Lunar Linux

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Lunar Linux
Lunar Linux logo.png
Lunar Linux screenshot.jpg
OS family Unix-like
Working state Current
Source model Open source
Initial release March 2002 (age 14–15)
Latest release 1.7.0 / October 11, 2014 (2014-10-11)
Available in English
Update method lin (source code)
Package manager Lunar
Platforms IA-32, x86-64
Kernel type Monolithic
License Various
Official website

Lunar Linux is an operating system maintained around a source-based package management system also called Lunar. The project is a descendant of the Sorcerer Linux distribution.

The installation disk installs a complete bootstrap development system first. After the user tells the Lunar manager which packages will be required, it automatically builds the software by downloading current source code and locally compiling an optimized package. On the downside, compiling software from scratch may be time-consuming and complicate the task of keeping the packages up to date.[1][2]

Currently, Lunar supports the i686 and x86-64 architecture, but has been implemented by users on SPARC.[3] No install support is planned for non-x86 architectures at the moment.

Lunar Linux began as a software fork of Sorcerer by a small team of people led by Chuck Mead; another distribution derived from Sorcerer Linux is Source Mage. The distribution leadership for Lunar Linux was handed over to Auke Kok on April 22, 2004.[4]


  1. ^ " Review - Lunar Linux (Conclusion)". Retrieved 2008-07-24. 
  2. ^ "Lunar Linux 1.6 "Moose Drool" (Software Selection)". Archived from the original on June 23, 2007. Retrieved 2008-07-24. 
  3. ^ "Sparc CVS update". Retrieved 2008-07-24. 
  4. ^ "Change in leadership". Archived from the original on 2004-05-09. Retrieved 2008-07-24. 

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