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Trying on sidux

Apr 12, 2010, 17:04 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jesse Smith)

"The sidux distribution is one which has been on my to-review list for a while. It's a small project which makes a bold effort to take Debian's Unstable repository and turn it into a functioning day-to-day operating system. Prior to trying out this ambitious distro, I had a chance to chat with two of the project's developers, Ferdinand Thommes and Chris Hildebrandt.

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"DW: Is it always a lower-case "s" in "sidux"?

"FT: Yes, it's always a lower-case "s". Most magazines ignore the trademark and just follow their routines where distributions start with an upper-case character and that at the start of a sentence you always have a upper-case character too. I mostly gave up fighting that.

"DW: sidux is based on Debian's "sid" repository. What changes or additions do you make to produce sidux?

"CH: From a technical point of view, the most important changes are our release and ISO build system (pyfll), our installer and our kernels. The sidux kernels are not Debian kernel-based, but vanilla kernels with a long list of patches in order to get most recent hardware support, balanced with stability. We have developed and do provide several of our own tools and applications, e.g. Ceni - our replacement for NetworkManager. And of course we include our own artwork and documentation (manuals)."

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