Free GNU/Linux distributions
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This page lists the GNU/Linux
distributions that are
entirely free as in freedom.
All of the distributions that follow are installable to a
computer's hard drive; most can be run live.
We do not try to judge or compare these distros based on any
criterion other than freedom; therefore, we list them in alphabetical
order. We encourage you to read these brief descriptions and to
consult their respective web sites and other information to choose the
one best for you.
These distros are ready-to-use full systems whose developers have made
a commitment to follow the
for Free System Distributions. This means these distros will
include, and propose, exclusively free software. They will reject
nonfree applications, nonfree programming platforms, nonfree drivers,
nonfree firmware “blobs”, nonfree games, and any other
nonfree software, as well as nonfree manuals or documentation.
If one of these distros ever does include or propose anything nonfree,
that must have happened by mistake, and the developers are committed to
removing it. If you find nonfree software or documentation in one of
these distributions, you can
report the problem, and earn GNU Bucks,
while we inform the developers so they can fix the problem.
Fixing freedom bugs is an ethical requirement for listing a distro
here; therefore, we list only those distros that are currently
maintained by people who are ready to fix them.
We hope other distributions will become entirely free and that some
day we can list them here.
||BLAG Linux and GNU, a GNU/Linux distribution based on Fedora.|
||Dragora, an independent GNU/Linux distribution based on concepts of
||Dynebolic, a GNU/Linux distribution with special emphasis on audio
and video editing.|
||gNewSense, a GNU/Linux distribution based on Debian, with
sponsorship from the FSF.|
||Musix, a GNU+Linux distribution based on Knoppix, with special
emphasis on audio production.|
||Parabola GNU/Linux, a distribution based on Arch that
prioritizes simple package and system management.|
||Trisquel, a GNU/Linux distribution based on Ubuntu that's oriented
toward small enterprises, domestic users and educational centers.|
||Ututo XS, a GNU/Linux distribution based on Gentoo. It was the first
fully free GNU/Linux system recognized by the GNU Project.|
Below is a list of small system distributions. These
distributions are meant for devices with limited resources, like a
wireless router for example. A free small system distribution is not
self-hosting, but it must be developable and buildable on top of one of
the free complete systems listed above, perhaps with the aid of free
tools distributed alongside the small system distribution itself.
||libreCMC is an embedded GNU/Linux distro for devices with very
limited resources. While primarily targeting routers, it offers
support for a wide range of devices and use cases.|
||LibreWRT GNU/Linux-Libre, a distribution for computers with minimal
resources, such as the Ben Nanonote, ath9k based wifi routers, and
In addition to their own sites, many of these distributions are
available from mirror.fsf.org.
Feel free to download or mirror the distributions from there,
preferably using rsync. Free distribution maintainers can request a
mirror for their project by mailing the
Non-GNU-based free system distributions are
listed in a separate file.
We list companies that sell hardware
preinstalled with a free GNU/Linux distribution separately.
packages (most of which are included in the free distributions here)
are described separately.
See something we missed?
Do you know about a distribution that you expected to find on our
list, but didn't? First, check our page
about why we don't endorse some
common distributions. That page explains the reasons why several
well-known distributions don't
guidelines. If the distribution isn't listed there either, and
you think it qualifies for a listing under our guidelines, then please
let the distribution's maintainers know about this page and encourage
them to get in touch—we'd like to hear from them.
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