last revised on July 8th 2020
Inspired by, but not fully agreeing with without-systemd and their list of distributions, we began editing our own. Hopefully we can keep up the pace and discover new additions but we honor suggestions and contributions from others. We also have a smaller list of 65 linux distributions without systemd as init with a summary description and link to their site.
22 Feb 2020
As distrowatch information is not considered very reliable, listing systems as utilizing systemd that don’t and vise versa, we no longer will be publishing this or trying to keep it current. It has become too confusing.
There will soon be a “Linux ONLY” list published that will be more inclusive and exclusive than this and this list will be removed. It is now here March 2020
Obarun is trully Arch-Linux without systemd. It has come with a minimalist window manager since its inception more than 3 years ago. In the past 2 years with JWM and originally with OpenBox, hence the OB in the original name.
Since early September Obarun comes with a minimal no-X image as well, that is about 1/2 a GB in size. The latest one is the minimal iso that came out October 2nd Obarun_x86_64-2018-10.iso w/ md5sum… which will be updated at the beginning of each month.
After some puzzling evidence in trying to revise a list of non-systemd init distributions, forks, clones, derivatives, and “retouches” in which FigOS didn’t seem to be easily admitted, and in our quest to come up with explicit guidelines of what is what on the list, and….. since we are not developers and/or distro publishers ourselves, we decided to get some guidance of someone who has published a complete operating system himself what he thinks. Let’s see what he has to say about it.
What is a Distro? (by FigOSdev)
Defining a distro in a technical way is probably useful, if it can be done accurately. For non-technical people, I explain that a distro is:
“Like the’ make and model’ of a car– except that it can replace all the software on your computer.”