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OpenSolaris "Indiana" Information

This week Sun's Glynn Foster had two presentations on Project Indiana in Australia and Ireland. In the talks Glynn had went over the basic information on what Project Indiana is about as well as sharing other details and listening to feedback from the audience. These slides are now published on the Internet, some of which we will be sharing in this article as well as talking about some of the points.
13 July 2007 - 4 Comments

CentOS LiveCD 5.0

CentOS, the popular community Linux distribution based upon Red Hat Enterprise Linux, has been at version 5.0 since April of this year, but joining the CentOS 5.0 fleet today is the LiveCD. The CentOS 5.0 LiveCD is based upon CentOS 5.0 i386 and can work out to be a modest Linux workstation or recovery distribution. Included with this new Linux LiveCD is OpenOffice.org 2.0.4, GNOME 2.16, GAIM 2.0.0, and Thunderbird 1.5. While this isn't a great Linux desktop distribution, if you're after a workstation or recovery-oriented distribution, the CentOS 5.0 LiveCD looks great.
10 July 2007

Zenwalk Live 4.6

Zenwalk Live has been updated against Zenwalk Linux 4.6 and this LiveCD distribution now features Xfce 4.4.1 with notification support, the Xfce Thunar file manager can now handle video thumbnails, and many new Xfce 4.4 panel plug-ins have been added or updated. At the system level is GCC 4.1, Glibc 2.5, and binutils 2.17.50. Last but not least, Zenwalk Live 4.6 includes the Linux-Live scripts with LZMA enabled Squashfs support. Zenwalk Live 4.6 will cost you about 400MB of bandwidth, but it's definitely an interesting LiveCD that is worth trying out whether you're a Linux junkie or Windows user.
7 July 2007

Edubuntu 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon Tribe 2

Out of all of the Ubuntu derivative distributions, the one that's received the least amount of attention really has been Edubuntu. With a slogan of "Linux for Young Human Beings", Edubuntu is a Linux distribution designed for students and use in school environments. It includes several applications for students and the younger ones that cater towards education and is not included in Ubuntu, Kubuntu, or Xubuntu. Coinciding with last week's release of Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon Tribe 2 was also the second alpha build for Edubuntu 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon, which is featured today at Phoronix.
2 July 2007

Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon Tribe 2

New in Tribe 2 for Gutsy Gibbon is GNOME 2.19.4, an easy enablement path for the free Flash player (Gnash), XDG-user-directories, Firefox 3 being pushed into the Ubuntu Universe repository, Compiz Fusion has been enabled by default on supported systems, and Restricted Manager improvements where there are open-source drivers available but rely upon closed-source firmware. We decided to try out Ubuntu 7.10 Tribe 2 and have a few screenshots to share.
28 June 2007

The Solaris Installation Experience

There's a problem with Solaris and Sun knows it. The installation experience of Solaris (along with other areas) could be greatly improved. The installer doesn't "suck" as it's easy and known to Solaris administrators, but for a Linux or Windows user it could prove to be a bit challenging. In the Linux world it's no longer a challenge to install a Linux distribution on your hard drive, especially with the excellent work that the Ubuntu team has done in improving the user experience for a desktop installation. However, in this time while Linux has become just as easy to install as Microsoft Windows (if not easier), Solaris has not really evolved to make the experience easier and attractive to potential customers. After Ian Murdock had joined Sun earlier this year he had begun to expose these weak points about Solaris and how he wants to make sure that Solaris is the "better Linux than Linux" through Project Indiana. Ian views these existing problems of the installation and packaging experience as a "usability gap", which he hopes to address. Over time we have found out that Ian's Project Indiana will be an OpenSolaris distribution that combines the best out of the Solaris and Linux worlds. This distribution will be licensed under the GPLv3, of course. For those of you that have never tried out Solaris, what we've decided to do is to show you this "usability gap" with the installation process in Solaris compared to Linux. Is the experience really that bad?
26 June 2007 - 3 Comments

SLAX 6.0.0 RC4

The Slackware-based mini LiveCD Linux distribution, SLAX, has come out with its fourth release candidate for the upcoming 6.0 release. New in SLAX 6.0.0 RC4 is the Linux 2.6.21.5 kernel, KDE 3.5.7, new Linux-Live technologies, and Slackware current packages. If you're looking for a mini LiveCD distribution backed by KDE and have never tried out SLAX, we would highly recommend you investigate SLAX 6.0.
21 June 2007

KateOS 3.6 Beta 2

The second beta release for KateOS 3.6 features a new update notifier, the new Linux 2.6.21.4 kernel, X.Org 7.2, Xfce 4.4.1, and updates to the installer itself along with stomping a fair number of bugs. KateOS 3.6 features an installable LiveCD as well as an install DVD for installing this desktop Linux distribution with ease along with the possibility to select from GNOME, KDE, and Xfce.
20 June 2007

Mint Linux 3.0 Light

The Light edition of the Mint 3.0 Linux distribution is now available. Compared to the regular version of Mint, the Light edition ships without proprietary software, patented technologies, and support for restricted formats. We took a peek this afternoon at this GNOME-based LiveCD distribution.
17 June 2007

Parsix 0.90 Test 3

The third test release of Parsix GNU/Linux 0.90 is now available. New in this LiveCD is GNOME 2.18.2, Sun Java replaced by GCJ, added the Parsix Book to the LiveCD, several bug fixes, glibc 2.5, and many other improvements. If you've never tried out Parsix, it's based on a combination of KANOTIX and Debian that is a well polished distribution worth trying out for desktop users.
9 June 2007

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