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In the meantime, we hope you will enjoy this celebration of Linux diversity, with over 500 distributions; large and small, specialized and generalized, old and new.
Leading distributions have usually been around for a while and are well-established.
By 2001 the list had grown to fill both sidebars of the weekly page, often trailing far below any actual mid-page content.
So the list was moved to a flat file and released on October 11, 2001. Additional information was added to each entry, and in the process links were fixed, entries moved to different categories and dead distributions were removed.
Minor revisions have been made almost every week since then. There have been no major releases since then, however new distributions are added when found, dead distributions are removed when found, and link checking remains an ongoing process.
Some come from companies that supply service and support contracts for their products, others are community projects. Google backs Android, which can be found in the wild in phones, tablets and other devices. Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) is still running in some devices.These devices usually contain proprietary software, and some of the available apps are proprietary as well. Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) preview was released June 27, 2012. Jelly Bean 4.2 started shipping on Google Nexus devices November 13, 2012; the SDK platform also became available.Android 4.4 (Kit Kat) was released October 31, 2013. Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) was released September 2015. Debian GNU/Linux The Debian Project is one of the oldest distributions and is currently the largest volunteer based distribution provider. LWN has been tracking Linux distributions since 1999.
Early versions of the list consisted of links on the side bars of the weekly Distribution page.
Debian users who want a more current desktop distribution are encouraged to use the testing branch, which is where the next stable release (currently codenamed Stretch aka 9.0) is prepared and which should normally be quite stable. Debian Developers and users who want to live on the bleeding edge can run the unstable branch (Sid) or even try packages from experimental.