Gartner Research

Linux Operating System Distributions: Perspective

Published: 21 September 2005

ID: G00130481

Analyst(s): Cynthia Lubrano, Mary I. Hubley


There are many Linux operating system distributions in existence, all of which are based on the core Linux kernel. They differ by the choice of utilities, file systems and applications that come packed with each distribution, as well as support and technology focus.

Table Of Contents
  • Basics
    • Linux Distributions
    • Linux Distributions Are Open-Source and Community-Based
    • Who Uses Which Kinds of Distributions
    • Packaging of Distributions
    • How Linux Distributions Are Different
    • The Linux Kernel
  • Operating Requirements
  • Technology Analysis
    • Server Hardware Vendors and Linux
    • Market Leaders
    • Linux Standards
    • Distributions With International Presence
    • Strengths and Limitations
  • Profiles of Select Linux Distributions
    • The Debian Project
    • Mandriva
    • Novell
    • Red Hat Software
    • Turbolinux (Corporate Headquarters)
    • Gentoo Foundation
    • The Slackware Project
  • Insight

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