TuxRadar has an amusing walk down memory lane
for anyone who has been using Linux since 2000 (or before). It is re-running an article from from the first issue of Linux Format magazine that reviewed the top distributions of 2000. "Remember that nine years is a long time in the computing world -- and even more so for Linux. [...] Corel Linux is long dead, despite a high-profile entrance into the distro scene, while Caldera Linux occupied a healthy position (before the SCO shenanigans busted it up). SUSE, Mandrake, Red Hat and Mandriva are still alive in various flavours, while the British Definite distro bought the farm and WinLinux only made it to a 2003 release.
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