The Periodic Table of Linux Distros


Did you ever know this periodic table?

I just discover this one… and I’m really surprise to see how the Debian type is « overhelming » over types, inclusive the « rpm » type of distro.

What do you think about it?

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Very interesting. I knew that there are much derivatives from Debian but I didn’t notice that it’s that extreme.
We all know Debian is old and has much packages. I think it’s also the approach of preconfiguring packages, which is smart for beginners. Debian has stable, testing and unstable packages, all available in one distro. They even changed their style of beeing fully free and open to even support multimedia and non-free packages, which was hard some time ago.

Found some other people talking about this:

Anothers things too are the ability to upgrage from one major version to another without reinstallong.

And the overlay system that permit to “mix” stable and testing… this two things offer a good flexibility with diferents repositories.

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they missed zentyal! Debian based server software.

I am confused, does the popularity number (as shown within the above “periodic table”) represent the popularity of the distro when said version was released or is that number based upon current DistroWatch statistics.

What is the process that DistroWatch uses to collect and assess these numbers?

Also, isn’t this table a bit biased and only includes distributions that can be downloaded / visited via (hrefs provided by) distrowatch?

Also noticed that there is no mention of Suse Linux Enterprise Desktop (SLED) or Smoothwall (Interdependently maintained firewall distro).

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One final point: I noticed that Rasbian is mentioned but where is Armbian and Bananian?

(I also just saw that Android_x86 is included but no mention of Android_ARM)

A Distrowatch reader made this table…
Morr details here

Here is another graph of linux distributions:

I seem to remember that was a discussion about this graph (in another thread that was posted on this forum approximately a year ago).

the Linux Distribution Timeline is wrong, nethserver is a fork of smeserver :slight_smile:

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when I start this thead, I did’t remenber it :smirk:

Did a quick search and found the previous thread that included the above graphic:

It was, i think. Now, they are so different that I don’t think that people recognize the fork anymore.
And with ansible + cockpit the evolution process will be complete :slight_smile: