A general history question

Alan Cox alan at lxorguk.ukuu.org.uk
Sat Nov 5 22:31:50 UTC 2011

> the distros, almost all. Well, openSUSE also uses the technique of .rpm
> which is again Red Hat Package Manager. So basically i get to know that it
> was initially in Linux two sides -- 1) debian 2) rpm (as already discussed)
> but just wanted to know that openSUSE also has been derived from Redhat
> like many other distros have....?

The family tree is a bit older than that with Jurix involved. There is a
reasonable family tree chart on the internet, but I'm not sure its 100%
accurate - then again memory of things that long ago can be misleading so
it may be me. SuSE is I think also older than Red Hat.

> And out of debian and .rpm, both seem to be the oldest but I guess debian
> is more old...? Was just talking of linux not unix (like freebsd).

Bogus kind of led to both Debian and Red Hat but I believe Debian is a
bit older. There are several other older distributions still such as
Slackware. The oldest "Linux distribution" was probably MCC 0.95+ which
migrated its users to Debian as one of its updates and ceased to exist
long ago.


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