009-04 was released December 31, 2009. sidux 2010-01 was released June 13, 2010.
- SLAX-Live CD
SLAX-Live CD is a bootable live CD based on Slackware Linux distribution. All the scripts and source code are included to build your own live CD, or just download the ISO image. Version 184.108.40.206 was released September 22, 2003. Version 5.1.6 was released May 23, 2006. Version 5.1.7 Standard edition was released July 22, 2006. SLAX 5.1.8 was released October 9, 2006. Slax 6.x has a Slackware 12.0 base. Slax 6.1.2 was released August 4, 2009.
STUX comes in two live CD versions. The first one (called "STUX") is a full-featured 650MB CD with a complete KDE, GNOME, WindowMaker, OpenOffice and other major applications. The second product (called "DINO-STUX") is a small CD reduced to 255MB of data with KDE, KOffice, Mozilla, Samba and Xine, but not much else beyond the base system. The STUX project also provides tools for building a custom bootable CD image from an existing Linux installation. Version 0.9.2 was released November 10, 2006. STUX GNU/Linux 2.0 was released September 9, 2008.
- Timo's Rescue CD
Timo provides an easy way to generate a rescue system on a bootable CD, which can be easily adapted to your own needs. The project has evolved into a "Debian on CD" project, so it's not only possible to use the system as a rescue CD, it is also possible to install a whole Debian system on CD. Works with other distributions as well. Version 0.9.12r2 was released January 1, 2005.
- Trinity Rescue Kit
The Trinity Rescue Kit is based on Mandrake/Mandriva. It is designed to rescue/repair/prepare dead or damaged systems, be it Linux or Windows. It now has networking capabilities like ssh and samba and supports about every network card, disk controller and USB controller. Version 1.1 was released July 7, 2003. TRK 3.2 was released January 19, 2007. TRK 3.4 was released August 16, 2010.
The Wolvix GNU/Linux LiveCD is a desktop oriented system based on SLAX. Wolvix allows you to surf the Internet, read email, chat with friends, watch movies in various file formats including DVD, listen to your favorite music, create graphics and webpages, and more, including plenty of games. Wolvix 1.0.4 was released December 1, 2005. A Games Edition was released December 11, 2005. Wolvix Media Edition 1.0.4 was released April 24, 2006. Wolvix 1.1.0 (Cub & Hunter) was released August 3, 2007. Wolvix 2.0.0 beta2 was released April 17, 2009.
X-Evian is a complete Debian GNU/Linux operating system compilation that comes with 300Mb of copyleft material for the socialization of knowledge and technologies. X-Evian joins the list at version 0.4.1-beta, released June 1, 2004. X-Evian 0.7 was released September 16, 2006.
Xfld is 'Xfce live demo', a GNU/Linux operating system (derived from Knoppix) that can be run completely from CD. It features an up-to-date Xfce as desktop environment. The initial version of Xfld uses Xfce 4.1 and is derived from Knoppix 3.4. Xfld 0.2 was released January 16, 2005. Version 0.3, released October 29, 2006, is based on Xubuntu and features Xfce 4.4.
Zeroshell is a Live CD distribution aimed at providing the main network services a LAN requires. It is also available as a 128MB Compact Flash image useful if you have to boot your box from this device instead from CDROM. Zeroshell 1.0.0 is in progress. ZeroShell 1.0.beta7 was released September 16, 2007.
If you have an unused 100 or 250 MB ZIP-drive around, give it a new goal. Use it to run Linux. No hard disk or ramdisk required.
ZipSlack is a special edition of Slackware Linux that can be installed onto any FAT (or FAT32) filesystem with about 100 MB of free space. It uses the UMSDOS filesystem and contains most of the programs you will need. This means that you do not need to repartition your hard disk if you already have DOS or Windows installed. ZipSlack installs into a directory on your DOS filesystem. It can also be installed to and booted from a Zip disk.
BasicLinux is a mini-Linux designed specifically for old PCs. It provides a slim 2.2.16 kernel, a user-friendly shell and a good assortment of utilities. BasicLinux includes a web browser, comm program, mail client, telnet client, wget, dhcp and dial-up ppp. It also includes a small-footprint GUI and is able to run remote X (via network) with as little as 4mb RAM. Version 1 was based on Slackware 3.5 with later version based on Slackware 7.1. Version 1.7 was released May 12, 2002. Version 3.50 was released May 31, 2007.
TA-Linux is a small, multiplatform Linux distribution. It comes with just enough to be usable and it's easy to customize to some particular use. TA-Linux sparc pre-0.2.0-test was released June 6, 2002. A major rewrite of TA-Linux, version 0.2.0-Preview1, was released July 6, 2002. TA-Linux 0.2.0-Beta1 (Alpha) was released August 15, 2002. Version 0.2.0 RC1 (i386) was released December 7, 2004. An unstable branch was actively developed. The changelog for details.
ttylinux is a minimalistic Linux distribution that can run in as little as 2.88 megabytes of space. It will provide only a text-based interface, but it enables you to dial into the Internet and surf web pages even on a low-end machine. Version 3.2 was released July 7, 2003. Version 6.2 was released October 30, 2007.
- Bambi Linux
A Red Hat based wireless distribution. Bambi 7.0 was released April 13, 2003. Now Bambi seems to be working on wireless packages for CentOS. CentOS 5.1 packages were released December 4, 2007.
AlphaLinux.org Distribution wiki
A resource for Linux on Alpha processors.
- Bluewhite64 Linux Project
The Bluewhite 64 Linux project is an unofficial port of Slackware Linux to the AMD64 architecture. Bluewhite64-current v20060609 was available when this entry was added to the list. Bluewhite64 12.1 was released May 4, 2008. Bluewhite64 Linux 12.1 LiveDVD and Flash was released May 26, 2008. Bluewhite64 Linux 12.1 KDE4 LiveDVD RC1 was released August 25, 2008. Bluewhite64 Linux 12.2 "LiveDVD" was released March 9, 2009. Bluewhite64 Linux 12.2 was released December 15, 2008. Bluewhite64 13.0 was released September 9, 2009. Bluewhite64 Linux 13.0 LiveDVD was released was released November 16, 2009.
- PA-RISC Linux
On December 11, 2001 the PA-RISC Linux development community announced version 0.9.3, the latest version of Linux for computers using Hewlett Packard's PA-RISC processor. This site continues to track Linux distributions that support HPPA, including Debian and Gentoo.
Mupper is a rescue-CD project for the PegasosPPC. It is based on Gentoo Linux and contains various tools like parted, midnight-commander and support for various filesystems including FAT, VFAT, ReiserFS, XFS and EXT3. The live CD also includes some network tools such as snort and tcpdump. Mupper joins the list at version 0.3 which was released August 28, 2005. Mupper v1.0 was released October 30, 2005. The first version of mupper for the efika was released December 13, 2006.
PenguinPPC.org does not provide a complete distribution, but it is a good resource for information about Linux on a wide range of different PowerPC-based machines, ranging from small embedded systems, through desktop systems such as the Apple Power Macintoshes and clones, to high-end servers such as IBM's eServer pSeries (RS/6000) and iSeries (AS/400) range.
The Slackintosh Project aims to get Slack on your Macintosh. Version 10.2 was released October 30, 2005. Slackintosh 11.0 was released October 8, 2006. Slackintosh 12.0 was released July 15, 2007. Slackintosh 12.1 was released June 7, 2008.
- Yellow Dog
Yellow Dog Linux started out as Red Hat Linux for the PowerPC. YDL remains RPM-based but has otherwise moved on from its roots. The current YDL supports Sony PS3, IBM Cell and Apple PowerPC. YDL 3.0 was released March 19, 2003. The 64-bit YDL v4.0.90 was released April 27, 2005. YDL 6.0 for Sony PS3, Apple G4/G5, and IBM System p was released February 5, 2008. Terra Soft Solutions, parent company of Yellow Dog Linux, was acquired by the Japanese firm Fixstars Corporation (announced November 11, 2008). The new subsidiary 'Fixstars Solutions, Inc.', of San Jose, California, maintains the entire Terra Soft staff, product line, and regional offices in Loveland, Colorado (original home of YDL). YDL 6.1 was released November 19, 2008. YDL 6.1 for Cell was released April 15, 2009. YDL 6.2 was released June 29, 2009. Yellow Dog Enterprise Linux for CUDA was released March 2, 2010. Yellow Dog Linux for NVIDIA CUDA v6.2.1 was released July 20, 2010.
- Aurora Sparc Project
This Sparc Linux distribution was originally based on Red Hat 7.3. Build 0.2 was announced on December 4, 2001. Build 0.4 (Titanium) was released September 26, 2002. The first Fedora Core 2 based tree of Aurora SPARC Linux, Build-1.91 (Code Name Wombat), was released May 29, 2004. Aurora Build-2.0 (FC3-based) was released April 14, 2006. Aurora 3.0 is FC6 based. Build 2.99 (3.0 beta 2) was released November 30, 2007.
DebXO provides a Debian-based system for the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) XO laptop. debxo-0.1 was released October 26, 2008. debxo-0.4 was released November 18, 2008.
- XO Software
XO Software is a Fedora-based system developed for the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project. The XO and its software is designed specifically for the educational benefit of children in the developing world. XO Software Release 8.2.0 became available October 15, 2008.
Formerly known as ClarkConnect, ClearOS is Red Hat/CentOS based. It is a network and gateway server designed for the small business and distributed environments. ClarkConnect version 1.1 was released July 31, 2002. ClarkConnect 5.0 is based on CentOS 5.3. V5.0 Community was released July 9, 2009. V5,0 Enterprise was released July 21, 2009. Historically the ClarkConnect Enterprise OS had proprietary bits. The ClearFoundation has renamed ClarkConnect to ClearOS, a completely free distribution, announced September 12, 2009. ClearOS 5.1 was released December 22, 2009. ClearOS Enterprise 5.2 was released July 21, 2010.
The RULE (Run Up2date Linux Everywhere) project makes an existing distribution install and run on older hardware. Specifically, it takes standard Red Hat Linux (now Fedora), adds a custom installer, provides resource-friendly RPM package lists, and packages alternative light-weight GPL applications. The advantage of this approach is that the original distribution provides all the patches and documentation, reducing the maintenance load for RULE. The RULE Project was started in February 2002. The current installer "slinky" was released August 28, 2007, for use with Fedora 7.
andLinux is a complete Linux distribution that runs seamlessly in Windows. There is no need to partition, dual boot, configure or dedicate a machine. Users will have a complete Linux environment running along with Windows in a matter of minutes. The Proof Of Concept v2.1 was released March 5, 2006. The Proof Of Concept release was based on Debian unstable. The latest release is a PreBeta, based on Ubuntu's Edgy Eft, dated November 7, 2006. Beta 1 is "will be out soon" as of January 3, 2008.
- Cooperative Linux
Cooperative Linux (or CoLinux) is a version of the Linux kernel that provides a method for running Linux natively under Microsoft Windows without commercial PC virtualization software. Development of CoLinux began in late 2003, with early releases in January 2004. CoLinux 0.7.2 was released November 18, 2007.
TopologiLinux is a free easy to install Linux distribution that runs on top of a DOS/WIN harddisk without partitioning the disk. Version 1.0, released August 25, 2002, was based on Slackware 8.1. Topologilinux 5.1.0 was released Januray 3, 2005. Topologilinux 6.1.0 was released April 12, 2007. Topologilinux 7.0.1 was released January 10, 2009.
ariane is a console-only Linux system. It boots from CD-ROM into RAM and does not require a hard disk. It can also be booted from PXE or USB. It can be used for everything a minimal Linux system could be used for. ariane joins the list at version 434/51, released May 1, 2004. ariane version 2 is a minimal Debian system that runs in RAM. Version 2.0.4 was released August 29, 2007.
K12Linux for Fedora
K12LTSP is a terminal server appliance distribution originally based on Red Hat Linux. It's easy to install and configure. Version 4.0, based on Fedora Core 1, was released December 17, 2003. K12LTSP (Fedora + LTSP) 6.0.0 was released December 24, 2006. Fedora 9 based K12Linux Terminal Server RC1 was released October 16, 2008. K12Linux F10 Live Server was released February 3, 2009.
The Linux Terminal Server Project (LTSP) is all about running thin client computers in a GNU/Linux environment. Version 3.0 was announced January 7, 2002. LTSP 4.1.1 was released April 19, 2005. Best Of Show at the 2005 Linux World Conference and Expo in San Francisco. LTSP-5 packages are available for Debian, Ubuntu and other distributions since March 2007.
- PXES Linux Thin Client
PXES will convert any compliant hardware into a versatile thin client capable of accessing any Microsoft Terminal Server through RDP protocol. (Future versions will include XDM, VNC and other protocols). This thin client boots from the network. Version 0.4 was released March 27, 2002. PXES Universal Linux Thin Client v1.0 was released November 28, 2005. PXES is now supported by 2X, which offers the commercially available and supported 2X ThinClientServer. 2X ThinClientServer PXES edition 3.0 was released July 6, 2006. The free download requires registration.
- Safedesk Terminal Server Project
The Safedesk Terminal Server Project is an open source project based on Debian Live Net. This Linux terminal server project offers local USB storage, sound and streaming video support and the design allows one server with a gigabit port to serve as many as 100+ clients at a time. The Safedesk 3.1.1 open source edition was released May 16, 2006. We only list distributions which have a valid website. It may still be possible to download the source code for these inactive distributions, but we make no guarantees. Some of these projects might not have ever gotten that far. There may be other historical distributions listed above.
alcolix is a minimal Linux rescue distribution with the goals of being small, compatible, and very usable. It has a cozy shell and a multitude of partition rescue/editing tools, all based on up-to-date releases (e.g., 2.4.x kernel with USB support). It uses cpio.bz2 data disks and has a full GRUB bootloader, memtest86, and more. Version 2.4.20 BETA3 was released June 16, 2003. That was still the latest release as of January 2006, when this entry was moved to the historical section.
A comprehensive guide to building a GNU/Linux distribution. Initial version 0.0.1 was released January 2, 2002. Version 0.1.0 was released July 18, 2002. Moved to historical section on October 21, 2004.
AliXe is a SLAX-based Live CD from Canada. AliXe v0.09 ICE edition, released November 20, 2006, is a bilingual live CD (English & French). It's based on SLAX and features IceWM with lots of GTK2 applications. AliXe 0.10 ICE rc1 was released January 11, 2007. AliXe 0.11b Xfce was released October 2, 2007.
Annvix is a Mandrakelinux-based secure Linux server distribution that aims to provide a small, easy-to-use server with high security. Features include a secure kernel, gcc with SPP stack protection patches, and secure defaults for all services. It also includes unique features such as running all services under DJB's daemontools and auditing tools such as rsec (msec's baby brother), tripwire, snort, and chkrootkit. Initial version 1.0-CURRENT alpha1 was released June 3, 2004. Annvix 3.0-RELEASE (Freya) was released December 30, 2007.
- ARM Linux
ARM Linux is a port of the Linux Operating System to ARM processor based machines mainly by Russell King with contributions from others. Last update was March 2005.
Arudius is a live CD Linux distribution based on Slackware and Zenwalk. It contains an extensive set of software tools used by IT security professionals for penetration testing and vulnerability analysis. Its goal is to include the most complete set of useful security tools and still maintain a small footprint. Verion 0.1 was released November 4, 2005. Version 0.5 was released February 7, 2006.
- BBLCD Toolkit
BBLCD is the acronym for Bernhard's Bootable Linux CD or Build your own Bootable Linux CD. BBLCD is a toolkit for building your own bootable Linux CD from your favorite (and possibly customized) distribution. It uses, more or less, an intelligent cp -a / /dev/cdrom to create a CDROM from an existing system. Version 0.7.7 was released April 9, 2003. Version 0.7.10, released October 1, 2003, seems to be the last release.
- Bent Linux
Bent Linux is a compact Linux distribution. It's inspired by Linux From Scratch, but uses Busybox, uClibc, and static linking. It's particularly suited to building dedicated servers, initrds for custom installers and rescue disks, and systems with a nice crisp mid-1980s mouthfeel to satisfy the mid-life crises of crusty curmudgeons. Bent works on older systems without much processing power or RAM. Entry added November 16, 2005. A git repository was opened early in 2008 but the contents are looking a bit dusty. Moved to historical August 25, 2008.
- BioBrew Linux
BioBrew Linux is an open source Linux distribution based on the NPACI Rocks cluster software and enhanced for bioinformaticists and life scientists. It automates cluster installation, includes all the HPC software a cluster enthusiast needs, and contains popular bioinformatics applications. BioBrew was at v3.0 when added to the list February 28, 2005. BioBrew v4.1.2 was released May 15, 2006.
BIOKNOPPIX comes from the University of Puerto Rico High Performance Computing facility (HPCf) and the Puerto Rico Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network (BRIN-PR). It's a Live-CD Linux distribution, based on KNOPPIX, specialized to include tools for bioinformatics. Bio-Knoppix beta version 0.2 was released February 13, 2004. Version 0.2 was still the current stable release as of March 2007.
- Black Cat Linux
Black Cat was a Ukrainian distribution, based on Red Hat Linux and localized in Ukrainian and Russian. On March 19, 2001 the ASP Linux company, the developer of a Russian GNU/Linux distribution, and the Black Cat Linux development team announced a merger. Leonid Kanter the former leader of Black Cat Linux, heads the development team of this distribution and the ASP Linux company continues to support numerous Black Cat Linux users. ASPLinux 12 was released November 30, 2007.
- BlackRhino GNU/Linux
BlackRhino is a free Debian-based GNU/Linux software distribution for the Sony PlayStation 2. It contains over 1,200 software packages to aid in using and creating programs for the Sony PlayStation 2 Linux kit. The programs range in functionality from simple games, to text editors, compilers, web servers, windowing systems, database systems, graphics packages, mail servers and a variety of other tools and utilities. Version 1.0 was released March 4, 2003.
- Bluewall GNU/Linux
Bluewall is a GNU/Linux distribution based on Debian and pkgsrc. It aims to create a complete pkgsrc-based GNU/Linux distribution. Bluewall 1.2 was released February 5, 2006. Bluewall 1.2.2 was released May 28, 2006. This entry was moved to the historical section August 25, 2008.
- Bonzai Linux
Bonzai Linux has been built to offer a Debian based Desktop-OS that fits on a 180MB CD-R(W). The Distribution includes the current stable version of KDE and has been modified for easier installation. Version 1.5 was released May 20, 2003. Version 3.2 was released January 14, 2004.
BRLSPEAK is a Braille and Speech oriented mini-distribution of Linux for the visually impaired. Support for English, French, Italian and Dutch (Netherlands). Initial version 7.0-1, released November 22, 2001, was based on Slackware. Version 07-10-2003, released October 8, 2003, is Debian-based.
Bugnux is a live CD Linux distribution made specifically for software testers. This Mandriva based distribution runs from a single bootable CD and runs entirely in RAM. Bugnux contains an extensive set of open source software testing tools that can be used for functional and performance testing. It also has standalone tools to test GUI applications and Mozilla Firefox extensions as well as a set of stress and load testing tools that can be used to assist in testing performance of web applications. BugnuX 2007 was released August 30, 2007.
This CDLinux was a Chinese Debian GNU/Linux running on a CD. Last update, March 30, 2001.
- ChainSaw Linux
Crimson Chain Productions, a Maryland based film & video production company, brings you CHAINSAWLINUX - a Linux distribution designed solely for video editing, CGI, & 3D animation. The current version of ChainSaw was 0.0.1 for some time. A "We're not Dead" notice was posted April 27, 2006.
CHAOS is a CD or PXE based Linux and openMosix cluster distribution. The CHAOS is a tiny (6Mbyte) Linux distribution, that will boot any 586/Pentium (or better) computer into a working openMosix node, without disturbing (or even touching) the contents of the local hard disk. CHAOS aims to be the fastest, most compact, secure and straight-forward openMosix cluster platform available.
ClusterKnoppix is a basically a modified Knoppix with the openMosix kernel. Bittorrent: clusterKNOPPIX_V3.2-2003-05-20-EN-cl1.iso was released May 28, 2003. Version V3.6-2004-08-16-EN-cl1 was released September 1, 2004.
- Cool Linux CD and Emergency Linux CD
Emergency CD is a console version liveCD for maintenance operations and rescuing your system after a crash. Cool Linux CD is a fully functional Linux desktop system with X graphical interface and many additional software packages. Cool Linux 2.3 was released September 17, 2003. Emergency CD 3.0 GE was released October 28, 2003.
Debian-Ham is a floppy distribution specifically for contesting and logging. It is based on uClibc, busybox, and tlf. The current scheme uses a LILO boot floppy with a minix root floppy. Network support is included to connect to a DX cluster. The initial Freshmeat announcment was for version 0.3, released July 21, 2002. Version 0.5 was released April 24, 2003. This project is closed but old versions are still available.
DemoLinux is a complete distribution on a bootable CDROM. Take Linux with you and run Linux anywhere. The website shows multi-lingual support for English, French, Italian, Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese and Japanese. DemoLinux 3.01p15 was released July 27, 2002.
DragonLinux is a complete Linux operating system distribution that has been customized to install on top of versions of Microsoft Windows or any version of DOS. DragonLinux v2r2pre was released November 26, 2001. After a long time in the Historical section, DragonLinux v3r1pre was released January 10, 2005. This release uses Slackware 10.0 packages. The source code for this project is available, but it is no longer developed. Moved back to the historical section January 31, 2008.
Dualix is a mini-distribution of Linux based on libc5, kernel 2.2.10. It is intended for use as a quick, portable, and configurable network client, not a rescue system. dualix-0.3pre2.tar.gz is still available for download.
EduLinux is developed at the Instituto de Informática Educativa in Universidad de La Frontera university and the Chilean Educational Ministry. EduLinux is specially designed for Enlaces Educational Network computing labs. EduLinux 2006 was based on Fedora Core 4 and was released June 27, 2006. The news was current, but there were no new releases when this entry was moved to the historical section, April 13, 2009.
Once upon a time a distribution called Embedded Freedom Linux was in the embedded section of this list; version 1 released December 15, 2002. EFL turned into FreeLoader Linux before morphing into eLearnix. eLearnix 2.6.6 was released May 16, 2004. Now a product of Privare Networks, a provider of embedded Linux solutions, Freeloader and eLearnix are available for free download. Privare 1.2 was released February 27, 2006. Freeloader and eLearnix were still available when this entry moved to historical on April 13, 2009.
ELKS: The Embeddable Linux Kernel Subsystem. ELKS 0.1.0-pre4 was released March 4, 2002. ELKS-0.1.3-pre1 was released July 13, 2003.
- Eurielec Linux
This was a project started by a a club of students at ETSIT (UPM), according to the Spanish web site.
- EvilEntity Linux
Some say the Linux desktop is dead. Undead Linux seeks to counter that opinion by offering EvilEntity Linux, an easy to install, easy to use, i686 "Windows replacement" Linux desktop for the home computer. The initial release, EvilE DR-0.2.4d, was released April 26, 2002. EvilE DR-0.2.5 was released January 27, 2003. This project seems to be dead, but some code is available at SourceForge. Moved to historical April 24, 2008.
- Familiar (iPAQ)
The Familiar Project is composed of a group of loosely knit developers all contributing to creating the next generation of PDA OS. Currently, most development time is geared towards producing a stable, and full featured Linux distribution for the Compaq iPAQ h3600-series of handheld computers, as well as apps to run on top of the distribution. Familiar v0.5.3 was released July 11, 2002. Familiar v0.8.2 was released April 13, 2005. Familiar v0.8.4 was released August 20, 2006.
- Feather Linux
Feather Linux is a Linux distribution which runs completely off a CD and takes up under 50Mb of space. It is suitable especially for business-card sized CDs. It is a Knoppix remaster (based on Debian), and tries to include software which most people would use every day on their desktop. Feather joins the list at version 0.2, released November 30, 2003. Version 0.7.5 was released July 1, 2005.
- Fedora Legacy
The Fedora Legacy Project is a community-supported open source project. It is not a supported project of Red Hat, Inc. although Red Hat, Inc. does provide some support services for it. The goal of Fedora Legacy is to work with the Linux community to provide security and critical bug fix errata packages for select End of Life Red Hat Linux and Fedora Core distributions. Support for Red Hat Linux 7.3 and 9 will be phased out by the end of 2006. Support for Fedora Core 1 and 2 ended with the release of Fedora Core 6 Test 2 - just as Fedora Legacy began supporting Fedora Core 4. Fedora Legacy shut down at the end of 2006.
FIRE is a portable bootable cdrom based distribution with the goal of providing an immediate environment to perform forensic analysis, incident response, data recovery, virus scanning and vulnerability assessment. The initial version (v.0.1.0.5b) was released February 28, 2002. FIRElite v0.2b was released August 19, 2002. FIRE 0.4a was released May 14, 2003. No response from biatchux.dmzs.com, moved to historical July 30, 2009.
Wiki Fluxbuntu is a LPAE-standard compliant, Ubuntu-based distribution. It is lightweight, swift and efficient. These features support the Fluxbuntu Linux Project's Goal of running on a wide range of mobile devices and computers (low-end & high-end). The first test release is expected July 19, 2007, timed with the Gutsy Tribe 3 release. As of October 2, 2008 there do not appear to be any releases of current changes.
Free-EOS is a French distribution with the aim of being incredibly easy to set up and get a set of services running. Version 1.1 was released June 14, 2003. Version 1.3-1a was released November 27, 2004. Version 2.0 was released June 25, 2006, activity seems to die out after that.
Freepia is a small GNU/Linux distribution designed to run on Via Epia-M Mainboards. It currently runs on the M-9000 and M-10000 (ezra and nehemiah cpu) but with some modifications like kernel and X11 modules it should run on others too. The main motivation behind this project is to build a full featured, low noise media box to play movies/MP3s/images etc. For this it uses freevo but in the future there may be support for others like mythtv or vdr. The last release appears to be 0.3.8-rc1 - moved to historical on October 29, 2008.
- Fried Chicken
Fried Chicken Linux (FCL) was a Linux software repository designed for use by students and staff at the IT University of Copenhagen. FCL contains Fried Chicken Linux packages, integrated with Red Hat Linux. The Repository furthermore had mirrors of the Red Hat distributions and updates to these. Automatically updated Red Hat Linux distributions were provided. The last FCL version mirrored Red Hat 7.1 and the distribution is no longer available. The LinuxLab at the IT University of Copenhagen was a project initiated by a donation in 2000 by IBM.
A product of Future Technologies, the FTOSX Desktop is a RPM-based OS for IA-32 platforms. FTOSX offers more than 1,000 software packages including its own KDE-base desktop. FTOSX Desktop 2005 seems to be the last release. Moved to historical April 24, 2008.
- Gentoo For Zaurus
Gentoo For Zaurus is a port of the Gentoo Distribution to the Zaurus PDA, based on Cacko X11 Rom and The Emerde Project. It can be mounted over NFS so no changes to a current configuration are needed. It includes a native gcc environment for ARM, the zgcc-3.3.1 cross compiler for the main PC with distcc configured so that the main PC does the actual compiling, and X11 for testing applications. The first public release was version 0.1.1, dated January 6, 2004. Version 0.2.2 was released February 2, 2004.
giotto is a floppy Linux, a bootable floppy disk that comes with the necessary parts of the Linux operation system. giotto boots from a floppy (it can be installed also on a hard disk) and runs completly out of the system's RAM. Generally no hard disks are required. Suceeded by ariane. giotto software is unmaintained but still available here.
- GoodGoat Linux
GoodGoat Linux is based on Gentoo. It's a simple desktop that can run from a usb key, hard drive or cdrom disk. Version 1.1 of GoodGoat Linux was released January 17, 2005. Version 1.2 was released March 26, 2005. Version 1.4 was released January 14, 2006. This seems to be the final version as of April 24, 2008, when the entry was moved to historical.
H3Knix is a small, source-based, desktop Linux distribution. It provides a custom package management system based on "capsules", which allows the user to select the functionality they require (e.g., "Dialup Internet access"), and it will automatically retrieve all required applications, including relevant dependencies. H3Knix joins the list at version 1.2 released July 14, 2004. Version 2.2 was released May 27, 2005. Moved to historical April 20, 2009.
- Halloween Linux
Halloween Linux is a German localized version of Red Hat 5 dating back to 2001.
Hedinux (formerly Octoz GNU/Linux) is inspired by Linux From Scratch. Version 0.1rc1 was released September 27, 2005. Hedinux GNOME live-cd 2006.1 alpha2 (with GNOME 2.14) was released March 27, 2006. As of October 15, 2008 there have been no new releases.
- Hidden Linux
Hidden Linux is an enterprise grade Linux distribution, created to address the needs of organizations wishing to develop a secure Internet presence. It is designed for experienced Linux administrators and can be used as a mail, Web, database, FTP, print, Samba (PDC), PPTP, IPSec gateway server and client, firewall, DHCP, cache/proxy, and time server. Hidden joins the list at version 1.2, released July 2, 2004. That seems to have the last release as well. Moved to historical on October 15, 2008.
Independence is a free distribution designed by users for the users and particularly those who are left out by present distributions. Seems to died out around the end of 2001.
JAILBAIT's Another Interesting Linux But Also Intimidating Too:
A fully-functional Linux distribution that fits into 16 MB. Many modern net-appliance-type products such as the Netpliance iOpener have an internal SanDisk device that is 16 MB in size. Version 6, released June 24, 2000, remains the most current release.
- K Linux
K Linux was a modified version of Slackware Linux 9.1 with the Zipslack kernel. It can be installed on a FAT 32 file system with any version of Windows (9x, NT, 2000, XP). It comes on one CD-ROM and requires at least 2.5 GB of free space on the hard drive. The drive does not need to be partitioned. The system will be accessible from Windows, appearing to be another folder, or you can run Linux by booting from a floppy. Localized in Arabic. Version 2.0 has been the current version since 2004. Moved to the historical section January 31, 2008.
tummy.com provides KRUD (Kevin's Red Hat Uber Distribution), based on a complete Red Hat or Fedora Linux install with all of the errata and updates included, plus extra packages added in by Kevin of tummy.com. Monthly updates were available by subscription. The Fedora Core 1 version became available in February 2004. Fedora Core 3 was the last supported version. There was also a server-tuned release of KRUD called KRUD Server. KRUD was discontinued at the beginning of 2006.
- Kurumin Linux
Kurumin started out as a stripped down Knoppix, but it has since grown into a unique distribution. It can be run as a live CD, or installed to a hard drive. It comes with plenty of documentation written in Portuguese and has many scripts capable of doing all sorts of tasks from installing (hundreds of) programs to mounting pen drives. This entry was added February 25, 2004, at version 2.20. Kurumin 6.1 was released September 7, 2006. Kurumin Light, a stripped-down edition of version 6.1, was released September 24, 2006. Kurumin 7.0 Light was released January 16, 2007. Kurumin 7.0 was released February 22, 2007. Kurumin NG 8.06 Final was released June 17, 2008. This Brazilian distribution was discontinued in early 2009.
Leetnux is a Linux distribution specifically designed for Linux users who want maximum configuratibility. Therefore, the installation is quite hard, absolutely nothing is done "automagically" as in modern Linux distributions, but the user has total control over the installation. The idea behind Leetnux comes from Linux From Scratch, but a Leetnux system is not as "pure" as an LFS system, because a minimal pre-compiled system must be installed. Version 0.1, released August 15, 2000, is still available from SourceForge.
Lineox Enterprise Linux is built from modified Red Hat Enterprise Linux sources. The Finnish company Lineox offered customers an enterprise level Linux operating system without bundled support options. The Always Current Lineox Enterprise Linux made updates and errata available to customers. Lineox Enterprise Linux was first released January 29, 2004. Lineox announced it's end of life on January 31, 2008. Lineox Enterprise Linux 2.1 support ended April 29, 2008. Lineox Enterprise Linux 3 will be supported until March 18, 2009 and Lineox Enterprise Linux 4 will be supported until August 12, 2009.
Linux4Geeks is a LFS-based small distro which works around several problems and issues mainstream Linux distributions have. It offers different versions compiled for each architecture and has all the packages required for a slim installation including a firewall and network administration tools, amongst others. Version 0.01 was released June 11, 2003. Version 0.10, released October 15, 2005, appears to be last release.
- Linux DA OS
More info on LinuxDevices.com
Empower Technologies makes this embedded OS for the Motorola Dragonball platform, TI's OMAP5912 dual-core processors, and others. LinuxDA powers the PowerPlay brand of PDAs.
- Linuxin GNU/Linux
Spanish Linuxin GNU/Linux was based on Debian Woody, with many ease-of-use type of enhancements, such as automated graphical installation, hardware autodetection and configuration -- all geared towards users with little Linux experience. Version 1.0 was released August 6, 2002.
This is a Slackware based distribution of the Linux operating system that can be installed and run from a DOS system, i.e. MSDOS, PCDOS, DRDOS, and Win9X in DOS mode. With the loop or UMSDOS version of the Linux system there's no need to repartition. The Linux system will just be a file or directory on your current DOS/Win9X system, and act like it was on it's own partition. LoopLinux 3.0 was released June 4, 2003. Some individual packages were released as recently as March 2006, but overall development seems to have ceased. Moved to historical section January 31, 2008.
- MCC Interim Linux
MCC Interim Linux was started by the Manchester Computing Centre in February of 1992, after they made Linux availible on their FTP site in November of 1991. The distribution was one of the first to use a combined boot/root disk. Several distributions were based off of MCC Interim Linux, including TAMU, MJ, and SLS (which later morphed into Slackware Linux, a distribution that's still alive today).
MkLinux is an open source operating system which consists of an implementation of the Linux operating system hosted on the Mach microkernel. It is estimated that there are somewhere between 50,000 and 100,000 MkLinux users. A significant number of the installed MkLinux systems are being used in mission-critical applications. Pre-R2 was released August 5, 2002.
Mulimidix is a mini Linux distribution for building a PC-based set-top box and multimedia player system with digital TV, MP3, DivX, etc. support, using VDR, Freevo and other tools. It is currently optimized for i686. Initial version 0.1 was released April 4, 2003. Version 0.7 was released June 29, 2004. Entry moved to historical March 28, 2007.
muLinux is a minimalistic Linux distribution, suitable for old computers. X11, GCC, VNC, SSH, Samba, Netscape etc. are supported on additional addon floppies. It can be installed from DOS/Win9x or Linux, without repartitioning. Release 14r0 is a very stable, final release and muLinux itself is not currently under active development.
- MURIX Linux
MURIX is a distribution based on LinuxFromScratch for building bootable CD-ROMs. Since you build it from source, MURIX should function on almost any hardware. Version 20020205, the initial release, became available on February 24, 2002. Version 1.1 was released November 24, 2002. Version 2004.2 was released December 25, 2004. Murix 220.127.116.11 was released July 24, 2006. Moved to historical October 16, 2008.
Cybernet Systems makes the NetMAX server and NetMAX Desktop. The server product does not appear to be available for download, but the NetMAX DeskTOP Live CD, 1.7 beta released May 18, 2005 is completely GNU GPL free software. No longer developed, moved to historical (from General Purpose) January 6, 2009.
- Netstation Linux
NetStation is a Linux distribution for diskless thin client terminals using standard x86 hardware. It can boot from network using Etherboot and connect to an application server using VNC, RDP, X11 or SSH. The initial release, NetStation 0.1 (alpha), is dated August 28, 2001. Development version 0.8.2 was released June 6, 2002.
- NoMad Linux
The web site says NoMad Linux 2.0 is on the way. It has said that for a long time, though. NoMad first came about in spring of 1997. It is based on the encap package managing system. NoMad's main purpose was to keep it's creators happy and give them something to do in their free time. No doubt it suceeded at that, at least for a while. Nomad was moved to the historical section March 2006.
Nuclinux is a single floppy Linux distribution. One 3.5 in. floppy contains enough of a system to connect to the Internet from a networked machine (e.g. school lab, Internet cafe, etc.) It's also available as a DOS/Windows install. Version 0.9.4 was released December 16, 2000. Nuclinux is no longer actively developed.
- Onebase Linux
Onebase Linux (OL) is an independent meta source distribution originally created in July 2003. It aims to be a free distribution, both powerful and easy to use. OL 2005 was released April 30, 2005. OnebaseGo 3.0 and GamesGo 1.0 were released July 12, 2005. Onebase DevelopGo is a live CD with plenty of software developement tools. DevelopGo 1.0 was released July 30, 2005. StudioGo 1.0 was released August 17, 2005. Moved to historical January 6, 2009.
OpenLab claims to be the oldest African developed GNU/Linux distribution. Started in 2001, the product has built up a reputation for ease-of-use, innovation and user-oriented design. OpenLab was originally developed as a niche solution for the education sector but has since grown into a complete desktop operating system. OpenLab joined the list at version 3.0.5, released May 11, 2004. OpenLab4 (Perdita) was released October 9, 2005. OpenLab 4.Z Beta was released September 8, 2006.
- OpenNA Linux
The OpenNA Linux Operating System provides a highly secure and fast Linux server. Dedicated for mission critical tasks in the servers domain, the OpenNA Linux operating system provides a secure, strong, reliable and fast solution. A beta4 development version was released July 22, 2002. Release Candidate 2 was released March 24, 2003. Version 1.0 was released November 11, 2003. The change log for the development branch of OpenNA Linux 2.0 looks at changes from January 2004/January 2005. Moved to historical November 12, 2009.
OpenPsion (formerly PsiLinux) is a project to port Linux to a group of palmtops produced by Psion, and related machines such as the Geofox One. At present, working Linux systems can be installed on any of the Series 5, Series 5MX, Series 5MX-Pro, Revo (Revo+, Mako), and Series 7/netBook machines. Debian 3.1 "Sarge" was released for the Series 7/netBook September 6, 2005.
The OpenZaurus project was aimed at building a kernel and filesystem for the Sharp SL-5000d and SL-5500. Version 18.104.22.168 was released August 8, 2002. After that the project became a Debian based embedded distribution built from source. It is quite similar to other embedded debian-based distributions, such as Familiar for the Ipaq. This is still an open source Linux for the Sharp Zaurus, using the latest available Opie. Ports of OpenZaurus to other PDAs and/or other embedded systems are imminent (as of January 28, 2003). OpenZaurus 3.5.4 was released March 18, 2006.
Oralux is a GNU/Linux distribution for blind or visually impaired people. It is based on Knoppix, and runs from the CD-ROM. An audio desktop replaces the graphical user interface. Initial version 0.03 was released July 3, 2003. Version 0.7-alpha was released May 8, 2006. Development has stopped, but the website, its documents and downloads are still available as of August 16, 2007.
ParallelKnoppix is a remaster of Knoppix that allows a cluster of machines for parallel processing using the LAM-MPI and/or MPICH implementations of MPI, as well as PVM. You can convert a room full of machines running Windows into a Linux cluster, and when you shut down, your Windows machines are in their original state. The computers in the cluster can be homogeneous or heterogeneous. Getting the cluster up and running takes about 5 minutes, if the machines have PXE network cards. Clusters from 2 to 200 machines are supported. The tutorial explains in detail how to set it up. A security enhanced version was released December 2, 2005. ParallelKnoppix 2.6 was released May 4, 2007. PK 2.8 for 64 bit systems was released November 21, 2007. This was the final release for ParallelKnoppix. See PelicanHPC for the continuation of this work.
PeeWeeLinux is a development effort to provide an environment that makes the configuration and installation of a Linux operating system on an embedded platform as easy and painless as possible. PeeWeeLinux v0.61.1 was released February 27, 2002. Moved to historical section March 12, 2004.
Just for fun check out Perl/Linux, a Linux distribution where all programs are written in perl. The current (only) version is 0.9.5, released under Artistic License.
- Pioneer Linux
Pioneer Linux by Technalign is a desktop distribution for home or business. It is based on Kubuntu and MEPIS. You can download the distribution for free, but Technalign is also selling box sets, Pioneer Linux OnTheGo on a USB key and, of course support and customization. Available for x86 and x86_64 now, with PPC in the works. The initial release of Pioneer Linux in 32 and 64 bit versions is dated December 4, 2006. Pioneer Rifleman Alpha 2 (eye candy edition) was released April 13, 2007. Pioneer Explorer 1.1 community edition was released September 7, 2007, followed by the Server Final release on September 12, 2007. Pioneer Basic 3.0, including MigrationSERVER and Stagecoach, was released September 21, 2007. Pioneer Basic and Pioneer Explorer 3.2 were released June 17, 2008. The end of development was announced May 7, 2010.
The Techm4sters team has created ProTech, a security distribution for networks administrators, pentesters and other forensic analysis. It's a live CD based on Ubuntu Feisty. The first beta was made available for download February 13, 2007, with a final version expected in April 2007 when the Ubuntu Feisty release is finalized. Moved to historical November 12, 2009.
Qplus is highly configurable embedded Linux system. Based on CML2, you can configure kernel, applications, libraries, and target specific information at once through GUI interface. it can be used any embedded systems such as router, settop box and PDA. Version 1.0 was released December 16, 2002. Moved to historical section February 1, 2006.
- redWall Firewall
redWall is a bootable CD-ROM Firewall. It's goal is to provide a feature rich firewall solution, with a web interface for all the logfiles generated. Version 0.5.5 was released May 8, 2005. redWall Firewall version 2.2.3 was released October 31, 2006. Moved to historical November 12, 2009.
Repairlix is a networked Linux distribution/bootable system intended to fit in 12MB of media - so small that an image can be burned onto a business-card-sized shaped CDROM, suitable for your wallet. It has a suite of utilities for doing system recovery. The latest version of Repairlix is called Nail, dated September 24, 2000 (as of September 2007).
- ROOT Linux
ROOT Linux is an advanced GNU/Linux operating system. It aims to be fast, stable and flexible. ROOT Linux is not recommended as a first Linux distribution. People should have experience with Linux and computers in general. Version 1.3 was released August 27, 2002. Version 1.4 was released December 16, 2004. As of February 15, 2006 Root is optimized for Intel 686. Moved to historical January 6, 2008.
Rubix is a Slackware based distribution that uses the pacman package management from Arch Linux. Rubix 1.0 was released March 5, 2006. Development ceased soon after. Moved to historical January 6, 2009.
Scrudgeware is no longer under development. As a GNU/Linux distribution, ScrudgeWare was designed with several goals in mind. First and foremost it was built with 100% Free Software, and without bloat.
ScummLinux creates a bootable Linux CD which includes ScummVM and your favorites Scumm games, so you can play them anywhere. The initial version of ScummLinux is 0.1, released July 27, 2003. Version 0.3.1 was released August 13, 2003.
- Sectoo Linux
Sectoo Linux is a live CD based on Gentoo, with tools related to network security. It does port scanning, packet sniffing, OS fingerprinting, intrusion detection, and much more. A pre-alpha version was released August 4, 2006. Moved to historical November 12, 2009.
- Sentry Firewall
Sentry Firewall CD-ROM is a Linux based bootable CD-ROM suitable for use as an inexpensive and easy to maintain Firewall or IDS (Intrusion Detection System) Node. The system is designed to be immediately configurable for a variety of different operating environments via a configuration file located on a floppy disk or a local hard drive. Version 1.2.0 was released March 27, 2002. Version 1.5.0-rc16 was released January 13, 2005. According to the website the project is stalled, posted March 18, 2006.
Slack/390 is port of Slackware Linux to IBM's S/390 hardware. Slack/390 10.0 was released February 11, 2005. The company Sine Nomine Associates will be offering commerical support for Slack/390. May be available in a 64 bit version. Moved to historical January 6, 2008.
- SnapGear Embedded Linux
SnapGear Embedded Linux is a 100% free distribution supporting several processors (with an emphasis, perhaps, on MMU-less processors - the principal developers of uClinux were among the original developers of SnapGear). SnapGear was acquired by CyberGuard in 2004. SnapGear appliances are available worldwide.
SNAPPIX is a KNOPPIX-based live CD with many open source Java components integrated into one compact package. The initial release of SNAPPIX was v0.7 "FISL-Brazilzle" dated June 1, 2005. SNAPPIX 0.9.1 "OSCON" was released July 29, 2005. Problems were found and active development ceased shortly after the last release.
- Server optimized Linux
SoL (Server optimized Linux) is a product of antitachyon, an Austrian company located in Vienna. Built from the ground up from original sources, SoL aims to be stable and fast server distribution. SoL 18.00 was released May 18, 2004. Antitachyon also provides the SoL-DESKTOP and XoL (Diskless X office Linux). SoL 25.00 was released June 26, 2007. Moved to historical January 6, 2009.
This distribution was created by the original Sorcerer GNU/Linux author, Kyle Sallee. Sources are downloaded directly from software authors' homepages and mirrors. Then, they are compiled with the architecture and optimizations that the system administrator specifies. Finally, it is installed, tracked, and archived for easy removal and upgrades. Sorcerer has both both command line and menu driven package mangement programs. A public beta, not backward compatible with previous releases of SGL, was made available April 14, 2002. This project is fairly private, with no mailing list. Parts of the website haven't been updated recently, but current packages are available for download as of February 2008.
Splack was a volunteer effort to maintain Slackware on Sparc. Splack v-y1test was released September 30, 2001. Moved to historical section October 13, 2003.
- Sun Java Desktop System
Sun Microsystems has a version of Linux targeted toward the enterprise desktop. The base is SuSE Linux, with Sun's version of the GNOME desktop, and some of Sun's proprietary software such as StarOffice and Java development tools. Once codenamed Project MadHatter (August 2003), the first JDS was released September 30, 2003. The Sun Java Desktop System, Release 2 became available May 4, 2004. No new versions expected, although release 3 of Sun Java Desktop System is shipping now as part of the Solaris 10 Operating System.
SuperRescue is a single very large bootable system-on-a-disk. It's based on the observation that the vast majority of systems allow you to do so much more than the minimal system. Therefore, it isn't for everything, but for most desktop systems, it provides a much nicer rescue environment than your average rescue floppy. This version uses transparent compression to fit about 1.4 GB of software onto a single CD in usable form. Version 2.1.2 was released November 9, 2002.
ThePacketMaster Linux Security Server is a CD-based security auditing tool that boots and runs penetration testing and forensic analysis tools. It is handy for security auditors. Some tools included are nessus, ethereal, The Coroner's Toolkit, chntpw, and minicom. It includes modules for any Linux 2.4.20 SCSI driver. Initial version 1.0.0 was released July 5, 2003. Version 1.2.1 was released January 30, 2004. November 12 2009: main site timed out, nothing new on Freshmeat or SourceForge, moved to historical.
- TimeSys Linux/RT
TimeSys Linux provides a foundation for embedded systems with any kind of performance requirements. From non-real-time, to soft real-time, all the way to hard real-time, TimeSys Linux offers unsurpassed predictability, robustness, scalability, and is available on a variety of board/microprocessor configurations. TimeSys Linux 4.0 was released February 13, 2003. TimeSys released a 2.6 kernel-based embedded Linux distribution and development tools for PowerPC, March 11, 2004. In August of 2005 TimeSys announced LinuxLink, a subscription service designed to help people build and maintain their own distribution. The original TimeSys Linux has been discontinued.
The website is available in English, French, Spanish, German, Portuguese and Italian. Tiny Linux is a small Linux distribution designed especially for old recycled computers.
Tomukas was a small Linux mini-distribution, featuring busybox, tinylogin, mc, joe, ssh, X-window with fvwm1 and not much else. Not for beginners.
TrinityOS is a step-by-step, example-driven HOWTO on building a very functional Linux box with strong security in mind. TrinityOS is well known for its strong packet firewall ruleset, Chrooted and Split DNS (v9 and v8), secured Sendmail (8.x), Linux PPTP, Serial consoles and Reverse TELNET, DHCPd, SSHd, UPSes, system performance tuning, the automated TrinityOS-Security implementation scripts, and much more. It was at version 04/08/2003 released April 8, 2003 when added to the list. Version 03/21/04 was released March 21, 2004. The last update was released May 22, 2005.
uClibcLinux is a Linux distribution based on uClibc. This source-based distribution has two main goals: - provide an easily extensible build-system - provide a repository of software compiling and running with uClibc. Initial version 0.4.5 was released June, 25, 2002. Moved to historical February 1, 2006.
Unifix is the original POSIX certified Linux distribution. Last updated December 25, 2001.
UnitedLinux was based largely on the SuSE Linux distribution and was the base system for distributions from UnitedLinux partners SuSE (Europe), Conectiva (South America), Turbolinux (Asia) and SCO Linux (North America).
From the makers of cLIeNUX, ViraLinux_II is a LILO boot/root floppy image that can run without a hard drive and has over 200k free space on the floppy, ash, eforthl, H3sm and no libc.
- Virtual Linux
Virtual Linux is based on Mandrake 8.1, modified to run from CDROM. Modifications include a new startup script, automatic search and mount of CDROM drive, and cloop compression. The CD contains 1.7 GB of software. Version 1.1 was released May 4, 2002.
- Webfish Linux
Webfish Linux is a small, stripped down Linux distribution based on GNU source packages. Webfish is built with the more experienced user in mind and is aimed at small, fast, secure server and workstation systems with a minimum of installed packages. The initial release of Webfish Linux, version 0.9b, was released June 20, 2002. Version 2.0pre3 was released on April 21, 2004. The Webfish Linux Firewall-1 branch released its initial verion, 1.1, on July 24, 2002. Fishwall 1.2 was released August 27, 2002. Webfish-2.0pre3 was released April 15, 2004. Moved to historical March 2, 2009.
- White Box Linux
White Box Linux is an effort to rebuild Red Hat's Enterprise product from source, including only Free/Open source software. The first set of Release Candidate ISO images were released November 17, 2003. Version 4.0 was released May 6, 2005. Version 4 Respin 2 was released June 20, 2007. Version 5 had not materialized as of March 2, 2009.
WinSlack is a basic Linux install with KDE and Star Office. It requires no logon, and gives you a desktop environment similar to that other leading PC GUI, it also has supermount compiled into the kernel so that CD-ROM's and floppies are automatically mounted and unmounted. You can also format floppies from the desktop. Upon exiting the X session, the machine will shutdown. It is based primarily on Slackware 7.1 with some modifications