Black Cat Linux

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Origin: Ukraine
Category: Server, Desktop
Desktop environment: KDE, Gnome
Architecture: x86
Based on: Red Hat
Media: Install CD
The last version | Released: 6.2.1 | July 11, 2009

Black Cat Linux – a Red Hat based Linux OS distribution designed by Donbass Linux User Group members Leonid Kanter and Alexander Kanevskiy.The main project goal is to design a universal distribution good for both Internet/Intranet server and a workstation or a home multimedia system. A special attention is payed to Russian/Ukrainian language support and compatiability with commercial software products for Linux.

The first version of Black Cat was a localization of Red Hat version 5.2 with additional fixes and additions. Installation and configuration of the system could be done in Russian, and there was also support for the Ukrainian layout and fonts. The installation used a modified Red Hat-5.2 installer that allowed for language selection.

Leonid Kanter collaborated with Red Hat Software on the implementation of Ukrainian and Russian language support in their distributions. For example, localization tools from Black Cat were added to RedHat 6.0, released on April 26, 1999.

KDE 1.1 was used as a graphical shell.

Version 6.2 was the first Linux distribution to ship with Kaspersky Anti-Virus.

The distribution was retailed by the ISP “GEON”, and the RPM database was located on the Donbass Linux Users Group website. Two editions of one and a half thousand copies were sold. From 1999 to 2002, the distribution was among the ten most popular Linux distributions in Russia, and according to, in 2000 it was used by 6.5% of Linux users.

In March 2001, the developers joined the company ASPLinux, which released its distribution.

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