A collection of files, extensions and bundles, all distributed together.
Linux, being an open source system that's open to modular building, has many different 'versions', in which the basic kernel and system files are packaged in new surroundings, interfaces and driver sets etc. These new packages are known as distributions. See the distributions page for a list of some of the more popular ones.
A distribution is usually the way in which some "vendor" ships operating system CDs (usually mentioned in the context of Linux). A Linux environment can be shipped in lots of different configurations: e.g. distributions could be built to be suitable for games, scientific applications, server operation, desktop systems, etc.
a coherent collection of software that provides a usable GNU/Linux system
a collection of Linux software including an OS kernel, device drivers, GNOME, KDE, an editor, some compilers that has been tested together
a collection of multiple open source applications that are combined to create a sensible whole and that is relative easy to install
a collection of Open Source software packages that are bundled together with a kernel to create an OS
a collection of packages, installation scripts, user documentation, and configuration applications unique to Debian
a collection of programs that run on the Linux core and when you install each one of these, you get a different set of programs available to you
a collection of RPM software packages and an installation environment used to initialize a Linux machine
a collection of software including the Linux kernel (the core of the operating systems itself), and utilities and applications configured to work with it
a combination of the Linux kernel, a selection of utility programs and installation and administration tools
a compilation of the Linux kernel, GNU utilities, and assorted applications that someone has put together
a complete operating system consisting of a kernel (i
a customized version of Linux
a linux "bundle"
an evolution of Linux with a specific set of configurations, programs, and features
a package consisting of the Linux kernel plus ancillary software, documentation, etc
a set of apps, scripts, a kernel, and a method for installing everything and keeping it up to date
Linux distributions are developed based on the Linux kernel, adding enhancements, packaged with software and tools for installation and configuration.
is a term used to distinguish one GNU/Linux manufacturers product from another. A distribution is made up of the core Linux kernel and utilities, as well as installation programs, third-party programs, and sometimes proprietary software.
An operating system (usually Linux) that has been packaged so as to be easily installed.
This refers to the package of software that is included in an operating system release. Most commonly used when describing the variety of Linux releases - also called "distro". See also: OS
A combination of a Linux kernel, a suite of UNIX-like command programs, and other software for installing and maintaining a Linux system.
distribution is a collection of all the software needed to operate a computer, including the operating system and a selection of application programs. Various organizations and companies collect and package Free Software into distributions, usually on one or a few CD-ROMs, often with a printed manual in shrink-wrapped box. All compete to have the best "distro", but since there is no agreement on what makes one the "best", each satisfies someone, and everyone has a favorite. As each distribution adopts the best features of the others, all improve. Examples of Linux distributions include Debian GNU/Linux(which we use), supported by the Debian Project, Red Hat Linux, maintained by Red Hat Software, Inc., Yellow Dog Linux, maintained by Terra Soft Solutions, Inc., The Linux Router Project, which fits on a few floppy disks. There are many others.