Kernel.org centrally distributes the Linux Kernel, which is packed and bundled by various distributions, companies, or groups. They further provide support on tasks or operations. Distrowatch.com lists almost all the current distributions.

The various major distributions compared on features like development tools, commercial applications like a database, or secure servers.

Active Linux Distro's

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL): redhat.org, Type – Commercial, Audience – server, workstation
  • Fedora: fedoraproject.org, Type – Free, Audience – General
  • CentOS: centos.org, Type – Free, Audience – server, workstation
  • Qt: The Qt and KDE community cooperate to fix bugs and security to KDE and Linux distributions.
  • Windows 10 build 19603: Enhances access to Linux files with the integration of the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) with File Explorer. It's easier now to access Linux distributions from Windows File Explorer's left navigation pane.
  • Zorin OS – Cloud-powered tool: Features fast, secure and attractive slick desktop management tool for the school and business users
  • OpenSUSE: opensuse.com
  • Debian: debian.org, Type – Free, Audience – general, server, desktop
  • Ubuntu 20.04: ubuntu.com
  • Huawei’s OpenEuler: An enterprise-level general-purpose server architecture platform based on the Linux stable system kernel and supports container virtualization technologies. The OpenEular Linux OS source code is available on Gitee (Chinese alternative to GitHub owned by Microsoft).
  • Mepis: mepis.org
  • Gentoo: gentoo.org
  • Turbo: turbolinux.com
  • Knoppix:  knoppix.org
  • OpenMandriva: It uses zstd To compress packages for faster decompression speeds and a better compression ratio at the highest level
  • DebEX Linux released by GNU/Linux developer Arne Exton for older 32-bit computers. It comes with only a minimum set of packages installed in the live and installable ISO image under 1GB in size. The latest and greatest Linux kernel, Linux 5.4.2, for out-of-the-box hardware support and LXQt as desktop environment.
    The pre-installed Refracta Snapshot utility, lets users create their own Debian-based 32-bit live and installable systems.
    DebEX Linux is also available as DebEX Budgie/Enlightenment edition with the Budgie 10.5 and Enlightenment 0.23.1 desktop environments, DebEX GNOME edition with the GNOME 3.30 desktop, and DebEX KDE edition with the KDE Plasma 5.14 desktop.