| DistroWatch Weekly
|DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 69, 4 October 2004
Welcome to this year's 39th edition of DistroWatch Weekly. If you haven't pre-ordered your OpenBSD 3.6 CD set, now is the time to do as they started shipping, a month earlier than expected! Also, we have some news about the upcoming SUSE LINUX 9.2. Enjoy!
Newsletter for Ubuntu users, OpenBSD 3.6 CDs now shipping
The developers of Ubuntu Linux, a new high-profile Debian-based Linux distribution, have launched a weekly newsletter called Ubuntu Traffic: "This list began as a summary of the discussions that take place on the Sounder/Ubuntu email list and IRC channel. With the Ubuntu release, Ubuntu Traffic will become a summary of the most important Ubuntu related mailing list and IRC traffic on all lists." The latest issue covers a lots of interesting topics, such as new Ubuntu artwork, daily ISO images, and the economics of Ubuntu (inclusive of a reply by Ubuntu's founder Mark Shuttleworth). It also mentions the release date of Ubuntu Linux 4.10 final, which was set to the October 20th. This is a good place to keep up-to-date with the development and other interesting topics related to this increasingly popular distribution.
The OpenBSD 3.6 CD sets are now shipping, a whole month before the product's official release on November 1st. From an announcement by Theo de Raadt: "The 3.6 CDs have arrived in Calgary. (They are early because of I am presenting a talk in Malaysia). The CDs will start shipping out in the next few days to those who have ordered them already. Unlike the staffing disaster last time, it sounds like things are working very well. Enjoy them, and thanks for your support." Unfortunately, pre-orders have been disappointing thus far. If you enjoy the product and wish to support it, visit the the OpenBSD online store and get your very own 3-CD set of OpenBSD 3.6 (US$45). Needless to say, the accompanying release song is also out and available in mp3 or ogg formats.
The SME Server project has been acquired by Lycoris: "Effective immediately, Contribs.org and the development and support of the SME Server will be handled by Lycoris." For those unfamiliar with the Red Hat-based SME Server distribution, it was originally known as e-smith and developed by a company of the same name, before the product was taken over by MITEL. Late last year, MITEL announced that it would no longer provide a free edition of SME Server and handed the product over to the SME server user community at Contribs.org. The project looked half-dead before Lycoris took control over it last week. On surface, it seems like a positive development for SME Server; however (please forgive us our scepticism), Lycoris has a history of unfulfilled product plans (what happened to Beryl which meant to be released after Update 3?), denials of its own press releases, and poor customer relations. The company now promises "a commitment to continued GPL development and availability" of SME Server, but given its past, we never know if we can believe it or not. Only time will tell.
The Gentoo project has announced a poll to decide the winner of the Gentoo web site redesign contest: "Voting is finally underway in the Gentoo web site redesign contest. The five finalist entries may be viewed at the contest page. It is now up to the Gentoo community to choose the winning design." The Gentoo web site has seen very little changes since the early beginnings of the project and most users will agree that a redesign was in order. If you are interested in helping to choose the winner, head for the Gentoo forums and cast your vote; only four more days remain before the winner is announced.
Finally, looking through the first three days of webalizer statistics on the DistroWatch.com web server, the recent trend among this site's visitors to replace their ancient and bug-ridden Microsoft Internet Explorer with lean, secure and feature-rich Firefox has been further confirmed. This month, Firefox has become the leading web browser with a market share of almost 27%, while MSIE's share dropped to less than 23% (from over 60% three years ago). Mozilla has 14% and Opera 9%. Although it is natural to expect a higher percentage of open source browsers on a web site devoted to Linux and BSD, it is always nice to see that the new generation Gecko browsers now represent the dominant browsing tools for most of our visitors. Way to go!
|Featured distribution of the week: Bayanihan Linux
Continuing with our introductions to less well-known Linux distributions, this week's featured project is Bayanihan Linux. Sponsored by Advanced Science and Technology Institute (ASTI) in the Philippines, Bayanihan Linux is a free, single-CD, Fedora-based distribution in English, designed to ease migration from Windows to Linux. Version 3.1, released last week, features up-to-date software with KDE 3.3.0 as its default desktop, well-designed and logical menu structures, as well as compatibility with Windows applications through WINE. The latest Firefox browser and OpenOffice.org office suite are also included. The excellent online manual with plenty of step-by-step instructions and screenshots is a cherry on the top, especially since so many other Linux distributions tend to neglect the importance of good documentation.
The word "Bayanihan" represents a Filipino tradition where people in a community help their neighbour in physically moving their house to a different location. This is perhaps a good analogy to be used when migrating to a new operating system as well, with FAQs, developer's mailing list and IRC channel (web based user forums are under construction) ready to offer assistance to users. The project sports a good-looking web site with new features being added regularly and new distribution releases produced roughly every 6 months since version 1.0 released in June 2002.
Bayanihan Linux 3.1 is a well-crafted, up-to-date distribution, designed with non-technical users in mind. To find out more, visit the project's web site and start downloading. You won't be disappointed!
Bayanihan Linux 3.1 - a well-designed and up-to-date distribution for non-technical users.
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|Released Last Week
Càtix is a Knoppix-based live CD developed by TecnoCampus Mataró in Barcelona in cooperation with Softcatalà to distribute 60,000 Càtix live CDs to the Catalan-speaking public in Spain. Version 1.0.1, released yesterday, is mostly a bug fix release of the earlier Càtix 1.0; however, it does include improved hardware auto-detection routines. There are comprehensive release notes (in Catalan) if you need further details.
Càtix 1.0.1 - an instant operating system for Catalan speakers
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Bayanihan Linux 3.1
Bayanihan Linux 3.1 has been released: "Bayanihan Linux 3.1 is the fourth major release of the Bayanihan Linux operating system. The software applications included in this release are the latest packages available to date. System features: graphical desktop; Internet ready; office productivity suite; Windows emulation, filesystem and sharing support; multimedia playback of CD, MP3, DVD, VCD and AVI; CD/DVD burning capability; educational applications; image editing tools; better support for removable devices." Read the full release announcement for details.
CRUX 2.0 (PPC edition)
The PPC edition of CRUX 2.0 has been released: "The long awaited CRUX PPC version 2.0 is now available. Supports Apple and Pegasos II systems, uses Linux kernel 220.127.116.11 and Native Posix Threads Library (TLS/NPTL). Ready for ALSA and IPv6. See the download page!" CRUX PPC isa PPC port of the fast and light-weight CRUX Linux distribution for Apple's NewWorld PowerPC computers; for further information please visit the project's web site.
Yellow Dog Linux 4.0
Yellow Dog Linux 4.0 has been released: "Terra Soft Solutions, Inc., the leading developer of integrated PowerPC Linux solutions, is pleased to announce release of Yellow Dog Linux v4.0. The final Yellow Dog Linux v4.0 CD-Rs have been created and will today be delivered to a CD production facility for glass mastering and replication. Six months in development, Yellow Dog Linux v4.0 is built upon Fedora Core 2, offering both KDE 3.3 and GNOME 2.6.0 desktops with an all new presentation for both the Installer and post-installed desktop environment. Included applications are OpenOffice 1.1.1, Rhythmbox 0.8.3, Mozilla 1.7 and development tools glibc 2.3.3 and gcc 3.3.3 built upon the 32-bit kernel 2.6.8." Read the official press release for further details.
Damn Small Linux 0.8.2
A new version of Damn Small Linux has been released. From the changelog: "0.8.2: added ndiswrapper with GUI; added add users to live CD with GUI; improved dial-up PPP with controlling GUI; added prims2 setup GUI; frugal mounted read/write, backup/restore & mydsl in a single partition; added emelfm as super-user menu item; changed colors of mc when launched from menu; added View in Scite emelfm user command."
Lineox Enterprise Linux 2.1
Lineox has released Lineox Enterprise Linux 2.1, a distribution built from source RPMs for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 2.1, inclusive of errata and security updates: "The main reason for making Lineox Enterprise Linux 2.1 was to create a platform on which to build updated packages from source packages published by Red Hat, Inc. which continue to be available up to May 31 2009. Lineox plans to use these packages to keep some of our servers updated, which are still running Red Hat 7.2-based Spectra Linux 1.1. Always Current Lineox Enterprise Linux 2.1.007 contains all available updates including Update 5." Read the rest of the release announcement for details.
A new stable version of the AGNULA/DeMuDi audio distribution is out: "AGNULA/DeMuDI 1.2.0, the Debian-based GNU/Linux distribution for audio, has been released. This release is first of the 1.2.x series, which sports tighter integration with Debian, using the Sarge Debian Installer and the CDD (Custom Debian Distributions) framework. Highlights: installer - running apt-get update in case network is available; configuration - added a cfengine script to properly set /dev/dsp /dev/mixers links and permissions; kernel - applied i2c and lm-sensors patches; menus - added missing menu entry for Gnome Wave Cleaner in Sound/DSP; applications - added gtkguitune to the DSP task, lm-sensors and sensord to the packages installed by default, GEM to the Synthesis task...." Read the full announcement and FAQs for further details.
AGNULA/DeMuDi 1.2.0 - a new version of the specialist Debian-based audio distribution.
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IPCop Firewall 1.4.0
18 months have passed since the last stable release of IPCop Firewall, but now we have a pleasure to report that a brand new version is finally out: "The IPCop team is proud to announce the final 1.4.0 release today! IPCop Linux is a complete Linux distribution whose sole purpose is to protect the networkson which it is installed. It is extremely easy for anyone to install and configure. Frequently, the IPCop firewall can be installed within 10 to 15 minutes. Changes: build system uses LFS (Linux from Scratch); new GUI; new supported hardware includes: SCSI hardware, PCMCIA hardware, Speedtouch PPPoE, AVM Fritz!DSL...; new features include: support ACPI, uni- and multi-processor systems, SSP Stack Smashing Protection and libsafe, intrusion detection SNORT (for all interfaces), traffic shaping...." See the rest of the release announcement for a complete list of changes.
Vidalinux Desktop OS 1.0
The first stable version of Vidalinux Desktop OS has been released and is available for download via BitTorrent or purchase (US$30): "VLOS (Vidalinux Desktop OS) is a powerful, stable and easy to use new Linux distribution. The desktop components are based on the best projects of the open source community including GNOME desktop environment, OpenOffice.org, Ximian productivity suite, Mozilla browser, Evolution mail and calendar client, Gentoo Linux system and Portage package manager. Vidalinux Desktop OS is the only system which includes additional multimedia and productivity applications for the home user including media players, browser plugins for Flash, RealPlayer, PDF viewer, media, graphics design and administration tools." Visit the project's web site for further information.
Development and unannounced releases
|Upcoming Releases and Announcements
Ubuntu Linux 4.10
The first stable version of Ubuntu will be released on October 20th: "Release manager Jeff Waugh announced the (new) release date for the final version of Ubuntu. To get some extra testing exposure for our very first (YAYAYA!) release, Mark has suggested that we push out a release candidate on the 13th, and our final release on the 20th of October. The release schedule has been updated for this change. Matt Zimmerman seemed mildly concerned that it was being moved to a day other than his birthday. Matt: your Ubuntu Traffic editor feels for you." The full story.
SUSE LINUX 9.2
According to this notice (in German), the next release of SUSE LINUX will be version 9.2 and it should be available on November 1st in Germany (incidentally, Fedora Core 3 will be released on the same day). In fact, Amazon UK is already taking pre-orders for the product: see SUSE LINUX 9.2 Professional (£58.49) and SUSE LINUX 9.2 Professional Upgrade (£41.39), with the projected shipping date on November 5th. Expect a formal product announcement from SUSE within the next few days/weeks.
|Web Site News
September donation: K3b receives US$350
Many thanks to those who have taken the time to nominate a project for our September donation last week. Although XFce ended up with the most nominations, the project does not have facilities to accept donations at present. That meant the our September donation could only go to K3b, a project that received the second highest number of nominations. The September donation totalled €280 (about US$350). As always, our donation programme is a joint initiative between DistroWatch and LinuxCD.org, which contributed US$50. LinuxCD.org is an online store selling low-cost Linux/BSD CDs - they have the largest selection, inclusive of all the latest releases, and they offer the lowest prices. Next time you need to order your favourite Linux or BSD CDs, get them from LinuxCD.org.
Most of you frequenting DistroWatch won't need an explanation of what K3b is - especially since it has emerged as the runaway leader in graphical CD/DVD burning applications under Linux and BSD. Those who frequently download large ISO images of Linux distributions undoubtedly appreciate the clear user interface and easy drag-and-drop functionality (anybody still remembers X-CD-Roast)? The developer of K3b, Sebastian Trueg, has emailed us to say "thank you", after first making sure that the donation is real: "What the h...? Is this real? Did you really want to donate 280 Euros? I think I had a really stupid look on my face when I saw the mail... :)"
Here is the PayPal receipt for our donation:
This email confirms that you have paid firstname.lastname@example.org 280.00 EUR using PayPal.
Total Amount: 280.00 EUR
Transaction ID: 2K408897TP551592A
Item Title: K3b Development Donation
This is the list of projects that received a DistroWatch donation since the launch of the programme:
New distribution additions
- StartCom Enterprise Linux. StartCom Enterprise Linux, which is based on the Red Hat AS source code, is the ultimate solution for middle-size servers to large data centres. The current version supports the largest commodity-architecture servers with up to 16 CPUs and 64GB (on x86 systems) of main memory, Global File System - for highly scalable, high performance data sharing in multi-system configurations. Included in this distribution is a comprehensive collection of open source server applications like mail, file (SMB/NFS), DNS, web, FTP, and a complete desktop environment.
New on the waiting list
- Phaeronix. Phaeronix is a SLAX-based live CD full of all kinds of software, with a strong bias towards normal users' needs - multimedia, office and Internet programs.
DistroWatch database summary
- Number of Linux distributions in the database: 339
- Number of BSD distributions in the database: 9
- Number of discontinued distributions: 40
- Number of distributions on the waiting list: 80
|DistroWatch in the News
Encouraging Linux projects
Our coverage of Hiweed Desktop last week resulted in a lot of excitement (in Chinese) on the project's web site. The lead developer (who has chosen to remain anonymous) felt strongly encouraged by our report and wowed to continue the development of Hiweed Desktop. Many users of the distribution offered their congratulations and support for the project. Best of luck, Hiweed, we are looking forward to your next release!
That's all for today, see you again next Monday!
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|• Issue 735 (2017-10-23): ArchLabs Minimo, building software with Ravenports, WPA security patch, Parabola creates OpenRC spin|
|• Issue 734 (2017-10-16): Star 1.0.1, running the Linux-libre kernel, Ubuntu MATE experiments with snaps, Debian releases new install media, Purism reaches funding goal|
|• Issue 733 (2017-10-09): KaOS 2017.09, 32-bit prematurely obsoleted, Qubes security features, IPFire updates Apache|
|• Issue 732 (2017-10-02): ClonOS, reducing Snap package size, Ubuntu dropping 32-bit Desktop, partitioning disks for ZFS|
|• Issue 731 (2017-09-25): BackSlash Linux Olaf, W3C adding DRM to web standards, Wayland support arrives in Mir, Debian experimenting with AppArmor|
|• Issue 730 (2017-09-18): Mageia 6, running a completely free OS, HAMMER2 file system in DragonFly BSD's installer, Manjaro to ship pre-installed on laptops|
|• Issue 729 (2017-09-11): Parabola GNU/Linux-libre, running Plex Media Server on a Raspberry Pi, Tails feature roadmap, a cross-platform ports build system|
|• Issue 728 (2017-09-04): Nitrux 1.0.2, SUSE creates new community repository, remote desktop tools for GNOME on Wayland, using Void source packages|
|• Issue 727 (2017-08-28): Cucumber Linux 1.0, using Flatpak vs Snap, GNOME previews Settings panel, SUSE reaffirms commitment to Btrfs|
|• Issue 726 (2017-08-21): Redcore Linux 1706, Solus adds Snap support, KaOS getting hardened kernel, rolling releases and BSD|
|• Issue 725 (2017-08-14): openSUSE 42.3, Debian considers Flatpak for backports, changes coming to Ubuntu 17.10, the state of gaming on Linux|
|• Issue 724 (2017-08-07): SwagArch 2017.06, Myths about Unity, Mir and Ubuntu Touch, Manjaro OpenRC becomes its own distro, Debian debates future of live ISOs|
|• Issue 723 (2017-07-31): UBOS 11, transferring packages between systems, Ubuntu MATE's HUD, GNUstep releases first update in seven years|
|• Issue 722 (2017-07-24): Calculate Linux 17.6, logging sudo usage, Remix OS discontinued, interview with Chris Lamb, Debian 9.1 released|
|• Issue 721 (2017-07-17): Fedora 26, finding source based distributions, installing DragonFly BSD using Orca, Yunit packages ported to Ubuntu 16.04|
|• Issue 720 (2017-07-10): Peppermint OS 8, gathering system information with osquery, new features coming to openSUSE, Tails fixes networking bug|
|• Issue 719 (2017-07-03): Manjaro 17.0.2, tracking ISO files, Ubuntu MATE unveils new features, Qubes tests Admin API, Fedora's Atomic Host gets new life cycle|
|• Issue 718 (2017-06-26): Debian 9, support for older hardware, Debian updates live media, Ubuntu's new networking tool, openSUSE gains MP3 support|
|• Issue 717 (2017-06-19): SharkLinux, combining commands in the shell, Debian 9 flavours released, OpenBSD improving kernel security, UBports releases first OTA update|
|• Issue 716 (2017-06-12): Slackel 7.0, Ubuntu working with GNOME on HiDPI, openSUSE 42.3 using rolling development model, exploring kernel blobs|
|• Issue 715 (2017-06-05): Devuan 1.0.0, answering questions on systemd, Linux Mint plans 18.2 beta, Yunit/Unity 8 ported to Debian|
|• Issue 714 (2017-05-29): Void, enabling Wake-on-LAN, Solus packages KDE, Debian 9 release date, Ubuntu automated bug reports|
|• Issue 713 (2017-05-22): ROSA Fresh R9, Fedora's new networking features, FreeBSD's Quarterly Report, UBports opens app store, Parsix to shut down, SELinux overview|
|• Issue 712 (2017-05-15): NixOS 17.03, Alpha Litebook running elementary OS, Canonical considers going public, Solus improves Bluetooth support|
|• Issue 711 (2017-05-08): 4MLinux 21.0, checking file system fragmentation, new Mint and Haiku features, pfSense roadmap, OpenBSD offers first syspatch updates|
|• Issue 710 (2017-05-01): TrueOS 2017-02-22, Debian ported to RISC-V, Halium to unify mobile GNU/Linux, Anbox runs Android apps on GNU/Linux, using ZFS on the root file system|
|• Issue 709 (2017-04-24): Ubuntu 17.04, Korora testing new software manager, Ubuntu migrates to Wayland, running Nix package manager on alternative distributions|
|• Issue 708 (2017-04-17): Maui Linux 17.03, Snaps run on Fedora, Void adopts Flatpak, running Android apps on GNU/Linux, Debian elects Project Leader|
|• Issue 707 (2017-04-10): PCLinuxOS 2017.03, Canonical stops Unity development, OpenBSD on a Raspberry Pi, setting up a VPN for privacy|
|• Issue 706 (2017-04-03): Super Grub2 Disk, Snap packages of deepin applications, Subgraph OS routes network traffic for one application, announcements from Linux Mint|
|• Issue 705 (2017-03-27): Minimal Linux Live, sharing control of the operating system, new KaOS features, Uplos32 provides 32-bit fork of PCLinuxOS|
|• Issue 704 (2017-03-20): ToarusOS 1.0.4, Linux Mint's security record, Debian starts Project Leader election, Ubuntu 12.04 reaches end-of-life|
|• Issue 703 (2017-03-13): SolydXK 201701, CloudReady, Solus announces new features, KDE Connect sends text messages from desktop, openSUSE's YaST module for Let's Encrypt|
|• Issue 702 (2017-03-06): Fatdog64 Linux, elementary OS bundled with new netbook, Haiku announces new features, security and the size of a distro's development team|
|• Issue 701 (2017-02-27): OBRevenge 2017.02, Mageia 6 delays, NetBSD reproducible builds, questions about swap space, trying to steam video on a Raspberry Pi|
|• Issue 700 (2017-02-20): RaspBSD, Debian replaces Icedove with Thunderbird, Fedora's licensing guidlines, tips for switching shells, finding battery charge, getting IP address and killing processes|
|• Issue 699 (2017-02-13): Clear Linux, GhostBSD network utility ported to FreeBSD, Ubuntu coming to Fairphone, elementary OS crowd funding an app store|
|• Issue 698 (2017-02-06): Solus 2017.01.01, comparing containers with portable applicatins, Tails dropping 32-bit support, Debian Stretch enters freeze|
|• Issue 697 (2017-01-30): Subgraph OS 2016.12.30, running Ubuntu on an Android phone, Arch Linux phasing out 32-bit support, Linux Mint testing updated LMDE media|
|• Issue 696 (2017-01-23): GoboLinux 016, remotely running desktop applications, Solus adopting Flatpak, KDE neon using Calamares, TrueOS tests OpenRC|
|• Issue 695 (2017-01-16): Zorin OS 12, Peppermint team fixes installer bug, Debian refreshes Jessie media, Ubuntu improves low graphics mode, Exciting things coming in 2017|
|• Issue 694 (2017-01-09): MX Linux 16, Fedora considers systemd security features, DragonFly BSD to support massive swap space, Ubuntu Touch roadmap, Puppy's newsletter, sudo's password prompt|
|• Issue 693 (2017-01-02): Comparing small distros, fig language, video driver comparsion, Debian+PIXEL, Wayland on FreeBSD|
|• Issue 692 (2016-12-19): Bodhi Linux 4.0.0, Cappsule containers, Calculate's new Utilities package, Solus and Ubuntu MATE build new application menu|
|• Issue 691 (2016-12-12): SalentOS 1.0, openSUSE improves YaST, Fedora considers slower release cycle, KDE neon gets LTS branch|
|• Issue 690 (2016-12-05): Fedora 25, Ubuntu adopts rolling HWE kernel, running Android apps on GNU/Linux, Haiku working toward EFI support|
|• Issue 689 (2016-11-28): openSUSE 42.2, Fedora's upgrade path, plans for Korora 25, transitioning from PC-BSD to TrueOS, Webconverger's reproducible builds|
|• Issue 688 (2016-11-21): Endless OS 3.0.5, KDE neon fixes security hole, FreeBSD's Quarterly Status Report, Rolling release trial #2 concludes|
|• Issue 687 (2016-11-14): NAS4Free 10.3.0.3, Fedora gains MP3 playback, budgie-remix becomes Ubuntu Budgie, Ubuntu flavours compared, Rolling release trial #2|
|• Issue 686 (2016-11-07): FreeBSD 11.0, rolling release trial #2, Debian announces supported architectures, Simplicity switching to antiX base, farewell to Mythbuntu|
|• Issue 685 (2016-10-31): elementary OS 0.4, SUSE gains ARM support, Mint improves language support, Dirty COW explained, Rolling release trial #2|
|• Issue 684 (2016-10-24): Ubuntu 16.10, Linux popularity in different markets, Fedora runs on Raspberry Pi, Ubuntu features live kernel patching|
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Whoppix was a stand-alone penetration-testing live CD based on KNOPPIX. With the latest tools and exploits, it was a must for every penetration tester and security auditor. Whoppix includes several exploit archives, such as Securityfocus, Packetstorm, SecurityForest and Milw0rm, as well as a wide variety of updated security tools. The new custom kernel also allows for better WIFI support. Starting with version 3.0, Whoppix was renamed to WHAX and its base changed from KNOPPIX to the more modular SLAX live CD.