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<h2>Free GNU/Linux distributions</h2>
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<p>This page lists the <a href="/gnu/linux-and-gnu.html">GNU/Linux</a>
distributions that are
entirely <a href="/philosophy/free-sw.html">free</a> as in freedom.
<a href="/distros/free-non-gnu-distros.html">Non-GNU-based
free system distributions</a> are listed separately.</p>

<p>The Free Software Foundation recommends and endorses these GNU/Linux
distros, although <strong>we do not try to judge or compare them based on any
criterion other than freedom</strong>; therefore, we list them in alphabetical

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<h3 class="no-display">Table of Contents</h3>
  <li><a href="#intro">Introduction</a></li>
  <li><a href="#for-pc">GNU/Linux distros for PCs and workstations</a></li>
  <li><a href="#small-distros">Small GNU/Linux distros</a></li>
  <li><a href="#howto-get">How to get free GNU/Linux distros</a></li>
  <li><a href="#NewDistro">See something we missed?</a></li>
  <li><a href="#Historical">Historical</a></li>
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<p id="intro">These distros are ready-to-use full systems whose developers have made
a commitment to follow the 
<a href="/distros/free-system-distribution-guidelines.html">Guidelines
for Free href="/distros/free-system-distribution-guidelines.html">Free System Distributions</a>. Distribution Guidelines</a>.  This means they will
include, and propose, exclusively free software.  They will reject
nonfree applications, nonfree programming platforms, nonfree drivers,
nonfree firmware “blobs”, “blobs,” nonfree games, and any other
nonfree software, as well as nonfree manuals or documentation.</p>

<p>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
<a href="/help/gnu-bucks.html">report the problem, and earn GNU Bucks</a>, 
while we inform the developers so they can fix the problem.</p>

<p>Fixing freedom bugs is an ethical requirement for listing a distro
here; therefore, we list only distros with a development team that has
told us it will remove any nonfree software that might be found in
them.  Usually the team consists of volunteers, and they don't make
legally binding commitments to users; but if we find out a distro is
not properly maintained, we will de-list it.</p>

<p>We hope the other existing GNU/Linux distributions will become
entirely free software so that we can list them here.  If you wish to
improve the state of free distros, helping to develop an existing free
distro contributes more than starting a new one.</p>

<p>Please note that not all hardware works in the free world; each
distro's site should say which hardware it supports. We suggest that,
after reading the short descriptions below, you consult these sites as
well as other available information, to judge which distro is most
convenient for you.</p>

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<h3 id="for-pc" style="clear: both">GNU/Linux distros for PCs and

<p>The distributions that follow are installable to a computer's hard
drive and/or can be run live.</p>

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    <th>Brief Description</th>

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   <td class="icon"><a href="https://dragora.org/en/index.html">
       <img src="/graphics/distros-dragora.png"
            alt="Dragora GNU/Linux-Libre" /></a></td>
   <td><em>Dragora GNU/Linux-Libre</em>, an independent GNU/Linux distribution
       based on concepts of simplicity.</td></tr>

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   <td class="icon"><a href="https://www.dyne.org/software/dynebolic/">
       <img src="/graphics/distros-dyen.png" src="/graphics/distros-dyne-transp.png" alt="Dyne:bolic" /></a></td>
   <td><em>Dyne:bolic</em>, a GNU/Linux distribution with special emphasis on audio 
       and video editing. This is a “static” distro, normally
       run from a live CD. Since it will not receive security updates, it
       should be used offline.</td></tr>

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   <td class="icon"><a href="/software/guix/">
       <img src="/software/guix/static/base/img/Guix.png" alt="guix" /></a></td>
   <td><em>Guix System</em>, an advanced GNU/Linux distro built
       on top of GNU Guix (pronounced “geeks”), a purely
       functional package manager for the GNU system. </td></tr>

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   <td class="icon"><a href="https://www.hyperbola.info/">
       <img src="/graphics/distro-hyperbola.png" alt="Hyperbola" /></a></td>
   <em>Hyperbola GNU/Linux-libre</em>, a
   long-term support simplicity-focused distribution based on Arch

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   <td class="icon"><a href="https://www.parabola.nu">
       <img src="/graphics/distros-parabola.png"
            alt="Parabola GNU/Linux-libre" /></a></td>
   <td><em>Parabola GNU/Linux-libre</em>, a distribution based on Arch that
       prioritizes simple package and system management.</td></tr>

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   <td class="icon"><a href="https://pureos.net/">
       <img src="/graphics/pureos-logo-small.png" style="max-height: 1.8em;"
            alt="PureOS" /></a></td>
   <td><em>PureOS</em>, a GNU distribution based on Debian with a focus on
       privacy, security, and convenience.</td></tr>
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   <td class="icon"><a href="https://trisquel.info/">
       <img src="/graphics/distros-trisquel.png" alt="Trisquel" /></a></td>
   <td><em>Trisquel</em>, a GNU/Linux distribution based on Ubuntu that's oriented 
 toward small enterprises, domestic users and educational centers.</td></tr>

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   <td class="icon"><a href="http://www.ututo.org/">
       <img src="/graphics/distros-ututo.png" alt="Ututo" /></a></td>
   <td><em>Ututo S</em>, a GNU/Linux 100% free distribution.  It was the first
       fully free GNU/Linux system recognized by the GNU Project.</td></tr>


<h3 id="small-distros">Small GNU/Linux distros</h3>

<p>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.</p>

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    <th>Brief Description</th>

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   <td class="icon"><a href="http://librecmc.org/"> <img
       src="/graphics/librecmc.png" alt="libreCMC" /></a></td>
      <td><em>libreCMC</em> 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. In
       2015, LibreWRT merged with libreCMC.</td></tr>

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   <td class="icon"><a href="http://proteanos.com/"> <img
       src="/graphics/proteanos.png" alt="ProteanOS" /></a></td>
   <td><em>ProteanOS</em> is a new, small, and fast distribution for embedded
       devices. Its platform configuration feature allows binary
       packages to be configured at build-time and run-time for
       different hardware and use cases.</td></tr>


<h3 id="howto-get">How to get free GNU/Linux distros</h3>

<p>In addition to their own sites, many of these distributions are
available from <a href="http://mirror.fsf.org/">mirror.fsf.org</a>.
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 
<a href="mailto:sysadmin@fsf.org">FSF sysadmins</a>.</p>

<p><a href="/software/software.html">Individual GNU
packages</a> (most of which are included in the free distributions here) 
are described separately.</p>

<p>We list <a
companies that sell hardware
preinstalled with a free GNU/Linux distribution</a> separately.</p>

<h3 id="NewDistro">See something we missed?</h3>

<p>Do you know about a distribution that you expected to find on our
list, but didn't?  First, check our page
about <a href="/distros/common-distros.html">why we don't endorse some
common distributions</a>.  That page explains the reasons why several
well-known distributions don't
meet <a href="/distros/free-system-distribution-guidelines.html">our
guidelines</a>.  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.</p>

<p>If you maintain a distribution that follows the <a
href="/distros/free-system-distribution-guidelines.html">Free System
Distribution Guidelines</a> and would like to be listed here, please
write to <a href="mailto:webmasters@gnu.org"><webmasters@gnu.org></a> with
an introduction and a link to the project Web site.  When you do,
we'll explain more about our evaluation process to you, and get
started on it quickly.  We look forward to hearing from you!</p>

<h3 id="Historical">Historical</h3>

<p>The distributions that follow were previously listed above, but are no
longer recommended.</p>

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    <th>Brief Description</th>
    <th>Retirement Info</th>

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   <td class="icon"><a href="https://web.archive.org/web/20200620205430/http://www.blagblagblag.org/">
       <img src="/graphics/distros-blag.jpg" alt="BLAG Linux and GNU" /></a></td>
   <td><em>BLAG Linux and GNU</em>, a GNU/Linux distribution based on Fedora.</td>
   <td><em>Removed June 2018</em> at the request of the
       maintainers, as they had stopped maintaining it.</td>

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       <img src="/graphics/distros-gnewsense.png" alt="gNewSense" /></td>
   <td><em>gNewSense</em>, a GNU/Linux distribution based on Debian, with
       sponsorship from the FSF.</td>
   <td><em>Removed April 2021</em>.</td>

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   <td class="icon"><a href="https://musixdistro.wordpress.com/">
       <img src="/graphics/distros-musix.png" alt="Musix GNU+Linux" /></a></td>
   <td><em>Musix</em>, a GNU+Linux distribution based on Knoppix, with special
       emphasis on audio production. This is a “static”
       distro, normally run from a live CD. Since it will not receive
       security updates, it should be used offline.</td>
   <td><em>Removed March 2019</em> at the request of the
       maintainer, as they had stopped maintaining it.</td>

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