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ALT Linux. This week we are happy to spotlight ALT Linux. ALT Linux developer Michael Shigorin was kind enough to fill out an LWN Distribution survey for us. You can find the full results here and also linked from the new entry in the LWN Distributions List (under General Purpose). It started as the Linux-Mandrake Russian Edition, created by the IPLabs Linux Team. But not all the significant changes found their way back to Mandrake, and the team went on to create ALT Linux. There are several branches now, all using the ALT Linux Master tree. ALT Linux uses RPM4 plus APT (Conectiva apt/rpm port) for package management. English, Russian, Belarussian, Ukrainian, French, and German are supported, with a special emphasis on a correct implementation of The Free Standards Group's Linux Internationalization Initiative Li18nux.
Sisyphus is the current unstable branch of ALT Linux. Here is the Freshmeat page for version 20020507 of Sisyphus.
The recently released ALT Linux 2.0 Master can be downloaded from the FTP site, or purchased as a boxed set with 6 CDs, installation, administrator's and user's manuals, as well as a manual on OpenOffice.org, and lots of extras, including some music in Ogg Vorbis format.
The Castle branch has been on the LWN List for some time. It's a secured, RSBAC-enabled, server distribution.
There is also ALT Linux Junior, a single-disk distribution for home computers, designed especially for beginners, easy to install and use; and ALT Linux MSI Edition, a specialized OEM distribution for MicroStar, with a large set of multimedia applications, OpenOffice and games.
Aleph ARM Linux returns. This is one of those not-at-all-new distributions that simply got lost. Aleph One provides well-documented Linux distributions for various ARM-based systems. There is an official Debian ARM release based on Debian 2.2; and they are working on Psion and Compaq iPaq and other RISC architectures as well. Wookey at Aleph One filled out an LWN distribution survey on February 6, 2000, which somehow managed to get lost until we got another copy this week.
Debian Weekly News. The Debian Weekly News for May 8 covers hardware detection libraries, Bruce Perens's open standards efforts, the new Debian Developers Reference, and several other topics.
Kernel Cousin Debian Hurd #118. Issue #118 of Kernel Cousin Debian Hurd looks at GCC bugs, boot messages and logging, building the parted store modules with Autotools, and more.
Mandrake Linux Community Newsletter - Issue #42. The Mandrake Linux Community Newsletter for May 8, 2002 is available. This week's issue has news about Incident-based Support Packs at MandrakeStore; the latest MandrakeClub activities; KDE3 Packages for 8.2 PPC; errata updates for 8.2 x86 & PPC; and much more.
Red Hat Linux. Red Hat bug fix advisories for this week:
Slackware Linux. Here is this week's slice of the Slackware-current changelog.
Minor Distribution updates
ELX. ELX, Everyone's Linux, is getting ready for its global launch. "The soft launch is scheduled to take place during the third week of May all across the United States and North America. By the first week of June the product would find its way into Europe, Latin America, South Africa, Australia and the rest of the world."
EnGarde Secure Linux. EnGarde Secure Linux bug fix advisories for this week:
Edmonds Enterprises has Gentoo Linux 1.1a CDs available for $0.99 USD (plus $1.50 for shipping).
Aschwin Marsman upgrades to Red Hat 7.3. Aschwin Marsman of aYniK Software Solutions has updated his review of Red Hat Linux 7.3.
Section Editor: Rebecca Sobol
May 16, 2002