Monthly Archives: June 2010

Linux100-Unity-30

Mandriva based 238 MiB Live CD lives up to the SAM-2007 origin.

It is sleek, boots up fast, has its own Browser named Web or is it NetSurf.

It’s package manger is called smart but has a limited number of packages listed.

This is good for a newbie to understand the inner working of a system that is really working and it is more than a base system.

The surfer is basic and has its own lack of cookies.

I cannot highlight a line and change the font colour (I am booted now with it but not rooted!) right now.

Hence, the font is in black.

I would have given it more marks / points if it had kept below 200 MiB so that I could have it in my shirt pocket mini CD.

It has openbox and number of other window mangers included in the smart package manager.

I would prefer this to be called the Mini Version but keep it under 200 MiB should be the aim.

I think guys / girls in the developer suite should develop this Unity (Call it Manchester United -or it’s city of origin – to satisfy the football fans) into a more robust Light Weight category and then the Middle weight category and never Heavy Weight (but slow) like Mandriva and Suse.

Should take some cues from Peppermint and Element and decide when and where to dress it up for the next party or is it the next release!

It has root permission unlike in Ubuntu derivatives (which is a sad lack in spite of many derivatives of Ubuntu).

Overall it is a good distribution and I cannot find anything negative.

Now is the time to go up-staging and dress up for the party.

Thanks for your effort.

Follow the track laid down by PCLinux which is my Gold Standard and become its healthy rival.

You have your own package manger to increase your repository and talents.

Think of an O.E.M version like Untangle.

Then you are on the road to success.

Your Net-surfer is the key to success.

Good Luck.

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Linux-100-Untangle-29

Debian has emerged victorious.

Untangle has entered the fray.
It has released its White Label.
The OEM edition.
It is sleek fast and efficient.

It is the next generation of Mini Server one can carry in a mini DVD (currently CD with 444 of MiB),

No one can beat you.

Head start is on,
Enjoy it and make a contribution too.

I give 250 points in my point scheme for OEM editions straight away.

With few more utilities a live CD based on OEM can top the 1000 marks!

Next Step-OEM Release

Linux has gone into the next stage of the development process that expands its rightful place and the wider audience.

I was waiting for the pocket solution.

That is to carry the operating system in your pocket.

That is a reality now and most of the Light Weight distributions incorporate USB stick use.

I feel this should be mandatory to all distributions (Live / Desktop) and come as a the default.

The next most important thing is to penetrate all Original Equipment Manufacturers.
OEM should be mandatory within the next two years.
I can now list two of them.
One is Mint Linux other is Untangle.
I deal with Untagle separately but Mint I have already mentioned.

Come on guys / and girls make your presence felt in every little equipment from talking dolls to thermostat to Robots.

Then Microsoft cannot even catch your tail.

Blessing In Disguise-nFLux-OpenBox-XBMC-

The Window Manager that produced the frenzy activity in the early days of Linux to produce something similar to Microsoft has now come to term with functionality instead of the the flashy looks.


nFlux is the one which has taken root with Slackware, Debian, Ubuntu and Arch Linux and it is much attractive than the the Openbox.

 

Openbox has its own virtues of saving valuable MB when making a live CD and its trigger happy mouse click activity that opens dialog boxes was a welcome change to heavy KDE but here comes nFlux with a bang.


The live wires of early Linux distributions Debian, Arch and Slackware adopting it to dispense the Light Weight Live CDs is not an accident but the next logical step. 

I like all the distributions with nFlux and I hope there will be many more followers including PCLinux. 

Writing about XBMC (Multimedia package) is inappropriate here but I have one reasoning that were not answered by both Sabayon and MonomaxOS.

Even though they have incorporated XBMC (which is good and encouraging to say the least) in their distributions XBMC drains a lot of resources for its functionality.

There is no coordination of mouse activity and XBMC and mouse often freezes.

The solution to this is to dispense XBMC as a live CD distribution with light weight window manager like Openbox or nFlux.

If it still has enough MiB left to fill a CD-700 MiB limit one can add some light weight games and abiword to push its boundaries for general use.

Adding general utilities should be a marketing strategy well worth investing with sportsmen in mind ( carrying laptops with Linux).

We missed the Football World Cup but we can come up with a Linux for the Cricket World Cup.

Players need to relax before an important game Laptop with videos and games and XBMC would be most welcome away from (this idea is free to exploit but you must send me a few Linux laptops to sell and make few bucks while U/I wait in between games) media men.

Since Linux is far behind in games this “games console” with video output is a blessing in disguise for developers to log onto.

Once they got the CD right, the next stage is to expand and make a DVD distribution with added load and functionality

That is my futuristic thinking.

Slow but sure we can close the existing gap and come out champions!

Hope Sabayon and MonomaxOS shows us the way if not Morphix, Arch or Debian!

Linux100-MonomaxOS-Version-5-28

If one is fed up of Suse and Mandriva (I am fed up with both of them, both while being heavy and make a point to omit good utility packages that are in the commercial versions) this one is for you.

It has shed some of its weight to 1.7 and the slimmer versions provides what Suse and Mandriva keep as commercial packages.

It has XBOX (Multimedia) for which I give 250 points and it’s score is over 2000 (out of 3000 odd points which I give for a all inclusive heavy distributions).

It also has blender in it’s official version and if they had put the same (blender) in the multimedia version I would have given 2500 points.

This is much better than Pardus which also come from Greece.

(I think Pardus is government sponsored and MomomaxOS is a free to make its own decisions).

Sabayon (Slakware) and Monomax (Ubuntu) are almost similar but I prefer Sabayon for its comparatively light weight strategy.

Pick is yours.

If a distribution cannot put its act together with 1.5 GB it is not worth the downloading time in this part of the world (Sri-Lanka).

Our downloading is pretty slow and servers hang up in the night!
Guys switch off the Server (Our Telecom) and go to sleep and that is the time unfortunately I download the Linux distributions for testing.

Linux100-Sabayon-27

If one is fed up of Suse and Mandriva (I am fed up with both of them, both while being heavy and make a point to omit good utility packages that are in the commercial versions) this one is for you.

It has shed some of its weight from 3.5 GB to 1.7 and the slimmer versions provides what Suse and Mandriva keep as commercial packages.

It has XBOX (Multimedia) for which I give 250 points and it’s score is over 1500 (out of 3000 odd points which I give for a all inclusive heavy distributions).

Sabayon (Slakware) and Monomax (Ubuntu) are almost similar but I prefer Sabayon for its comparatively light weight strategy.

If they added blender I would have given extra bonus points!

It lives with it’s promise the dream we believe on!

However, it should promote the Live CD much more vigorously than the heavy DVD version.

If a distribution cannot put its act together with 1.5 GB it is not worth the downloading time in this part of the world (Sri-Lanka).

Our downloading is pretty slow and servers hand up in the night!
Guys switch off the Server (Our Telecom) and go to sleep and that is the time unfortunately I download the Linux distributions for testing.

Linux100-Kanotix-26

Kanotix is has come of age and its KDE is attractive.

Previous version I could not boot and that was one reason I did not write a review.
Now that it has resolved hardware compatibility problem, it passes the 750 point barrier I have set for live CDs.

However, it is on the heavy side being a KDE derivative.