PantherX compared to other distributions

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General

PantherX is a GNU Guix upstream distribution, with the aim to provide a more complete, lightweight and user friendly computing environment.

GNU Guix

  • contains no nonfree software but PantherX makes them available, where superior (or necessary)
  • supports GNU Hurd and Linux Libre as Kernel, PantherX additionally supports nonfree Kernel
  • relies on GNU Shepherd as init system, so does PantherX

Read more about the differences between Linux and Linux-libre on stackexchange.com

Debian

  • relies on systemd as init, PantherX uses GNU Shepherd
  • has a fixed release model with stable versions often shipping very old packages
  • has a huge community that supports virtually all desktop environments without specific focus
  • uses apt package manager

Fedora

  • relies on systemd as init, PantherX uses GNU Shepherd
  • releases a new version every 6 months, PantherX uses a rolling release cycle
  • supports various desktop environments including Gnome, KDE and LXQt. PantherX supports only LXQt.

Slackware

  • Slackware uses BSD-style init scripts, PantherX uses GNU Shepherd
  • stable snapshots are available but many users rely on the -current branch which makes this effectively rolling
  • package manager doesn't handle dependencies

NixOS

  • GNU Guix and PantherX where in large parts inspired by NixOS
  • Nix uses various languages, and a special DSL for packaging, PantherX uses Guile for everything

Beginner-friendly

Ubuntu

  • is based on Debian with GNOME as default desktop environment. PantherX defaults to a more lightweight LXQt.
  • Ubuntu relies on systemd as init, PantherX uses GNU Shepherd
  • has a fixed release model

Linux Mint

  • is based on Ubuntu with Cinnamon as it's default desktop
  • Linux Mint relies on systemd as init, PantherX uses GNU Shepherd
  • has a fixed release model

openSUSE

  • openSUSE relies on systemd as init, PantherX uses GNU Shepherd
  • uses KDE as default desktop environment but supports others as well
  • is available as a stable and rolling release

Manjaro

  • is based on Arch with Xfce as it's default desktop
  • both Manjaro and PantherX rely on a rolling release cycle
  • openSUSE relies on systemd as init, PantherX uses GNU Shepherd

See also

If you want to read a more in-depth comparison of GNU Guix with other distributions: Guix: A most advanced operating system

PantherX & (unofficial) GNU Guix Wiki.

Last update: 2021-04-12 09:39:21 +0000

Inspired by the excellent Arch Linux Wiki