The Linux family of distributions is large, varied and complex. There are hundreds of Linux distributions in the world, many of them with close ties to other projects and it can be difficult to keep track of the relationships between distributions.
One DistroWatch reader has organized the list of active Linux distributions into a table, similar to The Periodic Table Pf Elements. This creation, called The Periodic Table Of Linux Distros, groups Linux distributions together based on their origins. Families of distributions are grouped together by colour and ranked based on DistroWatch's page hit ranking. The table is published here with permission:
The Periodic Table Of Linux Distros
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Using the DistroWatch database, another inspired developer has created a series of scripts which assembles a family tree of Linux distributions, showing the life spans and relationships between projects. The result is the below visual representation of the Linux family of operating systems.
Clicking on the image will display a higher resolution version of the family tree. Warning: the full resolution image is quite large, apprxoimately 6MB in size.
Linux distribution family tree
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