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Welcome to the DistroWatch wiki

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.

This wiki

This wiki is an experimental add-on feature to DistroWatch where the community can share their knowledge of open source operating systems. Everyone is free to join in and share their views on distributions and their features.

While this wiki is seeded with information from the DistroWatch database, the information provided here is submitted by the community and is not checked by DistroWatch editors.

To get started, you may wish to look at the All Distros page to see a list of projects in the DistroWatch database.