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GNU/Linux distro timeline 10.10

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  • Discontinued distros: DSL, DSL-N, Freespire
  • Added 10 distros (total 300): Amber, ArchBang, Bonzai, epiOS, GALPon MiniNo, Mageia, NetStation, Ophcrack, Thinstation, Toorox
  • Renamed: sidux -> aptosid
  • Added connectors: Debian -> Mint
  • Contributors: Chris Watkins, Philipp Neumann, Robert Shingledecker
  • Works best with gnuclad 0.2.2

BSD timeline up for grabs

Playing around a bit I’ve decided to make a simple BSD timeline, including the 10 most popular distributions.
Here are the usual PNG, SVG and TAR.BZ2.
Since we don’t have any intention of maintaining it (i.e. adding lots of BSD derivatives), the timeline is up for grabs for those willing to extend and build upon. We will of course offer helpful tips and support.
So anyone can download it, alter it in any way they see fit and publish it wherever they want.
You can also just leave a comment lamenting about how the dark background is ugly.

GNU/Linux distro timeline 10.9

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  • Discontinued distros: Morphix
  • Added 10 distros (total 290): Aquamorph, Elastix, Funtoo, Jolicloud, Kongoni, MythDora, NetSecL, Ojuba, PLoP, Zentyal
  • Added connectors: Debian->Deepin, Ubuntu->Deepin, Aurora->Fedora
  • Contributors: Franco
  • Works best with gnuclad 0.2.2

On layouts and icons


We’re occasionally experimenting with various layouts, for example this one. Because of the orientation it obviously needs improvements on the overlapping labels, but the fat line option offers a nice graphical cue about a distro’s “fertility”. Comments invited!


It has been technically possible to use icons instead of those dots at each distro’s starting point for a while now, yet what is missing are the icons themselves.
This means: if you, dear visitor, by any chance happen to know about a collection of a few hundred distro icons in SVG or PNG, uniformly layouted, we’d be very obliged to have a share.
You can also hand in only a few* and the GLDT may start having icons as soon as there’s a substantial portion – somewhere around 200 would be awesome for now.

* The exact format, layout, dimensions, etc. can be fixed as soon as we have a large enough set with a common denominator.

One more thing

Help is always welcome: if you happen to know that nice, overlooked, historically interesting distro, go ahead and submit it!
We’re also grateful for any spotted errors (especially those exact start/stop/fork dates sometimes only known to the founding developers themselves), which you can report via the same form.

Have a slice.

For all of you perceiving the GLDT as too vast, there is a useful new feature in the just released version 0.2 of gnuclad: slicing subtrees out of the whole cladogram.
Here is a small demonstration on Debian, Slackware and Red Hat.

On a related note, the new release also offers to scan files and directories, as seen with the GLDT folder or, as a larger example, gnuclad’s own hierarchy.

GNU/Linux distro timeline 10.6

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  • Discontinued distros: Maemo, Moblin
  • Continued: aLinux
  • Added 10 distros (total 260): HostGIS, Inquisitor, Maemo, MeeGo, MoLinux, NuTyX, Qimo, STUX, UHU, Ylmf
  • Fixed: Tiny Core (10 year facelift), KateOS (originally Slackware based)
  • Contributor: Paulo
  • Works best with gnuclad 0.2 (experimental)