| DistroWatch Weekly
|DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 42, 29 March 2004
Welcome to this year's 13th edition of DistroWatch Weekly. If you are awaiting the new test release of Fedora Core 2, then check out your nearest mirror later today - indications are that it will be released according to schedule. Also, don't miss Red Hat's new SELinux FAQ to get you started with this interesting functionality in Fedora Core 2.
Slackware accepts XFree86 4.4.0
Last week's comment that all major distributions had rejected the new XFree86 license and refused to include XFree86 4.4.0 in their upcoming products was proven incorrect - by Slackware and Conectiva. Slackware's changelog indicates that XFree86 4.4.0 is now officially included in Slackware Current, the distribution's development branch:
"x/xfree86-4.4.0-i486-1.tgz: Upgraded to XFree86"
Similarly, Conectiva's latest release, the Beta 2 of Conectiva Linux 10, now comes with XFree86 4.4.0, although there is no mention of it in the release notes.
Perhaps there is still some hope for XFree86?
What's in a name?
If you are creating a Linux distribution, selecting a good name for it is an important part of the project's image. But what is good name? If you look at the page hit ranking statistics, you will find some interesting trends among the attractiveness of certain names. Let's take Russia's Linux XP. As a new distribution, we have never published any news about its inaugural release, simply because its web site did not make any official announcement. Yet, it has managed to climb to number 25 in page hit ranking, with an average of 150 hits per day! The only explanation is that many visitors are attracted by the name and click to see what the project is about.
In a similar fashion, OpenDesktop, which is a newly launched Chinese Linux distribution, has also done extremely well in the page hit ranking, with more than 100 hits per day (for comparison, the Red Flag Linux page gets less than 40 hits per day). Both Linux XP and OpenDesktop appear to be attractive names, arousing much curiosity among the visitors.
What is a bad name? A nondescript abbreviation, like IDMS Linux is definitely a turn off. Including the word "Knoppix" in the name also seems to be a bad idea, with Bioknoppix, clusterKNOPPIX, eduKnoppix, KnoppiXMAME, Knoppix STD, NordisKnoppix, OGo Knoppix and other similar names just adding to the mess of "improved" and "modified" Knoppix clones.
The name of a new distribution should be attractive and descriptive. Otherwise it will simply become lost among the 300 other similar projects.
|Released Last Week
Puppy Linux 0.8.4
A new version of Puppy Linux has been released. From the release notes: "More ethernet, sound and USB chips detected. The Utilities menu now has a script to resize the file mounted on /root (created when live-CD Puppy first boots)... for now, treat it as experimental. It's called Resize PFILE. The Lucent Linmodem (software modem) now works. The Lucent DSP software modem chip range is popular in internal PCI analog modems, so it is very good news that Puppy can now use these modems. We have a new game! It's name is Xbubble - great fun..."
A bug fix release of the Inside Security Rescue Toolkit (INSERT) is available. From the changelog: "v1.2.6: re-added xkbcomp after it has accidentally been removed in the last version, which caused some rather important characters not to appear in X (e.b.: |,@); updated the virus database for clamav to the latest version."
Damn Small Linux 0.6.2
A new version of Damn Small has been released: "Changes for 0.6.2: new hacked GTK app theme (a little darker, easier on the eyes than default); update rdesktop; added documentation on TCC; added an intelligent man script which knows the difference between a regular app and a busybox app; net dictionary; added text links to the menu; SQLite Book (Perl/SQLite record keeper); fixed ogg123/mpg123; enhanced install script by Robert Shingledecker can now restore most of the regular apps and libs which BusyBox has replaced on the live CD." The full changelog.
This is a new release from the SystemRescueCd project. From the changelog: "Updated the kernel to Linux-2.4.25; updated EVMS VolumeManager to 2.3.0; enabled the NTFS Read/Write support in the kernel (incomplete but safe write support); updated ntfsprogs to 1.9.0 (major ntfsresize improvements); updated QtParted to 0.4.3; updated parted to 1.6.7; updated the eagle-usb ADSL driver to 1.9.6; updated memtest+ to 1.11; many minor updates."
AUSTRUMI is a bootable business card size live CD based on Slackware Linux and with fvwm'95 window manager. What's new in version 0.8.3? "Added tsclient (frontend for rdesktop and vncviewer); added stardict (en-lv); changed gicq -> micq; updated gnumeric, rdesktop, xchat; updated kernel(2.6.4); added nForce Ethernet support; added USB MemoryBar support; changed sound support - OSS -> ALSA." Find out more about this Latvian project on the distribution's web site.
ALT Linux 2.3 Compact
After nearly 6 months of beta testing, the "Compact" edition of ALT Linux 2.3 has been released. This is a new product line from the Russian distribution maker - a single-CD release designed for home and office use. It is simple to install and use, and it comes with virtually all important Internet and office applications necessary for daily work. See the full press release (in Russian) for further details. In Russia, a boxed version of the product is available for purchase from authorised resellers.
Cobind Desktop 0.1
Cobind Desktop is a new distribution on our list: "Cobind is a software company based in Pittsburgh, USA, whose mission is to simplify the creation of custom Linux distributions to promote the presence of open source technology in the mass market. Based on Fedora Core, Cobind Desktop marries XFce and Nautilus into a cohesive desktop experience featuring Mozilla Firefox and Mozilla Thunderbird. Simple, fast, and familiar, it is the Linux desktop experience built with the typical user in mind." Visit cobind.com for more information and screenshots.
Feather Linux 0.3.9
This is a new release of Feather Linux. From the changelog: "Changes from 0.3.8 to 0.3.9: emelfm now runs as root; made /etc/samba/smb.conf and firewall configuration files writable from CD; added index, recoverdm, mtr and wmapm; added --passive-ftp option to scripts; small changes to HD install script; added Synaptic script (experimental); small changes to Getting Started HOWTO; fixed ABS size, tcc, and keymap selection; made xterm colours match up; SSHd, NFS services and the Monkey webserver are now startable from the boot line (e.g. knoppix monkey); added APM support..."
Aurox Live 1.4.2
A new version of Aurox Live has been released: "We are pleased to announce the availability of a new Aurox Live CD, version 1.4.2. It is based on Aurox 9.3 and it supports Polish, German, French and Spanish. Aurox Live 1.4.2 allows connecting to the Internet using SmartLink-compatible winmodem (e.g. some Intel devices). Other important features: access Linux (ext2 and ext3), as well as Windows (vfat, NTFS) partitions' QTParted, multimedia applications, WINE, Mozilla with MozPlugger; Flash plug-in in Mozilla; NVIDIA 3D drivers (5336); support for OpenGL extension is fixed; USB keyboards and ACPI are now supported." The release notes.
Development and unannounced releases
Screenshot: Hakin9 1.5.0 - a new release with only two bugs :-)
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|Upcoming Releases and Announcements
Fedora Core 1.91
The second test release of Fedora Core 2 (also known as version 1.91) should be out later today, at least according to the Fedora release schedule. GNOME 2.6 final won't make it: "Test2 contains GTK+ 2.4 and the GNOME 2.6 release candidate. It should be almost the final gnome 2.6." The 1.91 directory has already appeared on some Fedora mirror sites, although it is currently inaccessible. Unlike Test 1, Test 2 will have full SELinux functionality, documentation for which is available in the form of this newly released FAQ.
Debian GNU/Linux 3.0r3
The third revision of Debian GNU/Linux 3.0 "Woody" is under preparation: "Due to the number of recent kernel vulnerabilities this update will contain several updated kernel packages. This poses a threat to our users since the correction for do_brk() (CAN-2003-0961) changes the binary compatibility of the kernel, hence local or vendor-provided modules won't work anymore. As a result i386 kernels cannot be exchanged, but for most other architectures this is possible." Visit this page for further details.
Work has started on GoboLinux 011: "The goals are still the ones aimed in the roadmap: 'New bootscripts': I'm working on this, but there should not be radical changes. Expect to hear more about this soon. 'Improved shell agnosticism': in other words, the environment files should change to something like /Programs/Qt/Current/Resources/Environment/QTDIR. 'Kernel 2.6.x': default will still be 2.4, but 2.6 will ship as an option." More information in this mailing list post.
|Web Site News
Financial assistance to Free Software projects
Thank you all for posting your opinions regarding last week's announcements about financial support for Free Software projects.
As most of the regular readers of this site know, I have always been critical of those companies which benefit from the vast pool of great software available to them at no cost, but which do not return the favour. I am not talking about a general "we release bug fixes...", I am talking about hard cash being given to open source developers. Something like Red Hat's effort to employ some of the brightest open source programmers or the Lindows.com's support for Gaim, KDE, ReiserFS and other projects. DistroWatch is of course no Red Hat or Lindows.com, but I believe that we can still help, even if it's just a few hundreds of dollars per month.
Secondly, I don't want to implement any new features into the site. I won't waste any effort at various voting mechanisms or other similar schemes requiring to program built-in checking for the legitimacy of voting. Just post a note in the forums below, or send us an email with a single nomination together with a few words to justify your nomination. Software projects, as well as distributions will be considered. As one of the readers mentioned in the last week's forums, documention is a week point of many Free Software projects. Are you willing to write some and earn a few bucks in the process? If so, then get in touch and we'll work something out.
Here is some feedback from last week:
"I regularly check Distrowatch. I also always surf with images turned off because banner ads are annoying. I've been slowly coming around to the fact that I should be supporting sites I frequent, where possible."
Not all advertising is bad. Firstly, only Linux and OSS-related advertising is accepted on DistroWatch. Secondly, many advertisers (possibly about half of them) are of non-commercial nature. A few guys putting together a bit of money to get the word out about a new community web site is a good example - LinuxQuestions.org, LinuxForums.org or EasyLinuxGuide.com are all great web sites with completely free content and very active user communities. Similarly, some advertisers, such as MEPIS Linux and CollegeLinux are free distributions. Clicking on many of the advertising banners on this site does not mean that you will be greeted with a big MasterCard logo asking you to buy something! Yes, there are a few commercial companies that advertise their products and services, but many others will take you to useful web sites and freely downloadable GPL products.
"150-500$ are small change for big projects like Debian or GnuCash, let organisations like Apache Foundation take care of them, use the money wiser."
Write to Debian and GnuCash and ask them if this kind of money is "small change" for them. If they agree that they don't need the donation, I'll be happy to give it to the more "needy" projects.
"I know it's hard but... provide leadership. DistroWatch is already the leader of news about Linux distros, use this leader position to steer development."
I don't think I am prepared to go as far as "steering development" of projects, simply because there are too many conflicting opinions on every one of them. Let them take a natural course and we help out wherever we can.
"I think many open source projects worth supporting. Almost every visitor of DistroWatch can drop in a new one. How will it be decided, which one of them gets the donation? I would suggest, that Ladislav should nominate 3 projects every month, to choose from."
I've considered your idea, but I just don't want to be burdened by creating voting mechanisms. Even the Page Hit Ranking attracts plenty of abusers who cannot accept that their favourite distribution is not right on the top. How can we expect people to be more disciplined when money is involved? Simply nominate a project in the forums and write a short justification. We'll count the nominations at the end of the month and make a decision.
"I think it would be great if DW donated money mostly to Linux Distros, just because this is the topic of DW."
"If you want to give money to open source, give it to projects and not to Linux distributions like Debian, so everyone using an open source operating system can benefit from that."
Software projects, as well as distributions will be considered for donation. Yes, not everybody uses Debian. But not everybody uses GnuCash either. One of the strong contenders for a donation is the Arabeyes project, a dedicated community-driven Arabisation programme for many open source applications. Most of us who don't understand Arabic won't benefit from their efforts, but if you are prepared to open your mind, you'll realise how important a project like this is for the success of Linux on the global scale.
And while on the subject of financial support for Free Software projects, remember that you can help out too. Just get the official DistroWatch T-shirt (US$14.95) from Hackerthreads.com. By supporting DistroWatch, you'll also support the development of Linux software :-)
Order your own official DistroWatch T-shirt from Hackerthreads.
New on the waiting list
- Cobind Desktop. Cobind is a software company based in Pittsburgh, USA, whose mission is to simplify the creation of custom Linux distributions to promote the presence of open source technology in the mass market. Based on Fedora Core Linux, Cobind Desktop marries XFce and Nautilus into a cohesive desktop experience featuring Mozilla Firefox and Mozilla Thunderbird. Simple, fast, and familiar, it is the Linux desktop experience built with the typical user in mind. Cobind Desktop is available as an installation CD-ROM or live CD-ROM.
- OpenSLS. OpenSLS (or Open Secure Linux Server) is a secure Linux server operating system based on Mandrake Linux. It features a number of security enhancements, such as SELinux, GCC patched with SSP stack protection, supervise-controlled services, and other features.
- Ignalum Linux. Ignalum is located in Markham, Ontario, Canada. The privately held company was founded in the year 2002 with a vision of creating a cost-effective, installation-friendly, complete Linux-based operating environment offering full Windows compatibility. Ignalum Linux is a complete, Red Hat and RPM-based operating system optimised for the i686-class processors. It contains an easy to use installation program, extensive online documentation, and a menu-driven package system. A full installation gives you the X Window System, C/C++ development environments, Perl, networking utilities, a mail server, a news server, a web server, an ftp server, the GNU Image Manipulation Program, OpenOffice Suite, Netscape Communicator, plus many more programs. Ignalum Linux can run on any P6-class and higher processors (but uses -march=i686 -O2 optimisation for best performance on i686-class machines like the P3, P4, and Duron/Athlon).
- Litrix. Litrix is a Brazilian GNU/Linux live CD distribution based on SLAX and Slackware Linux.
DistroWatch database summary
- LliureX. LliureX is a new project by Conselleria de Cultura, Educación y Deporte de la Generalitat Valenciana in Valencia, Spain (web site in Spanish).
- Linux KNOFIS. Linux KNOFIS is a new Brazilian Linux distribution based on Kurumin and designed for students (web site in Portuguese).
- Genthree Linux. Genthree Linux is a new Linux distribution being developed by several students/former students at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Since it's inception in the fall of 2002, Genthree has aimed to be a small system for the seasoned Linux user. You won't find GNOME or KDE among Genthree's packages, so it might not be the system for you. It is developed in parallel on both PowerPC and i386. Work is being done to port the distribution to Alpha, PA-RISC, and MIPS platforms.
- Hiwix. Hiwix is a Chinese Debian-based live CD, currently in early development (web site in simplified Chinese).
- Number of distributions in the database: 278
- Number of discontinued distributions: 32
- Number of distributions on the waiting list: 70
On Anaconda for Gentoo
EA writes: "After a long and tedious Gentoo install, I just found this Anaconda installer for Gentoo. This would have made it a lot easier when I started without it 3 days ago. In my own personal opinion, nothing beats the portage tool. Please post something about this on your site to make it easier for more people wishing to try Gentoo."
On donating to Distrowatch
FC writes: "I am a regular (daily) reader of DistroWatch. I find it an excellent source of info. I think it is only fair I give something to keep DW up and running, and free. Now, maybe I am missing it, but I cannot find anything on DW about financial support. I'd like to donate 20$, so if you can tell me how, I'll do it. In addition, my warmest congratulations for the decision to support free software projects."
If you'd like to donate to DistroWatch, you are more than welcome. Just visit the Advertisers' page for relevant links: you can donate via PayPal or by using 2CheckOut.com, a third-party credit card processing company.
That's all for this week, see you next Monday :-)
1 • donation suggestion (by Walt Huntsman at 2004-03-29 17:59:54 GMT) |
I'd like to suggest making a donation to the team behind Scribus. As a former desktop publishing instructor and Windows user, this seems to me a very worthwhile project. Not everyone wants to or can afford to pay the hundreds of dollars it costs for Windows apps like Quark or PageMaker. Just as Linux provides both freedom and a lower-cost alternative to Windows, so I think Scribus is beginning to do the same for people interested in DTP.
2 • Advertising (by Dexter Ang at 2004-03-29 18:29:44 GMT)
I only have one request on advertising... is it possible to not accept Flash type banners? This is really petty of me, but it is somewhat annoying to scroll using my mouse on Mozilla, only to suddenly stop at a Flash animation. =)
3 • donation suggestions... (by pfpearson on 2004-03-29 21:05:15 GMT)
Ladislav, I know you don't want to add to the site, and I appreciate that. I certainly don't think "voting" is a good answser, considering the juvinile way in which the Page Hit Rankings are sometimes treated. However, could the recommendations for donations be a separate Comment Area? I fear that this could quickly degenerate into a lot of "this project is better than all of the rest" and "that project doesn't deserve any money" comments, with little "content" about the DW site itself (one of the reasons I check DW out so often).
Whatever your choice, keep up the good work! This is still my most often visited site.
4 • RE: Advertising (by John Connell on 2004-03-29 23:02:49 GMT)
Check out http://flashblock.mozdev.org/
It will block all flash, but if you want to see the flash simply click on it and it appears. :D
5 • RE:Advertising (by RAZ at 2004-03-29 23:49:02 GMT)
Try Mozilla Firefox. It's light-weight and fast. And the scrooling doesn't stop when going over a flash banner ;-)
6 • Donation Suggestion (by Jerry Barton at 2004-03-30 06:48:48 GMT)
I'd like to propose a donation to the GIMP project. Digital photography is getting very popular and many people look at something like Adobe Photoshop then see the price tag and panic. The GIMP provides many of the features of expensive image manipulation programs and does it quite well. Also, the GIMP is cross platform, working on GNU/Linux, Windows, and, I believe, OS X (correct me here if I'm wrong). As such it can bring attention to FLOSS projects where Linux only apps tend to have exposure to users who already are quite aware of open source. Like OpenOffice.org, it can show people that there are very high quality open souce offerings. With the GIMP now at 2.0, it's developing into a top-of-the-line project and any help to it can only be good for the image of open source technology.
7 • Donation suggestion (by FreeQ at 2004-03-30 11:34:03 GMT)
I'd like to nominate User Mode Linux http://user-mode-linux.sourceforge.net/ for donation. User Mode Linux is a great project with many practical applications, such as experimentation with new distributions in a secure sandbox.
8 • Nomination (by fdavid on 2004-03-30 14:51:59 GMT)
I'd like to nominate Krusader http://krusader.sourceforge.net/. It's a twin-panel file manager with many great features, which come very handy in the everyday use. It's likely the best alternative to the well-known Total Commander (formerly Windows Commander). I would be glad to see this project getting the donation, because there are some badly awaited features on their todo list.
9 • Nomination (by Leo on 2004-03-30 20:11:42 GMT)
I'd like to nominate Ark Linux. They are developing very nice applications (GPL, so any distro can adapt them), such as their "mission control" (or "control panel").
10 • Nomination (by RAZ at 2004-03-30 21:36:57 GMT)
I agree with Jerry Barton. GIMP should get future donation.
I need to get off this Photoshop =P =)
11 • A distribution distribution or D2 for short (by Bob Kerr at 2004-03-30 22:49:25 GMT)
I have recently been involved with donating large numbers of OpenOffice CD's to public libraries so that the CD's can be lent out to the public. Public libraries have dificulty in lending out Open source CD's because of the rapidly changing nature of distributions.
Would it be possible to suggest to your readers that a distribution which sole purpose in life is to act as a bittorrent server, with a Freevo type interface, combined with the linux distribution project you have mentioned earlier and a CD burning package would be very useful not only for Libraries and Schools but for those that are interested in trying many distributions whilst still contributing back to the community. If the Bittorrent program can be switched on during the night time hours then it would not disturb the daytime bandwidth of the library. In Edinburgh we have 26 libraries each with 500k down and 256k up. This chalks up a considerable bandwith that could be used. The libraries would also be able to catalogue all their bittorrent servers to control the content so that they are not used for inappropriate data but could be used to supply other ISO's such as the guttenberg project.
This distribution would be set to make an excellent CD creation appliance for the public sector.
Would this be something you would be willing to suggest to your readers. I am very keen to talk more about this if you are interested.
12 • donations (by Nigel on 2004-03-31 08:34:34 GMT)
Well done Bob, what a geat idea. And so many more possibilities. Maybe also having the ability to bring in a laptop and grab some iso's. And 'BYO' bring your own disk and grab your favourite distribution and open office for example. Local papers, i'm sure, would be very interested in covering such a project. Local LUG's and schools could also be involved, spreading the news and helping with technical knowledge.
The DTI, the round table and even the government might be interested, as they would all benefit from greater linux knowledge.
Maybe the DTI would consider managing a project like this. I'd donate to a project like that.
Just letting the public see linux and open office in action in a library
would be a great benfit.
13 • A distribution distribution or D2 for short (by Anonymous on 2004-03-31 08:41:00 GMT)
no more distros please :)
why not make a custom (bash/python/ect) script, that would start the needed programs on whatever distro you preffer.
14 • Nomination (by Spearmint on 2004-03-31 18:56:00 GMT)
I would like to nominate the Kurumin Linux who is proud to present a easy way for newbies to enter the linux world. It's a very active distro and all help was made by volunteers on the forum with no financial support.
All Brazil congratulates Carlos Morimoto for his almost perfect distribution!
15 • My two cents... (by torque2k on 2004-03-31 20:59:57 GMT)
If I were to donate to a project, I'd look for the one that could get me away from whatever it is that's keeping my main system from going Linux (not counting my dual G4). Right now, the programs which keep me on Windows is Dreamweaver MX 2004, Freehand 10, and Fireworks MX 2004...
I'd like to donate to the Bluefish project. They've got a great coding tool, and it's small and fast. It's not as feature-rich as Dreamweaver, but as I play with it more, I find I want to use it more, especially as I'm learning XHTML/CSS now. SCREEM also is a good one, as they seem to be using some of the code available from the Bluefish folk (and letting people know it, too).
I'd also like to nominate Sodipodi, as it's currently on-track to replacing Illustrator and Freehand for me as a full vector-graphics drawing program. Freehand is still more feature rich and the drawing tools are more usable, but every release it gets closer! Although, I wish they weren't using GTK... :) Also, this program is being developed on Linux AND Windows, something I'd like to see more of, as most people in the world still buy a PC with Windows included, so they use it. At least help them to choose open-sourced software to run on it!
The thing is, it's just too hard to decide where money needs to go! I'd love to give it to the smaller projects, though, if they have something deemed necessary in the open-source world.
16 • nomination (by Peter Damoc at 2004-04-01 09:55:26 GMT)
I would like to nominate wxpython toolkit
for giving me the hope that my program coded on windows will work on Linux and Mac too :D
17 • Xandros "free" evaluation not so free (by Sergio on 2004-04-01 11:52:25 GMT)
I tried to follow the download link to Xandros Desktop 2 free evaluation.
They reassure you that you won't pay anything, even if there is a nominal fee of $0.01.
However they want your email address and your credit card.
When you try to check out, Xandros Desktop 2 Standard Edition has been added to your shopping cart, for a cost of $39, and I can't see a way how it can be removed.
So if you are not careful you end up by paying $39 for a so called "free 30-day trial edition"
I call such business practices at least dubious, and they shouldn't exist in the word of open source.
18 • Nomination (by M. McNabb at 2004-04-01 20:10:09 GMT)
I would second the nominations of Scribus and sodipodi. Improved desktop publishing/drawing would be fantastic additions to linux/open source. And these smaller developers must have a harder time than some of the big ones?
Cheers and thanks for a great site,
19 • Nomination (by Lord-Storm on 2004-04-01 21:52:05 GMT)
I would like to nominate IPTables since they are one of the backbones of LINUX lets face it without IPtables most distros would crumble and Die.
I think GNU Cash could never get enough support mmm compeate against microsoft with a buget of $1 to $10,000 or more???
20 • Sorry, I was wrong about Xandros (by Sergio on 2004-04-01 22:54:05 GMT)
Sorry, it was possible to remove Xandros Desktop 2 Standard Edition from the shopping cart.
However It was not immediately obvious how to do it.
21 • nominations (by nitroushhh on 2004-04-02 09:00:01 GMT)
I realise we could go on nominating forever but I would like to second a nomination from last week.
That was for the MythTV project. They've produced fantastic results but its still quite tricky to get going for those newer to linux.
Media on linux has come a long way in the last 18 months and I think its ready for use in the home as a 'media pc' and MythTV along with other projects are making this a reality.
I've had many failed attempts at getting a stable media centre going with windows and other comercial products (that is hdrive video record, pause live tv, play any video file and play any audio file) .
Some may think this is not an important area for linux. But everywhere is an important area for linux. These media projects let linux put its foot in the door of another market. Giving linux exposure to people who are perhaps not brave enough to put it on their desktops.
And importantly pushing the freedom concept into the areas of media reception and usage. If you have the time checkout mythtv screenshots just to see whats possible.
well that seems more than 2 cents but thanks for you time.
BTW I'm not associated in any way with this project other than being a user of it.
22 • Xandros Trial-version download (by Rudolf Ladwig at 2004-04-03 16:04:23 GMT)
Several times I 've tried the download of the Xandros-Trial.iso. Allways the download broke down somewere. I never had this permanent negative experience with other ISOs from other websites.
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|• Issue 658 (2016-04-25): Kali Linux 2016.1, elementary OS 0.3.2, Debian elects Project Leader, Fedora 24 feature preview, Nard reaches 1.0|
|• Issue 657 (2016-04-18): Redox, Linux Mint improves update manager, planned Fedora 24 features, Ubuntu 16.04 getting Snappy packages|
|• Issue 656 (2016-04-11): Qubes OS 3.1, Whonix offers bug bounties, Puppy's family tree, setting up disk partitions and running bash on Windows|
|• Issue 655 (2016-04-04): Parsix 8.5, Sabayon's Community repository, Red Hat offers free subscriptions, Ubuntu tablets, command line tips|
|• Issue 654 (2016-03-28): PCLinuxOS 2016.03, Using signatures to create a web of trust, Arch Linux rolls out Pacman update, GuixSD packages GNOME|
|• Issue 653 (2016-03-21): Antergos 2016.02.21, Debian prepares for election, a Unix-like OS written in Rust, watching Netflix on FreeBSD|
|• Issue 652 (2016-03-14): ReactOS 0.4.0, Debian swaps Iceweasel for Firefox, Fedora moving forward with Wayland, Verifying ISO files|
|• Issue 651 (2016-03-07): Korora 23, Linux Mint improves security, Ubuntu MATE on Raspberry Pi 3 computers, trying different file systems|
|• Issue 650 (2016-02-29): Haiku in 2016, running Android apps on GNU/Linux, 30 years of MINIX, Fedora plans Atomic Workstation|
|• Issue 649 (2016-02-22): Zorin OS 11, openSUSE launches new editions, Linux Mint website compromised, sandboxing applications using Firejail|
|• Issue 648 (2016-02-15): XStream Desktop 153, Raspbian unveils OpenGL feature, free hardware, Ikey Doherty talks desktop design|
|• Issue 647 (2016-02-08): Tails 2.0, KDE project launches Neon, Manjaro unveils ARM support, FreeBSD's quarterly report|
|• Issue 646 (2016-02-01): deepin 15, Mint plans X-Apps, FreeBSD to support boot environments, logging into the desktop as root|
|• Issue 645 (2016-01-25): Linux Mint 17.3 "Xfce", Chromixium changes its name, Ubuntu tablets coming soon, Linux vs BSD comparision|
|• Issue 644 (2016-01-18): Kwort 4.3, Sabayon tests ARM images, Slackware adopts PulseAudio, running Linux without GNU software|
|• Issue 643 (2016-01-11): Solus 1.0, Mint provide upgrade path to 17.3, Fedora developers work on stability, running the LXQt desktop|
|• Issue 642 (2016-01-04): paldo GNU/Linux, vetting distro repositories, Fedora plans to adopt GCC 6, Ian Murdock passes|
|• Issue 641 (2015-12-21): Arch Linux, Qubes OS to ship on Librem laptops, ALT offers start kit images, the spread of systemd and launchd|
|• Issue 640 (2015-12-14): Chakra GNU/Linux 2015.11, removing meta-data from files, Ubuntu to remove on-line dash searches|
|• Issue 639 (2015-12-07): OpenBSD 5.8, openSUSE gathers Summer of Code proposals, running WINE on a live disc, Enlightenment adds Wayland support|
|• Issue 638 (2015-11-30): Qubes OS 3.0, KaOS with Plasma, NetBSD 7.0, Fedora seeks Wayland testers, scheduling tasks|
|• Issue 637 (2015-11-23): NixOS 15.09, Antergos introduces ZFS support, MINIX shares new features, copying an OS to a new computer|
|• Issue 636 (2015-11-16): openSUSE 42.1, Fedora uses Wayland by default, Debian replaces live CD project, Steam consoles launch|
|• Issue 635 (2015-11-09): Fedora 23, Cinnamon 2.8 released, a Fedora KDE packager quits, Red Hat signs deal with Microsoft|
|• Issue 634 (2015-11-02): Ubuntu 15.10, Chakra upgrades to Plasma 5, OpenMandriva plans new editions, MINIX plans conference|
|• Issue 633 (2015-10-26): GhostBSD 10.1, Bodhi Linux to get new settings panel, Fedora 23 delayed, creating live image of existing OS|
|• Issue 632 (2015-10-19): Linux Lite 2.6, 32-bit build of CentOS, OpenBSD turns 20, Bodhi Linux releases AppPack|
|• Issue 631 (2015-10-12): Parsix 8.0, Manjaro seeks new artwork, sending commands to multiple servers, Debian drops LSB support|
|• Issue 630 (2015-10-05): Android-x86 4.4-r3, Ubuntu's new installer, Raspbian defaults to GUI interface, cleaning out dot files|
|• Issue 629 (2015-09-28): Open source desktops and touch interfaces, locking down user accounts, OpenMandriva opens gaming documentation|
|• Issue 628 (2015-09-21): Neptune 4.4, changes to pfSense, Pinguy OS releases updated ISO images, accessing hard disk images|
|• Issue 627 (2015-09-14): Mageia 5, Snappy co-exists with Debian packages, creating PDF/A documents, Antergos previews Poodle|
|• Issue 626 (2015-09-07): Status of Wayland and Mir, Cinnamon improvements, an OpenBSD hypervisor, HAMMER2 gets deduplication|
|• Issue 625 (2015-08-31): OpenELEC 5.0.8, Fedora's new Wayland features, Tails releases update, the LILO boot loader|
|• Issue 624 (2015-08-24): Zorin OS 10, Sabayon's new features, Solus seeks funding, Debian turns 22, new PC-BSD repository|
|• Full list of all issues|
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