Some Latin American Linux distributions

Some Latin American Linux distributions

We review some of the Linux distributions in Latin America. The relationship of the penguin operating system with the region dates back to the 90's since Conectiva, a Brazilian distribution, merged with the French Mandrake to become the historic Mandriva.

Argentina also put its grain of sand in history since Ututo, based on Gentoo and created by the National University of Salta, was one of the first to implement the live cd (Possibility of using it without the need to install) and it came to be used and recommended by Richard Stallman himself since it only included free components. Unfortunately none of the above are still active.

Some Latin American Linux distributions

As far as I could verify, what we have south of the Rio Grande isWith individual projects, government initiatives and community distributions. There appear to be no corporate developments. If you are part of any of them you can tell us in the comments form.

amarok linux

If they ask you for an example of a product that tells you where it comes from without the typical made in label, mention itthis distribution. With its color it cannot be anything other than Brazilian.

Focused on the user looking for an easy-to-use distribution and those coming from Windows, it can be used for both work and play and surfing the web.

From a technical point of view, it is based on Debian, comes with the Mate and LxQT desktops and works under the Rolling Release mode, so a periodic reinstallation is not necessary.

It has a huge availability of software both from the Debian repositories and its own.


other distribution Portuguese that has been with us since 2004 is only available in Brazilian Portuguese. She went through several reincarnations since she was first based on Kubuntu, then on Deepin and in its current version in Manjaro offering 6 variants of the KDE desktop: Classic, New, Modern, K-Unity, Netx-G and Desk-X.

As a file system it uses Btrfs + Zstd and for package management it has its own software store and can also install DEB and RPM formats.

Included are (in their own words) some of the best Linux configuration tools in the world, a driver installer, and various accessibility features.

Canaima GNU / Linux

Without this being interpreted as an attempt to detract from the distribution, let me tell you that the most interesting thing about the project is its twitter account with its ephemerides and recommendations of the best of free software.

Going to the distribution itself, It is based on Debian and is a project supported by the Venezuelan government that is part of an initiative to implement free software in public administration.  However, it can also be used by the general public as it includes a selection of the best free software titles in various fields, including multimedia playback. To increase its user base, it also includes accessibility tools.

EterTICs GNU/Linux

This Latin American distribution it is based on Devuan and the XFCE desktop and is intended for use in community radio broadcasts.  It seeks to be a completely free distribution and is in the process of being certified by the FSF.

In addition to the necessary tools to put on the air and create content for a radio, LibreOffice, password managers, the Tor browser and the Signal messaging client are included, both focused on privacy.

MyGov GNU/Linux

Just like Canaima this distribution It is aimed at public administration and, like EterTICs, it is based on Devuan. The name GobMis is the contraction of the Government of Misiones, a province in Northern Argentina and, to ruin my joke, nowhere on the web does it say what desktop it uses. Misiones is a great producer of yerba mate.

Because its objective is the use by the public administration GobMis emphasizes tools related to office automation, interaction with the cloud and connection to virtual private networks. The documentation is really very complete.


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  1.   dimixisDEMZ said

    Missing: Nitrux Linux

    1.    Diego German Gonzalez said

      Curiously, I left the draft of the second article last night in the middle of the Nitrux description and I just got up to finish it.
      Thanks for the input

  2.   Ricardo said

    Hello, interesting article. I name some more, based on Debian.
    "Huayra Linux" from "ConectarIgualdad", the Argentine government educational program
    (Classmate netbooks)

    "Loc-OS Linux"

    "Auxtral Linux"


    1.    Diego German Gonzalez said

      Hello Huayra and Loc-OS are in the second article.
      I schedule Austral.
      Thanks for the input

  3.   Christian said

    GobMis should be based on Devuan if we take into account that the "neutral" government distribution from the same designers (GobLin, is based on Devuan.

    1.    Diego German Gonzalez said

      It is what I put in the article, which is based on Devuan.

  4.   Charles Brys said

    Both GobMis GNU/Linux(1), the distro for the government of the Province of Misiones, and GobLin GNU/Linux(2), the twin distro for any level of government, are based on Devuan 4 with the XFCE desktop.