What is DistroWatch? DistroWatch is a website dedicated to talking about, reviewing and keeping up to date with open source operating systems. This site particularly focuses on Linux distributions and flavours of BSD, though other open source operating systems are sometimes discussed. There is a lot of information out there on Linux distributions and this site tries to collect and present that information in a consistent manner to make it easier to locate.
The front page of DistroWatch primarily features release announcements of new versions of Linux distributions as well as links to reviews, podcasts and newsletters about open source operating systems. While our weekly newsletter, DistroWatch Weekly, contains hands-on reviews of new distribution releases along with a summary of new developments in the open source community.
DistroWatch features a number of resources for experienced Linux users, including an index of the hundreds of Linux distributions and BSD projects, distribution news and developments, information on key open source components and packages, and a package comparison page to assist in doing side-by-side software comparisons of distributions. If you are looking for a Linux distribution with specific features, chances are you can find it on our Search page.
DistroWatch also includes several resources for newcomers, including a glossary of commonly used open source terms, a summary of the major Linux distributions, a cross-distro guide to managing software packages, an archive of useful tips and a collection of questions and answers from other beginners.
We also maintain a list of places where people can purchase computers and computer hardware which will be compatible with Linux and BSD.
History: The DistroWatch web site was first published on 31 May 2001. The concept started as a very simple table comprising of 5 major distributions and the chart only compared a few features (price, version, release date) and a few package versions (Linux kernel, KDE, GNOME, XFree86, Apache). In trying to make it slightly more comprehensive and useful, more distributions, features and packages were added until the table reached a fairly reasonable state in terms of information provided. At that stage, the table was moved from a spreadsheet into an HTML document and it was shared with the Linux community worldwide.
DistroWatch.com is a product of Unsigned Integer Limited. Over the years many people have helped to build and expand the site, notably Ladislav Bodnar (founder), Dr Zhu Wen Tao, Jesse Smith, Robert Storey, Caitlyn Martin and Susan Linton, to mention the most active ones. If you would like to join or help in some way, please see our Contributing page.
Our big "thank you for your help" goes to the following volunteer translators and other contributors who have brought the website to people in many non-English speaking countries:
Albanian - Albert Hyseni, Florian Mishaxhi
Arabic - Ibrahim Zada, Mohammed Farouk, Abdulrahman Essam
Catalan - Rafael Carreras Guillén
Chinese Simplified - Zhu Wen Tao
Chinese Traditional - Zhu Wen Tao
Bengali - Jamil Ahmed
Bosnian - Dino Fahrudin Avdibegovic
Bulgarian - Georgi Marinov, Boian Aleksiev
Croatian - Darko Cokor, Dominko Aždajić
Czech - V. Mark Lehký, Misu
Danish - Per Mortensen, Francois Thunus, Jens H. Kruuse
Dutch - Rio Kierkels, Rogier van Gemert, Herman Meester
Esperanto - Christian Fraß
Estonian - Edmund Laugasson
Finnish - Kimmo Kujansuu
French - Pierre Slamich
Friulian - Massimo Furlani
German - Michael Eickenboom, Silvio Costa, Thomas Blechinger
Greek - Christos Vasdekis, Panos Panagiotis
Hebrew - Eddy Nigg, Offer Kaye
Hindi - Abhijeet K. Singh, Mohd Omar
Hungarian - Kornél Dluhi
Indonesian - Darda Moehammad Firdaoes Sofjan
Italian - Enrico Bella
Japanese - Daisuke Suzuki
Korean - Thomas Chung, Yeuri, Jong Woong Lee
Lithuanian - Justinas Lelys, Andrius Kurtinaitis
Macedonian - Jovan Naumovski
Malayalam - Muhammed Afsal
Marathi - Akshay Nalange
Norwegian - Vegard Fiksdal
Persian - Yusof Soleimani
Polish - Kamil Stachowski, Artur Szymański
Portuguese - Rodrigo Muniz, Jose Tadeu Barros, Paulo Lino, Oliver Zancul Prado, Luis Fonseca Carvalho De Matos
Romanian - Florin Veres, Ghita "Zamo" Serban
Russian - Victor Serbin, Anton Starikov
Serbian - Marko Djukic
Slovak - Stanislav Hoferek, Dusan Kazik
Slovenian - Marko Zupancic
Spanish - Juan Pablo Romero Mendoza, Maximiliano Elmallian, Mario Alberto Garcia Alonso, Darío Burstin, Jorge Luis Suarez
Swedish - Patrik Gissberg, Andreas Lundqvist, Jan Braunisch
Tagalog - Ariel David Buena
Tamil - Thangaraj Karuppuswamy
Thai - Dome Charoenyost, Narachai Sakorn
Turkish - Oğuz Ersen, Muhterem Demiray, Muha Aliss
Ukrainian - Andrij Mizik, Olexandr Kravchuk
Urdu - Muhammad Fahd Waseem
Uzbek - Umidjon Almasov
Vietnamese - Trinh Minh Thanh
If you wish to translate parts of DistroWatch into your language, please translate this file and email it to email@example.com.
Some of the DistroWatch graphics were designed by Ian MacGregor.
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