ALT Linux was founded in 2001 by a merge of two large Russian free software projects. By the year 2009 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.
* 20170510 is an unstable weekly snapshot of ALT Regular Builds; * 20170312 is a stable quarterly release of ALT Starterkits; * altlinux.com is no longer related, the current website (in Russian only) is baseal.ru.