Linux distributions without systemd/unlisted

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Distributions not listed on Linux distributions without systemd due to EOL / dormant status / Other.


Use systemd

  • Amazon Linux AMI ~~ ref: ~~ version 2 now includes systemd service and systems manager
  • ArchBang (current release uses systemd init) OpenRC; openbox WM, uses JACK instead of PulseAudio
  • "Endian Firewall (EFW) Community"DW based on RHEL. Is the new EFWCommunity release systemd-free?
  • OpenELEC ref: GitHub (wikipedia "OpenELEC 4.0 switched its init system to systemd")


Unconfirmed / unmaintained rolling

  • DeLi(cate) Linux (legacy hardware) linux kernel 2.4 is unmaintained, overrun with spam
  • Dynebolic FSF-approved geared toward users engaged in multimedia production ~~ based on EOL debian "wheezy"
  • Elive Linux(2)(3)(aka Enlightenment live CD) sysV init; Enlightenment WM; i486 ~~ based on EOL debian "wheezy"
  • Free of Boxes a live-ony image distribution (based on Debian 9) XFCE desktop; subsequent to announcement and isos posted to, no indication of further activity
  • GNUinos a Libre distribution; openbox wm; amd64, i686 (based on Devuan) project page disclaims: "current state of Gnuinos is ALPHA2 meaning not ready for production")
  • ...........(April 2018: bumped from MainPaige) guinos project page still states ALPHA; gitlab "repo"(2) contains files which are 3yrs stale; "apt repo" is a dead link
  • Kwort Linux (2) (based on CRUX) Uses BSD-style initscripts; x86_64 downloads page is 403Forbidden; no mailing list activity past year
  • TRIOS Mia OpenRC/ZFS rolling release; (based on Debian Jessie) XFCE4 wm, rEFInd EFI manager, OpenRC init Stalled, or still maintained as a "rolling release"?
  • Vine Linux (Jan2018 release of a longstanding Japanese-centric project, currently listed on MainPage) init: upstart (ref: "Maintain upstart, move to eudev (Measures until future systemd transition")

Alpha status projects / respin projects

A "respin" consists of a forum thread, plus 2 users..., no freestanding website, no self-maintained repository (or an unsupported iso uploaded to sourceforge) is unrecognizable as a serious project, let alone a distinct "Operating System".

  • Alien-OS MNML 2 (based on Devuan) Live CD; openbox WM ~~ no docs, no support contact, no activity since the initial announcement
  • Alfheim Linux (2) (based on Arch Linux) OpenRC init, Openbox; beta status (not yet viable) as of Jan 2018
  • ArchivistaBox AVMultimedia (2)(3) (based on Devuan) RAM-based Linux distribution for managing digital content
  • CloverOS OpenRC; FVWM or, at boot, install and load any DE/WM via ~/.bash_profile (website's pages are empty "placeholder")
  • CROWZ (based on Devuan) Fluxbox, Openbox, JWM ref:no end user support, just respin isos posted to
  • FigOS (aka Refractapup)(based on Refracta) ~~ no end user support, just iso images posted to
  • GaryOS (2) Based on Funtoo/Gentoo; x86 platforms (64-bit and 32-bit)
  • Good Life Linux (based on Devuan) ~~ respin isos posted to sourceforge; sf page points to page. No end user support/discussion.
  • LinuxBBQ (2) project with multiple niche releases, highlighting various lesser-known window managers
  • MiyoLinux (based on Devuan) Openbox or i3 window manager; iso posted to sourceforge, no contact info, no end user support
  • Nelum-Dev1 (based on Devuan) Openbox, XFCE, or MATE desktop ~~ respin isos posted to sourceforge. No response to support inquiries during past year
  • PostX (based on Debian 8 "Jessie") OpenRC; openbox wm. An interesting respin, but not recognizable as a distinct "FOSS operating system"
  • Star Linux (based on Devuan) ships XFCE, Fluxbox, Openbox, Jwm, i3. ref: ~~ no dev contact info, no end user support, just iso images posted to sourceforge.
  • VeGNUli (2)(3) (based on Devuan) the 1.X series uses sysV init

Self-proclaimed "Just projects"

  • PrRescue (Gentoo-based) rescue cd supporting nilfs2 and btrfs; architectures: i686, amd64 ref: "prrescue was created in my spare time for my own use !"
  • Spark Linux (sinit init) Arch Linux without systemd, to be appended into existing pacman; no ISO distro available. ref: "a personal project made to fit my personal tastes. I do not promise to provide support to you."
  • Vuu-Do Linux (based on Devuan) Openbox or MATE desktop its dev has stated: "Vuu-do is not a distro. It is a project, a user re-spin. It is not really suitable to be widely distributed"
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