Lycoris (company)

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Lycoris (formerly Redmond Linux Corporation) was an American independent software distributor headquartered in Maple Valley, Washington.[1][2]


The company was founded in 2000 as Redmond Linux by Joseph Cheek, an entrepreneur who had previously worked for Linuxcare,[3] with the intent to make free software easy enough for anyone to use.[4] In late 2001 it merged with embedded systems company DeepLinux to become Redmond Linux Corporation.[4] The company's first product was Redmond Linux Personal, an easy-to-use Linux desktop operating system.

The company was renamed to Lycoris in January 2002 and its assets were acquired by Mandriva on June 15, 2005.[5]

Lycoris Desktop/LX[edit]

As Lycoris, the company's flagship product was Lycoris Desktop/LX, a Linux distribution. The distribution's installer was originally based on Caldera International's OpenLinux Workstation 3.1 distribution with the rest of the distribution built from the kernel up.[4] The desktop and applications shared a high similarity to Microsoft's Windows XP, including the background image[6] that was shipped with the software.[7]


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