Comparison of Linux distributions

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Technical variations of Linux distributions (called GNU/Linux by members of the free software movement) include support for different hardware devices and systems or software package configurations. Organizational differences may be motivated by historical reasons. Other criteria include security, including how quickly security upgrades are available; ease of package management; and number of packages available.

These tables compare each actively and noteworthy distribution's latest stable release on wide-ranging objective criteria. It does not cover each operating system's subjective merits, branches marked as unstable or beta, nor compare Linux distributions with other operating systems.

General

Basic general information about the distributions: creator or producer, release date, latest version, and such.

Distribution Founder Maintainer Initial release year Current stable version: Release date Free software guideline qualification Fork Target audience Cost
Alpine Linux Alpine Linux Team Alpine Linux Team 2006 ? ? No Written from scratch network Gratis
ALT Linux ALT Linux Team ALT Linux Team, ALT Linux LLC 2001 ? ? No Mandriva Linux general, school Gratis
antiX Anticapitalista Anticapitalista 2007 ? ? No Debian - MEPIS old computers Gratis
ArchBang Stan McLaren 2010 ? ? No Arch Linux general Gratis
Arch Linux Judd Vinet dev team 2002 ? ? No Written from scratch simpl Gratis
BLAG Brixton Linux Action Group Brixton Linux Action Group 2002 ? ? GNU GFSD Fedora Free software: desktop Gratis
Bodhi Linux Bodhi Linux Team Bodhi Linux Team 2011 ? ? No Debian, Ubuntu desktop Gratis
CentOS CentOS Project CentOS Project 2003 ? ? No Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) server, workstation Gratis
Chakra Jan Mette and Arch Linux KDEmod developers The Chakra Project Team 2010 ? ? No Written from scratch (originally forked from Arch Linux)citation needed desktop Gratis
Chromium OS ? ? ? ? ? No Chrome OS web applications Gratis
ClearOS Peter Baldwin ClearFoundation 2000 ? ? No RHEL, CentOS server, gateway, network Gratis
CrunchBang Linux Philip Newborough Philip Newborough 2008 ? ? No Debian desktop Gratis
Damn Small Linux John Andrews dev team 2003 4.4.10 1 ? No Debian, Knoppix portable, lightweight Gratis
Debian Ian Murdock Debian Project 1993 7.42 2014-02-08 DFSG Written from scratch general, server Gratis
Dragora GNU/Linux-Libre Matias A. Fonzo Matias A. Fonzo 2009 2.2 2012-04-21 GNU GFSD Written from scratch3 Free software: general Gratis
dyne:bolic Jaromil Jaromil 2005 3.0.0 2011-09-08 GNU GFSD Debian4 Free software: multimedia Gratis
Elementary OS Daniel Foré Elementary 2011 ? ? No Ubuntu general Gratis
ELinOS SYSGO SYSGO 1999 ? ? No Written from scratch embedded systems ?
Elive Thanatermesis Thanatermesis 2005 ? ? No Debian desktop Gratis
Emdebian Grip Embedded Debian Project Embedded Debian Project 20095 ? ? No Debian embedded systems Gratis
ESSPEE ESSPEE Project Sourceforge.net 2012 ? ? No Ubuntu Penetration Testing, Forensics, Security Gratis
Fedora Fedora Project Fedora Project 2003 ? ? No Written from scratch general Gratis
Freespire Lindows.com, Inc. Linspire, Inc. 2002 ? ? No Debian desktop Gratis
Gentoo Linux Daniel Robbins Gentoo Foundation, Inc. 2002 ? ? No Written from scratch general Gratis
gNewSense Brian Brazil and Paul O'Malley Sam Geeraerts with sponsorship from the FSF 2006 3.1 (Parkes) 2014-02-09 GNU GFSD Debian (formerly Ubuntu)6 Free software: general, server Gratis
gnuLinEx Regional Government of Extremadura dev team 2002 ? ? No Debian desktop ?
Grml Michael Prokop The Grml Team 2005 ? ? No Debian live, maintenance, security, network, forensic, accessibility Gratis
Instant WebKiosk Marco Buratto Binary Emotions 2012 ? ? No Debian web kiosks, digital signage, personal web navigation ?
Kali Linux Max Moser, Mati Aharoni, Martin J. Muench Remote-Exploit 2013 ? ? No Debian auditing, forensic, security, network Gratis
Knoppix Klaus Knopper dev team 2003 ? ? No Debian live Gratis
Korora Christ Smart Dev Team 2005 20 2014/1/10 No Fedora desktop Gratis
Kubuntu Canonical Ltd. Canonical Ltd. 2005 ? ? No Debian desktop Gratis
LibreWRT ? LibreWRT team ? 2.0 2013-07-10 GNU GFSD ? Free software: embedded systems Gratis
Linux Mint Clement Lefebvre dev team 2006 ? ? No Debian, Ubuntu desktop Gratis
Mageia Mageia Community mageia.org 2010 ? ? No Mandriva Linux general Gratis
Mandriva Linux Mandrakesoft S.A. Mandriva S.A. 1998 ? ? No Red Hat Linux general ?
MEPIS Warren Woodford MEPIS LLC 2003 ? ? No Debian desktop, server Gratis
Musix GNU+Linux Musix team Musix team 2008 3.0.1 2014-03-13 GNU GFSD Debian Free software: multimedia Gratis
Netrunner Blue Systems dev team 2009 ? ? No Debian, Ubuntu, Kubuntu desktop, kde Gratis
Novell Open Enterprise Server Novell Novell, Inc. dev team 2003 ? ? No SUSE Linux Enterprise Server server Commercial
OpenELEC Stephan Raue, OpenELEC Team OpenELEC Team 2011 ? ? No Written from scratch multimedia Gratis
openSUSE SUSE Linux, Novell openSUSE Project 2006 ? ? No Written from scratch general Gratis
OpenWrt ? OpenWrt team 2007 ? ? No Written from scratch embedded systems ?
Oracle Linux Oracle Corporation Oracle Corporation 2006 ? ? No Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) server Gratis
Parabola GNU/Linux-libre Parabola Hackers Parabola Hackers 2009 2013.09.01 2013-09-01 GNU GFSD Arch Linux Free software: general Gratis
Pardus Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK) TÜBİTAK 2005 ? ? No Written from scratch general Gratis
Parsix Alan Baghumian Parsix Project 2005 ? ? No Debian desktop Gratis
PCLinuxOS Bill Reynolds dev team 2003 ? ? No PCLinuxOS desktop Gratis
Pentoo Michael Zanetta, Rick Farina, Jens Pranaitis Pentoo 2005 ? ? No Gentoo Linux auditing, security ?
Porteus Fanthom Porteus 2010 ? ? No Slackware lightweight, portable Gratis
Puppy Linux Barry Kauler Puppy Foundation 2003 ? ? No Written from scratch portable, lightweight Gratis
Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) Red Hat Red Hat 2002 ? ? No Red Hat Linux, Fedora server, workstation Commercial
Red Hat Linux Red Hat Red Hat 1995 ? ? No Written from scratch server, workstation Gratis
Rocks Cluster Distribution UCSD Supercomputing Center, Clustercorp UCSD Supercomputing Center, Clustercorp 2000 ? ? No Red Hat Linux server, workstation ?
Sabayon Linux lxnay Design dev team 2005 ? ? No Gentoo Linux general Gratis
Salix OS Cyrille Pontvieux, George Vlahavas, Pierrick Le Brun, Thorsten Mühlfelder Salix team 2009 ? ? No Slackware general Gratis
Scientific Linux CERN, Fermilab dev team 2004 ? ? No Red Hat Linux, Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) server, workstation Gratis
Slackware Patrick Volkerding dev team 1993 14.1 2013-11-07 No Softlanding Linux System general Gratis
Slax Tomas Matejicek Tomas Matejicek 2002 ? ? No Slackware live Gratis
SliTaz GNU/Linux Christophe Lincoln dev team 2008 ? ? No Written from scratch portable Gratis
SolydXK Arjen Balfoort dev team 2013 ? ? No Debian desktop Gratis
SUSE Linux SUSE Linux, Novell Novell, Inc. dev team 1994 ? ? No Slackware, Jurix workstation, server Gratis
Tails ? ? 2009 ? ? No Debian security-focused aimed for anonymity and privacy Gratis
Tiny Core Linux Robert Shingledecker Team Tiny Core 2009 ? ? No Tiny Core Linux portable Gratis
Tor-ramdisk Anthony G. Basile dev team 2008 ? ? No Gentoo Linux Embedded, uClibc7 Tor server ?
Trisquel GNU/Linux Rubén Rodríguez Pérez (quidam) Rubén Rodríguez Pérez (quidam) 2005 6.0.18 2014-04-01 GNU GFSD Ubuntu LTS Free software: desktop Gratis
Ubuntu Canonical Ltd. Canonical Ltd. 2004 ? ? No Debian general Gratis
Ubuntu GNOME Canonical Ltd. Canonical Ltd. 2012 ? ? No Debian desktop Gratis
Univention Corporate Server Univention GmbH Univention GmbH 2004 ? ? No Debian (small business) server ?
Ututo Diego Saravia, Daniel Olivera UTUTO dev team 2000 XS 2012 2012-04-27 GNU GFSD Gentoo Linux Free software: general Gratis
VectorLinux Robert S. Lange dev team 1999 ? ? No Slackware desktop ?
Webconverger Kai Hendry Webconverger Limited 2007 ? ? No Debian Kiosk software, digital signage Gratis
XBMCbuntu The XBMC Project Team-XBMC 2008 ? ? No Debian, Ubuntu multimedia Gratis
Xubuntu Canonical Ltd. Canonical Ltd. 2006 ? ? No Debian desktop Gratis
Zentyal eBox Technologies eBox Technologies 2005 ? ? No Debian, Ubuntu Small Business Server ?
Zenwalk Jean-Philippe Guillemin dev team 2004 ? ? No Slackware general ?
Distribution Founder Maintainer Initial release year Current stable version: Release date Composed entirely of free softwares Fork Target audience Cost

Cost

The majority of Linux distributions are available without cost.

The following distributions are in several editions, some that cost money and some that do not: ClearOS, Mandriva Linux, MEPIS, Univention Corporate Server and Zentyal.

The following distributions cost money: Novell Open Enterprise Server,9 Red Hat Enterprise Linux,1011 SUSE Linux Enterprise,12

The following distribution had at least one version that used to cost money: Elive (now freely available), Xandros (discontinued), Linspire13 (discontinued)

Technical

The table below shows the default file system, but many Linux distributions support some or all of ext2, ext3, ext4, ReiserFS, Reiser4, JFS, XFS, GFS2, OCFS2, and NILFS. It is possible to install Linux onto most of these file systems. The ext file systems, namely ext2, ext3, and ext4 are based on the original Linux file system.

File systems have been developed by companies to meet their specific needs, and by hobbyists, or adapted from Unix, Microsoft Windows, and other operating systems. Linux has full support for XFS and JFS, FAT (the DOS file system), and HFS, the main file system for the Macintosh. Support for Microsoft Windows NT's NTFS file system has appeared, and is now comparable to the support available for other native Unix file systems. CDs, DVDs, and Blu-ray discs' ISO 9660 and Universal Disk Format (UDF) are supported.

Unlike other operating systems, Linux and Unix allow any file system regardless of the medium it is stored on, whether that medium is a magnetic disk, an optical disk (CD, DVD, etc.), a USB flash memory key, or even contained within a file located on another file system. Similarly, many C compilers (mainly GNU Compiler Collection (GCC)), init systems (mainly systemd), desktop environments and window managers are widely supported.

Distribution Default file system Default init system Install-time desktop environment or window manager selection
Alpine Linux ext4 openrc none
ALT Linux ext3 systemd KDE Plasma Workspaces, Xfce
Arch Linux none14 systemd none
BLAG ext3 sysvinit GNOME
Bodhi Linux ext4 sysvinit Enlightenment
CentOS ext4 sysvinit GNOME
Chakra ext4 systemd KDE Plasma Workspaces
ClearOS ext3 ? GNOME
CrunchBang Linux ext4 sysvinit Openbox
Damn Small Linux ext3 sysvinit JWM
Debian ext4 sysvinit GNOME, KDE, Xfce, LXDE15
Dragora GNU/Linux-Libre ext4 runit Xfce
dyne:bolic ? ? ?
Elive SquashFS, ReiserFS initscripts Enlightenment
Fedora ext4 systemd GNOME
Gentoo none openrc Awesome, Enlightenment, Fluxbox, GNOME, KDE, LXDE-Meta, Openbox, XBMC and Xfce (live DVD)16
gNewSense ext3 ? GNOME
gnuLinEx ext2 ? GNOME
Instant WebKiosk SquashFS ? Has no DE. It's a browser-only interface
Kali Linux ext3 sysvinit GNOME
Knoppix XFS microknoppix LXDE
LibreWRT ? ? ?
Linux Mint17 ext4 upstart MATE, Cinnamon
Mageia ext4 systemd KDE Plasma Workspaces, GNOME
Mandriva Linux ext4 systemd KDE Plasma Workspaces
MEPIS ext3, ext4 sysvinit KDE Plasma Workspaces
Musix GNU+Linux ? ? ?
OpenELEC SquashFS shell script XBMC Media Center
openSUSE ext4 systemd KDE Plasma Workspaces, GNOME, Xfce
OpenWrt mini_fo+SquashFS/JFFS218 busybox-init none
Parabola GNU/Linux-libre ? ? ?
Pardus ext4 ? KDE Plasma Workspaces
Parsix ext4 systemd GNOME
PCLinuxOS none sysvinit KDE Plasma Workspaces, GNOME, LXDE, Xfce, Enlightenment, Openbox
Pentoo SquashFS openrc Enlightenment
Porteus Squashfs, ext2, ext3, ext4, FAT32, reiser, xfs sysvinit KDE, LXDE, Xfce, Openbox, Razor-qt
Puppy Linux SquashFS containing ext2 busybox-init JWM
Red Hat Enterprise Linux ext4 19 ? GNOME
Rxart Desktop ext3 ? KDE Plasma Workspaces
Sabayon Linux ext420 systemd KDE Plasma Workspaces, GNOME
Scientific Linux ext4 sysvinit GNOME
Slackware ext4 sysvinit KDE Plasma Workspaces, Xfce, Fluxbox, Blackbox, twm
Slax SquashFS sysvinit KDE Plasma Workspaces
SliTaz GNU/Linux ext3 systemd Openbox
SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop ext3 systemd GNOME
Tor-ramdisk ext2 ? none
Trisquel ext4, XFS upstart GNOME, LXDE
Ubuntu/Edubuntu ext4 21 upstart Unity on GNOME, Unity 2D for fallback
Kubuntu ext421 upstart KDE Plasma Workspaces
Xubuntu ext421 upstart Xfce
Ututo ext3 ? GNOME
VectorLinux ReiserFS sysvinit KDE, Openbox, Fluxbox, IceWM, Xfce
Webconverger gitfs sysvinit dwm enforcing a Browser-only interface
XBMC Live ext3 upstart XBMC Media Center
Zentyal ext4 ? LXDE
Zenwalk ext4 sysvinit Xfce
Distribution Default file system Default init system Install-time desktop environment or window manager selection

Instruction set architecture support

Most Linux distributions support the x86 instruction set architecture and its evolution the x86-64 architecture.

Distribution x86 x86-64 ia32 ia64 ppc22 ppc64 sparc32 sparc64 arm hppa23 loongson mips24 sh s390 s390x alpha25 m68k26
Arch Linux Yes (>=i686) Yes No No Discontinued unofficial port No No No Yes
Unofficial27
No In progress No No No No No No
BLAG Yes Yes No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No
Bodhi Linux Yes Yes No No No No No No Yes No No No No No No No No
CentOS Yes Yes No Discontinued
3.5-3.8
4.1-4.7
28
Beta
4.0
No Beta
4.2
2829
No No No No No No Discontinued
3.5-3.8
4.1-4.7
2830
Discontinued
3.5-3.8
4.1-4.7
2830
Discontinued
4.2-4.3
283132
No
Chakra No Yes No No No No No No ? No No No No No No No No
Debian33 Yes Yes
4.0+
No Discontinued
3.0-7.0
34
Yes
2.2+
Yes
Discontinued on Lenny35
Yes Yes
2.2+
Discontinued
3.0-5.0
Yes Yes
3.0+
In progress Discontinued
3.0-7
Yes
7+
Discontinued
2.1-5.0
Discontinued
2.0-3.1
Dragora GNU/Linux-Libre Yes Yes No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No
dyne:bolic Yes No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No
Fedora36 Yes Yes No Discontinued from
Fedora 9
37
Yes Yes No Still active but slow in development, Last available is
Fedora 12,
Working on
Fedora 18
38
Yes39 No In progress Inactive from
Fedora 13
40
No No Yes No No
Gentoo Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes41 Yes No Yes4243 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
gNewSense Yes Yes No No No No No No No No Yes Yes No No No No No
Kali Linux Yes Yes No No No No No No Yes No No No No No No No No
LibreWRT No No No No No No No No No No No XBurst No No No No No
Linux Mint i486 Yes No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No
MEPIS Yes Yes No No No No No No Yes No No No No No No No No
Musix GNU+Linux No No Yes No No No No No No No No No No No No No No
OES2-Linux Yes Yes No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No
OpenELEC Yes Yes No No No No No No Yes No No No No No No No No
openSUSE44 Yes Yes No No No45 No45 No partial46 partial47 No No No No No No No No
OpenWrt48 Yes No No No Yes No No No Yes No No Yes Yes No No No No
Oracle Linux49 Yes Yes No Discontinued
5
50
No No No No No No No No No No No No No
Parabola GNU/Linux-libre Yes Yes No No No No No No No No Yes Yes No No No No No
Rxart Desktop Yes No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No
Porteus Yes Yes No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No
Red Hat Linux51 Yes No No Discontinued
7.1-7.2
Test release
5.1
52
No Discontinued
4.0-4.2
5.1-6.2
Test release
5.1
52
No No No Test release
5.1
52
No Discontinued
7.2
Discontinued
7.1
Discontinued
2.1-7.1
Test release
5.1
52
Red Hat Enterprise Linux53 Discontinued
2.1-6
54
Yes
3+
No Discontinued
2.1-5
55
Yes
3+
Yes
3+
No No No No No No No Discontinued
3-4
56
Yes
3+
No No
Scientific Linux Yes Yes No Discontinued
3-4
No No No No No No No No No No No No No
Slackware Yes Yes No No No No Discontinued
?
57
No Yes No No No No Discontinued
?
58
Discontinued
?
58
Discontinued
8.1
59
No
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server60 Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes No No No No No No No No Yes No No
Tails Yes No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No
Tor-ramdisk Yes Yes61 No No No No No No No No No Yes62 No No No No No
Trisquel Yes Yes No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No
Ubuntu/Kubuntu/Xubuntu/Lubuntu Yes Yes No No Yes No No No Yes No No No No No No No No
Ututo Yes Yes No No No No No No No No In progress No No No No No No
XBMCbuntu Yes No No No No No No No Yes No No No No No No No No
Distribution x86 x86-64 ia32 ia64 ppc ppc64 sparc32 sparc64 arm hppa loongson mips sh s390 s390x alpha m68k

Package management and installation

Information on features in the distributions. Package numbers are only approximate (some distributions like Ubuntu tend to separate tools into different packages (usually stable release, development release, documentation and debug).

Distribution Approximate number of pre-compiled packages Approximate number of source packages Default package management tools Package format Default installer Graphical installation process
ALT Linux 8,30063 APT (APT-RPM), RPM RPM Yes
Arch Linux 11,28864 52,594 (5,365 from ABS65 plus 47,229 from AUR66) Pacman .pkg.tar.xz None (install scripts only) No
BLAG 10,00067 RPM, yum, APT RPM Yes
Bodhi Linux 35,000 APT .dpkg Ubiquity Yes
CentOS 1,660 RPM, yum/up2date RPM Yes
Chakra 3,07468 CCR: 3,37469 Pacman (will be replaced by Akabei in future) .pkg.tar.xz Package manager in development
ClearOS RPM, yum RPM No
CrunchBang Linux 23,000 APT .deb Yes
Damn Small Linux 610 myDSL, APT .dsl, .tar.gz, .uci, .unc, .deb No
Debian 48,61070 14,975 APT .deb Debian-Installer Yes
Dragora GNU/Linux-Libre ? ? APT .dpkg ? ?
dyne:bolic ? ? APT .deb Debian-Installer Yes
Elive 20,000 APT .deb Yes
Fedora 22,000 yum, PackageKit RPM Anaconda Yes
Gentoo 15,691 31,13671 Portage ebuild Yes72
gNewSense ? ? APT .deb Debian-Installer Yes
gnuLinEx 200 APT .deb Yes
Knoppix 3,600 APT .deb No
LibreWRT ? ? ? ? ? ?
Linux Mint 50,781 APT .deb Ubiquity Yes
Mageia 17,283 (i586), 11,409 (x86-64)73 8,83474 urpmi, rpmdrake RPM DrakX Yes
Mandriva Linux 22,600 urpmi, rpmdrake75 RPM DrakX Yes
MEPIS 20,000 APT .deb MEPIS Install Yes
Musix GNU+Linux ? ? APT .deb Debian-Installer Yes
OpenELEC XBMCbuntu addon manager, own and 3rd party addons .zip Yes
openSUSE 40,400 25,00076 YaST, Zypper RPM YaST Yes
OpenWrt 2,000 opkg .ipk - No
Parabola GNU/Linux-libre 15,35277 ? Pacman .pkg.tar.xz None (install scripts only) No
Pardus 4,000 PiSi .pisi YALI Yes
Parsix 29,000 14,900 APT .deb Yes
PCLinuxOS 12,000 APT, RPM RPM Yes
Puppy 700 PupGet, DotPup .pup, .pet Yes
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3,000 RPM, yum RPM Yes
Rxart 5,000 APT .deb Yes
Sabayon Linux 12,000 Portage, Entropy ebuild Yes
Scientific APT/yum RPM Yes
Slackware 2,292 installpkg, upgradepkg tgz, .txz, .tlz, .tbz No
Slax 2,050 none .lzm
SliTaz GNU/Linux 3,38178 Tazpkg .tazpkg tazinst Yes
SUSE Linux 22,600 10,30076 YaST, Zypper RPM YaST Yes
Tiny Core Linux 25,160 ab, tce-load tcz tc-install, core2usb Yes
Tiny SliTaz 50 Web site79 none No
Tor-ramdisk none none No
Trisquel 44,67880 ? APT .deb Ubiquity Yes
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu 50,47381 APT .deb Ubiquity Yes
Ututo 5,000 ? UTUTO Package Manager ebuild ? ?
Vector Linux slapt-get, gslapt, installpkg tgz Yes
XBMC Live APT .deb No
Zentyal APT .deb dpkg Yes
Zenwalk 2,000 netpkg, installpkg, upgradepkg tgz, txz Yes
Distribution Approximate number of packages Approximate number of source packages Default package management tools Package format Default installer Graphical installation process

Live media

Distribution Size of media (MB) RAM use (MB) Boots from CD Boots from DVD Installable live CD/DVD Installable from USB
ALT Linux Desktop or Lite 700 Yes Yes No
Arch Linux 181 to 67382 Yes Yes Yes Yes
AUSTRUMI Linux 263 Yes Yes Yes Yes
BLAG ? ? ? ? ?
Bodhi Linux 500 80 Yes Yes Yes Yes
CentOS 700 to 3,400 DVD Yes Yes Officially not supported83
Chakra 1,600 No Yes Yes Yes
ClearOS 700 Yes No
CrunchBang Linux 873 256 to 1024 No Yes Yes Yes
Damn Small Linux 50 16 to 2484 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Debian Live 50 to 5,120 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Dragora GNU/Linux-Libre ? ? ? ? ? ?
dyne:bolic ? ? ? ? ? ?
Elive 700 Yes Yes
Feather Linux 128 48 to 96 Yes Yes
Fedora
live CD
683 256 to 1,024 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Freespire 700 128 to 768 Yes No Yes
Gentoo 100 up to 128 Yes Yes Yes Yes
gNewSense ? ? ? ? ? ?
Grml 110 to 700 32 to 128 Yes No Yes Yes
Inquisitor live CD 210 96 Yes Yes Yes
Kali Linux 2,400 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Knoppix CD
edition
700 128 to 320 Yes Yes Only DVD edition is maintained
Knoppix DVD
"Maxi" edition
4,812.8 No Yes
LibreWRT ? ? ? ? ? ?
Linux Mint 700 256 to 768 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Mandriva Linux One 700 128 to 768 Yes Yes Yes Yes
MEPIS 700 to 4,000 128 to 512 Yes Yes Yes Yes
MCNLive 350 Yes Yes
Musix GNU+Linux ? ? ? ? ? ?
Nanolinux ≈14 ≈64 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Micro Core Linux ≈8 ≈48 Yes Yes Yes Yes
nUbuntu 265 Yes Yes
OpenELEC 80 to 180 80 to 512 No No No Yes
openGEU 700 192 to 512 Yes Yes
openSUSE 700 128 to 768 Yes Yes Yes Yes
OpenWrt min 4 min 16 No No No No
Oralux 500 Yes Yes No longer updated
Parabola GNU/Linux-libre ? ? ? ? ? ?
Pardus 1,256 to 1,276 256 to 1,024 Yes Yes Yes Yes
PCLinuxOS 130 to 700 96 to 512 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Pentoo 666 and 700 48 to 96 Yes Yes By hand85 By hand
Puppy Linux (standard edition) 128 32 to 192 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Puredyne 542 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Sabayon Linux live CD 695 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Sabayon Linux live DVD 2,400 No Yes Yes Yes
Scientific Linux 431 to 2,30086 640 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Slax 200 96 to 320 Yes Yes Yes
SystemRescueCD 160 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Tiny Core Linux ≈10 ≈48 Yes Yes Yes Yes
SliTaz GNU/Linux 35 24 to 192 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Tails ≈800 ≈1,024 No Yes Yes Yes (when run from DVD)
Tiny SliTaz 1.44 ≈8 Yes Yes By SliTaz By SliTaz
Tor-ramdisk 5 256 or >87 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Trinity Rescue Kit 104 Yes Yes
Trisquel 700 384 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Ubuntu 700 384 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Ututo ? ? ? ? ? ?
Edubuntu 700 Yes Yes Yes
Kubuntu 900 384 Yes Yes Yes Yes
XBMC Live 700 256 to 1,024 Yes No Yes Yes
Zentyal 600 256 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Xubuntu 700 256 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Distribution Size (MB) RAM use (MB) Boots from CD Boots from DVD Installable live CD/DVD Installable from USB

Security features

Distribution Compile time buffer checks Mandatory access control Software executable space protection grsecurity RSBAC
Alpine Linux Unknown Unknown PaX Yes Unknown
Debian/Ubuntu Yes SELinux,88 AppArmor PaX Optional Optional
Fedora Yes SELinux89 Exec Shield90 No No
Gentoo91 Optional SELinux PaX Optional Optional
gNewSense ? ? ? ? ?
Mandriva Unknown AppArmor92 Unknown Unknown Yes
Parabola GNU/Linux-libre ? ? ? ? ?
SUSE Linux Yes AppArmor93 Hardware NX and other methods in mainline kernel and toolchain94 No No
Tor-ramdisk Unknown Unknown PaX Yes No
Trisquel ? ? ? ? ?
Ututo ? ? ? ? ?

See also

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