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A look at LinuxConsole 1.0.2010

Dec 20, 2010, 21:04 (0 Talkback[s])
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"The LinuxConsole distribution was my dark horse of 2009. It was a small, French Linux distro which managed to be compact, fast and included an interesting approach to software management. Aside from some translation quirks in the distro's text, I found it to be an enjoyable system to use. Fast forward about a year and I received a few e-mails informing me that a new LinuxConsole release was up on their website. This version, labelled 1.0.2010, was made available in mid-November and boasts improved module management and a new desktop in the form of LXDE. The project's website maintains a fairly simple layout with a black & white theme and six translations (Dutch, English, French, German, Italian and Portuguese). There is a small forum for requesting support, reporting bugs and making suggestions. There is a link to frequently asked questions on the menu, but at time of writing it throws up an error saying the page could not be found. The site has links providing access to the project's source code, a download page and a link to additional modules in a section of the site called the Jukebox.

"We'll cover more on modules later, but the Jukebox isn't just for browsing available modules, it's also a method by which we can customize our download image. We can search through the modules by name and by category and click a link to add a given module to our custom ISO download. When we've added all the modules we want, we're given the option of downloading our image file with a regular or real-time kernel. The server puts it all together and gives us a download link. A vanilla image is about 80 MB. However, wanting the default experience, I decided to take the pre-made download, which weighed in at about 230 MB."

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