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OSNews: Linux on Laptops Part II: Libranet 2.8.1

Feb 20, 2004, 10:00 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tyler Bancroft)

"I poked around and found Libranet. Libranet currently offers two options: download the free former version, 2.7 Classic, or ante up and pay for Libranet 2.8. I downloaded 2.7 and gave it a try. I was impressed. So I contacted Libranet, and they let me have a copy of 2.8 to review.

"Libranet is based on Debian. This comes with both good and bad. Being based on Debian means that you have apt-get, one of the coolest things since Armand Bombardier sat down and hammered out the snowmobile. Bad? Debian means the Debian installer. That is, if Libranet used the default installer. Instead, you get something that looks like the Debian installer at a glance, but isn't if you look a bit closer.

"If you download and burn Libranet, 2.7 Classic fits on 1 CD. If you buy 2.8, it's 2. Boot from the CD, and you get a welcome screen much like Debian's. Pretty much the whole installation is text-based. If you're like me, and you don't really care, good. If you're a child of the GUI, fear not, cause it's hard to get lost. Hit enter when you get to the 'boot:' prompt, and you're off..."

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