It's been over a year since we've looked at the ever changing LWN.net Linux Distribution List
Our last list update
appeared in the March
30, 2006 weekly edition. At that time we had 455 active distributions plus
49 in the historical section. Now we are up to 485 "active" distributions,
with an additional 58 listings in the Historical section.
Determining whether or not a distribution is active is not always easy.
Some are just very slow paced and may go several years between releases.
Sometimes, just when you think a distribution is gone for good it shows up
at a new URL, with a new or newly refreshed developer. This is the case with
Trinux: Linux Security
Toolkit, a distribution that hasn't seen an update in over three years,
but now has a new lease on life with ubuntutrinux.
Naturally it takes some time to check the links of over 500 distributions,
so we can never guarantee that all of them are still in use. So while the
list gets updated at least a couple of times per week; new distributions
are added, existing entries are updated with new release information, etc.;
older entries may stagnate for some time before being noticed and removed.
Now it's time to say goodbye to those distributions that disappeared or
were otherwise removed during the past year. NSA Security Enhanced Linux
was removed from the list. The SE
Linux project is still very much alive, but the reference distribution
that was once used to test the code is no longer needed. HA Linux was a
distribution used by Motorola, not to be confused with other high
availability projects. Also Circle MUDLinux, freevix, Mandrakelinux
Clustering, MSC.Linux, Mustang Linux, SCMLinux, SmartPeer,
System-Down::Rescue, Troppix, Vedova Linux, and XenoLinux.
As always, let us know about any additions or corrections to our list of
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