|| ||Dirk Eddelbuettel <edd-AT-debian.org>|
|| ||New Quantian release 0.5.9.1 available|
|| ||Mon, 14 Jun 2004 21:45:18 -0500|
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Announcing Quantian release 0.5.9.1
I What is it?
Quantian is a remastering of Knoppix, the self-configuring and directly
bootable cdrom that turns any pc or laptop into a full-featured Linux
workstation, and clusterKnoppix, which adds support for openMosix.
However, Quantian differs from (cluster)Knoppix by adding a large set
of programs of interest to applied or theoretical workers in
quantitative or data-driven fields.
See http://dirk.eddelbuettel.com/quantian.html for more details.
II What is new?
o First release based on Knoppix 3.4 with many changes such as improved
hardware detection and support for new hardware, the addition of
captive-ntfs which may allow write support for ntfs partitions, KDE
3.2.2 with kdevelop and more;
o Based on Knoppix 3.4, the clusterKnoppix release from May 10 adds
kernel 2.4.26 with the 'testing status' openMosix patch as well as
a non-openMosix kernel 2.6.6; updated openMosix goodies gomd, chpox,
tyd; support for atheros wireless, cisco mpi 350 wireless, prism54,
o New Quantian software includes many new R / CRAN packages such as
gregmisc, sm, quadprog and the entire snow suite: snow, rmpi, rpvm,
rsprng for 'Simple Network of Workstations' distributed computing
using either one of pvm or mpi; the Axiom computer-algebra system;
python-tables and cernlib which pulls in a large number of packages
from the CERN particle physics lab
o 'kitchen sink' size -- this release comes in at 1.1gb and will /not/
fit onto a cdrom. It runs really well from disk, see the 'lilo howto'
http://dirk.eddelbuettel.com/quantian/howto_liloboot.html for details
on how to boot the iso from hard disks. Burning a dvd with the larger
iso image should also work.
o Last but not least, custom artwork thanks to a contributed background
image provided by Ed Pegg Jr.
o Mailing lists for Quantian up and running
Following the 0.4.9.3 release, a Quantian project was opened on
alioth.debian.org. So far the only use of the alioth infrastructure
has been the creation of two mailing lists
quantian-announce for announcements, intended to be low volume
quantian-general for general discussions about Quantian
Please go to
for subscription info etc., and start using the quantian-general lists
for general questions, comments, suggestions or discussions about
Quantian-general is subscribed to quantian-announce, so you only need
to subscribe to one (but can of course subscribe to both).
o See http://dirk.eddelbuettel.com/quantian/changelog.html for details.
III Where do I get it?
Downloads are available from the two main hosts both of which also
o U of Washington:
o European mirrors, bittorrent site and cdrom vendors will hopefully
catch up over the next few days. See
for download info.
IV Known Bugs
o None right now -- so please test away!
V Other items
o Mailing lists have been created, see above.
o Feedback / poll on package additions or removal
As always, I welcome comments and suggestions about programs to be
added or removed. Existing Debian packages get pushed to the front of
Please send feedback, questions, comments, ... to the
list to maximise the number of eyes glancing at any one question.
Best regards, Dirk
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