Since its release, the Linux kernel has been adopted by many operating system distributions (commonly called “distros”) for a wide variety of applications, from web servers to mobile platforms. The most well-known pure Linux distro is Ubuntu. However, other well-known operating systems, such as Android and Chrome OS, are based on the Linux kernel — though with modifications that typically have them categorized outside of Linux distros in general.
Many Linux distros are developed with a specific use case in mind. Some examples include:
- Red Hat Enterprise Linux: Intended for server management in large enterprise systems.
- Network Security Toolkit: Intended as a live DVD/USB Flash Drive that provides tools for network diagnostics, security, and monitoring.
- Qubes OS: A desktop OS focused on providing privacy and security.
- HandyLinux: Was a desktop OS designed for accessibility and the ability to run on old hardware.
- Raspberry Pi OS: A Linux distro specifically for the low-cost line of Raspberry PI single-board computers.
- Kali Linux: Used for digital forensics and penetration testing.
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