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In 1992, ibiblio began began accepting and redistributing open source software projects into its Linux software archive. These projects consisted mainly of tar or gzipped source code bundles, combined with descriptive metadata called a Linux Software Map. Since then, the ibiblio Linux Archive grew to 12 GB in size. Project hosting sites (e.g. Sourceforge, Github, and Launchpad) and the development of Linux distribution package repositories extended the success of the Linux Archive.
The Linux Archive is no longer accepting submissions. It currently represents a snapshot of open source software projects from the early 1990′s until the mid-2000′s. The archive contains over 5000 items and is available for download via BitTorrent from terasaur.org. An 8.5 GB bundle of the entire archive is available as a single torrent. Beware, the file listing is loooooooooooooooooooooooong.