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NewsForge: Review: Libranet 3.0

Apr 26, 2005, 19:45 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bruce Byfield)

"The release of Libranet 3.0 continues a tradition that dates back to 1999. Like previous versions, Libranet 3.0 offers one of the easiest approaches to Debian available, providing an easy installation and a wide array of current software. Setup support is available from a small but obliging team, with more general help available from an active discussion forum or an on-line manual written by volunteers. Currently available as a download for $90 for new users and $65 for existing users (with CDs available at the end of May), version 3.0 continues the Libranet tradition of correcting the perceived weaknesses of Debian and making Debian accessible--but it is not without some flaws.

"Advanced users may find this distribution somewhat lax in security. If they are free software supporters, they may also object to the non-free software it includes. Moreover, considering the changes due with the introduction of the new Debian installer in the upcoming Sarge release, they may also wonder how long Libranet's advantages over Debian will exist..."

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