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TOP 20 operating systems that support ARM architecture in 2023

The next list of operating systems is devoted to the most popular operating systems of the Linux, BSD, Solaris, AROS, DOS family and other independent ones that support the ARM architecture (armhf, arm64 (aarch64)). The systems in the list below caught your attention more than the others in the period from the beginning of January 2023 to the end of April 2023 at

The list takes into account page views of distribution, downloads and comments.

1. Kali Linux
kali linux

Kali Linux is a specialized Linux distribution for security testing and cracking. The system is based on the Debian distribution from the testing branch and is equipped with the GNOME desktop.

2. SparkyLinux
sparkylinux 6

SparkyLinux is a Linux distribution built on Debian. It has a pre-installed rich set of programs, codecs and plug-ins enabling free work on the computer.

3. openSUSE
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openSUSE is an easy-to-use Linux distribution for PCs, laptops and servers. The openSUSE project is sponsored by Novell and was spun off from SUSE as an open community version in 2005 (SUSE since 1994).

4. Fedora
fedora 37

The project was created in 2003 on the basis of Red Hat. Since 2005, the development of Fedora has been handled by the Fedora Foundation, which coordinates work on the system independently of Red Hat. Fedora Core contains the latest versions of packages that are sent to Red Hat after testing.

5. Debian
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Debian is one of the oldest Linux distributions valued for its stability, excellent package management system that automatically resolves dependency issues, and security.

6. Parrot Security OS
parrot security os 5

Parrot Security OS is a specialized Linux distribution built for penetration testing, computer forensics, hacking, cloud computing security testing, privacy/anonymity and cryptography.

7. NAS4Free

NAS4Free is an open source operating system for embedded devices, providing a NAS (Network-Attached Storage) server. The system is based on FreeBSD. NAS4Free allows you to share resources with other machines equipped with MS Windows, Apple and UNIX/Linux operating systems.

8. ALT Linux
alt linux 8

ALT Linux is a GNU/Linux distribution launched in 2001 based on Mandrake Linux packages. ALT Linux offers a set of several versions of the system with different applications, which are addressed to different recipients.

9. IPFire

IPFire is an independent Linux distribution that provides ready-to-use firewall software. The system is based on Linux From Scratch, but was created as a fork of the IPCop distribution.

10. LibreELEC

LibreELEC is an independent Linux distribution based on OpenELEC. The system allows you to transform your home computer and other devices into a multimedia center.

11. Tiny Core
tiny core

Tiny Core is one of the smallest Linux distributions that run in graphical mode. It is an independent distribution, but derived from the no longer developed Damn Small Linux. Tiny Core includes Linux kernel, Xvesa graphics server, FLWM window manager, aterm terminal, BusyBox, udev, glibc, cron, appbrowser package manager.

12. CoreELEC

CoreELEC is a Linux operating system distribution, based on LibreELEC, combining state-of-the-art hardware support with small disk and memory footprints while providing a powerful, elegant and non-destructive solution that provides a complete Kodi Entertainment Center experience for Android set-top boxes using the ARMv8.x-A platform pre-installed with Android 7.1 or later.

13. Void Linux
void linux

Void Linux is a standalone general purpose Linux distribution. The system is equipped with a hybrid package manager “XBPS”, which allows you to install, update and remove packages, as well as build applications from source packages.

14. Photon OS
photon os

Photon OS™ is an open source Linux container host optimized for native applications for cloud platforms and VMware infrastructure. Photon OS provides a secure runtime environment for containers to run efficiently.

15. FreeBSD

FreeBSD is a Unix operating system from the BSD family, compliant with the Posix standard. The founders of the project were Nate Williams, Rod Grimes and Jordan Hubbard. The development of the project is supervised by the Core Team, which supervises the work of official developers and other programmers.

16. AROS

AROS Research Operating System is an open source operating system developed since 1995. The project was created as a free implementation of AmigaOS for PCs and PowerPC, ARM and m68k. The original name of the Amiga Research Operating System was changed to AROS in order to avoid problems with the Amiga brand’s license disclaimers.

17. Devuan

Devuan is a fork of the Debian GNU/Linux distribution, founded in October 2014. The main intention of the project is to provide a Linux distribution without the ‘systemd’ init system installed by default.

18. Rancher OS

RancherOS is an independently developed, open-source, specialized Linux distribution that provides a minimal operating system to run Docker containers.

19. Lakka

Lakka is a Linux distribution that allows you to turn your PC and other devices into an old game console. Lakka is built on OpenELEC and comes with RetroArch GUI.

20. Gentoo

Gentoo Linux is a distribution started by project founder Daniel Robbins and currently maintained by the Gentoo Foundation. Gentoo is supported by the Portage installation management system, which installs packages from source packages.

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