How many Linux distributions are there?
There are believed to be over 600 Linux distributions, not all of which are active.
This is a holding question for alternates dealing with long-obsolete Linux distributions, such as Red Hat Linux 9. Please do not split the alternates out. There is no reason to use these distributions; they no longer receive any security updates, may not run on modern hardware, and many modern Linux distributions are free.
Unlike Microsoft Windows, you don't need a license to download, use, copy or give away Linux or the many distributions associated with it. Linux is actually the kernel (the heart) from which many distributions of open source operating systems radiate outwards. Ubuntu, Linux Mint, are just two of many popular operating systems that are entirely free.
There are so many different ways they can differ I can't really cover them all. Virtually anything in Linux distributions can be replaced. Even the kernel can be swapped out with alternate builds. Usually, the most common changes are the default desktop and desktop applications for desktop distributions.
There are MANY distributions of Linux out there, and almost all of them are compatible with Intel processors. Some of the main ones are: ALT Linux CERN Linux Damn Small Linux Debian Fedora Core Gentoo Linux Knoppix Linspire Mandriva muLinux Slackware SuSE Ubuntu Vectorlinux Xandros Desktop and of course, Puppy Linux. Like I said, there are MANY distributions out there that will work with Intel hardware, but these are some of the most common ones…
Most Linux/Unix distros are free. Here are the ones most commonly known that are: Ubuntu Linux Mandriva Linux Linux Mint Open Solaris Oracle Solaris Fedora Linux Arch Linux (In this one, you configure everything from the graphical environment managers to configuring the network in the consol) Backtrack OS openSUSE Peppermint Linux Gentoo Linux Puppy Linux PCLinuxOS FreeBSD OpenBSD These just listed are the most commonly known free distributions of Unix/Linux. The ones that are not…