Stampede Linux is one of the lesser known Linux distributions
which claims to take a new approach to the idea of having different distributions for Linux. Created on December 4th, 1997
by Matt Wood and released under the GNU General Public License
, Stampede Linux aims to both perform a number of tasks without compromising speed and reliability
. As of March 1st, 2002, development on Stampede Linux has stopped until the developers
feel that they can help develop a stronger distribution and have better ideas and new features. While it was still in development the four major goals for Stampede GNU/Linux were High Performance & Quality, Stability & Compatibility, Expandability & Very Updated, and Security.
Originally, Stampede was intended to be a complete rebuild of Slackware for use only by Matt Wood and his friends. Early in its development, Stampede dropped its ties with Slackware and struggled to answer the question, " Why another distribution?" They felt that none of the current distributions were optimized on new machines. Why run code written for a 386 or a 486 on a Pentium II or III? How is Linux going to attract more followers without a simple installation programthat will intimidate less people? Why start out with an insecure setup instead of making the base system secure as possible and then giving the user options to install programs and decrease security?
Stampede currently features the following:
GNU C Library, version 2
Linux 2.4.x series kernels
New, advanced init script system
CD-ROM, Hard Disk, NFS, or Internet installation!
Automated installs (optional). Select a pre-compiled list of packages to install for your desired system.
X Window System: XFree86 version 4.x series
Desktop environments: GNOME and KDE
Window managers: WindowMaker, Enlightenment, AfterStep, IceWM, Blackbox, XFce, just to name a few
Office suites: AbiSuite
All packages are optimized for Pentium-class or higher systems to utilize today's processor features.
Facilities and Utilities:
SLP, Stampede Linux Packages ... These packages allow you to install and uninstall software easily and safely.
SPK, Simple Packaging Kit. An innovative packaging system that rivals RPM or .DEB/ APT in ease of use, reliability, and functionality. (This is in the planning stages and will be released later.)
http://www.stampede.org/ - The Official Stampede Linux Site