The World Cup of Linux


The FIFA World Cup 2014 kicked off last night and over the next few weeks we will see the best footballing nations in the world go toe to toe to see who will be crowned world champions.

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


Nation Distribution
Brazil GoboLinux
Croatia None
Mexico BeakOS (Discontinued), KlikitLinux (Discontinued)
Cameroon None
Spain Antergos, Trisquel, WIFISlax
Netherlands SolyDxK
Chile Parabola
Australia Puppy Linux, Korora, Quirky, LegacyOS
Colombia None
Greece AntiX, Slackel
Ivory Coast Emmabuntus
Japan VineLinux, TurboLinux, BerryLinux
Uruguay None
Costa Rica None
England Crunchbang, Simplicity, Pinguy, KWheezy
Italy Sabayon, Semplice
Switzerland Kali, Slitaz
Ecuador Elastix
France Mageia, Lubuntu, Manjaro, OpenMandriva, Zenwalk, Voyager
Honduras None
Argentina Musix, Dragora,
Bosnia None
Iran Parsix, AriOS
Nigeria Wazobia (Discontinued)
Germany openSUSE, Chakra, Knoppix, Netrunner, ZevenOS
Portugal Linux Caixa Magica, Open Xange
Ghana None
USA Fedora, PCLinuxOS, CentOS, LXLE, Bodhi
Belgium ELive, Madbox
Algeria Bee Linux
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.

As you would expect, a number of the distributions are based on either Debian or Ubuntu but there are some based on other distributions or are indeed independent

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.

You may have noticed that neither Ubuntu or Linux Mint appear in the list above.

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.


I borrowed Emmabuntus from France and placed it next to the Ivory Coast.

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.

Some of the top distributions come from the USA of course with Fedora, PCLinuxOS and Bodhi.

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 provide screenshot tours of all the major Linux distributions and the smaller ones as well.

Thankyou for reading.



  1. Hi,

    Thanks for the post about World Cup. Just a tip about those who don't live in countries that stream world cup online. You can use UnoTelly to remove the geoblock and stream World Cup 2014 in your country free

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