Comparison of Linux Distributions

Last Update: 6 July 2001

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This site is an attempt to provide a basic feature list and a package comparison table of the major Linux distributions. Each distribution has its own, more detailed page, with more information, including information about past and current beta releases - the company icons serve as navigation buttons. The page is updated daily with news from the Linux distribution and application development world. I have tried my best to make sure that the information provided here is correct, however, if you do find any errors, please let me know and I will correct them promptly. Suggestions are also welcome. Enjoy your stay and come back again!

Latest News and Updates
2001-07-05 The Nautilus file manager has received an update to version 1.0.4. Download the source code or view the ChangeLog.
2001-07-04 After more than a month of development, the Linux kernel 2.4.6 has been released. The ChangeLog and the tar.gz source code, as well as the gz patch, are available from the kernel ftp site. Downloading them from a mirror site might be a better option, however.
2001-07-03 The SuSE 7.2 distribution has also been made available for free download. However, no ISO images are provided so the direct installation from the ftp server or intallation from the hard disk after downloading the entire 7.2 directory are the only options. For more information, please consult the manual (pdf). The SuSE mirror sites are listed here.
2001-07-03 The controversial Caldera licensing issues have been clarified - non-commercial users can still download the latest iso images for free from the Caldera ftp site, the license is not required. There are two Workstation 3.1 images - Workstation_CD1 and Workstation_Source_CD1 and two Server 3.1 images - Server_CD1 and Server_Source_CD1.
2001-07-03 The BIND DNS server's bug fix release - version 9.1.3 - is out. The list of features is available for viewing and the source archives can be downloaded from the mirror sites.
2001-07-03 The Galeon browser has been updated to 0.11.1. Download the source tar.gz or source rpms and view the documentaion, FAQs or screenshots.
2001-07-03 The Links browser - version 0.96 is out. Links links: source code, binaries, ChangeLog, user manual, screen shots and mirrors.
2001-07-03 My apologies for this site being slow and (often) hard-to-access. My choice of (free) Yahoo-Kimo for web hosting was not very fortunate and my alternative site is not accessible either, due to extensive maintenance shutdown at sina.com. The good news is that I have registered the distrowatch.com domain name and this site will be moved there in the next few days. Thanks everybody for the continued support and feedback.
2001-07-02 fetchmail's latest version - 5.8.11 is available for download: source tar.gz, source rpms or binary rpms.
2001-07-01 The Slackware Linux Project has finally released version 8.0 of the distribution. There is a release announcement on LinuxToday. The main ftp site is extremely busy and so are all the mirror sites. More information and purchase of the official 4-CD release can be found here.
2001-06-30 Mozilla has released version 9.1.2 of the open source browser. Downloads and further information: tar.gz source, tar.bz2 source, tar.gz for i686 binaries, list of mirrors, release notes.

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Feature or package (data in brackets indicate the latest stable package) Feature or package (data in brackets indicate the latest stable package)
Caldera Slackware SuSE Linpus Mandrake Debian Red Hat CLE Progeny Libranet Turbolinux Corel
3.1
Workstation
8.0
Linux
7.2
Personal
8.0
Deluxe
8.0
Standard
2.2r3
Debian
7.1
Standard
1.0
Atayal
1.0
Debian
1.9.1
Linux
6.1
Workstation
1.2
Standard
Release Date 2001-07-02 2001-07-01 2001-06-15 2001-05-03 2001-04-20 2001-04-17 2001-04-16 2001-04-10 2001-04-09 2001-03-16 2000-10-05 2000-08-11 Release Date
Price (US$) 59 40 30 36 29 10 40 Free 50 20 25 15 Price (US$)
Origin USA USA Germany Taiwan France USA USA Taiwan USA USA USA Canada Origin
Support No support Installation support and limited technical support 60-day installation support 120-day email support 30-day web-based installation support No official support 30-day web-based installation support No official support 30-day telephone installation support Email installation support 60-day email installation support 30-day email installation support Support
Documentation ? Online Only Quick Install Configuration Applications Manuals Installation Guide, User Guide Installation Guide Online only Installation Guide Online only Manual Installation Guide Linux in a Nutshell Installation Guide Documentation
CDs ? 4 3 8 3 5 4 2 4 1 ? ? CDs
Free Download Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Free Download
Linux kernel (2.4.6) 2.4.2 2.4.5 2.4.4 2.4.0 2.4.3 2.2.19 2.4.2 2.2.17 2.4.2 2.4.3 2.2.14 2.2.16 Linux kernel (2.4.6)
Default Desktop KDE KDE KDE KDE KDE Gnome Gnome Gnome Gnome IceWM Gnome KDE Default Desktop
Package Management rpm tgz rpm rpm rpm deb rpm rpm deb deb rpm deb Package Management
Office Suite StarOffice, KOffice KOffice StarOffice, KOffice KOffice, OpenOffice KOffice None StarOffce KOffice KOffice KOffice KOffice StarOffce Corel WordPerfect Office Suite
Multilingual Yes ? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes -- Yes -- Multilingual
Traditional Chinese -- -- -- Yes Yes Yes -- Yes Yes -- Yes -- Traditional Chinese
Simplified Chinese -- -- -- Yes Yes Yes -- Yes Yes -- Yes -- Simplified Chinese
Package Package
AbiWord (0.7.14-2) -- 0.7.14-2 -- 0.7.11 0.7.14 0.7.7 0.7.13 0.7.13-1 0.7.8-2 0.7.12 -- -- AbiWord (0.7.14-2)
ALSA (0.5.11) -- -- 0.5.10 0.5.9 0.5.10 0.4.1i -- -- -- 0.5.10b 0.4.1 -- ALSA (0.5.11)
Apache (1.3.20) 1.3.19 1.3.20 1.3.19 1.3.14 1.3.19 1.3.9 1.3.19 1.3.14 1.3.9 1.3.12 1.3.12 1.3.3 Apache (1.3.20)
Autoconf (2.50) 2.13 2.50 2.13 2.13 2.13 2.13 2.13 2.3.19 2.13 2.13 2.13 2.12 Autoconf (2.50)
Bash (2.05) 2.04 2.05 2.04 2.04 2.04 2.03 2.04 2.04 2.04 2.03 2.04 2.01 Bash (2.05)
BIND (9.1.3) 8.2.3 9.1.2 -- 8.2.2p7 9.1.1 8.2.3 9.1.0 8.2.3 8.2.3 -- 8.2.2p5 -- BIND (9.1.3)
bzip2 (1.0.1) 1.0.0 1.0.1 1.0.1 1.0.1 1.0.1 0.9.5d 1.0.1 1.0.1 0.9.5d 0.9.5d 0.9.5d 0.9.0c bzip2 (1.0.1)
cdrecord (1.9) 1.9 1.9 1.9 1.9 1.9 1.8 1.9 1.9.2 1.9 1.8 1.8 1.6 cdrecord (1.9)
cups (1.1.8) 1.1.6 -- 1.1.6 1.1.4 1.1.6 1.0.4 -- -- -- -- -- -- cups (1.1.8)
fetchmail (5.8.11) 5.4.0 5.8.6 5.8.0 5.5.2 5.7.4 5.3.3 5.7.4 5.5.0 5.5.0 5.3.3 5.3.6 4.6.4 fetchmail (5.8.11)
Galeon (0.11.1) -- 0.11 -- -- 0.10.2 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Galeon (0.11.1)
GCC (3.0) 2.95.2 2.95.3 2.95.3 2.95.2 2.96 2.95.2 2.96 2.96 2.95.2 2.95.2 2.95.2 2.7.2.3 GCC (3.0)
GIMP (1.2.1) 1.1.29 1.2.1 1.2.1 1.1.25 1.2.1 1.0.4 1.2.1 1.1.25 1.0.4 1.2.1 1.1.23 1.0.2 GIMP (1.2.1)
Glade (0.6.2) -- 0.6.2 -- 0.5.9 0.6.2 0.5.5 0.5.9 0.5.9 0.5.11 0.5.11 0.5.9 -- Glade (0.6.2)
glibc (2.2.3) 2.2.1 2.2.3 2.2.2 2.1.3 2.2.2 2.1.3 2.2.2 2.2 2.2.1 2.1.3 2.1.3 2.0.7 glibc (2.2.3)
GNOME (1.4.0.4) -- 1.4.0.4 1.4 1.2.1 1.4.0.2 1.0.55 1.2.4 1.2.4 1.2.4 1.2.0 1.2.1 -- GNOME (1.4.0.4)
Gnumeric (0.67) -- 0.65 0.64 -- 0.64 0.47 0.61 0.54 0.56 0.61 0.56 -- Gnumeric (0.67)
gtk+ (1.2.10) 1.2.8 1.2.10 1.2.10 1.2.8 mdk-0.1.5 1.2.7 1.2.9 1.2.8 1.0.6 1.2.9 1.2.8 1.2.5 gtk+ (1.2.10)
gzip (1.2.4a) 1.2.4a 1.2.4a 1.3 1.2.4a 1.2.4a 1.2.4 1.3 1.3.6 1.2.4 1.2.4 1.3 1.2.4 gzip (1.2.4a)
ImageMagick (5.3.6) 5.2.7 5.3.5 5.3.1 5.2.3 5.3.0 4.2.8 5.2.7 5.2.2 5.2.3 5.2.5 5.1.1 -- ImageMagick (5.3.6)
iptables (1.2.2) 1.1.2 1.2.2 -- -- 1.2.1 -- 1.2.1a 1.1.1 1.1.1 1.2 -- -- iptables (1.2.2)
Package Package
KDE (2.1.1) 2.1 2.1.1 2.1.1 2.0 2.1.1 -- 2.1.1 2.1.1 2.0 2.1.1 1.1.2 1.1 KDE (2.1.1)
KOffice (1.0) 1.0 1.0 1.1beta1 1.0 1.0 -- 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 -- -- KOffice (1.0)
less (358) 354 358 358 358 358 346 358 358 358 346 332 332 less (358)
lilo (21.7.5) 21 21.7.5 21.6 21.4.4 21.7 21.4.3 21.4.4 21.4.4 21.4.3 21.4.3 21.3 21 lilo (21.7.5)
Links (0.96) -- -- -- 0.92 0.95 0.84 0.95 0.92 0.92 -- -- -- Links (0.96)
Linuxconf (1.25r7) -- -- -- 1.21r5 1.25r3 1.17r5 1.24r2 1.19r2 1.20r2 -- -- -- Linuxconf (1.25r7)
lynx (2.8.3rel1) 2.8.3rel1 2.8.3rel1 2.8.3dev9 2.8.4dev8 2.8.4dev 2.8.3 2.8.4 2.8.4 2.8.3 2.8.3 2.8.3pre6 2.8.1 lynx (2.8.3rel1)
make (3.79.1) 3.79.1 3.79.1 3.79.1 3.79.1 3.79.1 3.79.1 3.79.1 3.79.1 3.79.1 3.79.1 3.79.1 3.77 make (3.79.1)
modutils (2.4.6) 2.4.3 2.4.6 2.4.5 2.3.17 2.4.3 2.3.11 2.4.2 2.3.21 2.3.17 2.4.2 2.1.121 2.1.121 modutils (2.4.6)
Mozilla (0.9.2) -- 0.9.1 0.8.1 0.7 0.8 M18 0.7 -- 0.7 0.7 -- -- Mozilla (0.9.2)
Mutt (1.2.5i) 1.2.5 1.2.5i 1.3.16i 1.2.5i 1.3.15i 1.2.5 1.2.5i 1.2.5i 1.2.5 1.2.5 1.2.4 -- Mutt (1.2.5i)
MySQL (3.23.39) 3.23.33 3.23.39 -- 3.23.23 3.23.36 3.22.32 3.23.36 3.23.22 ? -- 3.23.22 -- MySQL (3.23.39)
Nautilus (1.0.4) -- 1.0.3 1.0.1 -- 1.0.1 -- -- -- -- 0.8 -- -- Nautilus (1.0.4)
ncftp (3.0.3) 3.0.2 3.0.2 -- 3.0.1 3.0.2 3.0beta21 3.0.2 3.0.1 3.0.1 -- 3.0.1 3.0beta14 ncftp (3.0.3)
Netscape (6.01) 4.77 4.77 6.0 -- 4.77 4.76 4.76 4.76 4.76 4.76 4.74 4.73 Netscape (6.01)
nmap (2.53) -- -- -- 2.53 2.53 2.12 2.54beta7 -- 2.53 -- 2.12 -- nmap (2.53)
OpenLDAP (2.0.11) 2.0.7 -- -- 1.2.9 2.0.7 1.2.11 2.0.7 2.0.7 1.2.11 2.0.7 -- -- OpenLDAP (2.0.11)
OpenOffice (6.3.2) -- -- -- 6.2.5 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- OpenOffice (6.3.2)
OpenSSH (2.9p2) 2.5.2p2 2.9p1 2.9p1 2.2.0 2.5.2p2 1.2.3 2.5.2p2 2.5.2p2 2.5.1p1 2.3.0p1 -- -- OpenSSH (2.9p2)
OpenSSL (0.9.6a) 0.9.6 0.9.6a 0.9.6a 0.9.5a 0.9.6 0.9.4 0.9.6 0.9.5a 0.9.6 0.9.6 -- -- OpenSSL (0.9.6a)
Perl (5.6.1) 5.6.0 5.6.1 5.6.0 5.6.0 5.6.0 5.005 5.6.0 5.6.0 5.004 5.004_05 5.005_03 5.004_04 Perl (5.6.1)
PHP (4.0.6) 4.0.4pl1 -- -- 4.0.3pl11 4.0.4pl11 4.0.3pl1 4.0.4pl11 4.0.4 -- -- -- -- PHP (4.0.6)
Pine (4.33) -- 4.33 4.33 4.21 4.30 3.96 4.33 -- -- -- 4.21 -- Pine (4.33)
Package Package
Postfix (20010228-pl03) -- -- -- -- 20010228 19991231-pl11 20010202-pl04 -- 20000532 19991231-pl11 -- -- Postfix (20010228-pl03)
PostgreSQL (7.1.2) -- -- 7.0.3 7.0.2 7.0.3 6.5.3 7.0.3 7.0.2 7.0.2 -- -- -- PostgreSQL (7.1.2)
ppp (2.4.1) 2.4.0 2.4.1 2.4.0 2.4.0 2.4.0 2.3.11 2.4.0 2.3.11 2.4.0f 2.4.0f 2.3.11 2.3.11 ppp (2.4.1)
ProFTPD (1.2.1) -- 1.2.2rc3 -- 1.2.0rc2 1.2.2 1.2.0pre10 -- -- 1.2.0pre10 -- 1.2.0rc2 1.2.0pre9 ProFTPD (1.2.1)
Python (2.1) 1.5.2 2.0.1 2.0 1.5.2 2.0 1.5.2 1.5.2 1.5.2 1.5.2 1.5.2 1.5.2 -- Python (2.1)
Qt (2.3.1) 2.2.4 2.3.1 2.3.0 2.2.3 2.3.0 2.0.2 2.3.0 2.2.4 2.0.2 2.3.0 1.45 1.44 Qt (2.3.1)
ReiserFS (3.6.25) 3.6.25 3.x.0j 3.x.0j -- 3.x.0j -- 3.x.0f ? -- 3.x.0h -- -- ReiserFS (3.6.25)
rpm (4.0.2) 3.0.6 4.0.2 3.0.6 3.0.5 4.0 3.0.3 4.0.2 4.0.2 3.0.5 3.0.5 3.0.3 2.5.1 rpm (4.0.2)
Samba (2.2.0a) 2.0.8 2.2.0a 2.0.7 2.0.7 2.0.7 2.0.7 2.0.7 2.0.7 2.0.7 2.0.7 2.0.5a 2.0.7 Samba (2.2.0a)
Sendmail (8.11.4) 8.11.1 8.11.4 8.11.3 8.11.0 8.11.3 8.9.3 8.11.2 8.11.2 8.11.1 -- 8.9.3 8.9.3 Sendmail (8.11.4)
StarOffice (5.2) 5.2 -- 5.2 -- -- -- 5.2 -- -- -- 5.2 -- StarOffice (5.2)
Telnet (0.17) 0.17 -- 0.17 0.17 0.17 0.16 0.17 0.17 0.17 0.16 0.16 0.12 Telnet (0.17)
VIM (5.8) 5.7 5.8 5.7 5.7 6.0 5.6.070 6.0 5.7 5.7 5.6 5.7 5.3 VIM (5.8)
Webmin (0.87) 0.852 -- -- 0.80 0.84 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Webmin (0.87)
Wget (1.7) 1.6 1.7 1.5.3 1.5.3 1.6 1.5.3 1.6 1.5.3 1.5.3 1.5.3 1.5.3 1.5.3 Wget (1.7)
Xcin (2.5.2.3) -- -- -- 2.5.2 2.5.2.3 2.5.2 -- 2.5.2.3 2.5.1.99pre5 -- -- -- Xcin (2.5.2.3)
XFree86 (4.1.0) 4.0.2 4.1.0 4.0.3 4.0.1 4.0.3 3.3.6 4.0.3 4.0.2 4.0.2 4.0.2 3.3.6 3.3.6 XFree86 (4.1.0)
xinetd (2.3.0) -- -- -- 2.1.8.9pre12 2.1.8.9pre14 2.1.8.8p3 2.1.8.9pre14 2.1.8.9pre11 2.1.8.8p3 -- -- -- xinetd (2.3.0)
Xmms (1.2.5) 1.2.4 1.2.5 1.2.4 1.0.1 1.2.4 1.0.1 1.2.4 1.2.4 1.2.4 1.2.4 1.2.2 1.0.1 Xmms (1.2.5)
Xmovie (1.8) -- -- -- 1.5.1 1.6 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Xmovie (1.8)
Zope (2.3.3) -- -- -- 2.1.6 -- 2.1.6 2.2.5 -- 2.3.1 -- -- -- Zope (2.3.3)

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