Free GNU/Linux distributions

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Following are the GNU/Linux distributions we know of which have a firm policy commitment to only include and only propose free software. They reject non-free applications, non-free programming platforms, non-free drivers, or non-free firmware “blobs”. If by mistake they do include any, they remove it. To learn more about what makes for a free GNU/Linux distribution, see our Guidelines for Free System Distributions.

We list companies that sell hardware preinstalled with a free GNU/Linux distribution separately.

If you know of a distribution that may qualify but isn't listed here, please ask the distribution's maintainers if they want to follow these free software principles. If they do, and they would like their distribution to be listed here, they should write to <>.

If you're wondering why a certain popular distribution isn't listed here, you may want to check our page explaining why we don't endorse some common distributions. There, we've listed the reasons why several well-known distributions don't meet our guidelines.

Some distributions are making efforts to move toward a completely free system. We thank them for their ongoing work to achieve that goal, and hope to list them here some day.

All of the distributions that follow are installable to a computer's hard drive and most can be run live. They are listed in alphabetical order.

Distribution Description
BLAG Linux and GNU BLAG Linux and GNU, a GNU/Linux distribution based on Fedora.
Dragora Dragora, an independent GNU/Linux distribution based on concepts of simplicity.
Dynebolic Dynebolic, a GNU/Linux distribution with special emphasis on audio and video editing.
gNewSense gNewSense, a GNU/Linux distribution based on Debian and Ubuntu, with sponsorship from the FSF.
Musix GNU+Linux Musix, a GNU+Linux distribution based on Knoppix, with special emphasis on audio production.
Trisquel Trisquel, a GNU/Linux distribution oriented toward small enterprises, domestic users and educational centers.
Ututo Ututo, a GNU/Linux distribution based on Gentoo. It was the first fully free GNU/Linux system recognized by the GNU Project.
Venenux Venenux, a GNU/Linux distribution built around the KDE desktop.

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