| DistroWatch Weekly
|DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 69, 4 October 2004
Welcome to this year's 39th edition of DistroWatch Weekly. If you haven't pre-ordered your OpenBSD 3.6 CD set, now is the time to do as they started shipping, a month earlier than expected! Also, we have some news about the upcoming SUSE LINUX 9.2. Enjoy!
Newsletter for Ubuntu users, OpenBSD 3.6 CDs now shipping
The developers of Ubuntu Linux, a new high-profile Debian-based Linux distribution, have launched a weekly newsletter called Ubuntu Traffic: "This list began as a summary of the discussions that take place on the Sounder/Ubuntu email list and IRC channel. With the Ubuntu release, Ubuntu Traffic will become a summary of the most important Ubuntu related mailing list and IRC traffic on all lists." The latest issue covers a lots of interesting topics, such as new Ubuntu artwork, daily ISO images, and the economics of Ubuntu (inclusive of a reply by Ubuntu's founder Mark Shuttleworth). It also mentions the release date of Ubuntu Linux 4.10 final, which was set to the October 20th. This is a good place to keep up-to-date with the development and other interesting topics related to this increasingly popular distribution.
The OpenBSD 3.6 CD sets are now shipping, a whole month before the product's official release on November 1st. From an announcement by Theo de Raadt: "The 3.6 CDs have arrived in Calgary. (They are early because of I am presenting a talk in Malaysia). The CDs will start shipping out in the next few days to those who have ordered them already. Unlike the staffing disaster last time, it sounds like things are working very well. Enjoy them, and thanks for your support." Unfortunately, pre-orders have been disappointing thus far. If you enjoy the product and wish to support it, visit the the OpenBSD online store and get your very own 3-CD set of OpenBSD 3.6 (US$45). Needless to say, the accompanying release song is also out and available in mp3 or ogg formats.
The SME Server project has been acquired by Lycoris: "Effective immediately, Contribs.org and the development and support of the SME Server will be handled by Lycoris." For those unfamiliar with the Red Hat-based SME Server distribution, it was originally known as e-smith and developed by a company of the same name, before the product was taken over by MITEL. Late last year, MITEL announced that it would no longer provide a free edition of SME Server and handed the product over to the SME server user community at Contribs.org. The project looked half-dead before Lycoris took control over it last week. On surface, it seems like a positive development for SME Server; however (please forgive us our scepticism), Lycoris has a history of unfulfilled product plans (what happened to Beryl which meant to be released after Update 3?), denials of its own press releases, and poor customer relations. The company now promises "a commitment to continued GPL development and availability" of SME Server, but given its past, we never know if we can believe it or not. Only time will tell.
The Gentoo project has announced a poll to decide the winner of the Gentoo web site redesign contest: "Voting is finally underway in the Gentoo web site redesign contest. The five finalist entries may be viewed at the contest page. It is now up to the Gentoo community to choose the winning design." The Gentoo web site has seen very little changes since the early beginnings of the project and most users will agree that a redesign was in order. If you are interested in helping to choose the winner, head for the Gentoo forums and cast your vote; only four more days remain before the winner is announced.
Finally, looking through the first three days of webalizer statistics on the DistroWatch.com web server, the recent trend among this site's visitors to replace their ancient and bug-ridden Microsoft Internet Explorer with lean, secure and feature-rich Firefox has been further confirmed. This month, Firefox has become the leading web browser with a market share of almost 27%, while MSIE's share dropped to less than 23% (from over 60% three years ago). Mozilla has 14% and Opera 9%. Although it is natural to expect a higher percentage of open source browsers on a web site devoted to Linux and BSD, it is always nice to see that the new generation Gecko browsers now represent the dominant browsing tools for most of our visitors. Way to go!
|Featured distribution of the week: Bayanihan Linux
Continuing with our introductions to less well-known Linux distributions, this week's featured project is Bayanihan Linux. Sponsored by Advanced Science and Technology Institute (ASTI) in the Philippines, Bayanihan Linux is a free, single-CD, Fedora-based distribution in English, designed to ease migration from Windows to Linux. Version 3.1, released last week, features up-to-date software with KDE 3.3.0 as its default desktop, well-designed and logical menu structures, as well as compatibility with Windows applications through WINE. The latest Firefox browser and OpenOffice.org office suite are also included. The excellent online manual with plenty of step-by-step instructions and screenshots is a cherry on the top, especially since so many other Linux distributions tend to neglect the importance of good documentation.
The word "Bayanihan" represents a Filipino tradition where people in a community help their neighbour in physically moving their house to a different location. This is perhaps a good analogy to be used when migrating to a new operating system as well, with FAQs, developer's mailing list and IRC channel (web based user forums are under construction) ready to offer assistance to users. The project sports a good-looking web site with new features being added regularly and new distribution releases produced roughly every 6 months since version 1.0 released in June 2002.
Bayanihan Linux 3.1 is a well-crafted, up-to-date distribution, designed with non-technical users in mind. To find out more, visit the project's web site and start downloading. You won't be disappointed!
Bayanihan Linux 3.1 - a well-designed and up-to-date distribution for non-technical users.
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|Released Last Week
Càtix is a Knoppix-based live CD developed by TecnoCampus Mataró in Barcelona in cooperation with Softcatalà to distribute 60,000 Càtix live CDs to the Catalan-speaking public in Spain. Version 1.0.1, released yesterday, is mostly a bug fix release of the earlier Càtix 1.0; however, it does include improved hardware auto-detection routines. There are comprehensive release notes (in Catalan) if you need further details.
Càtix 1.0.1 - an instant operating system for Catalan speakers
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Bayanihan Linux 3.1
Bayanihan Linux 3.1 has been released: "Bayanihan Linux 3.1 is the fourth major release of the Bayanihan Linux operating system. The software applications included in this release are the latest packages available to date. System features: graphical desktop; Internet ready; office productivity suite; Windows emulation, filesystem and sharing support; multimedia playback of CD, MP3, DVD, VCD and AVI; CD/DVD burning capability; educational applications; image editing tools; better support for removable devices." Read the full release announcement for details.
CRUX 2.0 (PPC edition)
The PPC edition of CRUX 2.0 has been released: "The long awaited CRUX PPC version 2.0 is now available. Supports Apple and Pegasos II systems, uses Linux kernel 184.108.40.206 and Native Posix Threads Library (TLS/NPTL). Ready for ALSA and IPv6. See the download page!" CRUX PPC isa PPC port of the fast and light-weight CRUX Linux distribution for Apple's NewWorld PowerPC computers; for further information please visit the project's web site.
Yellow Dog Linux 4.0
Yellow Dog Linux 4.0 has been released: "Terra Soft Solutions, Inc., the leading developer of integrated PowerPC Linux solutions, is pleased to announce release of Yellow Dog Linux v4.0. The final Yellow Dog Linux v4.0 CD-Rs have been created and will today be delivered to a CD production facility for glass mastering and replication. Six months in development, Yellow Dog Linux v4.0 is built upon Fedora Core 2, offering both KDE 3.3 and GNOME 2.6.0 desktops with an all new presentation for both the Installer and post-installed desktop environment. Included applications are OpenOffice 1.1.1, Rhythmbox 0.8.3, Mozilla 1.7 and development tools glibc 2.3.3 and gcc 3.3.3 built upon the 32-bit kernel 2.6.8." Read the official press release for further details.
Damn Small Linux 0.8.2
A new version of Damn Small Linux has been released. From the changelog: "0.8.2: added ndiswrapper with GUI; added add users to live CD with GUI; improved dial-up PPP with controlling GUI; added prims2 setup GUI; frugal mounted read/write, backup/restore & mydsl in a single partition; added emelfm as super-user menu item; changed colors of mc when launched from menu; added View in Scite emelfm user command."
Lineox Enterprise Linux 2.1
Lineox has released Lineox Enterprise Linux 2.1, a distribution built from source RPMs for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 2.1, inclusive of errata and security updates: "The main reason for making Lineox Enterprise Linux 2.1 was to create a platform on which to build updated packages from source packages published by Red Hat, Inc. which continue to be available up to May 31 2009. Lineox plans to use these packages to keep some of our servers updated, which are still running Red Hat 7.2-based Spectra Linux 1.1. Always Current Lineox Enterprise Linux 2.1.007 contains all available updates including Update 5." Read the rest of the release announcement for details.
A new stable version of the AGNULA/DeMuDi audio distribution is out: "AGNULA/DeMuDI 1.2.0, the Debian-based GNU/Linux distribution for audio, has been released. This release is first of the 1.2.x series, which sports tighter integration with Debian, using the Sarge Debian Installer and the CDD (Custom Debian Distributions) framework. Highlights: installer - running apt-get update in case network is available; configuration - added a cfengine script to properly set /dev/dsp /dev/mixers links and permissions; kernel - applied i2c and lm-sensors patches; menus - added missing menu entry for Gnome Wave Cleaner in Sound/DSP; applications - added gtkguitune to the DSP task, lm-sensors and sensord to the packages installed by default, GEM to the Synthesis task...." Read the full announcement and FAQs for further details.
AGNULA/DeMuDi 1.2.0 - a new version of the specialist Debian-based audio distribution.
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IPCop Firewall 1.4.0
18 months have passed since the last stable release of IPCop Firewall, but now we have a pleasure to report that a brand new version is finally out: "The IPCop team is proud to announce the final 1.4.0 release today! IPCop Linux is a complete Linux distribution whose sole purpose is to protect the networkson which it is installed. It is extremely easy for anyone to install and configure. Frequently, the IPCop firewall can be installed within 10 to 15 minutes. Changes: build system uses LFS (Linux from Scratch); new GUI; new supported hardware includes: SCSI hardware, PCMCIA hardware, Speedtouch PPPoE, AVM Fritz!DSL...; new features include: support ACPI, uni- and multi-processor systems, SSP Stack Smashing Protection and libsafe, intrusion detection SNORT (for all interfaces), traffic shaping...." See the rest of the release announcement for a complete list of changes.
Vidalinux Desktop OS 1.0
The first stable version of Vidalinux Desktop OS has been released and is available for download via BitTorrent or purchase (US$30): "VLOS (Vidalinux Desktop OS) is a powerful, stable and easy to use new Linux distribution. The desktop components are based on the best projects of the open source community including GNOME desktop environment, OpenOffice.org, Ximian productivity suite, Mozilla browser, Evolution mail and calendar client, Gentoo Linux system and Portage package manager. Vidalinux Desktop OS is the only system which includes additional multimedia and productivity applications for the home user including media players, browser plugins for Flash, RealPlayer, PDF viewer, media, graphics design and administration tools." Visit the project's web site for further information.
Development and unannounced releases
|Upcoming Releases and Announcements
Ubuntu Linux 4.10
The first stable version of Ubuntu will be released on October 20th: "Release manager Jeff Waugh announced the (new) release date for the final version of Ubuntu. To get some extra testing exposure for our very first (YAYAYA!) release, Mark has suggested that we push out a release candidate on the 13th, and our final release on the 20th of October. The release schedule has been updated for this change. Matt Zimmerman seemed mildly concerned that it was being moved to a day other than his birthday. Matt: your Ubuntu Traffic editor feels for you." The full story.
SUSE LINUX 9.2
According to this notice (in German), the next release of SUSE LINUX will be version 9.2 and it should be available on November 1st in Germany (incidentally, Fedora Core 3 will be released on the same day). In fact, Amazon UK is already taking pre-orders for the product: see SUSE LINUX 9.2 Professional (£58.49) and SUSE LINUX 9.2 Professional Upgrade (£41.39), with the projected shipping date on November 5th. Expect a formal product announcement from SUSE within the next few days/weeks.
|Web Site News
September donation: K3b receives US$350
Many thanks to those who have taken the time to nominate a project for our September donation last week. Although XFce ended up with the most nominations, the project does not have facilities to accept donations at present. That meant the our September donation could only go to K3b, a project that received the second highest number of nominations. The September donation totalled €280 (about US$350). As always, our donation programme is a joint initiative between DistroWatch and LinuxCD.org, which contributed US$50. LinuxCD.org is an online store selling low-cost Linux/BSD CDs - they have the largest selection, inclusive of all the latest releases, and they offer the lowest prices. Next time you need to order your favourite Linux or BSD CDs, get them from LinuxCD.org.
Most of you frequenting DistroWatch won't need an explanation of what K3b is - especially since it has emerged as the runaway leader in graphical CD/DVD burning applications under Linux and BSD. Those who frequently download large ISO images of Linux distributions undoubtedly appreciate the clear user interface and easy drag-and-drop functionality (anybody still remembers X-CD-Roast)? The developer of K3b, Sebastian Trueg, has emailed us to say "thank you", after first making sure that the donation is real: "What the h...? Is this real? Did you really want to donate 280 Euros? I think I had a really stupid look on my face when I saw the mail... :)"
Here is the PayPal receipt for our donation:
This email confirms that you have paid email@example.com 280.00 EUR using PayPal.
Total Amount: 280.00 EUR
Transaction ID: 2K408897TP551592A
Item Title: K3b Development Donation
This is the list of projects that received a DistroWatch donation since the launch of the programme:
New distribution additions
- StartCom Enterprise Linux. StartCom Enterprise Linux, which is based on the Red Hat AS source code, is the ultimate solution for middle-size servers to large data centres. The current version supports the largest commodity-architecture servers with up to 16 CPUs and 64GB (on x86 systems) of main memory, Global File System - for highly scalable, high performance data sharing in multi-system configurations. Included in this distribution is a comprehensive collection of open source server applications like mail, file (SMB/NFS), DNS, web, FTP, and a complete desktop environment.
New on the waiting list
- Phaeronix. Phaeronix is a SLAX-based live CD full of all kinds of software, with a strong bias towards normal users' needs - multimedia, office and Internet programs.
DistroWatch database summary
- Number of Linux distributions in the database: 339
- Number of BSD distributions in the database: 9
- Number of discontinued distributions: 40
- Number of distributions on the waiting list: 80
|DistroWatch in the News
Encouraging Linux projects
Our coverage of Hiweed Desktop last week resulted in a lot of excitement (in Chinese) on the project's web site. The lead developer (who has chosen to remain anonymous) felt strongly encouraged by our report and wowed to continue the development of Hiweed Desktop. Many users of the distribution offered their congratulations and support for the project. Best of luck, Hiweed, we are looking forward to your next release!
That's all for today, see you again next Monday!
|Linux Foundation Training
|• Issue 843 (2019-12-02): Obarun 2019.11.02, Bluestar 5.3.6, using special characters on the command line, Fedora plans to disable empty passwords, FreeBSD's quarterly status report|
|• Issue 842 (2019-11-25): SolydXK 10, System Adminstration Ethics book review, Debian continues init diversity debate, Google upstreaming Android kernel patches|
|• Issue 841 (2019-11-18): Emmabuntus DE3-1.00, changing keys in a keyboard layout, Debian phasing out Python 2 and voting on init diversity, Slackware gets unofficial updated live media|
|• Issue 840 (2019-11-11): Fedora 31, monitoring user activity, Fedora working to improve Python performance, FreeBSD gets faster networking|
|• Issue 839 (2019-11-04): MX 19, manipulating PDFs, Ubuntu plans features for 20.04, Fedora 29 nears EOL, Netrunner drops Manjaro-based edition|
|• Issue 838 (2019-10-28): Xubuntu 19.10, how init and service managers work together, DragonFly BSD provides emergency mode for HAMMER, Xfce team plans 4.16|
|• Issue 837 (2019-10-21): CentOS 8.0-1905, Trident finds a new base, Debian plans firewall changes, 15 years of Fedora, how to merge directories|
|• Issue 836 (2019-10-14): Archman 2019.09, Haiku improves ARM support, Project Trident shifting base OS, Unix turns 50|
|• Issue 835 (2019-10-07): Isotop, Mazon OS and, KduxOS, examples of using the find command, Mint's System Reports becomes proactive, Solus updates its desktops|
|• Issue 834 (2019-09-30): FreedomBox "Buster", CentOS gains a rolling release, Librem 5 phones shipping, Redcore updates its package manager|
|• Issue 833 (2019-09-23): Redcore Linux 1908, why Linux distros are free, Ubuntu making list of 32-bit software to keep, Richard M Stallman steps down from FSF leadership|
|• Issue 832 (2019-09-16): BlackWeb 1.2, checking for Wayland session and applications, Fedora to use nftables in firewalld, OpenBSD disables DoH in Firefox|
|• Issue 831 (2019-09-09): Adélie Linux 1.0 beta, using ffmpeg, awk and renice, Mint and elementary improvements, PureOS and Manjaro updates|
|• Issue 930 (2019-09-02): deepin 15.11, working with AppArmor profiles, elementary OS gets new greeter, exFAT support coming to Linux kernel|
|• Issue 829 (2019-08-26): EndeavourOS 2019.07.15, Drauger OS 7.4.1, finding the licenses of kernel modules, NetBSD gets Wayland application, GhostBSD changes base repo|
|• Issue 828 (2019-08-19): AcademiX 2.2, concerns with non-free firmware, UBports working on Unity8, Fedora unveils new EPEL channel, FreeBSD phasing out GCC|
|• Issue 827 (2019-08-12): Q4OS, finding files on the disk, Ubuntu works on ZFS, Haiku improves performance, OSDisc shutting down|
|• Issue 826 (2019-08-05): Quick looks at Resilient, PrimeOS, and BlueLight, flagship distros for desktops,Manjaro introduces new package manager|
|• Issue 825 (2019-07-29): Endless OS 3.6, UBports 16.04, gNewSense maintainer stepping down, Fedora developrs discuss optimizations, Project Trident launches stable branch|
|• Issue 824 (2019-07-22): Hexagon OS 1.0, Mageia publishes updated media, Fedora unveils Fedora CoreOS, managing disk usage with quotas|
|• Issue 823 (2019-07-15): Debian 10, finding 32-bit packages on a 64-bit system, Will Cooke discusses Ubuntu's desktop, IBM finalizes purchase of Red Hat|
|• Issue 822 (2019-07-08): Mageia 7, running development branches of distros, Mint team considers Snap, UBports to address Google account access|
|• Issue 821 (2019-07-01): OpenMandriva 4.0, Ubuntu's plan for 32-bit packages, Fedora Workstation improvements, DragonFly BSD's smaller kernel memory|
|• Issue 820 (2019-06-24): Clear Linux and Guix System 1.0.1, running Android applications using Anbox, Zorin partners with Star Labs, Red Hat explains networking bug, Ubuntu considers no longer updating 32-bit packages|
|• Issue 819 (2019-06-17): OS108 and Venom, renaming multiple files, checking live USB integrity, working with Fedora's Modularity, Ubuntu replacing Chromium package with snap|
|• Issue 818 (2019-06-10): openSUSE 15.1, improving boot times, FreeBSD's status report, DragonFly BSD reduces install media size|
|• Issue 817 (2019-06-03): Manjaro 18.0.4, Ubuntu Security Podcast, new Linux laptops from Dell and System76, Entroware Apollo|
|• Issue 816 (2019-05-27): Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.0, creating firewall rules, Antergos shuts down, Matthew Miller answers questions about Fedora|
|• Issue 815 (2019-05-20): Sabayon 19.03, Clear Linux's developer features, Red Hat explains MDS flaws, an overview of mobile distro options|
|• Issue 814 (2019-05-13): Fedora 30, distributions publish Firefox fixes, CentOS publishes roadmap to 8.0, Debian plans to use Wayland by default|
|• Issue 813 (2019-05-06): ROSA R11, MX seeks help with systemd-shim, FreeBSD tests unified package management, interview with Gael Duval|
|• Issue 812 (2019-04-29): Ubuntu MATE 19.04, setting up a SOCKS web proxy, Scientific Linux discontinued, Red Hat takes over Java LTS support|
|• Issue 811 (2019-04-22): Alpine 3.9.2, rsync examples, Ubuntu working on ZFS support, Debian elects new Project Leader, Obarun releases S6 tools|
|• Issue 810 (2019-04-15): SolydXK 201902, Bedrock Linux 0.7.2, Fedora phasing out Python 2, NetBSD gets virtual machine monitor|
|• Issue 809 (2019-04-08): PCLinuxOS 2019.02, installing Falkon and problems with portable packages, Mint offers daily build previews, Ubuntu speeds up Snap packages|
|• Issue 808 (2019-04-01): Solus 4.0, security benefits and drawbacks to using a live distro, Gentoo gets GNOME ports working without systemd, Redox OS update|
|• Issue 807 (2019-03-25): Pardus 17.5, finding out which user changed a file, new Budgie features, a tool for browsing FreeBSD's sysctl values|
|• Issue 806 (2019-03-18): Kubuntu vs KDE neon, Nitrux's znx, notes on Debian's election, SUSE becomes an independent entity|
|• Issue 805 (2019-03-11): EasyOS 1.0, managing background services, Devuan team debates machine ID file, Ubuntu Studio works to remain an Ubuntu Community Edition|
|• Issue 804 (2019-03-04): Condres OS 19.02, securely erasing hard drives, new UBports devices coming in 2019, Devuan to host first conference|
|• Issue 803 (2019-02-25): Septor 2019, preventing windows from stealing focus, NetBSD and Nitrux experiment with virtual machines, pfSense upgrading to FreeBSD 12 base|
|• Issue 802 (2019-02-18): Slontoo 18.07.1, NetBSD tests newer compiler, Fedora packaging Deepin desktop, changes in Ubuntu Studio|
|• Issue 801 (2019-02-11): Project Trident 18.12, the meaning of status symbols in top, FreeBSD Foundation lists ongoing projects, Plasma Mobile team answers questions|
|• Issue 800 (2019-02-04): FreeNAS 11.2, using Ubuntu Studio software as an add-on, Nitrux developing znx, matching operating systems to file systems|
|• Issue 799 (2019-01-28): KaOS 2018.12, Linux Basics For Hackers, Debian 10 enters freeze, Ubuntu publishes new version for IoT devices|
|• Issue 798 (2019-01-21): Sculpt OS 18.09, picking a location for swap space, Solus team plans ahead, Fedora trying to get a better user count|
|• Issue 797 (2019-01-14): Reborn OS 2018.11.28, TinyPaw-Linux 1.3, dealing with processes which make the desktop unresponsive, Debian testing Secure Boot support|
|• Issue 796 (2019-01-07): FreeBSD 12.0, Peppermint releases ISO update, picking the best distro of 2018, roundtable interview with Debian, Fedora and elementary developers|
|• Issue 795 (2018-12-24): Running a Pinebook, interview with Bedrock founder, Alpine being ported to RISC-V, Librem 5 dev-kits shipped|
|• Issue 794 (2018-12-17): Void 20181111, avoiding software bloat, improvements to HAMMER2, getting application overview in GNOME Shell|
|• Issue 793 (2018-12-10): openSUSE Tumbleweed, finding non-free packages, Debian migrates to usrmerge, Hyperbola gets FSF approval|
|• Issue 792 (2018-1203): GhostBSD 18.10, when to use swap space, DragonFly BSD's wireless support, Fedora planning to pause development schedule|
|• Issue 791 (2018-11-26): Haiku R1 Beta1, default passwords on live media, Slax and Kodachi update their media, dual booting DragonFly BSD on EFI|
|• Full list of all issues|
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|Random Distribution |
Damn Small Linux
Damn Small Linux was a business card size (50MB) live CD Linux distribution. Despite its minuscule size it strives to have a functional and easy to use desktop. Damn Small Linux has a nearly complete desktop, including XMMS (MP3, and MPEG), FTP client, links-hacked web browser, spreadsheet, email, spellcheck (US English), a word-processor, three editors (Nedit, nVi, Zile [emacs clone]), Xpdf, Worker (file manager), Naim (AIM, ICQ, IRC), VNCviwer, SSH/SCP server and client, DHCP client, PPP, PPPoE, a web server, calculator, Fluxbox window manager, system monitoring apps, USB support, and soon it will have PCMCIA support as well. If you like Damn Small Linux you can install it on your hard drive. Because all the applications are small and light it makes a very good choice for older hardware.