The GNU operating system consists of GNU packages (programs specifically released by the GNU Project) as well as free software released by third parties. The ultimate goal is to provide free software to do all of the jobs computer users want to do—and thus make proprietary software a thing of the past.
GNOME is a free and open-source desktop environment for Unix-like operating systems. It is the default desktop environment on many major Linux distributions including Fedora, Debian, Ubuntu, SUSE Linux Enterprise, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, CentOS, Oracle Linux, SteamOS, Tails, Endless OS, Solaris and Manjaro.
Use KDE software to surf the web, keep in touch with colleagues, friends and family, manage your files, enjoy music and videos; and get creative and productive at work. The KDE community develops and maintains more than 200 applications which run on any Linux desktop, and often other platforms too. KDE is an international team cooperating on development and distribution of Free, Open Source Software for desktop and portable computing. Our community has developed a wide variety of applications for communication, work, education and entertainment. We have a strong focus on finding innovative solutions to old and new problems, creating a vibrant, open atmosphere for experimentation.
Ubuntu is an open source Debian-based Linux distribution and is considered a good distribution for beginners. The operating system was intended primarily for personal computers (PCs) but it can also be used on servers.
The CentOS Project is a community-driven free software effort focused on delivering a robust open source platform around a Linux platform. CentOS Linux is a community-supported distribution derived from sources freely provided to the public by Red Hat. CentOS Linux is no-cost and free to redistribute.
Arch Linux is a lightweight and flexible Linux distribution that tries to Keep It Simple. Arch Linux is a Linux distribution for computers with x86-64 processors. The Arch Linux repositories contain both libre, and non-free software, and the default Arch Linux kernel contains non-free proprietary blobs, hence the distribution is not endorsed by the GNU project.
Gentoo is a free operating system based on Linux that can be automatically optimised and customised for just about any application or need. Extreme configurability, performance, and a top-notch user and developer community are all hallmarks of the Gentoo experience.
Linux Mint is an elegant, easy to use, up to date and comfortable GNU/Linux desktop distribution. It is community-driven and is based on Ubuntu / Debian that strives to be a 'modern, elegant and comfortable operating system which is both powerful and easy to use'.
BlackArch is a penetration testing distribution based on Arch Linux that provides a large amount of cyber security tools. It is an open-source distro created specially for penetration testers and security researchers. The repository contains more than 2400 tools that can be installed individually or in groups. BlackArch Linux is compatible with existing Arch Linux installs.
The Apache Software Foundation provides support for 300+ Apache Projects and their Communities, furthering its mission of providing Open Source software for the public good. Apache Projects are defined by collaborative, consensus-based processes, an open, pragmatic software license and a desire to create high quality software that leads the way in its field.
CPAN is the Comprehensive Perl Archive Network, a large collection of Perl software and documentation. CPAN is also the name of a Perl module, CPAN.pm, which is used to download and install Perl software from the CPAN archive. Documentation can be found here.
The curl program is used in command lines or scripts to transfer data. Curl is free and open source software and exists thanks to thousands of contributors and our awesome sponsors. The curl project follows well established open source best practices. More information can be found here.
ProFTPD grew out of the desire to have a secure and configurable FTP server, and out of a significant admiration of the Apache web server. ProFTPD is not a hack based on any other server, it's an independent source tree from the ground up. A number of well known and high traffic sites use ProFTPD.
GIMP is a cross-platform image editor available for GNU/Linux, OS X, Windows and more operating systems. It is free software, you can change its source code and distribute your changes. Whether you are a graphic designer, photographer, illustrator, or scientist, GIMP provides you with sophisticated tools to get your job done. You can further enhance your productivity with GIMP thanks to many customisation options and 3rd party plugins.
Cygwin is an open source collection of tools that allows Unix or Linux applications to be compiled and run on a Windows operating system from within a Linux-like interface. It creates a POSIX-compatible environment that runs natively on Microsoft Windows. Its goal is to allow programs of Unix-like systems to be recompiled and run natively on Windows with minimal source code modifications by providing them with the same underlying POSIX API they would expect in those systems. Microsoft Windows, commonly referred to as Windows, is a group of several proprietary graphical operating system families, all of which are developed and marketed by Microsoft.
The Document Foundation (TDF) is a non-profit organisation that promotes open-source document handling software. It was created by members of the OpenOffice.org community to manage and develop LibreOffice, a free and open-source office suite.
IPFire comes with a simple yet powerful web user interface on which everything can be configured. Additional Add-ons can be installed to extend IPFire's functionality. IPFire is built and driven by its community. We are a group of people from around the world with various backgrounds and expertise and when we work together, we create the best firewall in the world.