List of Debian rolling release distributions

Undoubtedly Debian and Debian derivatives are most popular GNU/Linux distribution. Though Debian stable versions are rock solid, they all lacks latest softwares in their repository. It’s highly appreciated for servers, but a bit tough as a regular desktop OS.

There are quite a few Debian based rolling release distros are available, but less common. Most of them are based on Debian unstable and testing, but I’ve fond them surprisingly stable, though certain components like plasma desktop, Gnome 3 are somewhat troublesome. Just install one of them, simply update to latest version and enjoy latest software with Debian goodness.

Let’s explore them one by one,


1. Siduction

siduction logoOne of the most actively maintained Debian beased rolling release distro, focused to be a desktop OS, based on Debian unstable, currently Sid. Though it’s a unstable branch, I’ve never seen any broken package.

Siduction provides many packages not currently available in the official Debian repository. Pre packaged ISO files are availeble for x86 (32 bit) and x86_64 (64 bit) architecture, with all major desktop environments like KDE, Cinnamon, Gnome, LXQt, XFCE  and many.

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2. SolydXK

SolydXK logoIt was based on Debian testing, now a Debian stable based rolling release distro, available in two flavors, XFCE based SolydX and KDE based SolydK.

Both SolydX and SolydK are available as ISO files for x86_64 platform, it also provides OS images for Raspberry-Pi 2 with XFCE desktop.

SolydXK team maintains a quarterly package update schedule, almost perfect timing. Every packages are expected to be stable enough for day by day use.

Official website:


3. Linux Mint Debian Edition

linux mint logoDebian based version of popular Linux Mint, it maintains a semi-rolling release model and currently draws packages from Debian stable.

LMDE team timely releases ISO files for 32bit and 64 bit architecture with two desktop environments, Cinnamon and MATE. It also has it’s own package repository and maintained actively.

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4. Aptosid

aptosid logoPreviously known as Sidux, based on Debian unstable branch with an aim to be 100% compatible with debian sid, while ensuring system stability with some packages and scripts.

New Aptosid ISO files are released rarely, but the package repository is maintained  actively. It’s available in two ISO files, featuring XFCE and KDE desktop respectively.

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5. Kali Linux rolling edition

kali linux logoThe utmost popular computer security and penetration testing distro, now available as a rolling release too. It’s based on Debian testing and no doubt heavily maintained.

Kali Linux needs no further introduction, ISO files are available for x86 and x86_64 architecture featuring a Gnome 3 desktop.

Official Website:


6. antiX

Built on Debian testing, runs great on old hardware, aimed to be lightweight, fast and easy to install. Before shifting to Debian testing, it was based on another Debian derivative MEPIS .

antiX ISO files are released frequently, available for both x86 and x86_64 architecture. It maintains a true rolling release cycle and the package repository is also well maintained.

Official website:


There is a proposal of true Debian rolling release distribution named Debian CUT, but it didn’t showed much activity since it’s proposal in 2012.It’s also possible to use Debian testing as rolling release, until they are frozen to be stable.

This list is pretty comprehensive, if you are using/know about some other actively maintained Debian based rolling release distro, please inform me, I’ll add them to this list.

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9 Responses

  1. Adi says:

    Kali rolling is based on Debian unstable

  2. Franklin Green says:

    Forgot Simplice Linux based on unstable.

  3. Franklin Green says:

    Also forgot to list Sparky Linux based on testing.

  4. Balaji Pooruli says:

    Point Linux and Robo Linux are also based on debian stable.

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