| DistroWatch Weekly
|DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 174, 23 October 2006
Welcome to this year's 43rd issue of DistroWatch Weekly! On the eve of several major new releases, such as Firefox 2.0, Fedora Core 6 and Ubuntu 6.10, this week's DistroWatch Weekly takes a brief look at some of the new products, comments on the new Fedora 6 release, and asks whether Firefox has lost some of its former glory. In the meantime, Xandros Corporation is rumoured to be under a "reorganisation", while Munich continues its march towards a successful switch of thousands of its desktop and server computers to LiMux, a Debian-based distribution that recently reached version 1.0. Also in this issue: a reader recommends BeaFanatIX, a light-weight and user-friendly distribution that attempts to revive the concepts of the BeatrIX project, while the "First Looks" section introduces the new Xen Demo CD 3.0.3. Happy reading!
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New releases from Fedora Project and Ubuntu, changes at Xandros, introduction to LiMux and BeaFanatIX, Firefox
For all the enthusiasts who follow the world of free operating systems, this will be undoubtedly one of the most exciting weeks of the year. Not only can we expect the first stable release of Firefox 2.0 and the initial beta build of openSUSE 10.2, the final releases of Fedora Core 6 Ubuntu 6.10 also scheduled for release later this week. In fact, Fedora Core 6 has been completed already, but as usual, the directories containing the new release have been locked until the release announcement. This should be made on Tuesday, 24 October, which was confirmed by Red Hat's Jesse Keating during the weekend: "Yes the 24th is _the_ date. We've reached the point of no return." As tends to happen just before each new Fedora release, several of the download mirrors have already opened up for access so if you desperately want to play with the new toy, you can try visiting some of these mirrors to see if any of them lets you in the newly created "6" directory. However, be aware that until Fedora Core 6 is officially announced and released, you won't get access to updates and extras for the new version.
Love it or hate it: the new Fedora Core 6 artwork.
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Although Ubuntu 6.10 "Edgy Eft" is still going through a last-minute bug-fix session before its official release on Thursday, the project has already announced preliminary plans for the distribution's next release, version 7.04 and code name "Feisty Fawn": "With the final release of Ubuntu 6.10 approaching, and apparently set to be spot on schedule October 26th, we're starting to look beyond it to Ubuntu 7.04, scheduled for release on 19 April 2007." What can we look forward to in Feisty? "The main themes for feature development in this release will be improvements to hardware support in the laptop, desktop and high-end server market, and aggressive adoption of emerging desktop technologies. Ubuntu's Feisty release will put the spotlight on multimedia enablement and desktop effects." Read this mailing list post by Mark Shuttleworth to learn more about some of the ideas behind Ubuntu 7.04.
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Is Xandros Corporation in the process of abandoning its desktop Linux users? DesktopLinux.com reports that the company producing one of the most user-friendly desktop Linux distributions on the market has recently undergone "reorganisation", with 5 employees from its marketing department already gone and a possibility of a change in the company's product orientation - from business desktops to high-end servers. As the article points out, despite overwhelmingly positive reviews in the media, Xandros Desktop has remained on the periphery of the Linux distribution market. This is largely due to its commercial nature, but perhaps also because the company has detached itself from the Free Software community, despite the fact that the lion's share of its products consists of Free Software.
But would Xandros's re-branding as a developer of predominantly server solutions turn the company into a financial success? Unlikely. The tightly contested market is already dominated by Red Hat and Novell, and any newcomer will have hard time to make a dent in this supremacy. Instead, we believe that the company should relaunch itself as a community-oriented desktop distribution with broader outside participation and with its own work (e.g. the Xandros File Manager) released under the GPL. Creating a high-end product with dozens of proprietary modules would be a step backward in the world where open-source software solutions are playing an increasingly important role. Xandros would be wise to follow the trends, not to go against them.
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Reports about the progress of the City of Munich in its current effort to migrate some 14,000 computers to desktop Linux are avidly followed by many Linux users and decision makers around the world. Will it succeed? Will there be any major problems that would stall the process? While nobody expects a huge transition like this to be a smooth ride, it seems that things are progressing rather nicely. LiMux, which is the name of the Debian-based distribution being deployed on Munich's computers, has recently reached version 1.0. Last week, the LiMux development team has demonstrated their new Linux system to Debian's Steve McIntyre who wrote about it in his web log: "They're using FAI to automate installation of systems, along with LDAP to store lots of configuration information and GOsa as a user-friendly front-end to that configuration. They've integrated these to enable some very clever management features so that all aspects of the city-wide system can be maintained from one central point." If you understand German, you can find more information about LiMux on the project's web site, or on its brief English page.
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A DistroWatch reader wrote in to give a thumbs up to a distribution called BeaFanatIX, a project which is trying to revive the now abandoned BeatrIX live CD: "I have discovered a wonderful little distro called BeaFanatIX. It is a light-weight (under 130 MB) mix of Ubuntu, KNOPPIX and Debian, but feels clean and sharp. It has given new life to my old laptop, which was running Puppy Linux, but I found it a little unpolished and Windows 95-ish. BFX installs on minimal hardware and runs fast, but as a Debian, the power of apt-get is just a few clicks away. The interface has the look and feel of its Breezy roots, with the GNOME desktop. Although the community is still small, the forums are responsive, usually getting help within a few hours or a day. The installer was one of the easiest I have used. I really hope you will consider giving this worthy little distro a look over. It is amazingly powerful for such a small package. I'm sticking with it on my laptop and would really like to see the community grow." Those readers who miss the light, friendly BeatrIX project might want to take a loot at BeaFanatIX; a stable 2006.1 and a beta 2006.2 versions are both available for download from the distribution's web site. See also the new distributions section below for a brief description and screenshot.
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Have you noticed the rapidly increasing unhappiness of some Linux users and developers with Mozilla Firefox and other Mozilla products? As an example, read this blog entry by Alexandre Buisse, a Gentoo Linux developer. Entitled "Goodbye Firefox!", the author writes: "I had been thinking of leaving Firefox entirely for a long time (I had already traded Thunderbird for mutt last year), mainly due to its huge memory print (I like to navigate with more than 20 tabs at the same time), its slowness and a growing dislike of the Mozilla attitude, especially since the creation of the Mozilla Corporation." This view is echoed by many other users some of whom have openly criticised Mozilla for giving preferential treatment to its Windows editions of Firefox and Thunderbird, and for displaying signs of commercialism; according to an unconfirmed report, Mozilla Corporation makes in the region of tens of millions of dollars per year by referring its users to Google search. Its recent dispute with Debian over a trademark issue didn't help to improve Mozilla's image either.
Has Firefox grown too big too quickly? And have you considered (or tried) an alternative web browser? Konqueror? Or perhaps Opera, if you don't mind using non-free software? And how about the Linux-only Epiphany, which is similar enough to Firefox (it even uses the same HTML rendering engine), but without the attitude problem of its Mozilla cousin? More importantly, do you share the belief of some users who claim that Mozilla is now run by people more interested in making money than in developing a great browser? Or do you think that it's all just smoke created by people who are jealous of Mozilla's success? Please share your views in the forum below.
Xen Demo CD 3.0.3
Last week's announcement about the release of Xen 3.0.3 generated surprisingly sparse media coverage. Although intended mainly for deployment on specialist servers and popular with many web hosting companies, Xen is a wonderful piece of software that can increase one's productivity even on a desktop system. Intending to prove that "virtualisation" is not just a buzz word, the developers of Xen also released a new demo CD to showcase the latest Xen technology and to demonstrate its capabilities.
I downloaded the Xen Demo CD 3.0.3 over the weekend to give it a test drive. Xen Demo CD is a bootable CD containing not one, but three Linux distributions - a recent build of Debian "etch", SUSE Linux 10.0 and CentOS 4. Its main purpose is to demonstrate the wonders of virtualisation, or in less technical terms, the technology of running several operating systems (or several instances of the same operating system) simultaneously on the same machine. In case of the Xen Demo CD 3.0.3, the user has a choice to boot one of the three available distributions and then, depending on the amount of system memory, launch several "virtual" instances of these in separate windows.
Xen Demo CD: running Debian, SUSE and CentOS simultaneously
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Since the CD contains three Linux distributions, the amount of software is limited to the usual text-mode utilities, XFce desktop, and Firefox. Once booted, the user can choose to launch another distribution either from the command line (the xterm window will display relevant sample commands upon start), or by right-clicking on the desktop and selecting one of the three "guest" operating systems. The document supplied with the CD warns that you shouldn't expect breakneck speeds while running three or more distributions directly from the CD, but it should suffice as a demonstration tool. Disappointingly, there doesn't seem to be an easy way to transfer the content of the demo CD to one's hard disk.
Otherwise the only glitch in the CD is related to the X configuration; in my case, the default configuration with vesa brought about a blank screen, so I had to boot into text mode and reconfigure /etc/X11/xorg.conf by supplying it with the correct video driver before launching the GDM login manager. Networking was pre-configured and worked on the main system, as well as the two guest distributions I tried. An xterm window (shown in the bottom right corner of the screenshot) gave some useful information about the status of the virtual machines, including CPU and memory consumption of each running guest.
Xen virtualisation is a great way of running several distributions simultaneously and without having to reboot the machine - an excellent time-saving solution for many developers who might need to test their code on several different systems. But even if you are not a developer and don't have a need for running a number of Linux distributions on one desktop, Xen Demo CD is not only great fun, it is also a testament to the flexibility and superiority of open source software solutions.
For more information and download links please visit XenSource.com.
|Released Last Week
trixbox 1.2.2, 1.2.3
A new, bug-fix version of trixbox has been released: "Trixbox users have been reporting stability problem with 1.2. We are trying to address these with the 1.2.2 release. There are some strange audio problems with the 42 kernel. This is most apparent with VMware. When the 42 kernel is used the audio prompts are jittery and broken. This was not a problem with the 34 kernel. I am making the 34 kernel the standard for trixbox until further notice. The version of Asterisk 184.108.40.206 that is included with the 1.2.1 trixbox patch has a lot of the Asterisk patch files from Digium and other sources included. This may have caused some of the instability and FreePBX reload issues that were reported. The Asterisk 220.127.116.11 that is included with 1.2.2 has only 4 patches." Full details in the release announcement.
DeLi Linux 0.7.1
Henry Jensen has announced the release of an updated version of DeLi Linux, a distribution designed for legacy hardware: "DeLi Linux 0.7.1 is mainly a bug-fix release. But there are also some new features: support for Microchannel (PS/2 machines) and EISA; added 'deliget', a tool for downloading and installing packages; new packages including AbiWord 1.0.7, Fox, Xfe and XMMS. DeLi Linux is a distribution made for old hardware. Machines from 386 to Pentium I with 8 to 32 MB RAM are considered as target systems. DeLi Linux uses lightweight software wherever it is possible. Nevertheless DeLi Linux provides a graphical desktop with an office package, web browser, e-mail client, PDF viewer and games." The release announcement.
tinysofa classic server 2.0 Update 6
The tinysofa project has released the 6th update to "Ceara", its Trustix-based distribution for servers: "tinysofa classic server 2.0 Update 6 (Ceara) is now generally available. This release focuses on bug and security fixes, integrates all released security fixes, and updates various packages (notably the kernel) to the more recent upstream releases. 'Ceara' features: The Linux 2.6.16 kernel, grsecurity support, APT and SmartPM for advanced package management, the next generation PHP 5 environment (5.0.4), OpenSSH 4.3p2, high availability features such as DRBD (0.7.17) and UCARP (1.1), the latest development tools and languages (gcc 3.4.3, Python 2.4.2), and much more." Read the release announcement on the distribution's home page.
Tilix Linux 2.0
The second major release of Bulgaria's Tilix is now ready for download. Unlike the Tilix 1.x series, which were based on KANOTIX, the latest release, code name "Karposh" is built on top of Kubuntu. Apart from standard features, such as complete localisation into Bulgarian, Tilix 2.0 comes with the following new applications and characteristics: Linux kernel 18.104.22.168, X.Org 7.0, KDE 3.5.5 with Kaffeine 0.8.1; ability to write to NTFS file systems via ntfs-3g; new hard disk installation program for installing Tilix directly from live CD session; support for a number of multimedia formats, including MP3 and DivX; integrated browser plugins in Firefox - Flash, Java, FreeWRL, DejaVuLibre, OpenSC; availability of proprietary graphics drivers for easy installation. For more information please read the release announcement (in Bulgarian).
Tilix 2.0 - a Kubuntu-based distribution designed for Bulgarian speakers.
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Sun Wah Linux 1.5r2
After collecting feedback from its users for five months, China's Sun Wah today announced the availability of a revised version of its Debian-based distribution - Sun Wah Linux 1.5r2. Among the many new features and additions in the updated release the following are worth mentioning: inclusion of proprietary graphics drivers for ATI (version 8.2.28) and VIA S3 Unichrome graphics cards; support for Intel PRO/Wireless 3945 network cards, addition of MadWifi drivers, inclusion of Java, Mono and Mono-based applications, such as Beagle desktop search tool; support for 3D desktop effects with Xgl/Compiz; many upgraded packages (GNOME 2.14.1, Firefox 22.214.171.124). Read the release announcement and release notes (both links in Chinese) for further details.
pQui Linux 2.0
pQui Linux is a desktop-oriented Brazilian distribution based on Slackware Linux. Version 2.0 was released earlier this week. Compared to a standard Slackware, pQui Linux 2.0 is enhanced by a number of applications, including Firefox 126.96.36.199 with pre-configured extensions (DownThemAll!, FlashGot, TabMixPlus and VideoDownloader), browser plugins (MPlayer, Flash and Java) and search engines (Wikipedia and YouTube), BrOffice 2.0.3 with an updated Brazilian Portuguese spell-checking plugin, KDE 3.5.4 and customised XFce 188.8.131.52 desktops, gtkpod (for iPod support), Azureus, aMSN, MPlayer, MadWifi and NdisWrapper. It is built on top of a Linux kernel 184.108.40.206. Some packages, such as Dia, Nvu, Acrobat Reader and games, have been removed. For more information please see the project's news page (in Portuguese).
A new stable version of VLOS, a user-friendly, Gentoo-based distribution for desktop computers, has been released: "Today we are proud to announce the release of VLOS 1.3 as stable. Changes and fixes from beta3: updated to GCC 4.1.1, glibc 2.4, XGL and Compiz Quinstorm; fixed KDE problems with Compiz; updated to latest base layout, kernel and portage 2.1.1. Also, today I want to announce the open-community development of VLOS; the full version will be free of charge and the community will manage the project and development of VLOS. We are recruiting volunteers, developers and enthusiasts who want to participate and help us." More details in the release announcement.
The INSERT project has released a new version of Inside Security Rescue Toolkit, a Debian-based mini-distribution designed as a multi-functional, multi-purpose disaster recovery and network analysis system. INSERT 1.3.8 comes with the following changes and new features: "Most of the software packages and the Linux kernel (220.127.116.11) have been updated. Captive-NTFS was dropped in favour of NTFS-3G, which works faster and more reliable. This is the long awaited real NTFS write support for Linux. The downloadable Firefox is a 18.104.22.168 now. An install script for the virus scanner F-Prot (for home use) has been added." Read the release notes for a complete list of all changes and package updates.
A new minor update to AliXe, a French Canadian variant of the SLAX live CD, complete with French localisation and support for French Canadian keyboards, has been released. Version 0.09 is based on SLAX 5.1.8 "KillBill" edition which comes with the following changes: upgrade to KDE 3.5.4 and recompiled with some Slackware 11.0 fixes; better handling of booting from USB devices; addition NTFS-3g to fully support writing to NTFS partitions; addition of slaxsave.zip to SLAX CD, containing pre-built loop file systems. Visit the project's home page (in French) to read the brief release announcement.
Kenneth Granerud has announced a brand new release of Wolvix, a desktop-oriented live CD based on Slackware Linux: "After nearly five months of development, Wolvix 1.0.5 is finally ready for release. Wolvix 1.0.5 comes in two editions: 'Wolvix Cub' and 'Wolvix Hunter'. Cub is a small edition of Wolvix; it's designed to fit on 256MB USB Flash drives and to serve as a base for building your own custom Wolvix distribution. Hunter is the large 'standard' edition of Wolvix; it's designed to fit on 512MB USB Flash drives and use Wolvix Cub as its base. It includes more applications, a lot of games, and larger packages like Samba, Java and libraries for printer support. New in the Wolvix 1.0.5 series is the Wolvix Control Panel (WCP) which is a suite of administration utilities." Read the rest of the release announcement for further details.
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Development and unannounced releases
|Upcoming Releases and Announcements
Summary of expected upcoming releases
Web server disruptions|
As some of you might have noticed, the DistroWatch.com web server was inaccessible for about 8 hours on Sunday, 22 October, and also on several other occasions through the weekend and on Monday. While the web server itself appeared to be running as normal, for some unknown reason it stopped accepting client connections at various irregular intervals. We are still looking for the reason and solution to the problem so please accept our apologies in case you are unable to access the web site occasionally.
Perhaps this is also a good time to remind our readers about the DistroWatch mirrors - in case our main server is down, you can still read the content of the site on one of its mirror sites. Those located in the Czech Republic and the Netherlands have easy-to-remember URLs: http://distrowatch.cz/ and http://distrowatch.nl/.
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New distributions added to database
- Rails Live CD. Rails Live CD is a specialist distribution providing a pre-configured and fully operating Ruby on Rails development environment on a bootable CD. The distribution is derived from PCLinuxOS.
- Shift Linux. Shift Linux is a project that was created by the Neowin community. Based on Debian GNU/Linux and Morphix Linux, it has access to all of the software and applications as other Debian distributions. Neowin's Shift Linux is designed to give the user an experience of being part of the Neowin community and to have a simple, easy-to-use live CD that can be installed to a hard drive. Shift is a free distribution released under the General Public License. It can be freely distributed or modified.
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New distributions added to waiting list
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DistroWatch database summary
And that concludes our latest issue of DistroWatch Weekly. The next instalment will be published on Monday, 30 October 2006. Until then,
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