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Lunar Linux

Last Update: 2019-10-18 10:20 UTC


Lunar is a source based Linux distribution with a unique package management system which builds each software package, or module, for the machine it is being installed on. Though it can take a while to do a complete Lunar installation it's worth it as it tends to be quite fast, once installed! In the beginning Lunar was a fork of Sorcerer GNU Linux (SGL). The fork occurred in late January to early February of 2002 and was originally made up of a small group of people who wanted to collaboratively develop and extend the Sorcerer technology. The original name for the project was Lunar-Penguin but the group decided to re-christen it Lunar Linux while the Lunar-Penguin name has become a sort of umbrella which the team could use if they decide to collaboratively develop something besides Lunar Linux.

Popularity (hits per day): 12 months: 199 (40), 6 months: 190 (41), 3 months: 179 (42), 4 weeks: 156 (44), 1 week: 151 (44)

Average visitor rating: 10/10 from 3 review(s).


Lunar Summary
Distribution Lunar Linux
Home Page http://www.lunar-linux.org
Mailing Lists http://www.lunar-linux.org/mailing-lists/
User Forums --
Alternative User Forums
Documentation http://wiki.lunar-linux.org/
Screenshots --
Screencasts
Download Mirrors http://lunar-linux.org/mirrors
Bug Tracker https://github.com/lunar-linux/lunar-iso/issues
Related Websites  
Reviews 1.x: Linux.com
Where To Buy

Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases announcements with download links and checksums:
 • 2014-10-12: Distribution Release: Lunar Linux 1.7.0
 • 2010-08-23: Distribution Release: Lunar Linux 1.6.5
 • 2010-07-10: Development Release: Lunar Linux 1.6.5 RC1
 • 2008-12-28: Distribution Release: Lunar Linux 1.6.4
 • 2008-10-18: Development Release: Lunar Linux 1.6.4 Beta 1
 • 2007-07-30: Development Release: Lunar Linux 1.6.2 Beta 1
 • 2007-02-18: Distribution Release: Lunar Linux 1.6.1
 • 2007-01-14: Development Release: Lunar Linux 1.6.1 RC2
 • 2006-11-14: Development Release: Lunar Linux 1.6.1 RC1
 • 2006-04-07: Distribution Release: Lunar Linux 1.6.0
 • 2006-02-10: Development Release: Lunar Linux 1.6.0 RC3
 • 2006-01-26: Development Release: Lunar Linux 1.6.0 RC2
 • More Lunar releases...

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  • Notes: In case where multiple versions of a package are shipped with a distribution, only the default version appears in the table. For indication about the GNOME version, please check the "nautilus" and "gnome-shell" packages. The Apache web server is listed as "httpd" and the Linux kernel is listed as "linux". The KDE desktop is represented by the "plasma-desktop" package and the Xfce desktop by the "xfdesktop" package.
  • Colour scheme: green text = latest stable version, red text = development or beta version. The function determining beta versions is not 100% reliable due to a wide variety of versioning schemes.
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Feature moonbase 1.7.0
sinussuccessus
1.6.5
mareingenii
1.6.4
lacus
1.6.1
moosedrool
1.5.1
gallium
1.4.0
generalpfault
1.3.3
pvtvariables
1.3
mousex
1.2
pico
1.1.2
nano
Feature
Release Date 2019-10-18 2014-10-11 2010-08-22 2008-12-28 2007-02-18 2005-08-23 2004-03-09 2004-01-19 2003-03-17 2003-01-21 2002-11-26 Release Date
End Of Life                       End Of Life
Price (US$) Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Price (US$)
Image Size (MB)   361-361                   Image Size (MB)
Free Download ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO Free Download
Installation Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Installation
Default Desktop -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Default Desktop
Package Management SRC SRC SRC SRC SRC SRC SRC SRC SRC SRC SRC Package Management
Release Model Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling Release Model
Office Suite GOffice, Calligra, OO.o GOffice, Calligra, OO.o GOffice, KOffice, OO.o GOffice, KOffice, OO.o GOffice, KOffice, OO.o GOffice, KOffice, LibreOffice GOffice, KOffice, LibreOffice GOffice, KOffice, OO.o KOffice, OO.o KOffice, OO.o KOffice, OO.o Office Suite
Processor Architecture i686, x86_64 i686, x86_64 i686, x86_64 i386, i686, x86_64 i386, i686, x86_64 i686 i386 i386 i386 i386 i386 Processor Architecture
Init Software other other other other other other other other other other other Init Software
Journaled File Systems Btrfs, ext3, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS Btrfs, ext3, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS ext3, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS ext3, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS ext3, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS ext3, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS ext3, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS ext3, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS ext3, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS ext3, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS ext3, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS Journaled File Systems
Multilingual Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Multilingual
Asian Language Support                       Asian Language Support
Full Package List moonbase 1.7.0                   Full Package List
Package moonbase 1.7.0
sinussuccessus
1.6.5
mareingenii
1.6.4
lacus
1.6.1
moosedrool
1.5.1
gallium
1.4.0
generalpfault
1.3.3
pvtvariables
1.3
mousex
1.2
pico
1.1.2
nano
Package
abiword (3.0.2) 3.0.2 2.9.4 2.8.6 2.4.6 2.2.9 2.0.4 2.0.2 1.0.4 1.0.3 1.0.3 1.0.3 abiword (3.0.2)
alsa-lib (1.1.9) 1.1.9 1.0.28 1.0.23 1.0.13 1.0.9 1.0.3a 1.0.1 0.9.0rc6 0.9.0rc6 0.9.0rc5 0.9.0rc3 alsa-lib (1.1.9)
ati-driver (18.30) -- 9.4 9.4 --               ati-driver (18.30)
bash (5.0) 5.0.11 4.3 4.1 3.1 3.0 2.05b 2.05b 2.05b 2.05b 2.05b 2.05b bash (5.0)
bind (9.15.5) 9.14.7 9.10.1 9.7.1-P2 9.3.4 9.3.1 9.2.3 9.2.3 9.2.2 9.2.1 9.2.1 9.2.1 bind (9.15.5)
chromium (77.0.3865.120) 71.0.3578.98 40.0.2175.0 4.0.249.43                 chromium (77.0.3865.120)
cups (2.3.0) 2.3.0 1.7.5 1.4.4 1.2.8 1.1.23 1.1.20 1.1.20 1.1.18 1.1.14 1.1.14 1.1.14 cups (2.3.0)
dhcp (4.4.1) 4.4.1 4.3.1 4.2.0 3.0.5 3.0.3 3.0pl2 3.0pl2 3.0pl2 3.0pl1 3.0pl1 3.0pl1 dhcp (4.4.1)
e2fsprogs (1.45.4) 1.45.4 1.42.12 1.41.12 1.39 1.38 1.35 1.34 1.32 1.32 1.31 1.29 e2fsprogs (1.45.4)
firefox (69.0.3) 68.0.2 32.0.3 3.6.8 2.0.0.1 1.0.6             firefox (69.0.3)
freetype (2.10.1) 2.10.1 2.5.3 2.4.2 2.1.10 2.1.7 2.1.5 2.1.5         freetype (2.10.1)
gcc (9.2.0) 9.2.0 4.9.1 4.4.3 3.4.6 3.3.3 3.3.3 3.2.3 3.2.2 3.2.1 3.2 3.2 gcc (9.2.0)
gimp (2.10.12) 2.10.12 2.8.14 2.6.10 2.2.13 2.2.8 1.2.5 1.2.5 1.2.3 1.2.3 1.2.3 1.3.8 gimp (2.10.12)
glibc (2.30) 2.30 2.19 2.11.2 2.3.6 2.3.3 2.3.2 2.3.2 2.3.2 2.3.1 2.3.1 2.2.5 glibc (2.30)
gnome-shell (3.34.1) 3.34.1 --                   gnome-shell (3.34.1)
gnucash (3.7) -- -- 2.2.9 2.0.4 1.8.11 1.8.8 1.8.8 1.8.2 1.6.8 1.6.8 1.6.8 gnucash (3.7)
gnumeric (1.12.45) 1.12.45 1.12.9 1.10.9 1.6.3 1.4.3 1.2.6 1.2.2 1.0.12 1.0.11 1.0.10 1.0.9 gnumeric (1.12.45)
grub (2.04) 2.04 2.00 0.97 0.97 0.97 0.94 0.93 0.93 0.93 0.92 0.92 grub (2.04)
gtk (3.24.12) 3.24.12 3.12.2 2.20.1 2.10.9 2.6.9 2.2.4 2.2.4 2.2.1 2.0.9 2.0.9 2.0.6 gtk (3.24.12)
httpd (2.4.41) 2.4.41 2.2.27 2.2.16 2.2.4 2.0.54 2.0.48 2.0.48         httpd (2.4.41)
inkscape (0.92.4) 0.92.4 0.48.5 0.48.0 0.45 0.42             inkscape (0.92.4)
k3b (19.08.2) 19.08.0 2.0.80 2.0.0 0.12.17 0.12.3 0.11.6 0.10.3         k3b (19.08.2)
kmod (26) 26 18                   kmod (26)
krita (4.2.7.1) 4.2.6                     krita (4.2.7.1)
libreoffice (6.3.2) 6.2.8 4.3.2 3.2.1 2.1.0 1.1.4 1.1.1b 1.1.0 1.0.2 1.0.2 1.0.1 1.0.1 libreoffice (6.3.2)
linux (5.3.7) 5.1.10 3.16.3 2.6.35.2 2.6.20 2.4.31 2.4.25 2.4.24 2.4.20 2.4.20 2.4.19 2.4.19 linux (5.3.7)
Package moonbase 1.7.0
sinussuccessus
1.6.5
mareingenii
1.6.4
lacus
1.6.1
moosedrool
1.5.1
gallium
1.4.0
generalpfault
1.3.3
pvtvariables
1.3
mousex
1.2
pico
1.1.2
nano
Package
lxpanel (0.10.0) 0.10.0 0.5.6 0.5.0                 lxpanel (0.10.0)
mariadb (10.4.8) 10.3.16 5.5.37                   mariadb (10.4.8)
mate-desktop (1.22.2) -- --                   mate-desktop (1.22.2)
mesa (19.2.1) -- 10.2.7                   mesa (19.2.1)
mysql (8.0.18) -- 5.1.70 5.1.49 5.0.33 4.1.13a 4.0.18 4.0.17 3.23.56 3.23.54a 3.23.53 3.23.52 mysql (8.0.18)
nautilus (3.34.1) 3.34.1 3.12.2 2.30.1 2.16.3 2.10.1 2.4.2 2.4.1 2.2.2 2.0.8 2.0.8 2.0.7 nautilus (3.34.1)
NVIDIA (435.21) -- 340.24 195.36.31 1.0-9746               NVIDIA (435.21)
openbox (3.6.1) 3.6.1 3.5.2 3.4.11.2                 openbox (3.6.1)
openjdk (13) -- -- --                 openjdk (13)
openssh (8.1p1) 8.1p1 6.6p1 5.5p1 4.5p1 4.1p1 3.8p1 3.7.1p2 3.5p1 3.5p1 3.5p1 3.4p1 openssh (8.1p1)
openssl (1.1.1d) 1.1.1d 1.0.1i 1.0.0a 0.9.8d 0.9.7g 0.9.7c 0.9.7c 0.9.6i 0.9.6h 0.9.6g 0.9.6g openssl (1.1.1d)
perl (5.30.0) 5.30.0 5.20.1 5.12.1 5.8.8 5.8.7 5.8.3 5.8.1 5.8.0 5.8.0 5.8.0 5.8.0 perl (5.30.0)
php (7.3.10) 7.3.10 5.5.16 5.2.13 5.2.1 5.0.4 4.3.4 4.3.4 4.3.1 4.3.0 4.2.3 4.2.3 php (7.3.10)
plasma-desktop (5.17.0) 5.16.4                     plasma-desktop (5.17.0)
postfix (3.4.7) 3.4.6 2.11.1 2.7.1 2.3.7 2.2.5 2.0.18 2.0.16 2.0.6 2.0.0.1 1.1.11 1.1.11 postfix (3.4.7)
postgresql (12.0) 12.0 9.3.5 8.4.4 8.2.3 8.0.3 7.4.1 7.4.1 7.3.2 7.3.1 7.2.3 7.2.2 postgresql (12.0)
Python (3.8.0) 3.8.0 2.7.8 2.6.5 2.5 2.4.1 2.3.3 2.3.3 2.2.2 2.2.2 2.2.2 2.2.1 Python (3.8.0)
qt (5.13.1) -- 4.8.6 4.6.3 3.3.7 3.3.4 3.2.3 3.2.3 3.1.1 3.0.4 3.0.4 3.0.4 qt (5.13.1)
samba (4.11.1) 4.10.8 3.6.23 3.5.4 3.0.24 3.0.14a 3.0.2a 3.0.1 2.2.8 2.2.7a 2.2.7 2.2.5 samba (4.11.1)
systemd (243) 242 216                   systemd (243)
thunderbird (68.1.2) 60.8.0 31.1.1 3.1.2 1.5.0.9 1.0.6             thunderbird (68.1.2)
vim (8.1) 8.1 7.4 7.3 7.0 6.3 6.2 6.2 6.1 6.1 6.1 6.1 vim (8.1)
vlc (3.0.8) 3.0.8 2.1.5 1.1.3 0.8.6a 0.8.2             vlc (3.0.8)
xfdesktop (4.14.1) 4.12.3 4.11.8 4.6.2 4.4.0 4.2.2 4.0.3.1 4.0.3 3.8.18 3.8.18 3.8.18 3.8.16 xfdesktop (4.14.1)
xorg-server (1.20.5) 1.20.5 1.16.0 1.8.2 (7.1) (6.8.2)             xorg-server (1.20.5)

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Version: 1.7.0
Rating: 10
Date: 2019-06-22
Votes: 8


A fine Linux distro for a more civilized world.
If you want to learn and know more about Linux, in an easier way than using LFS and as much powerful as Arch you can try Lunar Linux.
It dependency (and optional dependency) system for modules allow you to obtain a KISS Linux install, optimized for your machine. It will take some time (compiling from source have this disadvantage) but you'll get a Linux on your taste.
Good job devs!



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Version: moonbase
Rating: 10
Date: 2018-12-27
Votes: 19


Great distro, but boy is this a hidden gem! I doubt anyone would ever learn about Lunar by accident!

Seriously, Lunar Linux is what Gentoo SHOULD be. Some say Funtoo is the better Gentoo, and in some cases that's true. It's more stable and has better documentation in some cases IMHO. But Lunar is, in the simplest terms possible, the closest distro to Arch Linux that is source-based. Constantly updated, minimal, and little breakage. Well done devs!

Installing is relatively easy, but DON'T USE THE OFFICIAL ISOS! You have to use the development ISOS on their website, which aren't easily found. The official website is lunar-linux.org, but the daily ISOS (that work anyway) are available here: www.lunar-linux.org/lunar/testing/daily/

Everything is fast and modular. Updates are daily. The community is super small, but someone is on IRC most of the time (#Lunar on freenode). Compilation time is what it is, but I like to think the time is worth the extreme amount of configurability and fine-tuning (per-package USE flags only!).

If you're like me and are looking for a source-based distro and Gentoo just isn't cutting it, either due to older packages or issues with compiling, Lunar might be for you! What other distro has the latest GNOME desktop while still being source-based? Lunar really rocks!

Keep in mind: This might not be wise to install on a laptop. Some larger applications, like Firefox, Chromium, KDE/GNOME, etc. will take hours, and you need a lot of RAM. On my desktop, with an i5 4690k, it's fast and doesn't take more than 2 hrs for any package.

Hope this is helpful.


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Version: moonbase
Rating: 10
Date: 2018-08-08
Votes: 17


This release is very good, although niche, but once you've built it, the system will be very quick. By using and understanding the system, you'll have a deeper understanding of Linux. You'll understand the relationships between the components, understand how the system works, and be better able to make the system work for you.


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