Distributions

Arch Linux is an independent and original GNU/Linux distribution that adheres to the Keep It Simple Stupid (KISS) principle in its design. The project expects its users to have a hands on role in installing and maintaining the distribution. As such it has no installer or any GUI tools of any kind for administering the system. But it does have a highly regarded wiki that guides users in installation and all other aspcts of the system. It's package manager -- pacman, and its user repository -- the Arch User Repository are also highly regarded, pacman for its simple effectiveness and the AUR for availability of software. It uses a rolling release model and makes new upstream software available quickly.

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Estimated UsageUnknown
Inception YearMarch 11, 2002, midnight
CountryCanada
Websitehttps://www.archlinux.org
Download Portalhttps://www.archlinux.org/download
Documentation Portalhttps://wiki.archlinux.org
Development PortalNone
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Distribution BaseIndependent/Original
Architectures64-bit PC (AMD64, Intel 64, x86_64)
Init Systemsystemd
C Standard LibraryGNU C Standard Library (glibc)
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Distribution Default Package Format.pkg.tar.xz
Distribution Default Low Level Package Manager
Distribution Default Package Manager Database
Distribution Default CLI Binary Package Managerpacman
Distribution Default GUI Binary Package Manager
Distribution Default CLI Source Package Manager
Distribution Default GUI Source Package Manager
Distribution Default Build Systemmakepkg
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Estimated UsageUnknown
Inception YearJuly 15, 2018, midnight
CountryBelgium
Websitehttps://arcolinux.com/
Download Portalhttps://arcolinux.info/download/
Documentation PortalNone
Development PortalNone
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Distribution BaseArch Linux
Architectures64-bit PC (AMD64, Intel 64, x86_64)
Init Systemsystemd
C Standard LibraryGNU C Standard Library (glibc)
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Distribution Default Package Format.pkg.tar.xz
Distribution Default Low Level Package Manager
Distribution Default Package Manager Database
Distribution Default CLI Binary Package Managerpacman
Distribution Default GUI Binary Package Manager
Distribution Default CLI Source Package Manager
Distribution Default GUI Source Package Manager
Distribution Default Build System

BunsenLabs is a Debian based GNU/Linux distribution that is a showcase for the Openbox window manager, continuing this role after its spirtitual predecessor, Crunchbang, ceased development. Like Crunchbang, it makes an Openbox based "desktop" environment usable out-of-the-box, configuring Openbox and the various tools that are usually used with Openbox to make a complete desktop environment.

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Estimated UsageUnknown
Inception YearNone
Country
Websitehttps://www.bunsenlabs.org/
Download Portalhttps://www.bunsenlabs.org/installation.html
Documentation Portalhttps://forums.bunsenlabs.org/
Development PortalNone
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Distribution BaseDebian
Architectures32-bit PC (x86, IA-32) 64-bit PC (AMD64, Intel 64, x86_64)
Init Systemsystemd
C Standard LibraryGNU C Standard Library (glibc)
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Distribution Default Package Format.deb
Distribution Default Low Level Package Manager
Distribution Default Package Manager Database
Distribution Default CLI Binary Package ManagerAdvanced Package Manager (APT)
Distribution Default GUI Binary Package Manager
Distribution Default CLI Source Package Manager
Distribution Default GUI Source Package Manager
Distribution Default Build System

Clear Linux is an original GNU/Linux distribution developed by Intel that is optimized for the Intel Architecture and is primarily targeted to use as a platform for containerized applications.

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Estimated UsageUnknown
Inception YearJan. 1, 2015, midnight
Country
Websitehttps://clearlinux.org/
Download Portalhttps://clearlinux.org/downloads
Documentation Portalhttps://clearlinux.org/documentation/clear-linux
Development Portalhttps://github.com/clearlinux
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Distribution BaseIndependent/Original
Architectures64-bit PC (AMD64, Intel 64, x86_64)
Init Systemsystemd
C Standard LibraryGNU C Standard Library (glibc)
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Distribution Default Package Format
Distribution Default Low Level Package Manager
Distribution Default Package Manager Database
Distribution Default CLI Binary Package Managerswupd
Distribution Default GUI Binary Package Manager
Distribution Default CLI Source Package Manager
Distribution Default GUI Source Package Manager
Distribution Default Build System
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Estimated UsageUnknown
Inception YearJuly 2, 2017, midnight
CountryItaly
WebsiteNone
Download PortalNone
Documentation PortalNone
Development PortalNone
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Distribution BaseArch Linux
Architectures64-bit PC (AMD64, Intel 64, x86_64)
Init Systemsystemd
C Standard LibraryGNU C Standard Library (glibc)
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Distribution Default Package Format.pkg.tar.xz
Distribution Default Low Level Package Manager
Distribution Default Package Manager Database
Distribution Default CLI Binary Package Managerpacman
Distribution Default GUI Binary Package ManagerCondres Control Center
Distribution Default CLI Source Package Manager
Distribution Default GUI Source Package Manager
Distribution Default Build System

Debian is one of the oldest GNU/Linux distributions. It is also the most influential distributions, serving as a base for many other distributions, including the popular Ubuntu distribution, which in turn is a base for many other distributions, ultimately making Debian the base of a large number of distributions.

Debian is known for its solid stability derived from its long developemnt and testing cycle, as well as for its support of a multitude of processor architectures.

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Estimated UsageUnknown
Inception YearSept. 15, 1993, midnight
CountryUnited States of America
Websitehttps://www.debian.org/
Download Portalhttps://www.debian.org/distrib/
Documentation Portalhttps://www.debian.org/doc/
Development Portalhttps://www.debian.org/devel/
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Distribution BaseIndependent/Original
Architectures32-bit PC (x86, IA-32) 64-bit ARM (AArch64) 64-bit MIPS (little endian) 64-bit PC (AMD64, Intel 64, x86_64) EABI ARM (ARMel) Hard Float ABI ARM (ARMhf) IBM System Z (s390x) MIPS (big endian) MIPS (little endian) POWER (ppc64le)
Init Systemsystemd
C Standard LibraryGNU C Standard Library (glibc)
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Distribution Default Package Format.deb
Distribution Default Low Level Package Manager
Distribution Default Package Manager Database
Distribution Default CLI Binary Package ManagerAdvanced Package Manager (APT)
Distribution Default GUI Binary Package Manager
Distribution Default CLI Source Package Manager
Distribution Default GUI Source Package Manager
Distribution Default Build System
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Estimated UsageUnknown
Inception YearNone
CountryChina
Websitehttps://www.deepin.org/en
Download Portalhttps://www.deepin.org/en/download
Documentation Portalhttps://wiki.deepin.org
Development Portalhttps://github.com/linuxdeepin/developer-center
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Distribution BaseDebian
Architectures64-bit PC (AMD64, Intel 64, x86_64)
Init Systemsystemd
C Standard LibraryGNU C Standard Library (glibc)
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Distribution Default Package Format.deb
Distribution Default Low Level Package Manager
Distribution Default Package Manager Database
Distribution Default CLI Binary Package ManagerAdvanced Package Manager (APT)
Distribution Default GUI Binary Package ManagerDeepin Store
Distribution Default CLI Source Package Manager
Distribution Default GUI Source Package Manager
Distribution Default Build System

elementary OS is an Ubuntu (Long Term Release) based distribution originally developed with an emphasis on the visual and usability design of the distribution. It aims to present a cohesive design relationship between the desktop environment and applications. As such the project develops its own custom desktop environment, based on GNOME, and applications.

The project, currently organized as elementary, Inc., monetizes the distribution with a pay what you want model for downloading the installation ISO as well as for installing applications, developed spcifically for it by third party developers, from its Software Center.

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Estimated UsageUnknown
Inception YearMarch 31, 2011, 6 p.m.
CountryUnited States of America
Websitehttps://elementary.io/
Download PortalNone
Documentation PortalNone
Development Portalhttps://developer.elementary.io/
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Distribution BaseUbuntu
Architectures64-bit PC (AMD64, Intel 64, x86_64)
Init Systemsystemd
C Standard LibraryGNU C Standard Library (glibc)
PropertyValue
Distribution Default Package Format.deb
Distribution Default Low Level Package Manager
Distribution Default Package Manager Database
Distribution Default CLI Binary Package ManagerAdvanced Package Manager (APT)
Distribution Default GUI Binary Package ManagerAppCenter
Distribution Default CLI Source Package Manager
Distribution Default GUI Source Package Manager
Distribution Default Build System

Fedora is a community developed GNU/Linux distribution supported by Red Hat, Inc. It originated from Red Hat Linux and the addon community developed Fedora Linux repository for Red Hat Linux. When Red Hat Linux was discontinued and Red Hat Enterprise Linux, the community project was absorbed into the new Fedora Project in 2003.

Fedora is now known as a cutting edge distribution that includes new Linux technologies developed by Red Hat and others and features current software. It is the only Linux distribution that uses Security-Enhanced Linux (SELinux) kernel module.

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Estimated UsageFeb. 1, 2016, 6 p.m.:1200000
Inception YearNov. 15, 2003, 6 p.m.
CountryUnited States of America
Websitehttps://getfedora.org/
Download Portalhttps://getfedora.org/
Documentation Portalhttps://docs.fedoraproject.org/
Development PortalNone
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Distribution BaseIndependent/Original
Architectures32-bit PC (x86, IA-32) 64-bit ARM (AArch64) 64-bit PC (AMD64, Intel 64, x86_64)
Init Systemsystemd
C Standard LibraryGNU C Standard Library (glibc)
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Distribution Default Package Format.rpm
Distribution Default Low Level Package Manager
Distribution Default Package Manager Database
Distribution Default CLI Binary Package Managerdnf
Distribution Default GUI Binary Package Manager
Distribution Default CLI Source Package Manager
Distribution Default GUI Source Package Manager
Distribution Default Build System
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Estimated UsageUnknown
Inception YearNone
CountryUnited States of America
WebsiteNone
Download PortalNone
Documentation PortalNone
Development PortalNone
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Distribution BaseIndependent/Original
Architectures
Init System
C Standard Library
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Distribution Default Package Format
Distribution Default Low Level Package Manager
Distribution Default Package Manager Database
Distribution Default CLI Binary Package Manager
Distribution Default GUI Binary Package Manager
Distribution Default CLI Source Package Manager
Distribution Default GUI Source Package Manager
Distribution Default Build System
KaOS is a KDE Plasma focused conservatively rolling release distribution primarily built upon Arch tools for packaging and package management. While using Arch tools it is not the typical Arch based distributions. It builds its own kernel and packages and hosts its own repositories. It also provides a community distribution with a sophisticated and user friendly online discovery portal. It develops a community package helper program that has a command line interface as well as integration into the default GUI package manager Octopi.
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Estimated UsageUnknown
Inception YearDec. 1, 2013, midnight
CountryUnited States of America
Websitehttps://kaosx.us/
Download Portalhttps://kaosx.us/pages/download/
Documentation Portalhttps://kaosx.us/docs/
Development PortalNone
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Distribution BaseArch Linux
Architectures64-bit PC (AMD64, Intel 64, x86_64)
Init Systemsystemd
C Standard LibraryGNU C Standard Library (glibc)
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Distribution Default Package Format.pkg.tar.xz
Distribution Default Low Level Package Manager
Distribution Default Package Manager Database
Distribution Default CLI Binary Package Managerpacman
Distribution Default GUI Binary Package ManagerOctopi
Distribution Default CLI Source Package Manager
Distribution Default GUI Source Package Manager
Distribution Default Build Systemmakepkg

Mageia is a direct descendant of the defunct Mandriva Linux distribution which was previously known as Mandrake Linux. It retains and continues development of the system tools created by its predecessor, such as the urpmi CLI package manager, and the Mageia Control Center, an integrated set of modular system configuration GUI tools similar to but not nearly as comprehensive as openSUSE's YaST.

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Estimated UsageUnknown
Inception YearJune 1, 2011, midnight
CountryFrance
Websitehttps://www.mageia.org/en/
Download Portalhttps://www.mageia.org/en/downloads/
Documentation Portalhttps://www.mageia.org/en/doc/
Development Portalhttps://www.mageia.org/en/community/
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Distribution BaseIndependent/Original
Architectures32-bit PC (x86, IA-32) 64-bit ARM (AArch64) 64-bit PC (AMD64, Intel 64, x86_64)
Init Systemsystemd
C Standard LibraryGNU C Standard Library (glibc)
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Distribution Default Package Format.rpm
Distribution Default Low Level Package Manager
Distribution Default Package Manager Database
Distribution Default CLI Binary Package Managerurpmi
Distribution Default GUI Binary Package ManagerMageia Control Center
Distribution Default CLI Source Package Manager
Distribution Default GUI Source Package Manager
Distribution Default Build System
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Estimated UsageUnknown
Inception YearJuly 11, 2011, midnight
Country
WebsiteNone
Download PortalNone
Documentation PortalNone
Development PortalNone
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Distribution BaseArch Linux
Architectures64-bit PC (AMD64, Intel 64, x86_64)
Init Systemsystemd
C Standard LibraryGNU C Standard Library (glibc)
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Distribution Default Package Format.pkg.tar.xz
Distribution Default Low Level Package Manager
Distribution Default Package Manager Database
Distribution Default CLI Binary Package Managerpacman
Distribution Default GUI Binary Package Manager
Distribution Default CLI Source Package Manager
Distribution Default GUI Source Package Manager
Distribution Default Build System
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Estimated UsageUnknown
Inception YearNone
Country
Websitehttps://www.netrunner.com/
Download Portalhttps://www.netrunner.com/download/
Documentation PortalNone
Development PortalNone
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Distribution BaseArch Linux Debian
Architectures64-bit ARM (AArch64) 64-bit PC (AMD64, Intel 64, x86_64)
Init Systemsystemd
C Standard LibraryGNU C Standard Library (glibc)
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Distribution Default Package Format.deb .pkg.tar.xz
Distribution Default Low Level Package Manager
Distribution Default Package Manager Database
Distribution Default CLI Binary Package Managerpacman
Distribution Default GUI Binary Package Manager
Distribution Default CLI Source Package Manager
Distribution Default GUI Source Package Manager
Distribution Default Build System
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Estimated UsageUnknown
Inception YearJan. 1, 2003, midnight
Country
Websitehttps://nixos.org
Download Portalhttps://nixos.org/nixos/download.html
Documentation Portalhttps://nixos.org/nixos/manual
Development PortalNone
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Distribution BaseIndependent/Original
Architectures64-bit PC (AMD64, Intel 64, x86_64)
Init Systemsystemd
C Standard LibraryGNU C Standard Library (glibc)
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Distribution Default Package Formatnix
Distribution Default Low Level Package Manager
Distribution Default Package Manager Database
Distribution Default CLI Binary Package ManagerNix Package Manager
Distribution Default GUI Binary Package Manager
Distribution Default CLI Source Package ManagerNix Package Manager
Distribution Default GUI Source Package Manager
Distribution Default Build SystemNix Package Manager

openSUSE is one of the oldest GNU/Linux distributions still in actively development. It's origins is SUSE Linux from which it split to be a community developed and maintained distribution. It features the unique and comprehensive YaST system configuration and administration program.

It offers users the choice of the stable Leap edition that is at its core the same as SUSE Enterprise Linux, or the rolling and cutting edge Tumbleweed edition.

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Estimated UsageUnknown
Inception YearOct. 1, 2015, midnight
Country
WebsiteNone
Download PortalNone
Documentation PortalNone
Development PortalNone
PropertyValue
Distribution BaseIndependent/Original
Architectures
Init Systemsystemd
C Standard LibraryGNU C Standard Library (glibc)
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Distribution Default Package Format.rpm
Distribution Default Low Level Package Manager
Distribution Default Package Manager Database
Distribution Default CLI Binary Package Manager
Distribution Default GUI Binary Package ManagerYaST
Distribution Default CLI Source Package Manager
Distribution Default GUI Source Package Manager
Distribution Default Build System

Redcore Linux is a Gentoo based distribution that aims to make a Gentoo installation easy for the masses by saving them the hours and maybe days that a Gentoo installtion may take due to it being a source based distribution. In addition, it provides more current software than Gentoo itself would have by using the Gentoo testing repositories as its package base.

It also uses a hybrid source/binary package management system called Sisyphus, that wraps Gentoo package management tools, and promises an easy transition to Gentoo package management for users coming from other distributions with more traditional package management.

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Estimated UsageUnknown
Inception YearDec. 10, 2016, noon
CountryRomania
Websitehttps://redcorelinux.org/
Download Portalhttps://redcorelinux.org/download
Documentation Portalhttps://wiki.redcorelinux.org/doku.php
Development Portalhttp://git.redcorelinux.org/cgit/
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Distribution BaseGentoo
Architectures64-bit PC (AMD64, Intel 64, x86_64)
Init SystemOpenRC
C Standard LibraryGNU C Standard Library (glibc)
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Distribution Default Package Format.bz2
Distribution Default Low Level Package Manager
Distribution Default Package Manager Database
Distribution Default CLI Binary Package ManagerSisyphus
Distribution Default GUI Binary Package ManagerSisyphus GUI
Distribution Default CLI Source Package ManagerSisyphus
Distribution Default GUI Source Package Manager
Distribution Default Build System

Sabayon is a Gentoo based distribution rolling distribution that provides an easy to install and use Gentoo system as it offers binary packages in its repositories. It can also be maintained, like Gentoo, with source package management or hybrid source/binary package managment.

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Estimated UsageUnknown
Inception YearNov. 28, 2005, midnight
CountryItaly
Websitehttps://www.sabayon.org
Download Portalhttps://www.sabayon.org/download
Documentation Portalhttps://wiki.sabayon.org/index.php?title=En:Main_Page
Development Portalhttps://github.com/Sabayon
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Distribution BaseGentoo
Architectures64-bit PC (AMD64, Intel 64, x86_64)
Init Systemsystemd
C Standard LibraryGNU C Standard Library (glibc)
PropertyValue
Distribution Default Package Format.bz2
Distribution Default Low Level Package Manager
Distribution Default Package Manager Database
Distribution Default CLI Binary Package Managerequo
Distribution Default GUI Binary Package ManagerRigo
Distribution Default CLI Source Package Managerportage
Distribution Default GUI Source Package Manager
Distribution Default Build System

Solus is an indepedent rolling distribution that is focused on improving the experience of desktop GNU/Linux users. It features its own package management system -- forked from Pardus Linux's PiSi package manager, and its in house developed GNOME stack based Budgie desktop environment.

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Estimated UsageUnknown
Inception YearDec. 27, 2015, 6 p.m.
CountryIreland
Websitehttps://getsol.us
Download Portalhttps://getsol.us/download/
Documentation PortalNone
Development Portalhttps://dev.getsol.us/
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Distribution BaseIndependent/Original
Architectures64-bit PC (AMD64, Intel 64, x86_64)
Init Systemsystemd
C Standard LibraryGNU C Standard Library (glibc)
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Distribution Default Package Format.eopkg
Distribution Default Low Level Package Manager
Distribution Default Package Manager Database
Distribution Default CLI Binary Package Managereopkg
Distribution Default GUI Binary Package ManagerSoftware Center
Distribution Default CLI Source Package Manager
Distribution Default GUI Source Package Manager
Distribution Default Build System
p> Ubuntu is a Debian based distribution supported by Canonical, Ltd. It originated with the goal of making a GNU/Linux distribution that is easy to use and accessible to everyone. It is the base of many other GNU/Linux distributions.

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Estimated UsageUnknown
Inception YearOct. 20, 2004, 6 p.m.
CountryUnited Kingdom
Websitehttps://www.ubuntu.com/
Download Portalhttps://www.ubuntu.com/download
Documentation Portalhttps://help.ubuntu.com/
Development PortalNone
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Distribution BaseDebian
Architectures32-bit PC (x86, IA-32) 64-bit ARM (AArch64) 64-bit PC (AMD64, Intel 64, x86_64) Hard Float ABI ARM (ARMhf) IBM System Z (s390x) POWER (ppc64le)
Init Systemsystemd
C Standard LibraryGNU C Standard Library (glibc)
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Distribution Default Package Format.deb
Distribution Default Low Level Package Manager
Distribution Default Package Manager Database
Distribution Default CLI Binary Package Manager
Distribution Default GUI Binary Package Manager
Distribution Default CLI Source Package Manager
Distribution Default GUI Source Package Manager
Distribution Default Build System

Void Linux is an independent and original rolling distribution with some unique features, including the use of the runit init system and service manager as opposed to the common systemd, the availability of a system built with the Musl C Standard Library as opposed to GNU Lib C, and a source package build system and manager that is integrated into the binary package manager.

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Estimated UsageUnknown
Inception YearJan. 1, 2008, midnight
Country
Websitehttps://voidlinux.org/
Download Portalhttps://voidlinux.org/download/
Documentation Portalhttps://wiki.voidlinux.org/Main_Page
Development Portalhttps://github.com/void-linux
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Distribution BaseIndependent/Original
Architectures32-bit ARM (AArch32) 32-bit PC (x86, IA-32) 64-bit ARM (AArch64) 64-bit PC (AMD64, Intel 64, x86_64)
Init Systemrunit
C Standard LibraryGNU C Standard Library (glibc) Musl (musl libc)
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Distribution Default Package Format.xbps
Distribution Default Low Level Package Manager
Distribution Default Package Manager Database
Distribution Default CLI Binary Package Managerxbps
Distribution Default GUI Binary Package Manager
Distribution Default CLI Source Package Managerxbps-src
Distribution Default GUI Source Package Manager
Distribution Default Build Systemxbps-src