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Popular Linux Distros - With Download Links

written by: •edited by: Lamar Stonecypher•updated: 4/26/2009

A list of common Linux distros with their download links.

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    The numerous number of Linux distributions (distros) are often confusing for beginners. More adventurous users are willing to try out new and different distros. However keeping track of all those distros is not an easy task. Here’s a list of several popular distros with their download links to help you.

    Ubuntu

    The most popular Linux distro today with a focus on usability and easy installation!

    Tiny Core

    Tiny Core is an extremely small Linux desktop that due to its small size (10MB) is incapable of supporting all hardware and providing a complete desktop. However, it can be used as an ultra small desktop capable of booting from CD, pen drive etc.

    openSUSE

    openSUSE is another popular Linux distro sponsored by Novell.

    Fedora

    Fedora is a popular Linux distro showcasing the latest in free and open source software.

    Debian

    Debian is one of the most known Linux distros that comes with thousands of packages.

    Mandriva

    Formerly known as Mandrake Linux, Mandriva is another popular Linux distro.

    Linux Mint

    Based on Ubuntu, Linux Mint focuses to provide an operating system with full functionality out of the box.

    PCLinuxOS

    PCLinuxOS is a Live CD which you can also install to your local hard drive.

    Slackware

    Slackware is one of the oldest Linux distro that is still in active development. It aims to provide a simple and stable Linux distro.

    Gentoo Linux

    Gentoo Linux can be optimized and customized automatically for any application or need.

    CentOS

    Based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux, CentOS aims to provide a free enterprise class computing platform.

    Arch Linux

    Arch Linux is a simple, lightweight and flexible Linux distro.

    KNOPPIX

    KNOPPIX is the Linux distro that popularized the concept of Live CD.

    Kubuntu

    Kubuntu is a Linux distro based on Ubuntu and the KDE.

    OpenGEU

    Another popular distro based on Ubuntu.

    Pardus Linux

    A Linux distro developed in Turkey that is known to be very reliable and easy to use.

    Red Hat (Enterprise) Linux

    Red Hat Enterprise Linux is one of the oldest and most known Linux distros for desktop and servers.

    gOS

    gOS is an easy to use Linux distro that features a desktop full of widgets and personalized contents.

    DSL

    A very lightweight Linux distro (50 MB), suitable for situations like booting from a removable drive!

    Zenwalk

    Zenwalk is a fast, user friendly and complete (full development/desktop/multimedia environment) Linux distribution.

    SLAX

    Slax is a small and portable Linux distro based on Slackware. Though it's small it contains a good collection of pre-installed software.

    PuppyLinux

    Puppy Linux is a small (93 MB) Live CD Linux distro.

    SimplyMEPIS

    SimplyMEPIS is a Linux distro pre-configured for simplicity and ease of use. It is a Live CD that can be installed to hard drive.

    Dreamlinux

    Dreamlinux is a Linux distro based on Debian GNU/Linux. It can be used as a Live CD or installed to a hard drive.

    VectorLinux

    VectorLinux focuses on speed, performance, stability. It is based on the Slackware Linux distribution.

    sidux

    sidux is a Linux distro based on the most modern branch of Debian known as Sid.

    PC/OS

    PC/OS is a Linux distro with a user friendly and simplified interface and provides necessary components (like multimedia codecs) out of the box.

    Elive

    Elive is based on Debian GNU/Linux that uses the Enlightenment X window manager instead of KDE or Gnome.

    CrunchBang Linux

    It is based on Ubuntu and uses the lightweight Openbox window manager.

    Frugalware Linux

    Frugalware is a Slackware based Linux distro meant for intermediate users.

    Absolute Linux

    Absolute Linux is a modification of Slackware.

    Linpus Linux

    A powerful and easy-to-use Linux distribution based on Fedora.

    Foresight Linux

    Foresight Linux features an intuitive user interface and a collection of latest desktop software.

    Yellow Dog Linux

    It is built upon the RHEL/CentOS core and is the lading Linux for the power architecture.

    64 Studio

    64 Studio is a Linux distro based on Debian intended to be a single stop solutions of audio and video editing needs and primarily meant for 64 bit computers.

    Wolvix GNU/Linux

    Wolvix is based on Slackware and uses the Xfce desktop environment.

    ALT Linux

    ALT Linux is a set of Linux distros consisting of variants for desktop, servers and other needs.

    Berry Linux

    A Live CD Linux distro based on Fedora.

    RIPLinuX

    RIPLinux is a compact Linux distro meant to serve purpose as a system recovery disk.

    Granular Linux

    Granular is an user friendly and easy to use Linux distro based on PCLinuxOS.

    GoblinX

    A Live CD Linux distro based on Slackware.

    PUD GNU/Linux

    A lightweight Linux distro based on Ubuntu.

    KANOTIX

    A Live CD Linux distro based on Debian.

    DARKSTAR Linux

    DARKSTAR is an easy to install and configure Linux distro targeted at beginners.

    KateOS

    Based on Slackware and aimed at intermediate users.

    Kiwi Linux

    A live CD based on Ubuntu.

    Sabayon

    A Linux distro based on Gentoo.