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Linux OS Recovery

UniDataRecovery can recover data from Linux OS, as well as from Other Operating Systems.

The Recovery process includes the previous and the new operating systems, and here is a list of the most known Linux OS's:

List of Most Linux OS's

- - - Debian-based

- - - Knoppix-based

- - - Ubuntu-based

- - - Third-party distributions

- - - Gentoo-based

- - - Pacman-based

- - - RPM-based

- - - Fedora-based

- - - Red Hat Enterprise Linux-based

- - - Mandriva Linux-based

- - - Slackware-based

- - - Slax-based

- - - Others


Debian GNU/Linux is a distribution that emphasizes free software. It is supported on many hardware platforms. Debian and distributions based on it use the .deb package format and the dpkg package manager.
Distribution    Description
64 Studio    Attempts to specialize in audio and video production on x86-64 workstations.
aptosid    Multilingual desktop-oriented Live CD based on Debian unstable. Formerly sidux.
BeatrIX    A compact distribution from the Czech Republic that focuses on providing a user-friendly desktop environment.
Bharat Operating System Solutions    This software is also known by the acronym BOSS GNU/Linux or simply BOSS Linux.
Corel Linux    Commercial. Short-lived desktop distribution, bought by Xandros Linux.
CrunchBang Linux    A formerly Ubuntu based distribution featuring either the Openbox window manager or the Xfce desktop environment, with GTK+ applications.
Dreamlinux    A Brazilian Linux distribution.
Elive    A Live CD and Distribution featuring Enlightenment as the only window manager. Aims to be intuitive and easy to use.
Finnix    A small system administration Live CD that is available for multiple architectures.
Freespire    A community-driven and -supported project tied to the commercial Linspire distribution.
Gibraltar    Commercial. Router/firewall distribution.
gnuLinEx    A distribution promoted by the government of Extremadura, Spain.
grml    Live CD for system recovery
Hikarunix    A distribution solely for studying and playing the game of Go. Based on Damn Small Linux.
Kanotix    An installable live CD for desktop usage using KDE, focusing on convenient scripts and GUI for ease of use.
Knoppix    The first Live CD (later DVD) version of Debian GNU/Linux.
Kurumin    Earlier, it was a version of the Knoppix distribution, modified with Debian and designed for Brazilian users.
LEAF Project    The Linux Embedded Appliance Framework. A tiny primarily floppy-based distribution for routers, firewalls and other appliances.
LiMux    An ISO 9241 industry workplace certified Linux distribution, deployed at the City of Munich, Germany.
Linspire    Commercial. Desktop-oriented distribution, previously called Lindows. Focuses on a proprietary software application manager obtained via a paid (CNR) subscription. Bought by Xandros Linux.
Linux Mint Debian Edition    Linux Mint Debian Edition (LMDE) is a rolling distribution based on Debian Testing. It is available in both 32 and 64-bit as a live DVD with a Gnome desktop. The purpose of LMDE is to look identical to the main Linux Mint edition and to provide the same functionality while using Debian as a base.[1]
Linux Router Project    A defunct floppy-based distribution for routers and firewalls. Supplanted by LEAF Project.
Maemo    A development platform for hand held devices such as the Nokia N800, N810 and Nokia N900 Internet Tablets and other Linux-based devices.
MEPIS    Focuses on ease of use. Also includes lightweight variant called antiX. antiX is meant to be used on older computers with limited hardware.
MintPPC    For PowerPC computers. Though MintPPC uses some Mint LXDE code, it is not Linux Mint.
Neopwn    Debian-based network penetration-testing distribution for mobile phones.
NepaLinux    A Debian and Morphix based distribution focused for desktop usage in Nepali language computing.
OpenZaurus    Debian packages and ROM image for the Sharp Zaurus PDA. Replaced by Ångström distribution.
Parsix    Optimized for personal computers.
Progeny Componentized Linux    Distribution from Progeny Linux Systems which was also founded by Debian founder Ian Murdock.
PureOS    Based on Debian Testing.
Rxart    Desktop-oriented distribution. Focused on providing proprietary software.
Sacix    A Debian Pure Blend originally created to support the educational and free software diffusion goals of the Telecentres project of the city of São Paulo, Brazil.
Skolelinux    A distribution from Norway. It is provided as a thin client distribution for schools.
Sunwah Linux    A Chinese distribution
Symphony OS    Includes the Mezzo desktop environment. Previous versions were based on Knoppix.
Ubuntu    A distribution sponsored by Canonical Ltd. as well as receiving major funding from South African Mark Shuttleworth. Aims to offer a complete and polished desktop on a single CD.
Ulteo    Virtual desktop project
UserLinux    Commercial distribution that would have included GNOME. Short-lived.
Vyatta    Commercial open source network operating system includes routing, firewall, VPN, intrusion prevention and more. Designed to be an open source Cisco replacement.
Xandros Open Circulation Edition    Based on Xandros 3.0 Standard Edition. DVD burning is disabled and CD burning is restricted to a maximum speed of 4X.
Xebian    For the Xbox home gaming console.

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Knoppix, itself, is based on Debian.
Distribution    Description
Feather Linux    It boots from either a CD or a USB flash drive. Uses Knoppix-based hardware detection and the Fluxbox window manager.
Damn Small Linux    It is designed to be a small distro designed to run on older hardware. It is commonly used on virtual machines due to low memory requirements.
Kaella    The French translation of Knoppix.
Musix GNU/Linux    A Knoppix/Debian based distribution, intended for music production, graphic design, audio, video editing, and other tasks. It is built with only free software.

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Ubuntu is a distribution based on Debian. Each has a different release schedule: Debian's release cycle is 2 years, and Ubuntu's is 6 months. Ubuntu's packages are downloaded from Debian, re-packaged with Ubuntu version numbers and integrated to the system with Ubuntu-specific patches as needed. Ubuntu officially only supports 2 computer architectures; Debian, about 10. Ubuntu has two maintenance lines (stable, in development); Debian has several suites (stable, testing, unstable, experimental).
[edit]Official distributions
These Ubuntu variants simply install a set of packages different from the original Ubuntu, but since they draw additional packages and updates from the same repositories as Ubuntu, all of the same software is available for each of them.
Distribution    Description
Edubuntu    A complete Linux-based operating system targeted for primary and secondary education. It is freely available with community based support. The Edubuntu community is built on the ideas enshrined in the Edubuntu Manifesto: that software, especially for education, should be available free of charge and that software tools should be usable by people in their local language and despite any disabilities. Since version 8.04, Edubuntu has now been named Ubuntu Education Edition and has been made as an add-on for the Ubuntu operating system.
Gobuntu    Gobuntu was an official derivative of the Ubuntu operating system, aiming to provide a distribution consisting entirely of free software. It was officially announced by Mark Shuttleworth on July 10, 2007, and daily builds of Gobuntu 7.10 began to be publicly released. The project ended around the release of 8.04 and has since merged into mainline Ubuntu as a 'free software' option.
Kubuntu    An official derivative of Ubuntu using KDE instead of the GNOME or Unity interfaces used by default in Ubuntu.
Lubuntu    Lubuntu is a project that is an official derivative of the Ubuntu operating system that is "lighter, less resource hungry and more energy-efficient", using the LXDE desktop environment.[2][3]
Ubuntu JeOS    Described as "an efficient variant [...] configured specifically for virtual appliances".
Ubuntu Mobile    An embedded operating system designed for use on mobile devices. The operating system will use Hildon from maemo as its graphical frontend.
Ubuntu Netbook Edition[4]    Released in 2008, Netbook Edition is an official derivative of Ubuntu designed for netbooks using the Intel Atom processor. Starting from Ubuntu 11.04, Ubuntu Netbook Edition has been merged into the desktop edition.
Ubuntu Server Edition    An official derivative made for use in servers. Ubuntu Server handles mail, controls printers, acts as a fileserver, can host LAMP and more.
Xubuntu    An official derivative of Ubuntu using Xfce. Xubuntu is intended for use on less-powerful computers or those who seek a highly efficient desktop environment on faster systems, and uses mostly GTK+ applications.
[edit]Contributed distributions
Distribution    Description
Mythbuntu    Based on Ubuntu and MythTV, providing applications for recording TV and acting as a media center.
Ubuntu Studio    Based on Ubuntu, providing open-source applications for multimedia creation aimed at the audio, video and graphic editors.
UnicomOS    Based On Ubuntu, providing open-source multimedia game and programming apps. UnicomOS is a distribution that emphasizes open-source gaming and programming.

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Third-party distributions
Unofficial variants and derivatives are not controlled or guided by Canonical Ltd. and are generally forks with different goals in mind:
Distribution    Description
Aurora    Specifically for the Eee PC range of netbooks, based on Debian. Previously named Eeebuntu and based on Ubuntu.
ABC GNU/Linux    An Ubuntu-based distribution for building Beowulf clusters
Asturix    Ubuntu-based distribution dedicated to novel people in linux.
Baltix    Ubuntu-based distribution for Lithuanian and Latvian people. Supported languages are Lithuanian, Latvian, Estonian, Russian, English, Norwegian and other around Baltic region. Main language is Lithuanian.
BackTrack    Developed by Remote Exploit and designed for penetration testing.
BlankOn    Ubuntu-based distribution for users in Indonesia.
Buildix    An Ubuntu-based Linux distribution, developed by Global IT professional services firm, ThoughtWorks. For agile developers.
Bodhi Linux    An Ubuntu-based Linux distribution featuring the Enlightenment window manager and targeting users who want minimum of preinstalled software or low system requirements.
EasyPeasy    Fork of Ubuntu designed for netbooks
Eeebuntu    See Aurora (above).
Element OS    Based on Xubuntu, made for Home theater PCs
elementary OS    A lighter and faster variant of Ubuntu with focus on usability. Contains many custom applications from the elementary project, as well as very consistent look and feel.
Fluxbuntu    Light-weight and featuring the Fluxbox window manager
gNewSense    Designed for users who wish to use only free software. It is officially sponsored and recommended by the Free Software Foundation. The project has also produced a set of scripts that allow anyone to create a free distribution. In 2011, gNewSense will be based on Debian and no longer on Ubuntu.
Goobuntu    An Ubuntu-based distribution used internally by Google. Not available outside of Google.
gOS    Uses the GNOME desktop environment with user interface enhancements to make it work more like Mac OS X, it also features Google Apps, Picasa, Google Gadgets and other web-based applications, and comes with Wine 1.0 pre-installed
Guadalinex    Ubuntu-based distribution promoted by the local government of Andalucia, Spain, for home users and schools.
Hiweed    Chinese Linux distribution, based on Ubuntu. Its features include preconfigured Chinese applications, such as Chinese (simplified) input method, Chinese-English and English-Chinese dictionaries, and Chinese (simplified) true-type fonts.
Joli OS    Joli OS (formely named Jolicloud) is in development and Pre-beta testing. Joli OS is built upon Debian and Ubuntu 9.10, but is tweaked to be more suitable for computers that have weaker specifications in terms of disk storage, memory and screen size. It is designed to run on relatively low-powered netbook computers.
HP Mi    Based on Ubuntu 8.04 LTS, designed by Canonical and HP for use on the HP Mini 1000 and 110 series netbooks.[5]
Impi Linux    South African and focuses on the enterprise and government sector.
Karoshi    A formerly PCLinuxOS-based distribution designed for use in schools.
Kuki Linux    Lightweight Ubuntu-based Linux distribution founded by João Ferro, built to be a replacement for the Linpus Linux Lite distribution on the Acer Aspire One.
Leeenux Linux    Based on Ubuntu, for Asus Eee PC with 7" screen
Linux Mint    Linux Mint synchronizes its release-cycle with Ubuntu's, and is tailored to user-friendliness for desktop users. Also features a Debian-based edition.
LinuxMCE (Linux Media Center Edition)    Kubuntu based distribution that provides in-depth HTPC functionality as well as home automation.
LinuxTLE    A Thai Linux distribution.
LliureX    A distribution by the Generalitat Valenciana
LOUD (LCSEE Optimized Ubuntu Distribution)    An Ubuntu distribution used at West Virginia University. It contains several specialized educational packages as well as its own themes and login manager.
MAX    Stands for MAdrid LinuX.
Minimal Desktop for Ubuntu    A slimmed version of the GNOME-based Ubuntu install, with a similar version for KDE and Fluxbox. It is targeted at experienced, but learning, Linux users.
Molinux    Ubuntu based initiative to introduce the Castile-La Mancha community in Spain to the information society.
Moon OS    Moon OS uses the Enlightenment window manager and also has an LXDE version, and is based on the LTS release.
Nova    Cuban state-sponsored distribution developed at the University of Information Science, Havana. Formerly based on Gentoo.
nUbuntu (Network Ubuntu)    Based on Ubuntu. Available as a Live CD and Full Install with tools needed for penetration-testing servers and networks.
OpenGEU    Ubuntu based distribution with Enlightenment window manager, previously known as Geubuntu.
Peppermint OS    A light-weight LXDE distribution for cloud applications through Mozilla Prism. Based on Lubuntu[6]
PC/OS    Its primary interface is Xfce but there is also a GNOME release available. There is also a release that is geared towards web centric applications.
Poseidon Linux    For academic and scientific use. Based on Ubuntu, but enhanced by e.g. GIS/maps, numerical modelling, 2D/3D/4D visualization, statistics, tools for creating simple and complex graphics, programming languages.
PSUbuntu    Ubuntu distribution intended for the PlayStation 3.
puredyne    puredyne is a live distro developed to provide media artists with a complete set of tools for realtime audio and video processing.
Qimo 4 Kids    educational games for children aged 3 and up. Ubuntu-based with easy to use interface.
Sabily    Ubuntu based distribution for Muslims (formerly Ubuntu Muslim Edition).
Spri    Lightweight Ubuntu derivative replacing GNOME desktop environment with lightweight IceWM window manager. Designed for aging and low powered computer hardware. Evaporated by 2011
Super OS    Aiming to provide an ‘out of the box’ experience, containing various enhancements over Ubuntu.
Trisquel    Fully free software, based on Ubuntu.
TurnKey Linux Virtual Appliance Library    Open source project developing a family of free, Ubuntu-based appliances optimized for ease of use in server-type usage scenarios.
U-lite    Has the main goal to be very light consuming hardware resources. The last version uses the LXDE desktop environment. It was previously called Ubuntulite.
UberStudent    For higher education and advanced secondary students, those who teach them, and lifelong learners.
XBMC Live    An embedded operating system with XBMC Media Center designed to make any computer into a dedicated media center appliance.
Ylmf OS    Based on Ubuntu and uses a Windows XP-like design.
Zentyal    (Formely named eBox) Ubuntu Server with web based interface targeted at small business ; Router/Firewall and NAS/PDC
ZevenOS    Similar to BeOS, with some extra tools.

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Gentoo is a distribution designed to have highly optimized and frequently updated software. Distributions based on Gentoo use the Portage package management system with emerge or one of the alternative package managers.
Distribution    Description
Calculate Linux    Calculate Linux is a family of distributions.
funtoo    Based on Gentoo.
Gentoox    An adaptation of Gentoo for the Xbox.
iloog    For academic/student usage.
Knopperdisk    A new distribution aimed at USB sticks.
Pentoo    Penetration-testing Live CD.
Sabayon Linux    An installable Live DVD with multiple desktop environments. Like Gentoo, Sabayon uses the rolling release model; it uses a customized version of Red Hat's Anaconda Installer and includes a Media Center application.
SystemRescueCD    System rescue Live CD version of Gentoo.
Tin Hat Linux    Based on hardened Gentoo.
Ututo    Made in Argentina.
VidaLinux    Uses Anaconda as its installer.
Chromium OS[7]    Google's OS[8] to be used on various tablet computers as well as netbooks and nettops. It is primarily Internet-based, launching each app within the Chrome browser. The OS uses a user interface very similar-looking to the Chrome internet browser instead of GNOME, KDE, etc.
Google Chrome OS[7]    Designed by Google. Available through submission of a pilot application, though source code and directions to manually build it (under the name "Chromium-Based OS") are available. The Cr-48 netbook-style prototype is now available for those interested in the pilot program. The company of which it was created is unknown, but uses intel processors. Both Chromium OS and Google Chrome OS are not directly based on Gentoo, but they use Gentoo's package managing system, portage.[7]

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Pacman is a package manager that is capable of resolving dependencies and automatically downloading and installing all necessary packages. In theory, a user need only run a single command to completely update the system.
Distribution    Description
Arch Linux    An i686- and x86-64-optimized distribution targeted at experienced users. Arch runs on a rolling release system and uses the pacman utility for package management.
KnoppMyth    Based on Arch Linux and MythTV, providing applications for recording TV and acting as a sound and video center.
DeLi Linux    A desktop based mini distribution with office suite, web browser and other graphical programs to run on a 486. Built from scratch with some influences from Slackware and CRUX.
Frugalware Linux    A general purpose Linux distribution designed for intermediate users. Has some influences from Slackware, and uses a heavily modified version of the Pacman package manager, Pacman-G2, a fork of a cvs version of the complete rewrite of Pacman-G1 by Aurelien Foret (the old monolithic Pacman-G1 is written by Judd Vinet). The packages are tar archives that are compressed using bzip2.
Chakra Linux    A free and independent GNU/Linux Live CD and desktop distribution developed by The Chakra Project. Based on the KDE Software Compilation and designed around the Qt framework.

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Red Hat Linux and SUSE Linux were the original major distributions that used the RPM file format, which is today used in several package management systems. Both of these later divided into commercial and community-supported distributions. Red Hat Linux divided into a community-supported distribution sponsored by Red Hat called Fedora, and a commercially supported distribution called Red Hat Enterprise Linux.
Distribution    Description
aLinux    Formerly known as Peanut Linux
ALT Linux    Several distributions including Master, Compact, and Junior, Server, Terminal.
Ark Linux    Ark Linux is meant to be easy enough for the new Linux user while powerful enough for long-time veterans and developers.
Caldera OpenLinux    Caldera bought SCO then took the SCO name and no longer produces a Linux distribution. Last release: 3.1.1 - Jan. 30, 2002
cAos Linux    A general purpose distribution. Designed to have low overhead, run on older hardware, and be easily customizable.
Fedora    Community-supported distribution sponsored by Red Hat. It usually features cutting-edge Linux technologies.
Linkat    A distribution promoted by the government of Catalonia, Spain.
Lycoris Desktop/LX
Mandriva Linux    Easy to use system through its unique Control Center.
Red Hat Linux    Split into Fedora Core and Red Hat Enterprise Linux. The last official release was Red Hat Linux 9 in March 2003.
SUSE Linux    A desktop-oriented Linux distribution by Novell, Inc., popular in Europe.
openSUSE - A community-developed branch, sponsored by Novell. It maintains a strict policy of ensuring all code in the standard installs will be from Free/Libre/Open-Source Software solutions, including Linux kernel Modules. Novell's enterprise Linux products are all based on the codebase that comes out of the openSUSE project.
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server - A server-oriented Linux distribution supplied by Novell, Inc. and targeted at the business market.
SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop (previously branded Novell Linux Desktop) - A desktop-oriented Linux distribution supplied by Novell, Inc. and targeted at the enterprise market.
SUSE Linux Enterprise Real Time - A specialized version of the SUSE distribution from Novell designed to support low latency for time critical operations.
Turbolinux    Based on Red Hat Linux.
Vine Linux    A Japanese distribution based on Red Hat Linux.
YOPER    A rolling release desktop distribution from New Zealand that focuses on optimizing system performance for workstation use.

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Distribution    Description
Aurora SPARC Linux    For Sun's SPARC architecture
Berry Linux    A medium-sized Fedora-based distribution that provides support in Japanese and English.
BLAG Linux and GNU    Fully free software
EduLinux    For educational purposes
EnGarde Secure Linux    Server-only distribution designed to be secure.[9]
Hanthana    Designed to cater the needs of Sri Lankan computer users who are unable to access Internet frequently, with many most-wanted applications built in.
K12LTSP    A distribution for educational purpose. Comes with LTSP support.
Kororaa    Initially aimed at easy installation of a Gentoo system by using install scripts instead of manual configuration. Now based on Fedora.
Linpus Linux    Focused on the Chinese market, along with Linpus Lite focused on the netbook market.
Moblin    Built around the Intel Atom processor
MythDora    Specialized distribution for easy setup of the MythTV PVR software, similar to KnoppMyth, based on Fedora.
Network Security Toolkit    A Live CD/DVD with security and networking tools to perform routine security and networking diagnostic and monitoring tasks.
Ojuba Linux    Focused on providing the best Arabic support, as well as some Islamic tools such as Hijra (Hijri calendar) and Minbar (prayer time indicator).
Red Hat Enterprise Linux    Red Hat's officially supported distribution. Meant for enterprise use.
Russian Fedora Remix    A remix of Fedora.
Trustix    A distribution focused on security.[10]
Xange    Xange (formerly Simplis, formerly Vixta) is a distribution that tries to emulate the appearance of Windows Vista. It is based on KDE.
Fusion Linux    A remix of Fedora, featuring the Linux Mint Menu
Yellow Dog Linux    For the PowerPC platform.

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Red Hat Enterprise Linux-based
See also: Red Hat Enterprise Linux derivatives and Commercial products based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Distribution    Description
Asianux    A distribution co-developed between Red Flag Software Co., Ltd., Miracle Linux Corp. and Haansoft, INC., focused on Chinese, Japanese and Korean supports.
CentOS    Community-supported distribution that aims to be compatible with Red Hat Enterprise Linux without the inclusion of proprietary software.
ClearOS    Small Business Server. File, Print, Messaging, UTM, VPN.
Small centOS    Small server linux created for very old computers that are used as servers
Fermi Linux LTS    Based on Scientific Linux.[11]
Miracle Linux    Developed by Japanese software vendor Miracle Linux Co., Ltd
Oracle Enterprise Linux    Supported by Oracle. Aims to be fully compatible with Red Hat Enterprise Linux.
Red Flag Linux    A distribution developed in China and optimized for the Chinese market. Based on Asianux.
Rocks Cluster Distribution    A distribution for building a High-Performance Computing computer cluster, with a recent release supporting Cloud computing. It is based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux but with extensions to support large multi-node heterogeneous systems for clusters (HPC), Cloud, and Data Warehousing (in development).
Scientific Linux    A distribution co-developed by Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory and the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), which aims to be compatible with and based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux.
SME Server    Based on CentOS and targeting Small and Medium Enterprises.
TrixBox    A Voice Over IP (VoIP) distribution based on CentOS.

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Mandriva Linux-based
Distribution    Description
Annvix    A security-focused server distribution. Originally based on Mandrake 9.2 but has diverged a lot. Discontinued.
Caixa Mágica    A Portuguese distribution.
MCNLive    A Mandriva-based distribution designed to run from CD or USB Flash Drive, focused on multimedia, internet, graphics.
PCLinuxOS    A rolling release Live CD distribution. Originally based on Mandrake 9.2. Later rebased on Mandriva 2007.
Trinity Rescue Kit    Aimed specifically at offline operations for Windows and Linux systems such as rescue, repair, password resets and disk cloning
Unity Linux    Meant to be a base for custom distributions.
Mageia    A community fork of Mandriva Linux.

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Slackware is known as a highly customizable distribution that stresses ease of maintenance and reliability over cutting-edge software and automated tools. Generally considered a distribution for advanced users, it is often suggested to those who want to learn the inner workings of a Linux operating system.

Distribution    Description
AUSTRUMI    An 108 MB bootable live CD as of version 1.9.3
BasicLinux    A mini Linux designed to run in old PCs (386). Has a certain degree of compatibility with Slackware packages.
Epsilon5    A server-oriented lightweight and minimal version of Slackware
HostGIS    HostGIS Linux is a Slackware based distribution specifically made for handling GIS information.
KateOS    A desktop distribution aimed at intermediate users. It uses Xfce as its default desktop environment.
MuLinux    Floppy-based distribution with replaceable modules.
NimbleX    Completely customizable through the NimbleX website.
Recovery Is Possible    Live CD for system maintenance and recovery.[12]
Salix OS    Uses Xfce or LXDE as its default desktop environment.
Sentry Firewall    A firewall, server or intrusion detection system distribution.
simpleLinux GNU/Linux    simpleLinux is a GNU/Linux distributions that uses LZMA compression to compress its system files. The project started on year 2007 by a group of Malaysian developer. simpleLinux is a Slackware-based distribution that comes in both Live CD or Persistence version that can be installed to a medium. simpleLinux GNU/Linux comes to be a multi-tasking operating system that runs the X Window.
Slackintosh    An unofficial port of Slackware to the PowerPC architecture.
Slamd64    An unofficial port of Slackware to the x86-64 architecture.
Slax    A live CD which aims to provide a complete desktop for general use. Permanent installation of Slax is not recommended or supported; it is designed for "live" use only. Also can be run from a usb flash drive.
STUX    Live CD
SuperGamer    A Live DVD Linux Distribution focused on gaming.
Topologilinux    Designed to run from within Microsoft Windows, Topologilinux can be installed without any changes to the user's hard disk.
VectorLinux    A lightweight distribution designed to be easy to use even for new users. Generally considered well-suited for older hardware.
Wolvix    A desktop-oriented Linux distribution based on Slackware, mainly targeted at home users, featuring Xfce.
Zenwalk    Originally a minimal version of Slackware, Zenwalk has evolved into a very different operating system; however, compatibility with Slackware is still maintained.
ZipSlack    A lightweight and portable version of Slackware

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Slax's modularity and reputation of quality have made it a popular base for other live CD projects.
Distribution    Description
Emnix    A Slax-based distribution focused around portability and practicality. Production has ceased and Emnix replaced with Project Esma.
DAVIX    A live CD for data analysis and visualization.
DNALinux    A small distribution designed for running bioinformatics software, including BLAST and EMBOSS.

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The following distributions are simply not categorized under the preceding sections.
Distribution    Description
Alpine Linux    A security-oriented, lightweight Linux distribution based on uClibc and BusyBox.
Bifrost    Small, for networking
Billix    A live CD or live USB system administration toolkit and multi-boot distribution with the ability to install any of the included distributions.
Coyote Linux    Router/firewall distribution.
CRUX    CRUX is a lightweight, i686-optimized distribution targeted at experienced users. The focus is "keep it simple", which is reflected in a simple tar.gz-based package system, BSD-style initscripts, and a relatively small collection of trimmed packages
DD-WRT    Embedded firewall distribution.
Devil-Linux    Router/firewall/server distribution running from CD or USB. Configuration held on USB or floppy disk.
DSLinux    Version of Linux designed for the Nintendo DS.
dyne:bolic    Live CD geared toward multimedia (audio and video) production, but comes with other non-media specific application (e.g.: word processor, desktop publisher).
ELinOS    Distribution for embedded systems by SYSGO. ELinOS focuses on industrial application and provides real-time extensions.
Endian Firewall    Specializes in Routing/Firewalling and Unified Threat Management.
Familiar Linux    Distribution for iPAQ handhelds.
Foresight Linux    A rolling release distribution built around the Conary package manager.
FREESCO    A free replacement for proprietary routers supporting up to 10 network cards and up to 10 modems.
GeeXboX    Live CD media center distribution, mainly to play special-encoded video files (e.g.: .ogg, XVID) on home theater.
GoboLinux    An alternative distribution which redefines the file system hierarchy by installing everything belonging to one application in one folder under /Programs, and using symlinks from /System and its subfolders to point to the proper files.
IPCop    Router/firewall distribution.
Iskolinux    A GNU/Linux distribution packaged and maintained by UP Manila's (UPM) Information Management System as part of University of the Philippines' thrust to migrate to Linux.
Jlime    Distribution for the HP Jornada 6xx and 7xx and NEC MobilePro 900(c) handhelds.
Lunar Linux    A source code-based distribution descended from Sorcerer GNU/Linux.
MCC Interim Linux    MCC Interim Linux, possibly the first Linux distribution. Created by the Manchester Computing Centre in February 1992.
MkLinux    A legacy distribution for PowerPC systems that runs the Linux kernel as a server on top of the Mach microkernel.
Mobilinux    By Montavista for smartphones.
MontaVista Linux    Embedded systems distribution by MontaVista Software.
NASLite    a floppy-based Linux designed to turn an old computer into a simple Network Attached Storage device.
Nitix    Developed by Net Integration Technologies Inc., Nitix claims to be the first autonomic Linux-based server operating system.
OpenWrt    Embedded firewall distribution.
Paldo GNU/Linux    Paldo GNU/Linux uses the UPKG Package manager. Using UPKG makes Paldo a mix of a source and a binary distribution.
Pardus    Developed by Turkish National Research Institute of Electronics and Cryptology. It uses PISI as package manager, COMAR as configuration framework.
PS2 Linux    Sony Computer Entertainment distribution released officially for the PlayStation 2 video game console.
Puppy Linux    A mini distribution which runs well under low-end PCs - even under 32 MB RAM.
rPath    A distribution built around the Conary package manager.
SliTaz GNU/Linux    A small desktop distribution. The ISO is under 30 MB; runs entirely in RAM; uses its own tazpkg package system.
Smallfoot    Developed by the Santa Cruz Operation ( SCO UNIX / SCO Group ), formerly Caldera - based on Caldera OpenLinux 3.x and 4.x binaries.
SmoothWall    Router/firewall distribution.
Softlanding Linux System    One of the earliest distributions, developed from 1992–1994; Slackware was originally based on it.
Sorcerer    A source code-based distribution.
Source Mage GNU/Linux    A source code-based distribution, descended from Sorcerer.
Stable Hybrid Release    For smartphones, offering Enlightenment's Illume user interface. It is based on FSO.
Thinstation    Thin client distribution supporting all major connectivity protocols.
Tinfoil Hat Linux    Bootable floppy distribution focusing on extreme security
Tiny Core Linux    Tiny Core Linux is a minimalist (around 10 MB) Linux system focusing on providing a base system with BusyBox, FLTK and other minimalist software.
TinyMe    Based on Unity Linux, targeted to be as lightweight as possible.
tomsrtbt    Root boot disk.
Tor-ramdisk    An i686 uClibc-based micro Linux distribution (about 5 MB) that runs in system memory and whose only purpose is to host a Tor server in an environment that maximizes security and privacy.
xPUD    Small distribution, aimed at being simple and usable.
Yggdrasil Linux/GNU/X    One of the oldest Linux distributions, not updated since 1995.

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