| DistroWatch Weekly
|DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 41, 22 March 2004
Welcome to this year's 12th edition of DistroWatch Weekly. It is going to be a great week for the fans of GNOME and GIMP, as both projects are about to announce new major releases, accompanied by release parties. You can find out more about the GNOME 2.6 release parties at FootNotes, while those interested in attending one of the GIMP 2.0 festivities can consult wiki.gimp.org for venues. On a different note, DistroWatch is proud to announce an initiative to offer financial support to Free Software projects.
Announcement: DistroWatch to offer financial assistance to Free Software projects
DistroWatch is proud to announce an initiative to offer financial assistance to Free Software projects. The extent of this assistance will be set to 10% of DistroWatch's income from advertising, sale of merchandise and related products and services, and can initially be expected to reach between US$150 to US$500 per month. These funds will be donated to various Free Software projects as determined by the maintainers, contributors and visitors of DistroWatch. The donations will have no strings attached.
The first benefactor of this initiative will be the GnuCash project (after all, what other project would be more suitable to receive the first donation than the one we use to track DistroWatch finances?). The second benefactor will be the Debian GNU/Linux project, which has been our preferred operating system to host the DistroWatch web site since it moved to a dedicated server over a year ago. Readers are welcome to submit suitable candidates for consideration to receive financial assistance, either in the reader forums in each issue of DistroWatch Weekly, or by private email. There are no rules other than these projects have to be of non-commercial nature, and they have to be developed with the goal of advancing the adoption of Linux.
The donations will be paid on the 1st of each month. The GnuCash project will receive the donation on 1 April 2004 and the Debian project will receive theirs on the first of the month following the release of Debian 3.1 Sarge. Announcement about the donations will be made in DistroWatch Weekly on the first Monday of each month.
We would also like to challenge all Linux web sites, large or small, to set up a similar fund. We would especially like to challenge those Linux web sites that display Microsoft's anti-Linux advertisements on their sites (you know who you are!) to channel 10% of their income from advertising and services to support Free Software projects. It is the belief of the DistroWatch maintainers that these funds will help to accelerate the development of high-quality applications and distributions to advance the adoption of Linux in all areas of our lives - in our homes and places of employment, on servers, desktops, in embedded devices and any other place where it can be used to our benefit.
News round-up: Debian keeps non-free, Fedora moves to XOrg, SUSE releases YaST under GPL
Many interesting things worth mentioning happened during the past week. The Debian developers have voted to re-affirm support for the non-free branch of Debian GNU/Linux: "Choice 1: Cease active support of non-free [3:1 majority needed]" failed to even win simple majority." The result will no doubt displease the Free Software Foundation, which has been campaigning against using any software that does not adhere to the principles of Free Software. Yet, it shows that the FSF ideals, pure as they may be, are not always practical, even rejected by the developers of a popular non-commercial distribution, such as Debian.
The current stand-off between distributions and the XFree86 projects over the new XFree86 4.4.0 license was further emphasised last week by the apparent decision of the Fedora project to replace, in the long run, XFree86 with XOrg. Many Fedora beta testers have been trying out the new package, which is still in early development and not nearly as mature as XFree86, but it does provides a possible viable alternative to the long established leader in X Window System implementation. It will also undoubtedly contribute towards faster development and debugging of XOrg. Since all major distributions have rejected the new XFree86 license and refused to include version 4.4.0 in their products, it is becoming clear that, unless XFree86 reverses the decision of releasing the product under the controversial new license, its days as a dominant X Window System on UNIX/Linux are numbered.
In SUSE land, the distribution's users and fans have been excited about the announcement by Novell, that a new version of SUSE LINUX will be available in late April or early May, depending on your geographical location. SUSE LINUX 9.1 will come with kernel 2.6, KDE 3.2 and all the other goodies normally included in this popular distribution. Even more good news was found in another announcement by Novell saying that SUSE's administration utility YaST will, from now on, be licenced under the terms of the GPL. These moves should alleviate the suspicion expressed by some users after Novell acquired the German distribution maker late last year, and pave the way for further deployment of SUSE LINUX, especially in the enterprise.
Kernel 2.6 ready for prime time?
It is becoming increasingly apparent that the Linux kernel 2.6 is not yet ready for mass consumption. This is especially true for many desktop systems, where a large variety of hardware combination often means that a certain piece of hardware that worked fine under 2.4 is no longer operational under 2.6. Most major distributions deploy various kernel patches to address some of the issues; however the patches have potential to introduce new bugs into the kernel.
So when will the new kernel be ready? One interesting indication of its acceptance for general deployment is Slackware's "current" branch. Once the new kernel is in Slackware "current", we know that there is enough confidence by the Slackware developers (who have more than 10 years of development experience), to impose the new kernel on any system. The reason for this is simple - Slackware Linux is the only major distribution that uses the original kernel without any patches. If Slackware "current" still does not have the 2.6 kernel (despite the fact that the distribution's 9.1 release was declared "kernel 2.6 ready"), then we know that it still has plenty of unresolved issues.
This is not to say that the kernel 2.6 is unusable - there are undoubtedly many people who use it without any trouble. But if you happen to have some unlucky hardware, you'll be better off with kernel 2.4 for the time being.
|Released Last Week
Aurox Live 1.4.1
The Aurox Linux project has released a new live CD: "This issue, numbered as 1.4.1 is based on full (installable) version of Aurox Linux 9.3. What will You find in Aurox Live 1.4.1: graphical environments: KDE 3.1.5 and Fluxbox; ACPI power management (used in modern laptops); FAT32 and NTFS support; Windows partitions are mounted automatically; OpenOffice.org 1.1; Flash plug-in for Mozilla; NVIDIA drivers (3D acceleration); games: Tuxracer, Neverball, Glaxium; audio and video (also DVD) players; many other applications from Aurox 9.3." See the full announcement on the distribution's home page.
Devil-Linux 1.0.5 and 1.0.5a
The Devil-Linux live firewall has been updated to version 1.0.5. From the changelog: "Updated bind to v9.2.3; updated linux-wlan-ng to v0.2.1-pre16; added Super-FreeS/WAN v1.99.8; removed the standard FreeS/WAN + patches; added kernel patch to fix new mremap vulnerability; added kernel patch for 'Rusty's broken brain' error/failure; IPv6 is now compiled as modules; update_src now checks the md5 checksums of the files; updated zebra to 0.94; menuconfig now correctly sets any missing list values in the config file; fixed named start problem when jail disabled."
Buffalo Linux 1.1.5
Version 1.1.5 of the Slackware-based Buffalo Linux is out: "The latest version of Buffalo Linux has been released. Default kernel is now 2.6.4 with 2.4.24 still available for use. Several new optional Buffalo packages: MySQL with mysqlcc, Scribus-1.1.5, Mozilla 1.6, Netscape 7.1, etc.. A total of 9 new packages and 21 package upgrades. An update from 1.1.4 to 1.1.5 is available. Separate downloads for the optional extra packages are available on site." The full changelog.
Xandros Business Desktop
Xandros Corporation has announced the release of Xandros Business Desktop. The press release lists some of the more attractive features: "Windows 2000 Active Directory server and Windows NT PDC authentication; Sun StarOffice 7 with commercial support from Sun; drag-and-drop CD burning in Xandros File Manager; run MS Office and other key Windows programs; seamlessly share files on Windows networks; thin clients and terminal emulation; Athlon 64 (32-bit mode), SMP, and Hyper-Threading support." Find out more on the product information page. Xandros Business Desktop is available from the company's online store, starting at US$125 for a single licence edition, to US$495 for a 5-pack edition.
Caixa Mágica 8.1
Caixa Mágica 8.1 Desktop has been released. This edition is designed for workstations and includes applications for Office, Internet access and software development. The product is intended as a general purpose business or home operating system, with ease of installation, configuration and use as its main feature. Read the full release announcement (in Portuguese). The Professional edition with printed documentation and support can be ordered online for €78, while a freely downloadable single CD edition is available from the distribution's FTP server.
SME Server 6.0.1
This is the first community release of SME Server (formerly e-smith): "We have just released the first contribs.org ISO of SME Server V6.0.1-01. SME Server 6.0.1-01 (aka 'takeoff') is the first community release of the former e-smith server distribution. This release contains mostly bugfixes and changes in appearance. We advise you to update your current e-smith servers with 'takeoff' from 5.5 and up. If you are using earlier versions of the e-smith distribution (e.g. prior to e-smith 5.5) please upgrade to version 5.6 prior to upgrading to 'takeoff'." The full announcement.
eLearnix (wheel mouse)
Distribution Release: eLearnix (wheel mouse)^eLearnix (formerly known as FreeLoader Linux) is a GNOME-centric, Slackware-based live CD designed for educational purposes: "eLearnix is a self contained, Linux-based, tutorial operating system that comes on a CDROM instead of a book. We give you the instructions to burn the CD and load the whole thing absolutely and positively free. The only way to learn Linux is by running it!" The project has released an ISO image, code named "wheel mouse", for free download.
Vector Linux 4.0 Live CD
A Live CD edition of Vector Linux 4.0 has been released: "The final stable Vector Linux 4.0 Live CD is available now. The main purpose of the Live CD is to let people see what Vector Linux is about. It also happens to work quite nicely as a rescue system. This version still does not have the ability to save settings but that may be coming in the next version." Read the announcement on the distribution's forums.
The dyne:bolic project has released a new version of the multimedia oriented dyne:bolic live CD. What's new in version 1.2? "Dockable system: dyne:bolic can run from hard disk, simply copy the /dyne directory to your partition. [dyne:trax] sound production suite: native ALSA + JACK low latency rackable sound studio. Audio software included: alsa-patch-bay, cheesetracker, freqtweak, jack-rack, ladcca, qjackctl, Soundtracker, spiralsyntmodular, pd with iemlib, zexy and GEM, Hydrogen. More devices supported: usbvision, scpca5xx, acx100 and all other vanilla upgrades in kernel 2.4.22. New games: Liquidwar, Wesnoth..." The full announcement.
QiLinux 1.0 has been released: "One year of intense and passionate work and QiLinux 1.0 is out. Here are the changes against version 1.0rc1: KDE 3.2.1; update of qmail and integration with antivirus and antispam software; various updates and security fixes; IEEE1394 Firewire bus support; kernel 2.6 ready. The Italian official documentation is also available as OpenOffice and PDF documents and English translation will be available soon. Furthermore there are screenshoots showing the features of QiLinux 1.0." Read the announcement in English or Italian.
A new version of INSERT, the Inside Security Rescue Toolkit live CD, has been released. From the changelog: "Added boot time configuration for more keyboard layouts (e.g. dk, es); added mc (Midnight Commander); some minor bug fixes; updated the virus database for clamav to the latest version; the X-server is no longer listening on TCP; made a few minor improvements to the UI (e.g. scroll buffer and scroll bar in rxvt); switched to past tense in the changelog."
KANOTIX "BUG HUNTER" has been updated to version 04-2004. From the announcement: "Kernel 2.4.25 with forcedeth, device mapper and other patches; SMP support; ACPI and DMA enabled by default; i586 optimisation; 128 MB RAM required, 256 MB RAM recommended; AVM Fritz!Card DSL support (PCI and USB); Fritz!Card CAPI support; Eagle USB DSL support; new: Speedtouch USB support (PPPoE/A); KDE 3.2.1; OpenOffice 1.1; ALSA 1.0.3; GRUB boot loader for CD start - ideal for rescue in command line mode; Memtest86+ - Advanced Memory Diagnostic Tool in the extra menu of the boot loader; Extended ALSA support -> when used with CD then it directly works after HD install; extended S-ATA support + Intel RAID."
Screenshot: KANOTIX 04-2004: possibly the fastest way to install Debian Sid to one's hard disk.
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The cAos project has released CentOS 3.1, an enterprise level distribution rebuilt from Red Hat Enterprise Linux source RPMs: "Thanks to all who have tested - CentOS 3.1 has now been released. The release includes all security updates for RHEL released by 18th March. CentOS-3 also now includes the RHEL documentation, both on the CDs (CD3/docs) and also on the mirrors in the 3.1/docs/ directory. All RPMS in 3.1 are now signed with the CentOS-3 GPG key, as is the list of md5sums on the server." The full announcement.
Linux Netwosix 1.1
The Netwosix project has announced the release of Linux Netwosix 1.1: "The Netwosix Linux distribution (v. 1.1) is now available. What's Netwosix? Linux Netwosix is a powerful and optimised Linux distribution for servers and network security related jobs. It can also be used for special operations such as penetration testing with its big collection of security oriented software and sources. It's a light distribution created for the requirements of every system administrator; it's very portable and highly configurable." Read the full announcement for further details.
Development and unannounced releases
|Upcoming Releases and Announcements
SUSE LINUX 9.1
"Novell today unveiled SUSE LINUX 9.1 Personal and SUSE LINUX 9.1 Professional, the first complete commercial Linux products based on the 2.6 kernel, providing the only significant retail Linux products on the market." The new product will be available on 23 April in Europe, and 6 May in the rest of the world: "SUSE LINUX 9.1 will be available at store.suse.com and from bookstores and software suppliers on May 6. The recommended retail price of SUSE LINUX 9.1 Personal (two CDs, installation guide, 30 days of installation support) is $29.95. SUSE LINUX 9.1 Professional (five CDs, two double-sided DVDs, user guide and administration guide, 90 days of installation support) is $89.95. The update edition of SUSE LINUX 9.1 Professional is $59.95." Read the full press release in German or English, and further reports at NewsForge, eWEEK, MadPenguin and The Register.
Gentoo Linux 2004.1
The Gentoo Linux project is preparing a new release, version 2004.1: "With the release of Gentoo Linux 2004.0 at the end of February, planning and work on release 2004.1 have already begun. The goals for this release include: clear and concise guidelines so that the release goes much more smoothly and enjoyably; a better use of infrastructure by revamping the current way releases are coordinated to be put on the mirrors; catalyst enhancements and bugfixes; better communication from releng to the arch release coordinators, and vice-a-versa; Internet-based GRP for Portage's binary download and install functionality; completion of all items on the 2004.1 Feature Request list." The new release is tentatively scheduled for 28 April 2004; read the latest edition of the Gentoo Weekly News for further details.
Knoppix 3.4 has been announced: "The new version of KNOPPIX will be available as a printed edition at CeBIT 2004, 18.-24.3.2004, Hall 11, booth D39 (Rheinland-Pfalz booth), Hannover, Germany. Klaus Knopper will also give presentations at the Heise-Booth in Hall 5, E38. New features: Linux Kernel 2.4.25 and, as a boot option, Kernel 2.6.3, both ACPI-enabled; new IRDA/Bluetooth-Setup; GPRS internet-connection ready; enhanced hardware autodetection and driver updates; also boots from (some) USB- and Firewire CD-ROMs now; Internet-based software 'live-installer', installs add-on packages in ramdisk or on persistent home directory; free ticket to LinuxTag 2004, Europe's leading Linux and Free Software event, included." More information on the distribution's home page. The CeBIT edition is expected to be followed by a downloadable edition on Knoppix within the next week or two.
Trustix 2.1 (Enterprise)
The Trustix developers have announced a new product - Trustix Secure Enterprise Linux, as well as a re-release of Trustix Secure Linux 2.1, inclusive of some bug fixes, but exclusive of the Trustix stack protection technology, which will be now reserved for (or more precisely, turned on by default in) the Enterprise edition: "Trustix Secure Enterprise Linux will soon be released to the market. The initial differentiation in the Enterprise market will focus on the Stack protection technology required by this market, but it will also consist of support packages and support across multiple platforms etc. Trustix Secure Linux in its freely available version will be re-released at revision 2.1, removing the stack protection support. Both versions will then migrate forward in thefuture." The full announcement, causing some tension on the mailing list, can be found here.
Astaro Security Linux 5.0
Astaro Security Linux 5.0 has been announced: "Astaro Corp. (www.astaro.com), developers of the most popular Open Source-based security product, today announced Version 5 of its Astaro Security Linux. The perimeter security solution, which protects more than 20,000 installations in over 60 countries, now includes Intrusion Protection capabilities that protect networks against complex attacks, and added Virus Protection for HTTP and FTP. Version 5 will also stop viruses in password-protected zip attachments." The new product will be released on 31 March 2004; see the press release for details about new features.
The BLAG project has unveiled a roadmap towards future BLAG releases: "BLAG 9000 series is based on Red Hat 9. The 10000 series, which doesn't have a stable release, will be based on Fedora Core 1. Development versions have been made. BLAG 20000 will be based on Fedora Core 2. Fedora Core 2 hasn't been released, but test1 has been released. A development version of FC2 has been made of test1, but is unreleased. Kernel 2.6 will come with 20000." Visit this page for further details.
|Web Site News
No more Timesavers
The Timesavers programme has been discontinued with immediate effect.
Launched in January 2003, the idea behind Timesavers was to get extra income in exchange for providing special features (custom comparisons charts, searches and other requested features) for those who were willing to support the site financially. Unfortunately, the programme did not prove particularly popular, with an average of only 12 people joining each month. Replacing the login dialog with a Google advertisement is financially more beneficial, without the overhead of writing and maintaining new code, and dealing with members.
After 15 months of procrastinating and promising to start working on the Timesavers features next week and next week..., I have to admit defeat. I just don't have the time and motivation. With nearly 300 distributions listed on the site, all my time is taken up by posting news, adding new distributions and maintaining existing information. Besides that, I am also a regular contributor to the distribution section of Linux Weekly News and an irregular contributor to NewsForge. Hard as I tried, I couldn't find a way to extend days beyond 24 their hours.
Also, my earlier appeal to attract a third-party developer to work on the Timesavers features turned out to be unsuccessful - although a developer started working on the features, he has not logged in to the server for several weeks and all attempts to contact him during the past few weeks failed.
If you have joined Timesavers and are disappointed by the programme's demise, here are your options:
Despite the bad news, all is not lost. I still hope to attract a volunteer PHP coder who will be willing to implement some of the often requested features (such as the custom comparison chart). These will then be available to all visitors free of charge.
- Get a refund. If you'd like a refund, please email me (my email address is at the bottom of this page) about your preferred way of receiving the refund (PayPal or cheque) and the relevant details.
- Get a DistroWatch T-shirt for US$10. The standard price for a DistroWatch T-shirt is US$17 + shipping and handling, but you can have it for US$10, including shipping and handling. If you'd like to take advantage of this offer, please email me the details of your physical address and pay US$10 to DistroWatch (via PayPal or 2CheckOut, details are on the advertiser's page). I will then place the order for the T-shirt on your behalf.
- Support Free Software projects. You can ask for your joining fee to be placed into a pool to be donated to Free Software projects. This is a newly launched initiative, details of which are announced in this issue of DistroWatch Weekly.
- Do nothing. Just enjoy the feeling that you have helped supporting your favourite web site financially :-)
Finally, my sincere apologies to all of you who have supported this site and who have been looking forward to seeing the new features implemented in the near future. Despite my unfulfilled promise, I hope that you will continue visiting DistroWatch and enjoy the existing content.
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New on the waiting list
- Danix. Danix is a Knoppix-based desktop-oriented Linux live CD designed with support for the Czech language.
- Euronode. Euronode is a set of Debian GNU/Linux-based distributions, which transform a simple computer into a high-performance server or router in a few minutes. Euronode scripts automate the process of installation and configuration: auto-detection of devices, partitioning, automatic installation, and auto-configuration of the system and services. The Euronode project provides three product branches: "Minimal Woody" (basic debootstrap); "Simple DSL/cable Firewall" (a simple and secure Internet connection sharing with auto-detection of ethernet and USB modems) and "Advanced DSL/cable Firewall" (Simple Firewall + anti-virus + anti-spam + home web hosting).
- MaLiGNUz. MaLiGNUz is a Slackware-based live CD designed for system administration and recovery.
- APAWS. APAWS (Automated Photo Album Web Server) is a customised Linux mini distribution with Gallery w/netpbm and SpiderEyeballs. It runs mostly in RAM but also mounts an ext2 partition for storage.
- AFU-Knoppix. AFU-Knoppix is a Knoppix-based Live CD designed for radio amateurs.
DistroWatch database summary
- Immunix Secure Linux OS. According to full story at NewsForge, the development of Immunix Secure Linux OS has been discontinued: "The Immunix Linux distribution never became profitable. A big reason for this may have been competition from NSA's Security-Enhanced Linux, which had about the biggest name there is in electronic security behind it and started getting all the Linux "security buzz" almost from the day it was released. ... The most recent version of the Immunix OS, 7.3, was released in December, 2003, and it looks like it will be the last standalone one released."
- Number of distributions in the database: 274
- Number of discontinued distributions: 32
- Number of distributions on the waiting list: 67
Slackware Live CD
KR writes: "Although a full-blown install distribution, Slackware also provides a live CD with their distribution, as well as a downloadable ISO of the CD. You may have to dig a little on the site to find out about it, but the Slackware Store (http://store.slackware.com/cgi-bin/store) lets you know that one of the disks is a bootable live CD."
HY writes: "In Debian, bind 9.x is provided as bind9 package, now its version is 9.2.3-3. dhcp3 package is available, too. Its version is 3.0+3.0.1rc13-1. If users look at the Debian page in Distrowatch, they would think 'Debian does NOT have updated packages. It's too old...', maybe."
This issue comes up quite often, so just a reminder about the note displayed above every table discussing default packages in distributions; please read it before submitting any similar feedback. As for Debian not having up-to-date packages, I don't believe Debian's primary goal is to be as up-to-date as possible - there are other distributions that are trying to achieve that. Debian's value is in its stability by using well-tested packages at the expense of being "out of date" in certain respects. If users decide not to try it because "it's too old" then they probably don't deserve Debian anyway.
That's all for this week, see you next Monday :-)
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|• Issue 703 (2017-03-13): SolydXK 201701, CloudReady, Solus announces new features, KDE Connect sends text messages from desktop, openSUSE's YaST module for Let's Encrypt|
|• Issue 702 (2017-03-06): Fatdog64 Linux, elementary OS bundled with new netbook, Haiku announces new features, security and the size of a distro's development team|
|• Issue 701 (2017-02-27): OBRevenge 2017.02, Mageia 6 delays, NetBSD reproducible builds, questions about swap space, trying to steam video on a Raspberry Pi|
|• Issue 700 (2017-02-20): RaspBSD, Debian replaces Icedove with Thunderbird, Fedora's licensing guidlines, tips for switching shells, finding battery charge, getting IP address and killing processes|
|• Issue 699 (2017-02-13): Clear Linux, GhostBSD network utility ported to FreeBSD, Ubuntu coming to Fairphone, elementary OS crowd funding an app store|
|• Issue 698 (2017-02-06): Solus 2017.01.01, comparing containers with portable applicatins, Tails dropping 32-bit support, Debian Stretch enters freeze|
|• Issue 697 (2017-01-30): Subgraph OS 2016.12.30, running Ubuntu on an Android phone, Arch Linux phasing out 32-bit support, Linux Mint testing updated LMDE media|
|• Issue 696 (2017-01-23): GoboLinux 016, remotely running desktop applications, Solus adopting Flatpak, KDE neon using Calamares, TrueOS tests OpenRC|
|• Issue 695 (2017-01-16): Zorin OS 12, Peppermint team fixes installer bug, Debian refreshes Jessie media, Ubuntu improves low graphics mode, Exciting things coming in 2017|
|• Full list of all issues|
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Chakra GNU/Linux is a user-friendly and powerful distribution and live CD originally forked from Arch Linux. It features a graphical installer, automatic hardware detection and configuration, the latest KDE desktop, and a variety of tools and extras.
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