Where can I download Linux

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Where do I go to download Linux OS?
Where do I go to download Linux OS?

Here you will find links that show directly to the download page of the most popular Linux OS free of cost.

Is it possible to download Linux?

Yes. Linux is a free kernel and often bundled with Linux distribution. Therefore, one can legally download and use Linux OS under GPL and other Linux vendors' licenses.

Where can I download Linux os?

Linux is available for download over the Internet. However, this is only useful if your Internet connection is fast. Another way is to order the DVDs/CD-ROMs, which saves time, and the installation is quick and automatic. I recommend the following most popular Linux distributions.

  • Debian Linux - Debian focuses on stability and security and is used as a base for many other distributions such as Ubuntu. Debian stable is good for server usage.
  • Alpine Linux - Alpine Linux is a security-oriented, lightweight Linux distribution based on musl libc and busybox. There is no systemd or GNU stuff by default in it.
  • Fedora Linux - Fedora is a distribution of Linux based on Red Hat linux, developed by the Fedora Project. Fedora is good for both desktop and laptop usage including sys admins. RHEL releases are based on Fedora Linux releases.
  • Rocky Linux - Rocky Linux is an open-source enterprise operating system designed to be 100% bug-for-bug compatible with Red Hat Enterprise Linux. It is good for server usage.
  • AlmaLinux - An Open Source, community owned and governed, forever-free enterprise Linux distribution, focused on long-term stability, providing a robust production-grade platform. AlmaLinux OS is 1:1 binary compatible with RHEL and pre-Stream CentOS.
  • CentOS Stream Linux - CentOS Stream is a community-supported, mainly free software operating system that act as Red Hat Enterprise Linux downstream.
  • Ubuntu Linux - Ubuntu originally based on the Debian Linux distribution. Ubuntu is designed primarily for desktop usage, though netbook and server editions exist as well.
  • OpenSuse Linux - openSUSE is a general purpose Linux distribution and sponsored by Novell/SUSE. However, it is quite popular on Laptop and desktop usage.
  • Slackware Linux - It was one of the earliest operating systems to be built on top of the Linux kernel and is the oldest currently being maintained. Slackware is pretty popular among the hardcore Linux users and sys admins.
  • Linux Mint Linux - Linux Mint provides an up-to-date, stable operating system for the average user, with a strong focus on usability and ease of installation.
  • PCLinuxOS Linux - PCLinuxOS comes with KDE Plasma Desktop as its default user interface. It is a primarily free software operating system for personal computers aimed at ease of use.
  • Sabayon Linux - Sabayon is based upon Gentoo Linux and it follows the OOTB (Out of the Box) philosophy, having the goal to give the user a wide number of applications ready to use and a self-configured operating system.
  • Arch Linux - Arch Linux is a Linux distribution intended to be lightweight and simple. The design approach of the development team focuses on simplicity, elegance, code correctness and minimalism.
  • Gentoo Linux - Gentoo Linux is a computer operating system built on top of the Linux kernel and based on the Portage package management system. Unlike a binary Linux software distribution, the source code is compiled locally according to the user's preferences and is often optimized for the specific type of computer on Gentoo Linux.
  • Amazon Linux AMI - The Amazon Linux AMI is a supported and maintained Linux image provided by Amazon Web Services for use on Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2).
  • Oracle Linux Oracle Linux is a Linux distribution packaged and freely distributed by Oracle. It is compiled from Red Hat Enterprise Linux source code, replacing Red Hat branding with Oracle's branding.
  • Alt Linux ALT Linux is a set of Russian operating systems based on RPM Package Manager and built on a Linux kernel and Sisyphus package repository.
  • Apertis Linux - Apertis is a versatile open source infrastructure, fit for a wide variety of electronic devices, with a history within the automotive industry. Security and modularity are two of its primary strengths
  • Devuan Linux - It is a fork of Debian that uses sysvinit, runit or OpenRC instead of systemd.
  • Kali Linux - It is a Debian-derived Linux distribution designed for digital forensics and penetration testing.
  • Void Linux - It is an independent Linux distribution that uses the X Binary Package System package manager, which was designed and implemented from scratch, and the runit init system.
  • OpenWrt - It is an open-source project for embedded operating systems based on Linux, primarily used on embedded devices to route network traffic. For example, WiFi routers.
  • Manjaro Linux - It is a free and open-source Linux distribution based on the Arch Linux operating system. Manjaro has a focus on user-friendliness and accessibility, and the system itself is designed to work fully "straight out of the box" with its variety of pre-installed software.
  • Puppy Linux - It is light-weight Linux distributions that focus on ease of use and minimal memory footprint.
  • Solus Linux - It is an independently OS based on the Linux kernel and a choice of the homegrown Budgie desktop environment, GNOME, MATE or KDE Plasma as the desktop environment.
  • elementary OS - It is based on Ubuntu LTS. It is marketed as a replacement for macOS and Windows operating systems.
  • Pop!_OS - Pop!_OS is a free and open-source Linux distribution, based upon Ubuntu, featuring a GTK-based desktop environment known as COSMIC (modified version of GNOME). System76 mainly develops the distro for its computers, but anyone can download and install it.
  • Garuda Linux - Garuda Linux is an Arch-based Linux distribution shipping with a whole lot of beautiful themes, including but not limited to automatic backup tools to stabilize the arch experience, a bunch of GUI helpers apps for gaming and system admin work too.

Enterprise Linux desktop

Like Windows or macOS you can purchase Linux desktop or server edition from the following vendors too:

  • Ubuntu pro/enterprise Linux desktop and server
  • SUSE Enterprise Linux
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL)

See "How much does a Linux desktop OS cost?" for more info.

Linux CD/DVDs

You can get a Linux distribution from the leading computer magazines such as PC Quest or Digit CD or DVDs too. Most Linux books from your local bookstore also include a Linux distribution. This mode used to be very popular when Internet connections were slow or expensive, but now it is replaced by Internet downloads.

External links

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