|Developer||The Lunar Linux Team|
|Source model||Open source|
|Initial release||March 2002 (age 16)|
|Latest release||1.8.0 (Rolling release)|
|Update method||lin (source code)|
|Kernel type||Monolithic (Linux)|
|License||Mostly GPL, and other free software licenses|
The installation disk installs a complete bootstrap development system first. After the user tells the Lunar package manager which packages will be required, it automatically builds the software by downloading current source code and locally compiling an optimized package. In this way Lunar can be seen as a Linux From Scratch framework. Also noteworthy is that all of Lunar's tools, including the package manager, are entirely written in Bash shell script.
Lunar began as a fork of Sorcerer because of concern over the uncertain future of the distribution. Kyle Sallee, the sole maintainer and lead developer of Sorcerer, decided to re-license all the Sorcerer code into his own custom, non-forking license called the Sorcerer Public License, as a way to stop people from "stealing" his work after Lunar forked. This move caused the rest of the Sorcerer development team to splinter off and form what is essentially a direct continuation of the last version of Sorcerer licensed under the GNU General Public License, called Source Mage. Comparatively, Lunar focuses more on ease of use, while Source Mage focuses on advanced system administration.
The project was originally led by Chuck Mead, an Xfce developer, operating both projects under the Foo-Projects banner. The project lead was eventually handed off to Auke Kok, a long time contributor and developer.
The name Lunar comes from Chuck Mead's now defunct consulting firm, MoonGroup. Lunar's naming scheme was originally used for a shortly abandoned fork of Red Hat Enterprise Linux that Mead created while working at Red Hat.
Since version 1.6.4 (Lacus Autumni) Lunar releases have been named after lunar maria.
1.0 Dirty Bird 
1.1.1 Nano 
1.2 Pico 
1.3 mouse X 
1.3.2 Captain Raymo 
1.3.3 Pvt. Variables 
1.4.0 General P. Fault 
1.5.0 Indium Phosphide 
1.5.1 Gallium Arsenide 
1.6.0 Indium Antimonide 
1.6.1 Moose Drool 
1.6.4 Lacus Autumni 
1.6.5 Mare Ingenii 
1.7.0 Sinus Successus 
Released as daily builds
1.8.0 Mare Incognitum 
- Review: Lunar Linux | Linux.com | The source of Linux information
- Download Lunar Linux 1.7.0, Softpedia Linux
- "Sparc CVS update". Archived from the original on 2011-07-16. Retrieved 2008-07-24.
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