You may be wondering how I can take the World Cup and turn it into anything remotely related to Linux.
There are 32 teams in the first round of the World Cup and it got me thinking.....
How many of the 32 nations have a Linux distribution that originated from that country?
The results of this investigation are quite interesting because first and foremost there are a ridiculously large number of Linux distributions and secondly some of the bigger Linux distributions don't originate from the 32 World Cup playing nations currently in Brazil.
The Linux Distributions
|Mexico||BeakOS (Discontinued), KlikitLinux (Discontinued)|
|Spain||Antergos, Trisquel, WIFISlax|
|Australia||Puppy Linux, Korora, Quirky, LegacyOS|
|Japan||VineLinux, TurboLinux, BerryLinux|
|England||Crunchbang, Simplicity, Pinguy, KWheezy|
|France||Mageia, Lubuntu, Manjaro, OpenMandriva, Zenwalk, Voyager|
|Germany||openSUSE, Chakra, Knoppix, Netrunner, ZevenOS|
|Portugal||Linux Caixa Magica, Open Xange|
|USA||Fedora, PCLinuxOS, CentOS, LXLE, Bodhi|
|Russia||ROSA, Point Linux|
|South Korea||Annyung, Asianux, WOWLinux (All dormant or discontinued)|
At some point or other 23 of the 32 nations have had a Linux distribution. As you can see by the list I have had to name some discontinued distros and this is the nature of Linux.
For every Ubuntu, Debian and Fedora there is a Fuduntu and Mandriva which retire never to be seen again.
Antergos and Parabola are both based on Arch.
There are also a number of Puppy based distributions although of those listed above three are from Australia.
According to Distrowatch, Ubuntu is based and derives from the Isle Of Man and Linux Mint hails from Ireland. Very tax efficient.
Out of all the nations it is the African states that have left me with the most blanks.
The Emmabuntus project is doing all sorts of good things in Africa and specifically the Ivory Coast.
Nigeria and Algeria had distributions at one point but they are both discontinued.
The image to the left is for Parsix which hails from Iran.
The UK has it's fair share of decent distros as do France and Germany.
I have written a number of articles recently about openSUSE and it has been my main distribution for a number of months now.
Germany has produced an amazingly high number of really decent distributions. Is there anything the Germans aren't good at?
Over the next week I will be writing a number of articles about Lubuntu to celebrate the release of 14.04.
As a challenge, can you help to fill in the blanks. If you know of a distribution from one of the countries that has no distribution listed please add it to the comments below.
Why not share the article using the social media buttons below and unlike my Mexico 1986 sticker album I might fill in all the slots?
Your reward for helping is the following cat picture. Everyone loves cat pictures right? This screenshot below comes from BerryLinux which hails from Japan.
Before I sign off I would like to say that a number of the screenshots were provided by LinuxScreenshots.org.
LinuxScreenshots.org provide screenshot tours of all the major Linux distributions and the smaller ones as well.
Thankyou for reading.