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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:

11 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.

zerosix06

7 years ago

verry nice...and i like it

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alexdark

10 years ago

Congratulations!

Go on with the excelent job.

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urke

10 years ago

I vectorised LDT and put SGVZ on http://www.kde-files.org/content/show.php?content=59416

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npu

10 years ago

...which has now been implemented in this version (7.6). Thanks Urke!

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fatalfury

10 years ago

That's really neat! Thanks for all the hard work.

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DLHDavidLH

10 years ago

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-More info
source:
http://distrowatch.com/table.php?distribution=elx
http://www.elxlinux.com/

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Project ELX was started in February 2000 in Hyderabad, India. ELX Linux is a product of Everyone's Linux Pvt. Ltd (formerly known as 3T Solutions Pvt Ltd)

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npu

10 years ago

Thanks for the date!

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DLHDavidLH

10 years ago

Main source
www.linux.org
http://www.linux.org/dist
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Language > English

Category > Debian based

Platform > intel compatible

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Debian GNU/Linux
http://www.debian.org/

floppyfw
http://www.zelow.no/floppyfw/

Gibraltar
http://www.gibraltar.at

KNOPPIX
http://www.knopper.net/knoppix/index-en.html

Xandros
http://www.xandros.com

Linspire
http://www.linspire.com/

Damn Small Linux
http://www.damnsmalllinux.org

Morphix
http://www.morphix.org/

MEPIS Linux
http://www.mepis.org/book/view/1

FREEDUC
http://www.ofset.org/freeduc-cd/

Quantian
http://dirk.eddelbuettel.com/quantian.html

Adamantix
http://www.trusteddebian.org

Ubuntu Linux
http://www.ubuntulinux.org/

ASLinux Desktop
http://www.activasistemas.com/exec/men=aslinux/modulo=Publico/sc=aslinux

LinVDR
http://linvdr.org/projects/linvdr/index.en.php

Santa Fe Linux
http://www.santafelinux.com

Symphony OS
http://symphonyos.com/

Kanotix
http://kanotix.com

Elive
http://www.elivecd.org/

X-Evian
http://www.x-evian.org/

Pioneer Linux
http://www.tapioneer.com/

Ulteo
http://www.ulteo.com/

64 Studio
http://64studio.com/

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DLHDavidLH

10 years ago

Main source
www.linux.org
http://www.linux.org/dist
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Language > English

Category > Fedora Core based

Platform > intel compatible

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Fedora
http://fedora.redhat.com/

Aurox Linux
http://www.aurox.org/en/

PCQuest Linux
http://www.pcquest.com/

Berry Linux
http://yui.mine.nu/berry/

FoxLinux
http://www.foxlinux.org/

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DLHDavidLH

10 years ago

Main source
www.linux.org
http://www.linux.org/dist
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Language > English

Category > Mandriva Based

Platform > intel compatible

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Annvix
http://annvix.org

PCLinuxOS
http://www.pclinuxos.com/

SAM
http://sam.hipsurfer.com/

Mandriva
http://mandriva.com/

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DLHDavidLH

10 years ago

Main source
http://www.linux.org/dist
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Language > English

Category > Slackware based

Platform > intel compatible

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PKLinux
http://linuxpakistan.sourceforge.net/pklinux/info.html

BasicLinux
http://www.volny.cz/basiclinux/

ZipSpeak
http://www.linux-speakup.org/ftp/disks/slackware/zipspeak/

TopologiLinux
http://topologi-linux.sf.net/

DeLi Linux
http://delilinux.berlios.de/

Austrumi
http://cyti.latgola.lv/ruuni/index_en.html

Zenwalk
http://www.zenwalk.org/

GoblinX
http://www.goblinx.com.br/en/

VectorLinux
http://www.vectorlinux.com

Arudius
http://arudius.sourceforge.net/



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DLHDavidLH

10 years ago

Main source
www.linux.org
http://www.linux.org/dist
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Language > English

Category > Red hat Based

Platform > intel compatible

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Mandriva << http://mandriva.com/ >>

Red Hat Enterprise Linux
<< http://www.redhat.com/ >>

Trustix Secure Linux
<< http://www.trustix.net/ >>

ASPLinux << http://www.asplinux.ru/en/ >>

K12LTSP << http://www.k12ltsp.org/ >>

LinuxInstall.org
<< http://linuxinstall.org/ >>

Ark Linux << http://www.arklinux.org/ >>

Fedora << http://fedora.redhat.com/ >>

BU Linux
<< http://www.bu.edu/computing/linux/ >>

CERN Linux
<< http://linux.web.cern.ch/linux/ >>

blag
<< http://www.blagblagblag.org >>

Insigne GNU/Linux
http://www.insignesoftware.com/produtos/gnu.php

Lineox Enterprise Linux
<< http://www.lineox.com >>

White Box Linux
<< http://whiteboxlinux.org/ >>

StartCom Linux
<< http://www.startcom.org >>

Fermi Linux
http://www-oss.fnal.gov/projects/fermilinux/

Pie Box Enterprise Linux
<< http://www.piebox.com/ >>

CentOS
<< http://www.centos.org/ >>

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DLHDavidLH

10 years ago

http://www.linux.org

-click-
Distributions

<< http://www.linux.org/dist/ >>

-select-

Language > English or All Matches

Category > Mainstream/General Public or All Matches

Platform > intel compatible or All Matches



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DLHDavidLH

10 years ago

check

ELX Linux


http://www.elxlinux.com/

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petersi

10 years ago

Wow, this shows exactly the problem with Linux. You may say that there's a distro for every taste, but over 80 distro's developed from plm. 3 or 4 strains has more to do with the desire to expose one's individuality then anything else :-)

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npu

10 years ago

Yeah, probably. And still, this is just a tip of the iceberg. It's hard to set restrictions to which should or shouldn't be added as it's difficult to find info on a distro's real significance. It's easy to set up a website which gives the impression your distro is the worlds most important one with a large user base. :) Checking repositories and community forums is very time consuming.

My priority is to improve the early years. I wasn't around back then so I have to rely on feedback and the few traces I can find on the net. So... any help appreciated!

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petersi

10 years ago

I think you did a pretty thorough job though. My first edition was Slackware, beginning 1995. You couldn't get Redhat from a store back then. I only knew of Slack, debian and Suse :-)

Remember "www" is from 1992, Mosaic from 1993 and people still had direct and free access to the NSF backbone, up until 1995...
This world is as young as it gets.

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Smarter

10 years ago

You forgot Ulteo(based on kubuntu).

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npu

10 years ago

Will add. Thanks.

Just reached 10 000 downloads! \o/

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niels-olson

10 years ago

Hello,

what is the significance of the position of each distro's bullet? Question posed over at Edward Tufte's design forum:
https://www.edwardtufte.com/bboard/q-and-a-fetch-msg?msg_id=00018e&topic_id=1&topic=

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npu

10 years ago

Hiya.

The bullet marks the date, the 45 degree angle is just a design thing (even though it's not consistent). Derek is right, it's confusing. I'm working on a different layout which will hopefully look better.

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scummos

10 years ago

http://www.damnsmalllinux.org/index_de.html

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npu

10 years ago

Have another look, it's already there. :)

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solarfields

10 years ago

hi, as i remember first it was called SOT linux, but then these finnish guys had some collaboration with some swedish people and they decided to make the distro together. But in swedish language "sot" means "sick" or something like this. That's why they renamed it to "Best Linux". Later the collaboration ended so they became again "SOT" and after that the renamed the distro to "LBA" or "Linux Business Alliance". SOunds messy, and at that time I was a real noobie to linux, so it is very hard for me to tell you the history of LBA-linux, because I switched to Linux few months before the project was announced dead. ,-) may be you can just list the info you get from distrowatch. I think, just the name changed over time. I hope some Finnish or Swedish people who were involved will read this post and tell the story... ,-)

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solarfields

10 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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11 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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