| DistroWatch Weekly
|DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 172, 9 October 2006
Welcome to this year's 41st issue of DistroWatch Weekly! With the release of Mandriva Linux 2007 last week it would seem that the once highly popular desktop Linux distribution has finally closed a shaky chapter behind itself and decided to return to what it does best - proudly produce a great desktop Linux system for the world. This issue of DistroWatch Weekly focuses on Mandriva Linux, its recent past and new products. But Mandriva 2007 wasn't the only major distribution release last week; the fans of Slackware Linux also had a reason to celebrate as version 11.0 of the world's oldest surviving Linux distribution finally hit the download mirrors, promptly followed by a number of Slackware derivatives for all kinds of purposes and processor architectures. Also in this issue: we'll take a quick look at the new VectorLinux 5.8, summarise the week in the troubled world of Debian GNU/Linux, and point our readers to a good comparison between openSUSE and SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop. Happy reading!
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Release galore, Fedora 6 postponed, VectorLinux 5.8, openSUSE vs SLED, Debian news round-up, new init system by Pardus
It was a very busy week. With Slackware Linux 11.0 and Mandriva Linux 2007 finally out in the wild, old-time UNIX hands and Linux newcomers alike had much to cheer about. The release of Slackware 11.0 was also promptly followed by a large number of Slackware-based derivatives and ports as the new releases of Slamd64 Linux, Bluewhite64 Linux, Slackintosh, easys GNU/Linux, and VectorLinux all came out within days after Slackware 11.0. But there is plenty more to come. Although the release of Fedora Core 6, originally scheduled for later this week, has been delayed until next week, both KDE 3.5.5 and OpenOffice.org 2.0.4 should start appearing on download mirrors any time now; in fact, Debian's unstable branch already includes the new version. Among distributions, it looks like SabayonLinux 3.1 is also about to be released. Another exciting week ahead, no doubt!
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As mentioned in the previous paragraph, the release of Fedora Core 6 has been postponed by a week. Jesse Keating: "We regret to announce a slip of the Fedora Core 6 release schedule. A few issues are still present that we would like to see fixed before we release: possible ext3 corruption bug; installs with 256 MB of RAM stall; package ordering issues on multilib platforms (x86_64, ppc64); SELinux issue with updating kernels on PPC platforms; ISCSI based installations not functional. To give enough time to fix these issues, we've extended the release date 6 days to Tuesday, Oct 17th." Find more information in this mailing list post.
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If you enjoy the philosophy behind Slackware Linux, but find the distribution rather difficult to configure and use, then take a look at the latest from VectorLinux. Based on the freshly released Slackware 11.0, the first beta of VectorLinux 5.8 was made available for download on Sunday. Although it uses a text-based installer, the extra configuration modules, superb hardware detection, the slapt-get package manager with a graphical front-end, the many effective configuration tools, and much desktop eye candy makes VectorLinux a great alternative to Slackware. And despite the fact that the new release is labelled as a "beta", we found it remarkably stable and bug-free, with a number of interesting new enhancements, such as the switch to LZMA compression. Definitely worth a download if you are looking for a more user-friendly Slack!
The first beta of VectorLinux 5.8 hit the download servers over the weekend.
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In what some might see as a shocking departure from the usual Mandriva Linux bashing on these pages, DistroWatch Weekly has a highly positive thing to say about the popular French distribution this week. Yes, you are reading that correctly. If you are in a state of shock, please pause here for a moment and try to recover your composure before scrolling down to the "Commentary" section. There you will find an article entitled Mandriva returns to its roots. Please let us know what you think about the new Mandriva, both the company and the distribution. (And before somebody asks: no, it is most definitely not an "advertorial".)
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Are you a big fan of Novell products, but still can't make up your mind as to whether to choose the rapidly developing openSUSE or the rock-solid and innovative SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop (SLED) for your desktop? If that's the case, then read these arguments by Ted Haeger. As an experienced Linux advocate, he argues that those users who need a general-purpose distribution with long-term support and little need of upgrade in the near future should choose Novell's commercial solution, but those of you who enjoy living on the cutting edge of Linux development and don't mind occasional instability might be better off with openSUSE. The weblog post also reveals that "openSUSE 10.2 will debut some cool new KDE features," which is another reason why KDE users will want to test the upcoming first beta of openSUSE 10.2. As always the best way to choose between any two products is to try both of them and make a decision after experiencing their advantages and disadvantages.
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The Debian project continues its turbulent existence, often stirred by disagreements between its developers. Voting is now in process to decide whether to recall or to re-affirm support for the current Debian Project Leader (DPL) Anthony Towns, following his role in setting up Dunc-Tank - an experiment designed to raise funds and pay certain Debian developers whenever deemed necessary. In the meantime, the project leader published his monthly summary of the project, focusing on the tasks ahead, rather than the current controversial issues. The good news is that Debian GNU/Linux "etch" is in good shape and ready for feature freeze: "As you might have read in the recent release update, most of the major release blockers are now either finished or in the process of being completed." On a related note, Joey Schultze's recent threat to stop publishing Debian Weekly News (DWN) as a sign of protest against Dunc-Tank proved real and no new issue of the regular newsletter appeared last week. And still on the subject of Debian controversies, the project has now closed its Mozilla trademark "bug" by helping to launch Gnuzilla and IceWeasel - two free browsers based on Mozilla and Firefox.
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The increasing interest in developing an alternative to the ancient init system of booting a UNIX kernel was once again demonstrated last week. This time, it was Turkey's Pardus Linux project, which published a paper on the subject. In it, the authors introduce Mudur, a modern Python-based replacement for /sbin/init: "For a long time, Linux has been blamed to boot slowly, compared to other modern operating systems. In this article, we are going to focus on a new init system we developed for our Pardus Linux distribution, Mudur, together with other initiatives that are worth mentioning. Mudur is written from scratch in Python with simplicity, speed and maintainability in mind. It isn't a replacement for the /sbin/init command like some other alternatives, nor just a parallel script executor. Mudur greatly simplified our boot process, making it faster and more flexible. Authors look forward for future boot process research for further improvement and optimizations." If you'd like to see Mudur in action you can download the latest development build of Pardus Linux 1.1 from the project's FTP server.
Mandriva returns to its roots
As most of you know, Mandriva released its brand new version 2007 early last week. This in itself wouldn't be anything unusual if it wasn't for the fact that the release was accompanied by a surprising decision to provide a set of Mandriva Linux 2007 CD and DVD images for free and immediate download! Last time the company did something similar was back in March 2003, when the distribution was still referred to as "Mandrakelinux" and the product's version stood at 9.1. In the months that followed, Mandriva launched a number of experiments, including the two-tier Community / Official stable editions, delayed availability of ISO images for non-paying customers, switch to a longer release cycle, and various schemes designed to increase the membership of its Mandriva Club. The result of these experiments was a disastrous loss of market share.
The fact that Mandriva now released its "Free" and "One" (live CD) editions for immediate, free download is a sign of a positive change taking place in the company's top management structures. In the recent past, there was too much focus on the business aspects of the company, rather than on creating a broader community of Mandriva Linux users, developers and contributors who would be in a better position to advance the distribution to new heights. Luckily, it seems that the business entity within Mandriva finally agreed with the technical departments and decided to give certain editions of Mandriva Linux 2007 away with no delays and no string attached. This is the same great sharing spirit which took the then Mandrake Linux to its status as the most popular desktop Linux distribution in the first few years of this millennium.
But the free availability of Mandriva Linux 2007 was not the only good news that came out of Paris last week. In another sign of the company getting back to its roots, Mandriva is also considering a return to a faster release cycle, possibly producing a new stable release every 4 - 6 months. This would be great news for those Linux users who feel that a once-a-year release gets outdated too quickly and the time between annual stable releases is far too long for the open source development world, which tends to march ahead at a rather breathtaking pace.
Now let's all stand up and applaud Mandriva for these brave changes! These are real landmark decisions that not only confirm what we have been saying about Mandriva for past few years, but, more importantly, have the potential to take Mandriva Linux back where it was in the first few years of this decade - right at the top as the best and most popular desktop Linux distribution on the market. With the current dominance of Ubuntu and openSUSE, the Linux distribution scene desperately needs another contender to challenge the top two. Mandriva has always had the right spirit, great ideas, excellent tools, and knowledgeable Linux user and developer community behind it. If the company can build on these assets, we are in for some interesting times!
With all the different Mandriva Linux products released last week, the most difficult issue is to decide what to get. Here is what's available:
To log in to any of the "One" live CDs, the username is "guest" with no password set. Besides functioning as a demonstration and testing tool, these live CD editions also provide a simple way to install Mandriva 2007 to a hard disk via a simple graphical installation wizard. Nevertheless, it seems that the tried-and-tested standard installation media is still the preferred method for installing Mandriva Linux on your computer.
- Freely downloadable editions:
- Mandriva Linux 2007 "Free". This is probably what most users will want - the traditional set of Mandriva Linux installation CDs as we've known them for years. Version 2007 has been extended to four CDs, but for those with DVD writers, a complete dual-architecture DVD is also available. If you intend to install and use Mandriva Linux 2007 on your desktop, this is what you should download.
- Mandriva One (non-free). This is a set of Mandriva live CDs designed as mobility tools, or as bootable testing/demo CDs. Since they include proprietary ATI and NVIDIA kernel modules, they have the capacity to showcase the latest advancements in 3D desktop effects on Linux using either Xgl or AIGLX. There are a total of 14 language-specific CDs available for download, 8 of which provide the KDE desktop and the remaining 6 feature GNOME. Which CD you download depends on your language preference; see the README file available on most mirrors for the breakdown of supported languages.
- Mandriva One (free). These live CDs are similar to the non-free ones mentioned above, except that they don't include any proprietary graphics drivers. As such, they are designed for users without ATI or NVIDIA graphics cards or for those who do not wish to use a distribution which shamelessly inserts closed-source code into the Linux kernel. There are only two CDs to download - one with GNOME and one with KDE, and the number of supported languages is limited to 7: English, French, German, Polish, Brazilian Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.
- Commercial editions:
- Mandriva Linux 2007 "Discovery" (€44.00). This is an entry-level edition designed for Linux beginners and less technical computer users. Perfect for many general computing tasks, such as web surfing, light office work, image editing, etc. The product includes no development tools, compilers or server packages, although it is possible to install these later from Mandriva's online repositories.
- Mandriva Linux 2007 "PowerPack" (€69.90). Considered a "standard" among Mandriva's commercial products, the PowerPack edition has been around for many years. Compared to the "Free" edition, it ships with a number of commercial and non-free software packages, such as Acrobat Reader 7.0, ATI (8.28.8) and NVIDIA (1.0-8774) proprietary kernel modules, BitDefender 2.0, FlashPlayer 7.0.68, Java Runtime Environment 1.5, RealPlayer 10.0.8, VMwarePlayer 1.0.2, and various i18n files for Aspell, Mozilla Firefox, OpenOffice.org, Scribus, etc.
- Mandriva Linux 2007 "PowerPack+" (€179.00). Similar to the PowerPack edition, but enhanced by a number of enterprise-level applications and features, such as Virtual Network Computing (VNC) software, Invictus Firewall, VPN access for secure remote computing, and a couple of Content Management System (CMS) and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software applications - Joomla and TinyERP.
Mandriva One offers an easy-to-use wizard to install the live CD to a hard disk.
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For a more detailed description of the above products please browse through the Mandriva Linux 2007 product pages, read the download information, and visit Mandriva Store.
Finally, just a reminder that if you enjoy and use Mandriva Linux 2007 on a daily basis, please consider supporting the company by joining Mandriva Club or by buying one of its commercial editions. Unlike the "Free" product, they do offer extra value in terms of available software, easier setup and installation support. And don't forget that these products cost just a fraction of some of the other operating systems, especially if you consider how much fantastic software they include on the disks.
Welcome back, Mandriva!
DistroWatch in France
With 818,246 visitors since the beginning of this year, the residents of France rank as the 6th most frequent guests on DistroWatch.com (after USA, Germany, Canada, United Kingdom and Italy). Since this week's issue of DistroWatch Weekly also happens to focus on Mandriva Linux and introduces two new distributions developed in France (Ichthux and Yamefa, see the new distributions section further down the page), we thought it was a good excuse to take a look at the visiting habits of our France-based readers. Would Mandriva be the most visited distribution page? And how do some of the projects developed strictly for the French-speaking market fare?
The table below ranks the most frequently visited distribution pages on DistroWatch by visitors located in France during the six months' period between the 1 April and 30 September, 2006. The figures in the third column represent the total number of visits from unique IP addresses during that period. As we can see, Ubuntu clearly tops the ranking, with openSUSE and Mandriva Linux following on the second and third places, respectively. Surprisingly, most other domestic and French-speaking distributions don't seem to attract much interest among our French visitors.
||Damn Small Linux
Disclaimer: The origin of visitors is generated by using Maxmind's GeoLite Country database, which claims 97% accuracy of its data. As always, please don't take the data too seriously. They are simply provided as an indicator of interest in DistroWatch (and, by extension, in Linux and other open source operating systems) in various countries, but they certainly don't represent physical installations or distribution downloads.
|Released Last Week
Slackware Linux 11.0
A great day for all fans of the oldest surviving Linux distribution - after an unusually long testing and debugging period, Slackware Linux 11.0 has been released: "The first Slackware release more than a year in the making, this edition of Slackware combines Slackware's legendary simplicity, stability, and security with some of the latest advances in Linux technology. Here are some of the advanced features of Slackware 11.0: runs the 22.214.171.124 version of the Linux kernel; as an alternate choice, Slackware 11.0 includes Linux 126.96.36.199 and 2.6.18 kernel source, kernel modules, and binary packages; system binaries are linked with the GNU C Library, version 2.3.6; X.Org 6.9.0; installs GCC 3.4.6 as the default C, C++; support for fully encrypted network connections; Apache 1.3.37 web server...." Read the full release announcement for more details.
Mandriva Linux 2007
Mandriva Linux 2007 has been released: "Mandriva today is proud to release its brand new distribution: Mandriva Linux 2007. The key innovation of Mandriva Linux 2007 is the spectacular AIGLX and Xgl 3D-accelerated desktop. Mandriva is the only distribution to provide both technologies and is particularly happy to have achieved this major breakthrough in desktop appearance. In addition, a new theme named Ia Ora ('hello' in French Polynesian) has been introduced. To match everyone's needs, Mandriva Linux 2007 includes the latest innovations in the fields of office suite applications, Internet, multimedia and the new virtualization and 3D-accelerated desktop technologies." Read the press release, see the product pages, and visit the Mandriva Store to find out more.
Slamd64 Linux 11.0
Following the release of Slackware Linux 11.0, a new stable version of its 64-bit cousin, Slamd64 Linux 11.0, is now also out: "More than 7 months after Slamd64 10.2b, Slamd64 has now reached a very mature and stable stage. Release highlights: Updated to GCC 3.4.6, and now including gcj; added Mozilla Firefox 188.8.131.52, Mozilla Thunderbird 184.108.40.206, SeaMonkey 1.0.5; updated to udev 097, if installed, udev now replaces hotplug, and is much faster, now only one kernel is needed - huge26.s, based on 220.127.116.11; added pcmciautils, Amarok, Ruby; the latest version of the popular K Desktop Environment, KDE 3.5.4; XFce 18.104.22.168; Apache 1.3.37; PHP 4.4.4...." Read the rest of the release announcement for further details and upgrade notes.
Ubuntu Christian Edition 1.4
Barely a week after the release of the 1.3 version, a new stable release of Ubuntu Christian Edition is out: "We have just released Ubuntu CE v1.4! This release was originally planned for next month, but there were a few bug fixes that have been implemented as well as some more refinements in the look and feel of Ubuntu CE. The latest release includes a new polished Usplash and a new Christian themed Firefox. The Firefox theme is based on the Faith theme and Bible Verse extension available at FaithBrowser.com. The bug fixes include a very minor bug in the DansGuardian GUI. The more significant bug fix was the checksum failures on the previous releases. We have also updated the upgrade_me and convert_me scripts and have created a new script that will install the DansGuardian GUI on a default Ubuntu install." The release announcement.
EnGarde Secure Linux 3.0.9
EnGarde Secure Linux has been updated to version 3.0.9: "Guardian Digital is happy to announce the release of EnGarde Secure Community 3.0.9. This release includes several bug fixes and feature enhancements to the Guardian Digital WebTool and the SELinux policy, several updated packages, and a couple of new packages available for installation. New features include: the GDSN Update Agent and the Auditing (logging and reporting) subsystems were re-written by Ankit Patel to be AJAX-based; new SELinux policy for 'bittorrent', 'httperf', 'and 'john' was written; the latest stable versions of MySQL, GnuPG, iptables, OpenSSH, PHP, Samba...; new packages." Read the rest of the release announcement for further details.
Bluewhite64 Linux 11.0
Bluewhite64 Linux is an independent project with the goal of porting Slackware Linux to the x86_64 family of processor architectures. Version 11.0 is the distribution's first stable release: "This is the first Bluewhite64 Linux stable release after 5 months of development and maintenance! Bluewhite64 Linux 11.0 includes the Linux 22.214.171.124 kernel (2.6.18 kernel in the testing/ directory) with support for IDE, SATA, SCSI and RAID controllers. Also, it supports GCC 3.4.6 and Glibc 2.3.6 with NPTL (Native POSIX Thread Library), Ext2, Ext3, ReiserFS, XFS and IBM's SGI file systems, six window managers including the latest KDE 3.5.4 and XFce 126.96.36.199, updated development tools, the Subversion version control system, the Mozilla Firefox browser and Mozilla Thunderbird 188.8.131.52 email and news client, Apache 1.3.7 web server with PHP 4.4.4, MySQL 5.0.24a and much more." Read the rest of the release announcement for further details.
Kororaa AIGlXgl Live CD 0.3
The Kororaa has released a new version of their Gentoo-based live CD - this time without the controversial proprietary graphics drivers: "We are happy to release Kororaa AIGLXgl 0.3 Live CD. Major changes include the removal of non-GPL ATI and NVIDIA video card drivers, the inclusion of AIGLX now along with Xgl, 2.6.18 ck patchset based kernel, KDE 3.5.4, GNOME 2.14, updated installer and many bug fixes. The open source Radeon driver will work with many ATI cards, but not all the newer ones. If you have an NVIDIA video card, 3D effects will not be available, however you can still use this CD as a 'normal' live CD and installation to disk is available." More in the release announcement.
MoLinux is an Ubuntu-based Linux distribution developed by the government of Castilla la Mancha in Spain. Today the project announced a new stable release, version 2.2. According to the release announcement (in Spanish), this version is based on Ubuntu 6.06.1 with kernel 2.6.15, GNOME 2.14, Evolution 2.6, OpenOffice.org 2.0.2 and Firefox 184.108.40.206. Some of the new enhancements include improved hardware detection and notifications, updated user manual, recognition of the apt:// protocol in Firefox, optional installation of extra software modules, centralisation of user preferences in Panel de Control, new artwork, and improvements in the Spanish translation.
The SabayonLinux project has released an update to their single-CD SabayonLinux "miniEdition" product: "Announce: SabayonLinux x86/x86-64 miniEdition 3.05. AIGLX and XGL support on a single, powerful and cutting edge live CD, thanks to Mr. Beryl, Dr. Emerald (and the Beryl Project team) and the full power of hardware accelerated GLX. New features and Bug fixes since the 3.0 miniEdition: updated SabayonLinux installer to the latest bug-fix release (RAID installation fixes); updated Beryl and Emerald to 0.1.0 stable; fixed the missing /usr/portage/local directory problem." Read the rest of the release announcement for full details.
easys GNU/Linux 3.0
A new major version of the Slackware-based easys GNU/Linux has been released: "We are proud to present the next generation of the easys GNU/Linux operating system. The OS is now based on Slackware Linux 11.0 which comes with full kernel 2.6 support, including udev for device initialization. Kernel 220.127.116.11 is the default for a fresh installation. Besides current versions of glibc (2.3.6), GCC (3.4.6) and X.Org 6.9.0, we have included a full version of KDE 3.5.4 instead of KDE Light. It has been optimized for easier usage including one application per task and a fresh enterprise GUI design called waveline. Kiosktool and KDE Kiosk mode can be used to create user and group policies which allows you to easily set up internet kiosks or locked down workstations." Visit the distribution's news page to read the full release announcement.
Helix is a KNOPPIX-based live CD with a large collection of tools dedicated to incident response and forensics. Version 1.8 is out: "Version 1.8 has been officially released. Some of the biggest changes to 1.8 were the code change to mounting journalled file systems - Helix will no longer change the journal mount count when you mount a journalled file system. You also have full write access to NTFS filesystems using ntfs-3g." The new release updates or adds several new tools, including md5deep suite 1.12 ClamAV 0.88.2, Sleuthkit 2.06, Autopsy 2.08, Foremost 1.3, Scalpel 1.54 to carve data, EnCase Linen 5.05f, Adepto 2.0 with AFF support, Endeavour2 file manager, ssdeep 1.0 for fuzzy hashing, AFFlib 1.6.31 for image acquisition. Read the release announcement and changelog for more information.
ZenLive Linux 3.0
ZenLive Linux 3.0 has been released. ZenLive is a live CD edition of the Slackware-based Zenwalk Linux: "ZenLive 3.0 is here! We are proud to present the next generation of the ZenLive Linux live CD. Based on the latest stable release of Zenwalk Linux, version 3.0, ZenLive 3.0 is a live CD powerhouse complete with wireless networking support, multimedia, office and gaming software, as well as international fonts and DVD codecs. It has been optimized for easier usage including one application per task and the latest XFce desktop and Zenwalk artwork. Changes from ZenLive 2.8 include: better USB storage devices support and sound auto-configuration; a new, more stable implementation of the Unionfs file system; Linux kernel 18.104.22.168; over 100 software upgrades as well as some new software." Read the full release announcement for further details.
Kate OS 3.1
Kate OS 3.1 has been released: "Kate OS 3.1 is the second edition of the III series. It fixes many bugs, but also introduces many important changes. Kate OS 3.1 is the first Kate to use the GTK+ 2.10.x library. This is a very substantial change for the entire system, which will let us deliver various new applications. Also, the GNOME desktop environment has been updated to its newest 2.16.0 version. This is the first edition of GNOME especially adjusted to Kate OS. Apart from those, Kate OS 3.1 also features the 22.214.171.124 kernel, XFce 4.4rc1 and numerous updates. An interesting novelty is Update-notifier, a task bar applet designed for Kate OS which automatically checks for available updates, and allows for easy package selection and update." Please visit the project's home page to read the release announcement.
A new version of dyne:bolic, a specialist multimedia distribution targeting media activists, artists and creative individuals, is out: "dyne:bolic 2.2 code name 'dhoruba' released. Dhoruba is a complete rebuild and modular rewrite of the whole system, enhanced for full usability and open for developers to join maintenance. Recent versions of audio and video tools provide a fully featured multimedia studio out of the box, ready for being employed at home, in classrooms and in media centers. Updates and fixes in 2.2: dyne:II can now run all the system from USB storage; supports docking and nesting on SATA, SCSI and USB; X.Org has been upgraded to the latest 7.1 release; new VOIP phone applications Iaxcomm and Kiax; updates and fixes to Cinelerra...." Read the rest of the release announcement for a complete list of changes and upgrade notes.
A Slackware for your Macintosh, or Slackintosh, is a Linux distribution designed to run on your PowerPC-based hardware. Version 11.0 was released today: "We are proud to announce that Slackintosh 11.0 has been released! Slackintosh 11.0 includes Linux 126.96.36.199 with glibc 2.3.6, KDE 3.5.4 and much more. The installation CD also includes two bootable 64-bit kernels." The new release means that security support for the older version 10.1 will be discontinued; users still running that version are encouraged to upgrade to either 10.2 or 11.0. Also please note that due to a Qt version bug in Slackintosh 10.2, users upgrading from 10.2 to 11.0 should first uninstall Qt before proceeding with the upgrade procedure. For more information please read the release announcement and release notes.
Tomáš Matějíček has announced the release of SLAX 5.1.8, the final version of the SLAX 5 series: "I'm happy to announce the immediate availability of SLAX 5.1.8. This release includes a SLAX-boot CD (only a 5MB ISO image) designed to boot SLAX from USB keys in case your BIOS doesn't support it. Users can just plug in the USB key with SLAX data to boot from this CD and it can also be used to boot SLAX directly from an ISO file. Changes made in 5.1.8: added KDE 3.5.4, recompiled with some Slackware 11 fixes; better handling of booting from USB devices; added NTFS-3g to fully support writing to NTFS partitions; added slaxsave.zip to SLAX CD, containing pre-built loop file systems." See the SLAX changelog for a more detailed list of all recent changes.
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Development and unannounced releases
|Upcoming Releases and Announcements
Frugalware Linux 0.6
The Frugalware project has published a roadmap outlining the development process of the upcoming version 0.6. The first pre-release of the new version is scheduled for early November; this will be followed by a second pre-release and two release candidates early next year. The final release of Frugalware Linux 0.6 is expected on 1 March 2007.
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Summary of expected upcoming releases
New distributions added to database
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New distributions added to waiting list
- Trinacria Linux. Trinacria Linux is a new Italian distribution based on KNOPPIX. Its primary target markets are the Italian office users and Linux beginners.
- Yamefa. Yamefa is a new French distribution based on Kubuntu. It provides customised software selection and extra software packages, such as Mozilla Firefox with the Sage extension, Superkaramba and Dekorator, and complete support for the French language.
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DistroWatch database summary
And that concludes our latest issue of DistroWatch Weekly. The next issue will be published on Monday, 16 October 2006. Until then,
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|Reader Comments - Jump to last comment
1 • Mandriva (by Andrew on 2006-10-09 12:38:59 GMT from Australia) |
It's good to see them coming back into the game. Hopefully they start producing a distro not clouded with bad reviews, blown deadlines and unhappy club members!
2 • Nice DWN (by Kensai on 2006-10-09 13:26:22 GMT from Puerto Rico)
Summary, Mandriva is good again, at last, well not that good, the beta were better for me than the final release. Debian is still strugling to set it's goal straight. Still I'm using my own distro with a new System Development Environment called opensde. So if you are interested as well with this new t2 fork, #opensde is the place to be :-).
3 • Does someone know what happend to contribs.org? (by Smic on 2006-10-09 13:26:44 GMT from Switzerland)
Does someone know what happend to contribs.org the home of sme-server?
4 • debian situation is getting worse... (by fukodlak on 2006-10-09 13:35:18 GMT from Croatia)
they should meet on the great field with some midlle age weapons, split on the fractions, and kill themselves finally.
this is ridicilous. no debian newsletter and voting to recall the first debian leader that makes his job right. these guys are insane.
mandrive rules, and it never stopped rulling.
5 • Great Sabayon (by fireedo on 2006-10-09 13:45:49 GMT from Indonesia)
Sabayon linux is really a good and promising project also the last release version is really great..... :)
6 • I hope Mandriva gets better (by Alan on 2006-10-09 13:56:25 GMT from United States)
I downloaded the Mandriva 2007 DVD (it took 2+ days via Bit Torrent using a DSL line) only to find that the boot process failed. I tried six times on three machines. Until I can get a reliable 'real' server to connect for a redownload, I'm staying with PCLinuxOX, the working Mandrake.
7 • You know... (by 1c3d0g on 2006-10-09 13:59:00 GMT from Aruba)
...the sheer amount of controversy with Debian every damn week is pretty childish, to say the least. God spare us from that horrible distro.
8 • Long live Debian (by AC on 2006-10-09 14:07:02 GMT from United States)
Community's in which divergent views and voices are heard and acknowledged are always messy. It's a small price to pay for freedom.
9 • slackware release and missing gnome (by sathya on 2006-10-09 14:17:05 GMT from India)
Gnome is missing from slack 11 (as usual no official build).
Builders such as dropline and gware haven't 2.14 released packages for slack11 (available only for 10.2). So there is no question about 2.16.
Seems slackers got to wait for them to provide or build our own.
10 • Debian, Mandriva, KDE 3.5.5 (by Jose on 2006-10-09 14:26:18 GMT from Puerto Rico)
Its sad to see all this strife in the Debian camp but every project has it's growing pains. Good news about Mandriva, and that is refreshing. BTW, PCLinuxOS is also one of the distros with KDE 3.5.5
As always, the newsletter is a great read.
11 • Mandriva (by jlg on 2006-10-09 14:29:42 GMT from France)
A friend of mine bought a 2007 ....
Install ok but impossible to boot (locked screen, and fancy error on usb) after 2 o 3 reinstall with the same issue , going homeI've tried it on my machine.
P5B, core2 , sata...idem, install ok (i had to make an iso image to be able to make the insallation cause of the jmicron stuff not supported)
I could boot with the noapic in lilo and standard boot (not the graphic one).
I had to fill numerous serial and microsoft-like answer !!!
(By the way, the install is just full of publicity screens, a bit ennoying for a paid version!)
Surprise, kde bug so much that I had to stay with gnome, and there impossible to open the update manager without a message "bla bla bla server bla bla unreachable bla)
I'tried then to go in the forum and there was impossible to connect with my new password.
Sad very sad, it finish with the command it deserve:
12 • mdv2007 (by phil on 2006-10-09 14:36:22 GMT from Germany)
well I already found several bugs in mdv2007...
13 • Re: #11 (by Michael on 2006-10-09 15:10:23 GMT from South Africa)
Sadly you're an idiot. Taking commercial software from a friend and installing it on your hardware. Mandriva and the rest of us won't care that you had these problems.
Boo-hoo you pirate ;-)
14 • Slackware 11.0, SLAMD64, Bluewhite64, etc. (by IMQ on 2006-10-09 15:13:27 GMT from United States)
I am glad to see the release of Slackware 11.0 along with the unofficial port to x86_64 platform from Slamd64 and Bluewhite64.
I don't have a x86_64 box yet (missing a AMD64-based mainboard at the moment), but I would like to hear some feedback from guys and gals who have flirtatous or intimate relationship with x86_64. What's your take? What work and what not? Which port of x86_64 (doesn't have to be Slackware-based) are you running?
PS: Which 939-based mainboard are the least problematic for Linux?
15 • RE: Does someone know what happend to contribs.org? (by Garret on 2006-10-09 15:27:40 GMT from United States)
Works fine for me, what's the issue?
16 • Re #13 (by ArrrrEfffffff on 2006-10-09 15:36:44 GMT from United Kingdom)
Neither would Mandriva, another reason for club members to be miffed! Anyway, mdv2007 will be quickly forgotten when FC6 arrives :D
17 • RE: Does someone know what happend to contribs.org (by Smic on 2006-10-09 15:42:26 GMT from Switzerland)
It was not working for me for about 1 week now. But after you said it was working for you, I tested with a proxy server and it was working. So it must be related to my ISP (mtu or something like that). Sorry
18 • Mandriva Linux 2007 has too many annoying bugs (by Shiyu Tang on 2006-10-09 15:43:18 GMT from China)
I have tried Mandriva Linux 2007 only to find there are too many annoying bugs in it. A lot of them were reported and even fixed, but they are still in offical version! I don't know why. For example, Bug 22018(http://qa.mandriva.com/show_bug.cgi?id=22018) has been reported several months ago and fixed several days before final release, but it is still in 2007. This bug is quite annoying. I don't know how users feel when they meet OpenOffice interface without any words!
I have to say that there are less bugs in MDV 2007 than 2006, but some of them are obvious and annoying. Maybe no more than 10 bugs are of this type, but they give a terrible impression to users.
For example, some people will find Firefox unbearable slow. But Firefox tarballs from Mozilla.com doesn't has this problem. Someone says it is a pango bug, and can be solved by typing "MOZ_DISABLE_PANGO=1 mozilla-firefox" in console to launch. Oh yes, with MOZ_DISABLE_PANGO=1 I don't meet the problem, but is there anyone who wants to launch Firefox not from menu but from console and type so many upper letters? See Bug 26345(http://qa.mandriva.com/show_bug.cgi?id=26345).
Another one is in the new rpmdrake. Anyone who sets locale to UTF-8 will find that if rpmdrake can't install rpms, for example, can't download rpms from internet, or something wrong when verifying, etc, a window will popup and tell people what is wrong, but messages in this window are garbaged! So no one knows what rpmdrake complains. See Bug 25130(http://qa.mandriva.com/show_bug.cgi?id=25130). It seems to be a long-life bug.
Rpmdrake not only has bug above, it also redownloads rpms again and again even these rpms are already in cache. See the post in Manriva Club(http://forum.club.mandriva.com/viewtopic.php?t=54352).
In fact, rpmdrake can never use before RC1. Mandriva left far less time to testers than needed to catch and fix bugs. I don't know why they don't make it work in beta 1 so that we have enough time. 10 months are between releasing final 2006 and first beta of 2007, and why they didn't make a useful rpmdrake during so long time? Were they hibernating? I am wondering.
And ATi driver bug, LinDVD bug, changing theme bug... too much!
Bugs of this type are obvious to find and annoying to users. Even a small number will break users' confidence to Mandriva and give them terrible impression on this company.
As a result, in Mandriva Club, someone wrote a post with the title "Mandriva 2007 is full of bugs!"(http://forum.club.mandriva.com/viewtopic.php?t=54290). Right. I totally agree with him.
19 • RE: Does someone know what happend to contribs.org? (by Garret on 2006-10-09 15:43:24 GMT from United States)
Works fine for me, what's the issue?
20 • 13 piracy (by AC on 2006-10-09 15:43:53 GMT from United States)
Yes, unauthorized sharing of software (or music or whatever) is the moral and legal equivalent of pillage, rape, and murder on the high seas.
People buy into nonsense like this and yet others wonder why emphasizing GNU and Free Software ideals is important.
21 • contribs.org (by Scott Dowdle on 2006-10-09 16:04:18 GMT from United States)
Oddly enough, from a Fedora Core 5 machine... I can never get to contribs.org (someone asked above) but from any other machine, I can get there. I've tried every browser on FC5 (Firefox 1.5.x, Konqueror, links, Opera, telnet port 80) and no matter what I do, I can't view their webpage. I've had the exact same experience from two completely different machines in different locations... with completely different network connections.
If I use anything other than FC5, no problem.
22 • KDE 3.5.5 (by djohnston on 2006-10-09 16:09:07 GMT from United States)
"BTW, PCLinuxOS is also one of the distros with KDE 3.5.5".
PCLinuxOS is currently @ KDE 3.5.3.
23 • About Mandriva and Fedora (by Jordi on 2006-10-09 16:12:26 GMT from Spain)
It's a pitty we don't have Fedora this week, i was planning to install it this weekend, well, we'll have to wait some more days until they can iron out this bugs.
And i download Mandriva gnome LiveCD and the free edition DVD via Bittorrent (a good change since last year), and i can say it's a very good XGL/AIXGL demo CD
I tried it on a 9800 pro, X800XT and an integrated 845G intel chipset, and worked with XGL in all cases. A good job.
24 • To the 6th comment (by Anonymous on 2006-10-09 16:23:30 GMT from France)
Just take in account that the boot process stays locked during the HAL start because it is compiling non-free modules. This could lock the startup a bit ldepending on your hardware. With my PC, it lasts 20 seconds. This happens only the first time you boot.
Otherwise, Mandriva 2007 is a dreamed-of distribution, everything worked perfectly and applications are really up-to-date. I just wish they could stay with a one-year release cycle if the product is that perfect.
Another thing, Mandriva is not a French distribution, it is mostly international, and even though I am French, I can say that it is far from being developed only by people from my country.
25 • x86_64 (by Nate on 2006-10-09 16:24:55 GMT from United States)
Which port of x86_64 (doesn't have to be Slackware-based) are you running?
I've had success (or at least no problems) with X/Ubuntu Dapper, Sabayon, and OpenSuSE 10.1. The only real problem is that there are specific bits of software with no 64 bit version (Flash is the most annoying for me). You can sometimes force an install of a 32 bit version, but it can get ugly and its a hassle. Currently I'm using (32 bit) KateOS 3.0 as my main distro.
A while ago I dual-booted 64 bit and 32 bit Ubuntu Dappers. Ubuntu 64 felt slightly faster, but I couldn't really put my finger on it. For me the speed increase was minimal, and dwarfed by the speed increase of using a lean distro like Kate or Xubuntu with the XFCE desktop. I browse the web, use office programs, watch DVDs, and play TORCS and NetHack. For these sorts of tasks a contemporary Athlon processor is overkill, so the advantages of 64 bits really don't mean much. YMMV if you do something more processor-intensive, and in a year or two this might be different.
PS: Which 939-based mainboard are the least problematic for Linux?
My Biostar TForce mATX budget board has had no problems with any of the above.
26 • Mandriva docs (by dbrion on 2006-10-09 16:49:51 GMT from France)
#13, was there any doc (paper, browsable) in mdv2007 commercial version (which seems to have a legal copy of vmplayer, giving a view to other versions. [ qemu is a good simulator too, but the user-installable -non root- version might be slow this year???]).
Something astonishes me : it is the rank of Kaella (a specially Freedom-keyboard crafted live Knoppix; all keyboards were replaced by local (i hope it stays) hardware detection) Ppl who test Kaella (as a live cd -& likely a repair CD-) and Mndvxxxx will choice Kaella; but they find it from other sources -colleagues, papers, habits-than DWN (except for experts, it is used if you want to change your system version or find very good repair CD).
27 • 14 64 bit (by AC on 2006-10-09 17:05:56 GMT from United States)
Currently on my Athlon 64 box, I run Debian stable. The official x86 contains 64 bit kernels and libs as well as full 32 bit userland. To me this is the best of both worlds, because the biggest advantages of 64 bit are with the kernel, you can use all the 32 bit binaries you need, and you can compile 64 bit apps for processor intensive tasks. Naturally, you can also compile your own 64 bit kernel from Debian or upstream sources.
I also have chroots for both Etch and Sid, in 32 and 64 bit, effectively giving me complete 64 bit environments, handy for testing and development. When i get around to it, I'll probably also set up a chroot for LFS and another for Gentoo. And it's all with the solid base of Debian stable.
28 • Ubuntu CE -- Trademark Violation? (by Ubuntu User on 2006-10-09 17:12:38 GMT from United States)
I think that Ubuntu CE is a great distro for those who want certain "Christian" features, but as a non-christian, I am sort of tired hearing about it. Is an Ubuntu Buddist Edition or an Ubuntu Jewish Edition far off? The idea of ubuntu
Regardless of my personal beliefs, I don't think that the distro should use Ubuntu's trademarked name. This is similar to why Debian can't use the name Firefox or its logo. If Debian can't use it, why should UCE be able to say Ubuntu in its name, without permission? See http://www.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/TrademarkPolicy/
Ubuntu should insist that Ubuntu CE stop using its name in its distro. A distro that caters only to Christians is not Ubuntu, especially when the Ubuntu logo is surrounded by an Ichthys (Jesus Fish) which is used by Christians to identify a business that will only do business with other Christians.
A person or thing with ubuntu is, according to Archbishop Desmond Tutu, "open and available to others, affirming of others, does not feel threatened that others are able and good, for he or she has a proper self-assurance that comes from knowing that he or she belongs in a greater whole and is diminished when others are humiliated or diminished, when others are tortured or oppressed."
I'm not certain that Ubuntu CE meets this definition.
29 • 28 (by AC on 2006-10-09 17:53:40 GMT from United States)
Ultimately, it is up to Canonical to enforce their trademarks, though failure to enforce may weaken their rights in future disputes. For all we know, the makers of Ubuntu CE have permission. But one may wonder if Canonical is worried about being cast as "anti-Christian"
30 • RE #14 (by raskolnikov on 2006-10-09 18:19:52 GMT from Mexico)
I have an ASUS A8N-E ( http://www.asus.com/products4.aspx?l1=3&l2=15&l3=171&model=455&modelmenu=1 ) with an Athlon64 3700+ ~ 2.2GHz 1Mb cache L2, San Diego core 90nm, socket 939 of course.
Slackware 11.0 runs pretty smooth right now. Albeit some months ago when I tried Slamd10.2 a lot of things went awry, I haven't download the 11.0 64-bit ports yet but likely I shall stick to Slamd64 as BlueWhite64 doesn't offer 32-bit fallback support (as I understand that's the main difference between the two 64-bit Slackwareish ports)
31 • Ichthys (by Andy on 2006-10-09 18:22:04 GMT from United Kingdom)
"Ichthys (Jesus Fish) which is used by Christians to identify a business that will only do business with other Christians."
Not sure where you got that one from. People I know just use it to show that they are Christians - doesn't mean any more than that.
32 • 28 PS (by AC on 2006-10-09 18:22:23 GMT from United States)
Two more comments on the Ubuntu trademark.
First, note that Debian CAN use the Firefox name, but only under the terms specified by the Mozilla Foundation, terms Debian finds incompatible with the Debian Free Software Guidelines. Canonical may likewise have standards that determine when they give permission to use the Ubuntu trademarks. I think they're in a tricky position though, risking either an "anti-Christian" label is they go after Ubuntu CE, or a slippery slope if they don't and then find themselves picking and choosing between versions of Ubuntu catering to various communities.
Second, note that of course, Desmond Tutu is a Christian. So, Christianity and Ubuntu are not incompatible principles. I imagine your suspicions turn on the use of the Ichthus and the suggestion that this implies only doing business with other Christians. Do you have a reference for this claim? I am sure the symbol is used in other ways in any case.
I think we no more need religious based distros than we need race or gender or sexual orientation focused distributions. That's just me. I'd already pointed my Christian clients to GNOMEsword and GDesklets with daily Bible verses from Debian's repositories and when I later mentioned Ubuntu CE to them, they weren't particularly interested. But perhaps it will attract new users.
33 • Re:28 Ubuntu CE (by octathlon on 2006-10-09 18:24:27 GMT from United States)
I have to agree that they shouldn't use "Ubuntu" in the name. That opinion has nothing to do with it being a Christian distro, I would say the same about any distro using the Ubuntu name without an official sanction from Ubuntu. I support their concept but they should pick another name.
In addition to that, I also agree that using the Ubuntu name for a distro of a specific religion does make Ubuntu appear discriminative and is against the "spirit of ubuntu".
34 • Ubuntu CE more (by AC on 2006-10-09 18:33:42 GMT from United States)
From the Ubuntu CE FAQ
Q: Is Ubuntu Christian Edition officially supported by Canonical?
A: No, it is not "officially" supported. Our project is not funded by Canonical. However, we have contacted them regarding our project and they have given us guidelines to follow and have thanked us for supporting the Ubuntu Community and introducing Ubuntu to the Christian Community.
Apparently, Canonical has given permission for the use of their trademarks along with specific guidelines for the terms of that usage. We may wonder if Canonical has stepped onto a slippery slope, but Ubuntu CE seems to be safe legally.
35 • Maybe they feel it's their turn? (by just john on 2006-10-09 18:37:11 GMT from United States)
Maybe the "Christian" distros are just them demanding their place in the sun after we in the Church of the SubGenius have had ours for so long (why d'ya think it's called SLACKware?)
36 • RE 28 (by Mark on 2006-10-09 18:47:40 GMT from United Kingdom)
I totally agree with what you're saying, I'm waiting for the Athiests edition but might compromise with the Agnostic version if this comes out earlier?
WHY oh WHY do we need religious verions of Linux when there are too many forks from the major distro's already. IMO rationalisation of distro's is needed and pool knowledge into important NOT fluffy versions of established code
37 • Is an Ubuntu Buddist Edition or an Ubuntu Jewish Edition far off?RE 28 (by dbrion on 2006-10-09 18:48:58 GMT from France)
Definitely not: they are not missionary cults (if you want to become a buddits, you ask a buddist priest and you convince him you will be a good buddist; so propaganda/advertising is not necessary.
Some missionary cults are, by alphabetic order:
* christian, with love and wiseness messages (DWW no 171, post 168)
* Discordian churches (for links, hit
man ddate # (2 d) under Linux consoles)
* pastafarian (http://www.venganza.org)
38 • Debian Crisis (by Distro_Who on 2006-10-09 18:55:06 GMT from Puerto Rico)
Is a reality that the ubuntu born/evolving became a disruptive event in the debian comunity and the "du-whatever tank" experiment is a prove of that.
plus the "democracy" in the comunity is evolving in the next level, called "burned democracy " or "anarchy". Let's see in november how much ubuntu is forked from debian...
excuses for my english...
39 • replies (by AdamW on 2006-10-09 18:55:43 GMT from Canada)
#11: you don't 'have' to provide any serial numbers etc. I presume you're referring to drakfirsttime, the wizard that lets you enter your Club login or the product code from the box, to enable some bonus services. This is entirely optional. There is a 'skip wizard' button. Feel free to use it.
Shiyu, you can't have it both ways. You work for improved CJK (especially Chinese) support, which is really useful and appreciated, then you complain about our enabling Pango by default in Firefox. Fred does this because it is necessary for correct text rendering in some languages. Imagine if Chinese were one of the languages which needed Pango for correct rendering; wouldn't you be campaigning for us to turn it on by default? Please remember that there are speakers of other non-English languages who are just as passionate about support for their languages as you are about support for yours. :)
40 • Religous Views (by SimoneDice on 2006-10-09 19:09:53 GMT from United States)
Who is it for people to say what can and can't be done with free open source software? Why can a distribution be created for a unique purpose if it relates to something technological, but if it is something that you 'personally' don't believe in, that it is not OK? That is just propagating hate.
Please, if you don't believe in religion, that is fine. But don't hate someone else for bringing together two things they like (Linux + 'Their' Religion) because you don't like it.
41 • Mandriva - last-gasp attempt to create interest (by Matthias on 2006-10-09 19:18:22 GMT from United States)
I think giving away the ISOs is a desparate attempt by Mandriva to recapture some of the mindshare they have lost over the past couple of years (remember the days when the old Mandrake was at the top of the page hit rankings, here at Distrowatch?).
At this point Mandriva are in such severe financial distress, that it seems inconceivable that they could continue to exist as an independent enterprise. They will need to find a buyer SOON, or the lights will go out. And to generate investor interest, they need to finally rebuild some buzz around their distribution.
Just my $0.02.
42 • RE: Contribs.org (by Garret on 2006-10-09 19:24:21 GMT from United States)
Try opening up a term and typing "sysctl -w net.ipv4.tcp_window_scaling=0
Please email the results.
43 • stupid hurts sometimes (by Andrew on 2006-10-09 19:30:25 GMT from Canada)
you are free to do with firefox what you want, but if you want to use the name you have to follow their rules. I can't take the Linux kernel close the source and release it, I have to follow the rules. Sometimes I can't stand you people.
44 • Ubuntu CE (by Distro_Who on 2006-10-09 19:32:55 GMT from Puerto Rico)
For that distro i just recomend to remove or change the "CE" to avoid a "religious war" between microsoft and ubuntu, remember linspire a.k.a lindows...
45 • Ubuntu CE (by Anonymous on 2006-10-09 19:42:39 GMT from United States)
Ubuntu is not a distribution, but as it says an "Edition". It is not in any way structurally different then Ubuntu, but has a different theme and some additional package.
46 • Re: 4# (by hMmM on 2006-10-09 19:54:40 GMT from United States)
47 • Mandriva 2007 (by arctic on 2006-10-09 19:56:11 GMT from Germany)
I was quite suprised to see the Mdv 2007 isos available after two (?) days past the release date on the mirrors. Great move. And I must say that I am very, very satisfied with this release. On the four computers I have that run on Mandriva 2007 (the others run with Debian), no problems occured during the installation, everything just worked. And the speed increase during bootup (less than 35 seconds from grub to a working Gnome 2.16 on my boxes) is nice, too.
It works as expected, it feels good, is responsive. Sure, there are still some bugs in it, but there are bugs in every distro you install. Mandriva is no different in this respect than Debian, Gentoo, Fedora, OSX or Windows XP. Hardly a point for criticism imho.
Mandriva has definitely released a great distro that is (my personal opinion) better than Ubuntu and Mandriva has apparently taken the right path (abandoning the weird policy they followed for some time). Let's hope that they stick to that path. I will recommend 2007 to others, that's for sure.
48 • Response to #31 (by Alan on 2006-10-09 20:03:18 GMT from United States)
I'm not the poster of the original message in this thread, but I have had the experience of being put down in several "Bible Bookstores" (no 'Christian' in the name) that displayed the fish along with several other symbols when I asked for the version of the Bible that Jesus would have been familiar with (Masoretic, locked down 500 years earlier).
I also wonder about which version(s) of Christianity are targeted. There is a surprising amount of variation among the various sects.
49 • RE: #41 (by arctic on 2006-10-09 20:03:36 GMT from Germany)
"I think giving away the ISOs is a desparate attempt by Mandriva to recapture some of the mindshare they have lost over the past couple of years (remember the days when the old Mandrake was at the top of the page hit rankings, here at Distrowatch?)."
Mandriva has not lost much of the clicky-clicky points. It was around roughly 1400 and 1600 page hits for soem years. Ubuntu simply got more clicky-ckicky than any other distro before. But do I rate a distro on page hit ranks (PHR)? No. If the PHR were an indication of the general usage of a linux distro, then Red Hat must be poor! ;)
"At this point Mandriva are in such severe financial distress, that it seems inconceivable that they could continue to exist as an independent enterprise. They will need to find a buyer SOON, or the lights will go out. And to generate investor interest, they need to finally rebuild some buzz around their distribution."
They need to find a buyer soon? Umm... they are currently acquiring other companies. http://in.sys-con.com/read/281657.htm I don't think that someone who merges with Conectiva first, then buys Lycoris, then makes some new deals in France in Latin America and aquires now Linbox FAS needs to find a buyer soon.
50 • Re: Boohoo you pirate (by Misty on 2006-10-09 20:04:44 GMT from United States)
Sharing GPL software, whether you paid for it or not, is in no way piracy or illegal. That's part of the beauty of open source. If you don't understand that, go back to Windows or Mac. They'd love your attitude, especially considering they can tell you doing something is piracy even if it actually isn't and you'd believe them.
51 • PCLinuxOS is currently @ KDE 3.5.3. (by Jose on 2006-10-09 20:06:45 GMT from Puerto Rico)
If you bother to use the synaptic package manager and do a dist-upgrade, your KDE version will be 3.5.5
So yes, PCLinuxOS is currently using KDE 3.5.5
52 • Ubuntu CE (by Anonymous on 2006-10-09 20:21:14 GMT from United States)
>I think we no more need religious based distros than we need race
> or gender or sexual orientation focused distributions.
I can't wait for the holy cyberwars after the Ubuntu Jihad edition comes out.
Instead of the GPL, what if a GCL (General Christian License) starts becoming popular? You can only use this software if you are a Christian. Don't think it can happen?
> Who is it for people to say what can and can't be done with free open source software?
> Why can a distribution be created for a unique purpose if it relates to something > technological,
> but if it is something that you 'personally' don't believe in, that it is not OK? That
> is just propagating hate.
Fighting against ignorance != propagating hate
53 • Why is VectorLinux worth looking at? (by Gaslight Joe on 2006-10-09 20:35:51 GMT from United States)
I recently downloaded the VL-5.1.1-std-LIVE.iso with intentions to replace Knoppix's ugly desktop with the elegant and easy-to-read VectorLinux which gives you xfce4 right from the beginning, but I did not because it's network configuration script stinks! It could not find my generic PRISM wireless card or my linksys access point. No network; no sale.
To be fair, my wireless card is eth1, not eth0, but the system should have seen it. Knoppix had no trouble. Oh, I forgot, Knoppix arguably has the best hardware detection of any live cd.
The other irritating thing was a script that purported to install the system on your hard drive without writing it to a cdrom. It might have worked fine if had not been trying to put it on my root drive, but you can't do that. The target partition must be unmounted and the iso must be placed on a different partition. If that other partition cannot be booted, you cannot execute the script. I have installed dozens of linux versions, but it took me a while to see that I could not make work.
Its excellent usb automounting was one rest that I thought to try it, but the networking failures broke my will.
I would think two about this one.
54 • What? (by SimoneDice on 2006-10-09 21:01:09 GMT from United States)
Fighting against ignorance != propagating hate
In regards to #52, how can you say that a personal opinion that people should not start distributions based on religion is fighting ignorance? Please indicate where you are fighting ignorance.
I believe you and your comment is more ignorant by stating that you are fighting ignorance!
Lookup what ignorance means and then get back to us. Well, let's be nice and give it to you. Ignorance is a word to represent lack of knowledge. Stating that you don't like Christian, religious, or any other types of distributions is not fighting ignorance rather it is showing ignorance. What you might be doing is stating your opinion.
On the other hand, based on the definition of hate, which is included below, it seems to me that you dislike intensely that there is a Christian edition of Ubuntu. As the definition of hate suggests, your comments suggest a hateful stance.
to dislike somebody or something intensely, often in a way that evokes feelings of anger, hostility, or animosity
For reference: http://encarta.msn.com/dictionary_/hate.html
55 • No subject (by mika hack on 2006-10-09 21:13:58 GMT from Italy)
56 • Computing is binary, people are not (by warpengu on 2006-10-09 21:34:52 GMT from Canada)
A person or thing with ubuntu is, according to Archbishop Desmond Tutu, "open and available to others, affirming of others, does not feel threatened that others are able and good, for he or she has a proper self-assurance that comes from knowing that he or she belongs in a greater whole and is diminished when others are humiliated or diminished, when others are tortured or oppressed."
Now that is very nice and I don't see how anyone could argue against that.
Of course Archbishop Desmond Tutu is hardly a paragon of virtue and Christianity has done some horrific things in the name of God. I suspect that is why some people dislike Ubuntu CE and Icthiux.
Maybe we should say no u.ser's may create any Ubuntu derivatives as that country does not follow the spirit of Ubuntu. We would not want to label all u.ser's as vitrioloic hateful people just because they invade and destroy other peoples countries would we? So let the christians have there own distro and the good people who follow that practice can use Gnu/Linux as well as the evil ones. We may not like it but that's the way it is.
57 • OpenSuse = crap (by Magister_di_parte on 2006-10-09 21:36:42 GMT from Canada)
What Ted Haeger is aiming to tell you is: don't try OpenSuse, it's not rock solid. It has all kind of flaws evidently made for the purpose of making you switch to $LED. Bed Rat tried the same with the first versions of Fedora.
So, if you're really into using open source software from stupid awkward inefficient multinational corporations, unless you're into spending weeks fixing OpenSuse so that it behaves like SLED, its patched version, wait for Suse to come to its senses.
Otherwise, use Slackware or Debian (derived) OS: they provide the patches without asking you to pay for them.
58 • Mandrake buys what? (by Magister_di_parte on 2006-10-09 21:54:13 GMT from Canada)
"They need to find a buyer soon? Umm... they are currently acquiring other companies. http://in.sys-con.com/read/281657.htm I don't think that someone who merges with Conectiva first, then buys Lycoris, then makes some new deals in France in Latin America and aquires now Linbox FAS needs to find a buyer soon."
Merging doesn't cost a red euro: they exchanged shares worth nothing against shares worth nothing. To buy Lycoris, they offered Joseph Cheek a job. As for linbox, I have no idea. As I've never heard about this distro, I can only suspect it's the same kind of deal.
I wouldn't spend 50¢ on a CD and five minutes to test Connectidrake anymore. This distro has been ruined by incompetent jerks.
59 • mandriva.. eh.. sabayon better (by random guy on 2006-10-09 22:06:33 GMT from United States)
well mandriva was my first distro a year ago. was bugged up like crazy, i remember i couldnt use the menu editor for the start menu at all. they had some good "extra" software though that i guess i would want now... too bad sabayon is so good or else i would give mandriva another chance for at least a day...
60 • No subject (by lmierzej on 2006-10-09 22:11:53 GMT from Poland)
I'm sorry, but Mandriva is a mess... :(
61 • Alright, if you absolutely *must* bring religion into operating systems... (by UZ64 on 2006-10-09 22:14:33 GMT from United States)
I'm still waiting for a distro just for us who are impatiently awaiting our arrival to Hell for betraying and outright cursing every god ever made up by mankind.
Hey, if you have to segregate computer users, why stop at Christians? There's also Satanism, Atheism, Buddhism, and countless others.
The world of computers will not be complete until these morons have preached their pointless religion to every single person on the face of the planet. Too bad the Internet makes such a good vessel for this poison to corrupt even more people. Sad... truly sad.
62 • Thanks to Nate, AC, and raskolnikov (by IMQ on 2006-10-09 22:27:57 GMT from United States)
Appreciate your comments on the 64-bit thingy.
Once I put together a 64-bit PC, I will try out all the 64-bit distros out there. Just for fun!
63 • Debian "etch" will positively rock! (by Anonymous on 2006-10-09 23:03:54 GMT from Finland)
How long has it been since the "sarge" release? 14 months or so?
There is no doubt that Debian has really come a really long way since the "sarge" release and they haven't got where they are now, with the upcoming "etch" release, by just quarrelling with each other. It has taken a massive amount of hard work and collaboration with other developers. Hopefully people will come to realize this when "etch" is finally released.
Before "sarge" was released, Debian "woody" came with an installer that was essentially just a set of floppy discs and people generally agreed that Debian was very difficult to install back in those days. This was the time when the Ubuntu project was started and Ubuntu took the development version of Debian's new installer and introduced a snapshot of Debian unstable with X.org and the latest GNOME. There was a huge difference between Debian "woody" and Ubuntu, and the inevitable comparisons between these two distros gave Ubuntu the best possible advertisement it could get. People generally agreed that Ubuntu was "Debian done right".
Actually "sarge" wasn't that bad when compared to Ubuntu, but Debian had so much trouble getting the release out that people just got tired of waiting and started switching to other distros. Meanwhile, Ubuntu made regular new releases every 6 months and only got better with each new release. Then, when "sarge" was finally released, it was already a bit outdated. The several delays in "sarge's" release also slowed down the development in Debian unstable and at that time even Debian unstable seemed to fall behind Ubuntu's rapid development speed. It really started to look like Debian was getting old and too tired to compete with the younger challengers.
But when "sarge" was finally out the door, things started to immediately brighten up in the Debian camp. There was the switch from XFree86 to X.org (soon followed by the modular X.org), there was the big ABI transition from GCC 3.4 to 4, and then Debian reached LSB 3.1 compliance, and numerous other new and exciting things found their way into Debian "unstable" in a very short time. Of course, Ubuntu was the first to introduce the fruits of Debian's labour, like the AMD64 port, secure APT and many other new shiny things. Nevertheless, it currently looks like Debian "etch" will be more up to date, more advanced and reaching higher overall quality than Ubuntu's "enterprise" release with long term support, Dapper Drake. Debian "etch" will probably be the most bleeding-edge stable release that Debian has ever produced.
And it is very ironic that this is the exact time -- when Debian "etch" is just about to be released -- that some journalists start actively reporting every possible insignificant disagreement that they can spot in the mailing lists and then they, of course, proceed to draw the conclusion that Debian is declining, possibly dying. Well, just you wait until Debian "etch" is released. Then we'll see if Debian can still be considered to be in trouble.
Meanwhile, you can take a quick peek at an (incomplete) list of the new features that "etch" will offer: http://wiki.debian.org/NewInEtch
64 • RE: Debian "etch" will positively rock! (by Béranger on 2006-10-09 23:17:24 GMT from Romania)
>>it currently looks like Debian "etch" will be more up to date
Nay. GNOME 2.14.2.
>>some journalists start actively reporting every possible insignificant disagreement
Nope. Not insignificant.
But of course, if Mandriva hasn't died, how could Debian die?
I only wonder if they're Debian Developers of stupid politicians...
65 • Religious Distros...??? (by JAG on 2006-10-09 23:41:16 GMT from United States)
I wouldn't recommend any distro...under the authority of any church or denomination...they're probably unaware that GOD has left the churches (as taught in the BIBLE)...and 'guess who' is ruling there now...? [Can this be true?...][Check it out for yourself...]
Caution...The following links are HARD CORE CHRISTIANITY!
The End of the Church Age...and After (3rd listing/main library)
(pick a month then pick a date then download Q&A files)
66 • RE: 53 Why is VectorLinux worth looking at? (by ladislav on 2006-10-09 23:57:51 GMT from Taiwan)
I also had trouble with networking on some of the previous VectorLinux versions. But when I installed 5.8 yesterday, I was pleasantly surprised that everything, including networking, worked great from the start. I didn't spend much time playing with it, but my first impressions were definitely positive.
67 • RE: # 56 (by Anonymous Penguin on 2006-10-10 00:00:13 GMT from Italy)
"Of course Archbishop Desmond Tutu is hardly a paragon of virtue and Christianity has done some horrific things in the name of God. I suspect that is why some people dislike Ubuntu CE and Icthiux."
Like what? Like raping and killing children? Like invading countries and causing untold misery?
It seems to me that Archbishop Desmond Tutu has only a message of love to share and he is trying to suggest the Catholic Church to enter the 21st century, something they stubbornly refuse to do: believe an Italian about it.
68 • No more talk about religion, please (by ladislav on 2006-10-10 00:06:03 GMT from Taiwan)
Guys, please don't ruin the forum for everybody with off-topic posts. If you want to talk religion, then do it somewhere else. From now on, all posts that don't discuss distributions, open source software, etc will be deleted.
69 • Pardus, Good and Bad... (by towsonu2003 on 2006-10-10 00:12:50 GMT from United States)
I spent a couple of hours trying out Pardus (www.pardus.org.tr) thru vmware. The installation was a breeze: I had to answer only 4 questions, and Pardus was booting ready to be used :) The usability was great. The gui utilities were very nice, and the artwork was good (except the very unhappy/angry tiger icon Pardus uses for itself). Nothing less than Ubuntu in usability and ease of use.
Bad stuff (the stuff that made me just quit the distro altogether without further testing):
1. The overall negative approach of the developers to bug reporters: During a couple of hours' use, I reported more than 10 bugs, none of them dupes (four or so were already fixed in the next development release not available to me at the time). Being someone used to the Ubuntu way of triaging bugs (i.e. "Thank your for your bug. We appreciate your effort to help us."), the negative responses really irritated me. I even filed a bug report on it at http://bugs.pardus.org.tr/show_bug.cgi?id=3605 so that they implement a "Code of Conduct" like Ubuntu has. Nothing changed (bug got closed as well) so I removed the vmware image from my disk.
2. The negative approach to language support (specifically, Kurdish lang support): during the installation, I noticed that I didn't get a nice selection of supported languages. So I filed a bug for more language support at http://bugs.pardus.org.tr/show_bug.cgi?id=3592. The report included a number of languages to be supported such as English, French etc. Kurdish was also included in this report: yup, no Kurdish support. And a fascist flame in the mean time... And weirdly enough, for each bug report I filed after this one, the treatment I got was worse than the one I got before filing this bug!
This is a very nice distro that can be used in the Turkish everyday life, and the Turkish government seems to be interested in using it (reportedly, all government computers will switch to Pardus in the future, starting with the army recruitment offices).
However, it is not ready for the end-user yet, especially if the user asks for more than what is given to him/her...
70 • Re. 68 (by UZ64 on 2006-10-10 00:34:25 GMT from United States)
See, that's just what happens when bringing religion into computing, or Linux, or anything. Two such distros making the database (and at least one of them which bribed its way to the top with money) are just the fuel to the fire. Add a few more... and there probably will be an all-out war on differing religious views, taking away from what really matters: how well they let you get real, practical work done. But yeah, I'm done on the subject. Just annoyed that you could take bribe money to add a controversial distro (or two) and then complain about the off-topic complaints you could have probably seen coming from a mile away.
71 • RE: 70 (by ladislav on 2006-10-10 01:08:04 GMT from Taiwan)
Firstly, the developer of Ubuntu Christian Edition bought advertising on DistroWatch. If you want to think about it as "bribe money", suit yourself. But it was a legitimate advertisement for a Linux product and I saw no reason for turning it down.
Secondly, I honestly find it hard to accept that a CD with a few million lines of source code would stir so much religious hate talk on this forum. Ubuntu Christian Edition and Ichthux are nothing but Linux distributions, for crying out loud! Please look at them as free operating systems that you can install on your computers and not as instruments that can be used as an excuse to start a religious war on a Linux forum!
If you have an opinion about Ubuntu Christian Edition or Ichthux, feel free to express them here. If you have an opinion about a religion, then take it to some other forum.
72 • Whats going on here (by Andrew on 2006-10-10 02:03:38 GMT from Canada)
why you are cutting down religion at all is beyond me, the only thing that everyone does here is cut down the writer. If you're going to do that just leave. Turn off you computer spend some time with your children and other. Enjoy life, there is so much more to it then Linux
73 • a good kde distro (by Andrew on 2006-10-10 02:06:49 GMT from Canada)
on another note, I'm looking for a distro that has auto hardware detection and provides a kde that is pretty close to the to the libs provided on kde.org. Kind of like slackware or debian
74 • OS as Religion (by Robert_G on 2006-10-10 02:12:44 GMT from United States)
After reading all the posts about this new religion thing, I'm so confused. I thought that which OS one runs *IS* one's religion. Where are all the wonderful flame wars of old: Windows vs OS/2, VMS vs Unix, Mac vs.Windows, Linux vs everything else. Those were the good ol' days.
75 • Linux gets Jesus / Jesus gets Linux (by Sam Quinn on 2006-10-10 02:22:43 GMT from United States)
Since the last time I posted was on the release of the Gnome variety of a Christianized Ubuntu, now I'm posting on the release of the KDE variety of a Christianized Kubuntu, I have a quick thought that could maybe bring me some good karma -
Why can't we take a very Buddhist approach to this?
Just sit back and be mindful
as each religious-themed,
(hey Irish Linux -- penguins meet Guiness!)
as it appears,
I thought the freedom to create, choose, and redevelop is part of this "free market" software approach that is Linux.
76 • Fast Women and Religion (by big fat geek on 2006-10-10 02:25:04 GMT from United States)
If you like fast women, don't overlook Kate... very nice job on 3.1
The jury is still out on whether Kate is my religion or not. Or is Linux the religion, and Kate a sect? Kate is a "sectsy" distro.
77 • No more Religious OS at the main list! (by iMoron on 2006-10-10 02:58:53 GMT from Puerto Rico)
I think you, Layslav, need to think it over a bit about the religious OS and of what can you do about it because I think this will not be the last time you will see a flame war about it here...
Let me try and demostrate why I think you should place this OS at the related links section...
First: Sadly religion is in no ways unanimous, prety much sectarian by nature...
Second: The simple mention of a trivial Distro and Religion is bound to generate comments of undesireble content...
And tird: Unlike Linux (*BSD) ideal of better computing, this systems are to close to been propaganda to some extent... and ultimatly will generate other religious based systems to appear just to counter one and other... It will not be prety!
Even if the intentions are good from those who develop said systems I feel it is imperative that such distributions be placed at the "Related Links" section!
Besides... what they are addying are apps that they find useful and can be added easily to any system!
... I, for one, feel extremely presured on my day to day hearing about religion. For me to arive here and find this kind os discusions is rather depresive, for a lot of reasons...
By the way, Atheism is not a religion!
I'm a Bright, and an Atheist... I respect others believes. But I would like not to see any reference to religion be discuse herein... in no shape or form.
I must add, the neat thing about computers is that everybody is a user, we all can communicate and not worry about who or about what anyone thinks... Adding religion to computing at the OS level can, and will, generate segregation just base on ideals that have nothing to do with computing...
Please Ladislav, consider puting this distros at the "Related Links" section. It is OK if they get banner space, and info pages (though I feel that news about them should be like with every thing over at the "Related Links" section, no news at all to avoid discutions!)...
... Hope some agree...
78 • Debian (by Anonymous Penguin on 2006-10-10 03:02:13 GMT from Italy)
RE: #63: Excellent analysis!
"Nay. GNOME 2.14.2."
Who cares? After all SUSE 10.1 has only Gnome 2.12. And in any case Gnome 2.16 is already entering experimental.
79 • RE: 77 No more Religious OS at the main list! (by ladislav on 2006-10-10 03:14:44 GMT from Taiwan)
OK, I'll repeat it one more time: Ubuntu Christian Edition is a Linux distribution. It is designed to run on your computer and allows you to accomplish the usual computing tasks, such as web browsing, office work, image editing, etc. Please accept it for what it is and don't try to pass it on as something it isn't and never intended to be.
Now repeat after me: Ubuntu Christian Edition is a Linux distribution, not a religion. Ubuntu Christian Edition is a Linux distribution, not a religion. Ubuntu Christian Edition is a Linux distribution, not a religion....
This is my final word on the subject.
80 • Well then... (by iMoron on 2006-10-10 03:31:39 GMT from Puerto Rico)
OK... I know am not to fluent at getting my part understud...
But it wont be prety when this happens again... and more distros apear like those two... mark my words!
Though I promise this is the first and last time I mention anything of it...
I was just saying...
* it wont be prety *
81 • Look out side the box you live in ladislav (by Anonymous on 2006-10-10 03:47:37 GMT from Australia)
I would prefer if we as the Linux community were able to avoid any possible religious antagonism of other religions and their followers, by not having Chrstian Religion Distros rammed down their throats by the Christians being the only one premoting their religion, and ESPECIALLY by being given publicity at DW.
With the present religious conflict happening arround the world, the promotion of one flavour of religion only would seem to me to just INFLAME the situation (no matter how innocent the developers and premoters may have intended their distro to be)
RE: 77 - they are exclusively premoting one religion - that is the problem
Long live religious tollerance and not religious exclusiveness
82 • Re. 80 (by UZ64 on 2006-10-10 04:04:05 GMT from United States)
"OK... I know am not to fluent at getting my part understud..."
Hey, you made perfect sense to me, I agree 100%. Well said.
It's a losing battle though, he seems to have made his mind, all we can do now is wait for the religious war to start in the distro world. We know it's destined to happen... unfortunately.
83 • Sigh... (by 1c3d0g on 2006-10-10 04:11:12 GMT from Aruba)
#36: it's the reason why you're still in the U.K. and your ancestors who were hunted down moved to a better place. Some day you'll realize this and join the real world, until then, what you said is rubbish.
#43: well fucking said.
#81: why in God's name do you believe "Christian Religious Distrs" are "rammed down people's throats"? What is it with you people? Can't you just respect someone else's faith (whatever that may be) and leave it alone? Christ!
84 • re 80: you can verify there is no propaganda in UCE (by dbrion on 2006-10-10 04:17:45 GMT from France)
Games are classical games you can find anywhere in Linux;
(there was demand for less neutral games).
The rest is an _adult_ matter, who can easier whithstand propaganda -if any- (I think things are fair, if one wants to study The bible, one has it).
85 • Other promising Mandriva Signs (by Odysseus on 2006-10-10 04:43:07 GMT from New Zealand)
1) They posted a message on the Club explaining why the 64 release had been delayed, so communications seem to be improving (yes comms had been that bad that a simple thing like this had Club members falling over in shock).
2) A build error on the Club CD's saw a couple of vital packages like RPMdrake missed off CD's 1-4 that were available to the Bronze club members. Instead of re-mastering and making people download those CD's again, they simply made CD's 5-6 available to them as well. While some Silver members were a little p'ed off about that, it shows they were thinking a bit more about the community over their bottom line.
And least I come off as a Mandriva fan-boy, I'm glad they finally got the release out 3 days before my silver club membership expired, as I wasn't planning to renew. I at least got some moneys worth from my last 12 months investment.
86 • Pardus... (by Anil on 2006-10-10 05:02:26 GMT from Turkey)
Pardus, as an independently developed Linux distro has great potential. There are many innovations there, like new init system, unique packaging and a comprehensive daemon (Comar) to manage all configuration issues. Although, there are some flaws, there are no showstoppers and some (like Pardus logo) are just developer's preferences.
@#69, I think, you are giving them a hard time and that is not deserved. Said replies to your bug reports are not fascist flames, but reactions to your meaningless request. A distro, created by a government agency primarily for use throughout Turkey (and with an obvious ambition to reach abroad now) does not need to have an installation language for French, Arabic and most importantly Kurdish. English is more than adequate for Pardus team's international ambitions. More than one "foreign" language is just overkill.. And developers state that clearly.
And to tell you the truth, my feelings about your bugreports and your post here seems to have the intention of making only one point. You use French and Arabic as smokescreens for your main intention of promoting Kurdish as an installation language. It is fine, as long as it draws attention to Pardus. But please do not bring your political agenda into Linux community, how elegant it may look to you...
87 • About religious oriented distributions (by ladislav on 2006-10-10 05:15:18 GMT from Taiwan)
I've been considering some of the arguments against the two Christian distributions that were made here, but I still have hard time agreeing with them. Here are my reasons:
1. As I said before, I consider UCE and Ichthux legitimate Linux distributions - they are built on top of a Linux kernel, include glibc, X.Org, KDE/GNOME, OpenOffice.org, Firefox, etc., just like most other distributions. Now some people are calling for their ban from DistroWatch. On what basis? Because they also happen to include a Bible study program? How many other distributions ship those too? Should I also ban Debian because it lists BibleTime and GnomeSword in its repositories? This logic doesn't make sense to me.
2. I don't see any evidence that either UCE or Ichthux are trying to PROMOTE a religion (as argued in post 81). It's possible that I missed it somewhere, so please let me know if this is the case. What I do see, however, is a product designed for a particular group of people. I can easily imagine that there are religious organisations stuck on an older version of Windows and worrying about the next upgrade. Now they have a choice - a couple of beautiful operating systems they can boot directly from a CD and be productive straight away. And they even get a few Bible study programs thrown in as a bonus! I really can't understand why so many people find something wrong with this concept!
It is possible that we'll have to endure a few more flame wars over these kinds of distributions - not because there is something wrong with them, but because some people take them for something that they are not. As long as they don't promote religious intolerance or incite hatred, I'd have hard time justifying their removal from DistroWatch. On the contrary, there are great many people who would benefit from these projects and I believe it should be our goal to promote them among these groups, rather than ban them.
As always, I am open to different view points. But if you want me to remove UCE and Ichthux from DistroWatch, you guys need to present a lot more convincing arguments than what you've done so far.
88 • Ubuntu CE -- Trademark Violation? (by Harry Fulkerson on 2006-10-10 05:44:11 GMT from United States)
"A distro that caters only to Christians is not Ubuntu, especially when the Ubuntu logo is surrounded by an Ichthys (Jesus Fish) which is used by Christians to identify a business that will only do business with other Christians."
What planet are you from? A business that will only do business with other christians? Christiadom is open to EVERYONE, not just other christians.
I did not know there was anyone who did not know that.
89 • No subject (by AC on 2006-10-10 05:52:41 GMT from United States)
Ladislav, if you've noted my comments on the subject, you know I am ambivalent about the Ubuntu CE issue. I think the one valid argument was the argument from triviality - that the distro adds nothing significant and doesn't merit a separate page. But you addressed that a few weeks back by spelling out your criteria for counting a distro as a separate entity.
As for promoting intolerance or even promoting religion, I honestly fail to see it. It seems to me that Ubuntu CE is, rather, using religion to promote GNU/Linux. Were I a Christian, I might well be offended by that, not wishing to see my faith used in marketing. But I am not, so my hypothetical offense is irrelevant.
Does anyone honestly believe that a single person will convert to Christianity because of a GNU/Linux distribution? I find it highly unlikely. Does anyone think hate crimes will be inspired by it? I doubt it, though I've noted snide and intolerant remarks from people on both sides of the debate. But we get snide remarks about all sorts of topics here, including a wish that Debian developers kill each other off (#4) and the religiously tinged, "God spare us from that horrible distro," (#7) also regarding Debian. Should this distro be removed because it arouses hateful speech? Hardly!
I find the notion of religion-based distributions absurd and unnecessary. But then, I could say the same about the continued existence of Slackware. Isn't it wonderful that we can all have choice?
90 • Religious oriented distros (by ecwx on 2006-10-10 06:18:56 GMT from Indonesia)
Good points ladislav, I'm not christian myself, but I don't hate them, and I don't mind their promoting their religion either. If you happen to believe that something is good, it is just natural that you will try to promote it.
But I realy don't think religion flavored linux realy are forcing -or even promoting - religions to anybody, nor do they prohibit non-believers to use it either. They are not forcing you to install the distro don't they, nor do they sue you when you are a non-believer and you use the distro.
I see it more like a community oriented distro, like arabian-linux (which coincidentally also based on ubuntu), or specific use oriented distro, like edubuntu, GEOLivre Linux.
Anyway, If you don't want to, nobody will force you to install it. If you wan to use it, you can use it even if you're not christian. If you don't like the news about the distro. you don't have to read it. If you don't like DW to list it, nobody force you to visit DW.
91 • No subject (by Anonymous on 2006-10-10 06:40:28 GMT from Canada)
22 • KDE 3.5.5 PCLinuxOS
""BTW, PCLinuxOS is also one of the distros with KDE 3.5.5".
PCLinuxOS is currently @ KDE 3.5.3."
PCLinuxOS has KDE 3.5.5 in unstable just like Debian Sid.
92 • No subject (by Anonymous on 2006-10-10 08:26:12 GMT from Iran, Islamic Republic of)
Why does every single DSW comment section explode into an argument about ubuntu CE? Come on and be reasonable! Zenwalk has flawed package management, ubuntu CE is only flawed from top to bottom minus the package management! Doesn't get much simpler than that.
93 • RE: 64 [RE: Debian "etch" will positively rock! (by Béranger)] (by Anonymous on 2006-10-10 12:45:15 GMT from Finland)
Your facts are incorrect, Mr Béranger. These are the actual version numbers in "dapper" and "etch" (taken from the DistroWatch pages of these distros):
Package Ubuntu "dapper" Debian "etch"
abiword 2.4.4 2.4.5
alsa-lib 1.0.10 1.0.12
amarok 1.3.9 1.4.1
apache -- 1.3.34
bind 9.3.2 9.3.2
cdrtools 2.01.01a01 1.0~pre4 (wodim, not cdrtools)
cups 1.2.0 1.2.4
db 4.3.29 4.3.29
dhcp 3.0.3 3.0.4
emacs 21.4a 21.4a
evolution 2.6.1 2.6.3
firefox 188.8.131.52 184.108.40.206
gaim 1.5.0 1.5.0
gcc 4.0.3 4.1.1
gimp 2.2.11 2.2.13
glibc 2.3.6 2.3.6
gnucash -- 2.0.1
gnumeric 1.6.3 1.6.3
gtk+ 2.8.17 2.8.20
httpd 2.0.55 2.0.55
iptables 1.3.3 220.127.116.11debian1
k3b 0.12.14 0.12.17
kdebase 3.5.2 3.5.4
kdewebdev 3.5.2 3.4.3
koffice 1.5.0 1.5.2
libgnome 2.14.1 2.14.1
linux 2.6.15 2.6.17
module-init-tools 3.2.2 3.2.2
mono 18.104.22.168 22.214.171.124
MPlayer -- --
mysql 5.0.21 5.0.24a
nautilus 2.14.1 2.14.3
OpenOffice.org 2.0.2 2.0.4~rc3
openssh 4.2p1 4.3p2
openssl 0.9.8a 0.9.8c
perl 5.8.7 5.8.8
php 5.1.2 5.1.6
postfix 2.2.10 2.3.3
postgresql 8.1.3 8.1.4
Python 2.4.3 2.4.3
qt-X11 3.3.6 --
samba 3.0.22 3.0.23c
seamonkey -- --
sendmail -- 8.13.8
thunderbird 126.96.36.199 188.8.131.52
udev 079 100
vim 6.4 7.0
webmin -- --
xfce -- 184.108.40.206
xine-lib 1.1.1 1.1.2
xinetd 2.3.14 2.3.14
xorg 7.0 7.0.22
Conclusion: "dapper" loses and "etch" wins!
But the actual point of my post was that Ubuntu had such a huge lead and now that Debian has just caught up with Ubuntu, some incompetent journalists (I can see that you took this personally, Mr Béranger ;) have suddenly started saying that Debian developers spend all their time quarreling instead of coding. That is absolutely rubbish!
Disputes in mailing lists are insignificant as long as the actual *technical* work gets done, and it seems that Debian is in a pretty fine shape when you bother to look at the actual results that they've achieved.
94 • RE: 93 • RE: 64 [RE: Debian "etch" will positively rock! (by Béranger)] (by Anon (by Béranger on 2006-10-10 13:37:45 GMT from Romania)
Don't fsck with me, Anonymous Coward!
I do NOT (I repeat: "I do NOT") support Ubuntu, so you're peeing at the wrong gate.
I ONLY stated that Etch will NOT have GNOME 2.16 in December. I don't care about experimental, I don't care about Ubuntu, I only stated that "Etch testing" and the upcoming "Etch stable" have not / will have not 2.16.
As for SuSE, GNOME 2.12 is the worst choice. If anyone, in their way from 2.8, 2.10, ..., 2.14, 2.16, can skip 2.12, it would be a good idea.
95 • How about a script instead of a distro? (by octathlon on 2006-10-10 13:49:31 GMT from United States)
As I said earlier, I see nothing wrong with a Christian-oriented distro, as long as they don't use the word Ubuntu in the name since it sound like it's sponsored or created by Ubuntu. But having a distro customized for this large group is good for promoting Linux, not a bad thing.
As to the argument that it isn't "really" a distro, that has some merit because it just adds a few packages to Ubuntu. I have felt for a long time that in situations like this, instead of creating a new distro, a better solution is to provide a script similar to Automatix that automatically installs the packages, theme, wallpaper, etc. to customize the Distro for the target community. It would cut down on the number of "trivial" distros and be a lot less work for the maintainers.
96 • No subject (by Henrik on 2006-10-10 14:26:39 GMT from Sweden)
I was a Mandrake user 5 years ago, liked it then, but now, I will never move away from apt (never say never :)) im testing out Nexenta with the opensolaris architect (it rocks, cant wait to see it out of alpha stage) anyways good luck to The Mandriva project
97 • UCE is name confusing (by Taishi on 2006-10-10 14:48:58 GMT from United States)
I have no problem with "Christian" distros. Good luck to them. There is a name confusion though. No problem with Ichthux's distro, I think it is a good name. But Ubuntu Christian Edition implies support by Ubuntu. You have to dig to figure out it is not supported by Ubuntu. Keep up the good work but please rename
98 • Good stand, Ladislav (@87) (by Anonymous on 2006-10-10 15:02:23 GMT from United States)
Ladislav, thank you for holding your ground. It seems that much of the argument against UCE is "folks will disagree too much". I like how you aren't letting that sway your position. You're right - it's a distro for a specific target audience; folks may not agree with the target audience, but that shouldn't "disallow" the distro.
It's your site, your rules. Your rules have proven good so far (apparently Distrowatch is *very* popular!), you have no reason to change.
Thanks for a great site!
99 • No subject (by Anonymous on 2006-10-10 15:45:35 GMT from United Kingdom)
If any distro would like to be blessed by an open source deity
I am empowered by the power of Cecil to offer this facility
Our symbol is the triple dorje (Existence/non-existence/none of the above)
ahem . . . sorry Ladislav . . . I was compelled "by the force" to offer this.
. . . and now back to the distros. Just been trying Sabayon. I think it requires some serious hardware. Does it? Gonna try again to get Beryl working - the GPL screen savers are luvly on my sisters Nvidia set up - wonder if it will work with my in built Savage chip set.
If you have never tried Gentoo, this might offer weeks of fiddling and tweaking . . . It did not even recognise my AOC LCD monitor but a trip to the f1 special boot features fixed that. It seems very cutting edge and maybe a bit raw because of that. I think you might find it fun. Anything named after an Italian pudding has got to be tasty . . . Nice job guys :)
100 • Here we go again..... (by Scott Wilson on 2006-10-10 16:02:01 GMT from United States)
I think it is absolute funny that how the reader comments usally have nothing to do with on whats in Distrowatch weekly.
I think some how, Ladisalv needs to control the post. If its not related to the feature this week it doent get posted. Bythe way I think DIstrowatch should get th e next donation!
JUst to add fuel to the fire Im downloading Ubuntu CE and Ichthux, as well as hitting the page thru the list just to prop up their numbers.
101 • # 76, thanks for the news (by dbrion on 2006-10-10 17:02:28 GMT from France)
As Kate OS seems to be crafted for little, cheap PC, I was very happy to notice from the Kate OS page it supports unimportant azrty keyboards during install.. No disk space to cross check (vmware is perfect for such little PC, but would bias Sabayon...)
102 • Future of ReiserFS (by AC on 2006-10-11 04:26:40 GMT from United States)
Hans Reiser arrested for murder. If he's convicted will IBM, Novell, et al finish Reiser4?
103 • Ubuntu Firefox (by AC on 2006-10-11 04:30:01 GMT from United States)
Will Ubuntu ship IceWeasel or Firefox?
"We presently have working relationships with most of the major Linux distributions, including Red Hat, Novell, and Ubuntu."
More reason to wonder about Ubuntu's commitment to Free Software?
104 • Delayed, Delayed (by Scott Wilson on 2006-10-11 05:06:04 GMT from United States)
Wondering out load....
If an version is an experamental cutting edge, why would it be delayed? After all wahts thepiont of a constant release if its never ready?
105 • Wow I blew that one! (by Scott Wilson on 2006-10-11 05:31:43 GMT from United States)
I guess I should proof read a little more before I submit the post.
106 • Ubuntu CE (by Anonymous on 2006-10-11 06:39:13 GMT from United States)
"Christian Edition"?? What's next, "RedHat... *Amish Edition*"? Complete with a kernel and a shell.
107 • Ubuntu CE (by maslot on 2006-10-11 07:19:38 GMT from Poland)
I don't think that discusion about UCE is against religion. It's about difference between real distribution with hard working developers and distribution with some packages added. Is it possible that distrowatch will add Ubuntu Midnight Commander Edition (how can it be possible that any main stream distribution doesn't include mc? Shame on you, Ubuntu :-))?
108 • 107 (by AC on 2006-10-11 08:19:57 GMT from United States)
I agree completely about midnight commander. Recall a slew of security flaws in mc awhile back and Ubuntu didn't provide security patches for it as it was in Universe.
I also agree about the triviality of Ubuntu CE. However, ladislav has his criteria: website, et al, and appears to apply them consistently. So, best to let it go.
109 • DIE SLACK DIE (by Max on 2006-10-11 09:20:33 GMT from Brazil)
Any "JUST RELEASED" distro still releasing a 2.4 kernel should die a slow and painful death....
DIE SLACK DIE!!!!
Couldnt help myself....
110 • Being a dick again (by Max on 2006-10-11 09:42:07 GMT from Brazil)
I just had an idea
Im going to release a super stable slackware based 2.2 kernel distro called Ubuntu KKK Edition
111 • RE: 109 DIE SLACK DIE (by ladislav on 2006-10-11 09:57:03 GMT from Taiwan)
Well, just imagine that you are a system administrator who has been happily running a Slackware server on an old machine for years. The machine works well and you see no reason for spending money to buy a new one. Suddenly, Slackware announces that it will no longer support the 2.4 kernel so you have no other option than buying a more modern box for your server.
Would that make you happy? Do you believe that Linux developers should follow the same pattern as Microsoft and drop support for older hardware after each new release?
Next time please think twice before posting a stupid comment like you just did.
112 • 111 (by AC on 2006-10-11 10:47:54 GMT from United States)
Hey I needle Slackware, but ladislav is quite right. I am very disappointed Etch won't ship 2.4
113 • RE 111 (by Max on 2006-10-11 11:23:34 GMT from Brazil)
I know my comment was stupid
On 110 I titled my comment "Being a dick again"
Its just that I really dislike Slackware and I just felt like saying so...
I wasnt aware that the 2.6 kernel has lesser hardware support than 2.4. Does it really? If anything i thought 2.6 would run faster on older hardware.
Problem is linux is moving ahead. 2.6 has udev, better threading, scheduler etc. I feel Volkerdink is not with the spirit of Free Software, GPL etc. He doesnt share the development of the distro, but at the same time he is extremely slow at doing anything. Just have a look at his website. Why bother releasing a new version of Slackware? I havent touched Slack in years but I guess version 11 would be hardly any different from 10... The packages got updated but so what? Attitudes like dropping Gnome really annoys me. Why couldnt he just let someone else compile Gnome for him if he doesnt wanna do it?
I see the Slackware spirit as the opposite of Debian. On Debian people share, argue and fight but what comes out is a beautiful product. With Volkerdink all you get are his stuborn-arse one-man decisions.
Just think of the Linux kernel. If Torvals had the same attitude as Pat, Linux would still be a Pet univerisity project....
114 • Hans Reiser arrested (by Max on 2006-10-11 11:33:48 GMT from Brazil)
Anyway, have you guys seen this?
115 • Ladislav (by Max on 2006-10-11 11:50:43 GMT from Brazil)
On 2.4 vs 2.6 performance
116 • RE: 115 (by ladislav on 2006-10-11 12:02:41 GMT from Taiwan)
Well, if you want to run a 2.6 kernel on your Slackware 11.0 stystem, all you need to do is to choose it during installation. It's not the default, but it's available and is fully supported.
117 • 114 (by AC on 2006-10-11 12:36:08 GMT from United States)
see my post 102
118 • 115 The point of old hardware is not answered (by dbrion on 2006-10-11 12:38:33 GMT from France)
Is a 8 CP 9 G an ordinary old hardware? This link is interesting in itself, for seiousness in tests aimed to 1 (o n e) IT application
119 • New Vector 5.8 (by mikkh on 2006-10-11 13:16:51 GMT from United Kingdom)
In a word fabulous :o)
Love the new splash screen - an ever growing penguin as each module loads, neat
Always liked the login screen too, never fails to impress my windows mates - bless em
The new XFCE looks like KDE, which no doubt upsets a few fans of XFCE, but I think it's a nice touch.
Most distros, I fiddle about with window styles and different desktops and the taskbar especially which either has too many or too few things on it, to get it looking how I want it to look. But this is one of the few distros where I'm happy to use the default look and taskbar
Good selection of games too, pity most won't run fast enough on this Athlon 700 though, but I applaud the effort put into that category, which a lot of distros don't bother with too much
On pressing the browser button in the taskbar for the first time, you're presented with the option of picking the default one from a choice of Firefox, Opera or SeaMonkey - and thereafter you just get the choice you made. Nice :o)
Comes with libdvdcss already installed so encrypted DVD's can be played, it offers to mount a windows share as part of the install, so I had instant access to my MP3 collection.
Found only one minor bug so far, the menu access to 'gslapt' doesn't work, but you can run it via the xterminal.
A big thumbs up to all at Vector - great job people
120 • The Mandrake Club (by werner, cayenne on 2006-10-11 13:53:38 GMT from France)
Try to find now, on the Mandrake home page, a mirror for gratuit download !!! At least, I have no longer success; perhaps its possible to find it after searching long time, and after pass a lot of commercial offers/versions by them, but anyway its not easy to find it as it should be.
With this, they entered into the 'Mandrake Club' -- formed together with SuSE, Novell, and other distros which are from them principle against the principles of Linux, and thus condemned to their own bancrupcy.
Correct and the only possible to survive, is the position that the sistem can be downbloaded gratuitely, and to sell are only the services around. One see by them use of Windows that companies etc. -i.e. those who have money- are willingly to spend some for an op system when they feel thats good to have a stable sistem working good and with garanties and service. What Mandrake is doing in the last time, is exactly the opposite. On one side, they want to cut cut students, poors in the third world, and others with few money or living from the social, from the free use; at the same time, they sell (supposed to be) commercial products which are full of bugs ...
The biggest joke is them 'commercial' server. Look, my box www.genocidefrenchguyana.homeunix.org is running nice with Slackware, administrated by webmin (even with an usermin mail service, and when I would want it, with everything like virtualmin/virtual servers etc etc).
I'm watching still a little whats happening with Mandrake (inclusive searched without success a place for ftp-load the new isos), what I used before (obviously never as principal bystem but as second one sometimes on the side of Slackware), but its obvious thats continuing dying ...
121 • No subject (by werner on 2006-10-11 14:13:38 GMT from France)
@ #102: At least, his file system has murdered already a lot of files mine: perhaps accidentes with reiserfs are more seldom than with ext3 -- but when they happens, then NEVER it was possible to recover something :(
122 • Whom should die (by werner on 2006-10-11 14:26:45 GMT from France)
@109,113: These reclamations are incorrect w.r.t. Slackware, but they fits much better to Kurumin f.ex.. There, the man is making a religion around himself and his decisions. See, if serial workers outside the 3rd world use it !
123 • Mandriva mirrors (by linbetwin on 2006-10-11 15:12:42 GMT from Romania)
@ werner (#120): Are you looking for a mirror to download mdv2007? I've been looking for a working update mirror. None of them seem to work.
Apps load sooooo slowly in KDE!
And la Ora is so ugly in KDE. Haven't tried GNOME yet.
124 • No subject (by Anonymous on 2006-10-11 15:42:54 GMT from United States)
You can download the 4 cd free edition from any of these mirrors:
Some mirrors are slow because many thousands of people are downloading now. It's still possible to find a fast mirror. As to updates, if you go into the control center after installation, and then to software, installation sources, you can automatically configure the proper mirrors for the distribution and for updates with just a few clicks. Mandriva will be using a new mirror format this year and it will probably take awhile for the mirrors to reflect the changes. PLF will also allow you to set up sources for main, contrib, and updates for 2007 official. If you want mirror sources for plf free and non free, however, for the moment you'll have to use cooker, and just choose the free and non-free mirrors. Plf free and non-free mirrors will allow you to gain access to all the multimedia goodies like mplayer, vlc, dvd etc.
125 • Kurumin's "death" RE 122 (by dbrion on 2006-10-11 16:26:32 GMT from France)
Poseidon and Geolivre are two (partly) Kurumin based live CD. Even with a faulty hd, any one in the world can find some good applications he can then compile by itself, even in a mild hamish (106 add pdf2txt , lynx and some compilers and you have something undreamed of 15 yrs ago) or use for learning (or teaching himself Portugues).
Suppose wallpapers are ugly and can't even be changed with a right click on a 2:3 button keyboard: the last point is likely to be a bug and should be corrected ( if a company wants to go on selling, it is obvious; ). Bugs can happen because any man cannot be smart fulltime, it is not an ideology matter...
For me, Mandriva & (as far as i remember tests) Suse are very nice beginner friendly : There is is no linguistic hierarchy(86), and
new people (students : when they get rich, they can recommend commercial versions their boss), plain users can do what they want with it.
126 • pc-bsd (by roger woodworker on 2006-10-11 20:48:51 GMT from United States)
Wow! I can not beleive pcbsd is bought by iXsystems! Its almost linux, I just wish they had pc-linux. Then B$ll would be having problems taking our money.
127 • Re. 113 (by UZ64 on 2006-10-11 20:57:02 GMT from United States)
"Attitudes like dropping Gnome really annoys me. Why couldnt he just let someone else compile Gnome for him if he doesnt wanna do it?"
People can create their own versions of Gnome for Slackware, and as a result the following two Slack-designed versions were born:
-Freerock Gnome: http://gsb.freerock.org/
...both of which Pat recomends for use with his distro, and even claims that these versions are even better than anything he's ever included on the official ISOs.
Then there's Dropline Gnome, but Slack's developer recommends against this version due to it modifying key system files. So you actually have three choices; two of which are recommended by the developer himself, one not. They're just not on the install CDs. You basically get *three* choices for a Gnome desktop, instead of just one. I don't see how exactly that's a negative, except for the fact that there's no real source of info (that I can find) which details the differences between them.
128 • Re: 9 • slackware release and missing gnome (by Ariszló on 2006-10-11 21:15:34 GMT from Hungary)
Dropline Installer 2.16:
Freerock Gnome 2.16:
129 • mandriva 2007 one (by jo (6 pack) on 2006-10-11 21:41:16 GMT from France)
first ref #120, 123,124 I had no problem at all finding the free download and not through bit torrent. just click on the mirror in the list and click on the ftp files that you want. the last two nights I was at 240ko/s downloading off belnet (my preferred mirror for distros whenever possible, better than the french ones IMHO).
The one stupid thing I have found with mandriva one 2007 (both the free gnome and the proprietary kde) is that they don't seem to be able to access the host machine's hard drives, a bit silly for a cd supposed to demonstrate the distro's functionality and mobility. I tried it on my chief's w98 box just to check and its the same as mine. Mandriva one 2006 was just the same. Everything else that I'm interested in seems to work to my innocent eye (i put some photos and music on a usb key just to see) but I won't be junking my venerable mandrakemove just yet. I am going to try the 4cd install in replacement of my mandrake 10, I don't like the risk but one has to move with the times eventually.
130 • Mandriva One 2007 (by parkash on 2006-10-11 22:29:16 GMT from Germany)
It's the first time I use Mandriva/Mandrake in my life...
I've used many other distro's before...
Anyway. I'm very pleased whit what I've seen so far. The installation went smooth, the usability in the desktop is superb... I loved how easily I configured my wireless network.
I would really say that THAT's what a linux Desktop should be.. Or at least that's the best approach so far. (I would expect a little more)
There's just one thing that dissapoints me...
I've used the Mandriva Linux Control Center to manage my software. And I really can't understand how is it that I've Gnome installed but I can't use it. Or why oh why!! Can't I install new software? And... Why is my KDE Menu so little? Where are all the apps?
Is this all there is to it? A neat user experience without elasticity?
I'll leave the desktop installed for a couple of days.. Just to see if I can get more to it. Where do I find mirrors for more packages?
And in general for any linux distro: Has anybody already thought of implementing Autopackage?
Ach! I feel like a tiger in a cage!
131 • No subject (by Yellow Dog on 2006-10-12 01:56:01 GMT from United States)
@73 Andrew asked, "I'm looking for a distro that has auto hardware detection and provides a kde that is pretty close to the to the libs provided on kde.org. Kind of like slackware or debian."
I use Kanotix which is based on Debian Sid. Very pleased with it. Easy installation and hardware detection is superb.
132 • RE: 130 • Mandriva One 2007 (by johncoom on 2006-10-12 01:58:51 GMT from Australia)
to: parkash from Germany
You should not be asking spacific questions about any distro here at DW
You would be better off asking here http://forum.club.mandriva.com
And you do know you could have found that out by looking at the Distrowatch page here http://distrowatch.com/table.php?distribution=mandriva
Details like this about any distro can be found from the top of the main DW page by looking in the SELECT DISTRIBUTON pull down menu - so simple ah
133 • mdk clube (by werner on 2006-10-12 02:50:58 GMT from France)
@#129 etc: It seems I'm not the only which (in contrary to before) cannot longer find the links to the mirrors in the definitive Mdk release: read http://www.linux.org/dist/reviews/mandriva2007.html almost at the end. I feel a little they make us a fool; at the same time I regret very that the end of a distro what some time ago I apreciated highly is in this manner ...
134 • No subject (by agendelman on 2006-10-12 05:42:06 GMT from United States)
If you start at the official company site, here, http://www.mandriva.com/en/community/ , notice the menu on the left. Click on "Download", it will take you to a page where you can choose from a variety of free downloads, In fact, here's the page:
Now just click on the version you want to get, scroll down the page and choose from a long impressive list of mirrors all over the world.
If you want mirrors set up automatically for updates after installation, you can do this in the contol center under software. A few mouse clicks and it's done for you.
You can use a tool called easy urpmi found here, http://easyurpmi.zarb.org/ to set up repositories too. These will let you include the plf mirrors for libdvdcss etc.
A very clever and enterprising Mandriva Club in Germany offers a free tool which lets you choose from the most up-to-date mirrors. It's called smart urpmi, and you can find it here: http://easyurpmi.zarb.org/
135 • No subject (by agendelman on 2006-10-12 05:54:23 GMT from United States)
Here's the correct bookmark for smart urpmi: http://www.mandrivauser.de/smarturpmi/
136 • Religious Stupidity! (by wm1910 on 2006-10-12 09:18:19 GMT from United Kingdom)
I don't understand the arguements with Ubuntu CE or any of the other 'religious' editions they are just tools with a particular slant packaged together in one release. The tools are available seperately if required. We would not have the same problem if I wanted to release a distibution especially created for trainspotters with tools available to log my spotted trains and help identify one engine from another.I wouldn't be criticised if I released a set of tools to help people study biological sciences (I know these already exist but I'm trying to make a point) and released them as a distro, so why do so many people have a problem with any religious editions. Just because you have no use for something does not make it wrong.
137 • So we can discuss a different religious war... (by AC on 2006-10-12 14:26:25 GMT from United States)
Vi is for editing configuration files.
For everything else, there's Emacs!
138 • vi ... (by dbrion on 2006-10-12 14:51:57 GMT from France)
You forget scite, nedit, word, notepad (under windows) and oowriter
vi is less ressource consuming and higly portable (even under DOS, said Elvis). I doubt emacs would work in a Amish OS (something like #133 link;;;)
139 • 138 (by AC on 2006-10-12 15:14:34 GMT from United States)
I did not forget. Oowriter is not a text editor, it's a word processor. Notepad s a joke. The other two are relatively minor. (I also left out nano, though I recommend it to newcomers.)
Vi is ubiquitous and does consume less resources, which is why I recommend everyone learn it enough to edit text files. And starting up Emacs for that sort of quick administrative task would be wasteful. So my remarks acknowledged that point.
And Emacs does run on DOS.
140 • Madriva 2007 (by Full Tank on 2006-10-12 15:31:26 GMT from United States)
Gave it a chance on great hardware. Not impressed at all. No wonder they said Linux was not ready for the desktop. They must be using their product. Oh and I gave it to 3 other people. All gave it the suck award also. I am sure glad I did not blow away my Big Daddy 93a machine.
141 • Mandriva rocks (by geert on 2006-10-12 22:25:49 GMT from Belgium)
I have been installing mandriva since 8.0, and seen the progressive improvements.
For the last week, I tried to get UBUNTU Samba dancing on a PPC.
Halfway the week, I tried SWAT. Something I did not use since Mandrake 9.0, I think. Even SWAT did not work. All explenations in Geek. Not in English.. No GUI for installing.
If Ubuntu wants to have success with more than geeks, they must get their networking with PCs in order. Mandriva, has all these things working.
142 • No subject (by werner on 2006-10-13 04:01:30 GMT from France)
@ #125: w.r.t. Debian, I think when the father die, dies the whole family ...
143 • Windows Vista release date: December 5 (by linbetwin on 2006-10-13 14:35:55 GMT from Romania)
Microsoft announced the general release date for Vista, Office 2007 and Exchange 2007: December 5. I hope this Vista madness won't affect the download speed for Etch, which hopefully will be released the previous day. Oh, wait, you won't be able to download Vista ISOs, so that's not going to slow down the Internet.
144 • No subject (by werner, cayenne on 2006-10-13 15:01:41 GMT from France)
ref #143: not .iso , they should bring an gratis .tgz or .rpm version of Windows what I can quickly and easy install and run in a window of my Slackware system, otherwhise I dont use it ...
145 • Re: #144 (by linbetwin on 2006-10-13 15:14:22 GMT from Romania)
What?! You don't have Vista in the Slackware repos?! ;)
146 • Mandriva (by warpengi on 2006-10-13 17:55:42 GMT from Canada)
I just installed Mandriva One on my laptop, set the repos for 2007 and did an update. Everything worked great, I am very impressed. I was a long time Mandrake user and stuck with them through the name change but switched when they fired Gael Duval. Now I think I will switch back.
I don't know what teh problem is with those who can't get Mandriva 2007 to work. Everything "just works" (tm) for me. I love it.
147 • Re #144 (by Warpengi on 2006-10-13 18:05:27 GMT from Canada)
I needed to test something out in MSWindows recently so I thought I'd download a VMWare image to save time. I looked all over the net but no MSWindows virtual machines to download anywhere, not even in VMWares download section. Could it be that VMWare does not support MSWindows? Lots of virtual appliances for Linux but no MSWindows appliances. With barriers like that to using MSWindows I don't want to have anything to do with it.
148 • Re: #147 (by linbetwin on 2006-10-13 20:56:54 GMT from Romania)
VMWare does support Windows, but you wont find Windows appliances anywhere, because it's as illegal as downloading Windows ISOs via file-sharing. You can make your own Windows appliance if you have a Windows CD. You don't even need VMWare Workstation, the Player and a few files will do.
One more thing: I am not sure about this, but I heard that using Windows as a virtual machine is against the EULA.
149 • Yes I know (by warpengi on 2006-10-13 21:18:49 GMT from Canada)
that VMWare supports MSWindows. I was being tongue in cheek, sort of. It was a little silly of me to try to find MSWindows virtual machines but that was really what I needed. I am so used to finding VM's and virtual appliances for everything I need to do: web server, email server, LAMP server, testing distros, etc that I just naturally started looking. I'm just spoiled from the availability of OSS software.
This just goes to show how MS licensing has restricted the use of their software to the point where they can't keep up with the latest developments. They don't even sell a VM. Installing a Virtual appliance is much faster than installing the whole OS. Sure I could make one but the whole point was to avoid an complete install which would probably take me less time than creating a VM.
150 • vector 5.8 (by seppo m on 2006-10-14 04:11:48 GMT from Finland)
vector, ubuntu and zenwalk are the best working distro's for older computers and new vector is exellent (even beta version).
151 • 150 (by AC on 2006-10-14 04:22:19 GMT from United States)
Actually, for older computers, one mustn't forget Debian and Slackware, highly customizable distributions capable of an endless variety of set ups. And Gentoo as well, especially if you cross compile from a more powerful machine using NFS.
152 • older computers (by seppo m on 2006-10-14 05:09:31 GMT from Finland)
Reason why i wrote my comment is Ubuntu has Finnish translation so good that even 5 year old can use it, Zenwalk almost as good.
153 • edit (by seppo m on 2006-10-14 05:21:01 GMT from Finland)
i am working in recycling center, and there is only old computers available.
154 • Re: 150 to 153 (by johncoom on 2006-10-14 08:43:50 GMT from Australia)
To: seppo m - from Finland (etc)
For your information there are similar recycling projects in Australia
This is the one in the city where I live (CBV) http://vic.computerbank.org.au
Until recently they have used Ubuntu exclusively but if you do a Search at their site for " ubuntu " (with out quotes) then look at " CBV Distro " you will see that they are thinking about switching to Debian unstable so as not to be locked into Ubuntu's way of doing things - I guess it is debatable whats best.
I thought you would like to know what others are doing/thinking
BTW - The Melbourne LUG meets at their offices on the 4th Friday of the month and there are a few of our members who do volenter work for CBV
155 • U.S. 2006 November election candidates and Linux usage (by Yotam Medini at 2006-10-14 09:05:38 GMT from Israel)
Soon, there are elections throughout U.S. for many offices and positions.
Is there any survey of the candidates asking about:
+ Usage of Gnu/Linux? What distribution?
+ Views on free software, Open source. In offices and eduction.
156 • Mandriva (by Rop on 2006-10-14 09:12:09 GMT from Netherlands)
Mandriva used to be my favorite, now there are a lot more stable and out-of-the-box ready-to-go distro's. For an easy setup you still need to pay. PCLinux, Mepis and even if you like Myah are so much better now.
157 • 139 : In terms of loading speed, nedit is twice less minor than Emacs (by dbrion on 2006-10-14 10:00:40 GMT from France)
using "time", I tried vi, emacs and nedit (I think scite is redundant from Windows ports) on an unloaded Mandriva [10.2,2006 PC. vi was the fastest, then nedit, then emacs for opening a file. (I know it is a naive race). By the way, nedit has the nicest (IMHO) Fortran syntax highligthing.
I should recommend, for _loaded_ machines :
to learn vi by practise even if it is not loaded . This leads to narrow-minded underestimation of EMACS, I know.
Word (+ antiword? ) are the only way of configuring legal VMPlayer for a Windows user who does not know about notepad (he legally has bought...) . After trying an Mandriva installation, he should find some names of freely (whatever the meaning for the 5[0, I hope] next years) ported editors, if he is interested.
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|• 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|
|• Issue 683 (2016-10-17): Refracta 8.0, making packages for distributions, Alpine switches to LibreSSL, 386BSD website publishes classic code|
|• Issue 682 (2016-10-10): KDE neon 20160915, Android-x86 6.0, Fedora warns of update bug, HandyLinux drops English translation, LXQt benchmarks|
|• Issue 681 (2016-10-03): OpenBSD 6.0, DragonFly BSD to support LibreSSL in ports, systemd denial of service bug, upgraded Mintbox Mini|
|• Issue 680 (2016-09-26): Uruk GNU/Linux 1.0, blocking applications at the firewall, Lenovo controversy, Ubuntu running on the Nextcloud Box|
|• Issue 679 (2016-09-19): OpenMandriva 3.0, 32-bit vs 64-bit performance, openSUSE updates, KaOS unveils first run wizard|
|• Issue 678 (2016-09-12): Apricity 07.2016, Mageia adopts DNF, KDE neon to use Wayland, FreeBSD updates Linux compatibility, creating cron jobs|
|• Issue 677 (2016-09-05): Peppermint OS 7, Manjaro updates leadership, TrueOS becomes rolling release, organizing files, creating torrents|
|• Issue 676 (2016-08-29): Korora 24, Fedora 25 to use Wayland by default, Linux turns 25, PC-BSD becomes TrueOS, finding software licensing information|
|• Issue 675 (2016-08-22): Gentoo LiveDVD "Choice Edition", moreutils, Ubuntu improves terminal convergence, MATE packaged for Openindiana, FreeBSD improves video support|
|• Issue 674 (2016-08-15): Zenwalk Linux 8.0, Ubuntu phone follow-up, Lubuntu transitioning to LXQt, Steam running on FreeBSD|
|• Issue 673 (2016-08-03): noop linux and EasyNAS, Debian's GnuPG switch, Fedora "Flock", using "nice"|
|• Issue 672 (2016-08-01): Ubuntu Phone 15.04, Solus embraces rolling release model, interview with Jane Silber, FreeBSD Quarterly Report|
|• Issue 671 (2016-07-25): Slackware 14.2, Point Linux 3.2, OpenBSD disables usermount, KaOS releases significant changes, Fedora 22 reaches end of life.|
|• Issue 670 (2016-07-18): Linux Lite 3.0, Bodhi team plans 4.0.0, pfSense changes licensing, running software across distributions, Linux Mint upgrade path|
|• Issue 669 (2016-07-11): Linux Mint 18, proving a system is secure, LibreSSL in FreeBSD, Ubuntu plans phasing out 32-bit, pfSense status report|
|• Issue 668 (2016-07-04): Fedora 24, Linux Mint plans for 18.1, FreeBSD and DragonFly BSD improve their file systems, comparing Flatpak, Snap and AppImage|
|• Issue 667 (2016-06-27): GeckoLinux 421, Fedora supports Flatpak, Solus unveils new features, running GNU/Linux on tablets|
|• Issue 666 (2016-06-20): Comparing more live update methods, Ubuntu's snap packages, Antergos drops 32-bit media, GeckoLinux unveils Rolling edition, learning Linux resources|
|• Issue 665 (2016-06-13): BunsenLabs Linux Hydrogen, Fedora 24 delayed, NetBSD grows in size, Clonezilla questions|
|• Issue 664 (2016-06-06): Sabayon 16.05, Debian updates install media, the cost of free software, Qubes explains secure build process|
|• Issue 663 (2016-05-30): Comparing live update methods, Ubuntu MATE's progress, distros debate systemd change, DistroWatch turns 15|
|• Issue 662 (2016-05-23): Clonezilla Live, new Fedora community repository, DragonFlyBSD runs Wayland, a live edition of Slackware and kernel components|
|• Issue 661 (2016-05-16): FreeBSD 10.3, OpenMandriva adopts Clang, Debian adds ZFS packages, PCLinuxOS drops 32-bit and comparing CentOS with RHEL|
|• Issue 660 (2016-05-09): Ubuntu MATE 16.04, Mint's xapps, FreeBSD Quarterly Report, Debian updates 32-bit support, addressing GPL violations|
|• Issue 659 (2016-05-02): Ubuntu 16.04, compiling custom kernels, Cinnamon 3.0, Sabayon launches ARM build, Devuan ships Beta release|
|• Issue 658 (2016-04-25): Kali Linux 2016.1, elementary OS 0.3.2, Debian elects Project Leader, Fedora 24 feature preview, Nard reaches 1.0|
|• Issue 657 (2016-04-18): Redox, Linux Mint improves update manager, planned Fedora 24 features, Ubuntu 16.04 getting Snappy packages|
|• Issue 656 (2016-04-11): Qubes OS 3.1, Whonix offers bug bounties, Puppy's family tree, setting up disk partitions and running bash on Windows|
|• Issue 655 (2016-04-04): Parsix 8.5, Sabayon's Community repository, Red Hat offers free subscriptions, Ubuntu tablets, command line tips|
|• Issue 654 (2016-03-28): PCLinuxOS 2016.03, Using signatures to create a web of trust, Arch Linux rolls out Pacman update, GuixSD packages GNOME|
|• Full list of all issues|
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