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Softlanding Linux System

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Softlanding Linux System

Softlanding Linux System

Softlanding Linux System (SLS) was one of the first, if not the first, Linux distributions. It was founded by Peter MacDonald[1] in May 1992.[2]

SLS was the first release to offer a comprehensive Linux distribution containing more than the Linux kernel, GNU, and other basic utilities, including an implementation of the X Window System.[1]


SLS was the most popular Linux distribution at the time, but it was considered to be rather buggy by its users. It was soon superseded by Slackware (which started as a cleanup of SLS by Patrick Volkerding) and Yggdrasil Linux/GNU/X, among others.

Similarly, Ian Murdock's frustration with SLS led him to create the Debian project.[3]


  1. ^ a b Berlich, Ruediger (April 2001). "ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT... The early history of Linux, Part 2, Re: distribution" (PDF). LinuxUser. Retrieved 16 April 2013. This was followed shortly after by the Softlanding Linux System (SLS), founded by Peter McDonald, which was the first comprehensive distribution to contain elements such as X and TCP/IP,... 
  2. ^ GNU/Linux Distribution Timeline, version 11.4 by A. Lundqvist, D. Rodic
  3. ^ Murdock, Ian A. (16 August 1993). "NNTP Subject: New release under development; suggestions requested". Retrieved 2007-08-17. 

External links

  • SLS version 1.02 at GitHub
  • SLS version 1.03 at ibiblio
  • SLS 1.02 CD-ROM picture

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