| DistroWatch Weekly
|DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 141, 6 March 2006
Welcome to this year's 10th issue of DistroWatch Weekly. As more and more distributions provide bootable disks containing a complete operating system, it is clear that these "live CDs", as they are often referred to, are having a huge impact on our daily computing lives; today we report on Debian Live and Mandriva One, as well as on several efforts to accelerate the boot process of KNOPPIX. Having trouble with finding all the interesting software sources for your Ubuntu installation? Then worry not, the new Ubuntu source-o-matic makes it easy. Also in this issue: Click-N-Run for Ubuntu, a new Linux web site with podcasts for Linux beginners, a couple of entertaining links for Monday laughs, and a first look at the brand new Rubix Linux 1.0. Finally, we are pleased to inform that the February 2006 DistroWatch donation has gone to FreeBSD Foundation. Happy reading!
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Miscellaneous news: Debian Live, Mandriva One, KNOPPIX on steroids, Ubuntu source-o-matic
With the current popularity of live CDs, i.e. complete Linux or BSD operating systems on a bootable CD, it is hardly surprising that many distributions are focusing more resources on creating these convenient solutions for their users. The latest project to join this initiative is Debian GNU/Linux. Although Debian Live is not yet an official sub-project of Debian, depending on the success of this undertaking, its status might be upgraded in the future. Debian Live is still in the planning stage and there is nothing to download just yet, but the project has already set up a mailing list and Wiki pages to enable cooperation between interested parties.
Speaking about live CDs, it is interesting to watch the progress of Mandriva's "secret project" - Mandriva Linux One. Now in beta 3, this new live CD differs from Mandriva Move, the original live CD made by the Paris-based company, in that it can be installed on a hard disk. Once the final product is released, Mandriva users will no longer need to download the usual three (or more) installation CDs; instead, they can simply get the live CD, test the hardware compatibility and, if they find the distribution to their liking, follow a simple installation wizard to give it a permanent space on their hard disks. The first test reports were slightly discouraging, but since Mandriva One is still in beta, some problems can be expected. A word of warning: if you are going to download one of the non-English language CD images, be careful to choose the right one for your region and don't just trust the name of the ISO image. With Turkish on a CD labelled as "Central Europe" and "Czech" on one labelled as "Eastern Europe", it is clear that whoever suggested the Mandriva One CD image names doesn't have much clue about the European geography!
Last week's release of Accelerated KNOPPIX, a live CD that boots in under a minute, has attracted considerable attention. Although some reviewers have found its speed disappointing, on our test system using a 48x CD-ROM drive, the CD took just under 60 seconds to boot into text mode and under 90 seconds to boot into full KDE. Yes, Accelerated KNOPPIX is still no speed demon, but it does represent a substantial improvement over the original work by Klaus Knopper. Additionally, there is more good news. Shortly after publishing the above-mentioned announcement, we received an email from Jun Okajima, President of Digital Infra in Japan. His company's web site claims that a KNOPPIX live CD that boots in -- wait for this -- under 10 seconds, is a reality! Don't believe it? While Digital Infra has not yet released a downloadable CD image of their "super accelerated" KNOPPIX (Mr Okajima promises one "soon"), you can view a video demonstrating the boot process on the company web site. Check it out - it's nothing short of astonishing!
Having trouble setting up your sources.list in Ubuntu Linux? Then try Ubuntu source-o-matic. This web page is designed to generate the necessary sources.list entries based on the selection you make. The list also includes non-free and proprietary software (i.e. software that can't be shipped with Ubuntu itself), Ubuntu packages created by the many user communities, backports, and even various bleeding edge packages for both Ubuntu and Kubuntu. A nicely designed wizard that collects all Ubuntu package sources and presents them on one page, Ubuntu source-o-matic is a great idea that will not only extend your favourite distribution, it will contribute towards making that other operating system on your hard disk totally obsolete ;-)
Speaking about Ubuntu, most of you have probably read about the idea to offer Click-N-Run services for the increasingly popular African distribution. For those of you not familiar with the concept, Click-N-Run, a web-based software download and installation mechanism designed for Linux novices, is a commercial service developed by Linspire. An excellent concept, somewhat marred by the commercial nature of the service and limited to users of the relatively low-profile commercial Linux distribution formerly known as Lindows. But the growing user base of Ubuntu Linux has created a new opportunity to increase Linspire's revenue from Click-N-Run. The service offers not only a simple, one-click installation method for thousands of Debian packages, it also provides commercial software, proprietary drivers and third-party games for immediate download. See Linspire may offer Ubuntu CNR service for more information.
If you are interested in the new Intel-based Apple computers, here is some exciting news submitted by a DistroWatch reader: "I don't know if the following will be useful to most Linux users, but nonetheless it might be inspirational. Linux becomes the first operating system, beside the native Mac OS X, to operate on the new Intel Macintosh. The Intel Macs use 'EFT' instead of BIOS for handling calls to hardware and a group of hackers calling themselves MacTel Linux have made the cut. Another Linux team, called OSXBook, using their own custom variant of KNOPPIX, have become the second Linux [distribution] to break the EFT barrier. Using this Intel Mac custom KNOPPIX package, they then proceeded to do another 'first' - they loaded VMware, which in turn loaded Windows XP. This is the first time Windows XP has run on an Intel-based Macintosh. Both teams drew inspiration and ideas from one another."
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Web sites: LinuxReality.com
Wishing to find something interesting to listen to while stuck in the rush-hour traffic? Then visit LinuxReality.com. Providing regular podcasts that will appeal to beginning and intermediate Linux users, this new web site is dedicated to spreading news and information about our favourite operating system:
"Linux Reality is a podcast aimed at the new Linux user. Our intent is to start from the beginning, and to take it slowly. We will help Windows and Macintosh users learn about the history of Linux, the importance of the principles of free and open-source software, and the exciting Linux community. We will help users understand the differences between Linux distributions and help people with choosing the right distribution with which to experiment. We will demonstrate how users can try Linux without disturbing their Windows operating system at all, and will also walk people through a Linux distribution installation for those that choose to take a more permanent step. In short, we will explain how it works — in plain, simple, and non-geek terminology."
The first three episodes, each lasting under half an hour, are now available from the LinuxReality.com web site (episode 3 also includes a review of DistroWatch.com and several other web sites). This is an interesting new way to learn about the general concepts of Linux, to listen how distribution and software package names are pronounced, and to become fluent in the terminology of open source software - all while commuting to and from work. Find out more at LinuxReality.com.
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Humour: Infectious licences, Uncyclopedia.org
Finally, a couple of fun resources to brighten up your Monday. First, here is a quote from a New Zealand law firm, which coincidentally also happens to be a Microsoft partner, advising the New Zealand government against using software released under an "open source licence":
"A 'strongly infectious' open source licence will infect any redistributed piece of software that contains or is derived from software licensed under it. It is generally very difficult to modify or integrate software licensed under a strongly infectious open source licence without the resulting product, when redistributed, becoming 'open source' on the same terms as the original. The GPL is an example of a strongly infectious open source licence."
More hilarious quotes and the analysis of the advice given by Chapmann Tripp can be found at Groklaw.net.
If you find the above quote sad rather than funny, here is an alternative link that may be more successful in reducing you to tears of laughter: Uncyclopedia.org. Here are a few quotes describing some of the popular operating systems (warning: language used on Uncyclopedia.org is not always family friendly):
For more "expert insight" on Linux, distributions and operating systems, please visit this page.
- Ubuntu solves all problems: no KDE, no problem.
- Grudgingly, Fedora had to admit that as big as the Core was, Dibley's Enterprise was still bigger.
- The Debian Project was founded for the purpose of collecting and serving as a clearing house for obsolete computer software.
- Gentoo (motto: you're on your own mate!) is a Linux distribution developed by a consortium founded by Imelda Marcos, Nvidia, IBM, Pol Pot and rice boys.
- pr0 l337 5cr1pt k1dd13 h4x0rz dislike Slackware for popularizing linux. They say that "5|_4C|<W/\r3 r\/1|\|Z0R t3h h0lE |_1n\/x-5C3|\|3"
- OpenBSD (or GNU/OpenBSD) is a computer operating system. It is notoriously insecure unlike its cousin ClosedBSD, which is an operating system for bank vaults.
- What do you want to do today? Nothing? Good.
- Mac OS X is the latest version of the Mac OS operating system for Macintosh computers. The operating system was released in 2001 after complaints from users that Mac OS W was inadequate.
|First looks: Rubix Linux 1.0
Rubix Linux 1.0
Rubix Linux. Just another distribution or the beginning of an exciting new project that will soon find many followers? Although it might be too early to guess how far the developers and community will take the project, there are signs that Rubix might appeal to certain types of users. It is not for beginners, but if you have some Linux experience, enjoy the simplicity of Slackware, expect a reasonable hardware detection from your operating system, and have heard about the speed and power of 'pacman', the package manager from Arch Linux, then Rubix Linux might be a good choice.
But let's start from the beginning. Rubix, a brainchild of Joshua Rubin, doesn't have its own installer; instead, it uses the very Slackware-like Arch Linux installation program - with a few variations. Those who prefer an alternative file system will be pleased to learn that, besides ext3 and ReiserFS, Rubix also supports JFS, Reiser4 and XFS. As with Arch, the Rubix installation program will install a minimal system only and any extra packages, including the X window system and desktop-oriented software, will have to be installed manually, with 'pacman'. Read the 'afterboot' manpage for further instructions after booting into Rubix Linux for the first time.
A somewhat less pleasant aspect of the Rubix (and Arch) installer is having to fiddle with /etc/rc.conf to set up networking and other options, and with /boot/grub/menu.lst to set up the boot loader (the automatic boot loader configuration failed on my test system).
After rebooting into the newly installed Rubix 1.0 and making sure that networking was indeed operational, it was time to get to know 'pacman'. To begin, I executed 'pacman -Syu' to synchronise the package database with that on Rubix download servers, then started installing packages. As an example, installing the complete KDE is done with a simple 'pacman -S kde', which will download and install not only KDE, but also all the required dependencies. After downloading and installing some 400MB of extra software, I issued the 'kdm' command, which took me into the KDE login manager and soon afterwards I was looking at a default KDE 3.5.1 desktop.
And this is when I started wondering about the purpose of Rubix. Having browsed through the distribution's web site during the lengthy package download process, I got an impression that Rubix is a somewhat more user-friendly Arch, perhaps with a more intuitive installer and utilities. But once installed, Rubix turned out to be a rather bare system, without any branding or custom utilities. Yes, the hardware detection is decent (the system was even capable of configuring X on the fly with correct values) and the available package set is highly up-to-date. Also, Rubix offers three kernels, including a 2.4 kernel enhanced with Grsecurity patches. The distribution has a solid web site, inclusive of user interactive areas and documentation. But that's about it. There was little else that would genuinely make me want to keep Rubix around.
Based on my first impressions, Rubix will find it difficult to attract users from either Slackware or Arch, both of which are well-established distributions with much larger user communities. But if their developers continue providing security updates, maintaining packages and fixing existing bugs, certain users might find it an attractive addition to the list of clean, stable and simple distributions.
To find out more about the project please visit RubixLinux.org.
Rubix Linux uses a simple, text-based installation program.
|Released Last Week
Trinity Rescue Kit 3.1
Trinity Rescue Kit (TRK) is a Mandriva-based Linux live CD aimed specifically at offline operations for Windows and Linux systems such as rescue, repair, password resets and cloning. A new version of TRK was released earlier today: "Trinity Rescue Kit version 3.1 is a fact and ready for download. Be sure not to burn it on a normal CD/R but a CD/RW. Here 's why: one of the new features in TRK 3.1 is the ability to update itself with Captive NTFS drivers and the latest antivirus + definitions. After it has done this, it will recreate itself as a new ISO file that you can burn to CD." Read the rest of the release announcement for a detailed list of changes.
Accelerated KNOPPIX 1.0
Japan's Alpha Systems has released Accelerated KNOPPIX 1.0, a fast-booting variant of the popular KNOPPIX live CD. By re-arranging the Cloop file system block and optimising the hardware detection and configuration step, the developers have succeeded in reducing the CD boot time to under 60 seconds, while maintaining the full functionality of the distribution. More details with illustrations of the technology (which, incidentally, is released under the GPL) can be found on the project's home page.
SystemRescueCd 0.2.17 has been released. What's new? "Updated the kernel to Linux-22.214.171.124; updated CaptiveNtfs to 1.1.7; fixed boot from a USB stick; added Framebuffer support for Intel video chipsets (i810fb and intelfb); added Oscar (Outil Complet d'Assistance Reseau); updated the manual." See the changelog for a complete list of changes.
tinysofa classic server 2.0 Update 4
An updated version of tinysofa classic server 2.0, code name "Ceara", has been released: "tinysofa classic server 2.0 Update 4 (Ceara) is now generally available. This release focuses on bug fixes, integrates all released security fixes, and updates various packages to the more recent upstream releases. 'Ceara' features: the Linux 2.6.13 kernel, grsecurity support, APT and SmartPM for advanced package management, the next generation PHP 5 environment (5.0.4), OpenSSH 4.3, high availability features such as DRBD (0.7.14) and UCARP (1.1), the latest development tools and languages (GCC 3.4.3, Python 2.4.2), and much more." Read the full release announcement on the project's home page.
Network Security Toolkit 1.4.0
Network Security Toolkit (NST) is a Fedora-based live CD with a collection of open source network security applications. A new version is out: "We are pleased to announce the latest NST release: v1.4.0. This release is based on Fedora Core 4 using the Linux Kernel 2.6.15. Many new NST features and capabilities have been included with this distribution: time management - NTP, hardware clock and system clock management; network packet capture - an enhanced NST web-based front-end to the Tethereal network protocol analyzer; network packet capture manager - provides a means to manage network packet capture files on a NST probe; an enhanced NST web-based file system mounting page...." Read the release announcement for a complete list of new features.
StartCom Enterprise Linux 4.0.1
The developers of StartCom Enterprise Linux, a distribution created by rebuilding the Red Hat Enterprise Linux source RPMs, have released an update version 4.0.1: "The second update of the latest StartCom Enterprise Linux version AS-4.0.1 is hitting the download mirrors today! With almost 500 updated packages, this release includes many security updates and bug fixes, but also a few additions, such as smart card support from the OpenSC project. Additional features are the inclusion of pcsc-lite, openct and opensc of the OpenSC and M.U.S.C.L.E project in order to provide better support of smart cards and secure tokens on our enterprise systems." The release announcement.
A bug-fix update of the recently released Elive 0.4 has been completed: "Elive 0.4.2, code name 'Serenity', has been released. Changelog: all the bugs listed in the 'bugs section' are fixed; ATI works again with the 'fglrx' driver; added support for SATA hard disks; a new feature in Elpanel to configure the terminal; Firefox 1.5; better auto-launch support for Windows type CDs and auto-detection of Cedega; many minor changes." Read the release announcement and changelog for more information.
Rubix Linux 1.0
The first stable version of Rubix Linux, a distribution combining Slackware with Arch's 'pacman' package management software, has been released: "This is the inaugural release of the Rubix Linux operating system. Rubix Linux is distributed with the Linux kernel versions 126.96.36.199, 2.4.32 and 2.4.32-grsec. Rubix Linux is well equipped to serve in both desktop and server roles. Rubix has exceptional hardware detection with udev replacing hotplug for 2.6 kernels and the latest KDE desktop version 3.5.1. Mozilla Firefox 188.8.131.52 and Thunderbird 1.5 are now the default web browser and email client. Rubix Linux also supports the best modern file systems including ext2, ext3, JFS, XFS, ReiserFS and now Reiser4 (with 2.6 kernels) from installation." Read the full release announcement to find out more.
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Development and unannounced releases
|Upcoming Releases and Announcements
Updated schedule for SUSE Linux 10.1 and 10.2
The openSUSE project has published an updated development and release roadmap for the upcoming SUSE Linux 10.1 and 10.2. Due to major changes in the development of version 10.1, the product will undergo further testing before the final release, now scheduled for April 13. This will have been preceded by beta 8 on March 17 and a release candidate on March 31. The development of SUSE Linux 10.2 will officially commence on June 16 with the release of the first alpha build and the final release is expected towards the end of 2006 or beginning of 2007. For more information please read the updated SUSE Linux schedule announcement.
According to this report (in German) by Heise.de, a new major version of the popular KNOPPIX live DVD will be unveiled during this year's CeBIT show, held in Hannover, Germany, from March 9 - 15. The new release will be based on kernel 2.6 15 and will include X.Org 6.9.0, KDE 3.5.1, OpenOffice.org 2.0, and Firefox 1.5, just to name the major components. Also on the DVD will be a collection of open source applications for Windows, Linux training courses, and several specialist applications for system rescue. The DVD will be available from the Heise stand (hall 5, stand E38) and also from the Fachhochschule Kaiserslautern stand (hall 9, stand C39). Although this will not be a public release, the KNOPPIX 5.0 "CeBIT edition" ISO images are expected to be available from unofficial sources via BitTorrent.
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Summary of expected upcoming releases
February 2006 donation: FreeBSD (US$450)|
We are pleased to announce that the DistroWatch February 2006 donation of US$450 goes to FreeBSD Foundation. One of the most trustworthy and reliable operating system in existence, FreeBSD has been responsible for powering the server hosting DistroWatch.com for over 18 months. Although it wasn't an entirely smooth ride (we had serious problems with the 5.4 release), the overall experience of running the site on the most popular BSD system was overwhelmingly positive. As such, it is only fair to reward the developers who continue to painstakingly maintain the quality of the FreeBSD kernel and userland, together with over 14,000 ports.
As always, our monthly donations programme is a joint initiative between DistroWatch, which allocates 10% of its advertising revenue, and LinuxCD.org which contributes US$50 every month. Next time you need to order your favourite Linux or BSD disks, DistroWatch recommends getting them from LinuxCD.org, which has a great selection at very reasonable prices.
This is the PayPal receipt for the donations to FreeBSD Foundation:
This email confirms that you have paid The FreeBSD Foundation $450.00 USD using PayPal.
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Here is the list of projects that received a DistroWatch donation since the launch of the programme:
Since the launch of the DistroWatch Donations Programme in March 2004, we have donated a total of US$7,180 to various open source software projects.
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Linux Format Issue 77
The March 2006 issue of Linux Format is now on the shelves. If you haven't had a chance to get your copy, here is a reminder that you shouldn't miss what we consider to be the best English language Linux magazine on the market. As usual, the Linux Format's DistroWatch section covers a variety of distributions, starting with a commentary on Mandriva's acquisition plans, then continuing with a discussion on three friendly Gentoo-based projects - VLOS, RR4 Linux and Kororaa, before concluding with a brief review of Fox Desktop, a new beginner-friendly distribution from Italy. The introductory comment argues for the importance of having fixed distribution release schedules and the spread also contains a version comparison chart of several major packages in stable distributions.
Elsewhere in the magazine, the 12-page feature article deals with setting up all kinds of servers. These include BitTorrent, Icecast streaming, Jabber Instant messaging and IRC servers, together with the more mundane web, Samba and database severs. The second featured article is a 4-page introduction to FreeBSD. It discusses the pros and cons of the alternative free operating system; this is followed by an installation walkthrough and several configuration tips. Complementing the middle section of the issue is a 4-page interview with Google's Chris DiBona who talks about the delicate job of opening up some of Google's applications.
The review section rates a variety of software, including X2 by Linux Game Publishing, KDevelop 3.3, Apache 2.2, Audacity 1.3, and NetBSD 3.0. This is followed by an interesting round-up of astronomy software, hot picks and a brief introduction to Boo, a new programming language combining the power of Python and C#. The tutorial section introduces Web 2.0, or more precisely the increasingly popular phenomenon of interactive blogging, social browsing and image sharing. Designing light effects in the GIMP, creating shapes in Inkscape, and drawing 3D objects with Realsoft 3D is a trio of step-by-step tutorials for aspiring graphics designers. For more advanced users, the section also discusses some of the complex editing features in Emacs and stored processes in PHP. A 4-page tutorial on creating an Autopackage, a universal binary package that can be installed on any distribution, concludes this section.
With the usual variety of topics for every Linux user, this is another great issue coming to you from LXF Towers. Don't miss it!
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New distributions added to the waiting list
- Niktarix PPC Live CD. Niktarix is a KNOPPIX-like live CD for the PPC platform. It was built from scratch using code from KNOPPIX and KANOTIX, and includes only Debian 'sarge' binaries.
- System-7 Linux. System-7 Linux is a new distribution with a goal of supporting the installation of most major package types, including DEB, RPM and TGZ. Currently in early development, it also promises to provide a graphical installer and optimised speed and security settings for various installation classes (e.g. gaming, servers, etc.).
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DistroWatch database summary
That's all for today. The next issue of DistroWatch Weekly will be published on Monday, 13 March 2006. See you then :-)
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|• Issue 699 (2017-02-13): Clear Linux, GhostBSD network utility ported to FreeBSD, Ubuntu coming to Fairphone, elementary OS crowd funding an app store|
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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.