Adélie is the platform

Adélie is an independent Libre operating system based on the Linux kernel and musl runtime library.
We focus on reliability, security, compatibility, portability, and usability.

Simplicity is a feature, not a bug—icebergs are best observed from a distance.
That's why Adélie is built on top of proven standards and technologies. It's core to everything we do.

We're architecting Adélie in pursuit of POSIX® Certification.

Leave the kitchen sink for someone else

We don't attempt to solve every Linux Desktop problem. Because of this, we've already solved 99% of them. You can count on your desktop to be there for you, no matter the task or time.

In fact, Adélie's existence was borne of the observation that desktop distros were unreliable.

Adélie's efficiency lends itself to working well on legacy systems, too.
Macintosh G3? No problem.

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Security and reliability are not optional

Security updates are nearly instant. No unnecessary services run, period. Services are managed by the world-class supervision software, s6, designed to do one thing and to do it well. If an application misbehaves, it's stopped in its tracks before it can cause harm.

Adélie does not claim to provide magical security protections. Instead, it provides everything you need to rest assured knowing there are no surprises. Because you deserve to know the truth.

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Research is the responsible way forward

Adélie isn't satisfied with just being a Linux distribution. While it is important to contribute bug fixes and patches to upstream software projects and provide a reliable experience for our users, we care deeply about bringing industry-leading software to musl, and musl to the forefront of science.

We are pursuing partnerships and collaborations with universities and research organizations to solve tomorrow's problems using musl-based distributions. We hope to publish some of our work.

Linux is installed on every single TOP500 supercomputer. Linux distributions need to catch up. Download for Clusters


Need help deciding?

We understand your business can't hit the pause button and that trying a new Linux distribution can be daunting. That's why we're here for you every step of the way, whether you're looking to solve a specific problem or design systems of scale. Our systems and software experts are ready to help.

Your needs are complex—and that's music to our ears because we're constantly looking for new ways to further refine Adélie. Please note that we do not support inherently broken designs.

Our partners can facilitate hardware matters including data center, storage, and support solutions.

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Independent by design.

Adélie is an independent Linux distribution committed to integrity, privacy, and user freedom. Your donation might be tax-deductible.