Tao Linux


Web site: www.taolinux.org (not active)
Origin: USA
Category: Desktop
Desktop environment: GNOME, KDE
Architecture: x86, x86_64
Based on: Red Hat
Media: Live CD
The last version | Released: 4.03 | November 30, 2005

Tao Linux – a Linux distribution based on RHEL which is a very active RHEL clone that tries to be as compatible with RHEL as possible. As the authors say on their pages, it is a distribution based on RedHat Enterprise Linux source packages.

The installation did not differ from the distribution of CentOS, Fedora or other distributions built on RedHat. So it is the same Anaconda installer with the same installation procedure identical to other clones.

Like CentOS and other RHEL clones, Tao Linux has almost identical controls and looks. So who ever came to RedHat or Fedora to come in will be at home and in this distribution. This distribution contains the Magicdev package, so the embedded media is automatically detected and the corresponding application is opened.

Although Tao Linux is a distribution as well as RHEL primarily designed for the server, it can be used on a desktop as well. Its great plus is compatibility with RHEL, so for a long enough time nobody should have trouble updating.


No download is available.


Crash Recovery Kit for Linux

Crash Recovery Kit

Web site: crashrecovery.org
Category: Specialist
Desktop environment: CLI
Architecture: x86, x86_64, SPARC
Based on: Mandrake
Media: Live CD/Floppy
The last version | Released: | May 18, 2005

Crash Recovery Kit for Linux (CRK) – a specialist Linux distribution contains a tool which can recover your crashed PC.

CRK doesn’t use any graphical desktop environment, it works in text mode only.
The older versions were based on Red Hat Linux, but the latest ones on Mandrake Linux (newer name: Mandriva).

Using CRK you can do, for example:
– recovery of a trashed LILO boot record. How many times does it happen that some person installs windows 98/95 after he/she installed Linux? Well in that case windows 9X just overwrites the MBR record and Linux won’t be able to boot anymore.
– backup over the network in the form of tar.gz tarballs. Both FAT16, FAT32, ext2 and all filesystems which Linux supports in a read/write fashion can be taken care of. The strong part of the CRK is when a disk is replaced or repartitioning is being done. The CRK boots a complete mini Linux with networking where all possible hardware which is inside the Linux kernel is available.
– testing hardware of new Intel based machines.
– detecting versions and types of hardware. The Linux kernel holds a large database of hardware supported. Booting a Linux kernel doesn’t only resolve if the hardware is ok, it also show its specs. This can be handy if one wants to check-out an old/new PC which is for sale.
– recovery of a misconfigured or hacked Linux system. Well that can happen. /etc/fstab can be wrong or the root password is unknown etc.
– make a tape backup of a disk which can’t be booted anymore.

The distribution is available for x86, x86_64 and SPARC machines.
Crash Recovery Kit for Linux developer is Robert M. Stockmann.


Crash Recovery Kit i386 81MB.iso
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Crash Recovery Kit x86_64 87MB.iso
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Crash Recovery Kit 2.2.25 SPARC 18MB.iso
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Ark Linux

Ark Linux

Web site: www.arklinux.org (not active)
Origin: Germany
Category: Desktop
Desktop environment: KDE
Architecture: x86
Based on: Red Hat
Wikipedia (PL): Ark Linux
Media: Install
The last version | Released: 2008.1 | May 15, 2008

Ark Linux – a Linux distribution, desktop oriented, designed especially for people new to Linux and Unix-like operating systems. Ark Linux is based on Red Hat Linux, and uses open-source model, so can be redistribute it in both modified and unmodified form.

It was mainly targeted for office and workstations machines, and focused on ease of installation and use.
The whole operating system consisted of three CDs, of which only the first one included the appropriate part of the Ark Linux; the next two contain additional software Ark Extra Software and Ark Development Suite.

Ark Linux contains all the typical applications necessary for users, such as an office suite, tools, internet apps, a file sharing client, media players, etc. Ark Linux did not contain anything beyond that. For example, server applications, and configuration tools were not already part of the system. Other applications can be installed online using Advanced Packaging Tool or an additional CD.

The latest version of Ark Linux is 2008.1 dockyard20080514.


Ark Linux 2008.1 i386 710MB.iso
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Trustix Secure Linux

Trustix Secure Linux

Web site: trustix.org (not active)
Origin: Norway
Category: Server
Desktop environment: CLI
Architecture: x86
Based on: Red Hat
Wikipedia: Trustix Secure Linux
Media: Install CD
The last version | Released: 4.8.1 | June 23, 2008

Trustix Secure Linux – a Linux distribution intended for use on servers and focused on security and stability.

Trustix Secure Linux includes the open standards based SoftWare UPdater, SWUP, which keeps all software packages up-to-date, resolves library dependencies and integrates public key cryptography to ensure safety and security.

Trustix was created by Trustix AS in 1997, but went bankrupt in 2003.
Comodo Group bought the assets in November 2003. Shortly thereafter Comodo announced the end of the free version of Trustix Secure Linux.

After 2005, Trustix Secure Linux continues to be maintained by a very small team of developers in India.
By late 2007 Comodo announced that it will discontinue all distribution, updates and direct support for Trustix Secure Linux effective December 31, 2007.

The latest version 4.8.1 is a fully-featured, secure and has advanced capabilities including the intuitive Xsentry easy-to-use administration graphical user interface with WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) front end which has drag and drop security policy deployment.


Trustix Secure Linux 4.8.1 i586 301MB.iso
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Kondara MNU/Linux

Kondara MNU/Linux

Web site: www.kondara.org (not active)
Origin: Japan
Category: Desktop, Server
Desktop environment: AfterStep, Blackbox, Fluxbox, GNOME, KDE, WindowMaker
Architecture: x86
Based on: Red Hat
Wikipedia (JA): Kondara MNU/Linux
Media: Install
The last version | Released: 2.1 | March 18, 2002

Kondara MNU/Linux – a Linux distribution based on the Red Hat Linux and is precompiled for Pentium or Alpha systems.
The main focus of Kondara MNU/Linux appears to be on creating an open source distribution that supports Japanese and places heavy emphasis on graphics.

Kondara comes in two versions: one that is aimed at desktop systems and another that is aimed at server systems. This clearly shows that a Linux system can work equally well as desktop workstation, server or both at once.

Kondara MNU/Linux includes a separate applications CD-ROM, packed with RPM packages, along with Sun’s StarOffice 5.2. As in most RPM packages, there are separate directories for i586 (Intel), Alpha, and noarch (short for no architecture) for packages not specific to any architecture.

The “MNU” is an expression of a sound made when you touch a penguin, and is derived from “Mount is Not Umount”.

The project was under development between 1999 and 2002.


No download is available


Wazobia Linux

Wazobia Linux

Web site: www.wazobialinux.com (not active)
Origin: Nigeria
Category: Desktop
Desktop environment: Gnome, KDE
Architecture: x86
Based on: Red Hat
Media: Live DVD
The last version | Released: 2006-02-03 | 2006

Wazobia Linux – a Nigerian commercial distribution based on the Red Hat Linux, developed by Leapsoft Ltd Nigeria.

Wazobia Linux provides everything today’s computer user needs for home and office desktop computing, such as office suite, web browser, instant messaging client, multimedia viewers, and graphical software. It also offers the latest open source applications for developing software, setting up a home network, running a web server, and more.

Wazobia Linux includes more than 16,000 packages of software, available from the installation media and official package repository.

Wazobia Linux is available in Hausa, Yoruba, Igbo and English.


The download is not available.


StartCom Linux

StartCom Linux

Web site: https://linux.startcom.org/
Origin: Israel
Category: Multimedia
Desktop environment: Gnome, KDE
Architecture: x86, x86_64
Based on: Red Hat
Media: Install DVD
The last version | Released: 5.0.6 | May 7, 2009

StartCom Linux (Kessem) – a Linux distribution based on the RedHat Enterprise and Fedora source code each modified with reliability, security and efficiency in mind.

StartCom MultiMedia Edition is a multi-purpose workstation with built-in Web server, Database, Office Suites, Entertainment Center, Recording Studio, Video Manipulation Platform and advanced Desktop environment. In addition, the Video and Sound section offers some outstanding applications like Cinelerra, Rosegarden, Audacity and many,many sound manipulating effect tools, synthesizers, samplers, sequencers. It has virtualization (XEN) and clustering capabilities (GFS), an extensive developer platform (Eclipse) and even allows the running of many Windows® based application with the help of the included Windows API implementation (Wine).

Pre-installed Yum Extender helps installing programs and updating the operating system.
The OpenGL allows run the 3D desktop for incredible effects and look-and-feel.

The latest version of StartCom Linux was released in 2009.


StartCom Linux 5.0.6 Multimedia Edition i386 3.53GB.iso
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Yellow Dog Linux

Yellow Dog Linux

Web site: www.fixstars.com/en/technologies/linux/
Origin: USA
Category: Desktop, Server
Desktop environment: Enlightenment
Architecture: PowerPC, PS3
Based on: Red Hat, CentOS
Wikipedia: Yellow Dog Linux
Media: Install DVD
The last version | Released: 7.0 | August 6, 2012

Yellow Dog Linux – an open source operating system based on Linux kernel and focused on GPU systems and computers using the Power Architecture. It was the first Linux distribution released in the spring of 1999 for the Apple Macintosh PowerPC-based computers. It is targeted to home, office, server, and cluster users.

Yellow Dog Linux is based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux/CentOS and relies on the RPM Package Manager.
YUP (Yellow Dog Updater) has been specially created for Yellow Dog Linux, and was adapted for other RPM based distributions with the name YUM (Yellowdog Updater, Modified).

The first release of Yellow Dog Linux was published in 1999.
Started from version 5, Yellow Dog Linux uses Enlightenment as its default desktop, but others DE’s like KDE, Gnome or Xfce were available too.
The last version 7.0 was released in 2012.

The system includes user applications such as:
– Ekiga – a voice-over-IP and videoconferencing application
– GIMP – a raster graphics editor
– Gnash – a free Adobe Flash player
– gThumb – an image viewer
– Mozilla Firefox – a web browser
– Mozilla Thunderbird – an e-mail and news client
– OpenOffice.org – an office suite
– Pidgin – an instant messaging and IRC client
– Rhythmbox – a music player
– Noatun and Totem – media players


Yellow Dog Linux 6.2 20090629 PowerPC DVD 3.7GB.iso
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Mandriva Linux

Mandriva 2011 KDE

Mandrake  Mandriva 2006 KDE  Mandriva 2009 Gnome  Mandriva 2010 Gnome  Mandriva 2010 Xfce  Mandriva 2011 LXDE

Web site: www.mandriva.com/en/linux/ (not active)
Origin: France
Category: Desktop
Desktop environment: GNOME, KDE, LXDE, Xfce
Architecture: x86, x86_64
Based on: Independent, Red Hat
Wikipedia: Mandriva Linux
Media: Live CD/DVD, Install DVD
The last version | Released: 2012 Alpha 2 | November 6, 2012
Zobacz po polsku Zobacz po polsku: Mandriva Linux

Mandriva Linux (previously: Mandrake Linux) – an independent Linux distribution, originally forked from Red Hat Linux.

The system features the most popular desktop environments, a set of pre-installed application for daily usage, and integrated its own graphical configuration utilities tool ‘Mandriva Control Center’.

Mandriva Linux uses ‘urpmi’ package manager, which allows installation of packages by automatically installing all the needed dependencies, from various media, including network/Internet, CD/DVD and local disk. Urpmi has a graphical front-end called ‘pmdrake’, which is integrated into the Mandriva Control Center.
The RPM package management system is also available in the system to perform operation on the packages.

Mandriva Linux was started in 1998 under the name of Mandrake Linux.
The first release was based on Red Hat Linux 5.1, used the K Desktop Environment 1, and was released in July 1998.
In February 2005, MandrakeSoft merged with Brazil’s company called Conectiva to the new Mandriva S.A. In May 2015 Mandriva SA has been closed.

The last stable version of Mandriva Linux 2011 was released in August 2011.

Most Mandriva Linux developers went to Mandriva fork called Mageia.
ROSA is a fork of Mandriva created by former Mandriva developers too.
OpenMandriva Lx has been built on the top of ROSA as its fork.
PCLinuxOS initially derived from Mandrake.
Unity Linux (discontinued) is a Mandriva based distribution.


Mandriva 2011 KDE i586 1.65GB.iso
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Mandriva 2011 KDE x86_64 1.69GB.iso
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Mandriva 2011 Gnome i586 1.01GB.iso
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Mandriva 2011 LXDE i586 661MB.iso
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MandrivaOne 2010.2 GNOME i586 719MB.iso
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MandrivaOne 2010.2 KDE i586 686MB.iso
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MandrivaOne 2010 Xfce i586 635MB.iso
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MandrivaFree 2010S InstallDVD i586 4.44GB.iso
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MandrivaOne 2009 GNOME i586 621MB.iso
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MandrivaOne 2006 KDE3 i586 675MB.iso
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MandrivaFree 2006 KDE3 i586 CD-1 712MB.iso
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Mandrake 9.2 Install i586 667MB.iso
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Web site: www.aurox.org (not active)
Origin: Poland
Category: Desktop
Desktop environment: KDE, GNOME
Architecture: x86
Based on: Red Hat Linux and Fedora Core
Wikipedia (pl): Aurox
Media: Live DVD
The last version | Released: 12.0 | August 31, 2006
Zobacz po polsku Zobacz po polsku: Aurox

Aurox – a Linux distribution based on Red Hat, offers with multimedia support and a few locales, such as: English, Polish, Czech, German, French, and Spanish.

The first version of Aurox Linux 8.0 “Starter” has been prepared by Robert Główczyński and Jarosław Górny, as a remastered version of Red Hat Linux 8.0 in 2002. The distribution had a full support for Polish language, two desktops environment: KDE and GNOME, as well as a few light ones: Xfce, Fluxbox and Window Maker.

Aurox 9.3 was released in March 2004 and was based on the packages of Fedora Core 1.

The big goal of Aurox was the large set of pre-installed applications, such as:
– Office: OpenOffice.org, KOffice, Planner
– Net: Mozilla Suite, Evolution, KMail, GNU Gadu, TleenX
– Multimedia: xine, MPlayer
– Education: KGeo, Dr Genius
– Graphics: GIMP
– Games: Pingus, Tux Racer, FreedroidRPG
and out of the box support for Polish broadband providers: Era BlueConnect and Neostrada TP.

The CDs was published with the “Aurox Linux” magazine (out of Poland) and Polish “Linux+ Extra” magazine, as well as via ftp download too. The last version of Aurox 12.0 was released in 2006, and then Aurox has been sold to a company ‘Coba Solutions’.


Aurox 12.0 i386 3.7GB.iso
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