View Full Version : Which is the most famous proprietory Linux OS?

November 30th, 2007, 04:50 PM
The question is not whether a proprietory Linux distro is better than the rest but just wish to increase my knowledge by knowing which is/are the most famous and good proprietory Linux distributions? Please let me know. Thanks:)

November 30th, 2007, 04:52 PM
what do you mean proprietary? do you mean commercial?

in that case, i'd say red hat is probably the most well-known

November 30th, 2007, 04:59 PM
Of the commercial distributions, I would say that Red Hat is the most well-known, largely because it was one of the first. Note that even Red Hat has a community-based version called Fedora Core which is downloadable.

November 30th, 2007, 05:35 PM
+1 on Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

November 30th, 2007, 05:47 PM
I'd say Red Hat too.

But there really isn't a propietary distro of linux, since Red Hat doesn't own the software. The word is commercial ;-)

Nano Geek
November 30th, 2007, 05:50 PM
Either RedHat or Linspire.

November 30th, 2007, 05:56 PM
Red hat.

November 30th, 2007, 05:58 PM
when did fedora come out? When i had red hat 7 i got it in a book at the library? was that illegal to burn a copy back then?

November 30th, 2007, 06:01 PM
Redhat by far, though as many stated it was never quite proprietary.
Linspire probably comes in second thanks to it being on some computers in normal stores here and there.
Mandriva can technically be considered third here due to its buyout of connectiva and some other commercial distros
Gos is destined to join them, by the looks of things

November 30th, 2007, 06:19 PM
linspire and novell. The 2 companys that signed patent deals with microsoft

November 30th, 2007, 06:22 PM
No one mentioned SLED :confused:. Not properiatary but commercial
SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop
is quite famous as well

Xandros has some self made proprietary apps.

November 30th, 2007, 06:40 PM
I'd rank them in this order:
Red Hat

November 30th, 2007, 07:10 PM
RHEL is not proprietary, it's commercial. You can grab the sources and build the entire distro if you wish. That's CentOS.

Erik Trybom
November 30th, 2007, 07:14 PM
Proprietary is a word meaning "non-free" or "non-open source" in this context. A Linux distribution cannot be legally built in a proprietary manner because the kernel is released under the GPL and thus requires derivative work to be released under the same license.

Therefore, no linux distributions are proprietary.

November 30th, 2007, 08:41 PM
Red Hat and Novell's products are probably the most famous non-free Linux products. All Linux is open-source, however, so none is proprietary.

November 30th, 2007, 09:25 PM
Most non linux users,I know, have heard of Red Hat.