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Old 12-22-2008, 11:59 PM   #1
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sidux 2008-04 :: sidux.com :: debian based live cd development
http://sidux.com/Article470.html

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After fixing the problem with multiple optical disc drives, which occured in our first preview, and quite some infrastructural changes, we now have the pleasure to announce the immediate availability of sidux 2008-04 "Πόντος", available in the following flavours:

* KDE-lite, amd64, en/ de, ≈460 MB.
* KDE-lite, i686, en/ de, ≈455 MB.
* KDE-full, amd64+i686, en/ de (da, el, es, fr, hr, it, ja, nl, pt, pt_BR, ro, ru through liveapt) ≈1.9 GB.
* XFCE, amd64, en/ de, ≈400 MB.
* XFCE, i686, en/ de, ≈395 MB.

sidux is a full featured Debian sid based live CD with a special focus on hard disk installations, a clean upgrade path within sid and additional hard- and software support. The ISO is completely based on Debian sid, enriched and stabilized with sidux' own packages and scripts.

Release notes for Πόντος

"Πόντος" concentrates on integrating the changes caused by kernel 2.6.27, init optimisations accomplished by insserv and in particular overhauling the installer.

While kernel 2.6.27 improves and stabilises hardware support for newer devices, like Intel IPW5xxx and Atheros AR9xxx 802.11 draft-n wlan chipsets, and chipsets significantly, it also splits out a number of binary firmware blobs formerly shipped inside the kernel image. Please attend to non-free sources and Drivers for an overview.

Starting with "Πόντος", sidux is using "insserv" to reorder and optimise the sysv initscripts used during the system boot, this doesn't only improve the boot times, but also allows easier de-/ activating of particular initscripts using standard tools.

Another topic for this release is refactoring and optimising the installer, choosing new internet access tools for handling PPP, in particular GPRS/ UMTS, connections, but also improved support for kvm and other infrastructural changes. Furthermore a large number of individual functionality enhancements and bugfixes have been applied to the full package line up and especially sidux' own packages.

Our special thanks go to the sidux art team and especially all mirror hosters for their efforts regarding sidux.
Minimum system requirements:

* amd64:
o AMD64
Intel Core2
newer 64 bit capable AMD Sempron and Intel Pentium 4 CPUs (watch for the "lm" flag in /proc/cpuinfo or use infobash -v3).
o ≥256 MB RAM, ≥ 512 MB RAM for liveapt.
o VGA graphics card capable of at least 640x480 pixel resolution.
o optical disk drive or USB media.
o ≥3 GB HDD space, ≥10 GB recommended.
* i686:
o Intel Pentium pro/ Pentium II
AMD K7 Athlon (not K5/ K6)
VIA C3-2 (Nehemiah, not C3 Samuel or Ezra)/ C7
any x86-64/ EM64T capable CPU or newer; the full i686 command set is required.
o ≥192 MB RAM, ≥ 512 MB RAM for liveapt.
o VGA graphics card capable of at least 640x480 pixel resolution.
o optical disk drive or USB media.
o ≥3 GB HDD space, ≥10 GB recommended.

Now to the interesting topics, like what's on the menu for now:

* Debian sid, as of 2008-12-22.
* kernel 2.6.27.10 (smp, hard preemption).
* X.org 7.3.
* KDE 3.5.10 (en + de).
* new, SVG based, art theme created by the sidux art team.
* offline manual for en + de directly on the disc, online manuals for more languages online at http://manual.sidux.com/ and available via apt; a big thank you goes to the documentation and translation teams!
Please note that the offline manual is only available on the running live CD or the installed system.
* many changes for the manual.
* support for Intel P4x, G4x and Q4x chipsets.
* iwlwifi support (3945 and 4965 chipsets).
* iwlagn support for the IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n part of the Intel Wireless WiFi Link 5xxxAGN family.
* ath5k support for 54/ "108" MBit/s Atheros wlan cards (AR2425, AR5210, AR5211, AR5212, AR5213 and AR5414).
* ath9k support for 802.11 draft-n Atheros wlan cards (AR5418+AR5133, AR5416+AR5133, AR5416+AR2133, AR9160, AR9280 and AR9281).
* b43/ b43legacy support for Broadcom wlan cards.
* rt2x00 support for RaLink cards.
* support for RealTek RTL8101, RTL8102(E), RTL8168B, RTL8168C and RTL8168CP PCIe ethernet cards.
* support for RealTek RTL8180L and RTL8185 PCI/ cardbus wlan cards.
* support for RealTek RTL8187 and RTL8187B USB wlan cards.
* support for ADMtek ADM8211 PCI/ cardbus wlan cards.
* support for IPWireless 3G UMTS PCMCIA cards.
* support for HSDPA Broadband Wireless Data (Globe Trotter) cards.
* e1000e support for Intel 82801I, 82566DM-2, 82562GT-2, 82562G-2 and 82562V-2 Gigabit Ethernet cards (ICH9).
* gspca2 support for various webcams.
* support for Logitech Quickcam Orbit, Logitech Quickcam Pro for Notebooks, Logitech Quickcam Pro 5000, Asus Eee PC webcams (linux-uvc).
* support for the Elantech multitouch Touchpad.
* various new WMI drivers for different notebooks and netbooks.
* fw-detect to probe for hardware with non-free needs.
* memtest86+.
* persistent userprofile defaults for new users.
* OpenJDK 6 as part of the kde-full variant.
* employ "insserv" to reorder the bootsequence based on LSB headers.
* Correctly validate and support special characters within the installer.
* support kvm (Kernel-based Virtual Machine) for kde-full; kvm depends on hardware virtualisation support (AMD pacifica virtualisation extensions "svm" or Intel IVT (vanderpool) virtualization extensions "vmx")
* WPA roaming support for Ceni.
* switch to console-setup for CLI keymaps.
* localisation fixes for Switzerland and Canada.
* force vfat filsystems mounted by KDE to iso-8859-1
* prefer ati/ "radeon" over "radeonhd" for detecting the video card.
* Plug'n'Play compatible printers are now handled by hal-cups-utils.
* lock down $HOME on default.
* compatibility fix for systemes with multiple optical disc drives.
* further improvements in regard to $HOME detection and install avoidance in case of existing content.

Localisation:

A new feature since sidux 2008-03 "Ουρέα" is the ability to select all other languages than German or US English from the grub menu (F4) in the kde-full flavour, installing the localisations for the desktop and many applications while booting. This ensures they are also present after installing sidux, while only installing the required languages for the given system. The amount of memory required for this feature depends on the language and sidux may refuse to install the given language packs automatically with insufficient RAM and the boot sequence will be continued in english language but with the desired locales-settings (currency, date/ time format, keyboard charsets). 512 MB memory or more is supposed to be safe for all supported languages, which are:

* Danish
* Dutch
* Greek
* English (GB)
* French
* Italian
* Japanese
* Croatian
* Polish
* Portuguese (BR and PT)
* Romanian
* Russian
* Spanish
* the language selection depends on the availability of sidux-manual translations, get involved to add your language.

Hints for hardware with non-free needs:

sidux contains only dfsg free software, so you'll probably want to add contrib/ non-free to your /etc/apt/sources.list.d/debian.list and ensure internet access.

# See sources.list(5) for more information, especially
# Remember that you can only use http, ftp or file URIs
# CDROMs are managed through the apt-cdrom tool.
# The /etc/apt/sources.list.d/ directory provides a way to add sources.list
# entries in separate files that end with sources.list file.

# unstable
deb http://ftp.de.debian.org/debian unstable main contrib non-free
# deb-src http://ftp.de.debian.org/debian unstable main contrib non-free

# testing
# deb http://ftp.de.debian.org/debian testing main contrib non-free
# deb-src http://ftp.de.debian.org/debian testing main contrib non-free

# experimental
# deb http://ftp.de.debian.org/debian experimental main contrib non-free
# deb-src http://ftp.de.debian.org/debian experimental main contrib non-free

and /etc/apt/sources.list.d/sidux.list:

# sidux e.V., Germany
deb http://sidux.com/debian/ sid main contrib non-free fix.main fix.contrib fix.non-free
#deb-src http://sidux.com/debian/ sid main contrib non-free fix.main fix.contrib fix.non-free

The required firmware can be determined with the following device/ firmware enumeration or by using the newly developed fw-detect script (packaged in configure-networkcard).

* Atari DSP56k support:
fetch the firmware from http://git.kernel.org/?p=linux/kerne...rom-kernel.git and place it under /lib/firmware/dsp56k/.
* Atmel AT76c50x 11 MBit/s wlan:

apt-get install atmel-firmware

* Broadcom, b43/ b43legacy wlan:

apt-get install b43-fwcutter

* Broadcom Blutonium Bluetooth chipset (BCM2033):

apt-get install bluez-firmware

* cameras based on Vision's CPiA2:
fetch the firmware from http://git.kernel.org/?p=linux/kerne...rom-kernel.git and place it under /lib/firmware/cpia2/.
* Computone IntelliPort Plus serial device:
fetch the firmware from http://git.kernel.org/?p=linux/kerne...rom-kernel.git and place it under /lib/firmware/.
* Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB) Receiver for USB and Linux:
fetch the firmware from http://git.kernel.org/?p=linux/kerne...rom-kernel.git and place it under /lib/firmware/dabusb/.
* Eagle USB ADSL modem:
fetch the firmware from http://eagle-usb.org/ueagle-atm/non-free/ and place it under /lib/firmware/.
* EMI 2|6 USB Audio interface:
fetch the firmware from http://git.kernel.org/?p=linux/kerne...rom-kernel.git and place it under /lib/firmware/emi26/.
* EMI 6|2m USB Audio interface:
fetch the firmware from http://git.kernel.org/?p=linux/kerne...rom-kernel.git and place it under /lib/firmware/emi62/.
* ESS Allegro Maestro3 audio device:
fetch the firmware from http://git.kernel.org/?p=linux/kerne...rom-kernel.git and place it under /lib/firmware/ess/.
* DVB firmware for various full featured DVB TV cards (most budget cards won't need this):
fetch the needed firmware (check dmesg) from http://www.linuxtv.org/downloads/firmware/ and place it under /lib/firmware/.
* IVTV firmware:
fetch the firmware from http://dl.ivtvdriver.org/ivtv/firmware/ and place it under /lib/firmware/.
* Intel ipw2100 (11 MBit/s) and Intel ipw2200 (54 MBit/s) wlan:

apt-get install firmware-ipw2x00

please remove ipw2100-firmware and ipw2200-firmware, if already installed.
* Intel ipw3945/ iwlwifi, 54 Mbit/s wlan:

apt-get install firmware-iwlwifi

* Intel ipw4965/ iwlwifi, draft-n wlan:

apt-get install firmware-iwlwifi

* Intel ipw5xxx/ iwlagn, draft-n wlan:

apt-get install firmware-iwlwifi

At the time of this writing, firmware-iwlwifi does not cover ipw5xxx yet, please fetch iwlwifi-5000-ucode-*.tar.gz and place it under /lib/firmware/.
* Intersil prism54 (p54pci/ p54usb), 54 MBit/s wlan:
fetch the firmware from http://jbnote.free.fr/prism54usb/ and place it under /lib/firmware/.
* Korg 1212 IO audio device:
fetch the firmware from http://git.kernel.org/?p=linux/kerne...rom-kernel.git and place it under /lib/firmware/korg/.
* nVidia graphics:
3d acceleration isn't possible with free drivers yet.
* RaLink rt61 and rt73 54 MBit/s wlan:

apt-get install firmware-ralink

* SMC ISA/MCA Token Ring adapter:
fetch the firmware from http://git.kernel.org/?p=linux/kerne...rom-kernel.git and place it under /lib/firmware/.
* Sound Blaster 16/AWE CSP support:
fetch the firmware from http://git.kernel.org/?p=linux/kerne...rom-kernel.git and place it under /lib/firmware/sb16/.
* SUN Cassini:
fetch the firmware from http://git.kernel.org/?p=linux/kerne...rom-kernel.git and place it under /lib/firmware/sun/.
* Technotrend/Hauppauge Nova-USB devices:
fetch the firmware from http://git.kernel.org/?p=linux/kerne...rom-kernel.git and place it under /lib/firmware/ttusb-budget/.
* Texas Instruments ACX100 (22 Mbit/s)/ ACX111 (54 MBit/s) wlan:

m-a a-i acx100

and fetch the firmware from http://www.kazer.org/acx-firmware-20060207.tar.bz2 and place it under /lib/firmware/.
* USB 3com HomeConnect (aka vicam):
fetch the firmware from http://git.kernel.org/?p=linux/kerne...rom-kernel.git and place it under /lib/firmware/vicam/.
* USB ConnectTech WhiteHEAT serial device:
fetch the firmware from http://git.kernel.org/?p=linux/kerne...rom-kernel.git and http://git.kernel.org/?p=linux/kerne...rom-kernel.git and place it under /lib/firmware/.
* USB Inside Out Edgeport Serial Driver:
fetch the firmware from http://git.kernel.org/?p=linux/kerne...rom-kernel.git and place it under /lib/firmware/edgeport/.
* USB Keyspan USA-xxx serial device:
fetch the firmware from http://git.kernel.org/?p=linux/kerne...rom-kernel.git and place it under /lib/firmware/keyspan/.
* USB Keyspan PDA single-port serial device:
fetch the firmware from http://git.kernel.org/?p=linux/kerne...rom-kernel.git and place it under /lib/firmware/keyspan_pda/.
* USB KLSI KL5USB101-based Ethernet device:
fetch the firmware from http://git.kernel.org/?p=linux/kerne...rom-kernel.git and place it under /lib/firmware/kaweth/.
* USB TI 3410/5052 serial device:
fetch the firmware from http://git.kernel.org/?p=linux/kerne...rom-kernel.git and http://git.kernel.org/?p=linux/kerne...rom-kernel.git and place it under /lib/firmware/.
* Yamaha YMF724/740/744/754 audio devices:
fetch the firmware from http://git.kernel.org/?p=linux/kerne...rom-kernel.git and place it under /lib/firmware/yamaha/.
* ZyDAS zd1201 11 MBit/s wlan:
fetch the firmware from http://surfnet.dl.sourceforge.net/so...0.14-fw.tar.gz and place it under /lib/firmware/.
* ZyDAS zd1211 54 MBit/s wlan:

apt-get install zd1211-firmware

We try to provide packages for legally redistributable firmware from our non-free repositories, but not all vendors allow this.
 
Old 12-24-2008, 10:01 AM   #2
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