Trying on sidux
Apr 12, 2010, 17:04 (0 Talkback[s])
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"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)."