This place hasn’t seen any activity in over six years – except for the comments asking what is going on – so I thought I’d write a little update.

Seeing the comments and the old posted timelines make me nostalgic. I started drawing the timeline “by hand” in 2006 using Dia, Inkscape and whichever vector drawing tool KDE came with – hmm, was it Karbon even back then?

It was all based on a bitmap drawing I had found on kde-files.org. People loved it and after about four years this fellow named Donjan contacted me and told me about his neat little cladogram builder program called Gnuclad in which updates were very easy to make, and where the layout was automated. It was such a timesaver and a really cool project.

While my life got busy with other things, Donjan took over and started doing all the updates. In this time the amount of listed distributions doubled! But the cumbersome part is the data collection and verifying everything and after some time also Donjan stopped with the updating.

So now what? Well, due to the beautiful nature of the GNU Free Documentation License anyone is free to build upon and improve a work and currently I can only point you to https://github.com/FabioLolix/LinuxTimeline where there is a timeline based on GLDT. It seems some people contribute over there and unlike this one it has been updated in the last few years.

However be warned: The above mentioned timeline has scrapped GNU and is NOT a GNU/Linux Distribution Timeline. Too bad. But hey, better than nothing I suppose.

Strangely, they kept the GLDT file naming, which is not right since G stands for GNU.

Here you’ll find the last GLDT version. Hopefully I’ll soon have time and inspiration to update GLDT again!

I also aim to use this space to write some things on projects I find interesting related to the history, current development and future of GNU/Linux.

Auf Wiedersehen
Andreas