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Free & Open Source Operating System List

This Wikipage lists recommended Free and Open Source Operating Systems (OS) Solutions for everybody.

Quite many Free OS you can test as live CD/DVD or from an USB medium.

Name Category Based on Default GUI D/L URL Notes Free *
Absolute Linux LIGHT, Desktop GNU/Linux, Slackware Fluxbox, IceWM [1] Home Screenshots
Arch Linux MINI, Desktop, Rescue GNU/Linux, Pacman Bash [2] Home Screenshots
Ark Linux EASY, Desktop GNU/Linux KDE [3] Home Screenshots
BeleniX Desktop, LiveCD Solaris KDE, Xfce [4] Home Screenshots
Berry Linux LiveCD GNU/Linux, Fedora KDE [5] Home Screenshots
blackPanther OS Desktop, LiveDVD GNU/Linux, Mandriva KDE [6] Home Video
Blag Desktop GNU/Linux, Fedora GNOME [7] Home Screenshots Yes 100%
CentOS Desktop, Server, Live CD GNU/Linux, Fedora GNOME, KDE [8] Home Screenshots
Chakra Desktop, Live CD GNU/Linux, Arch KDE [9] Home Screenshots
ClearOS Security, Server GNU/Linux, Fedora (none) [10] Home Screenshots
CrunchBang Linux EASY, LIGHT, Desktop GNU/Linux, Ubuntu Openbox [11] Home Screenshots
Crux Desktop GNU/Linux, Pacman Openbox [12] Home
Damn Small Linux MINI, Desktop, LiveCD GNU/Linux, Debian Fluxbox [13] Home Screenshot
Debian GNU/Linux Desktop, Server, LiveCD GNU/Linux GNOME, LXDE, KDE, Xfce [14] Home Screenshots
Dragora Desktop GNU/Linux IceWM, Scrotwm, Xfce [15] Home Screenshots Yes 100%
Dreamlinux Desktop, LiveCD GNU/Linux, Debian GNOME, Xfce [16] Home Screenshots
dyne:bolic Media Production, LiveCD GNU/Linux Xfce [17] Home Screenshots Yes 100%
Easy Peasy EASY, Desktop, LiveDVD GNU/Linux, Ubuntu GNOME [18] Home Screenshots
Element EASY, MultiMedia, LiveCD GNU/Linux, Ubuntu GNOME [19] Home Screenshots
Elive Desktop, LiveCD GNU/Linux, Debian GNOME [20] Home Screenshots
Fedora Desktop, Server, LiveCD GNU/Linux, RPM GNOME [21] Home Screenshots
Foresight Linux Desktop, Education GNU/Linux, rPath GNOME, Xfce [22] Home LiveCD, Screenshots
Free BSD Desktop, Rescue, Server BSD GNOME [23] Home LiveCD, Screenshots
Frugalware Linux Desktop GNU/Linux, Pacman KDE [24] Home Screenshots
Gentoo Linux Desktop, Rescue, Server GNU/Linux KDE (and others) [25] Home Screenshots
gNewSense Desktop, LiveCD GNU/Linux, Debian GNOME [26] Home Screenshots Yes 100%
GoblinX Desktop, LiveCD GNU/Linux, Slackware KDE (and others) [27] Home Screenshots
Hymeria Desktop GNU/Linux, Debian GNOME [28] Home Screenshots
Igelle Desktop, LiveCD GNU/Linux Esther [29] Home Screenshots
Kanotix Desktop, LiveDVD GNU/Linux, Debian KDE [30] Home Screenshots
Knoppix LIGHT, Desktop, LiveCD GNU/Linux, Debian LXDE [31] Home Screenshots
Kubuntu EASY, Desktop, LiveCD GNU/Linux, Ubuntu KDE [32] Home Screenshots
Linpus Linux Desktop, Server, LiveCD GNU/Linux, Fedora GNOME, KDE, Xfce [33] Home Screenshots
Linux Mint EASY, Desktop, LiveCD GNU/Linux, Ubuntu GNOME [34] Home Screenshots
Lubuntu LIGHT, Desktop, LiveCD GNU/Linux, Ubuntu LXDE [35] Home Screenshots
Mandriva Linux Desktop, Server, LiveCD GNU/Linux, RPM GNOME, KDE, TWM, Xfce [36] Home Screenshots
MEPIS Linux EASY, Desktop, LiveCD GNU/Linux, Debian KDE [37] Home Screenshots
Moblin EASY, Desktop, LiveCD GNU/Linux, Fedora Moblin (for netbooks) [38] Home Screenshots
moonOS EASY, Desktop, LiveCD GNU/Linux, Ubuntu Enlightenment, LXDE [39] Home Screenshots
Musix GNU+Linux Media Production, LiveCD GNU/Linux, Knoppix IceWM [40] Home Screenshots Yes 100%
Myah OS Desktop, LiveCD GNU/Linux, Slax GNOME, KDE [41] Home Screenshots
Open BSD Security, Server BSD FVWM (X11), Pdksh [42] Home
Open Solaris Desktop, LiveCD Solaris GNOME [43] Home Screenshots
Open SUSE Desktop, Server, LiveDVD GNU/Linux, RPM KDE [44] Home Screenshots
Parabola GNU/Linux MINI, Desktop, Rescue GNU/Linux, ArchLinux Bash [45] Home Screenshots Yes 100%
Pardus Linux Desktop, LiveCD GNU/Linux KDE [46] Home Screenshots
Parsix GNU/Linux Desktop, LiveCD GNU/Linux, Debian GNOME [47] Home Screenshots
PC/OS EASY, Desktop, LiveCD GNU/Linux, Ubuntu Xfce [48] Home Screenshots
PCLinuxOS EASY, Desktop, LiveCD GNU/Linux, Mandriva Openbox [49] Home Screenshots
Pentoo Security, Live CD GNU/Linux, Gentoo Enlightenment [50] Home Screenshots
PLoP Linux Rescue, Live CD GNU/Linux (none) [51] Home Screenshots
PUD GNU/Linux EASY, Desktop, LiveCD GNU/Linux, Ubuntu Ion, Xfce [52] Home Screenshots
Puppy Linux EASY, Desktop, LiveCD GNU/Linux, Slackware Fluxbox, KDE [53] Home Screenshots
Puredyne Media Production, LiveMedium GNU/Linux, Ubuntu Xfce [54] Home Screenshots
PureOS Desktop, LiveCD GNU/Linux, Debian KDE, Xfce [55] Home Screenshots
ReactOS Desktop Win32 GUI (Windows Clone) [56] Home Screenshots
Sabayon Linux EASY, Desktop, LiveDVD GNU/Linux, Gentoo GNOME, KDE [57] Home Screenshots
SaxenOS LIGHT, Desktop, LiveCD GNU/Linux, Slax LXDE [58] Home Screenshots
Sidux Desktop, LiveCD GNU/Linux, Debian Fluxbox, KDE, Xfce [59] Home Screenshots
Slackware Desktop, Server GNU/Linux KDE, Xfce [60] Home Screenshots
Slax MINI, Desktop, LiveCD GNU/Linux, Slackware KDE [61] Home Screenshots
SliTaz MINI, Desktop, LiveCD GNU/Linux, Slackware JWM, Xfce [62] Home Screenshots
Super OS EASY, Desktop, LiveDVD GNU/Linux, Ubuntu GNOME [63] Home Screenshots
SystemRescueCD Rescue, Live CD GNU/Linux, Gentoo Xfce [64] Home Screenshots
Tiny Core Linux MINI, Desktop, LiveCD GNU/Linux BusyBox, FLWM [65] Home Screenshots
Tiny Hat Linux Desktop GNU/Linux, Gentoo GNOME [66] Home Screenshots
TinyME MINI, Desktop, LiveCD GNU/Linux, Mandriva Openbox [67] Home Screenshots
Trisquel GNU/Linux Desktop, Education, LiveCD GNU/Linux, Ubuntu GNOME [68] Home Screenshots Yes 100%
Ubuntu EASY, Desktop, LiveCD GNU/Linux, Debian GNOME [69] Home Screenshots
Ubuntu Studio Media Production, LiveDVD GNU/Linux, Debian GNOME [70] Home Screenshots
Ultimate Edition Desktop, LiveDVD GNU/Linux, Ubuntu GNOME, KDE, Xfce [71] Home Screenshots
Unity Linux MINI, Desktop, LiveCD GNU/Linux, Mandriva Openbox [72] Home Screenshots
Ututo Desktop, LiveCD GNU/Linux, Gentoo GNOME (and more) [73] Home Screenshots Yes 100%
Vector Linux MINI, Desktop, LiveCD GNU/Linux, Slackware KDE (and others) [74] Home Screenshots
Venenux Desktop, LiveCD GNU/Linux, Debian KDE [75] Home Screenshots Yes 100%
VortexBox EASY, Multimedia GNU/Linux, Fedora (none) [76] Home Screenshots
Vyatta Security, Firewall GNU/Linux, Debian (none) [77] Home Screenshots
wattOS LIGHT, Desktop, LiveCD GNU/Linux, Ubuntu Openbox [78] Home Screenshots
Wolvix GNU/Linux Desktop, LiveCD GNU/Linux, Slax Fluxbox, Openbox, Xfce [79] Home Screenshots
Xubuntu EASY, Desktop, LiveCD GNU/Linux, Ubuntu Xfce [80] Home Screenshots
Yoper Linux Desktop, LiveCD GNU/Linux Fluxbox, KDE [81] Home Screenshots
Zenwalk Desktop, LiveCD GNU/Linux GNOME, WMaker, Xfce [82] Home Screenshots
ZevenOS EASY, Desktop, LiveCD GNU/Linux, Ubuntu Xfce [83] Home Screenshots
Zorin OS EASY, Desktop, LiveCD GNU/Linux, Ubuntu GNOME [84] Home Screenshots

* Free, according to the GNU Guidelines for Free System Distributions

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