HPBSD

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Web site: flux.utah.edu/~mike/hpbsd/hpbsd.html
Origin: USA
Category: Server
Desktop environment: CLI
Architecture: HP 9000
Based on: 4.3BSD
Wikipedia:
Media: Install
The last version | Released: 2.0 | April 1993

HPBSD – a port of 4.3BSD UNIX operating system for the HP9000 300, 400, 700 and 800 series machines done by Systems Programming Group at the University of Utah, developed between 1987 and 1993.

The goal was to replace the HP-UX (System V derivative) with BSD environments on HP machines in Utah CS department, in order to improve compatibility with Vaxen who worked on BSD and Sun workstations that ran on SunOS. Port was completed in a month, thanks to an older BSD port for HP 9000/200. Trait that was HPBSD tell any binary compatibility with HP-UX-TV. I went to support the HP 9000 HPBSD was later inserted into the main tree BSD code, and appeared in 4.3BSD-Reno.

The current version, HPBSD 2.0, is still largely based on 4.3bsd but has the 4.4bsd filesystem and networking kernel code and utilities as well as the ANSI-compliant C library. This version was “released” in April 1993. Improvements has been limited to bug fixes and support for new hp700 CPUs that we have. It is still the desktop operating system of choice inside the Flux and Avalanche research groups.

HPBSD is based on the 4.3 release of BSD from CSRG at Berkeley with additions from 4.4bsd and numerous local modifications. It still looks and feels pretty much like a 4.3 system, but configuring and building software packages is more 4.4bsd-like.

Supported Hardware: HP300/400 (68k based) and HP700/800 (PA-RISC based).
Since HPBSD contains AT&T and HP proprietary code it is not freely available.

The project founder is Mike Hibler.

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Softlanding Linux System

SLS

Web site: (not active)
Origin: Canada
Category: Server, Desktop
Desktop environment: CLI
Architecture: x86
Based on: Independent
Wikipedia: Softlanding Linux System
Media: Install
The last version | Released: 1993.03 ? | March 1993 ?

Softlanding Linux System (SLS) – one of the oldest Linux distributions was generally made minimal or no changes to the original software packages before including them. Distributions using this format generally provided no native software management and depended on third-party utilities for package management and administration.

The release 1.03 of SLS containing kernel 99 alpha p11, libc 4.4.1, gcc 2.4.5 and XFree86 1.3. Linux is a free 386 unix like operating system similar to System V, and developed by Linus Torvalds, plus a few hundred big hearted programmers on the Internet. SLS is produced and GPL copyrighted by Softlanding Software. You may redistribute SLS, as long as you do include both this file, and the file COPYING prominently in the distribution. You may not take credit for the work of others.

SLS is NOT just an image dump of some ones Unix system.
Instead it is a distribution whose primary purposes are:
0) provide an initial installation program (for the queasy).
1) utilities compiled to use minimal disk space.
2) provide a reasonably complete/integrated U*ix system.
3) provide a means to install and uninstall packages.
4) permit partial installations for small disk configs.
5) add a menu driven, extensible system administration.
6) take the hassle out of collecting and setting up a system.
7) give non internet users access to Linux.
8) provide a distribution that can be easily updated.

SLS contains ~600 utilities designed to provide a relatively complete computer operating system for the sophisticated user. It includes programs for compression, text processing, communications, X Windowing system, program development (Assembler, C, C++, Fortran, Pascal, Lisp, and Perl), mail, spreadsheets, and word-processing. Also supported are DOS files, a DOS emulator, SCSI, CDROMs, and TCP/IP. A 387 coprocessor is emulated by the kernel if you don’t have one. Full source code for the kernel is also provided with SLS.

The development environment includes libraries for unix and Xwindows, a debugger that does full screen (via emacs) with support for core dumps.
Shared libraries make the most miserly use of RAM and disk space. FAQ and Manual pages document most of the Linux utilities. SLS requires at least
12 Meg of disk for the minimal install. 90 Meg or more is required for the full system (not including TeX or Interviews). You will need at least 2
Meg of RAM, 4 meg if you want to compile programs, and 8 Meg to run X Windows. Note that sometimes you can get by with less, but usually with
noticeable performance limitations.

SLS was available on floppies (30 5.25 floppies or 25 3.5 floppies), QIC150 or CDROM from the address below for a flat rate distribution fee of US $99
($125 Canadian) + $15 shipping and handling. The SLS CDROM contains the full source tree and a 50+ page user manual “Using SLS”. A quarterly CD (4 CD’s over 1 year) was available for US $199 (255 Canadian) + $15 S&H.

It was founded by Peter MacDonald in May 1992. It was soon superseded by Slackware which started as a cleanup of SLS by Patrick Volkerdin.

The screenshot source: Wikipedia; author: Linuxcenter.ru; License: The copyright holder of this work allows anyone to use it for any purpose including unrestricted redistribution, commercial use, and modification.

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Linux from Nascent

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Web site: netcom.com (not active)
Origin: USA
Category: Desktop
Desktop environment: ?
Architecture: x86
Based on: Independent
Wikipedia:
Media: Install
The last version | Released: 1.0 ? | 1993 ?

Linux from Nascent CDROM – a distribution of the Linux operating system which includes over 400 mbytes of source code, binaries, and documentation for Linux and applications. It features automated root, swap, package, network, and user account installation from CDROM. Linux can be can be run directly from the CDROM and floppy. The Nascent CDROM features Xwindows, Openlook, TeX, GNU compiler and utilities, Magic and Spice electronic design tools, and over 100 high resolution images translated from Kodak PhotoCD(TM).

Each source archive is distributed with an associated notes file to allow you to browse and install applications using a consistent interface.

A listing of the contents of the Nascent CDROM as well as a current copy of the CDROM announcement and order form may be obtained via anonymous ftp at netcom.com:/pub/nascent.

The Linux from Nascent CDROM, Version 1.0, was only $39.95 plus shipping and handling. Nascent also offered the Linux from Nascent Plus package for only $89.95, which includes six months of email support and a 30 discount off a future release of the CDROM with your CDROM purchase.

The project distributor is Nascent Technology.

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Linux Support Team

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Web site: informatik.uni-erlangen.de
Origin: Germany
Category: Desktop
Desktop environment: GUI ?
Architecture: x86
Based on: Independent
Wikipedia:
Media: Install
The last version | Released: 1993 ?

The Linux Support Team Erlangen – a small group of students at the University of Erlangen-Nuernberg.

Developer’s description:
The LST distribution’s goal is to provide a solid, reliable, easy to install (even for beginners) and well-documented system. We are not hunting for the newest kernel or gcc versions. We do updates when they are necessary or provide really new functionality, are well tested, integrated in the system and working smoothly with the rest of the system. The distribution consists of a base system and additional packages.

Currently the following packages are available: doku (doc), text, tex, develop, xdevelop, xbasis, xappl, xemacs, tinyx, network, grafik, src, misc.

The complete system is 50 3.5″ disks and 1500 pages printed documentation including the LDP guides (IGS,KHG,NAG), HOWTOs, FAQs, the German Linuxhandbuch, install-guide and many other useful documents we collected over the time.

Our distribution is preconfigured for German users and comes with a 50 page step by step installation guide that leads you through the menu-driven installation scripts (both in german). We started this distribution to help newcomers with their first steps into Linux. Therefore our scripts are smart enough to handle all of the ‘dirty work’ like setting up system configuraton (including LILO, modem, mouse, mounts, mtools, access to DOS, users, X11) and network configuration (TCP/IP, Routing, Mail, News, UUCP, SLIP).

Historically (and of course easier for us) most of the documentation for this distribution is written in german, sorry, but we are planning to translate those documents in english, but at the moment we don’t have time for this. Any volunteers are welcome!

Our scripts also accept to install SLS and Slackware packages, but with no warranty if they work well together with the rest of the system.

The team members: Stefan Probst or Ralf Flaxa.

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