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

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  • Armed
    The Armed Linux product is a full Linux operating system distribution that has been customized to install on top of versions of Microsoft Windows or any version of DOS. Armed Linux is meant for first time users and people who need Linux as a secondary operating system.
    Distribution homepage

  • 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.

  • Blackcat
    Russian/Ukrainian language distribution; a universal distribution good for both Internet/Intranet server and a workstation or a home multimedia system.
    Distribution homepage
  • cLIeNUX
    A client-only use version of Linux, using gcc and gforth; installs on x86 PC's and PS/2's with a 386 or better and 4 meg of RAM. Hardrive space required varies by install method, but 40 meg is probably the minimum. There are also cLIeNUX utility-floppy images.
    Distribution homepage

  • Caldera
    OpenLinux is a Linux distribution targeted chiefly at a business audience. Open Linux includes a linux installation, the K Desktop Environment, a limited version of Partition Magic, and office/internet/content creation tools.
    Distribution homepage
  • Coyote
    Coyote Linux is a single floppy distribution of Linux that is derived from the Linux Router Project (LRP).
    Distribution homepage

  • Debian
    Debian is kernel independent. It currently uses the Linux kernel but work is in progress to provide Debian for other kernels, using Hurd. It offers more than 2250 free software packages (based on GNU tools).

    Distribution homepage

  • Dualix
    GNU Dualix is a mini-distribution of Linux . It is intended for use as a portable network client, but includes much more than just network programs - look below for a partial list. Note that it is not a rescue system.
    Distribution homepage

  • Esware
    A Linux distribution developed in Spain and oriented toward Spanish-speaking users. Installation, command lines, documentation and user's manual are all in Spanish (Castellano).
    Distribution homepage

  • Finnix
    Finnix is a self-contained, bootable Linux CD distribution, based on Red Hat Linux. Finnix was created as a system maintenance distribution. You can mount hard drives, set up network devices, repair filesystems, and pretty much do anything you can do with a regular distribution.
    Distribution homepage

  • Gentoo
    Currently in prerelease form, Gentoo is a noteworthy Linux distribution that features multiple builds, each compiled with PGCC and optimized for specific microprocessors: Intel Pentium/Pro/II/III, Cyrix MII, AMD K6, Intel Pentium+ and Intel Pentium Pro/II+. After you choose your build, you then build your distribution from original source code.

  • Giotto
    Giotto is a floppy Linux: a bootable floppy disk that comes with the necessary parts of the Linux operation system. It can be installed also on a harddisk and runs completely out of the system's RAM, generally no hard disks are required.
    Distribution homepage

  • Libranet
    Linux software with an enhanced desktop setup and configuration; includes window managers, word processing, spreadsheets, image processing/viewing, video and sound software and a selection of games, utilities and productivity tools. Also included is a variety of internet tools.
    Distribution homepage

  • Linux-ppc
    Linux operating system for PowerPC computers;also runs on Apple Network Server, the BeBox, and a variety of IBM and Motorola PowerPC-based

    Distribution homepage

  • Linux-router
    A networking-centric micro-distribution of Linux. LRP is small enough to fit on a single 1.44MB floppy disk, and makes building and maintaining routers, access servers, thin servers, thin clients, network appliances, and typically embedded systems next to trivial.
    Distribution homepage

  • Mandrake
    Linux-Mandrake is a complete pre-configured graphical Linux operating system which comes with KDE, Gnome, Window Maker, Enlightenment and other graphical interfaces. It provides ease of use for both home/office and servers.
    Distribution homepage

  • MaxOS
    Built around the GNU Linux kernel, X-Windows and the KDE Desktop, MaxOS features an easy installation utility, numerous applications and utilities. Currently optimized to run on Pentium PC's, but future developments include systems for other platforms.
    Distribution homepage

  • mklinux
    MkLinux is a project begun by the OSF Research Institute (now Silicomp RI) and Apple Computer to port Linux, a freely distributed UNIX-like operating system, to a variety of Power Macintosh platforms running on top of OSF Research Institute's implementation of the Mach microkernel.

  • MCC
    An early version of linux
    . Mcc was one of the first-ever distributions.

  • Monkey Linux
    Czech language mini-linux. Monkey Linux can be extracted to the DOS filesystem (to the FAT32 too). This is complete small ELF distribution on 5 diskettes.
    Distribution homepage

  • NFSRoot-Linux
    Using this system we get a light, usable linux console on our machine. On local hard-drive [or optionally floppy disk] it takes only about 400k [kernel and loadlin], while all the root is on an nfs server.

  • Peanut linux
    Full Linux GUI distribution, that ships 99.9% software pre-configured with KDE-Desktop/WM, Netscape, HTTP/FTP/Telnet daemons, 5 X Games, KLicq Client, Igloo-Client, TKDesk, Packages include Quake3-Test(requires 3Dfx Video Card) Perl5 5.6.0, GVim 2.6, PCMCIA, PPP, ISDN, Cable modem support.
    Distribution homepage

  • RedHat linux
    User friendly linux distribution. Configurations are compatible for home or business users, or for server use. Redhat is notable both its for technical contributions to Linux architecture (such as the Red Hat Package Manager) and the fact that these additions are made available for anyone to use, modify, and distribute under the GNU General Public License.
    Distribution homepage

  • Slackware
    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

  • Small-linux
    Small Linux is a distribution which fits on a floppy and can boot in less than 2 megs of RAM. It is intended for users who need a Linux Kernel that meets small memory requirements. Small Linux has been used (console based) on a 386 laptop with 2 meg of ram and a 40 meg harddrive.
    Distribution homepage

  • Spiro linux
    Spiro removed alot of the stuff from the RedHat distro, and added a ton of their own stuff. Mostly administration utilities, an office suite, and a bunch of KDE utils.
    Possible related page

  • Trinux
    Trinux is a portable Linux distribution that boots from a single floppy disk, loads it packages from a FAT/Ext2 partition, floppy disks, or HTTP/FTP servers, and runs entirely in RAM.
    distribution homepage

  • Trustix
    Trustix designed for the server share of the PC market. The emphasis is on creating a fully secure server. This distribution contains only the packages needed for a server.

    Distribution homepage

  • Ultrapenguin
    UltraPenguin is a Linux distribution designed for the Sun SPARC architecture.

  • Vectorlinux
    A base system to build a Linux system based on each individuals' needs and wants in an operating system.

  • Winlinux2000
    WinLinux is a complete Linux system that installs directly to your Windows 95 or 98 just like any other application. WinLinux 2000 setup and configuration software automatically detects and configures most of your hardware devices. You can boot Linux as easily as starting any Windows application and share free hard disk space between Windows and Linux.
    Distribution homepage

  • Yellowdog
    Linux distributions for Apple and IBM RS/6000 computers. YDL is built upon the "monolithic kernel" and is RPM-based. Yellow Dog Linux Champion Server, is geared toward a wide range of network applications such as ISPs, corporate intra/extranets, web and network servers. A single user version of yellowdog is under development.
    Distribution homepage

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last updated: August 18, 2000



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