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DistroWatch.com: Navy Linux

Navy Linux

Last Update: 2024-03-10 01:57 UTC

Navy Linux is an open source community project founded by UnixLab (Unix/Linux developers community). The project aims to provide a free-of-cost clone of Red Hat Enterprise Linux with minimal install media.

Popularity (hits per day): 12 months: 231 (31), 6 months: 224 (31), 3 months: 214 (30), 4 weeks: 196 (30), 1 week: 188 (29)

Average visitor rating: 3/10 from 4 review(s).

Navy Linux Summary
Distribution Navy Linux
Home Page https://navylinux.org/
Mailing Lists --
User Forums --
Alternative User Forums
Documentation https://navylinux.org/wiki/
Screenshots DistroWatch Gallery
Download Mirrors https://navylinux.org/mirrorlist/
Bug Tracker --
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Where To Donate, Buy, or Try

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Feature 8.6r1
Release Date 2022-05-31
End Of Life  
Price (US$) Free
Image Size (MB) 4000-17000
Free Download ISO
Installation Graphical
Default Desktop GNOME
Package Management RPM (dnf)
Release Model Fixed
Office Suite LibreOffice
Processor Architecture x86_64
Init Software systemd
Journaled File Systems Btrfs, ext4
Multilingual Yes
Asian Language Support --
Full Package List 8.6r1
Package 8.6r1
abiword (3.0.5) --
alsa-lib (1.2.12)
amdgpu (23.0.0) --
bash (5.2.21) 4.4.20
bind (9.18.27) 9.16.23
chromium (126.0.6478.61) --
cups (2.4.9) 2.2.6
dhcp (4.4.3-P1) 4.3.6
e2fsprogs (1.47.1) 1.45.6
firefox (127.0) 100.0
freetype (2.13.2) 2.9.1
gcc (14.1.0) 8.5.0
gimp (2.10.38) 2.8.22
glibc (2.39) 2.28
gnome-shell (46.2) 3.32.2
gnucash (5.6) --
gnumeric (1.12.57) --
grub (2.12) 2.02
gtk (4.14.4) 3.22.30
httpd (2.4.59) 2.4.37
inkscape (1.3.2) 0.92.3
k3b (24.05.1) --
kmod (32) 25
krita (5.2.2) --
LibreOffice (24.2.4) 6.4.7
linux (6.9.5) 4.18
Package 8.6r1
lxpanel (0.10.1) --
mariadb (11.4.2) 10.5.13
mate-desktop (1.28.2) --
mesa (24.1.1) 21.3.4
mysql (8.4.0) 8.0.26
nautilus (46.2) 3.28.1
NVIDIA (550.90.07) --
openbox (3.6.1) --
openjdk (22)
openssh (9.7p1) 8.0p1
openssl (3.3.1) 1.1.1k
perl (5.40.0) 5.32.1
php (8.3.8) 8.0.13
plasma-desktop (6.0.5) --
postfix (3.9.0) 3.5.8
postgresql (16.3) 13.5
Python (3.12.4) 3.9.7
qt (6.7.1) 5.15.2
samba (4.20.1) 4.15.5
systemd (256) 239
thunderbird (127.0) 91.8.0
vim (9.1) 8.0
vlc (3.0.21) --
wayland (1.23.0) --
xfdesktop (4.18.1) --
xorg-server (21.1.13) 1.20.11

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Version: 8.4
Rating: 9
Date: 2021-11-01
Votes: 0

The latest ISO works fine.

I think this distribution is really nice. Unlike what the other reviewer says, EPEL works correctly.

I am moving from CentOS to Navy Linux. It needs more contributions from the community compared to Alma and Rocky: Navy does not have nearly as much money nor manpower backing it.

It seems to be what it says to be.

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Version: 8.4
Rating: 1
Date: 2021-09-22
Votes: 0

Version 8.4 was released as release version, however a hotfix was published recently named 8.4r1.

The 8.4r1 release version disk image is updated often without incrementing version name, causing a lot of confusion. The reason of these updates is that all the claimed features that were supposed to be shipped on release are not actually shipped: for example, usb media created with the released image do not actually work, therefore installing a working copy of navy linux is not possible.

With a lot of hacking, the system can be installed, sort of. EPEL seems to work but then I am confused on what the SERL is, all that is known is that it is an alternative with less packages and no maintainers. Because I read on Slack that the team is going to focus on minimal hardware requirements and hardened kernel in the future, I assume SERL should contain "safer" packages while still being community-supported instead of being supported by the Navy foundation, somehow.

The project members speak english but barely, trying to understand each other seems difficult. The chat system utilized is Slack and it seems to be littered with trolls.

I want to see Navy succeed. They seem to actually want to make something a little bit different compared to the mainstream Rocky and Alma, while still offering a CentOS alternative. However, the communication issues should be addressed and minimal documentation should be written so that somebody else in the community could complete it. As it is, I can't find any way for somebody to start contributing with packages nor documentation.

I do not like the branding at all and a google search reveals that I am not alone with this thought.

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Version: 8.4
Rating: 1
Date: 2021-09-17
Votes: 0

Not even close to a clone of RHEL. Modularity isn't there, EPEL doesn't work, their "SELR" is subpar, and random packages from Fedora were brought in. It's a miracle if you even manage to get it to install.

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