History

Lino is the successor for TIM.

The history of Lino starts in 1992 with TIM, a DOS-based framework used to write customized database applications for small enterprises. TIM was written by Luc Saffre for PAC Systems as copyright holder.

Allthough TIM is almost 25 years old, it continues to return enough money for maintaining it and giving professional support to its users. TIM users have relatively wide-spread profiles, ranging from the independant craftsman who writes 50 invoices per year to the government agency with 30 users and hundreds of documents per day.

Luc has been working on writing a successor for TIM since 1996. He has done and dropped projects in C++, PHP and Java.

PAC Systems changed their name to AbAKUS in 2003(?).

Since August 2004 Luc is mostly working in Python. In March 2009 he discovered Django whose database model and application server concepts seem ideal for Lino. In August 2009 he started to use the ExtJS Javascript framework. In August 2013 he published a first version of Lino on Sourceforge .

The first real-world Lino application went into production in a Belgian Public Centre for Social Welfare (PCSW) in January 2011. In August 2012 he forked “Lino Welfare” out of the Lino core it into a separate source repository in order to make it maintainable by an independant organization.

In September 2012 he registered the domain name lino-framework.org.

The second real-world Lino application started in Czechia in July 2013.

In March 2014 we started the third Lino production site, a second Lino Welfare.

In December 2015 Lino got a second developer to assist Luc: Hamza Khchine started working for Lino as a freelancer.

The Lino Voga project started in January 2016, thanks to Alexa who worked as a volunteer analyst almost full-time during eight months.

From April to November 2016, Annalisa and Johannes gave much of their time for the Lino Care project.

From January to May 2017, Tanel worked for Lino as project manager for Lino Vilma.

In February 2017 Tonis started working for Lino as the second full-time core developer.

In December 2016 we started the Lino Avanti project.

In May 2017 we started to work on Lino Tera.

In June 2018 we started to work on Lino Presto <http://presto.lino-framework.org>`__.

In November 2018 Thierry started to help us with the sales work.

In September 2019 Ivo started as a core developer.