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List of Linux distributions endorsed by the Free Software Foundation

The Free Software Foundation maintains a list of GNU/Linux distributions that the foundation has indicated meet their criteria[1] for a free system distribution, as defined by their Free Software Definition.[2]


The list is necessarily a function of this definition; alternative definitions include the Open Source Definition and the Debian Free Software Guidelines.

Distribution Last update Based on Description
BLAG 2011-05-04 Fedora A free distribution based on Fedora.
Dragora GNU/Linux 2012-04-21 None An independent distribution based on concepts of simplicity.
Dyne:bolic 2011-09-08 Debian[3] a live CD (installable on HDD) distribution, with special emphasis on audio and video editing.
gNewSense 2013-08-06 Debian (formerly Ubuntu)[4] FSF-sponsored distribution.
Musix 2010-09-22 Knoppix LiveCD with special emphasis on music production, graphic design, audio, and video editing.
Parabola 2013-04-27 Arch Linux Full featured general-purpose distribution that strives to keep its packaging and management tools simple for easy customization.
Trisquel 2013-03-09 Ubuntu University of Vigo-sponsored distribution oriented to small enterprises, domestic users and educational centers.
Ututo 2012-04-27 Gentoo The first fully free Linux system recognized by the GNU Project.

See also


Further reading

  • Explaining Why We Don't Endorse Other Systems at
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