* Arch Linux, a distribution based on the KISS principle with a rolling release system
* CentOS, a distribution derived from the same sources used by Red Hat, maintained by a dedicated volunteer community of developers with both 100% Red Hat - compatible versions and an upgraded version that is not always 100% upstream compatible
* Debian, a non-commercial distribution maintained by a volunteer developer community with a strong commitment to free software principles
* Fedora which is a community distribution sponsored by Red Hat
* Gentoo, a distribution targeted at power users, known for its FreeBSD Ports-like automated system for compiling applications from source code
* Knoppix, The first Live CD distribution to run completely from removable media without installation to a hard disk. Derived from Debian
* Kubuntu, the KDE version of Ubuntu
* Linux Mint, a popular distribution based on and compatible with Ubuntu
* Mandriva, a Red Hat derivative popular in France and Brazil, today maintained by the French company of the same name
* OpenGEU, derived from Ubuntu: The project's goal is to combine the power of GNOME desktop with the eye-candy of Enlightenment 17.
* openSUSE, originally derived from Slackware, sponsored by the company Novell .
* Pardus, developed in Turkey, as a product of the Pardus Project. It was named after the Anatolian Leopard.
* PCLinuxOS, a derivative of Mandriva, grew from a group of packages into a popular, community-spawned desktop distribution.
* Red Hat Enterprise Linux, which is a derivative of Fedora maintained and commercially supported by Red Hat
* Slackware, one of the first Linux distributions, founded in 1993, and since then actively maintained by Patrick J. Volkerding
* Ubuntu, a popular desktop distribution derived from Debian, maintained by Canonical
* gOS and other netbook operating systems
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