| DistroWatch Weekly
|DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 34, 2 February 2004
Welcome to this year's fifth edition of DistroWatch Weekly. It will be an interesting week with all eyes on the upcoming beta (or "Test1") release of Fedora Core 2, as well as the final release of KDE 3.2, both of which were originally scheduled to be released today. But of course, in the world of Free Software, schedules are nothing but rough guidelines, so don't be surprised if both are delayed by a few days. And speaking about new toys to play with, we have added 7 new distributions to the DistroWatch database last week, including the interestingly named "Linux XP Professional Edition", a real distribution made in Russia and due for an official release later today. Happy reading!
Testing Mandrake Linux 10.0
Judging by the feedback of some Mandrake beta testers, the upcoming Mandrake Linux 10.0 is shaping up very nicely. The combined speed enhancements of the Linux kernel 2.6 and KDE 3.2 make for a substantially more pleasant desktop experience - if you haven't tried it, you might be overwhelmed by how fast the entire KDE desktop feels. There is no doubt that this is going to be the most exciting Mandrake release ever. However, the first beta is not without its bugs - some users have reported troubles while trying to boot the first CD with a "mkinitrd fail" message, while others have complained about missing kernel sources and certain applications. In the past, Mandrake beta releases were coming out at rapid intervals, so do keep an eye on your favourite Mandrake mirror for signs of the second beta.
Get LindowsOS for free
Lindows.com continues with its occasional giveaways of LindowsOS. According to this story at Overclockers Club, you can get a free copy of LindowsOS 4.5 by filling in a simple form on the LindowsOS shopping page: "Today Lindows is giving away free copies of their LindowsOS. LindowsOS is the leading Linux operating system designed specifically for the desktop and laptop. To let you try the amazing power of Linux on your desktop, you can get a free copy of LindowsOS 4.5, courtesy of Google, a $59.95 value! The offer is ONLY good for today." There are no strings attached, so take advantage of this offer and get the latest version of LindowsOS for free. Visit this page for instructions. The offer is valid for today (Monday, 2 February) only.
GUILinux web site launched
A new web site devoted to information about Linux on the desktop has been launched: "After a heavy three week period of beta testing, and a major redesign, we are proud to announce the official launch of the GUILinux website, where we serve up all Linux Desktop, all the time. The site is targeted at promoting ALL Linux distributions aimed at the desktop. If it's Linux, and it's desktop, we want to promote it! As always, we are also looking for contributors." GUILinux is certainly worth a bookmark.
|Released Last Week
Buffalo Linux 1.1.2
The fast release schedule of Buffalo Linux continue with version 1.1.2: "Buffalo Linux 1.1.2 - 6 kernel options at install time. The 2.6.1 kernel has been integrated as an install time option. The 'newkernel' build now includes an option to create a Slackware package for the newly built 2.6.1 kernel and modules. There were many minor bug fixes. Some new packages added: python-2.3.3, python-tools-2.3.3, qt-3.2.2; some upgraded: sendmail-8.12.11, alsa-lib-1.0.1, lvm-1.0.7, xchat-2.0.6." Find out more about Buffalo Linux on the distribution's web site.
Lineox Enterprise Linux 3.0
Lineox Enterprise Linux is a new distribution built from RHEL's source RPM packages. Version 3.0 was released today: "Lineox Enterprise Linux 3.0 contains all freely distributable programs found in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3.0 AS/ES/WS, Red Hat Cluster Suite, and Red Hat Developer Suite. On the same DVD-ROM there are also 6 different language versions of OpenOffice.org 1.1.0, dictionaries, spell checkers, and other support files. As preferred package management system, Lineox Enterprise Linux 3.0 utilizes apt-get, which resolves package dependencies automatically. Lineox Enterprise Linux 3.0 users can use apt-get to get security and feature updates from www.lineox.com and other Internet sites." Read the rest of the press release.
A new version of the ResNet USB Network Tester, or RUNT for short, has been released: "RUNT 3.2 has been released. This release contains minor security fixes. The kernel has been upgraded to 2.4.24, lftp has been upgraded to 2.6.10, and rsync has been updated to 2.5.7." Read the announcement of the project's home page. RUNT is Slackware Linux designed to run off of a 128MB USB pen drive; it is intended to be a fairly complete Linux installation for use as a testing tool capable of booting on any x86 computer with a USB port and a bootable floppy drive.
Feather Linux 0.3.4
Feather Linux 0.3.4 has been released. From the changelog: "Fixed toram boot option; included Knoppix terminal server, hdparm, recover, amap, hping2, cabextract, splitvt, pciutils, pcmcia-cs and psmisc; changed proxy option so it is specified from boot commandine; fixed X setup script; changed apt sources.list; changed SciTE startup appearance; organised Fluxbox menu to group daemons and PPP scripts; some packages were organised to suit apt-get; re-implemented /etc/skel so adduser will work."
SystemRescueCD 0.2.10 for ix86 has been released. From the changelog: "Updated the kernel to Linux-2.4.24; improved the EVMS support; added Perl-5.8 (for Captive-NTFS); added Ranish partition manager bootdisk; added Aida bootdisk (Hardware diagnostic tool); added DVD burning tools (dvd+rw-tools); added app-cdr/cdw (CD Burning program); updated/added network drivers; updated memtest (memory tester); updated partimage to 0.6.3 final; many minor updates."
ThePacketMaster Security Server 1.2.1
This is a new release of ThePacketMaster Security Server, version 1.2.1: "I've just completed the final touches on version 1.2.1. This version incorporates all the packages I had been working on in January until the problem with the Linux kernel mremap function came around and I decided to put out a fix first. So this new version includes 70 more security packages, bring the grand total to 200+! I've also made some changes to the bootup procedure to bring in more in line with the goals of this distribution. The system will not proceed with the bootup until a root password has been created. Some initialization scripts that were included in 1.2.0 have been tweaked." The full announcement.
INSERT, short for Inside Security Rescue Toolkit, is a Knoppix-based multi-purpose disaster recovery and network analysis system running directly from a credit card-sized CD-ROM. Version 1.2.1 was released today. From the changelog: "This version of INSERT features major improvements. It is based on latest Knoppix V3.3-031119 booting linux kernel 2.4.22-xfs and offering the ability to run from RAM or HD. INSERT now provides full read-write support on NTFS partitions, which makes it the first linux mini-distribution world-wide to provide this functionality!" Visit the project's web site for further information.
Source Mage GNU/Linux 0.9
Source Mage GNU/Linux 0.9 has been released: "The Source Mage GNU/Linux development team is proud to announce the last release before our official 1.0! The latest release v0.9, code named 'Virtue', is available from here and all the usual mirror sites. The Changelog is available here. We would like to also put out the call for developers, testers and maintainers. We are a small organization that would give someone who is interested in working on a Free Software project the chance to join in, no matter what your level of technical expertise is." The full announcement.
Linux Netwosix 1.0
Linux Netwosix is a new Linux distribution on our list; a specialist product for servers and network security related jobs with a powerful ports system, similar to BSD ports. From the release announcement of Netwosix 1.0: "Features: it runs Linux kernel 2.6.1; system binaries linked with the GNU C Library, version 2.3.2; printer server powered by CUPS 1.1.19; double possibility of installation: from .tgz or from .tar.gz (for experts); iptables 1.2.7a; GCC 3.3.2 as the default C compiler; it runs 'nepote' as default porting tool; Perl 5.8.2 as perl compiler; a big collection of tools security-oriented is localised into /netwosix/tools of the official Netwosix CD-ROM." Find out more at netwosix.org.
Puppy Linux 0.8.0
A new version of Puppy Linux is out: "Puppy version 0.8.0 released. Version 0.7.9 was compiled on a Redhat 8.0 system, and this version is completely rebuilt based on the uClibc C library and a custom root filesystem. As this version is a complete rebuild, there may be quirks that weren't there before -- let me know. To bootup from the live-CD, the PC must have at least 128M RAM and must have a hard drive partition of type vfat, ext2/3 or reiserfs with at least 256M free space. ntfs partitions not yet supported. Puppy will create a file on the hard drive partition in which to store your personal data -- if Puppy is unable to find a suitable hard drive partition, Puppy will still run but your settings and files will not be saved." Read the rest of the long release notes.
Kalango Linux 1.0
Kalango Linux 1.0 has been released: "Slightly delayed, Kalango 1.0 final is released. Based on Kurumin 2.05, some of the changes since the release candidate 1 include: added Samba, Swat and Smbfs; replaced Kword and Kspread with Abiword and Gnumeric; added CCK (Centro de Controle do Kalango), which provides for a more intuitive organisation of system configuration scripts; added SGP (Simple Gerenciador de Pacotes)..." See the full changelog (in Portuguese). Kalango Linux is a Brazilian distribution based on Kurumin Linux.
|Upcoming Releases and Announcements
Fedora Core 2 Test 1 delayed...
The latest edition of the Fedora News Updates reports about a possible delay in the release of the much awaited beta release of Fedora Core 2: "Elliot Lee, has mentioned that Test 1 for FC2 will be delayed by at least a day, or maybe a few more, as they are sorting things out with SELinux, the kernel, and a few other bits. If people are testing out Rawhide, and find some critical bugs that are show stoppers (i.e. it prevents installing a basically functional system), please make it clear on Bugzilla or start posting to the fedora-devel-list." More recent details are also available in this mailing list post: "In short, it's not working quite well enough to push out yet. We're currently working on it, and will update the schedule page when we have a better idea when it's going to be usable. Best guess right now is mid-to-late this week."
There is plenty of exciting talk on the knoppix.net forums about a possible release of Knoppix 3.4 with kernel 2.6 within the next 2 weeks: "Companies appreciate it for its security and reliability. Private users, however, are still reluctant to use Linux. Why is that? c't tests everyday usability of system and applications and presents on the attached CD-ROM a breaking fresh Knoppix 3.4 with Kernel 2.6 for you to try out." Read more.
Lycoris Desktop/LX Update 4
DesktopOS reports that a new version of Lycoris Desktop/LX might not be too far away: "As Joseph noted - we have KDE 3 running. It's in development for Update 4, which will be out....well, I will check with Joseph for when we will be making the prerelease announcement. The KDE3 that is working on the Lycoris development boxes is going to include all of the Lycoris tweaks, and it will be the version released. So it's coming, and in the not too distant future. I'll keep everyone posted..." The full story.
|Web Site News
New search features
As suggested by one of the visitors, the search page now lists the descriptions of all active distributions. This makes it easy to search for keywords within the page without having to load each distribution's page to see their descriptions. Also included on the page is a Google search box for searching within distrowatch.com.
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- Sun Java Desktop System. Sun Java Desktop System is a comprehensive, secure, highly affordable enterprise desktop solution that is simple to use and works with existing infrastructure. The software consists of a fully integrated client environment based on open source and standards including a GNOME desktop environment, StarOffice productivity suite, Mozilla browser, Evolution e-mail and calendar client, Java 2 Standard Edition, and a Linux operating system. Future releases of Java Desktop System are planned to support workstations and Sun Ray thin clients running the Solaris Operating System.
- Lineox Enterprise Linux. Lineox Enterprise Linux is based on source RPM packages from which Red Hat Enterprise Linux is compiled. Lineox Enterprise Linux contains all programs included in various Red Hat Enterprise Linux variations (Advanced Server (AS), Entry/Mid Server (ES), and Workstation (WS)). It also contains programs included in separately sold Red Hat Cluster Suite and Red Hat Developer Suite. Lineox has removed and replaced all files of Red Hat Enterprise Linux which have restrictive copyright by Red Hat, Inc. Lineox has also tried to remove all user-visible references to Red Hat in Lineox Enterprise Linux. The most notable difference between Lineox Enterprise Linux and Red Hat Enterprise Linux is the support options provided by Red Hat, Inc. Lineox, Inc. does not provide any support for Lineox Enterprise Linux with the base product. Lineox, Inc. however plans to provide binary package updates for Lineox Enterprise Linux as long as Red Hat, Inc. provides updates for Red Hat Enterprise Linux in source package format.
- Linux XP. Linux XP Professional Edition is a universal and secure operating system for Russian speakers designed for home and business use. It is based on freely available sources from Red Hat Linux and Fedora Core.
- Linux Netwosix. Linux Netwosix is a powerful and optimised Linux distribution for servers and network security related jobs. With its collection of security oriented software, it is designed to be used for special operations, such as penetration tests. Linux Netwosix is a light, portable and highly configurable distribution created for system administrators. It has a powerful ports system (Nepote), similar to the BSD systems, but more flexible and usable.
- Slackintosh. "Slackintosh" is a simply the name for a bunch of Slackware source files that have been compiled on a PowerPC box. It all comes from the "source" directories of the real thing with few exceptions. Changes have been made to accommodate the differences between the x86 and PPC architectures, but otherwise it's the same Slackware feel you know and love. In the past, these packages were only useful if you already had another distribution loaded on your system. The new 8.1 tree changes that. You can now create a bootable CD for NewWorld systems, or start the installer over the network from a TFTP server. Slackintosh is a collection of the essentials. You get a base system with compilers and networking components. Anything complicated (KDE, GNOME, etc) that isn't essential is not available and there are no plans to provide them.
- knopILS. knopILS is an Italian variant of the Knoppix live CD.
- LinuxDefender. LinuxDefender Live! CD is a BitDefender re-mastered Knoppix distribution. It was designed to provide users of both Windows and Linux computers with virus incident rescue tools. Whether your Linux mailserver just got rootkited or your Windows gamestation just got Slammer'd, it's LinuxDefender to the rescue! Just put the bootable CD in your drive to start a turn-key Linux OS which comes packed with almost 1.5 gigabytes of utilities. This distribution contains two world premieres: the world's first ever SAMBA 3 compatible commercial antivirus and FULL NTFS write support - available using the captive NTFS write project.
Screenshot: LinuxDefender Live! CD with a commercial antivirus program and NTFS write support.
(full image size 248kB)
New on the waiting list
- Cryptux. Cryptux is a full featured, Red Hat-based Linux distribution that aims to bring full disk encryption to the common user.
- Darkstar Linux. Darkstar Linux is a new source-based multi-platform Linux distribution.
- Phrealon Linux. Phrealon is a bootable Linux CD based on Slackware Linux designed to allow the easy imaging of multiple workstations. It utilises the updcast set of Linux tools to accomplish this.
With the total number of listed distribution having passed the 250 mark today, perhaps it's time for some clean-up. The main criteria for retiring a distribution onto the Discontinued Distributions page is its release policy and web site updates - if a project has not released any new version for 2 years and its web site indicated no signs of activity for 12 months, then it's probably time to say good-bye to the distribution. This week's discontinued distributions:
Both Antomic GNU/Linux and TrX Live Firewall are now considered "discontinued".
- Antomic GNU/Linux. The project's web site has not been updated for almost one year, with the last news item claiming that "the project stalls because of a delayed X Window System release(4.3)".
- TrX Live Firewall. Without any official announcement, the TrX home page has started redirecting visitors to the Gnoppix web site.
DistroWatch database summary
- Number of distributions in the database: 251
- Number of discontinued distributions: 31
- Number of distributions on the waiting list: 59
No reader feedback this week.
That's all for this week, see you next Monday :-)
1 • bitdefender knoppix Cd - understated release (by stan on 2004-02-02 16:58:37 GMT) |
by far the most underated and understaded release this week for me has got to be that bitdefender re-matering of knoppix.
Yes I know knoppix's own move to 2.6 kernel sounds good and everyone is drooling over mandrake 10 with 2.6 and 3.2KDE etc.
But thats all stuff thats expected.
this Bitdefender is out of the blue and lets face it its damn usefull!
Please have a look at bitdefender live CD.
2 • Bogus Lindows offer (by Steve on 2004-02-02 17:00:56 GMT)
Well, the Lindows offer expired at 8:00 AM THIS MORNING! So much for "FreeLindowsGoogleDay". Shouldn't it have been "FreeLindowsGoogleHours"? Now I'll definitely never try Lindows. What a gyp!
3 • lindows offer (by Jon at 2004-02-02 18:05:18 GMT)
I found this offer at 5:30 CST this morning and signed up for it then. Lucky me! If you managed to sign up and order before 8:00, I think you can still log in at any time and download. At ~6:00 CST, there were 212 in the lindows download queue. An hour later, there were over 800. Now it's just over 600. It's going to take a while to even start downloading, but I'm sure someone will put it on p2p...
4 • Fedora Core 2 (by Christophe on 2004-02-02 18:17:36 GMT)
Please, please, don't hurry with the release of FC2. Last time I had to spend more than one week figuring out and fixing very obvious bugs in FC1. For example the package manager was completely unable to install any program! What a shame! I prefer to wait for one or more two weeks to get the release and not spend those two weeks hunting for patches and fixing bugs myself. Don't get me wrong, I love FC1 and I'm currently using it on all my computers. But Fedora is not a commercial product and I don't understand why the team would insist so much in meeting a deadline, even at the cost of releasing an untested product. Please TAKE YOUR TIME, and TEST IT this time, don't forget that you are using a completely new kernel, be careful, and release ONLY WHEN IT WORKS. We will all be proud of FC2. A big thank you to the Fedora team, great OS. And a big thank you to DistroWatch!
5 • Lindows offer (by Marcel at 2004-02-03 12:24:53 GMT)
If you read the interviews with the Lindows CEO(?) last week(?) that were reported on distrowatch, you would have known the possibility was there to get you're own copy of lindows for free. I did read them and downloaded Lindows. I didn't like it enough to leave the installation on my system, but at least I was able to get it. This action lasted alot longer then I expected. So don't blame Lindows. Blame yourself for not reading the article.
6 • KDE / Fedora (by Anonymous on 2004-02-04 10:40:56 GMT)
KDE 3.2 was released yesterday. Now waiting for Fedora Core 2...
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