| DistroWatch Weekly
|DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 234, 7 January 2008
Welcome to this year's first issue of DistroWatch Weekly! Yes, this is the first full week of 2008, which means that in just a few days the long-awaited KDE 4.0 should be out and ready. Although the initial release might not be as stable and functional as the current KDE 3.5 series, it will lay down foundations for a truly modern desktop environment that could power many computers into the next decade. But how many of us will be using it by the end of 2008? Only time will tell. In the news section, Red Hat appoints a new Chief Executive Officer, Canonical drops long-term support goal in Kubuntu 8.04, PCLinuxOS announces new low-cost desktop computer and start of a 2008 release cycle, and Linux Mint and Elive promise new editions of their respective products. Finally, don't miss the feature story of this week's issue - a report about your DistroWatch maintainer's visit to the Mandriva headquarters and a brief meeting with Gaël Duval, the founder of Mandrake Linux. Happy new year and enjoy the read!
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A glimpse at 43 rue d'Aboukir (the headquarters of Mandriva S.A.)
Rue d'Aboukir is a rather ordinary Parisian street. Stretching diagonally from near the famous Palais de Louvre to Boulevard St-Denis, the street seemed rather deserted on a quiet December morning. Perhaps it was due to the sub-zero temperature and ice-cold winds, or maybe because the street itself is not nearly as commercial as some others in the quarter. Or more likely -- as I was to discover later that day -- because just about every resident of the French capital seemed to be on Boulevard Haussman and one of its grands magasins, picking up those last-minute Christmas presents. As for me, I had a single purpose - to reach the building which houses the headquarters of the largest European Linux company: Mandriva S.A.
It wasn't as easy as I hoped. While I certainly didn't expect to find any flashy banners announcing the presence of a company that based its business model on open source software, I was still slightly disappointed to see that no signs of Mandriva were visible from anywhere on the street. Instead, one has to enter a courtyard, where on the left there is a door with a neat range of doorbells. This is where I finally spotted several Mandriva logos, one for each of the five floors. One of them also carried a Firefox logo - that's because the same building now houses the offices of Mozilla Europe.
"Ah, DistroWatch," sad Mandriva CEO François Bancilhon in flawless English. "I am a bit busy right now, but Anne will show you around. I'll see you later." I didn't object; after all, I feel much more comfortable being around software developers than talking to businessmen. And besides, is there a man who would dislike the company of this pleasant young lady? Anne Nicolas, Director of Engineering and a person responsible for all the development work currently taking place at Mandriva, was happy to take me around the offices and introduce me to most of Mandriva's employees.
It was an interesting tour. We visited the main development office, where I had the pleasure of meeting Pascal Rigaux (better known as "pixel"), David Barth and Blin Olivier ("blino"). We continued to the quality assurance floor, followed by the testing and debugging office. Often staffed by students and temporary help during peak testing periods, this office also gets to test some cool new gadgets, such as the Samsung UMPC (Ultra Mobile Tablet PC, pictured on the left and running Mandriva Linux 2008). We also visited the office developing products and providing support for the company's enterprise solutions.
The executive office of the Mandriva CEO was next. "What advice do you have for Mandriva?" That was Mr Bancilhon's first question after we sat down in a small conference room. The question caught me by surprise; after a bit of thinking I was about to suggest to never withhold or delay the release of ISO images to the public, but I knew that this was something that Mandriva had figured out already. When it was my turn to ask questions, I was curious about the status of the Nigerian Classmate PC deal that arose so much controversy recently. "Yes, we did win the first round, after all, but whether we'll win any more contracts that is far from certain." On the subject of the open letter to Microsoft's Steve Ballmer, Bancilhon added: "That letter got me into a lot of trouble, but I still think it was the right thing to do." We also talked about DistroWatch, which seems to be held in high regard by the Mandriva CEO "DistroWatch is very good, very influential," he said.
After the tour ended, I was invited to join the Mandriva employees for a hearty Christmas lunch in the nearby restaurant serving delicious couscous and other Arab meals. In a relaxed atmosphere, we talked about all kinds of things - from patent protection deals to desktop Linux opportunities and coordination of development work between Mandriva's two big offices in France and Brazil. The company seems to be focusing its business activities on emerging markets, particularly those in Russia, Africa and Asia. As for Mandriva Linux, the arrival of Anne Nicolas has brought wonders to the quality control of the most recent release of the distribution, which has received universal praise from users.
Nevertheless, Linux is a tough business line to be in. With established players such as Red Hat and Novell, and new aggressive distributions such as Ubuntu now dominating the market, it will always be an uphill battle for any other Linux company to win serious market share. Still, Mandriva has survived tough times before and, as they say, what doesn't break you makes you stronger; in fact, the company will celebrate its 10-year anniversary later this year. And that's perhaps the main trait of this company: its ability to overcome difficulties and continue against all odds. A sense of cautious optimism, mixed with undying determination and pride should carry Mandriva safely into the second decade of its colourful existence.
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A visit to Mandriva's headquarters in Paris wouldn't have been complete without meeting the person who started it all - Gaël Duval (pictured on the left). Although he is no longer with the company, parting under controversial circumstances in March 2006, he continues working with open source software. Ulteo, the project he launched in the same year, promises to deliver a radical computing solution through easy availability of software as service. I met Gaël, who lives in Caen in north-western France (about two hours by train from Paris), in a small coffee shop near gare Saint-Lazare.
"Ulteo is not really a distribution in the traditional sense of the word," explained Gaël while we sipped on the excellent espresso. "It's more like a service where the operating system doesn't matter at all." He continued: "With Ulteo, you can simply connect to a server from any operating system and start working - with applications available as a service and data stored on a remote server." Does this mean that Ulteo as a Linux distribution will no longer be developed? "Ulteo will also be provided as a downloadable, Debian/Kubuntu-based CD image, but that's just a small part of the entire picture."
So what's the business model? "These are still early days, even though our small team of 15 developers continues working day and night. But we have some ideas. The basic system with limited data storage will be free to anyone, but anything extra will require a payment. As an example, some people might need more server space or they might want to hire the entire remote server for storing their data. We are also thinking of making available some popular Windows applications, e.g. Adobe Photoshop, as an online service, but since this requires a commercial license, it won't be free." What about the competition? Google has been providing an online office suite, a photo sharing system and other services - all for free. Why should one choose Ulteo? "I don't think Google Office is powerful enough," explains Gaël, "in terms of features, it certainly doesn't compare well with OpenOffice.org, which we now provide as an online service."
The Ulteo concept certainly looks like an interesting idea, but will it succeed? If it weren't dreamt out by Gaël Duval, I would have my doubts. But this man has a reputation of creating successful solutions; those of you who have been around for a while will remember that in the first few years of the 21st century Mandrake Linux was to other distributions what Ubuntu is to them today - by far the most popular desktop Linux product. Being innovative often means that one has to entered uncharted territories, but this is exactly what Gaël did with Mandrake Linux back in 1998. Ulteo is also a new concept and a new product, but if it's executed as well as Mandrake Linux was a decade ago, it will certainly succeed. Good luck, Gaël!
Red Hat replaces CEO, Kubuntu drops LTS badge, PCLinuxOS announces $150 computer, Linux Mint and Elive offer new editions, LinuxQuestions.org votes in Members Choice Awards
The unexpected change of CEO at Red Hat just before Christmas was the major discussion point in the Linux media during the holiday season at the end of 2007. The move seemed to have caught many enterprise Linux watchers by surprise as some complained about the poor timing of the announcement. But once the dust settled and panic subsided, it became clear that the change had been planned long in advance. Jim Whitehurst, the new boss at Red Hat, gave a brief interview at News.com where he disclosed his technical background. And the reaction of Red Hat employees? Max Spevack, the former Fedora project leader: "Matt Asay interviewed Red Hat's new CEO, Jim Whitehurst. I thought this was a great interview. A lot of the things that Jim says really resonated with me, and I think that all of the Fedora folks out there will find themselves nodding their heads as they read it too." So all seems to be well at Red Hat, after all...
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Another major topic of online discussions during the Christmas break was the announcement by Canonical, saying that the upcoming release of Kubuntu 8.04 will not carry the LTS (Long-Term Support) label. The initial reaction of the Kubuntu user community was that of disbelief (yet another proof that KDE is treated as a second-class citizen by the project leaders), but as emerged later, the decision was purely technical. Scott Remnant explained it all in this mailing list post: "Will a bug in KDE 3.5 receive upstream attention in March 2011? In order for Canonical to make a commercial commitment to their customers, who have signed contracts and terms of service with them, they need to be sure that they can honour the terms of their agreements. The KDE upstream position appears clear, KDE 4 is the focus of developer attention; KDE 3.5 will be supported as long as KDE 4 isn't suitable for support." This decision means that the Kubuntu developers will be more free to focus on KDE 4 and on implementing new features than would have been the case if Kubuntu 8.04 was an LTS release. As always in any compromise decision, some win, some lose...
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Low-cost desktop systems are all the hype these days, so if you live in the USA and are after a cheap computer, here is another option. Texstar, the lead developer of PCLinuxOS, has announced the availability of a US$150 computer with PCLinuxOS pre-installed: "Refurbished IBM Net Vista Desktop with PCLinuxOS 2007 installed. Intel PIII 900mHz, Intel chipset with onboard graphics and LAN. Also includes 256 MB RAM, 20 GB IDE HDD, 40x CD-ROM, 15" flat panel LCD, keyboard, mouse and a fresh PCLinuxOS 2007 live CD. A portion of each sale goes back towards the development of PCLinuxOS." The system is available from LinFX.com.
Still on the subject of PCLinuxOS, several readers have emailed DistroWatch about the new CD images that started to appear on the project's download mirrors over the weekend. PCLinuxOS 2008 "MiniMe" edition has yet to be officially announced, but it seems that a major new PCLinuxOS build is in the making. It contains Linux kernel 22.214.171.124, KDE 3.5.8, X.Org 7.2, the PCLinuxOS Control Centre and the Draklive-Install Enhanced system installer. Interested users can download the 300 MB live CD image from one of these mirrors or you can get the torrent file from LinuxTracker.
PCLinuxOS 2008 "MiniMe" - with a brand new kernel and desktop theme.
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Mandriva CEO François Bancilhon has published a summary of important events in the company during 2007 and outlined some of the challenges for the new year. On the subject of the Mandriva distribution, he sounded more upbeat than ever: "We drastically changed our traditional Linux distribution business: the product line was simplified, a strong focus was put on our free products (Mandriva Linux One and Mandriva Linux Free) and on their easy download, prices were drastically reduced, Mandriva Club membership became free, we invested a lot in improving our relationship with the community and our contributors and a complete new web site was put in place. We got a globally warm response to all these changes." And what's in the pipeline for 2008? "On the community side, we will increase our openness, listen to the community, strengthen our relationship, improve and consolidate the free Club."
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Following the last issue of DistroWatch Weekly, many readers were curious about the upcoming community editions of Linux Mint, an increasingly popular, user-friendly variant of Ubuntu. As if reading their minds, the Linux Mint developers have published all the answer in this blog post: "I'll go straight to what most people want to know: The KDE edition will come as a 2nd BETA in the days to come. Although it's extremely stable, a few tiny issues need to be addressed prior to the release and it looks wiser to give this release a week of community testing. I've already installed it on my laptop and I can tell all the KDE fans among us, this is definitely among the best KDE desktops I've ever got to see. If you liked Cassandra KDE CE, you'll absolutely love this one. The Fedora-based ISO experimentation is likely to be postponed for another 6 months as focus is moving towards the upcoming Linux Mint 5 release, translation of all the 'mint' tools, the User Guide, and the development of an alternative to Giver (easy file-sharing across the network without any shares). The 64-bit ISO experimentation won't start during this release cycle."
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Linux Mint was not the only project announcing interesting new editions of their product; the developers of Elive, a Debian-based live CD featuring Enlightenment 17, have also published news about some new releases coming out in the next few months: "Elive will be separated into three editions now - two will be based on Debian 'Testing' in order to have many updated applications and happy users! A new Enlightenment 17, better integration, more stuff working out of the box, complete rewrite of the WiFi support, complete rewrite of the live CD system, updated new kernel, many other features that we want to implement (like suspend and hibernation), and a lot more that we don't want to say because we like the element of surprise!" No info on when we might start seeing the new 3-edition Elive, but as always, DistroWatch will keep you posted.
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Finally, a quick note from the LinuxQuestions.org community which has started accepting votes for their annual LinuxQuestions.org Members Choice Awards: "Welcome to the 2007 LinuxQuestions.org Members Choice Awards. The categories have been chosen and the polls will open soon. I am going to post the nominees now, to give members a couple of days to post feedback. This will allow additions and modifications to be made before the voting commences. If you have any suggestions, please post in the thread for the poll in question. Any general suggestions can go in this thread." On the distribution front, the voting has been split into Desktop Distribution of the Year, Live Distribution of the Year and Server Distribution of the Year. Happy voting!
|Released Since 17 December 2007
Damn Small Linux 4.2
Robert Shingledecker has announced the final release of Damn Small Linux 4.2. From the changelog: "New mtpaint replaces xpaint; New black/blue theme with "Fractal Movements" background; New folder for better support of Visual Styles for JWM .jwmrc-theme and downloadable themes; New setTheme.lua, drag-n-drop or double click application style; New folder for better support of backgrounds, downloadable "DSL Classics"; New generic folder.xpm link for easier theme of folders; Updated wallpaper.lua, drag-n-drop or double click application style; Improved support for JWM keybindings with .jwmrc-keys; Improved support for battey names in torsmo, fetched from /proc..."
Geert Hendrickx announced the availability of the official release of NetBSD 4.0: "Major achievements in NetBSD 4.0 include support for version 3 of the Xen virtual machine monitor, Bluetooth, many new device drivers and embedded platforms based on ARM, PowerPC and MIPS CPUs. New network services include iSCSI target (server) code and an implementation of the Common Address Redundancy Protocol. Also, system security was further enhanced with restrictions of mprotect(2) to enforce W^X policies, the Kernel Authorization framework, and improvements of the Veriexec file integrity subsystem, which can be used to harden the system against Trojan horses and virus attacks." See the release announcement and the complete list of changes for more information.
ZenEdu Live "Christmas"
Pierrick Le Brun announced the availability of ZenEdu Live Christmas Edition, a special edition of Zenwalk Linux: "Zenwalk community, on the occasion of this festive season, is pleased to offer you a Special Edition of ZenEdu Live. A live CD based on Zenwalk snapshot and focusing on educational and fun contents which can be used independently by educational institutions, families, students and children alike. Along with the legendary speed, lightness and full multimedia support you can expect from a Zenwalk derived production, key features include the famed educational suite GCompris, the universal OpenOffice.org suite and the indispensable over-the-network teaching and viewing tool iTALC, already pre-configured with teacher/student parameters." Here is the full announcement.
Robert Lange has announced the final release of VectorLinux 5.9: "The VectorLinux development team is proud to announce the release of VectorLinux 5.9 final GOLD edition. This is the fruit that has resulted from several months of coding, debugging and testing by the core development team and the VectorLinux community. It follows our legendary tradition of stability (inherited from Slackware 12.0), blazing speed on even modest hardware and simplicity of design and function. The release features fully working browser plugins including Flash, Java, mp3, Real media, Windows media, PDF and QuickTime. Additional features include: X.Org 7.3, Linux kernel 126.96.36.199, fully customized Xfce 4.4.2...." Read the release announcement for full details.
VectorLinux 5.9 - the default Xfce desktop
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Tilman Sauerbeck has announced the release of CRUX 2.4, an independent, i686-optimised Linux distribution designed for power users: "We're happy to announce that CRUX 2.4 has been released." Some of the new features include: "Toolchain updates: includes glibc 2.6.1, GCC 4.2.2 and Binutils 2.18; X.Org 7.3, note that Xprint isn't supported any more; a new ISO image with an initial RAM file system (initramfs) that allows for some convenient features: the boot sequence now tries to automatically detect the CD-ROM drive, the CD can be unmounted, install can be completed remotely." See the release announcement and release notes for more information.
Warren Woodford has announced the long-awaited final release of SimplyMEPIS 7.0: "MEPIS has released SimplyMEPIS 7.0. Some of the important packages included with the 7.0 release are: an updated and security-patched 188.8.131.52 kernel, X.Org 7.1, KDE 3.5.8, OpenOffice.org 2.3.0, Firefox 184.108.40.206, Thunderbird 220.127.116.11, Digikam 0.9.2, Sun Java 6, Amarok 1.4.7, MPlayer 1.0rc1.... Some of the additional packages in the MEPIS 7.0 pool include: Acrobat Reader 7.0.9, Evolution 2.10.3, NVIDIA driver 100.14.19, ATI driver 8.43.2, Compiz 0.6.3. This release contains a new desktop theme and a detailed user manual, both developed and contributed by the MEPIS community." Here is the full release announcement.
SimplyMEPIS 7.0 - a beginner-friendly distribution based on Debian GNU/Linux.
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Linpus Linux 9.4 "Lite"
Linpus Technologies has announced the immediate availability of Linpus Linux 9.4 "Lite", a specialist distribution designed for low-cost computers, such as Intel Classmate PC or Samsung UMPC: "Linpus Linux Lite is designed specifically to meet all low-cost PCs and mobile devices requirements: runs smoothly on a lower grade hardware unit; manages power efficiently; rich web applications supported; built-in networking - WiFi, WiMAX, HSDPA, HSUPA, Ethernet, BT, IR, UPnP; user interface designed specifically for handheld 4"- 7" screens; extensive collections of widgets to select from; two desktop modes - simple and advanced; fully supports UNICODE encoding and multilingual desktop environment in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Traditional and Simplified Chinese, Korean, Japanese." Visit the company's product page for more information and screenshots.
Linpus Linux 9.4 "Lite" - daring to be different
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Nonux is a Slackware-based Linux distribution optimised for office use in Dutch-speaking office environments. A new version, Nonux 4.3, was unveiled just before the holiday break. Some of the updates and new features include: upgraded Mozilla Firefox to version 18.104.22.168, upgraded OpenOffice.org to version 2.3.1; added GnuCash, an accounting software package; fixed bugs in scanner support; added improvements in default desktop theme; minor package updates (GParted, VLC); added Linux kernel source to the CD image; added support for automatic upgrades of existing Nonux installations to latest version. Please visit the distribution's news page (in Dutch) to read the complete release announcement.
Vine Linux 4.2
Daisuke Suzuki has announced the final release of Vine Linux 4.2, a Japanese community distribution designed for desktops and servers. Version 4.2 is a maintenance release, where the base system and most applications were left at their original versions (except for Firefox - updated to 22.214.171.124, LVM - updated to 2.02.28, and a few minor packages). Other changes include new or updated kernel drivers, updated X.Org graphics drivers, addition of Totem plugin for Mozilla and new usbutils package. Please read the full release announcement (in Japanese) for a more detailed list of changes and updates.
FreeNAS 0.686, a FreeBSD-based operating system which provides free Network-Attached Storage (NAS) services, has been released: "FreeNAS 0.686 stable out. Changes and bug fixes: Refactor port makefiles; upgrade netbsd-iscsi (iscsi-target) to 20071221, fusefs-ntfs to 1.1120; disable firmware upgrade via WebGUI for 'full' installations, use the 'full' upgrade mode from live CD instead; changed boot splash screen and WebGUI logo images; try to fix AFP Time Machine problem; fix bug in 'full' upgrade / install routine (live CD); do not delete log files during boot process on 'full' installations; it is not possible to format a SoftRAID disk with MSDOS FAT16/32; it is not possible to encrypt a disk partition, only complete disks are supported." Here is the complete release announcement.
The sidux development team has announced the release of sidux 2007-04.5, a special Christmas edition of the Debian-based live CD: "This updated release of sidux 2007-04.5 concentrates on additional hardware support and stability improvements for wireless and DVB devices, combined with newly available hardware support for various ATI graphics cards, in interaction with the new X.Org 7.3 / XRandR 1.2 X detection. A new feature is the combined DVD ISO which supports i386 and amd64 architectures. As a special Christmas present for our non English and German speaking users, sidux 2007-04.5 ships an xdelta to add initial localisations for all currently supported languages." Read the rest of the release notes for further details.
Debian GNU/Linux 4.0r2
The Debian project has announced the availability of the second revision to Debian GNU/Linux 4.0 "Etch": "The Debian project is pleased to announce the second update of its stable distribution Debian GNU/Linux 4.0. This update mainly adds corrections for security problems to the stable release, along with a few adjustments to serious problems. The installer has been updated to use and support the updated kernels included in this release. This change causes old 'netboot' and floppy images to stop working; updated versions are available from the regular locations. Other changes include stability improvements in specific situations, improved serial console support when configuring GRUB, and added support for SGI O2 machines with 300MHz RM5200SC (Nevada) CPUs (mips)." Here is the full release announcement.
Debian GNU/Linux 3.1r7
Martin Schultze has announced the availability of the seventh revision of Debian GNU/Linux 3.1 "Sarge", the project's legacy (or "old stable") branch: "The Debian project is pleased to announce the seventh update of its old stable distribution Debian GNU/Linux 3.1. This is the first time we update the old stable distribution during the lifetime of the stable distribution. This update mainly adds corrections for security problems to the 'oldstable' release, along with a few adjustments to serious problems. With this release the installation system for sarge gains full support for installing 'oldstable' from network mirrors. This includes base-config. The installer also uses and supports the updated kernels included in this revision." Read the complete release announcement for further information.
Happy New Year! Hisham Muhammad has announced the release of GoboLinux 014, an independent distribution whose main claim to fame is a radically redesigned file system layout: "We are pleased to introduce GoboLinux 014, the new major release of GoboLinux, the Linux distribution with an alternative directory structure. This release is the result of over a year of work. The live CD build environment is highly customizable and packages were built using a dynamically-generated sand-boxed environment which insulates the source code and its dependencies during compilation. Major upgrades include KDE 3.5.8, glibc 2.5 and X.Org 7.2, as well as new versions of the GoboLinux management tools." Read the release announcement and release notes for further information.
GoboLinux 014 - a project with a goal of creating a more logical UNIX file system layout.
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SME Server 7.3
Ian Wells has announced the release of SME Server 7.3, a server-oriented Linux distribution based on CentOS: "The SME Server development team is pleased to announce the release of SME Server 7.3. This release is based on CentOS 4.6 and all packages have been updated to the latest releases. Changes in this release: using 'sme multipart' boot parameter now enables quotas on all LVMs; support for disconnect option in rhsbl plugin; support for disconnect immediately if dnsbl plugin rejects recipient addresses; newer version of ipsvd to resolve a few Thunderbird issues; support for configurable time-outs; now able to remove Corporate DNS setting; RAID reconstruction now finishes after using 'sme nolvm' passed at install time; ability to use console restore with CD or DVD recordable media...." Further details can be found in the release notes.
MEPIS antiX 7.01
MEPIS antiX 7.01, a lightweight derivative of SimplyMEPIS 7.0, was released as an update to antiX 7.0: "antiX is built and maintained by MEPIS community member 'anticapitalista', as a free version of MEPIS for very old 32-bit PC hardware and is designed to work on computers with as little as 64 MB RAM and Pentium II or equivalent, but not AMD K5/K6 processors... This updated version of 'Lysistrata' is built using the MEPIS Linux 7.0 core, including the MEPIS 7 updated and security-patched 126.96.36.199 kernel and upgraded MEPIS utilities, Debian security upgrades and application upgrades since antiX-M7 was released on October 29. The Live CD scripts have been improved, extra 'cheatcodes' added and bugs squashed. Kernel headers are now included and antiX uses X.Org 7.2 from the Debian Testing repositories. This release contains the new GRUB menu theme developed and contributed by the MEPIS community." Check the full release announcement, the website of antiX, and its forum for more information.
The developers of trixbox, a CentOS-based specialist distribution that enables the user to easily set up a VoIP Asterisk PBX, have announced the release of version 2.4.0: "This set is the latest version of trixbox CE. This is a major change from trixbox 2.2 in that it is based on CentOS 5.1, Asterisk 1.4, and FreePBX 2.3. One problem with trixbox CE 2.x is the lack of hardware support for current systems, especially newer Dell platforms. The vast majority of this has been solved because trixbox CE 2.4 is now based on top of the latest CentOS 5.1 kernel. This now provides support for a much larger number of motherboards, network cards and components, such as hardware RAID controllers. CentOS 5.1 also has high resolution timers built into the kernel so the need for hardware timers on the PCI bus should no longer be required." Read the full press release for further details.
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Development, unannounced and minor bug-fix releases
- Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Edubuntu, Xubuntu 8.04-alpha2, the release announcement
- GoblinX 2.6-rc1 "Mini", the release announcement
- SAM Linux 2008-rc1, the release announcement
- Sabayon Linux 3.5-beta1, the release notes
- Zenwalk Linux 5.0-beta, the release announcement
- Parsix GNU/Linux 1.0r0-test2, the release announcement
- grml 1.1-rc1, the release announcement
- PCLinuxOS "GNOME 2.21.2", the release announcement
- FreeBSD 7.0-RC1, the release announcement
- VectorLinux 5.9-beta "Live", the release announcement
- FreeBSD 6.3-RC2, the release announcement
- Musix GNU+Linux 1.0r3-test4, the release announcement
- Endian Firewall 2.2-beta2, the release announcement
- KANOTIX 2007-rc7, the release announcement
- Linux Mint 4.0-beta "Fluxbox", 4.0-alpha "Debian", the release announcement
- Damn Small Linux 4.2.1, 4.2.2, 4.2.3
- RIPLinuX Linux 4.3
- AUSTRUMI 1.6.5
- LinuxTLE 9.0-beta1
- m0n0wall 1.3-beta6, 1.3-beta7
- PapugLinux 07.2
- LFS LiveCD 6.3-r2160
- JackLab Audio Distribution 1.1-alpha1
|Upcoming Releases and Announcements
Summary of expected upcoming releases
December 2007 donation: Zenwalk Linux receives €200.00|
We are pleased to announce that the recipient of the December 2007 DistroWatch.com donation is the Zenwalk Linux project. It receives €200.00 in cash.
Slackware Linux is a reliable and rock-solid distribution, but its reputation for being hard to configure has probably contributed to its lack of deployment on the desktop. Luckily, third-party integrators seem to be more than happy to step in and to deliver custom solution. The Zenwalk Linux developer team has been working hard to produce a solid desktop based on the latest Slackware, together with the light-weight Xfce window manager, popular desktop applications and a large repository of extra software packages. Formerly known as Minislack, the project has been around since 2004.
Zenwalk Linux 5.0 Beta - a major new version of the Slackware-based desktop distro
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Jean-Philippe Guillemin, the founder and lead developer of Zenwalk Linux, emailed DistroWatch after receiving the donation: "Thank you very much for your contribution. This money will be used to rent the main web server and repository (and eventually buy some devices for contributors who need them)."
As always, this monthly donations programme is a joint initiative between DistroWatch and two online shops selling low-cost CDs and DVDs with Linux, BSD and other open source software - LinuxCD.org and OSDisc.com. These vendors contributed US$50.00 each towards this month's donation to Zenwalk Linux.
Here is the list of projects that received a DistroWatch donation since the launch of the programme (figures in US dollars):
Since the launch of the Donations Programme in March 2004, DistroWatch has donated a total of US$15,893 to various open source software projects.
- 2004: GnuCash ($250), Quanta Plus ($200), PCLinuxOS ($300), The GIMP ($300), Vidalinux ($200), Fluxbox ($200), K3b ($350), Arch Linux ($300), Kile KDE LaTeX Editor ($100) and UNICEF - Tsunami Relief Operation ($340)
- 2005: Vim ($250), AbiWord ($220), BitTorrent ($300), NdisWrapper ($250), Audacity ($250), Debian GNU/Linux ($420), GNOME ($425), Enlightenment ($250), MPlayer ($400), Amarok ($300), KANOTIX ($250) and Cacti ($375)
- 2006: Gambas ($250), Krusader ($250), FreeBSD Foundation ($450), GParted ($360), Doxygen ($260), LilyPond ($250), Lua ($250), Gentoo Linux ($500), Blender ($500), Puppy Linux ($350), Inkscape ($350), Cape Linux Users Group ($130), Mandriva Linux ($405, a PowerPack competition), Digikam ($408) and SabayonLinux ($450)
- 2007: GQview ($250), Kaffeine ($250), sidux ($350), CentOS ($400), LyX ($350), VectorLinux ($350), KTorrent ($400), FreeNAS ($350), lighttpd ($400), Damn Small Linux ($350), NimbleX ($450), MEPIS Linux ($300), Zenwalk Linux ($300),
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New distributions added to waiting list
- Damn Small BSD. Damn Small BSD (DSBSD) is a small (50MB or less) FreeBSD-based live CD desktop environment geared toward developers and system administrators, but it also includes applications that the average user may find handy. DSBSD comes with Fluxbox window manager, Firefox, XMMS, an SSH server, a mini web server, a VNC viewer, and many other applications.
- MIB Live Games. MIB Live Games is a Mandriva-based live DVD featuring the best open source games available on the market. It is maintained by Mandriva Italia, an unofficial Mandriva Linux user group in Italy.
- p30x. p30x is a Slackware-based distribution designed for a live CD or bootable USB storage device.
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|Linux Foundation Training
|• Issue 771 (2018-07-09): Linux Lite 4.0, checking CPUs for bugs, configuring GRUB, Mint upgrade instructions, SUSE acquired by EQT|
|• Issue 770 (2018-07-02): Linux Mint 19, Solus polishes desktop experience, MintBox Mini 2, changes to Fedora's installer|
|• Issue 769 (2018-06-25): BunsenLabs Helium, counting Ubuntu users, UBports upgrading to 16.04, Fedora CoreOS, FreeBSD turns 25|
|• Issue 768 (2018-06-18): Devuan 2.0.0, using pkgsrc to manage software, the NOVA filesystem, OpenBSD handles successful cron output|
|• Issue 767 (2018-06-11): Android-x86 7.1-r1, transferring files over OpenSSH with pipes, LFS with Debian package management, Haiku ports LibreOffice|
|• Issue 766 (2018-06-04): openSUSE 15, overview of file system links, Manjaro updates Pamac, ReactOS builds itself, Bodhi closes forums|
|• Issue 765 (2018-05-28): Pop!_OS 18.04, gathering system information, Haiku unifying ARM builds, Solus resumes control of Budgie|
|• Issue 764 (2018-05-21): DragonFly BSD 5.2.0, Tails works on persistent packages, Ubuntu plans new features, finding services affected by an update|
|• Issue 763 (2018-05-14): Fedora 28, Debian compatibility coming to Chrome OS, malware found in some Snaps, Debian's many flavours|
|• Issue 762 (2018-05-07): TrueOS 18.03, live upgrading Raspbian, Mint plans future releases, HardenedBSD to switch back to OpenSSL|
|• Issue 761 (2018-04-30): Ubuntu 18.04, accessing ZFS snapshots, UBports to run on Librem 5 phones, Slackware makes PulseAudio optional|
|• Issue 760 (2018-04-23): Chakra 2017.10, using systemd to hide files, Netrunner's ARM edition, Debian 10 roadmap, Microsoft develops Linux-based OS|
|• Issue 759 (2018-04-16): Neptune 5.0, building containers with Red Hat, antiX introduces Sid edition, fixing filenames on the command line|
|• Issue 758 (2018-04-09): Sortix 1.0, openSUSE's Transactional Updates, Fedora phasing out Python 2, locating portable packages|
|• Issue 757 (2018-04-02): Gatter Linux 0.8, the UNIX and Linux System Administration Handbook, Red Hat turns 25, super long term support kernels|
|• Issue 756 (2018-03-26): NuTyX 10.0, Neptune supplies Debian users with Plasma 5.12, SolydXK on a Raspberry Pi, SysV init development|
|• Issue 755 (2018-03-19): Learning with ArchMerge and Linux Academy, Librem 5 runs Plasma Mobile, Cinnamon gets performance boost|
|• Issue 754 (2018-03-12): Reviewing Sabayon and Antergos, the growing Linux kernel, BSDs getting CPU bug fixes, Manjaro builds for ARM devices|
|• Issue 753 (2018-03-05): Enso OS 0.2, KDE Plasma 5.12 features, MX Linux prepares new features, interview with MidnightBSD's founder|
|• Issue 752 (2018-02-26): OviOS 2.31, performing off-line upgrades, elementary OS's new installer, UBports gets test devices, Redcore team improves security|
|• Issue 751 (2018-02-19): DietPi 6.1, testing KDE's Plasma Mobile, Nitrux packages AppImage in default install, Solus experiments with Wayland|
|• Issue 750 (2018-02-12): Solus 3, getting Deb packages upstream to Debian, NetBSD security update, elementary OS explores AppCentre changes|
|• Issue 749 (2018-02-05): Freespire 3 and Linspire 7.0, misunderstandings about Wayland, Xorg and Mir, Korora slows release schedule, Red Hat purchases CoreOS|
|• Issue 748 (2018-01-29): siduction 2018.1.0, SolydXK 32-bit editions, building an Ubuntu robot, desktop-friendly Debian options|
|• Issue 747 (2018-01-22): Ubuntu MATE 17.10, recovering open files, creating a new distribution, KDE focusing on Wayland features|
|• Issue 746 (2018-01-15): deepin 15.5, openSUSE's YaST improvements, new Ubuntu 17.10 media, details on Spectre and Meltdown bugs|
|• Issue 745 (2018-01-08): GhostBSD 11.1, Linspire and Freespire return, wide-spread CPU bugs patched, adding AppImage launchers to the application menu|
|• Issue 744 (2018-01-01): MX Linux 17, Ubuntu pulls media over BIOS bug, PureOS gets endorsed by the FSF, openSUSE plays with kernel boot splash screens|
|• Issue 743 (2017-12-18): Daphile 17.09, tools for rescuing files, Fedora Modular Server delayed, Sparky adds ARM support, Slax to better support wireless networking|
|• Issue 742 (2017-12-11): heads 0.3.1, improvements coming to Tails, Void tutorials, Ubuntu phasing out Python 2, manipulating images from the command line|
|• Issue 741 (2017-12-04): Pop!_OS 17.10, openSUSE Tumbleweed snapshots, installing Q4OS on a Windows partition, using the at command|
|• Issue 740 (2017-11-27): Artix Linux, Unity spin of Ubuntu, Nitrux swaps Snaps for AppImage, getting better battery life on Linux|
|• Issue 739 (2017-11-20): Fedora 27, cross-distro software ports, Ubuntu on Samsung phones, Red Hat supports ARM, Parabola continues 32-bit support|
|• Issue 738 (2017-11-13): SparkyLinux 5.1, rumours about spyware, Slax considers init software, Arch drops 32-bit packages, overview of LineageOS|
|• Issue 737 (2017-11-06): BeeFree OS 18.1.2, quick tips to fix common problems, Slax returning, Solus plans MATE and software management improvements|
|• Issue 736 (2017-10-30): Ubuntu 17.10, "what if" security questions, Linux Mint to support Flatpak, NetBSD kernel memory protection|
|• Issue 735 (2017-10-23): ArchLabs Minimo, building software with Ravenports, WPA security patch, Parabola creates OpenRC spin|
|• Issue 734 (2017-10-16): Star 1.0.1, running the Linux-libre kernel, Ubuntu MATE experiments with snaps, Debian releases new install media, Purism reaches funding goal|
|• Issue 733 (2017-10-09): KaOS 2017.09, 32-bit prematurely obsoleted, Qubes security features, IPFire updates Apache|
|• Issue 732 (2017-10-02): ClonOS, reducing Snap package size, Ubuntu dropping 32-bit Desktop, partitioning disks for ZFS|
|• Issue 731 (2017-09-25): BackSlash Linux Olaf, W3C adding DRM to web standards, Wayland support arrives in Mir, Debian experimenting with AppArmor|
|• Issue 730 (2017-09-18): Mageia 6, running a completely free OS, HAMMER2 file system in DragonFly BSD's installer, Manjaro to ship pre-installed on laptops|
|• Issue 729 (2017-09-11): Parabola GNU/Linux-libre, running Plex Media Server on a Raspberry Pi, Tails feature roadmap, a cross-platform ports build system|
|• Issue 728 (2017-09-04): Nitrux 1.0.2, SUSE creates new community repository, remote desktop tools for GNOME on Wayland, using Void source packages|
|• Issue 727 (2017-08-28): Cucumber Linux 1.0, using Flatpak vs Snap, GNOME previews Settings panel, SUSE reaffirms commitment to Btrfs|
|• Issue 726 (2017-08-21): Redcore Linux 1706, Solus adds Snap support, KaOS getting hardened kernel, rolling releases and BSD|
|• Issue 725 (2017-08-14): openSUSE 42.3, Debian considers Flatpak for backports, changes coming to Ubuntu 17.10, the state of gaming on Linux|
|• Issue 724 (2017-08-07): SwagArch 2017.06, Myths about Unity, Mir and Ubuntu Touch, Manjaro OpenRC becomes its own distro, Debian debates future of live ISOs|
|• Issue 723 (2017-07-31): UBOS 11, transferring packages between systems, Ubuntu MATE's HUD, GNUstep releases first update in seven years|
|• Issue 722 (2017-07-24): Calculate Linux 17.6, logging sudo usage, Remix OS discontinued, interview with Chris Lamb, Debian 9.1 released|
|• Issue 721 (2017-07-17): Fedora 26, finding source based distributions, installing DragonFly BSD using Orca, Yunit packages ported to Ubuntu 16.04|
|• Issue 720 (2017-07-10): Peppermint OS 8, gathering system information with osquery, new features coming to openSUSE, Tails fixes networking bug|
|• Full list of all issues|
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Neat-GNU/Linux was going to be like any other GNU/Linux distribution with a couple of differences, the most notable was the installation procedure, but also by keeping the number of packages at a minimum, hence the name; Neat. The installation was not done by copying precompiled packages but by actually compiling packages from source and then install them to the system. By making the list of software as small as possible we hope to create a system that was easy to maintain, that requires little space on the hard drive(s) but at the same time was fully functional. We will also try to include configuration scripts for some administrative tasks, like setting up the network, to make it easier to administrate. Update: As of December 2002, the Neat GNU/Linux distribution was no longer available.