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Linux Journal: Debian on Steroids: Libranet 2.7

Oct 03, 2002, 20:30 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Leon A. Goldstein)


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"'Debian on Steroids' is how a member of a Linux mail list I frequent responded to my description of the Libranet 2.7 beta. With the 2.4.19 kernel, KDE 3.0.3, Gnome 2.0.1, Open Office 1.0.1 and a well groomed selection of Debian applications, Libranet 2.7 is an easy-to-install, muscular distribution that should tempt anyone curious about Debian.

"While classic Debian can be downloaded or obtained on inexpensive CDs, a commercial release like Libranet 2.7 justifies its cost by streamlining the installation and configuration of Debian, a process with an intimidating reputation. Libranet offers a straightforward installer, simplified partitioning, automatic detection and configuration of video and sound, system administration tools and a well organized selection of applications, all of which get a generously endowed Debian installation up and running in short order. And since Libranet is fully compatible with Debian, it offers fast and reliable system updates and upgrades.

"On a system with an 850MHz Celeron processor, installation using the two provided CDs takes less than an hour. Partitioning can be either fully automatic, i.e. taking over the entire HD, or specified to available free space. Libranet 2.7 boasts a new partitioning tool that reminds me of the old SuSE YAST, but greatly simplified. The ReiserFS is the default, but ext2 or ext3 filesystems also may be selected. In addition, you can run GNU/parted from within the partitioning utility to resize a VFAT or ext2 partition to make room..."

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