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free Linux distributions

Designed for desktops and ordinary people Edit

General purpose, universal distributions Edit

Designed for Multimedia Edit

Designed for old computersEdit

Desktop Edit

Previous generation (more than 450Mhz):

Older (more than 166Mhz):

Very old (more than 386 or 486):

  • tiny (14 floppy disks for initial install)
  • muLinux (1 floppy only for initial install - x11)
  • delilinux (2 floppys, Kernel 2.4 and Xorg 7.0 and many software - rebuild from scratch not based on Slackware any more, has its own package system based on Crux's one)
  • basic (2 floppys - kernel 2.2 optimized for various computers)

Incomplete, without kernel, without documentation or very unmantained/abandonned

Network Edit

Designed for securityEdit

Enterprise EditionsEdit

Customizable Edit

  • Rock Linux
    • No distribution inspired this distribution
    • This distribution can create a customized op system. The final distribution will contain all the software you selected and will be a binary distribution even if Rock is source based (to verify).
    • packaging system?
  • T2
    • This is considered the continuation of the RockLinux distribution

New Innovative designsEdit

Distributions in the rPath way Edit

  • rBuilder with the rPath Linux is new:
    • rBuilder Online use the revolutionary Conary system for packages
    • rBuilder Online and rPath will help create custom distributions with whatever patches you want and everything
    • the system will avoid the forks but still stay open so that many groups can contribute to the system with patches and packages
    • rPath is one of the distributions (sort of a vanila, quite stable and complete) but many other distributions are there also and you can choose either one and you will have the new packages also, exactly the one you would have with rPath
    • NOTE: this is not a single distribution, but a way to make many custom distributions
  • foresightlinux based on conary

Pre-compiled-packages-also Edit

Source based-only Edit

  • Rock Linux you can build your own custom distribution. The final distribution will contain all the software you selected and will be a binary distribution even if Rock is source based (to verify).

Special solutions: designed for a special purpose Edit


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