|| ||"Michael K. Johnson" <johnsonm-AT-rpath.com>|
|| ||distro-list-AT-lists.rpath.com, update-announce-AT-lists.rpath.com|
|| ||rPath Linux 1.0.6 available for x86 and x86_64|
|| ||Tue, 15 May 2007 17:10:30 -0400|
|| ||distro-AT-distrowatch.com, lwn-AT-lwn.net|
rPath Linux, the first Linux distribution built using the
groundbreaking Conary software management system, has released
updated images for rPath Linux 1. The new images incorporate
updates to the installation process and all package updates
released as of May 11, 2007. In particular, the installation
images and installed system now include a 220.127.116.11 Linux kernel,
enabling installation on more recent hardware not supported by
previous installation media. (Linux kernels for Xen support are
18.104.22.168 in this release.) New to 1.0.6 are x86_64 VMware and
Xen images, as well as x86 and x86_64 ESX images.
If you have already installed rPath Linux 1, you should update your
current system using Conary rather than reinstall using the new
images. For information on managing Conary-based systems, see
The 32-bit Xen domU image contains two kernels. One supports
older Xen dom0 hosts with kernels that do not include PAE support.
The other supports newer Xen dom0 hosts that do include PAE support.
If you experience a boot failure in that domU image, select the
other kernel. For more information on Xen domU support, please see
Where can I get it?
The new images are available via HTTP and BitTorrent from:
What is rPath Linux?
rPath Linux is a freely-available Linux operating system
distribution, built with the Conary distributed software management
system, supported and maintained by rPath, Inc. The rPath
Linux distribution contains high-quality, up-to-date software,
and is the base development platform for creating software
appliances and purpose-built distributions using rBuilder Online
at http://www.rpath.com/rbuilder/. rPath Linux is also a fully
functioning Linux distribution in its own right. Installing rPath
Linux is the easiest way to get familiar with using Conary to manage
software and systems.
rPath offers formal support to customers who use rPath Linux to
build software appliances.
How do I get involved?
o rPath invites anyone interested in rPath Linux and Conary to
join the firstname.lastname@example.org mailing list. The list
carries announcements, discussion, and informal support.
o rPath Linux developers and community contributors often use
the #conary IRC channel on irc.freenode.org for real-time
Bug Reports and Feature Requests:
o You can create issues to report bugs or ask for new features
in rPath Linux. Visit https://issues.rpath.com/ and use the
"rPath Linux" project to file your request.
rPath Linux 1 Release Notes
Welcome to rPath Linux! rPath Linux is a freely-available Linux
operating system distribution, built with the Conary distributed
software management system, supported and maintained by rPath, Inc.
The rPath Linux distribution contains high-quality, up-to-date
software, and is the base development platform for creating software
appliances and purpose-built distributions using the rBuilder Online
tool at http://www.rpath.com/rbuilder/
x86: i686-class processor (i586 and earlier are not supported)
x86_64: all AMD64 and EM64T processors are supported
Hardware platform supported by the Linux kernel 22.214.171.124.
For Xen domU (guest system) images, Xen 3.0.3 dom0 (hypervisor
domain) platforms, such as the rPath Linux 1.0.6 dom0
implementation. For Xen dom0 (host system) images, hardware
platform supported by Linux kernel 126.96.36.199 with Xen support.
Installation from CD/DVD images requires 256 MB RAM on the
x86 architecture, and 512 MB RAM on the x86_64 architecture.
The graphical installation process will run faster with 512 MB.
Run-time memory requirements depend entirely on the software
Installing the default choices will use approximately 4.5GB
of disk space. The smallest installation available from the
rPath Linux CD/DVD images is available only using a text-mode
installation and requires less than 300 MB of disk space.
A full installation of all the software included on the CD/DVD
images requires approximately 6GB of disk space.
- Conary 188.8.131.52
- Linux kernel 184.108.40.206
- Xen 3.0.3 with Linux kernel 220.127.116.11
- GCC 3.4.4
- Glibc 2.3.6
- Xorg-X11 6.8.2
- GNOME 2.12
- KDE 3.4.2
The "conary updateall" command will update all the software
on your system managed by Conary. The "conary update group-dist"
command will update all the software on your system that was
(or could have been) installed from the distribution media.
rPath Linux update advisories, both for security and maintenance
updates, are published on mailing lists:
o To receive only security updates but not maintenance updates,
subscribe to email@example.com at
o To receive both security and maintenance updates, subscribe
to firstname.lastname@example.org at
There is no need to subscribe to both lists.
rPath Linux 1 updates will be publicly available until six
months after rPath Linux 2 has been released. After that time,
updates will be made available on a subscription basis. For
more information on rPath Linux subscriptions, contact rPath
at +1 919 851 3984 or email email@example.com
In order to reduce the size and download time for normal use,
the rPath Linux CD/DVD images do not contain all the software
contained in rPath Linux; in particular, they do not contain
many of the internet server packages (such as dovecot, the
IMAP server in rPath Linux), and they also do not contain some
packages that are alternatives to packages contained on the
CD/DVD images (such as thunderbird, an alternative to the
evolution mail client included on the CD/DVD images). These
packages are excluded from the CD/DVD images only because
of frequency of use, and they are supported and maintained
on the same basis as the packages that are included on the
All software packages in the conary.rpath.com repository
on the "conary.rpath.com@rpl:1" label and contained directly
or indirectly in the group-os groups are part of the rPath
Linux operating system. Software packages that are on the
"conary.rpath.com@rpl:1" label but not contained in group-os
are provided by rPath, Inc. as software compatible with
rPath Linux but are not supported as part of the rPath Linux
operating system. The group-os group in the repository is
the canonical definition of the supported operating system.
Further software is available from the rPath Linux contributed
software repository. This repository is maintained and supported
only on an ad-hoc basis, by a community of developers. The
contributed software repository is part of the default search
path for packages; if you wish to install only supported and
maintained software, you should edit your /etc/conaryrc file
and remove the "contrib.rpath.org@rpl:1" and items from the
rPath offers software appliance versions of rBuilder that may
be deployed at your site, as well as support and maintenance
for rPath Linux. For more information, contact rPath at
+1 919 851 3984 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please visit https://issues.rpath.com/ to report bugs and make
Conary and rPath Linux developers frequent the #conary channel
on the freenode IRC network (http://www.freenode.net/)
See http://lists.rpath.com/mailman/listinfo for mailing lists
where rPath Linux and Conary are discussed.
Technical information about Conary and rPath Linux is kept
The source code for each package can be accessed via Conary's
"cvc" command. More information on the cvc command is available
in the cvc man page.
Creating Software Appliances
Visit rBuilder Online at http://www.rpath.com/rbuilder/ to create
software appliances and purpose-built distributions based on
rPath Linux. Contact rPath at +1 919 851 3984 or email
email@example.com for information on deploying rBuilder at your
Copyright 2006-2007 rPath, Inc.
rPath, rPath Linux, Conary, and rBuilder are trademarks of rPath, Inc.
Xen is a trademark of XenSource, Inc.
All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
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