| DistroWatch Weekly
|DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 599, 2 March 2015
Welcome to this year's 9th issue of DistroWatch Weekly!
One of the most amazing aspects of the open source community is its diversity. There is a wide selection of distributions, desktop environments, word processors and even compilers from which to choose. This week we cast a wide net, sampling bits of news and updates from all over the Linux landscape. We begin with a review of Sabayon, a Gentoo-based distribution that offers many editions and cutting edge software. In our News section this week we discuss the Debian project's plans to make it easy to verify that software installed on our computers has not been tampered with. We also discuss Linux Mint's upcoming launch of the new Linux Mint Debian Edition and provide links to test images for people wanting to try out the beta for themselves. Plus, we talk about new system administration modules coming to openSUSE via the YaST configuration panel and report on the Linux kernel's latest version bump. In our Tips and Tricks column this week we discuss selecting good passwords and then we share the torrents we are seeding this week in our Torrent Corner. Plus, we cover the distribution releases of the past week and welcome Ubuntu MATE as the latest distribution to be added to our database. We wish you all a fantastic week and happy reading!
|Feature Story (by Jesse Smith)
First look at Sabayon 15.02
Sabayon is a rolling release, Gentoo-based distribution. I hadn't looked at the project in a while and one of our readers asked if I would revisit this distribution that attempts to deliver cutting edge packages. According to the project's website, Sabayon tries to provide a reliable operating system with modern packages and multimedia support. "We aim to deliver the best "out of the box" user experience by providing the latest open source technologies in an elegant format. In Sabayon everything should just work. We offer a bleeding edge operating system that is both stable and reliable."
Sabayon offers four editions of the distribution -- GNOME, KDE, Xfce and Minimal. Each edition is available for 64-bit x86 machines exclusively. I opted to download the KDE image which is 2.2GB in size. Booting from the live media brings up a boot menu where we can choose to launch a live desktop environment, run the system installer, install a media centre edition of the distribution or install Steam Big Picture. We can also choose to launch a console only mode, handy for trouble-shooting problems. I will come back to the media centre and Steam interfaces a little later.
Choosing to load the live desktop presents us with the KDE desktop. The background is bright blue and the application menu, task panel and system tray sit at the bottom of the screen. On the desktop we find icons for visiting Sabayon's donation page and accessing on-line help. Clicking the on-line help icon opens the Chromium web browser and connects us to an IRC channel where we can get support. There is also an icon on the desktop for launching the project's system installer. I tried running the system installer and nothing happened. Opening a virtual terminal and manually launching the system installer displayed a series of errors and, ultimately, the installer didn't open. I rebooted Sabayon and tried running the system installer from the boot menu. The result was Sabayon came on-line and displayed the Fluxbox window manager. There was no sign of the system installer and, when I tried again to launch the installer from the command line, I merely got some cryptic error messages for my efforts.
Sabayon 15.02.1 -- KDE System Settings and application menu
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Originally, I downloaded Sabayon 15.02 back in January and soon put the distribution aside when I ran into trouble with the installer. In February I noticed a minor update to Sabayon had been released, this new series of images carried the version number 15.02.1. I downloaded this new ISO and found it to be virtually identical to the 15.02 ISO. The key difference was I could launch the system installer from the new Sabayon media.
Sabayon uses the same graphical installer currently used by the Fedora distribution. The installer begins by asking us to select our preferred language and we can optionally select our keyboard's layout from this screen. We are then brought to a hub navigation screen where we can proceed through modules that will help us set the date & time, partition our hard disk, set our computer's hostname and adjust our keyboard's layout. For the most part these modules worked well. I found the partitioning module to be complex to navigate, but it did work. Using the partition manager we can set up either LVM or Btrfs volumes. Alternatively we can choose to work with standard partition types such as ext4. Once we have completed each module we can advance to the next hub screen while the installer begins copying its files in the background. The second hub screen presents us with modules for creating a user account for ourselves and setting a password on the root account. When the installer finishes setting up our local copy of Sabayon we are advised to restart the computer and then the installer exits. Though I found the installer's interface to be sluggish at times, it did successfully create a local copy of Sabayon on my computer.
The first time I installed Sabayon I did so by launching the system installer from the live disc's boot menu. Exiting the installer left me in the Fluxbox window manager interface. When I tried to close Fluxbox I was immediately logged back into the live user account and the installer was launched again. I found I had to open a virtual terminal and shut down the computer from the command line to terminate the running session.
Sabayon 15.02.1 -- Checking hardware information with KInfoCenter
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Booting into our fresh copy of Sabayon brings us to a graphical login screen. From here we can sign into a range of environments, including the KDE desktop (version 4.14), the Fluxbox window manager, SteamBox and a media centre. Fluxbox is a fairly bare bones offering. I tried using it for a while and it works, but I think Fluxbox is meant to act as a fallback option in the event KDE breaks. The media centre option works, giving us access to a full screen media player. However, when I attempted to sign out of the media centre, my session froze and I ended up rebooting the machine to get back to a login screen. SteamBox is intended to give us a game console style interface, linking us to Valve's large array of games. This seems nice in theory, but when I tried to use SteamBox the Steam software downloaded and then refused to run. The Steam software verified its installation and no error message was provided, but SteamBox always crashed when I tried to launch it. This left me to use KDE during most of my Sabayon trial.
Logging into KDE I found the same bright blue wallpaper that was present on the live disc. The icons on the desktop were mostly the same, though a new icon for the Rigo package manager had been added and the system installer icon had been swapped out for a Steam launcher (probably because I had launched the SteamBox session earlier). I tried launching Steam from the KDE desktop and found Steam would open an invisible window and hang. The Steam process had to be terminated manually in order to remove Steam's entry from the task switcher.
Opening the Rigo application manager brings up a window where we can see a list of software categories and each category's associated icon. A message at the top of the window asks if our repository information should be refreshed. This seemed like a good idea and so I waited a for a minute while Rigo grabbed a fresh package list. Rigo then displayed a notice advising it had found project news I should read. Opting to view the news brings up a list of headlines. Clicking on a headline opens our web browser to display the full news post. One of the most recent news items indicated Sabayon had depreciated support for OpenRC in favour of the systemd init software.
Sabayon 15.02.1 -- The Rigo software manager
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After reading the news posts, I clicked Rigo's Home button to clear away the news and show a list of actions the package manager can take. Rigo will show us available software, installed software and available kernels and will perform housekeeping tasks as well as attempt to find the fasted repository mirror. Browsing through lists of packages, we can click on an item to bring up two action buttons. Clicking one button installs the highlighted package, clicking the other button displays a full screen of information about the package. While most package managers display a summary of what the package does, Rigo provides technical information such as USE flags enabled during the building of the package, the size of the package and the license attached to the software. Once we click the button to install the available package, Rigo counts down from 10 to give us time to change our minds, then a prompt appears asking for the system's root password.
While using the Rigo software manager, I frequently saw notifications that the system could be upgraded. Confirming the upgrade should proceed usually caused Rigo to just sit, apparently doing nothing. Then the update notice would typically reappear. I found if I closed Rigo and relaunched the software manager, the update notification would not appear again until after I had installed or removed a package.
If it seems like I'm spending a lot of time talking about Sabayon's package manager, that's because the experience was so foreign to me when compared against other Linux software managers. I was never sure exactly what Rigo was doing, or if it was, in fact, doing anything. For example, a few times I tried to install a package and Rigo, once it received my root password, would just sit and apparently do nothing. The package manager wasn't accessing the disk nor my network connection. Other times packages would install immediately without any problems. In another instance I tried to install LibreOffice and was informed LibreOffice depended on several other, unrelated packages such as GNOME's virtual terminal, a TCP daemon, the QEMU virtual machine software, network configuration tools and a range of fonts (specifically Korean, Chinese and Japanese fonts). To get LibreOffice on my system I had to agree to installing all these other items too, which seems like an odd (and large) group of dependencies. LibreOffice did, in fact, install and work, but it caused my disk usage to balloon in the process.
Sabayon ships with an interesting collection of software. In the application menu we find the Chromium web browser (with Flash enabled), the Konqueror web browser, the VNCviewer application, the Konversation IRC client and the Kopete instant messaging software. The KPPP dial-up software and Network Manager are present to help us get on-line. The KOrganizer personal organizer is present along with the Okular document viewer. I didn't find any productivity suite in the default install, but LibreOffice and AbiWord are available in the project's software repositories. The distribution further ships with the Clementine audio player, the k3b disc burning software, the VLC multimedia player and the XBMC media centre software. Sabayon ships with media codecs out of the box. The application menu features the Gwenview image viewer, a small collection of games, the Dolphin file manager, the KDE Partition Manager and the KInfoCenter hardware browser. The KDE System Settings panel is available to help us customize the look and behaviour of the desktop environment. I also found the KUser account manager, the Ark archive manager, a calculator and the KWrite text editor. Some accessibility tools such as a screen magnifier and a screen reader are present. One section of the application menu includes links to key areas of the Sabayon project's website and documentation. Sabayon is unusual in that the distribution does not ship with the GNU Compiler Collection, as many Linux-based distributions do. Instead, Sabayon ships with the Clang compiler. Personally, I quite like Clang for its performance, clean optimizations and clear error messages so I was happy to see Sabayon ship this compiler as the default. The distribution provides version 3.18 of the Linux kernel.
While using Sabayon I noticed a few quirks. For example, when I opened the Chromium web browser after signing into my account, the KDE Wallet application would open and ask me to configure my wallet. I noticed something similar last week during my experiment with the Vivaldi web browser. Personally, I'd rather my web browser avoid such external dependencies as it gets annoying quickly. Something else that was less bothersome, but I found it interesting, is that the user account manager creates new user accounts with UIDs starting at 500 while the system installer begins creating users in the 1000 range. We can override the behaviour of the account manager and assign higher version numbers, which are becoming more common these days.
I tried running Sabayon on a desktop computer and in a VirtualBox virtual machine. In both environments the distribution performed well. The desktop was responsive, all my hardware was properly detected and my screen was set to its maximum resolution. Sabayon automatically integrated with VirtualBox when run in the virtual environment. I found that when logged into KDE the distribution used approximately 450MB of memory. The only serious issue I ran into while running Sabayon was that, occasionally, the operating system would not log me out of my account, nor shutdown the computer when I tried to leave my KDE session. The system wouldn't hang, I could continue working, but trying to log out or power off the machine sometimes produced no effect.
Sabayon 15.02.1 -- Managing user accounts
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Were I to try to sum up my experience with the latest Sabayon snapshot in one word it would be: buggy. Putting aside for a moment my aborted attempt to install 15.02 and waiting until the 15.02.1 release was made available, there were several aspects of Sabayon that just did not work for me. The SteamBox console, Steam on the desktop and exiting the media centre were at the top of my list. Though it did not happen frequently, on a few occasions I was unable to logout of my account or shutdown the computer from within KDE. The Rigo package manager regularly nagged me to update packages, though there never seemed to be anything new to download. When I first installed Sabayon, the system installer finished and left me in the Fluxbox environment and any attempt to shutdown Fluxbox caused the installer to launch and start the installation over again.
My feelings toward Sabayon would be more positive if I felt the distribution was successfully bringing something new or special to the table in exchange for the headaches it caused. At first I had thought having a console-like Steam interface or media centre might be nice, but neither of these features worked for me. All in all, Sabayon provided me with a fairly average KDE desktop experience, with the occasional glitch and frustrating package management.
The Sabayon project claims to provide an experience that offers bleeding edge software on a reliable platform. However, my experiences from this past week suggest that the two characteristics are mutually exclusive. Reliable and bleeding edge do not go merrily hand-in-hand, sooner or later the cutting edge catches up with us and causes problems.
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Hardware used in this review
My physical test equipment for this review was a desktop HP Pavilon p6 Series with the following specifications:
- Processor: Dual-core 2.8GHz AMD A4-3420 APU
- Storage: 500GB Hitachi hard drive
- Memory: 6GB of RAM
- Networking: Realtek RTL8111 wired network card
- Display: AMD Radeon HD 6410D video card
|Miscellaneous News (by Jesse Smith)
Debian works toward reproducible builds, Linux Mint tests its upcoming Debian Edition, new YaST modules coming to openSUSE and the Linux kernel gets a version bump
Open source software allows interested parties to examine the source code of a library or application in order to determine that the software is safe to use. However, most Linux distributions provide binary packages for their users and it can be very difficult to confirm an executable file was created from the publicly available source code. There are a lot of variables that go into building a binary package from source code and people wishing to verify their binaries have not be tampered with need to very carefully reconstruct the original build environment. The Debian project hopes to soon provide a way for users to confirm the software they are running on their computers really did come from the publicly available source code. In a mailing list post Debian's Reproducible Builds team reports, "We have been making great progress recently; after more than a year of work, we are proud to announce that we found 83.5% of all source
packages in Sid Main can be rebuilt reproducibly!" For more information on verifying builds and why reproducible builds are important, please see the Reproducible Builds team's About page.
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A new version of Linux Mint Debian Edition (LMDE) is on the horizon. The new Debian Edition is reported to be based on Debian's next Stable release, code name "Jessie". According to a recent blog post on the Linux Mint website, there are now test images of LMDE available for curious users to try. These experimental ISO images are not yet considered stable or safe, but offer a preview into what the next version of LMDE will look like. For more information on the upcoming LMDE release and the issues that still need to be fixed, please refer to the project's roadmap.
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YaST is the installation and configuration tool for openSUSE. YaST provides a single location where system administrators can access powerful configuration modules. Recently, the YaST developers have been attempting to make YaST more accessible and extendable. Previously, YaST was re-written, translating the software from YCP to the more popular Ruby language. Since then the YaST team has added more documentation and invited people to submit their own YaST modules. "The last months have seen the birth of several new YaST modules written in Ruby from scratch. The source code of all of them is available at GitHub and the modules themselves are all included and directly installable on openSUSE Tumbleweed." Some of the new modules available to openSUSE administrators include tools for working with fonts, accessing and filtering systemd journal logs and working with Docker containers.
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The Linux kernel has been released using version numbers starting with "3" for nearly four years. Linus Torvalds, founder and leader of the Linux kernel project, announced last week he will increase the project's version number to "4". The decision was put to a vote and it appears people want to see the version number raised. In a kernel commit comment, Torvalds wrote, "`v4.0' beat out `v3.20' by a slimmer margin of 56-to-44%,
but with a total of 29,110 votes right now. Now, arguably, that vote spread is only about 3,200 votes, which is less than the almost six thousand votes that the "please ignore" poll got, so it could be considered noise. But hey, I asked, so I'll honour the votes."
|Tips and Tricks (by Jesse Smith)
Choosing good passwords
One question I get a lot from family, friends and clients is how they should go about choosing a good password. There is a lot of advice out there about how to create a good password and different websites and services have a lot of different requirements. This can make it confusing for people. Some websites insist on passwords being 12 characters or more, others complain if we make the password too long. Some websites insist on special characters and numbers in our passwords, others will allow just about anything we type. To make matters worse, some commentators are at odds as to whether strings of recognizable words or random characters (YouTube video) make better passwords. What makes the question even more complicated is most of us need to use a lot of passwords and we're constantly warned not to re-use passwords for different things, making it hard to remember them all. So what can we do to keep our data safe while making remembering our passwords easy?
I do agree it is a good idea to use different passwords for different services. After all, if someone guesses the password for our computer we do not want them to automatically also have access to our bank account. If one password is compromised it should, ideally, not affect other accounts. To keep track of our many passwords, I recommend getting a password manager such as KeyPass. A good password manager will securely store our many usernames, passwords and associated web addresses. Some password managers will also create random passwords of a given length, making it easier to create strong passwords for our on-line accounts.
Unfortunately there are a few places where password managers tend to let us down. For example, a password manager on our home computer will not help us remember the password to access our password manager. Nor will a password manager help us access our account where we access the password manager. Unless we have a password manager on a mobile device, we may need yet more passwords when we are out in the world. In these cases, how can we create strong passwords that are also easy to remember?
There are a lot of suggestions offered on how to select a strong password. While well meaning and potentially helpful where truly strong passwords are required, I find most suggestions offered by people focused on security are not particularly practical. Unless a person is being specifically targeted because they are in a position of power or a celebrity, chances are they do not need to have a truly strong password, they just need one that is not terrible.
When I look through my servers' logs I notice patterns in the attacks made against user accounts. Typically the attacking program tries a short list of common usernames and passwords before giving up and moving on to another potential target. There are a lot of people in the world and a lot of them choose very weak passwords. This means most attackers can simply try the most common username/password combinations on millions of computers and get good results. Generally, attackers are not going to waste time going through millions of passwords trying to find the right one unless they are specifically targeting one special person. I avoid being compromised by many attacks by simply not allowing remote root logins and not using account names like "admin", "ftpuser" and "www".
So my advice for selecting good passwords (good being defined here as easy to remember and difficult to guess) basically boils down to three things:
My advice is to use a few of these easy to remember, yet somewhat long phrases, as passwords on your computer and password manager. Then allow the password manager to do its job and create long, complex passwords for all your other accounts. Also try to remember to change your passwords on a regular basis. It can be easy to fall into the trap of letting passwords grow stale, but changing your passwords regularly protects you against more determined brute-force attacks.
- Do not select generic, short passwords such as "password", "secret", "password123" or "12345".
- Try to avoid using names or dates commonly associated with you. For example, do not use a pet's name, your name, your birth date, nicknames or the names of your close family members.
- Try to come up with a phrase that is easy to remember, but not likely to be guessed. "ILoveMyJob4Ever!" comes to mind or perhaps "1234Cha-cha-cha!" These are long enough a simple attack against common passwords is unlikely to guess it, but short and simple enough to be easy to remember. They're certainly easier to remember than "B4hg89ew76h42*$W"
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Many Linux and BSD projects offer bittorrent as a download option, partly for the reasons listed above and partly because bittorrent's peer-to-peer nature takes some of the strain off the project's servers. However, some projects do not offer bittorrent as a download option. There can be several reasons for excluding bittorrent as an option. Some projects do not have enough time or volunteers, some may be restricted by their web host provider's terms of service. Whatever the reason, the lack of a bittorrent option puts more strain on a distribution's bandwidth and may prevent some people from downloading their preferred open source operating system.
With this in mind, DistroWatch plans to give back to the open source community by hosting and seeding bittorrent files for distributions that do not offer a bittorrent option themselves. This is a feature we are experimenting with and we are open to feedback on how to improve upon the idea.
For now, we are hosting a small number of distribution torrents, listed below. The list of torrents offered will be updated each week and we invite readers to e-mail us with suggestions as to which distributions we should be hosting. When you message us, please place the word "Torrent" in the subject line, make sure to include a link to the ISO file you want us to seed and please make sure the project you are recommending does not already host its own torrents. We want to primarily help distributions and users who do not already have a torrent option. To help us maintain and grow this free service, please consider making a donation.
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Torrent Corner statistics:
- Total torrents seeded: 27
- Total downloads completed: 6,775
- Total data uploaded: 1.9TB
|Released Last Week
Tails 1.3, a new version of the live distribution designed for anonymous Internet browsing via the Tor network, is out. Among the new features is the inclusion of Electrum, a lightweight Bitcoin client: "Tails, The Amnesic Incognito Live System, version 1.3, is out. This release fixes numerous security issues and all users must upgrade as soon as possible. New features: Electrum is an easy-to-use Bitcoin wallet, you can use the Bitcoin client persistence feature to store your Electrum configuration and wallet; the Tor Browser has additional operating system and data security, this security restricts reads and writes to a limited number of folders; the obfs4 pluggable transport is now available to connect to Tor bridges, pluggable transports transform the Tor traffic between the client and the bridge to help disguise Tor traffic from censors; Keyringer lets you manage and share secrets using OpenPGP and Git from the command line." Read the rest of the release announcement for further details.
Tails 1.3 -- Connected to the Tor network
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Anke Boersma has announced the release of KaOS 2015.02, a brand-new version of the project's rolling-release Linux distribution featuring the Plasma 5 desktop: "KaOS is very proud to announce the availability of the February release of a new stable ISO image. This release brings the end of KDE 4 as the default Desktop Environment for KaOS. Almost ten months ago work started to fully migrate to Frameworks 5, Plasma 5-based distribution and with the release of Plasma 5.2.1 this migration is now deemed ready to bring a better user experience then KDE 4. From the unset of this migration there was never a plan to mix the two environments. What you will see on this ISO is a pure Plasma 5-based environment. As many might have noted KDE Applications 14.12 did not contain more then a handful of Plasma 5 applications. Just about all applications that users have become used to seeing in a KDE 4 version are available as a Plasma 5 port. A few are not ready yet, and those will be missing from the KaOS repositories until their ports are ready for daily use." Here is the full release announcement with screenshots.
Vine Linux 6.3
Daisuke Suzuki has announced the release of Vine Linux 6.3, an updated version of the project's general-purpose Japanese Linux distribution (and one of the world's oldest one, with beginnings dating back to 1999) featuring GNOME 2.32 as the default desktop environment: "Vine Linux 6.3 (Malartic-Lagraviere). Vine Linux 6.3 has following features (highlights): update the software collection; update Linux kernel to 3.4.106 (latest LTS kernel 3.4.y); bundle newer software - Firefox 33.0, Thunderbird 24.0, Sylpheed 3.4.2, LibreOffice 4.3.5, OpenSSL 1.0.1; stability improvement; improvements of look and feel; newer hardware support; new user-friendly tools. Since this is not a commercial version (Vine Linux CR), non-free applications and fonts are not included on the CD/DVD. Instead of proprietary ATOX X/Wnn7/Wnn8/VJE Japanese inputs and Ricoh/Dynacomware fonts, this FTP edition contains Anthy and free TrueType fonts." Here is the brief release announcement (in Japanese), with further information provided in the release notes (in English).
Barry Kauler has announced the release of Quirky 7.0, a minimalist, experimental desktop Linux distribution originally forked from Puppy Linux - now also available for the x86_64 architecture: "I created Puppy Linux back in 2003, but there was never a toolchain for compiling Puppy completely from source. Instead, Puppy is built from binary packages of another distro, plus PET packages compiled natively. We did use the T2 system right back at Puppy v2. In early 2015, I tackled the formidable task of compiling everything in T2, and I had to introduce 105 new packages into T2. It took a couple of months, but I eventually was able to compile every package required for Quirky. T2 is able to compile for various CPU targets, and the proof of concept was when I compiled for an x86_64 CPU (all previous builds had been for i686). I was able to build a x86_64-based Quirky, and it works the same as the i686 build." See the release announcement and release notes for more details.
Quirky 7.0 -- Default desktop and setup configuration window
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IPFire 2.17 Core 87
Michael Tremer has announced the release of IPFire 2.17 Core 87, a major new update of the the project's specialist distribution for firewalls, featuring an updated kernel and GRUB 2 bootloader: "This is the official release announcement for IPFire 2.17 - Core Update 87, a new major version of the IPFire firewall distribution coming with all sorts of new features and bug fixes. Most of the work has been done under the hood and in the Linux kernel. This has been updated to version 3.14 and brings better support for various hardware and stability fixes. Various device drivers have been backported from more recent versions of the Linux kernel to combine great stability with best hardware support. Stability for various ARM platforms has been improved and support for more has been added. Among the new devices are the Banana Pi and Banana Pro boards. Please check out the list of supported ARM boards on the IPFire wiki. The installer program that helps to install IPFire has been very much improved." Read the rest of the release announcement for a full changelog.
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Development, unannounced and minor bug-fix releases
|Upcoming Releases and Announcements
Summary of expected upcoming releases
Distributions added to the database|
Ubuntu MATE is a desktop Linux distribution which aims to bring the simplicity and elegance of the Ubuntu operating system through a classic, traditional desktop environment - the MATE desktop.
Ubuntu MATE -- The default desktop environment
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Distributions added to waiting list
- SiNG. The SiNG distribution is based on the Ubuntu family of operating systems. SiNG ships with a custom window manager based on JWM designed for wide screen monitors.
- ezgo. ezgo is a Linux distribution containing a wealth of interactive educational software and teaching materials.
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DistroWatch database summary
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This concludes this week's issue of DistroWatch Weekly. The next instalment will be published on Monday, 9 March 2015. To contact the authors please send email to:
- Jesse Smith (feedback, questions and suggestions: distribution reviews, questions and answers, tips and tricks)
- Ladislav Bodnar (feedback, questions, suggestions and corrections: news, donations, distribution submissions, comments)
1 • Choosing good passwords (by Mahmoud Slamah on 2015-03-02 03:30:00 GMT from Africa) |
My suggestion is use equations like mathimatics or chemical
for example :
1 year equal to 365 days ==== 1Y=365d
1 inch equal to 2.54 cm ==== 1I=2.54cm
1 byte equal to 8 bit ==== 1B=8b=2**4b
water === H2O2h+o
2 • Sabayon (by farfel on 2015-03-02 03:42:50 GMT from North America)
Sabayon always looks good when booted as a live cd, but I've always found it to be pretty buggy on installation. I've tried very hard to use it as a full time install, but have had no luck over several versions.
As you, I think they try to be too bleeding edge and don't really concentrate on stability. Or even testing to see if the main things work. OTOH, I've always applauded them for including the nVidia driver on the live CD.
There are always too many things which don't work, so I don't really bother downloading it anymore.
3 • Linux Mint Debian (by tdockery97 on 2015-03-02 04:34:01 GMT from North America)
I don't think you will find iso files for curious users to try. Testing of Mint iso's is only done by the Mint testing team. The link you provided is to the community website where one may follow the progress of the testing of the LMDE versions performed by Clem and the team.
4 • Ubuntu MATE (by Bill on 2015-03-02 04:39:09 GMT from Planet Mars)
Happy to see you have added Ubuntu MATE to the database.
I've been running the LTS version for about a week now and I love it!
5 • Sabayon (by tuxUser on 2015-03-02 05:03:35 GMT from North America)
I used Sabayon over the years 2009-2010 because I liked the concept rolling release. But after 2 years I dropped since Sabayon is never really stable. Many problems with xorg after updates. Finally, we must reinstall everything at 5 or each 6 months. While the concept rolling release means nothing and has no utility. Regarding Rigo, we ended up with. Rigo is better than the old package manager. The adoption by the Sabayon Fedora installer is a mistake for me.
It hurts to criticize but Sabayon is the work of one man. Building a distribution on a Gentoo base is a big challenge in itself.
I think the challenge is too big for one man. Maintain this distro, website, forum created iso daily, weekly, mountly etc ... It's a colossal work. Sabayon should merge with another Gentoo project such as Absolute Linix. Moreover, I suspect that many Sabayon user are passing on Absolute Linux. Simply visit the respective forums.
In closing, Good Luck at the Lead Developer of Sabayon.
6 • Password managers are security risk (by hobbitland on 2015-03-02 06:00:36 GMT from Europe)
I advise strongly against using password managers. You can get all your passwords compromised in one go. Can you trust a password manager? How about multi devices and updating?
Create passwords using two parts. A service part & a generic. All passwords are strong & easy to remember. I also created a hint file gpg-ed with 4096bit key protected with 36 chacrter passphrase. It sits on a luks-crypt partition encrypted with 256bit AES protected with a dfferent 36 character password.
For servcies you access rarely you can decrypt the gpg file.
7 • Choosing good passwords, cont. (by Penguin on 2015-03-02 06:05:04 GMT from Europe)
Passwords that start with a Letter are easier to crack than ones that start with a Number or Special Character. So $Million would be a better password than Million$.
8 • Sabayon (by Bonky Ozmond on 2015-03-02 06:14:19 GMT from North America)
I used to use Sabayon quite a while back..and it was in all fairness very good...then it went off the rails and became very unstable for me. I have at times tried it out when newer versions appeared but it has never been as good as the first 1 i used....
My final interest was sapped whe they changed to 64bit only alienating any 32bit users
For Gentoo based OS use Calculate linux much easier to install and has always been stable in the years i have run it..
@5 ...Absolute is a Slackware based distro not Gentoo....it is a 1 man show and is a very good slackware based distro.
9 • Sabayon's silly claim (by Simon on 2015-03-02 07:03:46 GMT from Oceania)
"We offer a bleeding edge operating system that is both stable and reliable"! How ridiculous. Thank you, Jesse, for a review that shows the reality behind such empty marketing hogwash. The claim's about as convincing as "My dog's bigger than yours, unless you think small dogs are better, in which case, my dog's smaller than yours!" in its efforts to claim two mutually exclusive qualities at once. One of the reasons I've never bothered to try Sabayon is that ridiculous claim: imagine if its developers actually believe it!
10 • sabayon (by ernstfree on 2015-03-02 07:27:16 GMT from Europe)
Sabayon, for me, was the first real easy rolling distro. Since 2010 I have always update and just lately I've had problems for abandonment of 32 bits.
Long live to sabayon project!
11 • Passwords - wood for the trees syndrome? (by Sondar on 2015-03-02 07:45:34 GMT from Europe)
Wondering whether this column/technology leaves users blinkered to security holes? Recommend using a mixture of technologies as aide-memoires, i.e. one of these should NOT be in electronic format. Although it's not my own choice of options, one could chalk up some brain-kickstart message on the back of the kitchen fridge? It would require foreign crooks to identify your location, fly halfway around the world at their own expenses with the risk that the fridge has broken down, been replaced and the memory-trigger been assigned to some other source. How many would bother (unless as Jesse suggests, you're a celeb. or PM, in which case the dog or bouncer offers new hurdles). Other possibilities are legion.
12 • Sabayon (by Corcaigher on 2015-03-02 09:07:04 GMT from North America)
I also used to run Sabayon on my desktop until it became too bug ridden for me; around 2008-09. I found the package manager (entropy) a handful back then and it's replacement, Riga is even worse. Plus when requesting assistance through the Sabayon forum I noticed very snide comments from the user base and even the moderators. Not a pleasant experience. That's when I discovered LinuxMint, which I have been using ever since.
13 • Linux kernel bump and Sabayon (by Barnabyh on 2015-03-02 09:52:38 GMT from North America)
Has it been 4 years of Linux 3 already? Hard to believe time flies like this.
Re. Sabayon, I have also tested quite many editions and versions of it, desperately trying to like it as the claims sound too good. Had the same impression as articulated in the review's conclusion though. If you have to re-install every six months might as well run Ubuntu.
14 • @4 Ubuntu-Mate (by kc1di on 2015-03-02 10:28:56 GMT from North America)
I've been using Ubuntu-Mate LTS since it was announce and find it stable- and dependable. Use it everyday for work.
15 • Generate a good password (by Magic Banana on 2015-03-02 11:57:36 GMT from South America)
@Mahmoud Slamah: seven characters really are too few.
A way to generate a "good password" (as defined by Jesse: "easy to remember and difficult to guess") is to take several random words. Here is a command to get three random American-English words of at most five characters each (you can obviously change the command to get more words/characters or to pick the words in another dictionary):
$ cut -d / -f 1 /usr/share/hunspell/en_US.dic | awk 'length <= 5' | shuf | head -3 | tr '\n' ' '
You can execute the command repeatedly until it outputs a password you like. Here are he five first passwords it has just output on my machine:
Claus keel Molly
Noell ripe Ave
scad intra lade
wacko Amii Shani
ctr Lewis Elden
16 • Ubuntu-Mate (by fr3d on 2015-03-02 11:58:20 GMT from North America)
I've been using Ubuntu-Mate for several months now and have found it more solid that some of the other Ubuntu releases. When all else fails, go back to the original (or something close to it). Well done, Ubuntu-Mate team; this is a fantastic distribution!
17 • Gentoo based distros (by dhinds on 2015-03-02 12:56:22 GMT from North America)
My experience re Sabayon coincides w/ that of Bonky Ozmond. It was very usable 7 years ago. But for a Gentoo based distro today Calculate is the way to go and since it's a Gentoo Overlay, the Gentoo Forums can be used. Calculate also uses openrc.
18 • @post 2 (and the review) (by Jordan on 2015-03-02 13:10:39 GMT from North America)
Ditto. It sure looks pretty on the website. Also the spiel about it is attractive, in what they themselves have to say about their product.
But no cigar. Over several releases over several years, functionality takes quite a hit.. same ol' same ol'.
19 • Passwords -- change often? (by rufovillosum on 2015-03-02 13:19:00 GMT from Planet Mars)
I fail to see why changing a password often increases your security. In the most likely case, your old password has not been compromised and is just as good as it ever was. If your password has been compromised, you'd probably already know this, and in any case is akin to barn doors and horses. Only in the extremely rare case that you change your password just as someone is in the process of a brute force attack would changing be useful.
20 • sabayon @8 (by tuxuser on 2015-03-02 13:37:34 GMT from North America)
@8 Sorry! I meant Calculate Linux
21 • Passwords (by Isaac on 2015-03-02 14:00:04 GMT from North America)
I like the idea of coming up with an algorithmic password. Come up with an algorithm that's easy for you to remember and you'll never have to remember the actual password. For example take the name of the service you're logging into like Netflix and your dog's name Spot plus the year you were born 1975. Start with the third letter of the service, capitalize the second letter of the dog's name, last letter of the service, first letter of the dog's name type your birth year while holding shift for every other number and you get: tPxs1(7%
It would be hard to guess and you won't have to worry about using the same password for every service. One downside is having a service that makes you change your password every 30 days.
22 • Sabayon (by Sebastian on 2015-03-02 14:47:21 GMT from South America)
I used to run Sabayon for a couple of years. I never had problems. Regarding the package manager I always used Equo, the command line client for the old Entropy or the new Rigo, there you know in text mode everything the package manager is or is not doing. Once, as an experiment on an old laptop I installed S7 and I did un upgrade to S10 (skipping S8 and 9). After rebooting the system, everything was working well out-of-the-box on S 10.
23 • Re: Passwords (by Magic Banana on 2015-03-02 14:55:40 GMT from South America)
@Isaac: you have to remember the process though! I doubt it is easier than remembering three random words as generated in #15.
24 • PasswordMaker.org (by Schultzter on 2015-03-02 16:32:48 GMT from North America)
I'm surprise no one has suggested PasswordMaker.org yet! Works on Chrome, Android, and many other implementations. And most awesome, every password is unique and none of them are ever stored anywhere.
25 • Passwords (by Carl Johnson on 2015-03-02 17:23:07 GMT from Europe)
I think password cards are also useful:https://www.passwordcard.org/en
It might not be the perfect solution, but it can be much better than using bad passwords. (And distributing your passwords to many cards improves security somewhat.)
26 • @21 Re: Passwords (by far2fish on 2015-03-02 17:23:11 GMT from Europe)
@21 Said "It would be hard to guess and you won't have to worry about using the same password for every service. One downside is having a service that makes you change your password every 30 days."
I agree with your algorithm approach, and for services that forces you to change regularly, add an increment to the numeric input, or an incremental number to the end or middle of your password.
27 • Sabayon (by bro koko on 2015-03-02 17:47:14 GMT from North America)
I used Sabayon a long while ago and left it for Calculate which I also found to be buggy and difficult to maintain. I have since moved to Arch, and have no regrets. The Sabayon installation I tried last installed decently, but when I ran the upgrade from the console, I completely corrupted the installation. Hours wasted = never trying again. Steam works better with other bases, and I find it to be completely reliable on my Arch box.
28 • Passwords (by albinard on 2015-03-02 17:58:10 GMT from North America)
I've used algorithmic passwords for some time, but with a different twist: take some memorable song lyrics, poem, Shakespearian passage – anything you find you have remembered for years. Take the first letters of as many words as you wish, and encrypt them in some fashion (leet, letter number, upper case, whatever) and type them out a few times as you think of the quotation. You will find that the motor memory of typing while reciting makes the process surprisingly easy to remember. Your aide-memoire can be something like
Xfce Forum: “The Raven”
for your encryption of the first few words or lines of Edgar Allen Poe's famous poem.
29 • Calculate Linux (by a on 2015-03-02 19:07:45 GMT from Europe)
Thanks @17 for mentionning that Calculate Linux uses OpenRC; I never really had a look at it thinking it was a specific distro targetting scientific users, but in fact not at all… If it’s an easy way of installing and using Gentoo then I’m very interested.
30 • KeypassX (by a on 2015-03-02 19:12:56 GMT from Europe)
And on the topic of passwords, after using the typical self-made algorithm based on the name of the service, switching to KeypassX has been a real relief for me (coupled with the ability of Firefox to remember logins and passwords). Sure, it’s a single point of failure, but it uses scrypt or bcrypt or something like that to make brute-force attacks practically impossible, and someone needs to hack into your computer to get the file first, so at that point you’re deeply in trouble anyway.
31 • Mate & Passwords (by M.Z. on 2015-03-02 19:50:43 GMT from Planet Mars)
My question on Ubuntu Mate, why not use Mint Mate instead? Mint not only has a better track record on user privacy, but they've been doing the Mate desktop as one of their core versions for some time now. Give the size of Mint compared to an Ubuntu community spin I'd guess that you'd get a more polished desktop with the same base. Is there really a point to this version of Ubuntu when you can get the same basic thing from a team that's been doing it longer & better?
Nice idea. I'd guess #23s concern about remembering the process wouldn't be an issue if you reused the same algorithm enough. I actually flip the order of one of my passwords around after expiration, similar to what #26 suggests, so I don't think that expired passwords would be too much of an issue. You'll always get it on the second try if you consistently flip one part of the password, right?
For my personal passwords I tend to use technical descriptors of things I'm interested in. For instance if I were into astronomy I might use:
It effectively describes the 8th planet from the sun in terms of distance from the sun & length of its solar year. I think you could easily apply this method to many different things that you might be interested in with some sort of physical descriptor. As long as you don't have pictures of that thing of interest on facebook it should be fairly hard to guess. As a bonus you'll always remember exact descriptions of the things you're interested in if you keep typing them in as passwords. It's also fairly easy to generate a lengthy password that will make for it tough for someone to get root on your system.
32 • Calculate Linux (by dhinds on 2015-03-02 19:56:01 GMT from North America)
Yes, that is exactly what it is, if either kde or xfce fits your needs. "an easy way of installing and using Gentoo". OTOH, all rolling releases can break sometimes, but reinstalling w/o formatting has solved the rare problems I've had to date.
I never-the-less have other systems installed and keep my data in a separate partition, accessible for any OS.
33 • Ubuntu Mate (by linuxista on 2015-03-02 20:53:53 GMT from North America)
@31 The Ubuntu Mate team have done a very polished job from the beginning and it is under very active and somewhat unique development path, including a port to Power PC and, I'm not sure, but I think implementing global menus and pushing it upstream to Mate.
The privacy issues with Ubuntu have been mostly if not exclusively related to the flagship Unity edition. So while Mint have been doing it longer, I wouldn't automatically assume they are doing it better.
34 • Maybe... (by M.Z. on 2015-03-02 22:19:54 GMT from Planet Mars)
Maybe if they're implementing new features they have a reason for a Mate spin; however, the Ubuntu respins are generally community efforts that I think have far less resources than a project like Mint. Given the fact that Mint is widely acknowledged to be among the most polished Distros around & Mate is a main version of their Distro, I think an Ubuntu Mate would like be another useless copy of Ubuntu that diverted resources away from similar efforts. Their road map mentions some vaguely interesting stuff about docks & launchers, but they also talk about Compiz integration which is all ready in Mint! Talk about needless duplication of effort. I'm aware of where the privacy issues occurred, but Ubuntu is sort of radioactive as a name for me & will be until they fix the issue in their main edition. Perhaps they can prove me wrong in the long run, but I'm fairly skeptical about the need for a project like Ubuntu Mate.
35 • Choosing a secure password (by cykodrone on 2015-03-03 01:41:24 GMT from North America)
I use associations instead of the actual word or term, on top of that, I memorize its spelling backwards, and for good measure I throw in a number somewhere (a lot of times you're asked for a number nowadays anyway), for example, temlehelprup8. I don't personally eat purple helmets, it's a joke, that's another thing, have some fun with making up whacky passwords. :D You might think I'm crazy, but I've never been hacked, ever.
36 • Bloated Projects (by John on 2015-03-03 07:01:57 GMT from Europe)
I find a minimal Debian Stable install works best. I choose whether or not I want something like Gnome, KDE, etc. or a Window Manager. I can install several if I want and switch between them for various tasks.
37 • Reproducible builds - version control, anyone? (by Ben Myers on 2015-03-03 14:58:37 GMT from North America)
It's a little unsettling to find out that builds cannot be reproduced reliably from source code. It certainly has something to do with the complexity of the beast, and I wonder of Microsoft or Apple would ever go public with a statement about REproducing OS versions from source code. Probably not. Anybody ever heard of version control?
38 • Sabayon (by Dave on 2015-03-03 15:26:25 GMT from North America)
I too ran Sabayon for more than a year as my everyday desktop system and had to leave it behind for more mature Linux distros. TBH, if you want something Gentoo based, you really are best off with the real thing. Same can be said of any of the child distros such as Ubuntu, but especially true of Sabayon. Look, Gentoo really does need to be installed from the ground up and tailored to your precise needs, and that is what makes Gentoo what it is. Same thing with Arch. Using a distro based on them seriously defeats the purpose of using them.
39 • @38 (by jaws222 on 2015-03-03 18:03:17 GMT from North America)
"Gentoo really does need to be installed from the ground up and tailored to your precise needs, and that is what makes Gentoo what it is. Same thing with Arch. Using a distro based on them seriously defeats the purpose of using them."
So you're saying any distro not built from the ground up is useless?
40 • @39 (by mandog on 2015-03-03 19:35:39 GMT from South America)
What he is saying is correct but you either don't get it or just want to argue,
Gentoo as arch is only a base to build on, Manjaro/calculate are what someone else decides you want you have no say, I hope that makes it clearer.
41 • @40 (by jaws222 on 2015-03-03 19:45:07 GMT from North America)
"Gentoo as arch is only a base to build on, Manjaro/calculate are what someone else decides you want you have no say, I hope that makes it clearer."
AHHH! Now that I get.
Two of my favorites are Manjaro and Lnux Lite and I obviously like what they're doing so I'm good. :)
42 • Ubuntu still a good base (by mikef90000 on 2015-03-03 20:39:47 GMT from North America)
While I agree that a specialized, minimal system is easier to build from the Debian base, Ubuntu is still better for a fully functional system with saner defaults and more options. There are literally thousands of packages that can't or won't be accepted upstream by the Debian maintainers. The MATE DE may make it upstream eventually, but it is exasperating that workwhile apps like grub-customizer are continually rebuffed.
43 • Gentoo / calculate etc (by Bonky Ozmond on 2015-03-03 21:31:42 GMT from North America)
Calculate for me meant i could install My Gentoo in considerably less time and with less effort than doing it the Gentoo way...I dont have the same desktop etc and their is "Gentoo scratch" which is basically just a Gentoo installer. you add all the rest .the Gentoo Repos are 100% compatible Calculate do have some Binary builds of a few programs as well.. and you use Portage, and compile programs in the same way as Gentoo
Even pure Gentoo users will tell you to use Funtoo or the Gentoo based rescue CD ( name eludes me atm) or Calculate to make installation easier..
Sabayon Is conciderably different and could be classed as more Like Manjaro / Arch relationship
Manaro and Arch is a little different as the Repos aren't 100% compatible ...You can if fact install Manjaro as a base install and build it the way you want..
Calculate and Manjaro are my Main distros both are incredibly stable, fast and easy to use
44 • @43 (by mandog on 2015-03-03 22:04:35 GMT from South America)
You can certainly do a Manjaro Net install but that is not the same as a arch base install now is it comes with a bucketful of unneeded bloat, and tools that only a newbie would use ,Taken from the Wiki Calculate 100% compatible with Gentoo, but provides official binary repository updates. That is not the Gentoo way now is it pure Gentoo is built from source code and you set the flags, not with preconfigured binary packages. so as I said earlier Manjaro/calculate are what someone else decides you want you have no say,
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