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News and EditorialsThanks to Bernhard Bablok, we have three new CD-based distributions to add to our distributions lists. The first is Timo's Rescue CD set. It provides both a script for building your own Rescue CD and an ISO image, based on Debian 2.2, for those who just want to burn a quick rescue CD.
SuperRescue is also a CD-based rescue system, dubbed "the most overfeatured rescue disk ever created". It is based on Red Hat 6.2, with many of the updates applied (but not all).
BBLCD, inspired by BYLD, is less a distribution than a toolkit for building your own bootable CD, for whatever purpose, from your favorite distribution, presumably already pre-customized to your preference. It has been tested with SuSE 7.0, Red Hat 7 and Debian 2.2.
Debian GNU/Linux News. The latest edition of the Debian Weekly News has been published. This issue carries information on the first Debian Conference, a warning about Debian's versions of "tar" and "lilo" in the unstable branch, and a discussion on what should be deemed appropriate for the changelogs.
In addition, it was noted that Debian's "unstable" tree now sports the new Linux 2.4.0 kernel. As a result, bug reports are starting to come in. Meanwhile, the "testing" and "stable" trees are not yet able to support the latest kernel.
This week's Debian Kernel Cousin tracked several interesting conversations this week. Among them, a proposal has been made to make a new top-level package category, "Education", under which education-oriented packages could be stored. This met with fairly strong support, particularly since the Free Software Foundation is also working on a new Education system and the Debian Jr. project can be expected to deliver a lot of new software for this category.
Kernel Cousin Debian Hurd for January 10th is also out.
Linux-Mandrake News. A version of Linux-Mandrake tailored to run directly off of a CD is now available as Virtual Linux. "It is slower to boot than a normal hard disk installation, but when fully booted, applications work as they should, and you can save things on diskette as usual".
For Linux-Mandrake 7.2, note that new versions of MandrakeUpdate and cvs have been made available. The new MandrakeUpdate fixed a bug where the severity of problems associated with updated packages was not properly reported. The cvs update now includes support for xinet by default.
Slackware News. userlocal.com has published an article on Getting to know Slackware packaging tools. It looks at explodepkg, installpkg, makepkg, removepkg, upgradepkg and some other things every Slackware user should know.
uClinux 2.4 Kernel Now Available. Lineo, Inc. announced the release of the uClinux 2.4 kernel. uClinux is available for download under the terms of the GNU General Public License.
Mini/Special Purpose Distributions
Coyote Linux 1.27. A minor update to Coyote Linux, a single-floppy distribution aimed at home users that want to safely share an Internet connection, was released this week. Coyote Linux 1.27 backs out the use of syslinux 1.50 and adds some additional security measures to the default firewall script.
Pygmy Linux. A new UMSDOS-based mini-distribution, Pygmy Linux, showed up on Freshmeat this week with the announcement of Pygmy 0.7. We're not sure quite why Pygmy wasn't on our list before, but it has now been added. The latest release is the first update to Pygmy in a year. With it, Pygmy is now updated to use glibc2, ELF binaries and Linux 2.2.16.
Pygmy is based on Slackware 7.1 with APM support and the kernel can be updated to use the latest Slackware kernel as necessary.
Small Linux 0.7.5. Small Linux is a "micro" distribution, capable of running on a system with 3MB of memory or less. It comes on two or three floppies. Small Linux 0.7.5 is the first new release listed on Freshmeat since October of 1999. The new version uses BusyBox, a collection of tiny versions of common Unix utilities in a single binary, and has added route and ifconfig, along with other features.
Note, also, that the home page for Small Linux has changed and it is also now available for download from Sourceforge.
Section Editor: Liz Coolbaugh
January 11, 2001