MkLinux

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Web site: mklinux.org
Origin: USA
Category: Desktop
Desktop environment: CLI
Architecture: PowerPC
Based on: Independent
Wikipedia: MkLinux
Media: Install
The last version | Released: Pre-R2 | August 5, 2002

MkLinux – an Open Source operating system which consists of an implementation of the Linux operating system hosted on the Mach microkernel. We estimate that there are somewhere between 50,000 and 100,000 MkLinux users. A significant number of the installed MkLinux systems are being used in mission-critical applications.

During the early years, most MkLinux development occurred either at Apple or at The Open Group Research Institute in Grenoble, France. MkLinux Developer Release 1 (DR1) was released in early 1996.

MkLinux is a project begun by the OSF Research Institute (now Silicomp RI) and Apple Computer to port Linux, a freely distributed UNIX-like operating system, to a variety of Power Macintosh platforms running on top of OSF Research Institute’s implementation of the Mach microkernel.

Later that year, DR2 was released, incorporating numerous bug fixes. The Linux server was updated to the 2.0.x source base shortly thereafter. At about the same time, (December, 1996) PCI machines were supported and DR2.1 was completed and incorporated into Apple’s “Reference Release”. DR2.1 was released a few months later. With the exception of shared library support and support for 603e machines, very little changed until the appearance of the G3 PowerMacs in late 1997. Support for these machines trickled into the source base over the course of a few months, and pre-DR3, as it was then known, was frozen about March of 1998. While Apple’s quality assurance people tested the disk, the world moved on without it. As a result, a substantial number of bug fixes didn’t make it into the DR3 release.

By the time DR3 was released, at least three additional PowerBook models were partially supported (1400, 2400, and G3 series), and numerous major causes of crashes had been eliminated. At this point, a number of developers had made various fixes to PowerBook support, but they weren’t all in the same kernel.

At that point, at the request of Gilbert Coville, I sent out a request for patches and changes. The GENERIC kernels were born. Several developers joined me in setting up a CVS server for sources so that developers from around the world could easily coordinate their development efforts and maintain a single source tree.

Since the DR3 release, MkLinux has made significant advances in multiple Ethernet support, IDE support, floppy support, and overall stability. Literally hundreds of bug fixes and patches have been submitted in the past few months, and MkLinux is in a stronger position than ever to grow and improve for years to come.

Beginning in the summer of 1998, development work on MkLinux transitioned from Apple and OSF to a community-led effort.

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MkLinux DR3 cdimage 648MB
md5sum: e9b4b07649e9fd7e74431a8267b96784
MkLinux DR3 7.18MB.src.tgz
md5sum: ad36bf17f2856ba7a980574b40b3c6e0
DR3 osfmk.export 379KB.tgz
md5sum: d11f1b9c38ccb9df2fc9112109a8afe5
DR3 osfmk 4.6MB.src.tgz
md5sum: e4e914d9f849f77fb3746be02ccde1df
DR3 tools 174KB.tgz
md5sum: d2e9fe89c6bd61097b5de18cfdee66f8

MkLinux MAINDISK 669MB.img
md5sum: a33137a038bbc84a7348a4746fe9f825
MkLinux MAINDISK-OLD 673MB.img
md5sum: 4ef456439841c13ac71f6a6c0d550b7d

 

United Linux

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Web site: unitedlinux.com (not active)
Origin: USA
Category: Desktop, Server
Desktop environment: GNOME, KDE
Architecture: x86
Based on: openSUSE
Wikipedia: United Linux
Media: Install
The last version | Released: 1.0 | November 19, 2002

United Linux – a consortium of Linux distributors which created a common base distribution for enterprise use. The founding members of United Linux were SUSE, Turbolinux, Conectiva and Caldera International.

United Linux 1.0 is a business-oriented system that is stable, scalable and reliable, with a quality that is as good as expensive commercial operating systems. UL 1.0 was initially available in English, Japanese, Simplified Chinese (PRC), Korean, Portuguese, Italian, Spanish, German, Hungarian and French. Manufacturers of this distribution list among the greatest advantages: compliance with standards, scalability, wide availability, security. The hardware platforms include: Intel (32 and 64-bit), AMD, PowerPC (IBM eServer iSeries and pSeries) and IBM eServer zSeries. United Linux is capable of supporting up to 64 gigabytes of RAM.

The official “release party” of the 1.0 was made at Comdex, and the sponsors of the ceremony were IBM and Hewlett-Packard.

The project ended on January 22, 2004.

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MIZI Linux

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Web site: mizi.com (not active)
Origin: South Korea
Category: Desktop
Desktop environment: GNOME, IceWM, KDE, WindowMaker
Architecture: x86
Based on: Red Hat
Wikipedia:
Media: Install
The last version | Released: 2.0.4 | September 14, 2002

MIZI Linux – a commercial Linux distribution based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux, aimed at business, school, office and home users.

The deployment utilized the GNOME, KDE, WindowMaker, and IceWM desktop environments, and supports the 32-bit x86 computer architecture.

The first version was launched in 1998. The latest version was 2.0.4 which was launched on September 14, 2002.

The project was developed by the MIZI Research, a South Korean company founded in 1997, acquired by Wind River Systems in 2008.

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Caldera

Caldera OpenLinux

Web site: (not active)
Origin: USA
Category: Workstation, Server
Desktop environment: GNOME, KDE
Architecture: x86
Based on: LST Power Linux
Wikipedia: Caldera OpenLinux
Media: Install
The last version | Released: 3.1.1 | June 1, 2002

Caldera OpenLinux – a based on LST Power Linux, a Slackware-derived distribution that had been maintained by Linux Support Team since 1993 and the first to come with a Linux 2.0 kernel. It was developed by Caldera Systems (now SCO Group) since 1998.

Caldera Systems created a full featured GUI system administration tool called Caldera Open Administration System (COAS). The tool was a unified, easy to use administration tool with a modular design. With its scalability and broad scope abilities.

Source: wikipedia.org; License: Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License;

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Caldera OpenLinux 3.1 Workstation i386 661MB.iso
md5sum: 9435023bc5fae5086dbb6505fabcd1dd
Caldera OpenLinux 3.1 Server i386 637MB.iso
md5sum: 25fee2586812ccf5bc5dd02cfef8012b

 

AdmuLinux

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Web site: admulinux.org (not active)
Origin: Philippines
Category: Desktop
Desktop environment: KDE
Architecture: x86
Based on:
Wikipedia:
Media: Live
The last version | Released: 2.0 | 2002

AdmuLinux – a full-featured graphical Linux development system that runs on a CD, intented for Ateneo students doing software development, and system administration, maintained by Dr. Pablo Manalastas, Philippines.

The last version of AdmuLinux 2.0 (?) has KDE desktop environment 2.1.1, and lots of development tools for Palm.

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CompactBSD

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Web site: compactbsd.sourceforge.net
Origin:
Category: Embedded
Desktop environment: CLI
Architecture: x86
Based on: OpenBSD
Wikipedia:
Media: Live
The last version | Released: 0.1.0 | August 22, 2002

CompactBSD – a set of tools that allow you to compress OpenBSD onto a small (32MB) compact flash card for use in small embedded servers. CompactBSD can be used to power wireless hot spots, which is what FatPort uses it for.

CompactBSD offers the easiest way to get OpenBSD up and running on Compact Flash-based systems such as the FatPointOEM. In order to use the ZComax 200mW PCMCIA wireless card in your FatPointOEM box, you will need to add a patch to the OpenBSD 3.1 kernel.

CompactBSD runs on an i386-class box running OpenBSD3.1, it also requires that Python 2.1.2 be installed.

The project developer is Ken Simpson.

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CompactBSD 0.1.0 i386 348KB.tgz
md5sum: 2b4457d09216c8122385d0dde15df831

 

Biatchux

Biatchux

Web site: biatchux.dmzs.com
Origin: USA
Category: Specialist
Desktop environment: CLI
Architecture: x86
Based on: Slackware
Wikipedia:
Media: Live
The last version | Released: 0.1.0.6b (?) | March 13, 2002

Biatchux (DMZS-Biatchux Bootable CD) – a bootable CD distribution of which the goal is to provide a freely available immediately deployable platform for performing forensic analysis, incident response, data recovery, host virus scanning and penetration/vulnerability assessment.

This is still in beta but has proven stable for my needs (developers), which prompted it’s creation. I have tried to ensure >2G file handling capability but have not yet tested with any files greater than 2G. I am trusting Dave Dittrich’s advice and his findings toward proper environment setup for >2G.

It should work on AMD, Cyrix and 486’s or greater with 64M memory or greater (as with all things, more seems to be better, or at least more comfy!), and IDE or SCSI boot cd (selected scsi controllers only). Biatchux has now tested successfully on systems with only 64M Ram.

The project developer are William Salusky and David Zendzian.

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Biatchux 0.1.0.6b i386 60MB.iso
md5sum: 6e0802dac501923e4d920614e1c52e8b

 

Virtual Linux

Virtual Linux

Web site: www.virtual-linux.org (not active)
Origin: Sweden
Category: Desktop
Desktop environment: KDE
Architecture: x86
Based on: Mandrake Linux
Wikipedia:
Media: Install
The last version | Released: 1.1 Beta | May 3, 2002

Virtual Linux – a derived from the Mandrake Linux operating system, modified to run directly from your cd rom drive.

With Virtual-Linux 1.1 you get about 1.6 gigabytes of software, all compressed onto one cd rom, using cloop compression.

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Virtual Linux 1.1 Beta i386 642MB.iso
md5sum: 1c248033fcb47d2454a5c0ddea3a1e71

 

theWall

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Web site: thewall.sourceforge.net
Origin:
Category: Firewall
Desktop environment: CLI
Architecture: x86
Based on: PicoBSD
Wikipedia:
Media: Live
The last version | Released: 0.2 | March 6, 2002

theWall – a collection of PicoBSD configuration trees and prebuild binaries for various platforms that provides NAT and firewall services for a small network. The goal of theWall project is to allow a user to get going quickly without having to learn the details of building a PicoBSD release.

Features:
– Built from PicoBSD/FreeBSD 4.5
– ipfw based firewall with natd
– users may login via telnet or locally
– ftp (client), tar and gzip are provided to facilitate transferring additional programs to flash based systems.
– It is not necessary to compile anything or even have access to a FreeBSD system to configure and run theWall.
– Network bootable, flash based and floppy based versions are available.

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theWall PC-DHCP 2.0 i386 2,08MB.tgz
md5sum: 64fb91fb8937297b4e71f1519026b499

 

WarLinux

WarLinux

Web site: sourceforge.net/projects/warlinux/
Origin:
Category: Security
Desktop environment: CLI
Architecture: x86
Based on: Independent
Wikipedia:
Media: Live
The last version | Released: 0.5 | September 17, 2002

WarLinux – a micro/small Linux distribution for Wardrivers. It is available on a disk and bootable CD.

It’s main intended use is for systems administrators that want to audit and evaluate thier wireless network installations. Should be handy for wardriving also.

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WarLinux 0.5 i386 53MB.iso
md5sum: 3af42cfebb025e769502ae1dfaf93baa