[Year 2013 For Linux] 14 New Linux Distributions Born

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New Linux distributions born in 2013

Year 2013 is coming to an end. I’ll be covering a series of articles under the title of Year 2013 for Linux. I’ll try to consolidate how good or bad was the year 2013 for Linux. We’ll go through all the main stories related to Linux that happened in 2013. I’ll start the series with a list of new Linux distributions introduced in 2013.

I collected the data from DistroWatch website. And I have included only those Linux distributions that saw the first stable release in 2013. Honestly, I did not expect these many new Linux distributions to enter the market. Last year there were hardly five or was I wrong? Anyways, lets have a look at new Linux distros born in 2013.

New Linux distros introduced in 2013:

Slackel Linux:

Slackel is a Linux distribution based on Slackware Linux and Salix OS and is fully compatible with both. It uses KDE as the default desktop environment.


SalentOS is an Ubuntu based Linux distribution that uses Openbox as the default window manager. It tries to be a light Linux distribution and aims for beginners.

Linux Lite:

As the name suggests, Linux Lite is a lightweight Linux distribution aiming for beginners. It uses Xfce desktop.

Kali Linux:

BackTrack Linux died and resurrected as Kali Linux. Like BackTrack, Kali too is PenTest distribution.

Springdale Linux:

Formerly known as PUIAS Linux, Springdale Linux is based on Red Hat Linux and is maintained by Institute for Advanced Study and Princeton University in the USA.


Emmabuntüs is a lightweight Linux distribution based on Xubuntu. It comes with a number of pre-configured programs that one uses in day to day life.


Antergos was previously known as Cinnarch, combining Arch Linux and Cinnamon desktop. The project moved on from its initial goal and now offers several desktop environments.


SolydX and SolydK are Debian based Linux distributions with Xfce and KDE desktops respectively. SolydXK provides both business edition and home edition.

Point Linux:

Point Linux combines Debian with Mate desktop (Gnome 2 fork). It aims to be an easy-to-setup and easy-to-use Linux desktop.

Simplicity Linux:

Simplicity Linux is Puppy Linux derivative with LXDE as default desktop environment.


Based on long term support release of Lubuntu, LXLE is a lightweight Linux distribution that comes up with a wide range of default applications.


Kwheezy is a Debian based Linux distribution with KDE as the desktop environment. With a range of default application and media codecs, Kwheezy aims to run out of box.


Based on Debian, MakuluLinux too comes with a range of application preinstalled on it.

OpenMandriva LX:

OpenMandriva Lx is based on ROSA, a Russian Linux distribution that forked Mandriva in 2012. OpenMandriva is sponsored by Mandriva.

That’s the list of new Linux distribution introduced in 2013. I wanted to add screenshots of each distribution but it would have made the article too heavy. I hope I did not include any Linux distribution that was released prior to 2013.

  • Matt Tucci

    Aw, they’re so cute when they’re little.

    • http://www.computerandyou.net/ Abhishek Prakash

      As they say “small is beautiful”.

  • Matt Tucci

    I going to check out Point, I like Gnome better than unity. (I think)

  • Collectif Emmabuntüs

    Thanks Abhishek for the presentation of Emmabuntüs, and you can found information on the page :

    Merci et à bientôt 😉

    • http://www.computerandyou.net/ Abhishek Prakash


      I updated the article with the link. I presume that your official website is under construction and this is why you redirect to sourceforge page.

      I look forward to review Emmabuntus, some time in near future. Bonne chance pour votre project.

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  • Amarnath Reddy

    guys solydxk is awesome give it a shot, I quit using windows after using debian and seeing destro’s stability. Now. wow, I feel like in linux heaven with solydxk.

  • Ikem Krueger

    I like to add Tanglu, Point Linux, SteamOS and Manjaro.

    • http://itsfoss.com/ Abhishek Prakash

      SteamOS is in beta, Manjaro was either released in 2012 or still in beta (can’t remember). Tanglu, I surely have missed :)

  • Philip Huembert

    Well, for the Moment there aren’t any “LTS” versions of Lubuntu. 14.04 should be the first one, as you can read here:

    (I really hope, that Lubuntu can make it!)

    • http://itsfoss.com/ Abhishek Prakash

      Hi Philip,

      Apparently, as per lxle (http://lxle.net/about/), LXLE is based on Lubuntu…. Our distro follows the same LTS schedule as Ubuntu

      But yes, Lubuntu 12.04 is not LTS. Thanks for pointing it out.