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Story: Gone But Not Forgotten: Five Great Linux Distributions That Did Not Survive (DistroWatch Weekkly #311)Total Replies: 10
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Jul 13, 2009
12:15 PM EDT
So much promise. I still remember that graphical installer -- the one that popped up a tetris game for you to play while it went about completing your installation.


Oh well.

Jul 13, 2009
12:24 PM EDT
And the weird little Wizard with the tiny legs and feet, and there was a famous typo in the setup wizard that they never fixed. I wish I could remember it now, or knew some packrat who still had a copy so I could look :)

Jul 13, 2009
12:30 PM EDT
I got a copy of a Linux book back in high school and it came with Redhat, Caldera, and some other distro... don't remember which, I think I may still have it somewhere. I'll have to go through my parents books and see if it is still there and then try it in a VM.

Jul 13, 2009
12:54 PM EDT
Hmm, I have a multi distro CD collection I got from Walnut Creek ages ago. I wonder if it has Caldera on it? I'll see if I can remember to check when I get home.

Jul 13, 2009
3:15 PM EDT

Jul 13, 2009
3:34 PM EDT
> Libranet

Thanks, nubmer6x. I was trying to remember that name.

Jul 14, 2009
6:56 AM EDT
Nope, no such luck. It looks like the only Walnut Creek disk I kept was the Slackware one. But I doubt Caldera was in there anyway, as they tried to kept their iso's locked down due to the proprietary components they contained.

Jul 14, 2009
1:23 PM EDT
Quoting:> Libranet Thanks, nubmer6x. I was trying to remember that name
From Libranet's distrowatch summary at
Quoting:The Libranet Linux Desktop is a production of Libra Computer Systems Ltd. Libra has been providing UNIX systems and software development since 1984. We are located in the Vancouver area of British Columbia, Canada. We chose Debian as the base of Libranet. Debian GNU/Linux is solid and true to the spirit of GNU/Linux. We are a small team who see the future in GNU/Linux. We believe that Libranet is not only a solid replacement for Microsoft Windows, but surpasses it in almost all aspects. As GNU/Linux evolves and more and more hardware becomes supported, we find no need to run anything else. Libranet runs in our own office on both desktops and servers and fulfills all our business and personal computing needs. Our goal is to continue to produce a system to be proud of.
For some, including this author, Libranet was certainly one of the "Great Linux Distributions That Did Not Survive". Too bad that Danzig decided to discontinue its development near the end of year 2005.. See the 2005-2006 LXer Newswire stories on this : - Tal Danzig's 'Libranet Shutting Down', - Bruce Byfield's 'Libranet's Long Goodbye', (Note that the link to the original piece here should be ) - SJVN's 'Libranet's lesson: you can't keep a good open-source distro down', - Bruce Byfield's 'Libranet's last goodbye', (Note that the link to the original piece here should be )

IIRC, Libranet was touted as a distro that did Debian even better than Debian itself. Libranet R.I.P.


Jul 14, 2009
1:31 PM EDT
One of Libranet's most popular features was its graphical system administration tool. This was a closed, proprietary utility, and unfortunately Tal never did agree to release it, even after he decided to shut Libranet down. (After Jon, Tal's father died, Tal discontinued the Libranet project.)

Jul 14, 2009
4:37 PM EDT
tuxchik hits the nail on the head, as usual. The DistroWatch comments section this week has turned into a Libranet love-fest. Libranet was closed, pay-as-you-play, and anything they developed was proprietary. People who loved their admin tool couldn't continue it because the source code was never released. It's one of the reasons I really, really, really want to stick with FOSS software wherever possible. Really good FOSS projects don't die very often. They change hands but they do continue.

I had this really twisted thought: create an RPM-based distro (say, based on CentOS) and create new COAS and Lizard look-alikes. Call it Volcanic Linux and watch SCO explode. Have a good lawyer ready to defend yourself when the lawsuits begin...

Jul 14, 2009
4:40 PM EDT
@caitlyn That's funny...

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