13 weird and wonderful niche Linux distros

Here are 13 of the best, oddest and most useful distributions that Linux has to offer, and why on Earth you’d want to use them.
Red Star OS

One distro that’s never going to trouble the top of the Distrowatch rankings chart is Red Star OS. This is the Linux distribution that was developed/is being developed as the officially sanctioned operating system of North Korea, apparently at the behest of Kim Jong-Il, the country’s leader.

It’s based on the familiar KDE 3.x, but with added touches including the Woodpecker antivirus software and the Pyongyang Fortress firewall.

Familiar apps have been renamed too: there’s a notebook app called My Comrade, and Firefox is called My Country (perhaps fittingly, as North Korea has its own internet). We searched for ‘Democracy’ in the default search engine, but nothing came up…

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