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My cutting edge system: sidux

Posted 11-17-2008 at 02:17 PM by masinick

I have already written about my other two favorites, antiX (fast) and SimplyMEPIS (stable). Now let me tell you about sidux. It is also a fast system, but it is the cutting edge packages from the Debian Sid repositories that typify and characterize this system.

What sets sidux apart from Debian Sid, though, and from any other system that I know is the manner in which sidux uses technology to manage the instabilities found in the Sid packaging repositories. There is a task bar tool called hermes, which allows you to visually identify whether there are any current packages with identification mismatches or other issues. sidux also has a sidux control center called siduxcc, which provides easy access to a variety of system management tools.

For me, the best tool of all is, ironically enough, not included during installation, but widely mentioned in the documentation and easily accessed. It is called smxi and it is the system management console application that tames those package repositories and provides an easy, reliable way to keep your sidux system up to date, cutting edge, and working.

Though smxi cannot be viewed as a newbie tool because it runs from the system console, it is, despite this, a straightforward tool to use.

Perhaps the first time user would be better off using one of my other recommendations, probably SimplyMEPIS. But the third time user might want to learn something. For them, sidux would be a nice learning tool. For the veteran who wants the latest cutting edge software, sidux is the easiest system I know of that provides cutting edge software that can be effortlessly installed and used.
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