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 PostPost subject: Re: Most popular Linux distros before ubuntu?        Posted: Sat Aug 10, 2013 2:38 am 
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 PostPost subject: Re: Most popular Linux distros before ubuntu?        Posted: Sun Aug 11, 2013 11:20 am 
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Before Ubuntu, Linux wasn't as popular as today (not that today it's massively popular or something like that), but the most common distros then were Debian, RedHat and Knoppix.

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I've never liked Ubuntu. I still feel it's one of the worst concepts for a Linux distro, but whatever.
Before that abomination existed there was Mandrake (now forked to Mandriva), SuSE (OpenSuse for the community projection), Red Had Linux (later split into the enterprise RHEL, and the community Fedora project), Debian, Gentoo was oddly popular in those days (guess getting every drop of performance was more useful on a 600MHz PIII than a 2GHz Athlon or whatever), and the venerable Slackware. All enjoyed pretty high levels of adoption and are still around today.


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sciencia wrote:
I've never liked Ubuntu. I still feel it's one of the worst concepts for a Linux distro, but whatever.
Before that abomination existed there was Mandrake (now forked to Mandriva), SuSE (OpenSuse for the community projection), Red Had Linux (later split into the enterprise RHEL, and the community Fedora project), Debian, Gentoo was oddly popular in those days (guess getting every drop of performance was more useful on a 600MHz PIII than a 2GHz Athlon or whatever), and the venerable Slackware. All enjoyed pretty high levels of adoption and are still around today.


Ubuntu is an attempt to make Linux widely known and a successful competitor to Mac OS and Windows. It has been adopted by some OEMs for sure, but, the fact that it breaks after 10 minutes of use remains.

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 PostPost subject: Re: Most popular Linux distros before ubuntu?        Posted: Sun Aug 11, 2013 8:53 pm 
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All enjoyed pretty high levels of adoption and are still around today.

Thank god for that. Ubuntu is rubbish.

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Ubuntu is an attempt to make Linux widely known and a successful competitor to Mac OS and Windows. It has been adopted by some OEMs for sure, but, the fact that it breaks after 10 minutes of use remains.

Still , even when 12.10 + can log your data and IP address(which may be personal) , and send it to third-party websites in a default installation...(Although they said that you can disable that option) , it was met with quite some criticism.


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 PostPost subject: Re: Most popular Linux distros before ubuntu?        Posted: Mon Aug 12, 2013 7:34 am 
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Of course, trying to commercialise something free is difficult. They had to come up with another idea instead of increasing the price, as Apple or Microsoft could do. So they did that. Ads.

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Of course, trying to commercialise something free is difficult. They had to come up with another idea instead of increasing the price, as Apple or Microsoft could do. So they did that. Ads.

But , logging data is seriously ...


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Of course, trying to commercialise something free is difficult. They had to come up with another idea instead of increasing the price, as Apple or Microsoft could do. So they did that. Ads.

But , logging data is seriously ...


As far as I know, it's anonymous data only used for the amazon search scope. Yes it might log your IP, but which website and corporation doesn't do this nowadays? That's not the deal breaker for Ubuntu.

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 PostPost subject: Re: Most popular Linux distros before ubuntu?        Posted: Tue Aug 20, 2013 8:03 am 
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I think "most popular" can vary from time and place. Here in germany SUSE used to be extremely popular back in the days when Redhat was the most famous one in the states. A friend of california has always been a debian fan.


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Red hat was popular back in the late nineties. I used to use that. It was good system for intermediate user's but not suitable for beginners and not as hard as debian which was for more advanced user's.


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Mandrake was named to Mandriva before ubuntu became popular.


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Ah, memories!

Back in the early days the distro options were pretty much SLS ("Soft Landing Systems"), MCC (Manchester Computing Centre Linux), and Yggdrasil. My first install was SLS 0.98, in December 1992.

When Slackware came along in 1993 it made a pretty big splash, and I'm pretty sure it was the biggest distribution for a while. Debian became quite popular around the same time, too, and remains popular to this day.

For a while in the late 90s and early 2000s, I'm pretty sure RedHat Linux was leader of the pack. I used it pretty much exclusively for a long time, until the Fedora Core days. I moved to Debian fairly recently, maybe 2006?

I have a couple of sets of InfoMagic Linux developer CDs from the mid 90s that contain a number of distros, if you're curious. I'd be happy to image them and offer them up here -- but I'm a total newbie (in fact, this is my first post!), so I think I'll have to wait until I've had my ten posts before I can.


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 PostPost subject: Re: Most popular Linux distros before ubuntu?        Posted: Tue Oct 29, 2013 9:33 pm 
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Pretty much all of these been mentioned at some point, but the most popular ones I can think of are Fedora Core/Red Hat, Mandrake (now Mandriva), (Open)SuSE, Linspire, Slackware, Knoppix (for live CDs), and Debian. If you wanted to get more low-level, there was also Gentoo.

These were the first distributions I had any experience with. They all, with the exception of Red Hat, came on a Linux for Dummies DVD I got when I was in middle school.

I spent way too many hours playing SuperTux on Mandrake.


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 PostPost subject: Re: Most popular Linux distros before ubuntu?        Posted: Fri Nov 01, 2013 8:00 pm 
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CentOS got some good press back then too, iirc. Though it came out only a few months before Ubuntu so it barely had time to really become 'popular'...


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In my opinion, I would say SUSE, Slackware, and Debian. And yes, they're still popular to this day.

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Perhaps this is not what was generally popular, but several people in my family & some of my friends used Mandrake back in the day because it was pretty much Plug'n'Play.


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My favorite thus far after trying so many different Linux distros is Fedora/RedHat. Im not the biggest fan of Ubuntu due to some of the changes.


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Mandrake was named to Mandriva before ubuntu became popular.


The last release was 2011 "Hydrogen", then development stopped and was taken over to Mageia.

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Outdated and well known, but always interesting http://futurist.se/gldt/wp-content/uploads/12.10/gldt1210.svg to see the evolution of all/most distributions. It's amazing how many distributions I've never heard had been made even before 2004, when linux was less popular than it is today.

In my case, I installed slackware in the 90s (and killed my system while doing it), bought a retail box with red hat 5.2 in 1998, went to debian woody in 2002 and to gentoo in 2004. I've been there since then. Just like the others said, names that came to my mind are suse, mandrake, fedora and knoppix. I also have memories about ipcop and caldera.


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Maybe Slackware. It is probably the first ever Linux distro ever made. Was it popular back then?


Late 90s RedHat was far more popular. It had its fans among those compiling everything by hand opposed to using rpm's. I remember a particularly nasty upgrade path to glibc 2 for slack where people gave up and reinstalled, often with a different distro.


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Lindows used to be quite popular among consumers/ enthusiasts.


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I remember RedHat (later Fedora) as the most popular distribution, especially among users. Its goal was to make an operating system that suits everyone. So they developed the RedHat Package Manager (RPM), which became a widely-accepted standard for software installation.

SuSE was the phone-support-and-printed-manual distribution, thus being interesting for starters and business environments. It was known for it's GUI-based installation and configuration provided by a tool called YAST (Yet Another Setup Tool), which used to be a novelty in the Linux world. (My dad used SuSE 6.2 or 6.3 around the year 1999.)

Debian appeared very early. It was still loved by advanced users and for server operators, because it was serious, had a very long product life cycle (software was heavily tested rather than providing newest features) and was built to provide stability and security. Debian developers were known for providing a lot of security patches, and often fixing software before the actual developers did! ;) You didn't need to update often and if it worked, it worked. It was there before RPM appeared, so Debian used its own package format (.deb). (When I switched in 2004, Debian was my choice.)

Slackware was there long before. When the above distributions came up, it still had its fans and provided an alternative because of its slimness.

Of course there were more distributions, but normally you chose from these.

Then came Knoppix, Ubuntu and others of that kind, which were based on Debian in many cases. They introduced the concept of bootable Linux on a CD: People should get a chance to test Linux without messing up their computers. Because everybody could use them, they gained popularity, but I don't think they were liked by "real" Linux users. They made the Debian package format (*.deb) very popular, though ;)

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 PostPost subject: Re: Most popular Linux distros before ubuntu?        Posted: Sat Feb 22, 2014 6:51 am 
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Caldera OpenLinux used to have some popularity for its simplicity. However, OpenLinux since has now long been gone into dust. Other than that, most of the mentioned distro in this topic pretty much answers your question.

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