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Canned Distros

After a short break, we present you a preview of the soon to be ready GLDT 11.6 in the form of conveniently packed slices for longevity and maximum enjoyment of your personal favourite distribution:
Arch, Debian, Fedora*, Gentoo, Knoppix, Mandriva, openSUSE, Red Hat, Slackware and Ubuntu.

* Note that the Fedora tree is grossly underrepresented due to the still-work-in-progress rebasing mechanism in gnuclad…

GNU/Linux Distribution Timeline 11.4

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  • Discontinued distros: none
  • Added distros (total 360): Archie (AL-AMLUG), Dax OS, kademar (K-DEMar), Librassoc, LinHES, Ubuntu SE, Underground Desktop, Voyage, Wifislax, Wifiway
  • Added connectors: Arch->ConnochaetOS, Arch->Underground Desktop
  • Contributors: Christophe Poucet, david, Jerome Warnier, naddia, passstab, Víctor Fernández Rico
  • Works best with gnuclad 0.2.4

GNU/Linux Distribution Timeline 11.3

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  • Discontinued distros: Slamd64
  • Added 10 distros (total 350): ComFusion (Uberyl), Conducit, FrameOS, GNUGuitarINUX, Hanthana, Madbox, Nova, Parsidora, Progress, Ubuntu CE
  • Renamed: MOPSLinux -> AgiliaLinux
  • Fixed: connector Debian->CrunchBang
  • Contributors: AleJol, Gustavo, Marco A. Pollolinux, Vicente jimnez Aguilar, vladimir
  • Works best with gnuclad 0.2.3


Yo dawg, we herd you like timelines, so we put a timeline in your timeline so you can browse a timeline while you browse…. OK, OK, I’ll stop already.

Here’s a graphical evolution of the GLDT from it’s inception up to now.

GNU/Linux Distribution Timeline 11.2

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  • Discontinued distros: none
  • Added 10 distros (total 340): Alpine, AriOS, ChameleonOS, Doudoulinux, Joatha, Mythbuntu, Openwall, Parabola, SalineOS, tomsrtbt
  • Added connectors: Red Hat->S.u.S.E., Puppy->Quirky
  • Fixed: connector Ubuntu->Trisquel
  • Contributors: Abdullah Al-Sabi, erkin, Frdric Perrin, Jose Luis, Mahdi
  • Works best with gnuclad 0.2.2

GNU/Linux Distribution Timeline 11.1

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  • Discontinued distros: none
  • Added 11 distros (total 330): 64Studio, Arabian, Chromium OS, Lihuen, LinuxConsole, MoonOS, OpenWRT, Swift, Ultimate Edition, Unity, Zorin OS
  • Fixed: Android (not a GNU/Linux distro)
  • Renamed project to “GNU/Linux Distribution Timeline”
  • Contributors: Claes Wallin, Daniel James, Federico Tello Gentile, The Loeki
  • Works best with gnuclad 0.2.2

GNU/Linux Distro Timeline 10.12

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  • Discontinued distros: Xandros
  • Added 11 distros (total 320): CTKarchLive, Fuduntu, GnackTrack, Haydar, Leeenux, Lin2Go, Navyn OS, Peppermint OS, Pinguy OS, pQui, Sabily
  • Fixed: Arch Hurd (not a GNU/Linux distro)
  • Contributors: Mohammed A. Mustafa, aseeon, erkin, Kendall Weaver
  • Works best with gnuclad 0.2.2

Survival of the fittest

As the years pass, distros come and go. Some withstand the test of time, some perish quickly, and here we want to spare a moment in order to honour those who have survived this cruel process of selection: PNG, SVG and TAR.BZ2.

GNU/Linux Distro Timeline 10.11

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  • Discontinued distros: nUbuntu
  • Continued: Edubuntu, gnuLinEx, Maemo (still supported)
  • Added 10 distros (total 310): 4M, antiX, Arch Hurd, Devil-Linux, Fusion, Linkat, NST, RIP, Webconverger, xPUD
  • Fixed: Moblin (first Debian-based, then Fedora)
  • Added connectors: Debian -> Aurora OS, Fedora -> Moblin, Fedora -> MeeGo
  • Contributors: Eleftherios Kosmas, Gerard Braad, Joel Krueger, Xavi Aranda
  • Removed Red Hat logo dependency
  • Works best with gnuclad 0.2.2

Explaining and observing

First the explaining …

Since there were several queries about the meaning and significance of the connector lines, especially concerning S.u.S.E/Jurix and Maemo+Moblin/Meego, here’s a small legend.

… and then some observing

Comparing the GLDT with the recently introduced BSDT further down, there has been a remarkable explosion of diversity in the early nineties – when internet access started to become ubiquitous.

Also, looking at the latest version of the GLDT, we can observe gradual shifts in forking activity, starting with Red Hat and moving to Debian, then Knoppix, with a burst of Slackware derivatives in 2004 and finally Ubuntu taking the lead particularly in 2007.

Another less joyous observation is how the Knoppix family tree is slowly thinning, with no new additions in recent years. While Knoppix itself releases regularly, a lot of its offspring seems to have been less lucky.

Gentoo on the other hand appears to have more stable derivatives, albeit similarly rare in recent years, yet the distribution itself may have lost quite a bit of momentum.

I conclude with the remark that while Fedora’s subtree of direct forks looks comparatively small, keep in mind that a lot of Red Hat based distros have switched to Fedora (and Red Hat itself too, actually), as seen by the large number of connectors in the full GLDT.