Well, like anything dealing wid Linux, this list of 157 ‘Specialized’ Linux Distros is constantly changing and/or missing some ‘Specialized’ Linux Distros. This ‘List’ was one of the longer ones I found whilst doing a Google search for “special purpose linux” and/or “special purpose distros.”
All the Linux distributions listed in this page are specialized for a particular task. Most of them are small, since limiting the functionally can also limit the size. However there are some Special Purpose distributions listed here that are not small.
Lots of Puppy-based in that list (Puppy is a great ‘Specialized’ OS). Some are “official” ‘n others are the unofficial Puplets. Puppy 9.5 is a favorite of mine.
Some links didn’t work, some Distros had been renamed, but it makes a pretty good starting list of ‘Specialized’ Linux OSes for my ‘Targeted Group’ of Windows 10 & Windows 11 users. Linux makes a great secondary OS and/or an excellent tertiary OS and/or perhaps even a ‘quaternary, quinary, senary, septenary, octonary, nonary, and denary’ OS in support of your primary Windows OS. People are using many different OSes in their daily lives now…some without even realizing it.
Many Linux Distro developers ‘n users falsely claim that Linux “Desktop” is a secure OS and/or ”more secure than Windows.” I don’t know how developers like Linux Mint’s Clement Lefebvre are allowed to get away with such false statements, e.g.:
The Linux Mint project has patched this week a security flaw that could have allowed a threat actor to bypass the OS screensaver and its password and access locked desktops.
“A few weeks ago, my kids wanted to hack my Linux desktop, so they typed and clicked everywhere while I was standing behind them looking at them play,” wrote a user identifying themselves as robo2bobo.
According to the bug report, the two kids pressed random keys on both the physical and on-screen keyboards, which eventually led to a crash of the Linux Mint screensaver, allowing the two access to the desktop.
“I thought it was a unique incident, but they managed to do it a second time,” the user added.
Linux is the least secure OS around…less secure than Windows, less secure than Android OS, less secure than Chrome OS, less secure than ‘wHaTeVeR’ Apple/Mac uses. Also, I have a page dedicated to the annoying “Authenticate” popup/s or other ‘Pesky Passwords’, that Clement “Clem Kadiddlehopper” Lefebvre ‘n others insist on being in their Distros, even tho kids playing wid Linux can break that bogus so-called “security” measure.
The Linux kernel is a free and open-source, monolithic, modular, multitasking, Unix-like operating system kernel. It was conceived and created in 1991 by Linus Torvalds for his i386-based PC, and it was soon adopted as the kernel for the GNU operating system, which was created as a free replacement for UNIX. Since then, it has spawned a large number of operating system distributions, commonly also called Linux.
Open to what? Well, everything ‘n everyone…well, maybe not everyone since The Linux Foundation, The Linux Kernel Archives, and Greg Kroah-Hartman has banned the University of Minnesota from contributing to Linux kernel, i.e. basically banned it because ‘two researchers from the university released a paper detailing how they had submitted known security vulnerabilities to the Linux kernel in order to show how potentially malicious code could get through the approval process.’
Well, the Linux ‘Prima Donnas’ can’t ban humble me from my Blog! I tell it like it is, simple as that, that *Linux Security Issues* are a serious problem ‘n the Linux so-called “Desktop” OS is an absolutely terrible Desktop OS, e.g.:
- Linus Torvalds has explained why the so-called Linux “Desktop” OS ‘Stinks‘: ‘For the last 20 years, I kept hearing how Linux on the Desktop would go mainstream in “five years.” “One of the problems Desktop” Linux has is it’s not made for “normal people, and by normal people I mean, obviously nontechnical people…”‘
- Linus Torvalds on Why Linux Hasn’t Succeeded on Desktop: ‘I still wish we were better at having a standardize desktop that goes across all the distributions … It’s more of a personal annoyance how the fragmentation of the different vendors have, I think, held the desktop back a bit … It seems to be that Chromebooks and Android are the paths towards the desktop.‘
Some people like old technology, and even older computers. Some computers might be so old that DOS won’t even work on them, but maybe a ‘Specialized’ Linux “Desktop OS” can be installed on those.
- Just pondering, but do those people ride mules to work instead of driving an auto? More pondering, do those people own a radio, but not a TV? Ditto on ‘Da “More pondering,” if those people own a TV, is it Black ‘n White or a Colour one?
Prefer touchpads or trackpads over the mouse? Linux can work pretty good on a laptop as a Desktop/Laptop OS, but it probably won’t work wid ‘Dat printer you love.
However, using Linux as your secondary OS and/or an excellent tertiary OS and/or perhaps even a ‘quaternary, quinary, senary, septenary, octonary, nonary, and denary’ OS is the main point being made on the Special *PURPOSE* Linuxes page, so it is OK if your favorite printer doesn’t work wid it. BTW, will be adding this post to that page…
If you’re a Windows 10 and/or future Windows 11 user, then be sure to take a gander at the list offered in the Special purpose Linux distributions article. Run your own search, since there are many other ‘Specialized’ Linux OSes not mentioned in that article.
LINUX IS LIKE A BOX OF CHOCOLATES – you never know what you’re gonna get!