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This page is no longer maintained, see http://futurist.se/gldt for updated versions.
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This is a timeline/cladogram of GNU/Linux distributions.

Check the README (available in SVG link) for details.

Want to help out? Get in touch:
Web: http://futurist.se/gldt
E-mail: andreas@futurist.se

Based on "Línea del tiempo Distribuciones Linux" by A. Sandoval (alexdark).
Last changelog:

12 years ago

7.6 (2007-06-21)
* Added 50 distros: Armed, Asianux, Momonga, Berry, Bogus, Tao, Aurora, Backtrack (WHAX, Whoppix, Auditor Security Linux), BeatrIX, Shabdix, Bioknoppix, Linux Universe, eIT easyLinux, Bayanihan, MINI, Monkey, Ututo, AnNyung, BU Linux, Voltalinux, DOSLINUX (DILINUX), Bluewall, BinToo, LinuxPPC, Eridani, blackPanther, Happy, grml, BioBrew, Miracle, Kondara, Immunix, ELX, LinuxInstall, HP Secure, EvilEntity, SuperRescue, AUSTRUMI, BOSS, Bluewhite64, Trans-Ameritech, WGS Linux Pro, Xdenu, Craftworks, Linux-FT, AsianLinux (Thanks Andrea, Henrik, D. Gimpelevich, M. Prokop, D. Hill)
* Fixed Progeny, KANOTIX/Sidux, DeLi, Fedora (Fedora Core), Annvix (OpenSLS) (Thanks D. Gimpelevich)
* Renamed to "GNU/Linux distro timeline" and licensed it under GFDL.
* Finally a SVG version, thanks to the very helpful A. Urošević.

7.5 (2007-05-08)
* Added 34 distros: gNewSense, Linux Mint, Sidux, How-Tux, Skolelinux, e-smith/SME Server, Eurielec, SmoothWall, IPCop, Ulteo, Impi, Trustix, Elive, ALT Linux, Annvix, ATmission, Kurumin, Aurox, StartCom, Caixa Mágica, DARKSTAR, NimbleX, Sauver, DeLi, DeMuDi, GoboLinux, Parsix, Gnu-HALO, DSL-N, KnoppMyth, ZoneCD, nUbuntu, Oz. (Thanks janet, maco, B4ShHK, Thomas Bliesener, Tsunemi, tarumbar, Smarter, Lí­us F. Carneiro, Jake Neumann, REVTUX)
* Fixed Turbolinux/United Linux, Ubuntu/Freespire, Damn Small Linux, PLD, Stampede based on Slackware, Astaro based on SUSE, SLAX (Thanks duder, David Orban, Dylan Griffiths, Lars Strand, Mariusz Mazur, Jake Neumann)
* Removed SELinux (Thanks Graham White)

7.2 (2007-02-28)
* Added 16 distros: Pardus, Linux From Scratch, SELinux, EnGarde, TAMU, DLD/Delix, LST, Yellow Dog, Turbolinux, Rock Linux, Freespire, openSUSE, United Linux, PLD, Kate Linux/KateOS. (Thanks Pawel Michalik, B. Kandemir, T. Ainsworth)
* Fixed MCC, SLS, Slackware, Libranet, Arch, Frugalware. (Thanks D. Gimpelevich)

6.9 (2006-09-25)
* Added 3 distros: Ekaaty, Virtual Linux, Beehive. (Thanks tosta, nightwriter)

6.8.4 (2006-08-30)
* Added 11 distros: Caldera/SCO, Redmond/Lycoris, Libranet, Peanut/aLinux, Scientific, BLAG, dyne:bolic, Symphony OS.
* Fixed PCLinuxOS, Source Mage. (Thanks ruskie)

6.8.3 (2006-08-26)
* Added 3 distros: SimplyMEPIS, Storm, Progeny. (Thanks D. Gimpelevich, Moises, Jeff Self)
* Fixed Vector, Damn Small Linux. (Thanks J. Grindstone, D. Gimpelevich)

6.8.2 (2006-08-20)
* Added 14 distros: MCC, Yggdrasil, Stampede, Yoper, Sorcerer, Lunar, Source Mage, Enoch, Jurix, Specifix, Guadalinex, Edubuntu, RR4/RR64/Sabayon. (Thanks nightwriter + others)

6.8.1 (2006-08-16)
* Fixed SUSE, removed openSUSE until its official release. (Thanks M. Schlander)

6.8 (2006-08-14)
* First one.

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npu

12 years ago

Hello and thanks.

I could use some help on LBA-Linux:
I believe it was Red Hat based and later Fedora, but when did that change?
I have no idea when the first public release was (as "SOT Linux") or when it was renamed Best Linux. Or when the project actually died (as "LBA-Linux"). Anyone?

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solarfields

12 years ago

hi,
you can include also LBA-Linux:

http://distrowatch.com/table.php?distribution=sot

This is its entry at distrowatch, because the distribution is no longer active. This was my first Linux distro I tried ,-) It had the easiest installer ever. Now I use Slackware ,-)

PS
Great work!!

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VilleWitt

12 years ago

Use http://www.graphviz.org/ to make the SVG creation automatic... You get a nicer result and it is easier to transform...

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npu

12 years ago

Some time back somebody else recommended it (and it is cool indeed), but didn't have the time to get into dot back then. But I'm giving it another shot, and it's looking promising so far. Stay tuned!

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janet

12 years ago

Wow, nice work. But can you please add sidux? I miss it in the Debian line, end of 2006. -> sidux.com

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npu

12 years ago

Will do. Thanks.

By the way, if anyone has any suggestions on how to fix the Red Hat/Fedora and SUSE/openSUSE trees I'd appreciate it. I guess it's more correct to say Fedora and openSUSE are successors instead of offsprings?

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B4ShHK

12 years ago

add how-tux :(
http://www.how-tux.com

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B4ShHK

12 years ago

add how-tux :(
http://www.how-tux.com

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npu

12 years ago

Will be added for the next version. Thanks.

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maco

12 years ago

Mint and gNewSense. They both popped up this year, some time in the last couple of months.

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npu

12 years ago

I'll include them. Thanks.

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AbsintheSyringe

12 years ago

Very cool :)

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nightwriter

12 years ago

Live Cd's (perhaps predating Knoppix is Virtual Linux started 2000-09-24 still available for d/l and based on mdk7.2

http://sourceforge.net/projects/virtual-linux/

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npu

12 years ago

Thanks! Will add.
According to distrowatch it is now discontinued.

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nightwriter

12 years ago

Live Cd's (perhaps predating Knoppix is Virtual Linux started 2000-09-24 still available for d/l and based on mdk7.2

http://sourceforge.net/projects/virtual-linux/

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ariszlo

12 years ago

Don't change history. No one called it GNU/Linux in 1991. That name came three years later.

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npu

12 years ago

Hi. Trust me, I'm not deliberately trying to "change history".
Any suggestions on how to put that in the timeline?

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ariszlo

12 years ago

It was called Linux in 1991. "GNU/Linux" was first used in the name of Debian GNU/Linux in 1994.
See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GNU_Linux_naming_controversy

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npu

12 years ago

Thanks for the link.
My intention for the timeline is to make it somewhat simplified (an example is naming "Debian GNU/Linux" just "Debian"), and since I don't know how to put your suggestion in the timeline without making a mess I think I'll leave it the way it is for now, but I appreciate the comment.
If anyone has comments on this approach, please let me know.

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alexdark

12 years ago

Continuous with your excellent work. I have not had time to continue.

(saludos desde chile)

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npu

12 years ago

Good to hear, alexdark. Great job with the first version! U da man.

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tosta

12 years ago

Please include Ekaaty linux, one desktop derived from Fedora in middle of Feb/2006.

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revolutionist

12 years ago

PLD Linux :) Started in 1998 as a package repository for RedHat... :D

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chruxnix

12 years ago

But, isn't Mepis based off Ubuntu now. And, Suse changed its name to OpenSuse, and what about Novell Destkop.

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chruxnix

12 years ago

Wait, scratch that. Novell changed its name to Suse linux Enterpise. Suse changed it to Opensuse.

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12 years ago

7.6 (2007-06-21)
* Added 50 distros: Armed, Asianux, Momonga, Berry, Bogus, Tao, Aurora, Backtrack (WHAX, Whoppix, Auditor Security Linux), BeatrIX, Shabdix, Bioknoppix, Linux Universe, eIT easyLinux, Bayanihan, MINI, Monkey, Ututo, AnNyung, BU Linux, Voltalinux, DOSLINUX (DILINUX), Bluewall, BinToo, LinuxPPC, Eridani, blackPanther, Happy, grml, BioBrew, Miracle, Kondara, Immunix, ELX, LinuxInstall, HP Secure, EvilEntity, SuperRescue, AUSTRUMI, BOSS, Bluewhite64, Trans-Ameritech, WGS Linux Pro, Xdenu, Craftworks, Linux-FT, AsianLinux (Thanks Andrea, Henrik, D. Gimpelevich, M. Prokop, D. Hill)
* Fixed Progeny, KANOTIX/Sidux, DeLi, Fedora (Fedora Core), Annvix (OpenSLS) (Thanks D. Gimpelevich)
* Renamed to "GNU/Linux distro timeline" and licensed it under GFDL.
* Finally a SVG version, thanks to the very helpful A. Urošević.

7.5 (2007-05-08)
* Added 34 distros: gNewSense, Linux Mint, Sidux, How-Tux, Skolelinux, e-smith/SME Server, Eurielec, SmoothWall, IPCop, Ulteo, Impi, Trustix, Elive, ALT Linux, Annvix, ATmission, Kurumin, Aurox, StartCom, Caixa Mágica, DARKSTAR, NimbleX, Sauver, DeLi, DeMuDi, GoboLinux, Parsix, Gnu-HALO, DSL-N, KnoppMyth, ZoneCD, nUbuntu, Oz. (Thanks janet, maco, B4ShHK, Thomas Bliesener, Tsunemi, tarumbar, Smarter, Lí­us F. Carneiro, Jake Neumann, REVTUX)
* Fixed Turbolinux/United Linux, Ubuntu/Freespire, Damn Small Linux, PLD, Stampede based on Slackware, Astaro based on SUSE, SLAX (Thanks duder, David Orban, Dylan Griffiths, Lars Strand, Mariusz Mazur, Jake Neumann)
* Removed SELinux (Thanks Graham White)

7.2 (2007-02-28)
* Added 16 distros: Pardus, Linux From Scratch, SELinux, EnGarde, TAMU, DLD/Delix, LST, Yellow Dog, Turbolinux, Rock Linux, Freespire, openSUSE, United Linux, PLD, Kate Linux/KateOS. (Thanks Pawel Michalik, B. Kandemir, T. Ainsworth)
* Fixed MCC, SLS, Slackware, Libranet, Arch, Frugalware. (Thanks D. Gimpelevich)

6.9 (2006-09-25)
* Added 3 distros: Ekaaty, Virtual Linux, Beehive. (Thanks tosta, nightwriter)

6.8.4 (2006-08-30)
* Added 11 distros: Caldera/SCO, Redmond/Lycoris, Libranet, Peanut/aLinux, Scientific, BLAG, dyne:bolic, Symphony OS.
* Fixed PCLinuxOS, Source Mage. (Thanks ruskie)

6.8.3 (2006-08-26)
* Added 3 distros: SimplyMEPIS, Storm, Progeny. (Thanks D. Gimpelevich, Moises, Jeff Self)
* Fixed Vector, Damn Small Linux. (Thanks J. Grindstone, D. Gimpelevich)

6.8.2 (2006-08-20)
* Added 14 distros: MCC, Yggdrasil, Stampede, Yoper, Sorcerer, Lunar, Source Mage, Enoch, Jurix, Specifix, Guadalinex, Edubuntu, RR4/RR64/Sabayon. (Thanks nightwriter + others)

6.8.1 (2006-08-16)
* Fixed SUSE, removed openSUSE until its official release. (Thanks M. Schlander)

6.8 (2006-08-14)
* First one.

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