Discover a comprehensive list of significant dates in the history of popular open source software and GNU/Linux BSD distributions. This table provides essential details such as the anniversary date, first release date, and a brief history of each software or distribution. Whether you're exploring for personal use or professional development, this list offers valuable insights into the origins and milestones of these influential technologies.
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S.No Software / Distribution Anniversary Date First Release Date Brief History
1 Blender 2nd January 1998-01-02 Blender is a powerful open-source 3D graphics software used for creating animated films, visual effects, and games.
2 OpenWrt 15th January 2004-01-15 OpenWrt is a popular Linux-based OS for embedded devices, primarily used for routers, emphasizing customization and flexibility.
3 MediaWiki 25th January 2002-01-25 MediaWiki is the software behind Wikipedia and many other wikis, known for its scalability and ease of use.
4 LibreOffice 25th January 2011-01-25 LibreOffice is a free office suite forked from OpenOffice, known for its extensive compatibility and open document format support.
5 ReactOS 24th February 1998-02-24 ReactOS is an open-source OS aimed at being binary-compatible with Windows, providing an alternative to Windows with similar functionality.
6 GNOME 3rd March 1999-03-03 GNOME is a widely used desktop environment for Linux, focused on user-friendliness and accessibility.
7 Ansible 4th March 2012-03-04 Ansible is a popular open-source automation tool for IT tasks, known for its simplicity and agentless architecture.
8 Arch Linux 11th March 2002-03-11 Arch Linux is known for its simplicity and rolling release model, appealing to advanced users seeking a customizable system.
9 Kali Linux 13th March 2013-03-13 Kali Linux is a Debian-based distribution focused on penetration testing and security auditing.
10 Docker 20th March 2013-03-20 Docker is an open-source platform that automates the deployment of applications inside containers, providing consistency across environments.
11 Xfce 30th March 1996-03-30 Xfce is a lightweight desktop environment for Unix-like systems, known for its speed and low system resource usage.
12 SUSE Linux 29th March 1994-03-29 SUSE Linux is a major Linux distribution from Germany, known for its stability and enterprise support.
13 Elementary OS 31st March 2011-03-31 Elementary OS is a Linux distribution known for its user-friendly interface and design, inspired by macOS.
14 NetBSD 20th April 1993-04-20 NetBSD is a Unix-like OS known for its portability across various hardware platforms and focus on security and performance.
15 Zorin OS 1st July 2009-07-01 Zorin OS is a Linux distribution designed for ease of use, particularly for users transitioning from Windows.
16 Wine 4th July 1993-07-04 Wine is a compatibility layer allowing Windows applications to run on Unix-like operating systems, including Linux and macOS.
17 PostgreSQL 8th July 1996-07-08 PostgreSQL is a powerful, open-source object-relational database system known for its extensibility and standards compliance.
18 KDE 12th July 1996-07-12 KDE is a feature-rich desktop environment for Linux and Unix-like systems, known for its configurability and powerful applications.
19 Slackware 16th July 1993-07-16 Slackware is one of the oldest Linux distributions, known for its simplicity and minimalism.
20 19th July 2000-07-19 is an open-source office suite, originally developed by Sun Microsystems, and a precursor to LibreOffice.
21 Gentoo Linux 26th July 2000-07-26 Gentoo Linux is known for its source-based package management system, offering high customization and performance tuning.
22 QEMU 15th August 2003-08-15 QEMU is an open-source emulator and virtualizer, allowing users to run multiple OSs simultaneously on a single machine.
23 Haiku 18th August 2001-08-18 Haiku is an open-source OS inspired by BeOS, focused on personal computing and multimedia performance.
24 FreeDOS 3rd September 1994-09-03 FreeDOS is an open-source DOS-compatible operating system used primarily for running legacy software.
25 Debian 15th September 1993-09-15 Debian is one of the oldest and most influential Linux distributions, known for its stability and vast software repositories.
26 Firefox 23rd September 2002-09-23 Firefox is a free and open-source web browser developed by Mozilla, known for its speed, security, and privacy features.
27 Lubuntu 13th October 2011-10-13 Lubuntu is a lightweight Ubuntu-based distribution using the LXQt desktop environment, aimed at older hardware.
28 Nginx 4th October 2004-10-04 Nginx is a high-performance web server and reverse proxy server, widely used for its stability and low resource usage.
29 Ubuntu 20th October 2004-10-20 Ubuntu is a popular Debian-based Linux distribution known for its user-friendliness and widespread use in both desktop and server environments.
30 Void Linux 20th October 2008-10-20 Void Linux is an independent Linux distribution known for its rolling release model and use of the XBPS package manager.
31 OpenBSD 18th October 1996-10-18 OpenBSD is a Unix-like OS known for its focus on security, code correctness, and integrated cryptography.
32 PCLinuxOS 24th October 2003-10-24 PCLinuxOS is a user-friendly Linux distribution derived from Mandriva, known for its out-of-the-box usability and rolling release model.
33 MariaDB 29th October 2009-10-29 MariaDB is a community-developed fork of MySQL, known for its improved performance, stability, and openness.
34 FreeBSD 1st November 1993-11-01 FreeBSD is a Unix-like OS known for its performance, advanced networking features, and security.
35 Inkscape 2nd November 2003-11-02 Inkscape is an open-source vector graphics editor, known for its support of the SVG format and extensive toolset.
36 Red Hat Linux 3rd November 1994-11-03 Red Hat Linux was a popular distribution that eventually led to the creation of Red Hat Enterprise Linux.
37 Fedora 6th November 2003-11-06 Fedora is a community-driven Linux distribution sponsored by Red Hat, known for being on the cutting edge of technology.
38 MPlayer 11th November 2000-11-11 MPlayer is a free and open-source media player known for its wide format support and command-line usage.