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Fedora: A Hat with a History

Jun 30, 2009, 09:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steve Lake)

"A short time later, the first Linux distros began appearing, starting with MCC Interim, which gave rise to SLS, which in turn was the grandparent to Slackware, the parent of numerous other major distros, including Suse Linux, and the uber geek distro of choice by many senior Linux users.

"Red Hat, the parent of Fedora, was a little late to the game, as it didn't get it's official start until 1994. But just like Slackware, it quickly became the parent of numerous other distributions, including Caldera, Mandrake (later renamed to Mandriva), Red Flag, and even CentOS.

"The original beta for Red Hat was released on July 29th, 1994. The official 1.0 release came out in May of 1995, and was interestingly enough, codenamed Mother's Day. Whether or not it was actually released on Mother's Day is a subject of fierce debate, but it is still an undeniably memorable achievement. The biggest reason for this is that Red Hat 1.0 actually beat Microsoft's Windows 95 to market by almost 4 months, which is actually quite an achievement, considering initial development of Red Hat started after that for Windows 95."

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