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Without Systemd Wiki

  • Arguments against systemd - a wiki sub-page containing discussion+links arranged under topical subsections:
    • Breaking promises, immaturity, and (in)stability
    • Scope creep
    • Absurd bugs and responses
    • Conceptional problems
    • Scope creep leads to vulnerabilities
    • Poor design
    • Ignorance of fundamental operating system concepts

further reading (external links)

Free and Open-Source (FOSS) operating systems
without systemd in the default installation

GNU/Linux distributions

  GNU & Linux --> GNU/Linux     "A distribution, as a whole, is greater than the sum of its parts." 
  • 4MLinux (BusyBox) supported architecture: i386
  • Absolute Linux (based on Slackware) IceWM+ROX; supported architectures: i686, x86_64
  • aldOS (2) upstart init, eudev, ConsoleKit2; MATE desktop
  • Amazon Linux AMI Linux image provided by Amazon Web Services for use on Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2)
  • antiX Linux provides flexible remastering and persistence tools. i486, x86_64
  • Arch OpenRC (2) based on Arch Linux, using eudev + OpenRC init
  • AUSTRUMI (Slackware based bootable live CD, to be run from RAM, iso images)
  • Bedrock Linux (BusyBox/any)
  • Calculate Linux (Gentoo based using OpenRC)
  • Chromium OS upstart init (boot-design doc)
  • ConnochaetOS based on Slackware+Salix. supported architectures: i486, i686
  • Cucumber Linux sysv init; xfce desktop
  • Devil-Linux live, firewall distro. Supported architectures: i586, i686, x86_64
  • Devuan i686, x86_64 and various ARM based targets (see /embedded downloads)
  • Dragora GNU/Linux Libre (runit init) i585, x86_64
  • Dynebolic (based on Devuan) an FSF-approved distribution geared toward users engaged in multimedia production
  • Elive Linux Enlightenment WM; i486
  • Endian Firewall (based on RHEL6) i386
  • EterTICs i386, amd64;(based on Devuan) a Libre distribution geared toward Latin American users
  • Exe GNU/Linux i686, x86_64 (based on Devuan) Trinity DE
  • Fatdog64 Linux x86_64; also FatDogArm for Raspberry Pi2 and Odroid-XU3/XU4
  • Funtoo Linux based on Gentoo, FAQ uses OpenRC init DW page i486, i686, x86_64, sparc64
  • Gentoo Linux default init is OpenRC. If Portage is pulling in systemd, please read this. Further suggested reading
  • GNUinos Libre distro based on Devuan. Supported architectures: i686, x86_64
  • GoboLinux sysv init + BootScripts
  • GuixSD i686, x86_64
  • heads is a Libre GNU/Linux distribution based on Devuan, intended as a systemd-free alternative to Tails Linux
  • IPFire firewall distro, derived from IPCop; armv5tel, i586, x86_64
  • KaNaPi (2), (3), (4) educational+game apps; xfce and sugar desktops. i686, x86_64, armhf
  • Kwort Linux (2) based on CRUX. Uses BSD-style initscripts; x86_64
  • Legacy OS (2) (renamed for 2016 release; previous name(2009): TEENpup)
  • LiMux , the Linux distributon, used by the city of Munich.
  • Linux Console Mate or LXDE desktop, 32bit and 64bit versions, tailored to gaming / educational use
  • Linux from Scratch i386, x86_64; also CLFS (aka Cross LFS) supports additional architectures: mips, powerpc, ppc64, alpha, sparc, hppa, arm
  • LinuxBBQ [1] many variations, highlighting various lesser-known WMs
  • Liveslak aka Slackware Live Edition
  • Manjaro OpenRC Forum Wiki
  • Milis Linux based on LFS , Milis İşletim Sistemi (Turkish distro)
  • Moebius Linux armhf changelog minimal (no X) distro currently focused on RaspberryPi v3
  • MX Linux ships XFCE desktop; includes antiX remastering n persistence tools
  • NuTyX based on Linux From Scratch
  • Obarun (based on Arch Linux, uses Runit or S6 init) x86_64
  • Openwall GNU/*/Linux (Owl) i586, i686, x86_64
  • OviOS Linux (Independent) previously used systemd; was rebuilt around Sysvinit because systemd proved unsuitable for a stable storage system.
  • Parted Magic liveboot distribution providing disk partitioning and data recovery tools. Openbox WM; i486, i686, x86_64 FOSS? (licensed GPL)
  • PCLinuxOS x86_64
  • Pentoo (Gentoo based security-focused live CD) i686, x86_64
  • Pisi Linux (sysvinit + python init scripts) x86_64
  • Plamo Linux japanese distro, based on slackware; i486, x86_64
  • Plop Linux PXE/liveboot, includes systemd rescue/repair tools, supports: armv6l, i486, and x86_64
  • Porteus (Slackware based lightweight modular live CD/USB) i486, x86_64
  • Porteus Kiosk (Gentoo based lightweight kiosk using BusyBox)
  • PostX Debian-based (Jessie), OpenRC init, openbox wm
  • Puppy Linux (2) i386, x86_64
  • Quirky supports armhf, i386, x86_64
  • RancherOS a minimalist Linux distribution designed to host Docker containers
  • Redcore Linux (based on Gentoo) OpenRC or SysV init; serves pre-built binary packages from repository; openbox window manager
  • Refracta (based on Devuan) i386, x86_64
  • SalentOS Debian based, sysv init, openbox+tint2; i386, x86_64
  • Salix (based on Slackware) i486, i686, x86_64
  • SARPi (2) Slackware ARM on Raspberry Pi
  • Simplicity Linux (Puppy Linux based with LXDE using SysVinit) i386
  • Slackel (based on Slackware+salix) i486, i686, x86_64
  • Slackware i586, s390, x86_64, arm
  • Slint (2) (3) based on Slackware + Salix
  • SliTaz (Lightweight live CD/USB using BusyBox/SysVinit) supported architectures: armel, i386, x86_64
  • Source Mage GNU/Linux (source-based distribution) i386, i486, i586, i686, x86_64
  • Spark Linux Arch Linux without systemd
  • Star Linux (based on Devuan) ships Xfce, Fluxbox, Openbox, Jwm, i3
  • Superb Mini Server slackware-based, fluxbox WM; i486, x86_64
  • SystemRescueCd i586 (Gentoo/OpenRC based system rescue disk) JWM, Xfce
  • Tiny Core Linux, (2) i486, x86_64
  • TLD Linux i686, x86_64
  • TRIOS Mia OpenRC/ZFS forum (rolling release based on Debian jessie, XFCE, rEFInd, OpenRC init iso images)
  • Vector Linux (based on Slackware) i486, x86_64
  • Void Linux (runit, xbps) supported architectures: armv6, armv7, i686, x86_64. supported libcs: glibc, musl.
  • wifislax (based on Slackware) i486
  • Zenwalk (based on Slackware) suported architectures: i486, i686, x86_64

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Linux distributions (non-GNU)

  • agunix A self-hosting POSIX userspace which supports a Linux kernel. The primary goal is to minimize bloat.
  • Adélie Linux uses Gentoo's Portage, Alpine's(?) APK package manager, and musl-libc x86 (32/64), PowerPC (32/64), MIPS (32/64), ARM (32-bit)
  • Alpine Linux (musl libc, BusyBox/OpenRC) supported architectures: i386, x86_64, armhf
  • Easy Linux (2)
  • Sabotage Linux (musl libc + busybox) i386, x86_64, MIPS, PowerPC32, ARM(v4t+)
  • (musl libc) x86_64, armhf
  • Void Linux (runit, xbps) supported architectures: armv6, armv7, i686, x86_64. supported libcs: glibc, musl.


Unix-like and derivatives



Illumos (formerly, Open Solaris)


Plan 9



Other Free and Open-Source operating systems without systemd in the default installation

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