| DistroWatch Weekly
|DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 146, 10 April 2006
Welcome to this year's 15th issue of DistroWatch Weekly. This will be an interesting week for distribution developers and beta testers - if everything goes according to the plan, the release candidate of the much delayed SUSE Linux 10.1 should be released later this week, together with the first beta of Ubuntu Linux 6.06. We'll also look at the events of the past week - the unexpected burial of the Fedora Foundation plans, troubles in Kubuntu, and elections of the new Debian Project Leader. As promised, the winners of the Beginning Ubuntu Linux competition are also announced. Happy reading!
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Miscellaneous news: Fedora Foundation, Kubuntu troubles, Anthony Towns, future of Debian's AMD64 port
Following the recent successful release of Fedora Core 5, Red Hat has now turned its attention to the legal and financial status of the popular free distribution. Although the company has been toying with the idea to set up a non-profit foundation as a way to organise and manage the development of Fedora Core, after dragging its feet for almost a year, the idea has now been officially discarded: "Last June, Red Hat announced its intention to launch the Fedora Foundation. We've had a lot of smart people working hard to make this Foundation happen, but in the end, it just didn't help to accomplish our goals for Fedora. Instead, we are restructuring Fedora Project, with dramatically increased leadership from within the Fedora community." Detailed explanation of the reasons behind dropping the Foundation and setting up Fedora Project Leadership Model has been published on the distribution's mailing list and summarised by Fedorazine.
Is Kubuntu in trouble? As reported by OSNews and other web sites, it seems that some of the core members of the Kubuntu team are now officially on strike, threatening to close the Kubuntu.de portal and walk away from the project if their demands are not met. While the brief message on the above web site does not explain what exactly the Kubuntu developers want, it does mention "financial engagement" as one of the reasons for having to resort to such drastic actions. Less than two months before the final release of Ubuntu/Kubuntu 6.06 "Dapper Drake", this is an ill-timed attempt to gain attention and funding from Canonical. It will be interesting to watch how the company that sponsors the development of Ubuntu Linux responds to what is possibly its first major crisis. Although Kubuntu's Jonathan Riddell has played down the incident, the blackmailing attempt by a handful of Kubuntu contributors does not bode well for the popular distribution.
The Debian Project has a new leader. Following the final election round last week, the Debian developer community has chosen Anthony Towns, an Australian, to be their next chief. Towns, the 9th Debian Project Leader, will take over the post on April 17th from incumbent Branden Robinson. The new leader became a Debian developer in early 1998; he has developed ifupdown and debootstrap and wrote patches for gzip, dpkg and pax. In recent years he was better known as a Debian release manager and was also involved in ftpmaster activity. For more information about Anthony Towns please visit his home page, blog and DPL Platform page. The final results of the Debian Project Leader elections can be found here.
Still on the subject of Debian GNU/Linux, Joerg Jaspert has announced that the project's AMD64 port is now officially included in the Debian unstable branch and will soon be added to the testing tree as well. As a result, users of the unstable and testing branches of the increasingly popular 64-bit platform should update their sources.list file to point to the new tree, rather than to amd64.debian.net, which will no longer be updated. Users of the stable Debian AMD64 port can continue to use the original FTP server and can obtain security patches from security.debian.org. For more information please see this announcement on the debian-devel-announce mailing list.
|Competition: The winners of Beginning Ubuntu Linux
Competition: The winners of Beginning Ubuntu Linux
The first ever DistroWatch competition was a great success. Not only we received a large number of competition entries (nearly 200 in total), it also seems to have inspired great many attempts to try Ubuntu Linux as a real alternative to Windows. And although some people might have find the learning curve steep or the process of switching operating systems time-consuming, it is clear that many of you consider it to be a perfect solution to the troubles that plague the world of proprietary software, such as high cost, viruses and malware, and lack of freedom to modify and distribute software. Beginning Ubuntu Linux is a great beginner-friendly book that should make that major switch to freedom so much easier.
Alas, among the many competition entries, there was also an odd voice crying foul. Why do we promote Ubuntu Linux at the expense of other distributions? Aren't objectivity and unbiased coverage the main traits of DistroWatch? While it's true that this competition gives extra coverage to an operating system that is already on top of the page hit ranking statistics by a large margin, the fact remains that running an Ubuntu-specific competition is nothing but a coincidence. It could have been a different book! If authors of Fedora or SUSE books wish to promote their publications through a similar competition, they certainly won't be rejected!
The winners are listed below. The decision was extremely hard, since just about every competition entry was an excellent story or made a valid point. In the end, we decided on the ten winners (and list three extra entries in case some of the winners don't claim their prizes) based on various criteria, such as usefulness of the book to the person submitting the entry and how many people would benefit from it. We were also looking for that little extra that would make some entries stand out, e.g. humour, enthusiasm or inspiration. Geographical spread of the book's recipients was also one of the factors that influenced the final decision.
The winners who have not provided a postal address will be contacted in the next few days to claim their prize.
Here are the ten winning entries:
Joel Conary, USA: "I am a network administrator for a private high school. I inherited a library lab that had no centralized file server. Kids had to work on the exact computer where they had previously saved their documents. I attempted to solve this by building a Windows 2000 box out of spare parts and setting it up as a server. Unfortunately, Microsoft arbitrarily limits connections to non-server operating systems. So, essentially, the last two kids to log on to the lab weren't able to connect to the server. Having used various Linux distributions at home for some time, I decided to create a Samba server (which I'd never done before). I tried a few distributions and tutorials until I finally settled on Ubuntu and a guide from howtoforge.com. Now I have a fully functional file server that was a breeze to set up and I've saved the school some money to boot!"
Tom Mulgrew, USA: "My wife and I are starting a project in our community refurbishing old computers and giving them to indigent/needy people who otherwise cannot afford computers. We 'wipe' the donated hard drives and install Ubuntu. We are in Helena Montana and hope to go state wide over the next year (up to now we have a limited number of donated hardware, but you should have seen the joy we have brought to a few needy individuals). My wife handles the procurement of old computers and distribution of "new" systems. I handle the hardware/software installation. I also am starting a formal adult education course this fall teaching how to install and use Linux. My recommendation for improvement on Ubuntu is on the live CD. The CD is not as user-friendly or intuitive as other live CDs and can put off new users."
Pierre Slamich, France: "I actually switched to Ubuntu by chance. At the time, my parents had barred me the way to the computer with a password and I was using a Knoppix live CD to get access to the Internet. I had several times attempted to install it on the hard drive on a new partition, but I would get permissions errors. As I was running from a live CD, I couldn't burn any other distribution that would help me really jump into Linux. It was really by chance that I discovered Ubuntu. I delved into the distribution, and I found out that it had a really good echo, and I soon couldn't resist the temptation. Taking advantage of the fact that Windows had been left opened by a member of the family, I burnt an install Ubuntu. And then, even though dual boot was possible, I erased all the hard drive! No way back! But I haven't regretted it many times since then. My sisters have...."
Fadain Tariq, Pakistan: "Making people convert from Windows which is easy to use and compatible with most of the software and costs less than 1 dollar here in the pirates infested world of Pakistan, to an OS which is somewhat not that noob friendly, has an alien interface (to new users), which doesn't run *.exe (out of the box) and costs almost the same (cost of medium), is a very difficult task. It's easy to lure people in countries where piracy is illegal to try out Linux which comes with tons of applications and all for free. But here, things are different. You can get Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Norton System Utilities, anything for a buck. So to convert people here from Windows to Linux, you have to convince them that Linux is superior, it's more user friendly, it's secure, it's easy to maintain. ... Thanks to Ubuntu, the learning curve is no longer steep. Today you can install any software you want in an instant using the great 'Synaptic'. Administration and maintenance is easy due to all the utilities GNOME provides. After so long, Ubuntu is the distro which was needed here. I see computer labs in universities and colleges running Ubuntu, I see people giving away free Ubuntu disks at computer shops, I see numerous local communities promoting Ubuntu. I see change, I hear bells...."
Jeff Cavins, USA: "Over a year ago I inherited my unemployed brother-in-law, Ron. Ron was a construction worker, and in his entire 42 years he had never used a PC. Web surfing appealed to his couch potato ways, and he quickly took control of the family computer. To say the least, his web surfing ways were promiscuous. Soon I was experiencing frequent infestations with viruses and malware requiring weekly maintenance. This culminated one Sunday when Windows XP lost complete access to the Internet less than 24 hours after I had purged the system of the latest infestation. Ubuntu Linux presented itself as a clear solution to my problem. Within four hours of making my decision, I had downloaded and installed a complete copy of Ubuntu on the infested machine. Despite Ron's continued forays into the Internet, the system has remained virus and malware free for over five months, thanks to Ubuntu."
Md Ali Yasser, India: "I moved to Ubuntu for several reasons. People here mostly use pirated copies of Windows, including my own family and probably my college as well. I consider piracy unethical and illegal so I did not want to use pirated stuff and hence moved to Linux. Ubuntu detected all my hardware and is truly a distro one of its kind as it offers us the best of both worlds - the 'bleeding-edgeness' of RPM distros and the wonderful package management of Debian's APT. In short, a bleeding-edge Debian-based distro! Last but not the least, it has a large and helpful community which matters a lot. I reallllyyyy love Ubuntu for what it is and for the principles it stands for. I just hope the Ubuntu makers provide extra CDs for the many people like me who have slow or no Internet connection."
Kim Connors, Canada: "It was on this April 4th, 2006 morning that I rang my father on his 71st birthday. StanTheMan, as his email address reads, is a retired barber with an enduring passion for his world of Linux. Our conversation quickly shifted towards the latest open source news and my Ubuntu plan for his PC. I voiced about the simplicity, the impeccable font display on my 19" LCD screen and a host of features that renders others obsolete. His tone was clearly one of excitement as this senor citizen now anticipated Breezy 5.10. His favorite software, ease of updating and exceptional hardware support made it an easy decision for me. Ubuntu will make Stanley's daily Internet hobby a pleasant one without negative the trappings of his antiquated Windows XP."
Simon Harris, UK: "From Windows to Ubuntu? I didn't. I haven't had MS Windows in the house for at least 5 years. I took a path less travelled and swapped my MacOS on a G3 iBook for a shiny Ubuntu desktop. True, there are a few things which don't work out of the box, although given the excellent community built around Ubuntu the only ones which are insurmountable at the moment are all to do with proprietary file formats (Flash and WMV playback). With Apple moving away from PPC it is useful to have an alternative to running outdated software or buying a new machine."
Cleophas Fambi, Zimbabwe: "My experience in Zimbabwe has shown me that it's not sustainable to use Windows. With average salaries for a graduate ranging around Z$11 million (my average) and XP costing Z$75 million, no new installation makes economic sense. Add to this the lack of security, stability, openness and free advice one would not be wrong to conclude that this OS is not suitable for learning purposes. I have made bold moves to start using Linux by registering with Ubuntu and they sent me copies of 5.10. I installed it on my PC and now I am learning the ropes. The rest of the CDs I distributed to friends. I can make copies without becoming a criminal."
Paulo Chumbo, Portugal:
"My life was dull and boring, because Linux I was ignoring.
I just didn't know, why my computer was so slow.
Until someone did suggest, that I put Linux to the test.
But the choice was so much more... there where distros galore.
So I went upon a quest, to determine which was best.
Of all the sites I knew by name, DistroWatch had the most fame.
So I searched through all the news, and read all of the reviews.
And from most who spoke their voice, Ubuntu was their top choice.
They wrote with such precision, that I came to a decision.
The searching had gone by, Ubuntu I wanted to try.
But beginning I'm only just, so read a book to learn I must.
And if you think that I should win, I'll take Ubuntu for a spin and put Windows in the recycle bin."
And now for the three extra entries that deserve a honourable mention:
Charles E Winfield, USA: "I have persuaded a candidate for State Superintendent of Education of South Carolina (Mr. Kerry Wood, a seasoned commercial programmer) to adopt as part of his platform the state-wide adoption of Edubuntu utilizing thin clients and one server per school. Then, using these thin clients and Edubuntu proceed to issue one thin client computer per child (student). This is the South Carolina version of One Laptop Per Child. We agreed that this would be the backbone of his campaign and would allow South Carolina to proceed from last place to the top ten states in K-12 education within eight years. Lets hope and pray that this visionary man wins the election on June 13, 2006. Thank you very much for helping educate the children of South Carolina. We feel that we will graduate many more engineers, doctors and lawyers with this approach."
Shui Zhou, China: "I had been long to Linux it was said that people in that world help each other and make their own contribution as they can while everything is commercial in Windows. But it was just simply too hard for a beginner to use Linux. Until, I found Ubuntu. It was the first time that I could install Linux all by myself. It was the first time that I could find some well-maintained documents in Chinese for a Linux distro. Then, for the best part, the Ubuntu CDs were shipped to my house, which is in China, for totally free. It means much more than good price to me."
"DRM, fragmented drive. Regedit, restore – can't survive!
System tray is creeping west. Gotta get this off my chest.
Tech support at 3:00am, “The printer's spewing up again!”
Chaos, madness, .msi. All this clicking – RSI.
Mail folders missing too. What's with the colours, all that blue?
Performance fading out of sight. No anti-virus? Kidding, right?
Spyware, trojans, virus, worms. Pop-ups, hijacks, adware, pr0n.
Zombie botnet, macro, crash. VB, bluescreen, hard-drive thrash.
Notepad, paint, security. Activation CD-key.
Registry and rootkits too, what on earth am I to do!?"
If you didn't win, don't despair. 90% of all entries deserved to win the book, but unfortunately there can only be ten winners. Thank you for your participation and better luck next time!
|Released Last Week
Zenwalk Linux 2.4
A new major release of the Slackware-based Zenwalk Linux is ready: "Our latest release sports a brand new 18.104.22.168 kernel, and the latest udev, which provides improved support for hotplugging devices - cleaning up the remains of the old hotplug system. Now that the transition to a full udev is complete, we were also able to remove the discover service. The changes were not limited to the base system though; with the 2.4, a series of updated packages will be released (nearly 130 packages)." Read the full release announcement for further details.
Sun Wah Linux 1.5
Sun Wah Linux is the first commercial operating system in China that is based on Debian GNU/Linux and utilises Debian package management tools. Sun Wah Linux RAYS LX 1.5, which even just named as a Best Desktop Solution finalist for LinuxWorld Product Excellence Awards, is now publicly available. This release focuses on system stability and security, and features usability and easy of use. It is based on kernel 2.6.15 with security patches, OpenOffice 2.0, and GNOME 2.12. Find more details in the official release announcement (in Chinese).
FreeNAS is a free NAS server based on FreeBSD. It supports CIFS (samba), FTP, NFS, RSYNC protocols, local user authentication, and software RAID. FreeNAS 0.65 is based on FreeBSD 6.1-PRERELEASE #10. New features in this release: "MS Windows Domain authentication; Apple File Protocol (AFP); Announce FreeNAS services with Zeroconf (howl); iSCSI initator (NOT TESTED)." Read the announcement and the full changelog on its home page and SourceForge.
Kororaa Xgl Live CD 0.2
The Kororaa project has released an installable Xgl Live CD 0.2, codename "blood, sweat and tears": "We have hacked our Kororaa Installer to work with this Xgl Live CD, so easy installation is now possible! This version also sports both Radeon and Intel DRI support, KDE 3.5.2, updated Gnome 2.14, Arch-CK 2.6.16 Kernel, SCSI support and more! There are many many new features for you, some of which are listed below. Please see the Kororaa installation manual for detailed instructions if you require a guide for the install process." Find more details on the project's home and download pages.
Lunar Linux 1.6.0
After over half a year of work on their first 2.6.x kernel based ISO series, the developers of the source-based Lunar Linux released their 1.6.0-i686 Installer ISO, codename "Indium Antimonide", to the public: "This is a major step forward from the 1.5.x series releases, adding a lot of features to Lunar-Linux installs, such as SELINUX, NPTL threads, udev, and more 2.6-kernel related improvements to the Linux OS. This release also adds the user-friendly installer and refines it greatly. It adds better hardware recognition and module loading options, an easier way to setup compilers against kernel sources and headers, and easier compiler optimisation management with a completely pluggable package management tool. The installer is now also capable of installing and initialising software RAID." Read the complete release announcement.
FoX Desktop 1.0 Professional
The first Professional edition of FoX Desktop Linux, a Fedora-based desktop-oriented distribution, is now freely available. Main characteristics and novelties introduced: "Desktop enhancements; structure based on patches for Fedora Core 4; all the bugs of the version Lite have been corrected; GNOME now present; introduced new technology of Fedora CORE 5; new management of the dynamic frequency for the processor; FoXPowerUP and Control Centre strengthened and corrected; introduced new software channels; possibility to use the CD/DVD with smart; introduced all the languages for KDE and other programs; speed further increased." See the complete release notes for additional information.
CRUX 2.2 final has been released: "We are happy to announce that after a long time in development, CRUX 2.2 is finally released. The highlights of this release include udev support out of the box, GCC 4.0.3, glibc 2.3.6 and X11R6.9. For more information, have a look at the release notes. We are also sad to report that Per Lidén, the creator of CRUX, has retired from the project because of personal reasons. CRUX will, however, live on as a team effort developed by the former CLC (CRUX Linux Community) team. We wish Per good luck in his future endeavours and thank him for providing a stable base for us to improve on." Read the brief release announcement on the project's home page.
The OpenSolaris-based BeleniX live CD has been updated to version 0.4.2. What's new? "This is primarily a bug-fix release with a few software upgrades and boot time improvements. The details: the BeleniX FAQ is now online at the Genunix WIKI; fixed the locale issue in BeleniX's X.Org 6.9.0 build; modified OpenMotif to be more compatible with Solaris motif; included libusb and libusbugen from the recently released SFW consolidation source code; fixed some issues with the 'startkde' and 'startxfce' scripts; included SVR4 packaging tools (as in Solaris) so commands like 'pkgadd' and 'pkgrm' work; included a modified 'pkg-get' script...." See the remainder of the release announcement on the project's home page.
A new version of grml, a Debian-based live CD designed for users of text tools and system administrators, has been released. What's new? "bt-audio: script to connect bluetooth headset to computer; get_tw_cli: get 3ware RAID controller command line interface tool; event-viewer: program to see all fork, exec, exit, uid and gid events on a running system; VMware: disable USB and Firewire detection during boot process, load some SCSI-modules instead ; check for given MBR option and prompt for activating it if not set; changed initrd and initramfs generator from yaird to initramfs: now booting via firewire is also possible...." More details can be found in the release announcement.
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Development and unannounced releases
|Upcoming Releases and Announcements
According to this report in Computer Business Review Online, Xandros Corporation has announced a date of the release of its first server product - Xandros Server. The new product aims to combine the power of Linux with the simplicity of Windows administration by providing intuitive graphical management tools, targeting small- and medium-size businesses. A groupware solution with email, calendaring and Outlook support will also be included. The release date of Xandros Server has been set to 1 May 2006.
Summary of expected upcoming releases
New distributions added to the waiting list|
- Ekaaty Linux. Ekaaty Linux is a Fedora-based light-weight operating system designed for use with common hardware and software in Brazil and aimed for use on Brazilians desktops.
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DistroWatch database summary
That's all for today. The next issue of DistroWatch Weekly will be published on Monday, 17 April 2006. See you then :-)
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iBox was a highly customised and flexible live CD based on Gentoo Linux. Thanks to glc (the Chinese branch of gentoo portage), iBox provides an all-round Chinese (simplified) desktop environment using GNOME with almost all pre-configured popular software. The main feature of iBox was the auto-detection and auto-configuration of hardware, especially with the mkxorgconf script to help create the configuration file for Xorg. Last but not least, iBox can rebuild itself through ibox-builder from a Gentoo box.