Linux distributions

Linux Distributions

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This page lists some of the Linux distributions that we host or mirror–it is not an exhaustive list. To access a distribution, simply click on its title. You will find a link to the distribution’s homepage beneath each description.

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These distributions are freely available for download and distribution under Open Source copyleft and licensing restrictions. Please refer to each package for copying and distribution restrictions. See copyleft & licensing for overview explanation of Open Source licensing.

AdminsParadise AdminsParadise VoIP PBX is a full Web-based phone and fax solution that integrates the best-of-breed open source VoIP software. It runs Asterisk 1.4.1, hylafax, avantfax, and PHP5 with a themed, easy-to-use, Web-based interface. Distribution homepage
Amigo Linux AMIGO Linux is one of the easiest ways yet to run Linux. Just unzip on a FAT partition and boot. No installation needed. The first time Amigo runs it will quickly detect your system’s hardware and configure itself. Pre-installed GUI desktop and power-user let you get right to work. No configuration needed. Easiest way yet to install a Slackware-compatible distro. Small (+200MB), fast distro is nearly as easy to use as a ‘live-CD Linux’ but without the disadvantages. Runs with as little as 16MB RAM. This is Low-Fat Linux at its’ best. Distribution homepage
Anubis Linux Anubis-Linux is a distro that’s designed to provide a lot of development tools and documentation. Possible options with Anubis include: study programming, networking and security, creating and testing bootloaders or OS’, distro remastering (current AL kernel source included), analyzing network traffic and perform tests, using Wireshark, tcpdump, PackEth, packit, etc., compile Win32, DOS and Linux(64) programs, in C, C++ or various flavours of Assembly, debug executables, using KDbg, OllyDbg and other tools, run Win32 and DOS programs, or use the Tor network to browse anonymously. Features a classic design with one big compressed filesystem (as opposed to the modular design used by Slax and its derivatives, etc).
Distribution homepage
Arco-Debian Linux. Arco-debian is a bootable CD Linux with automatic hardware detection is originally based on Knoppix and Kurumin. Single CD includes apache2, mysql, php4 and kde-3.5.5.
Archpwn linux ArchPwn is a security based Linux Live CD/DVD system that aims to be a fully working swiss
army knife for pentesting purpose (GPL licensed).
Baslinux BasicLinux is a multipurpose mini-Linux that boots from HD, FD or CD-ROM. The 2mb package provides the usual rescue/repair tools, but it can also dial an ISP and browse the net, or act as a router/firewall. BasicLinux uses a newbie-friendly shell and editor, and it would make a good introductory Linux for a DOS dinosaur. Distribution homepage
Bayanihan Linux Bayanihan Linux is a complete open source-based desktop solution for office and school use. It is a package that includes an operating system, a word processor, spreadsheet program, presentation software, email facility, an internet browser, and a graphics editor. This complete system is packaged in a single easy-to-install CD. The word “Bayanihan” relates to a Filipino tradition where people in a community help their neighbor in physically moving their house to a different place. The most recent versions of Bayanihan Linux are based on Debian GNU/Linux; previous releases (3.1 and earlier) were based on Fedora Core and Red Hat Linux.
Burning Thunder Pup (BTP) Burning Thunder Pup is a Puppy Linux distribution with (working) Firefox and Thunderbird desktop icons and Wine in the terminal.
CD Linux CDlinux is a compact distribution of GNU/Linux. The name is synonymous with “Compact Distro Linux.” It is small in size, yet rich in features. You can use CDlinux as your “Mobile OS.” Install it onto a USB key, take it anywhere and turn any PC/Mac that supports booting from USB to your own workstation, with the same user interface. CDlinux ships with an up-to-date version of the Linux kernel, Xorg, Xfce, and many popular applications, like Firefox, Pidgin, GIMP, and even Java and Wine. Just work anywhere like at home.
Damnsmall Linux Damn small Linux is a very small live CD Linux distribution. It has a working desktop environment yet is small enough to fit on a business card-size CD. Distribution homepage
Davinci Linux Linux DaVinci is an operating system based upon Slax, which permits to develop and fulfill Italian schools necessities about computer science course into college schools.
DragoraDragora GNU/Linux is a new, independent distribution made in Argentina. Web site in Spanish only. Distribution page
Dyne:bolic Linux Dyne:bolic GNU/Linux is a live bootable distribution working directly from the CD without the need to install or change anything on harddisk. It can recognize most of your hardware devices and offers a
vast range of softwares for sound and video production, streaming, 3d modeling, peer to peer and filesharing, deejaying and veejaying, games, a world navigator with detailed maps and factbooks and much more. Distribution homepage
Elemental Linux Server The Elemental Linux Server (ELS) is designed from the outset to be a minimal, no-frills server distribution. There is no GUI, everything is console-based. There is no package manager, packages are installed from .tar.gz files. There is no administration tool, all configuration is done by manually editing files in the /etc directory. Distribution homepage
Esun Linux ESUN Linux is an Ubuntu-based distribution containing free software for enterprise management. Developed at the University of Tarapaca in Chile, the project’s goal is to deliver a new alternative to students, teachers and the community at large. The distribution includes software for enterprise resource planning (ERP), customer relationship management (CRM), project management, accounting, electronic commerce, human resources, office and database.
Epidemic Epidemic GNU/Linux is a Brazilian Live-CD Linux Distribution based on Debian. The focus is the desktop use. New users will just use the base CD, experienced users can add more software, change the configurations, etc.
Fatdog 64 Fatdog is an all 64bit version of Linux built from source packages and using Puppy Linux scripts and structure. Fatdog is quite ‘fat’ compaired to Puppy, the complete Xorg is included along with other extras that make it larger than Puppy.
Distribution Homepage
Fedora The Fedora Project is a Red-Hat-sponsored and community-supported open source project, though it is not a supported product of Red Hat, Inc. The goal of The Fedora Project is to work with the Linux community to build a complete, general purpose operating system exclusively from free software. The project will produce time-based releases of Fedora Core about 2-3 times a year with a public release schedule. The Red Hat engineering team will continue to participate in the building of Fedora Core and will invite and encourage more outside participation than was possible in Red Hat Linux. Distribution homepage
FortMacTux FortMacTux is a small, fast, and full featured KDE/Slackware-based, Slax forked, Linux distribution.
It was inspired by and for AlbertA. It offers a great introduction to Linux with no installation necessary,
and can revitalize old system hardware. It maintains a small footprint, yet offers wireless Internet access, video, audio, and games, full productivity suite (OpenOffice, CAD software, financial/banking software, etc.). A USB version is coming soon. Distribution Homepage
Funtoo Linux Funtoo is a variation on Gentoo Linux. From an installation perspective, the main difference
between Funtoo Linux and Gentoo Linux is that Funtoo Linux has a different Portage tree. We store our Portage tree in a git repository. Our Portage tree does track the Gentoo repository (we import Gentoo changes almost every day,) but our tree does contain some significant changes from Gentoo’s tree. Distribution Homepage
Generations Generations Linux is a bootable ISO live GNU/Linux operating environment. The ISO9660 image file can be used to burn a CD-ROM or used with virtualization products such as VMware Player or VirtualBox. The minimal requirements is an Intel 80486 processor and 64MB of memory. The Generations Linux operating environment nickname is vortex. The ultra-light desktop environment uses fluxbox and a GTK+ based panel for a familiar start menu, docklets such as a clock, volume control, and battery monitor (when battery detected), and built-in management of desktop shortcut icons. The name of the ISO9660 image is in the form: generations–.iso where, version is currently at 3.0.2 and sizecut indicates which production ISO image is provided. The 122MB production ISO image is currently the smallest and uses Xvesa. Larger production images have both Xorg and Xvesa X Window servers as well as additional software such as Inkscape, Java,, Skype, and more. Distribution homepage
Gibraltar Gibraltar, a Debian GNU/Linux based firewall distribution, available for download. This Gibraltar does not need to be installed on a hard disk but can be run directly from the bootable, live CD-ROM. All software packages written for Gibraltar, including the shell scripts for booting, maintaining and administering it, can be distributed under the terms of the GNU general public license. The complete, bootable ISO images of Gibraltar can be used freely but commercial distribution is restricted.German Distribution homepage, English Distribution homepage
Gobolinux GoboLinux is a Linux distribution that breaks with the historical Unix directory hierarchy. Basically, this means that there are no directories such as /usr and /etc. The main idea of the alternative hierarchy is to store all files belonging to an application in its own separate subtree; therefore we have directories such as /Programs/GCC/2.95.3/lib. Distribution homepage
Granular Granular is a Linux Operating System that is intended to be as user-friendly and flexible as possible.
For potential newcomers unfamiliar with Linux, Granular is an excellent starting point and one that will make their introduction to Linux as easy and smooth as possible. Distribution homepage
Hanthana Hanthana is a Linux based operating system and a Fedora remix suitable for desktop and laptop users. Hanthana comes to you in the form of a Live CD for regular PC (i686 architecture) systems. You can run Hanthana Operating System directly from the LiveCD and check out each and every feature before installing it on your hard disk.Distribution Homepage
Knoppix KNOPPIX is a bootable CD with a collection of GNU/Linux software, automatic hardware detection, and support for many graphics cards, sound cards, SCSI and USB devices and other peripherals. KNOPPIX can be used as a Linux demo, educational CD, rescue system, or adapted and used as a platform for commercial software product demos. Distribution homepage
Knoppix_NSM Knoppix-NSM is dedicated to providing a framework for individuals wanting to learn about Network Security Monitoring (NSM) or who want to quickly and reliably deploy a NSM capability in their network. Our goal is to provide an introduction to NSM and a distribution that can be used as a launch pad to bigger and better things. We have tried to do most of the hard work to help you get up and running as fast as possible so you can spend more time learning about NSM, leaving the details as a latter exercise once familiar with the concepts. Distribution homepage
LadyBug LadyBug is a french GNU/Linux Live System base on PCLINUXOS and SAM. It’s a installable LiveCD or LiveUSB. It uses Mandriva tools, PCLINUXOS base, synaptic, xfce4 and mklivecd script. You can make your own modification and remaster it simply.
LNX The LNX-BBC is a mini Linux-distribution, small enough to fit on a CD-ROM that has been cut, pressed, or molded to the size and shape of a business card.LNX-BBCs can be used to rescue ailing machines, perform intrusion postmortems, act as a temporary workstation, and perform many other tasks that we haven’t yet imagined.
LinuxShark LinuxShark is based on opens use 11.2 and The Linux Kernel Version, It is regularly updated with the latest security patches and Kernel upgrades. Distribution Homepage
Mepis MEPIS Linux is a Debian-based desktop Linux distribution designed for both personal and business purposes. It includes cutting-edge features such as a live, installation and recovery CD, automatic hardware configuration, NTFS partition resizing, ACPI power management, WiFi support, anti-aliased TrueType fonts, a personal firewall, KDE, and much more. Distribution homepage
MyDebian MyDebian is Debian Live based Live Linux distribution. It was started as an educational project at Gdansk University. I made it as a help system for my students. Right now I use it two years long as an ONLY operating system. MyDebian is distributed as less-than 600MB *.iso image. MyDebian was tested on Intel processor but as far as I know it works also with AMD.
Net Linx Net Linux is remastered and pre-configured Linux 4.31 with Firefox and Skype. Distribution Homepage Currently Unavailable
OnionDSL oniondsl is a live CD based on Damn Small Linux which is set up to automatically bypass the Australian Internet censorship program
openSUSE The openSUSE project is a worldwide community program sponsored by Novell that promotes the use of Linux everywhere. The program provides free and easy access to openSUSE. Here you can find and join a community of users and developers, who all have the same goal in mind to create and distribute the world’s most usable Linux. openSUSE also provides the base for Novell’s award-winning SUSE Linux Enterprise products. Distribution homepage
OpenWall Openwall GNU/*/Linux (or Owl for short) is a security-enhanced operating system with Linux and GNU software as its core, compatible with other major distributions of GNU/*/Linux. It is intended as a server platform. And, of course, it is free. Distribution homepage
PCLinuxOS PCLinuxOS is an English only live CD initially based on Mandrake Linux that runs entirely from a bootable CD. Data on the CD is uncompressed on the fly, allowing up to 2GB of programs on one CD including a complete X server, KDE desktop, and many more applications all ready to use. In addition to the live CD, you can also install PCLinuxOS to your hard drive with an easy-to-use livecd-installer. Additional applications can be added or removed from your hard drive using a friendly apt-get front end via Synaptic. Distribution homepage
PCPAC The PCPAC project describes a method for converting a Linux desktop distribution into a safe, reliable and efficient PAC, a Public Access Computer, for a library, school or waiting room. The intention is to have discussions about distros and scripts. Distribution homepage
pdaXrom pdaXrom is a cross-platform Linux distribution with own build system. Its targets are PDA and embedded systems. pdaXrom uses X11 for GUI applications, hence greater versatility, improved portability and better performance. Distribution homepage
Peanut Linux Peanut Linux is a Linux OS (O)perating (S)ystem. Do you want an alternative to your existing OS? With
Peanut Linux you only have to download 375MB.
Pendrive Linux A Portable Linux Operating system that you can bring with you on a USB hard drive, flash pendrive, thumbdrive, flashdrive, ipod, phone or other mobile device. Project is no longer under active development.
poly-p-ux A Linux Operating system designed to run on very old 386, 486, and pentium computers. Distribution homepage
Puppy Linux Puppy Linux is a Live CD Linux distribution that is very small and focuses on ease of use. If the computer has at least 256 MB of RAM, the entire operating system and all the applications will run from RAM, allowing the boot medium to be removed after the operating system starts. Applications such as SeaMonkey, AbiWord, Gnumeric, and Gxine/xine are included. The distribution is actively developed by Barry Kauler and other active members of the community. Distribution homepage
PuppyRus PuppyRus Linux is a Russian version of Puppy Linux. Distribution homepage
Quirky A variant of puppy, Quirky is a Linux distribution and is in the “Puppy Linux family”, also known as a “puplet”. However, Quirky is not a mainline Puppy release–it is a distinct distro in its own right. Quirky is built with the Woof build system, as is Puppy 4.3.x and later official puppies.
RefractaRefracta is a variant of the GNU operating system and uses the Linux kernel. It is a complete operating system and has plenty of software available for it including office software, cd/dvd burning software, photo editing software, and much more. It does not run software made for the windows family of operating systems. It also does not get any of the malware that is designed for windows operating systems either. Distribution Homepage
RoboHobby Linux LiveCD Knoppix-Based Linux LiveCD for robotics hobbyists.
ROOT Linux ROOT is a GNU/Linux operating system aiming for speed, simpleness and flexibility. It contains many high quality software packages for both server and workstation use. Distribution homepage
Sabayon Linux Sabayon Linux is an operating system powered by the Linux kernel and GNU. There are many Linux flavors, but most geeks just call them distributions. We are a Linux distribution, though, and try to provide our users the best and most complete computing experience. Sabayon Linux uses Gentoo Linux as its base. It is (and always will be) 100% compatible with it. We are one of the most scalable distributions and are happy to support everyone from the most creative kernel hacker to the newbie. Distribution homepage
Slitaz SliTaz is a free operating system, working completely in RAM and booting from removable media such as a cdrom or USB key. SliTaz is distributed as a LiveCD, and weighs less than 30MB. The system is quick and responsive, clean and robust. SliTaz is simple and intuitive, providing a lightweight, elegant desktop, detailed documentation and easy to use configuration tools. Documentation Homepage
SME Server The SME Server is an open-source software package that, when installed on a PC-compatible computer,
transforms it into a easy-to-use, Linux-based communications server. SME Server, a modified version of Red Hat Linux, is a complete suite of essential networking services for internal and external communications and collaboration. This standard Linux distribution has been simplified by making all of the configuration decisions in advance, such as which server packages to run, how permissions and security should be set, how the disk should be partitioned, how the directories should be organized so that the servers are properly integrated with one another, and so on. Distribution homepage
SoL SoL is short for Server optimized Linux and is a Linux distribution completely independent from other Linux-distributions. It was built from the original src-packages and is optimized for heavy-duty server work. It contains all common server applications.
SourceMage Source Mage is a source-based GNU/Linux distribution based on a Sorcery metaphor of “casting”
and “dispelling” programs, which we refer to as “spells”, and a package manager called “Sorcery”. Our packages are designed to allow the user to customize the package any way they want (custom CFLAGS, LDFLAGS, ./configure flags, etc.) as well as offering as many of the package options as possible to the user up-front (you will not need to know what options a package has or what optional dependencies it can use ahead of time). All of our scripts are GPL’d and our package manager and packages are written in bash, so they are easy to learn and modify. Sorcery supports custom packages maintained by users, which can override the default package and will never be touched by updates. Distribution homepage
StartCom Enterprise Linux The StartCom Linux operating systems are based on the Red Hat Enterprise and Fedora source code, each modified with reliability, security and efficiency in mind, to fit the tasks assigned to each flavor of StartCom Linux.
T2 T2 started as a community driven fork from the ROCK Linux Project with the aim to create a decentralized development and clean a framework for spin-off projects and customized distributions. Another goal was to provide a more continous release stream for stable security updates. With T2 you can define targets for various purposes, ranging from embedded Linux systems with a few MB of size over server configurations to a full desktop system featuring X.Org foundation, KDE, Gnome, OpenOffice.Org and many more. Those targets can be compiled for use on the most common architectures: Alpha, ARM, HPPA (incl. HPPA64), IA64, MIPS, PowerPC (incl. PowerPC-64), SPARC (incl. SPARC64), SuperH, x86 (incl. x86-64) – theoretically any GCC/Linux supported one. T2 comes with many predefined targets (desktop, router, live CD …) and over 2000 package descriptions ready to build. Distribution homepage
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 thus boots very quickly. The user has complete control over which applications and/or additional hardware to have supported selectable from
our online repository. Distribution Homepage
TinyMe Linux TinyMe is a remaster of PCLinuxOS. It comes packaged in a miniscule 200MB or smaller ISO. We do this for those of you who have old computers, like to mess around with small/fast systems, or just want a minimal environment. TinyMe is comparable to distributions like Puppy, AntiX, and DSL. If you like small distributions of Linux, give TinyMe a try.
Unity Linux The community-oriented Unity Linux is a minimalist distribution and live CD based on Mandriva Linux. The project’s main goal is to create a base operating system from which more complete, user-oriented distribution can easily be built – either by other distribution projects or by the users themselves. Unity Linux uses Openbox as the default window manager. Its package management is handled via Smart and RPM 5 which can download and install additional software packages from the project’s online repository.
Vector Linux Vector Linux is a small, fast, Intel Linux operating system based on one of the original Linux distributions, Slackware. Slackware has been traditionally known to be about as user friendly as a coiled rattlesnake and that’s where Vector Linux comes into play. VL is a bloat free, easy to install, configure and maintain Slackware-based system. Distribution homepage
Zenarch Zenarch is a hybrid/modular live cd based on slax and archlinux OS. Distribution Homepage Currently Unavailable
Zenwalk Zenwalk is a GNU/Linux operating system, designed to provide the following characteristics: Modern and user-friendly (latest stable software, selected applications); Fast (optimized for performance capabilities); Rational (one mainstream application for each task); Complete (full development/desktop/multimedia environment); Evolutionary (simple network package management tool – netpkg). Distribution homepage
Gone but not forgotten, distributions we once hosted or mirrored:
ALT Linux Developed in Russia, ALT Linux is a universal distribution created by an international team of free software developers. ALT Linux Junior is a single-disk distribution for home computers designed especially for beginners and is easy to install and use. ALT Linux Master is a universal distribution which can be used on a server or on a workstation. It is equally useful for software developers. ALT Linux Castle is a protected server distributions on the basis of RSBAC system. English Distribution homepage
Animux Animux is a free animation based toolset which can handle tasks from creative development to post-production stage of your creative project. Distribution homepage
Aurora Linux Aurora Linux is a port of Red Hat Linux (now Fedora) to Sun SPARC processor based machines. Distribution homepage
Deli Linux A Linux distribution for old computers, Deli Linux is a distribution for old x86 compatible computers from 486 to Pentium III with 32 to 128 MB RAM. It is based on uClibc and provides a full graphical Environment with a web browser, an e-mail client and an office package. Distribution homepage
Gentoo Gentoo Linux is a versatile and fast, completely free x86-based Linux distribution geared towards developers and network professionals. Unlike other distros, Gentoo Linux has an advanced package management system called Portage. Portage is a true ports system in the tradition of BSD ports, but is Python-based and sports a number of advanced features including dependencies, fine-grained package management, “fake” (OpenBSD-style) installs, safe unmerging, system profiles, virtual packages,
configuration file management, and more. Distribution homepage
gOS gOS is an easy-to-use, Ubuntu-based distribution designed for less technical computer users. Its main features are the use of Enlightenment as the default desktop and tight integration of various Google products and services into the product. Distribution homepage
Lamppix LAMPPIX is a Linux live CD originating in Germany, based on Knoppix and Damn Small Linux. It comes with the XAMPP web server, MySQL database, PHP and Perl scripting languages, as well as other tools to run PHP-driven web pages directly off a CD-ROM. Distribution homepage
Phantomix Phantomix is a Live CD for anonymous surfing, chatting and other internet based applications. Intended uses: 1) Personal/private anonymous internet surfing, 2) Demo CD for raising security anonymity awareness. Phantomix is based on the KNOPPIX Live CD. It comes with a preconfigured tor and privoxy. Tor and privoxy will be started during the boot sequence. After booting from the CD, the user is in the common KNOPPIX KDE Environment. Access to the Internet is configured to be routed via tor/privoxy for anonymous surfing. Distribution homepage
Security Onion The Security Onion LiveCD is a bootable CD that contains software used for installing, configuring, and testing Intrusion Detection Systems. Distribution Homepage
Slackware Linux Slackware has offered a stable and secure Linux distribution for UNIX veterans as well as an easy-to-use system for beginners. Slackware configurations are applicable for either server or workstation. Distribution homepage
SYSlinux The SYSLINUX Project is a suite of lightweight bootloaders, for starting up computers with the Linux
kernel. It is the work of H. Peter Anvin, and consists of several separate systems, the best-known of which is ISOLINUX. Distribution Homepage
Zorin Zorin OS is a multi-functional operating system designed specifically for Windows users who want to have easy and smooth access to Linux. Zorin OS is a gateway for Windows users to the exciting world of open source software. It is based on Ubuntu which is the most popular Linux operating system in the world.
Distribution Homepage