There is no one Linux. To have, install, and use Linux, one must choose one or more distributions, often called distros, flavors, or flavours. Hundreds exist, and more emerge every month. Each has merits, and often weaknesses, as most exist for specialized uses. It is easy to make new ones, as Linux is open source software. Distributions are listed in this category and many subcategories. On this page, categories are arranged in three groups and levels: 1) Top group: issues spanning multiple unrelated distributions. 2) Middle group: types or classes of distribution. 3) Bottom group: specific distributions, individual instances; there is at least one distribution of this name/type, with its own category.

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Alpine Linux
A security-oriented, lightweight Linux distribution based on musl libc and busybox.
Arch Linux
Includes project Wiki, bug tracking system and forums. Distribution has its own package management system, Pacman.
Devuan GNU+Linux
Forked from Debian, it offers various init systems excluding systemd.
Exherbo
A distribution 'designed for people who know what they're doing with Linux'. Documentation, developer information, source code, and bug tracker.
Foresight Linux
Based on rPath Linux, aims to be a GNOME showcase. Service includes a download section, news beats, community support and contact information.
GeeXboX
Media-Center purposed Linux distribution for embedded devices and desktop computers.
GoboLinux
Distribution based on alternative directory hierarchy. Descriptions, news, downloads, mail list, documents, screenshots.
Linux Distros
Offers descriptions of the most popular distributions and gives links to download them.
Lunar-Linux
Source-based distribution based on a GPLed package management system named Sorcery; fork of Sorcerer GNU/Linux. Not a business. Developed and maintained by people who got together to preserve and extend technology they liked using.
Mer Project
An open, mobile-optimized, core distribution aimed at device manufacturers; powered by Qt/QML and HTML5.
NoMad Linux
Distribution based on encap package managing system for ease of installation and upgrades. The main purpose is to keep its creators happy and give them something to do in their free time.
Parabola GNU/Linux
Provides a fully free version of Arch Linux, with no proprietary components of any kind. News, bug tracker, wiki, package database, mailing lists.
Rock Linux
Modern distribution with powerful auto-build process, mainly for skilled Linux/Unix administrators, runs on multiple platforms. Small, but not mini distribution.
Sourcemage GNU/Linux
Source-based distribution based on a GPLed package management system named Sorcery, with metaphors of casting and dispelling programs to install and uninstall them.
TA-Linux
Small multiarchitecture distribution for power users.
Sun to Drop its Customized Linux
Firm to phase out its custom Sun Linux and move instead to partner with Red Hat and other mainstream Linux firms, a strategy more aligned with other server competitors. [CNET News.com] (March 28, 2003)
Sun Eyes Alliances with Linux Rivals
The firm is considering a shift from Sun Linux to partnerships with mainstream Linux sellers such as SuSE and Red Hat, as done by IBM, Dell Computer, Hewlett-Packard. [CNET News.com] (March 06, 2003)

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