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  • Debian icon

    Debian

    Debian is a free distribution of the GNU/Linux operating system. It is distributed with access to repositories containing thousands of software packages ready for installation and use. Debian is known for strict adherence to the Unix...

    Open Source Linux BSD Self-Hosted

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    Linux Mint

    Linux Mint is an elegant, easy to use, up to date and comfortable GNU/Linux desktop distribution. Linux Mint is an Ubuntu -based distribution ( so Debian based...

    Open Source Linux

  • Arch Linux icon

    Arch Linux

    Arch Linux is an independently developed, i686- and x86_64-optimised Linux distribution targeted at competent Linux users. It uses pacman, its home-grown package manager, to provide updates to the latest software applications with...

    Open Source Linux

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    Fedora

    The Fedora Project is an openly-developed project designed by Red Hat , open for general participation, led by a meritocracy, following a set of project objectives. The goal of The Fedora Project is to work with the Linux community...

    Open Source Linux

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    elementary OS

    elementary OS is a free, fast and aesthetically pleasing operating system based on Ubuntu . elementary OS ships with a carefully curated selection of apps that cater to every day needs so you can spend more time using your...

    Open Source Linux

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    Xubuntu

    Xubuntu is a lightweight variant of Ubuntu that uses the Xfce desktop environment, which is designed for low-powered computers. Whether you use it at home, at school or at work, Xubuntu is prepackaged with all the applications...

    Open Source Linux Self-Hosted Debian

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    openSUSE

    openSUSE is a free and Linux-based operating system for your PC, Laptop or Server. The openSUSE distribution is a stable, easy to use and complete multi-purpose distribution. It is aimed towards users and developers working on...

    Open Source Linux

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    Lubuntu

    Lubuntu is a faster, more lightweight and energy saving variant of Ubuntu using LXDE, the lightweight X11 Desktop Environment.

    Open Source Linux

  • Kali Linux icon

    Kali Linux

    Kali Linux is a Debian-derived Linux distribution designed for digital forensics and penetration testing, originally forked from Backtrack Linux by the Offensive Security team. Kali Linux is preinstalled with numerous...

    Open Source Linux

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    Kubuntu

    Kubuntu is an official "flavor" of Ubuntu that uses the KDE desktop environment instead of the default GNOME . This gives it a completely different look and feel. Kubuntu is an operating system built by a worldwide...

    Open Source Linux

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    Ubuntu MATE

    Ubuntu Mate is a stable, easy-to-use operating system with a configurable desktop environment. Ideal for those who want the most out of their desktops, laptops and netbooks and prefer a traditional desktop metaphor. With modest...

    Open Source Linux

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    Red Hat

    Red Hat is the leader in development, deployment, and management of Linux and open source solutions for Internet infrastructure - ranging from embedded devices to secure Web servers. Red Hat was founded in 1994 by visionary...

    Commercial Linux

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    Puppy Linux

    Linux is a free operating system, and Puppy Linux is a special build of Linux meant to make computing easy and fast.

    Open Source Linux

  • OpenBSD icon

    OpenBSD

    The OpenBSD project produces a FREE, multi-platform 4.4BSD-based UNIX-like operating system. Our efforts emphasize portability, standardization, correctness, proactive security and integrated cryptography. * OpenBSD runs on many...

    Open Source BSD

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    Qubes OS

    Qubes is an open source operating system designed to provide strong security for desktop computing.

    Open Source Linux

    • Tails is a Debian-based distro you might install on a USB stick and run live. It funnels traffic through TOR to protect anonymity and wipes its behind on the way out. Qubes can do the same through its Whonix VM, but it also offers much more. It's offers security, by building ephemeral VMs in which apps can run. Thsese can be Debian, Fedora or Whonix based. Anonymity+security with Qubes. JohnFastmanJan 2017 Disagree   Agree
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    KDE neon

    KDE neon is a Kubuntu-based Linux distribution and live DVD featuring the latest KDE Plasma desktop and other KDE community software. Besides the installable DVD image, the project provides a rapidly-evolving software repository with...

    Open Source Linux

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    Knoppix

    Knoppix is an operating system based on Debian designed to be run directly from a CD / DVD (Live CD) or a USB key (Live USB), one of the first of its kind for any operating system. When starting a program, it is loaded from the...

    Free Linux

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    Whonix

    Whonix aims at preserving your privacy and anonymity by helping you use your applications anonymously. A web browser, IRC client, word processor, and more come pre-configured with security in mind. It is a complete operating...

    Open Source Linux

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    ChaletOS

    ChaletOS is a beginner-friendly Linux distribution based on Xubuntu and featuring the Xfce desktop. It provides a simple and intuitive desktop interface, modest hardware requirements and five years of security support.

    Open Source Linux

  • Parrot Security OS icon

    Parrot Security OS

    Parrot Security OS is a pentesting GNU/Linux distribution made to perform penetration tests, Vulnerability Assessment and Mitigation, Computer Forensics and Anonymous Surfing.

    Open Source Linux

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    Lightweight Portable Security

    Lightweight Portable Security (LPS) is a Linux LiveCD developed and publicly distributed by the United States Department of Defense’s Software Protection Initiative that is designed to serve as a secure end node. It can run on almost...

    Open Source Linux

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    Tanglu

    Tanglu is a Debian-based Linux distribution which aims to provide the best desktop experience for regular users and enthusiasts. .

    Open Source Linux

  • Node OS icon

    Node OS

    NodeOS is a Linux-based operating system built entirely in Javascript and managed by npm.

    Open Source Linux Self-Hosted GitHub

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    AmigaOS

    AmigaOS 4 is a line of Amiga operating systems which runs on PowerPC microprocessors.

    Commercial AmigaOS

  • Pearl OS icon

    Pearl OS

    Pearl Linux OS has been available for free download since 12/2014 with our first release simply titled Pearl Linux. It was based on the 14.04 released version of Ubuntu. That release was using the XFCE desktop environment. Since then...

    Open Source Linux

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    BunsenLabs

    BunsenLabs Linux is a distribution offering a light-weight and easily customizable Openbox desktop. The current release is Hydrogen, built on top of Debian Jessie. The project is a community continuation of CrunchBang Linux.

    Open Source Linux

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    Dracos Linux

    Dracos Linux is purposed as an educational, especially to recognize the operation system of Linux and we respect ethical hacking.

    Open Source Linux

  • Black Lab Linux icon

    Black Lab Linux

    Black Lab Linux is a custom Linux distribution that focuses on bringing stability to desktop Linux. This system provides high performance and enhanced multimedia capabilities to home, business, and professional desktop Linux users.

    Free Linux Self-Hosted

  • GhostBSD icon

    GhostBSD

    GhostBSD is a user friendly desktop operating system based on FreeBSD , which attempts to conform to the Single Unix Specification. FreeBSD is known for its stability and security in server environments, which, incidentally...

    Open Source BSD

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    KaOS

    KaOS is a desktop Linux distribution that features the latest version of the KDE desktop environment, the Calligra office suite, and other popular software applications that use the Qt toolkit. It was inspired by Arch Linux, but the...

    Open Source Linux

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    Bluestar Linux

    Bluestar Linux is an Arch Linux-based distribution, built with an understanding that people want and need a solid Operating System that provides a breadth of functionality and ease of use without sacrificing aesthetics. Bluestar is...

    Open Source Linux

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    SUSE Linux Enterprise

    SUSE is the original provider of the enterprise Linux distribution and the most interoperable platform for mission-critical computing. It's the only Linux recommended by VMware, Microsoft and SAP. And it's supported on more...

    Open Source Linux

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    Ubuntu Budgie

    Ubuntu Budgie (previously budgie-remix) is an Ubuntu-based distribution featuring the Budgie desktop, originally developed by the Solus project. Written from scratch and integrating tightly with GNOME stack, Budgie focuses on...

    Open Source Linux

    • As a Linux distro, Tails is Ubuntu based and ephemeral; it loads from a live CD or USB, allows you to do your business and then quite without (ideally) leaving a trace. Ubuntu Budgie is just a regular Ubuntu install (permanent) that happens to have the Budgie desktop. Nothing like as setup for privacy. The only similarity is that both are compatible with .deb files. JohnFastmanJan 2017 Disagree   Agree
  • Freepto

    A Linux-based operating system on USB stick, easily persist your encrypted data on it. Use any computer as it was your own, leaving no trace. Use the Internet anonymously.

    Open Source Linux

    • Discontinued Freepto has been discontinued due to the developer team not being able to keep it up to date and due to some bad choices taken in the past in connection to malware protection and Tor usage that limits the software (read more: http://www.freepto.mx/). The developers suggest that users migrate to using https://alternativeto.net/software/tails/.

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