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Gone But Not Forgotten: Five Great Linux Distributions That Did Not Survive

Jul 13, 2009, 14:04 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Caitlyn Martin)

[ Thanks to Caitlyn Martin for this link. ]

"1. Caldera OpenLinux

"Caldera Caldera OpenLinux (originally Caldera Network Desktop) was launched in 1994 by former Novell employees after the company decided to jettison their Corsair desktop project. Version 1.0 was released the following year. By the late 1990s Caldera was considered one of the premier Linux distributions. The following is from an obituary for the distro Ladislav wrote for LWN.net in 2003: "Four years ago, Caldera produced one of the best Linux distributions of all times, gained a respectable market share and established vast international presence. [...] Caldera OpenLinux 2.3 [released] in August 1999 [...] made a substantial impact on the Linux market by introducing Lizard. Caldera's Lizard was the first graphical installer ever deployed by a Linux distribution. The OpenLinux 2.3 and especially OpenLinux eDesktop 2.4 releases were well received by Linux fans."

"Caldera OpenLinux also included COAS, one of the first and, at the time, undoubtedly the best integrated graphical configuration and administration tool. OpenLinux also had a polished KDE desktop at a time when many popular distributions still had a lot of rough edges. The WikiPedia article on the distro makes clear how important Caldera OpenLinux was to the development of the current Linux desktop:"

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