| DistroWatch Weekly
|DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 172, 9 October 2006
Welcome to this year's 41st issue of DistroWatch Weekly! With the release of Mandriva Linux 2007 last week it would seem that the once highly popular desktop Linux distribution has finally closed a shaky chapter behind itself and decided to return to what it does best - proudly produce a great desktop Linux system for the world. This issue of DistroWatch Weekly focuses on Mandriva Linux, its recent past and new products. But Mandriva 2007 wasn't the only major distribution release last week; the fans of Slackware Linux also had a reason to celebrate as version 11.0 of the world's oldest surviving Linux distribution finally hit the download mirrors, promptly followed by a number of Slackware derivatives for all kinds of purposes and processor architectures. Also in this issue: we'll take a quick look at the new VectorLinux 5.8, summarise the week in the troubled world of Debian GNU/Linux, and point our readers to a good comparison between openSUSE and SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop. Happy reading!
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Release galore, Fedora 6 postponed, VectorLinux 5.8, openSUSE vs SLED, Debian news round-up, new init system by Pardus
It was a very busy week. With Slackware Linux 11.0 and Mandriva Linux 2007 finally out in the wild, old-time UNIX hands and Linux newcomers alike had much to cheer about. The release of Slackware 11.0 was also promptly followed by a large number of Slackware-based derivatives and ports as the new releases of Slamd64 Linux, Bluewhite64 Linux, Slackintosh, easys GNU/Linux, and VectorLinux all came out within days after Slackware 11.0. But there is plenty more to come. Although the release of Fedora Core 6, originally scheduled for later this week, has been delayed until next week, both KDE 3.5.5 and OpenOffice.org 2.0.4 should start appearing on download mirrors any time now; in fact, Debian's unstable branch already includes the new version. Among distributions, it looks like SabayonLinux 3.1 is also about to be released. Another exciting week ahead, no doubt!
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As mentioned in the previous paragraph, the release of Fedora Core 6 has been postponed by a week. Jesse Keating: "We regret to announce a slip of the Fedora Core 6 release schedule. A few issues are still present that we would like to see fixed before we release: possible ext3 corruption bug; installs with 256 MB of RAM stall; package ordering issues on multilib platforms (x86_64, ppc64); SELinux issue with updating kernels on PPC platforms; ISCSI based installations not functional. To give enough time to fix these issues, we've extended the release date 6 days to Tuesday, Oct 17th." Find more information in this mailing list post.
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If you enjoy the philosophy behind Slackware Linux, but find the distribution rather difficult to configure and use, then take a look at the latest from VectorLinux. Based on the freshly released Slackware 11.0, the first beta of VectorLinux 5.8 was made available for download on Sunday. Although it uses a text-based installer, the extra configuration modules, superb hardware detection, the slapt-get package manager with a graphical front-end, the many effective configuration tools, and much desktop eye candy makes VectorLinux a great alternative to Slackware. And despite the fact that the new release is labelled as a "beta", we found it remarkably stable and bug-free, with a number of interesting new enhancements, such as the switch to LZMA compression. Definitely worth a download if you are looking for a more user-friendly Slack!
The first beta of VectorLinux 5.8 hit the download servers over the weekend.
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In what some might see as a shocking departure from the usual Mandriva Linux bashing on these pages, DistroWatch Weekly has a highly positive thing to say about the popular French distribution this week. Yes, you are reading that correctly. If you are in a state of shock, please pause here for a moment and try to recover your composure before scrolling down to the "Commentary" section. There you will find an article entitled Mandriva returns to its roots. Please let us know what you think about the new Mandriva, both the company and the distribution. (And before somebody asks: no, it is most definitely not an "advertorial".)
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Are you a big fan of Novell products, but still can't make up your mind as to whether to choose the rapidly developing openSUSE or the rock-solid and innovative SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop (SLED) for your desktop? If that's the case, then read these arguments by Ted Haeger. As an experienced Linux advocate, he argues that those users who need a general-purpose distribution with long-term support and little need of upgrade in the near future should choose Novell's commercial solution, but those of you who enjoy living on the cutting edge of Linux development and don't mind occasional instability might be better off with openSUSE. The weblog post also reveals that "openSUSE 10.2 will debut some cool new KDE features," which is another reason why KDE users will want to test the upcoming first beta of openSUSE 10.2. As always the best way to choose between any two products is to try both of them and make a decision after experiencing their advantages and disadvantages.
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The Debian project continues its turbulent existence, often stirred by disagreements between its developers. Voting is now in process to decide whether to recall or to re-affirm support for the current Debian Project Leader (DPL) Anthony Towns, following his role in setting up Dunc-Tank - an experiment designed to raise funds and pay certain Debian developers whenever deemed necessary. In the meantime, the project leader published his monthly summary of the project, focusing on the tasks ahead, rather than the current controversial issues. The good news is that Debian GNU/Linux "etch" is in good shape and ready for feature freeze: "As you might have read in the recent release update, most of the major release blockers are now either finished or in the process of being completed." On a related note, Joey Schultze's recent threat to stop publishing Debian Weekly News (DWN) as a sign of protest against Dunc-Tank proved real and no new issue of the regular newsletter appeared last week. And still on the subject of Debian controversies, the project has now closed its Mozilla trademark "bug" by helping to launch Gnuzilla and IceWeasel - two free browsers based on Mozilla and Firefox.
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The increasing interest in developing an alternative to the ancient init system of booting a UNIX kernel was once again demonstrated last week. This time, it was Turkey's Pardus Linux project, which published a paper on the subject. In it, the authors introduce Mudur, a modern Python-based replacement for /sbin/init: "For a long time, Linux has been blamed to boot slowly, compared to other modern operating systems. In this article, we are going to focus on a new init system we developed for our Pardus Linux distribution, Mudur, together with other initiatives that are worth mentioning. Mudur is written from scratch in Python with simplicity, speed and maintainability in mind. It isn't a replacement for the /sbin/init command like some other alternatives, nor just a parallel script executor. Mudur greatly simplified our boot process, making it faster and more flexible. Authors look forward for future boot process research for further improvement and optimizations." If you'd like to see Mudur in action you can download the latest development build of Pardus Linux 1.1 from the project's FTP server.
Mandriva returns to its roots
As most of you know, Mandriva released its brand new version 2007 early last week. This in itself wouldn't be anything unusual if it wasn't for the fact that the release was accompanied by a surprising decision to provide a set of Mandriva Linux 2007 CD and DVD images for free and immediate download! Last time the company did something similar was back in March 2003, when the distribution was still referred to as "Mandrakelinux" and the product's version stood at 9.1. In the months that followed, Mandriva launched a number of experiments, including the two-tier Community / Official stable editions, delayed availability of ISO images for non-paying customers, switch to a longer release cycle, and various schemes designed to increase the membership of its Mandriva Club. The result of these experiments was a disastrous loss of market share.
The fact that Mandriva now released its "Free" and "One" (live CD) editions for immediate, free download is a sign of a positive change taking place in the company's top management structures. In the recent past, there was too much focus on the business aspects of the company, rather than on creating a broader community of Mandriva Linux users, developers and contributors who would be in a better position to advance the distribution to new heights. Luckily, it seems that the business entity within Mandriva finally agreed with the technical departments and decided to give certain editions of Mandriva Linux 2007 away with no delays and no string attached. This is the same great sharing spirit which took the then Mandrake Linux to its status as the most popular desktop Linux distribution in the first few years of this millennium.
But the free availability of Mandriva Linux 2007 was not the only good news that came out of Paris last week. In another sign of the company getting back to its roots, Mandriva is also considering a return to a faster release cycle, possibly producing a new stable release every 4 - 6 months. This would be great news for those Linux users who feel that a once-a-year release gets outdated too quickly and the time between annual stable releases is far too long for the open source development world, which tends to march ahead at a rather breathtaking pace.
Now let's all stand up and applaud Mandriva for these brave changes! These are real landmark decisions that not only confirm what we have been saying about Mandriva for past few years, but, more importantly, have the potential to take Mandriva Linux back where it was in the first few years of this decade - right at the top as the best and most popular desktop Linux distribution on the market. With the current dominance of Ubuntu and openSUSE, the Linux distribution scene desperately needs another contender to challenge the top two. Mandriva has always had the right spirit, great ideas, excellent tools, and knowledgeable Linux user and developer community behind it. If the company can build on these assets, we are in for some interesting times!
With all the different Mandriva Linux products released last week, the most difficult issue is to decide what to get. Here is what's available:
To log in to any of the "One" live CDs, the username is "guest" with no password set. Besides functioning as a demonstration and testing tool, these live CD editions also provide a simple way to install Mandriva 2007 to a hard disk via a simple graphical installation wizard. Nevertheless, it seems that the tried-and-tested standard installation media is still the preferred method for installing Mandriva Linux on your computer.
- Freely downloadable editions:
- Mandriva Linux 2007 "Free". This is probably what most users will want - the traditional set of Mandriva Linux installation CDs as we've known them for years. Version 2007 has been extended to four CDs, but for those with DVD writers, a complete dual-architecture DVD is also available. If you intend to install and use Mandriva Linux 2007 on your desktop, this is what you should download.
- Mandriva One (non-free). This is a set of Mandriva live CDs designed as mobility tools, or as bootable testing/demo CDs. Since they include proprietary ATI and NVIDIA kernel modules, they have the capacity to showcase the latest advancements in 3D desktop effects on Linux using either Xgl or AIGLX. There are a total of 14 language-specific CDs available for download, 8 of which provide the KDE desktop and the remaining 6 feature GNOME. Which CD you download depends on your language preference; see the README file available on most mirrors for the breakdown of supported languages.
- Mandriva One (free). These live CDs are similar to the non-free ones mentioned above, except that they don't include any proprietary graphics drivers. As such, they are designed for users without ATI or NVIDIA graphics cards or for those who do not wish to use a distribution which shamelessly inserts closed-source code into the Linux kernel. There are only two CDs to download - one with GNOME and one with KDE, and the number of supported languages is limited to 7: English, French, German, Polish, Brazilian Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.
- Commercial editions:
- Mandriva Linux 2007 "Discovery" (€44.00). This is an entry-level edition designed for Linux beginners and less technical computer users. Perfect for many general computing tasks, such as web surfing, light office work, image editing, etc. The product includes no development tools, compilers or server packages, although it is possible to install these later from Mandriva's online repositories.
- Mandriva Linux 2007 "PowerPack" (€69.90). Considered a "standard" among Mandriva's commercial products, the PowerPack edition has been around for many years. Compared to the "Free" edition, it ships with a number of commercial and non-free software packages, such as Acrobat Reader 7.0, ATI (8.28.8) and NVIDIA (1.0-8774) proprietary kernel modules, BitDefender 2.0, FlashPlayer 7.0.68, Java Runtime Environment 1.5, RealPlayer 10.0.8, VMwarePlayer 1.0.2, and various i18n files for Aspell, Mozilla Firefox, OpenOffice.org, Scribus, etc.
- Mandriva Linux 2007 "PowerPack+" (€179.00). Similar to the PowerPack edition, but enhanced by a number of enterprise-level applications and features, such as Virtual Network Computing (VNC) software, Invictus Firewall, VPN access for secure remote computing, and a couple of Content Management System (CMS) and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software applications - Joomla and TinyERP.
Mandriva One offers an easy-to-use wizard to install the live CD to a hard disk.
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For a more detailed description of the above products please browse through the Mandriva Linux 2007 product pages, read the download information, and visit Mandriva Store.
Finally, just a reminder that if you enjoy and use Mandriva Linux 2007 on a daily basis, please consider supporting the company by joining Mandriva Club or by buying one of its commercial editions. Unlike the "Free" product, they do offer extra value in terms of available software, easier setup and installation support. And don't forget that these products cost just a fraction of some of the other operating systems, especially if you consider how much fantastic software they include on the disks.
Welcome back, Mandriva!
DistroWatch in France
With 818,246 visitors since the beginning of this year, the residents of France rank as the 6th most frequent guests on DistroWatch.com (after USA, Germany, Canada, United Kingdom and Italy). Since this week's issue of DistroWatch Weekly also happens to focus on Mandriva Linux and introduces two new distributions developed in France (Ichthux and Yamefa, see the new distributions section further down the page), we thought it was a good excuse to take a look at the visiting habits of our France-based readers. Would Mandriva be the most visited distribution page? And how do some of the projects developed strictly for the French-speaking market fare?
The table below ranks the most frequently visited distribution pages on DistroWatch by visitors located in France during the six months' period between the 1 April and 30 September, 2006. The figures in the third column represent the total number of visits from unique IP addresses during that period. As we can see, Ubuntu clearly tops the ranking, with openSUSE and Mandriva Linux following on the second and third places, respectively. Surprisingly, most other domestic and French-speaking distributions don't seem to attract much interest among our French visitors.
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Disclaimer: The origin of visitors is generated by using Maxmind's GeoLite Country database, which claims 97% accuracy of its data. As always, please don't take the data too seriously. They are simply provided as an indicator of interest in DistroWatch (and, by extension, in Linux and other open source operating systems) in various countries, but they certainly don't represent physical installations or distribution downloads.
|Released Last Week
Slackware Linux 11.0
A great day for all fans of the oldest surviving Linux distribution - after an unusually long testing and debugging period, Slackware Linux 11.0 has been released: "The first Slackware release more than a year in the making, this edition of Slackware combines Slackware's legendary simplicity, stability, and security with some of the latest advances in Linux technology. Here are some of the advanced features of Slackware 11.0: runs the 22.214.171.124 version of the Linux kernel; as an alternate choice, Slackware 11.0 includes Linux 126.96.36.199 and 2.6.18 kernel source, kernel modules, and binary packages; system binaries are linked with the GNU C Library, version 2.3.6; X.Org 6.9.0; installs GCC 3.4.6 as the default C, C++; support for fully encrypted network connections; Apache 1.3.37 web server...." Read the full release announcement for more details.
Mandriva Linux 2007
Mandriva Linux 2007 has been released: "Mandriva today is proud to release its brand new distribution: Mandriva Linux 2007. The key innovation of Mandriva Linux 2007 is the spectacular AIGLX and Xgl 3D-accelerated desktop. Mandriva is the only distribution to provide both technologies and is particularly happy to have achieved this major breakthrough in desktop appearance. In addition, a new theme named Ia Ora ('hello' in French Polynesian) has been introduced. To match everyone's needs, Mandriva Linux 2007 includes the latest innovations in the fields of office suite applications, Internet, multimedia and the new virtualization and 3D-accelerated desktop technologies." Read the press release, see the product pages, and visit the Mandriva Store to find out more.
Slamd64 Linux 11.0
Following the release of Slackware Linux 11.0, a new stable version of its 64-bit cousin, Slamd64 Linux 11.0, is now also out: "More than 7 months after Slamd64 10.2b, Slamd64 has now reached a very mature and stable stage. Release highlights: Updated to GCC 3.4.6, and now including gcj; added Mozilla Firefox 188.8.131.52, Mozilla Thunderbird 184.108.40.206, SeaMonkey 1.0.5; updated to udev 097, if installed, udev now replaces hotplug, and is much faster, now only one kernel is needed - huge26.s, based on 220.127.116.11; added pcmciautils, Amarok, Ruby; the latest version of the popular K Desktop Environment, KDE 3.5.4; XFce 18.104.22.168; Apache 1.3.37; PHP 4.4.4...." Read the rest of the release announcement for further details and upgrade notes.
Ubuntu Christian Edition 1.4
Barely a week after the release of the 1.3 version, a new stable release of Ubuntu Christian Edition is out: "We have just released Ubuntu CE v1.4! This release was originally planned for next month, but there were a few bug fixes that have been implemented as well as some more refinements in the look and feel of Ubuntu CE. The latest release includes a new polished Usplash and a new Christian themed Firefox. The Firefox theme is based on the Faith theme and Bible Verse extension available at FaithBrowser.com. The bug fixes include a very minor bug in the DansGuardian GUI. The more significant bug fix was the checksum failures on the previous releases. We have also updated the upgrade_me and convert_me scripts and have created a new script that will install the DansGuardian GUI on a default Ubuntu install." The release announcement.
EnGarde Secure Linux 3.0.9
EnGarde Secure Linux has been updated to version 3.0.9: "Guardian Digital is happy to announce the release of EnGarde Secure Community 3.0.9. This release includes several bug fixes and feature enhancements to the Guardian Digital WebTool and the SELinux policy, several updated packages, and a couple of new packages available for installation. New features include: the GDSN Update Agent and the Auditing (logging and reporting) subsystems were re-written by Ankit Patel to be AJAX-based; new SELinux policy for 'bittorrent', 'httperf', 'and 'john' was written; the latest stable versions of MySQL, GnuPG, iptables, OpenSSH, PHP, Samba...; new packages." Read the rest of the release announcement for further details.
Bluewhite64 Linux 11.0
Bluewhite64 Linux is an independent project with the goal of porting Slackware Linux to the x86_64 family of processor architectures. Version 11.0 is the distribution's first stable release: "This is the first Bluewhite64 Linux stable release after 5 months of development and maintenance! Bluewhite64 Linux 11.0 includes the Linux 22.214.171.124 kernel (2.6.18 kernel in the testing/ directory) with support for IDE, SATA, SCSI and RAID controllers. Also, it supports GCC 3.4.6 and Glibc 2.3.6 with NPTL (Native POSIX Thread Library), Ext2, Ext3, ReiserFS, XFS and IBM's SGI file systems, six window managers including the latest KDE 3.5.4 and XFce 126.96.36.199, updated development tools, the Subversion version control system, the Mozilla Firefox browser and Mozilla Thunderbird 188.8.131.52 email and news client, Apache 1.3.7 web server with PHP 4.4.4, MySQL 5.0.24a and much more." Read the rest of the release announcement for further details.
Kororaa AIGlXgl Live CD 0.3
The Kororaa has released a new version of their Gentoo-based live CD - this time without the controversial proprietary graphics drivers: "We are happy to release Kororaa AIGLXgl 0.3 Live CD. Major changes include the removal of non-GPL ATI and NVIDIA video card drivers, the inclusion of AIGLX now along with Xgl, 2.6.18 ck patchset based kernel, KDE 3.5.4, GNOME 2.14, updated installer and many bug fixes. The open source Radeon driver will work with many ATI cards, but not all the newer ones. If you have an NVIDIA video card, 3D effects will not be available, however you can still use this CD as a 'normal' live CD and installation to disk is available." More in the release announcement.
MoLinux is an Ubuntu-based Linux distribution developed by the government of Castilla la Mancha in Spain. Today the project announced a new stable release, version 2.2. According to the release announcement (in Spanish), this version is based on Ubuntu 6.06.1 with kernel 2.6.15, GNOME 2.14, Evolution 2.6, OpenOffice.org 2.0.2 and Firefox 184.108.40.206. Some of the new enhancements include improved hardware detection and notifications, updated user manual, recognition of the apt:// protocol in Firefox, optional installation of extra software modules, centralisation of user preferences in Panel de Control, new artwork, and improvements in the Spanish translation.
The SabayonLinux project has released an update to their single-CD SabayonLinux "miniEdition" product: "Announce: SabayonLinux x86/x86-64 miniEdition 3.05. AIGLX and XGL support on a single, powerful and cutting edge live CD, thanks to Mr. Beryl, Dr. Emerald (and the Beryl Project team) and the full power of hardware accelerated GLX. New features and Bug fixes since the 3.0 miniEdition: updated SabayonLinux installer to the latest bug-fix release (RAID installation fixes); updated Beryl and Emerald to 0.1.0 stable; fixed the missing /usr/portage/local directory problem." Read the rest of the release announcement for full details.
easys GNU/Linux 3.0
A new major version of the Slackware-based easys GNU/Linux has been released: "We are proud to present the next generation of the easys GNU/Linux operating system. The OS is now based on Slackware Linux 11.0 which comes with full kernel 2.6 support, including udev for device initialization. Kernel 220.127.116.11 is the default for a fresh installation. Besides current versions of glibc (2.3.6), GCC (3.4.6) and X.Org 6.9.0, we have included a full version of KDE 3.5.4 instead of KDE Light. It has been optimized for easier usage including one application per task and a fresh enterprise GUI design called waveline. Kiosktool and KDE Kiosk mode can be used to create user and group policies which allows you to easily set up internet kiosks or locked down workstations." Visit the distribution's news page to read the full release announcement.
Helix is a KNOPPIX-based live CD with a large collection of tools dedicated to incident response and forensics. Version 1.8 is out: "Version 1.8 has been officially released. Some of the biggest changes to 1.8 were the code change to mounting journalled file systems - Helix will no longer change the journal mount count when you mount a journalled file system. You also have full write access to NTFS filesystems using ntfs-3g." The new release updates or adds several new tools, including md5deep suite 1.12 ClamAV 0.88.2, Sleuthkit 2.06, Autopsy 2.08, Foremost 1.3, Scalpel 1.54 to carve data, EnCase Linen 5.05f, Adepto 2.0 with AFF support, Endeavour2 file manager, ssdeep 1.0 for fuzzy hashing, AFFlib 1.6.31 for image acquisition. Read the release announcement and changelog for more information.
ZenLive Linux 3.0
ZenLive Linux 3.0 has been released. ZenLive is a live CD edition of the Slackware-based Zenwalk Linux: "ZenLive 3.0 is here! We are proud to present the next generation of the ZenLive Linux live CD. Based on the latest stable release of Zenwalk Linux, version 3.0, ZenLive 3.0 is a live CD powerhouse complete with wireless networking support, multimedia, office and gaming software, as well as international fonts and DVD codecs. It has been optimized for easier usage including one application per task and the latest XFce desktop and Zenwalk artwork. Changes from ZenLive 2.8 include: better USB storage devices support and sound auto-configuration; a new, more stable implementation of the Unionfs file system; Linux kernel 18.104.22.168; over 100 software upgrades as well as some new software." Read the full release announcement for further details.
Kate OS 3.1
Kate OS 3.1 has been released: "Kate OS 3.1 is the second edition of the III series. It fixes many bugs, but also introduces many important changes. Kate OS 3.1 is the first Kate to use the GTK+ 2.10.x library. This is a very substantial change for the entire system, which will let us deliver various new applications. Also, the GNOME desktop environment has been updated to its newest 2.16.0 version. This is the first edition of GNOME especially adjusted to Kate OS. Apart from those, Kate OS 3.1 also features the 22.214.171.124 kernel, XFce 4.4rc1 and numerous updates. An interesting novelty is Update-notifier, a task bar applet designed for Kate OS which automatically checks for available updates, and allows for easy package selection and update." Please visit the project's home page to read the release announcement.
A new version of dyne:bolic, a specialist multimedia distribution targeting media activists, artists and creative individuals, is out: "dyne:bolic 2.2 code name 'dhoruba' released. Dhoruba is a complete rebuild and modular rewrite of the whole system, enhanced for full usability and open for developers to join maintenance. Recent versions of audio and video tools provide a fully featured multimedia studio out of the box, ready for being employed at home, in classrooms and in media centers. Updates and fixes in 2.2: dyne:II can now run all the system from USB storage; supports docking and nesting on SATA, SCSI and USB; X.Org has been upgraded to the latest 7.1 release; new VOIP phone applications Iaxcomm and Kiax; updates and fixes to Cinelerra...." Read the rest of the release announcement for a complete list of changes and upgrade notes.
A Slackware for your Macintosh, or Slackintosh, is a Linux distribution designed to run on your PowerPC-based hardware. Version 11.0 was released today: "We are proud to announce that Slackintosh 11.0 has been released! Slackintosh 11.0 includes Linux 126.96.36.199 with glibc 2.3.6, KDE 3.5.4 and much more. The installation CD also includes two bootable 64-bit kernels." The new release means that security support for the older version 10.1 will be discontinued; users still running that version are encouraged to upgrade to either 10.2 or 11.0. Also please note that due to a Qt version bug in Slackintosh 10.2, users upgrading from 10.2 to 11.0 should first uninstall Qt before proceeding with the upgrade procedure. For more information please read the release announcement and release notes.
Tomáš Matějíček has announced the release of SLAX 5.1.8, the final version of the SLAX 5 series: "I'm happy to announce the immediate availability of SLAX 5.1.8. This release includes a SLAX-boot CD (only a 5MB ISO image) designed to boot SLAX from USB keys in case your BIOS doesn't support it. Users can just plug in the USB key with SLAX data to boot from this CD and it can also be used to boot SLAX directly from an ISO file. Changes made in 5.1.8: added KDE 3.5.4, recompiled with some Slackware 11 fixes; better handling of booting from USB devices; added NTFS-3g to fully support writing to NTFS partitions; added slaxsave.zip to SLAX CD, containing pre-built loop file systems." See the SLAX changelog for a more detailed list of all recent changes.
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Development and unannounced releases
|Upcoming Releases and Announcements
Frugalware Linux 0.6
The Frugalware project has published a roadmap outlining the development process of the upcoming version 0.6. The first pre-release of the new version is scheduled for early November; this will be followed by a second pre-release and two release candidates early next year. The final release of Frugalware Linux 0.6 is expected on 1 March 2007.
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Summary of expected upcoming releases
New distributions added to database
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New distributions added to waiting list
- Trinacria Linux. Trinacria Linux is a new Italian distribution based on KNOPPIX. Its primary target markets are the Italian office users and Linux beginners.
- Yamefa. Yamefa is a new French distribution based on Kubuntu. It provides customised software selection and extra software packages, such as Mozilla Firefox with the Sage extension, Superkaramba and Dekorator, and complete support for the French language.
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DistroWatch database summary
And that concludes our latest issue of DistroWatch Weekly. The next issue will be published on Monday, 16 October 2006. Until then,
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|• 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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