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Kernel News: Mat
Distro Talk: Tony
Mary Distro Review
Is it Alive? – Mary
Tony Bemus, Mat Enders, and Mary Tomich
Sound bites by Mike Tanner
Kernel News: Mat
mainline: 3.17-rc5 2014-09-15 stable: 3.16.3 2014-09-17 longterm: 3.14.19 2014-09-17 longterm: 3.12.28 2014-09-07 longterm: 3.10.55 2014-09-17 longterm: 3.4.103 2014-08-14 longterm: 3.2.63 2014-09-13 longterm: 126.96.36.199 2014-06-18 linux-next: next-20140919 2014-09-19
Distro Talk: Tony
- 9-09 – PC-BSD 10.0.3
- 9-09 – Q4OS 0.5.18
- 9-11 – IPFire 2.15 Core 82
- 9-14 – Slackel 6.0.2 “Openbox”
- 9-16 – OpenMediaVault 1.0
- 9-16 – Proxmox 3.3 “Virtual Environment”
- 9-16 – Raspbian 2014-09-09
- 9-16 – MINIX 3.3.0
- 9-16 – Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.11
- 9-17 – Clonezilla Live 2.2.4-12
- 9-18 – KNOPPIX 7.4.1
- 9-18 – Webconverger 26.0
- 9-20 – Window Maker Live 0.95.6-1
Distro of the Week: Tony
- MINIX – 1274
- openSUSE – 1343
- Debian – 1576
- Ubuntu – 1704
- Mint – 2193
Mary Distro Review
Linux Review – Q4OS
Well it’s almost Q4 as we say in the business world, so what better time to review a new distro than on the cusp of the Q4. This week’s review is of Q4OS a light-weight Linux distribution for older computers and those who prefer the KDE 3 look.
Maintainer: Team from Germany
Distro Latest Birthday: On September 8, 2014, Q4OS 0.5.18 was released.
Derivative: Based on Debian
Review Desktop: Trinity (customized KDE 3 desktop)
There isn’t a live environment, per se. Instead you boot into a three-option menu: a) classic install, b) the “no questions, full automated” install and c) “advanced options.” I select the last option to see what “advanced options” really means. It consisted of an option for a “preinstall for OEMs” So I returned to the base menu. The classic install sounded much more interesting, so I went with that option.
The Install Process:
Imaging you’re installing Debian Linux. That is the Trinity install process. Nothing fancy –the job just gets done in all its ncurses glory.
Graphics: ✘ ( i915)
Wireless: ✘ (b43) The module has been inserted but I had to install the proprietary firmware. A simple apt-get install firmware-b43-installer did the trick. I checked the wpa supplicant and my Broadcom chip was receiving wireless signals.
Office Suite: LibreOffice (had to install separately after OS installed.)
Mail Client: Icedove (had to install separately)
File Manager: Konqueror via profiles. Trinity has three Konqueror profiles (web browsing, file management, and ctrl_panel)
After initial login a screen appears, reminding you that Q4OS is ‘beta’ software. The blue-themed desktop looks spacious, only four desktop icons (my documents, my computer, my network places, web browser (Konqueror). A small trashcan icon completes the desktop ensemble. There is a single toolbar that spans the bottom of the screen with a classic menu and a couple of quick launch icons: show desktop and Konqueror.
The first action I took after surveying the scene was to perform a system update. Trinity is based on Debian so I used the usual apt-get commands and accomplished it without a problem.
The start menu is a little light on the applications. I was disappointed that Trinity Desktop did not include a copy of the user manual on the desktop. Instead you go to their web site to download the manual. Perhaps that’s by design…
The downloads section of the Q4OS web site contains software installers for several Q4OS applications. Among them is a program to manage and install applications from the Debian repositories—an installer for DebApps. That’s helpful if you are not familiar with Debian package management. I downloaded the file and when I attempted to preview the contents, I was warned that it was a binary and saving it would result in a corrupt file. The source code for DebApps is also available. Installing DebApps added a Debian Applications menu to the launch menu. Inside, I saw Synaptic and something called “Top Applications Installer” This utility was configured to install commonly used programs such as Gimp, Icedove, Okular Pinta, VLC player. I decided to install Okular. The install process opens a console window with the standard text/information. After a few minutes of satisfying dependencies, downloading, and installing, I had my PDF viewer available for use. I was curious about the version. Interestingly enough—it is 0.14.3 and was built using the KDE development platform 4.8.4. In contrast, my workstation is 0.20 and used KDE 4.14 dev platform.
Synaptic opens to the standard interface, not at all daunting for me but for someone who may be relatively new to Linux, expect some confusion.
Speaking of repositories and installing, Q4OS sources list had has five software repositories:
Q4OS, Debian Wheezy, Trinity, Wheezy Backports, Mozilla You really have quite a few options
Other interesting Programs:
Krusader – Root mode (a dual-panel file manager)
htop – from the menu. Easy way to access process information.
Rating: 3.5 Overall Q4OS is a solid light-weight distro. There are a few dings (manual link should be on desktop, etc.) but at the end of the quarter, you should be in good shape.
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Is it Alive?
Is It Alive (or will it go with goulash…)?
During this segment of the show, I challenge Mat and Tony to identify whether a Linux Distro is alive or dead? Every other time I twist the concept for our game show and challenge Mat and Tony to decide if the named entity was a Linux distribution or something else. This episode is twist week—I’ve dug up some distros aid Mat and Tony must decide whether they’re Hungarian Extra credit will be given if they correctly guess whether the distro is alive or dead:
Frugalware Linux (134)
Frugalware Linux is an independently developed general purpose desktop Linux distribution designed for intermediate users. It follows simple Slackware-like design concepts and includes the “pacman” package management utility from Arch Linux.
UHU-Linux is the leading distribution of Linux in Hungary. It is primarily intended for Hungarian users, thus special care is taken to support the Hungarian language as much as possible. .
SuliX is a Hungarian, Fedora-based distribution for schools. Its main features are usability, Hungarian language support, “freshness” in terms of software updates and educational purpose. SuliX is developed by a small group of teachers in Hungary.
blackPanther OS (286)
blackPanther OS is a Hungarian Linux distribution which borrows features from other major projects, including Mandriva Linux (graphical configuration tools), Fedora (graphical user interface) and Ubuntu (driver management). The distribution is designed for use at school, home and work as it contains applications for common daily tasks, such as time management, office work or media playback.
Kiwi Linux (Romanian)
Kiwi Linux was a modified Ubuntu live CD for the i386 architecture. It included Romanian and Hungarian localizations, multimedia codecs, encrypted DVD support, Flash and Java plugins for Firefox,
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Hungary is not divided in small countries the last 100 years.
Hi Mary, Tony and Mat
It is Yugoslavia that is divided into 7 countries in .
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In episode 134, it was YUGOSLAVIA not Hungary that broke up into
several independent countries! You Linux information is great; your
geography not so much! Keep up the good work. Wes
Hungarian Loung Last train to Vienna by Budapest Dream Orchestra
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