ALT Linux Centaurus is a universal GNU/Linux distribution intended for use on servers, desktop systems and laptops. Distribution contains GNOME2 and FVWM, kernel 3.0.7 (std-def) and 2.6.32 (el-smp and ovz-el).
The most interesting part of server functionality is "ALT domain". This is a Single sign-on implementation that integrates LDAP, Kerberos, DNS, Samba, DHCP, Postfix, Dovecot, network install and software update services.
ALT Linux was founded in 2001 by a merge of two large Russian free software projects. By the year 2008 it became a large organization developing and deploying free software, writing documentation and technical literature, supporting users, and developing custom products.
ALT Linux produces different types of distributions for various purposes. There are desktop distributions for home and office computers and for corporate servers, universal distributions that include a wide variety of development tools and documentation, certified products, distributions specialized for educational institutions, and distributions for low-powered computers.
ALT Linux has its own development infrastructure and repository called Sisyphus, which provides the base for all the different editions of ALT Linux.
Here are some key features of "ALT Linux":
· Selection of installed solutions such as web server or desktop environment during installation
· Support for manual system services setup and web-based configuration using control center Alterator
· Deployment of server and desktop solutions from single disk
· Hybrid ISO image suitable for USB flash drives
· Easy deployment of diskless clients (live CD with network home directory with authentication in ALT domain)
· Remote install via VNC