Announcing Bluewhite64 Linux 13.0!
Bluewhite64 Linux is reached version 13.0. Many changes, upgrades, new feature additions and improvements have been done here since the Bluewhite64 12.2.
Among the many program updates and distribution enhancements, you'll find better support for RAID, LVM, and cryptsetup; a network capable (FTP, HTTP, Samba Share, NFS) installer; two of the most advanced desktop environments available today: Xfce 4.6.1, a fast and lightweight but visually appealing and easy to use desktop environment, and KDE 4.3.1, the latest version of the award-winning K Desktop Environment. We have added to Bluewhite64 support for HAL (the hardware Abstraction Layer) which allows the system administrator to add users to the cdrom and plugdev groups. Then they will be able to use items such as USB flash sticks, USB cameras that appear like USB storage, portable hard drives, CD and
DVD media, MP3 players, and more, all without requiring sudo, the mount or umount command. Just plug and play. Properly set up, Bluewhite64's desktop should be suitable for any level of Linux experience.
This version of Bluewhite64 Linux combines Bluewhite64's simplicity (and close tracking of original sources), stability, and security with some of the latest advances in Linux technology. Expect no less than the best Bluewhite64 yet.
Bluewhite64 13.0 Advanced Features
Bluewhite64 Linux supports the Linux kernel 220.127.116.11 (huge.s) with all major file systems like EXT2, EXT3, EXT4, ReiserFS, and Xfs. Beyond this, you will find IDE, SATA and SCSI controllers support, SCSI and ATA RAID volume support, Software RAID, LVM (the Logical Volume Manager, KVM (Kernel-based Virtual Machine) and encrypted file systems support. Also, 10/100/1000/10000 Mbit Network adapters and Wireless LAN support is present. USB, Firewire, TvTuners and much more are completing the Bluewhite64 Linux kernels support.
The kernels also support IA32-emulation for those who need to run 32-bit programs. The IA32-emulation is a lib-based emulation and you will need to install all the IA32 packages from the /extra/ia32-emulation.
Installing only the A (base) software series of Bluewhite64 13.0 you will have a minimal system with Bash (GNU Bourne Again SHell), Bzip2 (a block-sorting file compressor), Coreutils (core GNU utilities), Cryptsetup (utility for setting up encrypted filesystems) Cups Common UNIX Printing System), Dcron
(Dillon's Cron daemon), Device-mapper (device-mapper for logical volume management), Dosfstools (tools for working with FAT filesystems), E2fsprogs (Utilities needed to create and maintain ext2 and ext3 filesystems), File (utility to determine file type), Findutils (utilities to locate files) Genpower (UPS
monitoring daemon), GPM (general purpose mouse server), hdparm (read/set hard drive parameters), Gzip (file compression utility), LiLo (Linux Loader), LVM2 (Logical Volume Manager version 2), Mdadm (manage RAID arrays), Pciutils (PCI utilities), Pkgtools (The Bluewhite64 package maintenance system), Sysklogd (Linux system logging utilities), Udev (dynamic device directory system) zoo (archiving and compressing utility) and much more.
A Linux system without applications is like a car without gas . You may want to install the AP (console application) software series where you will discover dvd+rw-tools (collection of tools to master
DVD+RW/+R/-R/-RW media), enscript (converts text files to PostScript and other formats), Hplip (HP print/scan/fax support), Ispell (spelling checker), Joe (Joe text editor), Jove (Jonathan's Own Version of Emacs), Linuxdoc-tools (utilities for working with DocBook and SGML), lm_sensors (hardware monitoring package), Madplay (MPEG audio decoder and player), Man (format and display the on-line manual pages), MC (Midnight Commander file manager), Mysql (SQL-based relational database server), Sudo (give limited root privileges to certain users), Sysstat (system performance monitoring tools), Vim (Vi IMproved), Xfsdump (backup tools for the XFS filesystem) and much more.
If you are a programmer or developer then you will need the D (development) software series where you will find Binutils (GNU binary development tools), Ccache (a fast compiler cache), Clisp (a Common Lisp implementation), Cmake (cross-platform, open-source make system), Cvs (Concurrent Versions System), Gcc (Base GCC package with C , C++, Fortran, Ada, Java, and Objective-C laguages support), Gdb (the GNU symbolic debugger), Git (the stupid content tracker), Make (GNU make utility to maintain groups of programs), Perl (Practical Extraction and Report Language), Python (object-oriented interpreted programming language), Ruby (Interpreted object-oriented scripting language), Strace (trace system calls and signals), subversion (a version control system) and many more.
The E software series is reserved for the GNU Emacs 22.3 editor/environment.
If you are new to Linux, the F software series is for you. This contain the Linux FAQ collection from ibiblio.org and HOWTOs from the Linux Documentation Project.
Need to build your custom Linux kernel? Just install the K software series which brings to you the Linux kernel version 18.104.22.168.
The KDE software series brings to you the latest version of the award-winning K Desktop Environment KDE 4.3.1, Amarok (music player), K3b (The CD Creator), ktorrent (BitTorrent program for KDE) kaudiocreator (CD ripper and audio encoder and Koffice (KDE office productivity suite).
The KDEi software series contain KDE and Koffice International Language support and k3b-i18n (internationalization files for the CD Creator).
The L (libraries) software series contain the system libraries needed to run all programs.
The N (networking) software series will help you communicate with other servers or computers across the internet and private or public LANs. Here you will find Bind (DNS server and utilities), Bluez utils
and libs (Utilities for working with Bluetooth(TM)), Bridge-utils (network Ethernet bridging utilities), Cyrus-sasl (Simple Authentication and Security Layer), Dhcp (DHCP server and client utilities), Ethtool (a tool for examining and tuning a networkinterface), Getmail (POP3 mail retriever), Gnupg (The GNU Privacy Guard), Htdig (web indexing and searching system), Httpd (The Apache HTTP Server), Inetd (Internet super-server), Iproute2 (IP routing utilities), iptables (IP packet filter administration), Links (WWW browser for the console), Mtr (a network diagnostic tool), Ncftp (user interface to the Internet standard File Transfer Protocol), Net-snmp (Simple Network Management Protocol tools), Nfs utils (Network File System daemons and utilities), Openssl (Secure Sockets Layer toolkit), Openssh (Secure Shell daemon and (clients), Openvpn (secure IP tunnel daemon), Php (HTML-embedded scripting language), Proftpd (FTP server daemon), Samba (SMB file and print server), Sendmail (mail transfer agent), Vsftpd (Very
Secure FTP Daemon), Wireless-tools (utilities for wireless networking) and many more.
The X (X.org server) software series brings the modularized X.org 1.6.3 with Compiz support. You will notice many more X package than before, and it's probably best to install them all. There's been much activity in the X development world, and the improvements here in terms of performance and hardware support are sure to be only the beginning.
X Applications. This is the XAP software series where you will find the most important X applications such a Audacious (A relatively powerful media player), Blackbox (Blackbox window manager),
Gimp (The GNU Image Manipulation Program), gxine (GTK+ media player based on Xine), Imagemagick (a robust collection of image processing tools), Mozilla firefox Web Browser, Mozilla Thunderbird mail application, Pidgin (GTK+ instant messaging program), Xfce (a fast and lightweight desktop environment for X), vim-gvim (X/GTK2 enabled version of vim).
Many more improved and upgraded packages than we can list here. For a complete list of core packages in Bluewhite64, see this file:
Purchasing Bluewhite64 on DVD:
Please consider purchasing the Bluewhite64 Linux 13.0 DVD directly from the following stores:
- Romania --- http://store.bin-sh.ro
- USA -------- http://on-disk.com/index.php/cPath/28_171
and you'll be helping to support the continued development of Bluewhite64 Linux!
This is the official release of Bluewhite64 DVD, and has many enhanced features, including:
- Easy bootable DVD installation. If your machine can boot a DVD, just boot the DVD to begin the installation process.
- The source code used to build Bluewhite64 Linux 13.0.
Downloading Bluewhite64 13.0
The full version of Bluewhite64 Linux 13.0 is available for download from the primary mirror hosted by inode.at:
If the sites are busy, see the list of official mirror sites here:
Attila Craciun -- arny[at]bluewhite64.com
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