Leap 42.1 was was released November 4, 2015 and reached eol May 16, 2017. provides one of the the best known Linux distributions in the world.

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These devices usually contain proprietary software, and some of the available apps are proprietary as well. Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) is still running in some devices.

See the Android Open Source Project for the open source parts. 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. Debian GNU/Linux The Debian Project is one of the oldest distributions and is currently the largest volunteer based distribution provider.

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.

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.

Fedora 21 for Power was released December 17, 2014.

Fedora 21 for IBM System z was released December 18, 2014. Fedora 23 for aarch64 and Power were released November 3, 2015.

The more conservative open SUSE Leap is based on core SUSE Linux Enterprise (SLE) components with more up-to-date applications.