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Monday, June 29, 2009

List of Free GNU/Linux Distributions - GNU Project - Free Software Foundation (FSF)

Free GNU/Linux distributions

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These are the GNU/Linux distributions we know of which have a firm policy commitment to only include and only propose free software. They reject non-free applications, non-free programming platforms, non-free drivers, or non-free firmware "blobs". If by mistake they do include any, they remove it. To learn more about what makes for a free GNU/Linux distribution, see our Guidelines for Free System Distributions.

If you know of a distribution that may qualify but isn't listed here, please ask the distribution's maintainers if they want to follow these free software principles. If they do, and they would like their distribution to be listed here, they should write to <>. Some distributions are making efforts to move toward a completely free system. We thank them for their on-going work to achieve that goal, and hope to list them here some day.

If you're wondering why a certain popular distribution isn't listed here, you may want to check our page explaining why we don't endorse some common distributions. There, we've listed the reasons why several well-known distributions don't meet our guidelines.

All of the distributions that follow are installable to a computer hard drive and most can be run live. They are listed in no particular order. We list companies that sell hardware preinstalled with a free GNU/Linux distribution separately.

  • gNewSense, a GNU/Linux distribution based on Debian and Ubuntu, with sponsorship from the FSF.
  • Ututo, a GNU/Linux distribution based on Gentoo. It was the first fully free GNU/Linux system recognized by the GNU Project.
  • Dragora, an independent GNU/Linux distribution based on concepts of simplicity.
  • Dynebolic, a GNU/Linux distribution, with special emphasis on audio and video editing.
  • Musix GNU+Linux, a GNU+Linux distribution based on Knoppix, with special emphasis on audio production.
  • BLAG, BLAG Linux and GNU, a free GNU/Linux distribution based on Fedora.
  • Trisquel, a GNU/Linux distribution oriented to small enterprises, domestic users and educational centers.

The following distributions have expressed their intent to follow the Guidelines for Free System Distributions, and are currently under review:

  • GNUstep Live, a GNU/Linux distribution with a user interface based on GNUstep, a free implementation of the Cocoa/OpenStep framework.
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