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Manjaro *

  • new Manjaro - a user-friendly Distro based on the independently developed Arch operating system. Developed in Austria, France, and Germany, Manjaro provides the benefits of the Arch with a focus on user-friendliness and accessibility. Available in both 32 and 64 bit versions, Manjaro is suitable for newcomers as well as experienced Linux users.
  • Arch uses a Rolling Release model. x86_64 now. 32-bit only available in older versions.
  • Manjaro at DistroWatch
  • Interesting also is the Manjaro Team has produced with Station X a Laptop called the Spitfire
Manjaro is on the rise in the Linux world. Now ranked amazingly as 2nd at DistroWatch.com! This is one Distro I may switch to eventually.
The fact that they have a Spitfire is a big plus. I love Spitfires!



  • 4MLinux is an independant 32-bit Linux distribution with 4 flavors:
  • Maintenance - system rescue live CD
  • Multimedia - for playing video DVDs and multimedia files
  • Miniserver
  • Mystery - having some Linux games
  • Limited support since this is a small project
  • See DistroWatch - 4MLinux - there is also a review there, 4MLinux Blog , LinuxQuestions.org - 4MLinux
  • Update 2018-3-11 | 4MLinux 25.0 Core BETA released! announcement
  • This is a core system (only about 10 MB in size) for the 4MLinux 25 series. The system includes: the Linux kernel 4.14.18, GNU C Library 2.26, and BusyBox 1.27.2. The 4MLinux 25 series uses GNU Compiler Collection 7.2.0 to compile programs designed for the i686 architecture.
  • Despite its extremely small size, 4MLinux Core supports all possible boot options: BIOS with 32-bit CPU, BIOS with 64-bit CPU, UEFI with 32-bit firmware, and UEFI with 64-bit firmware.
  • Download iso4MLinux-25.0-core.iso via Sourceforge

Sparky Linux

  • Sparky Linux is based on Debian and has Stable, Rolling and Testing varieties available for download including 32 bit (i686 non-pae) and 64-bit editions. There is even an Arm edition.
  • I've previously tried the Gameover edition 32 bit at about version 4.1. The Gameover edition is amazing, having all kinds of games, emulators and Steam, Wine so forth.
  • Can install AdvenceMENU, Atari800, DeSmuME, Desura Installer, DOSBox, DOSEMU, ePSXe, FCEUX, FS-UAE, GNOME Video Arcade, Hatari, Higan, Hega Fusion, Itch.io, MAME, Mednafen, MESS, Nestopia, PCSX, PlayOnLinux, PPSSPP, Steam, Stella, VisualBoyAdvance, Virtual Jaguar, Wine, Winetricks, Yabause, ZSNES. And more.

I was very impressed by Sparky Linux and their diverse offerings. The documentation is good also. This is one Distro that has it together more and more consistently as time goes by. So much so that I plan to install the 64-bit Gameover edition as alternative OS goto Distro for gaming on my Laptop. And yes this is one case I recommend using the rolling edition.

Check out their Wiki - some quick links below.

Linux From Scratch

  • Linux From Scratch (LFS) ~ Beyond Linux From Scratch (BLFS) projects provide book and step-by-step instructions and book on how to build a Linux system from scratch ~ source code. Also Cross Linux From Scratch - how to make a cross-compiler. ALFS, and more.
  • Whether you are destined to become a Linux Guru or just curious, this resource has a ton of information about Linux, commands, administration, etc. Geeks start here!

LFS - related Distros:

NuTyX is a French Linux distribution (with multi-language support) built from Linux From Scratch and Beyond Linux From Scratch, with a custom package manager called "cards". The package manager can install individual binary packages, desktop packages, and related. Compile source packages from "ports". For intermediate and advanced Linux users.

AryaLinux is a source-based GNU/Linux distribution that has been put together using Linux From Scratch (LFS) as a guide. Uses ports style package management.


  • Trusted End Node Security TENS page at DistroWatch
  • TENS - to quote DistroWatch, ..is a Linux-based live CD with a goal of allowing users to work on a computer without the risk of exposing their credentials and private data to malware, key loggers and other Internet-era ills. It includes a minimal set of applications and utilities, such as the Firefox web browser or an encryption wizard for encrypting and decrypting personal files. The live CD is a product produced by the United States of America's Department of Defence and is part of that organization's Software Protection Initiative.


  • DistroTest.net allows visitors to run Linux distributions in a virtual machine, remotely through a web browser. I Have not tried it, yet very interesting!


  • PureOS distribution is based on Debian testing and available only for x86_64 PC. PureOS is endorsed by the Free Software Foundation
  • As a continuous delivery operating system, PureOS features the latest Debian technologies. It includes GNOME 3 and the next-generation Wayland display protocol, out of the box.
  • PureOS is partially supported by Purism a company which sells the Librem laptop line and Librem phone. Designed to work with free and open source software, without non-free components.
  • PureOS 8.0-beta1 released 2017-08-20 See DistroWatch - PureOS


  • Lakka Lakka is a lightweight Linux distribution that transforms a small computer into a full blown retrogaming console. It also can be installed to disk, flash or USB, or used from live USB. And works on Raspberry Pi's and a number of other boards - supported hardware details here


  • Calculate Linux is a Gentoo based distribution that is reputed to be very stable and relatively easy to use. In Gentoo the entire system is built from source code, using the user's choice of optimizations. Calculate like Gentoo uses a BSD ports-like system called Portage which is a package management system that allows great flexibility while installing and maintaining software. Calculate has binary packages which can be updated from the graphical Update utility or command line. Has a huge repository of 10,000 applications also ao you don't have to build everything from source. Website has a fair amount of documentation but Calculate is based in .ru, so english posts may be limited. Lastly, this is not a Distro for absolute beginner, however those willing to learn it may be a good way into a Gentoo-based system.
  • Calculate has 3 Distro channels
  • Calculate Linux Desktop (CLD) - a workstation and client with KDE, Cinnamon, MATE or Xfce desktop. Includes a wizard to configure a connection to a CDS Server
  • Calculate Directory Server (CDS) - supports Windows and Linux clients via LDAP + SAMBA, providing proxy, mail and Jabbers servers with streamlined user management
  • Calculate Linux Scratch (CLS) - live CD with a build framework for creating a custom distribution


  • DietPi Is an amazing new lightweight specialty Linux distribution based on Debian 9. Various downloadable images provide the bare essentials yet have tools that make it easy to install a wide variety of software from menu options. While targeted at the Raspberry Pi and other ARM-based single board computers, but there are also images for bare metal x86 PCs, VirtualBox, and VMware. See full features list here.
  • I have not tried it yet but this looks to be a very promising all-purpose tool for specialty needs.

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